|1995–96 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 6, 1995 – June 10, 1996|
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||26|
|Top draft pick||Bryan Berard|
|Picked by||Ottawa Senators|
|Presidents' Trophy||Detroit Red Wings|
|Season MVP||Mario Lemieux (Penguins)|
|Top scorer||Mario Lemieux (Penguins)|
|Eastern champions||Florida Panthers|
|Eastern runners-up||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Western champions||Colorado Avalanche|
|Western runners-up||Detroit Red Wings|
|Playoffs MVP||Joe Sakic (Avalanche)|
The 1995–96 NHL season was the 79th regular season of the National Hockey League. The Stanley Cup winners were the Colorado Avalanche (formerly the Quebec Nordiques), who, in their first year as the Avalanche, swept the Florida Panthers in four games.
The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.
The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Avalanche are the only team in their division not based in the Central Time Zone; the team is situated in the Mountain Time Zone. Their home arena is Pepsi Center. Their general manager is Joe Sakic.
The Quebec Nordiques were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec. The Nordiques played in the World Hockey Association (1972–1979) and the National Hockey League (1979–1995). The franchise was relocated to Denver, Colorado in May 1995 and renamed the Colorado Avalanche.
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McNichols Sports Arena was an indoor arena located in Denver, Colorado. Located adjacent to Mile High Stadium and completed in 1975, at a cost of $16 million, it seated 16,061 for hockey games, 17,171 for basketball games and contained 27 luxury suites, which were installed as part of a 1986 renovation. It was named after Denver mayor William H. McNichols, Jr., who served from 1968 to 1983. A small-scale scandal surrounded the naming, because McNichols was in office at the time. The 1986 renovations also saw the original Stewart-Warner end-zone scoreboards, which each had color matrix screens, upgraded by White Way Sign with new digits and to include new color video screens . Brian was the owner of this facility.
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It was also the last season of existence for the original Winnipeg Jets, as they announced that they would be moving from Manitoba to Arizona and become the Phoenix Coyotes at the season's end. The NHL would not return to Manitoba until the Atlanta Thrashers moved there to become the "new" Winnipeg Jets following the 2010–11 season.
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Manitoba is a province at the longitudinal centre of Canada. It is often considered one of the three prairie provinces and is Canada's fifth-most populous province with its estimated 1.3 million people. Manitoba covers 649,950 square kilometres (250,900 sq mi) with a widely varied landscape, stretching from the northern oceanic coastline to the southern border with the United States. The province is bordered by the provinces of Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west, the territories of Nunavut to the north, and Northwest Territories to the northwest, and the U.S. states of North Dakota and Minnesota to the south.
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This season would mark the last season the Buffalo Sabres would play in the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, the Philadelphia Flyers at the CoreStates Spectrum, the Senators at the Ottawa Civic Centre, and the Canadiens at the Montreal Forum. The Sabres made their new home at the Marine Midland Arena, the Flyers at the CoreStates Center, the Senators at the Corel Centre, and the Canadiens at the Molson Centre. The two latter arenas opened before the end of this season. With the Montreal Forum closed, Maple Leaf Gardens was the last remaining arena from the Original Six era at the time. The Boston Bruins played their first season at Fleet Center after spending the last 67 at the old Boston Garden, and the Vancouver Canucks played their first game at General Motors Place.
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Montreal Forum was an indoor arena located facing Cabot Square in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Called "the most storied building in hockey history" by Sporting News, it was the home of the National Hockey League's Montreal Maroons from 1924 to 1938 and the Montreal Canadiens from 1926 to 1996. The Forum was built by the Canadian Arena Company in 159 days.
Maple Leaf Gardens is an historic building located at the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The building was initially constructed as an arena to host ice hockey games, but has since been reconstructed for other uses. Today, Maple Leaf Gardens is a multi-purpose facility, with Loblaws occupying retail space on the lower floors and an arena for Toronto's Ryerson University, known as Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens, occupying the top level.
During the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons, each team played 84 games (including two neutral site games). Starting in the 1995–96 season, the neutral site games were eliminated, which reduced the regular season to 82 games per team.
The Detroit Red Wings had a spectacular season, finishing with the second-highest regular-season point total in NHL history (131 points), and setting the NHL record for most wins ever in the regular season (62). However, they fell to the Avalanche in the Western Conference Final, the sixth game of which marked the beginning of the heated Detroit-Colorado rivalry, which would last for years to come. Jaromír Jágr broke the record for assists and points by a right winger in a single season . Mario Lemieux had the NHL's last 150+ point season with 161 points in 70 games. This would be the last season in which at least one player would score at least 60 goals (Jagr and Lemieux) until 2008.The New Jersey Devils became the first team since the 1969–70 Montreal Canadiens to miss the playoffs after winning the Stanley Cup the previous season.
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The Western Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League (NHL) used to divide teams. Its counterpart is the Eastern Conference. Previously known as the Clarence Campbell Conference, it was created in 1974 when the NHL realigned its teams into two conferences and four divisions. Because the new conferences and divisions had little to do with North American geography, geographical references were removed. The conferences and divisions were re-aligned in 1981 to better reflect the geographical locations of the teams, but the existing names were retained with the Campbell Conference becoming the conference for the NHL's westernmost teams.
Jaromír Jágr is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger who is currently playing for HC Kladno in the 1st Czech Republic Hockey League. He has played in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers, and the Calgary Flames, serving as captain of the Penguins and the Rangers. After leaving the Rangers in 2008, he played three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with Avangard Omsk. However, he returned to the NHL in 2011 with the Flyers, and remained in the league for seven more years before being assigned by the Flames in 2018 to HC Kladno, which he owns.
Divisions:ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast
bold – Qualified for playoffs
Divisions:CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific
bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy
The Presidents' Trophy is an award presented by the National Hockey League (NHL) to the team that finishes with the most points during the NHL regular season. If two teams tie for the most points, then the Trophy goes to the team with the most wins. The Presidents' Trophy has been awarded 32 times to 16 different teams since its inception during the 1985–86 season.
GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
The Colorado Avalanche swept the final series over the Florida Panthers in the minimum four games. Both teams were making their first appearance in the Final. For Colorado, it followed the team's first season in Denver, Colorado after moving from Quebec City. Joe Sakic won the Conn Smythe Trophy.
|June 4||Florida Panthers||1–3||Colorado Avalanche||McNichols Sports Arena||Recap|
|Tom Fitzgerald (4) - 16:51||First period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Second period||10:32 - Scott Young (3)|
12:21 - Mike Ricci (6)
14:21 - Uwe Krupp (3)
|No scoring||Third period||No scoring|
|John Vanbiesbrouck 27 saves / 30 shots||Goalie stats||Patrick Roy 25 saves / 26 shots|
|June 6||Florida Panthers||1–8||Colorado Avalanche||McNichols Sports Arena||Recap|
|Stu Barnes (6) - pp - 07:52||First period||04:11 - Peter Forsberg (8)|
10:43 - pp - Rene Corbet (2)
13:46 - pp - Peter Forsberg (9)
15:05 - pp - Peter Forsberg (10)
|No scoring||Second period||04:37 - Rene Corbet (3)|
05:08 - Valeri Kamensky (10)
10:03 - Jon Klemm (1)
|No scoring||Third period||17:28 - pp - Jon Klemm (2)|
| Mark Fitzpatrick 15 saves / 19 shots|
John Vanbiesbrouck 7 saves / 11 shots
|Goalie stats||Patrick Roy 27 saves / 28 shots|
|June 8||Colorado Avalanche||3–2||Florida Panthers||Miami Arena||Recap|
|Claude Lemieux (5) - 02:44||First period||09:14 - pp - Ray Sheppard (8)|
11:19 - Rob Niedermayer (5)
| Mike Keane (3) - 01:38|
Joe Sakic (18) - 03:00
|Second period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Third period||No scoring|
|Patrick Roy 32 saves / 34 shots||Goalie stats||John Vanbiesbrouck 19 saves / 22 shots|
|June 10||Colorado Avalanche||1–0||3OT||Florida Panthers||Miami Arena||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Second period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Third period||No scoring|
|Uwe Krupp (4) – 04:31||Third overtime period||No scoring|
|Patrick Roy 63 saves / 63 shots||Goalie stats||John Vanbiesbrouck 55 saves / 56 shots|
|Colorado won series 4–0|
|Conference quarterfinals||Conference semifinals||Conference finals||Stanley Cup Final|
|8||Tampa Bay||2||3||NY Rangers||1|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
|Presidents' Trophy:||Detroit Red Wings|
|Prince of Wales Trophy:||Florida Panthers|
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl:||Colorado Avalanche|
|Art Ross Trophy:||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:||Gary Roberts, Calgary Flames|
|Calder Memorial Trophy:||Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators|
|Conn Smythe Trophy:||Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy:||Sergei Fedorov, Detroit Red Wings|
|Hart Memorial Trophy:||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Jack Adams Award:||Scotty Bowman, Detroit Red Wings|
|James Norris Memorial Trophy:||Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks|
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy:||Kris King, Winnipeg Jets|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:||Paul Kariya, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim|
|Lester B. Pearson Award:||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|NHL Plus/Minus Award:||Vladimir Konstantinov, Detroit Red Wings|
|Vezina Trophy:||Jim Carey, Washington Capitals|
|William M. Jennings Trophy:||Chris Osgood/Mike Vernon, Detroit Red Wings|
|Lester Patrick Trophy:||George Gund III, Ken Morrow, Milt Schmidt|
|First team||Position||Second team|
|Jim Carey, Washington Capitals||G||Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings|
|Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks||D||Vladimir Konstantinov, Detroit Red Wings|
|Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins||D||Brian Leetch, New York Rangers|
|Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins||C||Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers|
|Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins||RW||Alexander Mogilny, Vancouver Canucks|
|Paul Kariya, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||LW||John LeClair, Philadelphia Flyers|
Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points
|Martin Brodeur||New Jersey||77||4433||173||6||2.34|
|Daren Puppa||Tampa Bay||57||3189||131||5||2.46|
|Mike Richter||New York Rangers||41||2396||107||3||2.68|
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1995–96 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1995–96 (listed with their last team):
Trading deadline: March 20, 1996.
|Boston Bruins||Steve Kasper|
|Buffalo Sabres||Ted Nolan|
|Florida Panthers||Doug MacLean|
|Hartford Whalers||Paul Holmgren||Replaced midseason by Paul Maurice|
|Montreal Canadiens||Jacques Demers||Replaced early in the season by Mario Tremblay|
|New Jersey Devils||Jacques Lemaire|
|New York Islanders||Mike Milbury|
|New York Rangers||Colin Campbell|
|Ottawa Senators||Rick Bowness||Replaced early in the season by Dave Allison, who would be replaced after 25 games by Jacques Martin|
|Philadelphia Flyers||Terry Murray|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Eddie Johnston|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Terry Crisp|
|Washington Capitals||Jim Schoenfeld|
|Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||Ron Wilson|
|Calgary Flames||Pierre Page|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Craig Hartsburg|
|Colorado Avalanche||Marc Crawford|
|Dallas Stars||Bob Gainey||Replaced midseason by Ken Hitchcock|
|Detroit Red Wings||Scotty Bowman|
|Edmonton Oilers||Ron Low|
|Los Angeles Kings||Larry Robinson|
|St. Louis Blues||Mike Keenan|
|San Jose Sharks||Kevin Constantine||Replaced early in the season by Jim Wiley|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Pat Burns||Replaced late in the season by Nick Beverley|
|Vancouver Canucks||Rick Ley||Replaced late in the season by Pat Quinn|
|Winnipeg Jets||Terry Simpson|
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