1992–93 NHL season

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1992–93 NHL season
Stanley Cup 100th Anniversary Patch (1992-93).png
Commemorative patch celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
DurationOctober 6, 1992 – June 9, 1993
Number of games84
Number of teams24
Top draft pick Roman Hamrlik
Picked by Tampa Bay Lightning
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy Pittsburgh Penguins
Season MVP Mario Lemieux (Penguins)
Top scorer Mario Lemieux (Penguins)
Eastern champions Montreal Canadiens
  Eastern runners-up New York Islanders
Western champions Los Angeles Kings
  Western runners-up Toronto Maple Leafs
Playoffs MVP Patrick Roy (Canadiens)
Stanley Cup
Champions Montreal Canadiens
  Runners-up Los Angeles Kings
NHL seasons

The 1992–93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. Each player wore a patch on their jersey throughout the season to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup. The league expanded 24 teams with the addition of the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning.


The Montreal Canadiens won their league-leading 24th Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Kings four games to one. This remains the last time that a Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup.

It proved, at the time, to be the highest-scoring regular season in NHL history, as a total of 7,311 goals were scored over 1,008 games for an average of 7.25 per game. [1] Twenty of the twenty-four teams scored three goals or more per game, and only two teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks, allowed fewer than three goals per game. Only 68 shutouts were recorded during the regular season. [2] A record twenty-one players reached the 100-point plateau, while a record fourteen players reached the 50-goal plateau both records still stand as of the 2018–19 NHL season.

League business

This was the final season of the Wales and Campbell Conferences, and the Adams, Patrick, Norris, and Smythe divisions. Both the conferences and the divisions would be renamed to reflect geography rather than the league's history for the following season. This was also the last year (until the 2013 realignment) in which the playoff structure bracketed and seeded teams by division; they would be bracketed and seeded by conference (as in the NBA) for 1993–94.

This season saw two new clubs join the league: the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Senators were the second Ottawa-based NHL franchise (see Ottawa Senators (original)) and brought professional hockey back to Canada's capital, while the Tampa Bay franchise (headed by Hockey Hall of Fame brothers Phil and Tony Esposito) strengthened the NHL's presence in the American Sun Belt, which had first started with the birth of the Los Angeles Kings in 1967.

This was also the final season of play for the Minnesota North Stars, before relocating to Dallas, Texas, the following season.

All teams wore a commemorative patch this year celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.

Gil Stein was appointed NHL President in the summer of 1992, on an interim basis.

On February 1, 1993, Gary Bettman became the first NHL Commissioner. With the expiration of Gil Stein's tenure on July 1, 1993 (note: Bettman's office was created senior to Stein's), the position of President was merged into the position of Commissioner.

On March 28, 1993, through a brokered deal with ESPN, ABC begins the first of a two year deal with the National Hockey League to televise six regional Sunday afternoon broadcasts (including the first three Sundays of the playoffs). This marked the first time that regular season National Hockey League games were broadcast on American network television [3] since 1974–75 (when NBC was the NHL's American broadcast television partner).

Rule changes

Regular season

Teemu Selanne of the Winnipeg Jets shattered the rookie scoring record by scoring 76 goals and 56 assists for 132 points this season. He was named the winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year, and his goals and points marks remain the NHL rookie records as of 2019.

The New York Rangers missed the playoffs. This marked the first time since the President's Trophy had been introduced that the previous season's top team missed the next year's playoffs.

For the first time in his NHL career, Wayne Gretzky did not finish in the top three in scoring. A back injury limited Gretzky to 45 games in which he scored 65 points.

The Pittsburgh Penguins set a new NHL record, winning 17 consecutive games. The streak ending with the regular season.

Final standings

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points

Prince of Wales Conference

Adams Division
Boston Bruins 8451267109332268
Quebec Nordiques 84472710104351300
Montreal Canadiens 8448306102326280
Buffalo Sabres 8438361086335297
Hartford Whalers 842652658284369
Ottawa Senators 841070424202395


Patrick Division
Pittsburgh Penguins 8456217119367268
Washington Capitals 844334793325286
New York Islanders 844037787335297
New Jersey Devils 844037787308299
Philadelphia Flyers 8436371183319319
New York Rangers 8434391179304308


Clarence Campbell Conference

Norris Division
Chicago Blackhawks 84472512106279230
Detroit Red Wings 8447289103369280
Toronto Maple Leafs 8444291199288241
St. Louis Blues 8437361185282278
Minnesota North Stars 8436381082272293
Tampa Bay Lightning 842354753245332


Smythe Division
Vancouver Canucks 8446299101346278
Calgary Flames 8443301197322282
Los Angeles Kings 8439351088338340
Winnipeg Jets 844037787322320
Edmonton Oilers 842650860242337
San Jose Sharks 841171224218414



Playoff bracket

 Division SemifinalsDivision FinalsConference FinalsStanley Cup Finals
Prince of Wales Conference
 P3NY Islanders1 
P4New Jersey1 
 P3NY Islanders4 
P3NY Islanders4 
 S3Los Angeles1
N4St. Louis4 
 N4St. Louis3
Clarence Campbell Conference
 S3Los Angeles4 
 S3Los Angeles4 
S3Los Angeles4 

Stanley Cup Finals

Montreal won series 4–1

NHL awards

1992–93 NHL awards
Stanley Cup Montreal Canadiens Los Angeles Kings
Presidents' Trophy
(Best regular-season record)
Pittsburgh Penguins Boston Bruins
Prince of Wales Trophy
(Wales Conference champion)
Montreal Canadiens New York Islanders
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
(Campbell Conference champion)
Los Angeles Kings Toronto Maple Leafs
Art Ross Trophy
(Player with most points)
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) Pat LaFontaine (Buffalo Sabres)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
(Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication)
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)N/A
Calder Memorial Trophy
(Best first-year player)
Teemu Selanne (Winnipeg Jets) Joe Juneau (Boston Bruins)
Felix Potvin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Teemu Selanne (Winnipeg Jets)
Conn Smythe Trophy
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Patrick Roy (Montreal Canadiens)N/A
Frank J. Selke Trophy
(Defensive forward)
Doug Gilmour (Toronto Maple Leafs) Doug Gilmour (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Joel Otto (Calgary Flames)
Dave Poulin (Boston Bruins)
Hart Memorial Trophy
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) Doug Gilmour (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Pat LaFontaine (Buffalo Sabres)
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Jack Adams Award
(Best coach)
Pat Burns (Toronto Maple Leafs) Pat Burns (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Pierre Page (Quebec Nordiques)
Brian Sutter (Boston Bruins)
James Norris Memorial Trophy
(Best defenseman)
Chris Chelios (Chicago Blackhawks) Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins)
Chris Chelios (Chicago Blackhawks)
Larry Murphy (Pittsburgh Penguins)
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
(Leadership and humanitarian contribution)
Dave Poulin (Boston Bruins)N/A
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
Pierre Turgeon (New York Islanders) Pat LaFontaine (Buffalo Sabres)
Adam Oates (Boston Bruins)
Pierre Turgeon (New York Islanders)
Lester B. Pearson Award
(Outstanding player)
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)N/A
NHL Plus/Minus Award
(Leadership and community activities)
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) Larry Murphy (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Vezina Trophy
(Best goaltender)
Ed Belfour (Chicago Blackhawks) Tom Barrasso (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Ed Belfour (Chicago Blackhawks)
Curtis Joseph (St. Louis Blues)
William M. Jennings Trophy
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
Ed Belfour
(Chicago Blackhawks)
Grant Fuhr and Felix Potvin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Lester Patrick Trophy
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)
Frank Boucher, Mervyn "Red" Dutton, Bruce McNall, Gil Stein N/A

All-Star teams

  Position  First TeamSecond TeamPositionAll-Rookie
G Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks Tom Barrasso, Pittsburgh Penguins G Felix Potvin, Toronto Maple Leafs
D Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks Larry Murphy, Pittsburgh Penguins D Vladimir Malakhov, New York Islanders
D Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins Al Iafrate, Washington Capitals D Scott Niedermayer, New Jersey Devils
C Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo Sabres F Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers
RW Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets Alexander Mogilny, Buffalo Sabres F Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets
LW Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings Kevin Stevens, Pittsburgh Penguins F Joe Juneau, Boston Bruins

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh606991160
Pat LaFontaine Buffalo845395148
Adam Oates Boston844597142
Steve Yzerman Detroit845879137
Teemu Selanne Winnipeg847656132
Pierre Turgeon NY Islanders835874132
Alexander Mogilny Buffalo777651127
Doug Gilmour Toronto833295127
Luc Robitaille Los Angeles846362125
Mark Recchi Philadelphia845370123


Leading goaltenders

Felix Potvin Toronto48278111622.50
Ed Belfour Chicago71410617772.59
Tom Barrasso Pittsburgh63370218643.01
Curtis Joseph St. Louis68389019613.02
Kay Whitmore Vancouver3118179413.10
Dominik Hasek Buffalo2814297503.15
Andy Moog Boston55319416833.16
Jeff Reese Calgary2613117013.20
Patrick Roy Montreal62359519223.20
Daren Puppa Buffalo/Toronto3217859623.23

Neutral-site games

As a part of the 1992 strike settlement, the NHL and Bruce McNall's Multivision Marketing and Public Relations Co. organized 24 regular season games in 15 cities that did not have a franchise, providing as a litmus test for future expansion. Four of the cities chosen Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami were eventually the sites of expansion or relocations, and although neither Cleveland nor Cincinnati received NHL franchises, there would be one placed in Columbus, located halfway between the two cities.

Two arenas that hosted neutral-site games had hosted NHL teams before: Atlanta's The Omni (Atlanta Flames) and Cleveland's Richfield Coliseum (Cleveland Barons).

DateWinning TeamScoreLosing TeamScoreOTCityState/ProvinceArenaAttendance
October 13, 1992Calgary4Minnesota3 Saskatoon SK SaskPlace 8,783
October 20, 1992Toronto5Ottawa3 Hamilton ON Copps Coliseum 7,186
November 3, 1992Washington4Chicago1 Indianapolis IN Market Square Arena 8,792
November 17, 1992Quebec3Toronto1HamiltonONCopps Coliseum17,026*
November 18, 1992New Jersey3Buffalo2HamiltonONCopps Coliseum6,972
December 1, 1992Los Angeles6Chicago3 Milwaukee WI Bradley Center 16,292
December 8, 1992Montreal5Los Angeles5(OT) Phoenix AZ Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum 12,276
December 9, 1992NY Rangers6Tampa Bay5 Miami FL Miami Arena 12,842
December 13, 1992NY Islanders4Edmonton1 Oklahoma City OK Myriad Convention Center 11,110
December 15, 1992NY Islanders4St. Louis3(OT) Dallas TX Reunion Arena 11,251
January 4, 1993Montréal4San Jose1 Sacramento CA ARCO Arena 11,814
January 18, 1993Winnipeg8Hartford7SaskatoonSKSaskPlace7,756
February 8, 1993Pittsburgh4Boston0 Atlanta GA The Omni 12,572
February 8, 1993St. Louis3Hartford1 Peoria IL Carver Arena 9,013
February 16, 1993Calgary4Philadelphia4(OT) Cincinnati OH Riverfront Coliseum 7,973
February 20, 1993Quebec5Tampa Bay2 Halifax NS Halifax Metro Centre 9,584
February 22, 1993Detroit5Philadelphia5(OT) Cleveland OH Richfield Coliseum 13,382
February 22, 1993NY Rangers4San Jose0SacramentoCAARCO Arena13,633
February 23, 1993Winnipeg8Ottawa2SaskatoonSKSaskPlace7,245 [5]
March 1, 1993Vancouver5Buffalo2HamiltonONCopps Coliseum17,098*
March 11, 1993Minnesota4Vancouver3SaskatoonSKSaskPlace12,006*
March 16, 1993Washington4Detroit2MilwaukeeWIBradley Center9,836
March 16, 1993Boston3New Jersey1 Providence RI Providence Civic Center 10,864
March 21, 1993Pittsburgh6Edmonton4ClevelandOHRichfield Coliseum18,782*

The Hartford-St. Louis game was originally scheduled to be played on December 29, 1992, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Events and milestones

Major transactions

Records broken/tied

Regular season

  • Most losses, one season: San Jose Sharks (71)
  • Fewest ties, one season: San Jose Sharks (2)
  • Most home losses, one season: San Jose Sharks (32)
  • Most road losses, one season: Ottawa Senators (40)
  • Fewest road wins, one season: Ottawa Senators (1)*
  • Longest winning streak: Pittsburgh Penguins (17) (All time NHL record)
  • Longest losing streak: San Jose Sharks (17)*
  • Longest road losing streak: Ottawa Senators (38)
  • Longest road winless streak: Ottawa Senators (38)
  • Most 100-or-more point scorers, one season: Pittsburgh Penguins (4)*
  • Fastest three goals from the start of period, one team: Calgary Flames (0:53, February 10, 1993)
  • Most goals, including playoffs: Wayne Gretzky (875)
  • Most 30-goal seasons: Mike Gartner (14)*
  • Most consecutive 30-goal seasons: Mike Gartner (14)
  • Most goals, one season, by a left winger: Luc Robitaille (63)
  • Most goals, one season, by a rookie: Teemu Selanne (76)
  • Most assists, one season, by a left winger: Joe Juneau (70)
  • Most assists, one season, by a rookie: Joe Juneau (70)* (Note: Wayne Gretzky scored 86 assists in his first year, but he was not considered a rookie)
  • Most points, one season, by a left winger: Luc Robitaille (125)
  • Most points, one season, by a rookie: Teemu Selanne (132) (Note: Wayne Gretzky scored 137 points in his first year, but he was not considered a rookie)
  • Most assists, one game, by a goaltender: Jeff Reese (3, February 10, 1993)
  • Most games missed while winning Art Ross Trophy: Mario Lemieux (24)


  • Most overtime games, one playoff year: 28
  • Most overtime wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (10)
  • Most consecutive overtime wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (10)
  • Most consecutive wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (11)*
  • Most consecutive wins, one playoff year: Patrick Roy (11)*
  • Most goals by a defenceman, one game: Eric Desjardins (3, June 3, 1993)*
  • Most power-play goals, one game: Dino Ciccarelli (3, April 29, 1993)*
  • Most shorthanded goals, one game: Tom Fitzgerald (2, May 8, 1993)*
  • Most assists, one period: Adam Oates (3, April 24, 1993)*

* Equalled existing record


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1992–93 (listed with their first team):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note who played their last game in the NHL in 1992–93 (listed with their last team):

Four of the five remaining helmetless players in the league played their final games: Carlyle, Marsh, Langway, and Wilson. The only remaining helmetless player was Craig McTavish who retired following the 1996–97 season.

Trading deadline

Trading deadline: March 22, 1993. [6]


Prince of Wales Conference

Boston Bruins Brian Sutter
Buffalo Sabres John Muckler
Hartford Whalers Paul Holmgren
Montreal Canadiens Jacques Demers
New Jersey Devils Herb Brooks
New York Islanders Al Arbour
New York Rangers Roger Neilson Replaced midseason by Ron Smith
Ottawa Senators Rick Bowness
Philadelphia Flyers Bill Dineen
Pittsburgh Penguins Scotty Bowman
Quebec Nordiques Pierre Page
Washington Capitals Terry Murray

Clarence Campbell Conference

Calgary Flames Dave King
Chicago Blackhawks Darryl Sutter
Detroit Red Wings Bryan Murray
Edmonton Oilers Ted Green
Los Angeles Kings Barry Melrose
Minnesota North Stars Bob Gainey
St. Louis Blues Bob Plager Replaced early in the season by Bob Berry
San Jose Sharks George Kingston
Tampa Bay Lightning Terry Crisp
Toronto Maple Leafs Pat Burns
Vancouver Canucks Pat Quinn
Winnipeg Jets John Paddock

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