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1975-76

1975-76

OFF-SEASON
Johnny Bucyk decided to end his playing career at the age of 40. The longtime Detroit Red Wing winger played 1320 games and picked up 1213 points including 419 goals. He led the NHL in scoring in 1973-74 and won 2 Stanley Cups with the Wings. At his retirement he is 7th all time in career points and 11th in goals.

After winning back to back Stanley Cups defenseman Larry Hillman also announced his retirement. Hill broke in with the Rangers in 1961-62 and played 824 games on the New York blueline, earning 101 goals and 397 points. His brother Wayne is still active, having played 651 games with Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta.

Speaking of brother acts, while Bobby Hull keeps going strong, his brother Dennis has decided to retire. The younger Hull, 30, had 56 points for the Black Hawks last season and finished his 590 game career with 362 points. He won 4 Cups with Chicago.

Finally a couple of surprise retirements in the WHA as Edmonton lost Christian Bordeleau and Bill Collins. Bordeleau had 108 points last year and 363 points in 170 career games but the 27 year old has decided he is done with hockey after winning 3 straight Avco Cups with the Oilers. The 31 year old Collins also won 3 Avco Cups and had 61 goals and 102 points last season to give him 368 points in 234 WHA games. Collins had previously played 11 NHL games with the Minnesota North Stars, scoring once and adding 1 assist.

New players entering the league are led by Brian Trottier with the New York Islanders. Los Angeles adds Dave Taylor and the California Seals get Dennis Maruk.

No changes to the NHL allignment this year but the WHA has changes as usual. The Chicago Cougars have folded and the Vancouver Blazers moved to Calgary where they will be known as the Cowboys. Two new teams in the Cincinnati Stingers and Denver Spurs have joined the league.

Newcomers to the WHA include Inge Hammarstrom joining the Calgary Cowboys after being unable to crack the Leafs lineup the last few seasons. Cincinnati gets a future star in 18 year old defenseman Gordie Roberts and also signs free agent goaltender Bunny Larocque, who couldn't make the Montreal Canadiens. Real Cloutier and goaltender Richard Brodeur are the two big names signing with expansion Denver. Edmonton's championship roster lost a couple of key players to retirement but replaced some of the offense with 38 year old Ralph Backstrom, a veteran of 780 NHL games. The Indianapolis Racers had Rejean Houle, who at 25 gave up on trying to make Montreal's roster, to go along with Blair MacDonald and Mike Rogers as possibly the top offensive line in the league.

REGULAR SEASON
The Montreal Canadiens led the NHL in points thanks to another outstanding season from goaltender Tony Esposito and a first line that rivals Chicago's big trio as the top in the game. Guy Lafleur, playing centre in this universe, is starting to live up to his potential after scoring a career best 119 points this year. Assists are what Lafleur is more known for here as he had 84 helpers including on most of linemate Steve Shutt's 62 goals. Veteran Yvan Cournoyer, who had 53 goals, rounds out the top line. Defenseman Carol Vadnais is also a key member of the Montreal offense. The 30 year old had a career year scoring 18 times and adding 85 assists for 103 points.

Chicago's big line was still going strong as Stan Mikita led the league in scoring for the 8th in his career and passed the 1800 career point mark. The only player in NHL history with more points than Mikita is his left winger Bobby Hull, who had 123 points this season including 60 goals and now has 1840 in his 19 year career. On February 28th Hull became the first NHL player to reach the 800 career goal mark. He scored in Chicago's 4-0 win over the New York Islanders beating Dave Dryden for the milestone marker.

The third member of the line is right winger Phil Esposito. A separated shoulder in November limited Esposito to 67 games but he still managed to score 39 goals and 93 points. In 1058 games the now 33 year old Esposito has 579 career goals and 1192 points.

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers also had another big season easily outpointing Philadelphia to win the Patrick Division. Jean Ratelle had another monster year, scoring 68 goals after getting 69 a year ago. Norm Ullman and defenseman Brad Park also both topped the 100 point mark this season and 21 year old defenseman Ron Greschner (21-61-82) had a breakout season. The Rangers also transitioned their goaltending as Jimmy Rutherford (44-8-9, 2.33 GAA) took over as the number one from Cesare Maniago, who made just 22 appearances this year.

The only tight division race was in the Adams where Boston finished first but just one point ahead of Toronto. Bobby Orr missed 9 games but still managed to duplicate last year's total of 107 points, third on the Bruins behind Don Marcotte (125) and Jean Pronovost (111). Toronto lost Rick Kehoe for most of the season with shoulder troubles but that opened the door for 23 year old Lanny McDonald (40-23-63) to join Darryl Sittler (34-88-122) and Garry Unger (52-56-108) on the top line. Defenseman Borje Salming had 56 points in his second season since joining the team from Sweden and more is expected of him going forward.


The big individual game of the year came from Marcel Dionne who had a 5 goal game for Detroit in a December win over Pittsburgh while linemate Pete Mahovlich had 7 points (1G 6A) in the same game. Dionne's season came to a premature end in early March due to a fractured larynx but he still managed to score a career high 47 goals. Mahovlich had 104 points and is making a bid to become the more famous brother as the 29 year old Peter is now up to 821 career points in 828 NHL games, all with the Wings. Frank, 38, had 39 goals for Kansas City this year and has 1173 points in 1217 career games.

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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Boston Bruins		80 51 19 10  112
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 47 16 17  111
Buffalo Sabres		80 29 37 14   72
California Golden Seals	80 18 55  7   43

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Montreal Canadiens	80 63 10  7  133
Detroit Red Wings 	80 44 27  9   97
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 31 42  7   69
Washington Capitals 	80 26 46  8   60
Los Angeles Kings	80 16 53 11   43
   
PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
New York Rangers	80 60  9 11  131
Philadelphia Flyers	80 46 23 11  103
New York Islanders	80 31 41  9   69
Atlanta Flames		80 28 41 11   67
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Chicago Black Hawks	80 49 21 10  108
Vancouver Canucks	80 29 39 12   70
St Louis Blues		80 28 44  8   64
Kansas City Scouts	80 26 44 10   62
Minnesota North Stars   80  9 63  8   26

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Stan Mikita		CHI  80 48 107  155
Jean Ratelle		NYR  80 68  62  130
Bill Barber		PHI  80 61  68  129
Bobby Clarke		PHI  78 52  74  126
Don Marcotte		BOS  80 59  66  125
Bobby Hull		CHI  74 60  63  123
Norm Ullman		NYR  80 40  82  122
Darryl Sittler		TOR  80 34  88  122
Steve Shutt		MON  80 62  59  121
Guy Lafleur		MON  79 35  84  119
Marcel Dionne		DET  73 47  69  116
Yvan Cournoyer		MON  80 53  59  112

WHA REGULAR SEASON
Another dominant season for the Edmonton Oilers as they finished with the league's best record once again, and tied their own record for points in a season with 143. The Oilers leader once again was Guy Lapointe, who scored 43 goals and added 109 assists for a defenseman record 152 points. Lapointe, who failed to crack the Montreal Canadiens roster so he bolted to the WHA in 1973-74, has 411 points in 233 career regular season games in the new league.

Ulf Nilsson of Phoenix had a 31 game point streak during the season. Unfortunately for the Roadrunners, Nilsson would miss the playoffs because of a late season injury. In 71 games this season the 25 year old had 58 goals and 143 points. Nilsson trailed only Guy Lapointe and Dave Hudson in the scoring race.

Hudson of the New England Whalers finished the regular season with a 29 game point streak. Included in the streak was a 4 goal, 7 point night and 2 other games where he record a hat trick. On the season he set a WHA record for goals with 73 and points with 164.

Edmonton's Bob Liddington set a WHA record for assists in game with 7 in an 8-1 Oilers win over Calgary in October. Edmonton's Guy Lapointe would tie it later in the season with 7 assists and a goal in a win over the Toronto Toros.

Speaking of records, Cincinnati Stingers 23 year old rookie tough guy Nick Fotiu amasses a record 634 penalty minutes during the season.

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     WORLD HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
EASTERN DIVISION    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
New England Whalers	80 56 14 10  122
Indianapolis Racers	80 57 17  6  120
Cleveland Crusaders	80 34 41  5   73
Cincinnati Stingers	80 14 61  5   33
   
WESTERN DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Phoenix Roadrunners	80 56 19  5  117
Minn. Fighting Saints	80 41 31  8   90
San Diego Mariners	80 37 38  5   79
Houston Aeros		80 31 47  2   64
Denver Spurs		80 25 49  6   56

CANADIAN DIVISION       GP  W  L  T  PTS
Edmonton Oilers		80 70  7  3  143
Winnipeg Jets		80 39 35  6   84
Quebec Nordiques	80 38 38  4   80
Calgary Cowboys		80 34 40  6   74
Toronto Toros		80  7 70  3   17

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Dave Hudson		NE   80 73  91  164
Guy Lapointe 		EDM  77 43 109  152
Ulf Nilsson		PHX  71 58  85  143
Larry Pleu		EDM  80 59  79  138
Veli-Pekka Ketola	PHX  80 49  89  138
Anders Hedberg		PHX  80 54  80  134
JP Bordeleau		EDM  80 47  87  134
Real Cloutier		DEN  80 50  57  107
Bobby Sheehan		WPG  80 44  62  106
Steve West		MIN  80 29  75  104

PLAYOFFS
There were no surprises in the opening round of the playoffs. Lanny McDonald and Ian Turnbull each had 5 points as Toronto swept Atlanta in 2 games. Vancouver also won in a sweep, winning a pair of close games from their 1970 expansion partner Buffalo. The other two series each needed the full 3 games. Philadelphia rallied with 2 wins over the Islanders after dropping the series opener and Detroit beat Pittsburgh despite a 7 point series from 26 year old Penguins centre Michel Briere.

Montreal beat Vancouver in 5 games in one quarterfinal so the Habs will meet Boston in the semi-finals. The Bruins survived a gruelling 7 game series with Philadelphia. The New York Rangers advanced with a 6 game series victory over Detroit. The Rangers will face Toronto in the other semi-final after the Leafs upset Chicago in 6 games despite 12 points from Stan Mikita of the Black Hawks in the series. Chicago goaltender Eddie Johnston had a terrible playoff and at age 40, after 1231 career games and 8 Vezina Trophy's, Johnston's career may just be over. Toronto goaltender Ernie Wakely, at 35 years of age and only a number one goaltender for 2 seasons, had an outstanding series for the winners.

The Rangers and Canadiens each won their semi-final series in 5 games. Jean Ratelle was outstanding for the Blueshirts, picking up 11 goals and 22 points in 11 playoff games while Brad Park had 18 points. The Canadiens won over Boston despite a strong playoff from Bobby Orr, who had 18 points in 12 games.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The New York Rangers look to win their third straight Stanley Cup and what would be the fourth in franchise history. Montreal returns to the finals after a 4 year absence, the longest drought for the Habs since 1938. The Canadiens have won 14 Cups since the sim started and 18 overall. Despite being two of the original six franchises the Canadiens and Rangers have never met in a Stanley Cup since the sim began in 1931.

Steve Shutt and Guy Lafleur each had a goal and two assists as Montreal got goals from 6 different players in a 6-2 victory in Game One. Backup Ken Dryden got the start in net for Montreal and made 23 saves.

The Habs take Game Two by a 5-3 score as Lafleur and Shutt each get a goal in the victory. Montreal outshot the Rangers 43-25 in the contest and again got balanced scoring as 5 different players lit the lamp behind Jimmy Rutherford. Jean Ratelle scored twice for New York.

The series shifts to Madison Square Garden but that makes no difference to the Canadiens as Montreal outshoots the Rangers 33-17 and wins the Game Three 5-1. Defenseman Carol Vadnais had two goals for the Habs with Lafleur, Doug Risebrough and Guy Charron adding singles. Steve Shutt and Jacques Lemaire each had two assists.

Montreal completes the sweep with a 3-0 victory in Game Four as Tony Esposito makes 19 saves for the shutout victory. Guy Charron scores in the first period for the Canadiens with Steve Shutt and Mickey Redmond adding insurance goals in the second stanza.

Shutt wins the Conn Smythe Trophy after picking up a playoff leading 25 points in 14 games. His 11 goals are 1 shy of Jean Ratelle's mark of 13. Ratelle also had 11 assists for 24 points. Guy Lafleur (10-13-23) rounds out the top 3 playoff scorers.

Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Stan Mikita Chicago (80GP 48-107-155)

VEZINA TROPHY: Bernie Parent Boston (45-15-8, 2.45)

NORRIS TROPHY: Carol Vadnais Montreal (80GP 18-85-103)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Stan Mikita Chicago (80GP 48-107-155)

CALDER TROPHY: Brian Trottier NY Islanders (80GP 18-39-57)

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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Bernie Parent    Boston	   Jim Rutherford   NY Rangers			      
D   Carol Vadnais    Montreal	   Brad Park	    NY Rangers 
D   Bobby Orr 	     Boston        Ian Turnbull     Toronto   
C   Stan Mikita	     Chicago       Jean Ratelle	    NY Rangers		
LW  Don Marcotte     Boston        Bobby Hull	    Chicago	    
RW  Bill Barber	     Philadelphia  Marcel Dionne    Detroit
WHA PLAYOFFS
It comes as no surprise that the Edmonton Oilers won yet another Avco Cup. The Oilers have never lost a playoff series in WHA history and have claimed all 4 Avco Cups. What was a surprise is that after sweeping 5 straight playoff series going back to last season the Oilers lost two games to Indianapolis in the finals.

Edmonton swept San Diego and New England to reach the finals while the Racers needed 5 games to oust Minnesota in the first round and overtime in Game Seven of the semi-finals to eliminate the Winnipeg Jets. Tim Sheehy, who got the game seven winner vs the Jets led the Racers with 23 points including 10 goals in postseason action. He tied for the scoring lead with Edmonton defenseman Guy Lapointe (6-17-23) and Lapointe took him the playoff MVP award for the third straight year.

Denver Spurs right winger Real Cloutier, a 19 year old who scored 50 goals and had 107 points, won the duel honours of WHA rookie of the year and League MVP. Cloutier ended Lapointe's 2 year old on the MVP award but the Edmonton rearguard was named the league's best defenseman for the third straight season. Despite finishing second in save percentage behing Glenn Resch of San Diego, Edmonton's Dave Reece was named the league's top goaltender.
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1976-77

1976-77

OFF-SEASON
While there may not be many big trades in the NHL there was a blockbuster in the WHA as the Edmonton Oilers in what looks like an effort to cut salary dealt Larry Pleau to the Minnesota Fighting Saints. The 29 year old Pleau had 59 goals and 138 points for the Oilers this past season. In return Edmonton gets 26 year old goaltender Ian Wilkie and 28 year old winger Don Gordon. Wilkie played 28 games for the Saints last season, going 7-8-3 with a 4.04 goals against average. He did have a big year for Winnipeg 3 seasons ago but has been the Fighting Saints backup to Gary Edwards the past 3 years. Gordon is a solid defensive winger and had 45 points for Minnesota last year. Gordon has 181 points in 305 career WHA games.

Retirements this season:

Norm Ullman retired at the age of 40 after 21 years with the New York Rangers. Ullman played 1469 career games, scoring 506 goals and 1508 points. Ullman is one of only 8 players to score 500 career NHL goals and is 5th all-time in points and 3rd in games played. He won 2 Stanley Cups with the Rangers.

Dave Balon, a 37 year old winger who played 1064 games for the New York Rangers, scoring 212 goals and 639 points. He was a key piece of the Rangers Cup win in 1972-73, scoring 11 points in 12 playoff games. He also played on the 1971-72 Rangers Cup winning squad.

Chico Maki, who played 1157 games and had 702 points over 17 seasons with the Black Hawks, retired at the age of 36. He had 36 points in 68 games last season. Maki won 5 Cups with Chicago and played in 176 playoff games, getting 114 points.

At the age of 40 after 852 games Willie O'Ree announced his retirement. He started with the Black Hawks in 1962-63 but really did not become a full-time NHL player until joining the North Stars when the league expanded. He got his name on the Cup by playing 1 playoff game for Chicago's first championship team in 1966. O'Ree had 375 points in 852 career games but his biggest claim to fame was being the NHL's version of Jackie Robinson.

At 28 after just 1 WHA season, Inge Hammarstrom decided to return to his native Sweden. Hammarstrom had planned on joining Borje Salming in Toronto but failed to crack the Leafs roster so he joined the Calgary Cowboys last year, scoring 30 goals and 77 points in 66 WHA games.

TEAM MOVEMENT
The California Golden Seals have moved to Cleveland and will be known as the Barons while the Kansas City Scouts have relocated to Denver and changed their name to the Colorado Rockies.

The Denver WHA franchise has folded as did the Minnesota Fighting Saints. The Cleveland Crusaders decided to move to Minnesota and will take the moniker Fighting Saints while the Toronto Toros have moved to Birmingham and will be called the Bulls.

With Denver folding, WHA MVP Real Cloutier signed with the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs while goaltender Richard Brodeur joined the Vancouver Canucks. The folded Minnesota Fighting Saints franchise saw goaltender Gary Edwards go to the Calgary Cowboys, point leader Steve West sign with the New England Whalers and recently acquired Larry Pleau went to the Indianapolis Racers.

Among the new crop of rookies entering the NHL are the first of the Sutter brothers as Brian joins St Louis along with Bernie Federko. Randy Carlyle joins the Toronto blueline, Reed Larson to Detroit and center Kent Nilsson to the Atlanta Flames.

REGULAR SEASON
Just like last season the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Chicago Black Hawks ended up as division winners. Philadelphia and Toronto were the only other teams to top 100 points on the season.

Boston's Don Marcotte has emerged as a scoring star in the league, topping 50 goals for the second straight season and his 58 goals and 131 points led the league in each category. Injuries limited Bobby Orr to 57 games and even though he failed to reach the 100 point mark for the 5th straight season, Orr did finish with an impressive 81 points.

The Philadelphia Flyers continue to be a team to fear and if they could ever get a left winger to play with Bobby Clarke (49-76-125) and Bill Barber (44-72-116) they might be unstoppable. Mel Bridgeman was given a shot this year but he managed just 69 points.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are another good young team just a piece or two away from challenging for the Cup. Real Cloutier (44-36-80) returned from the WHA and had a big season playing with Darryl Sittler (26-55-81) and Errol Thompson (31-34-65). Unfortunately both Sittler and Cloutier suffered late season injuries and each will miss at least the first round of the playoffs. Toronto also had the league penalty minute leader as 22 year old Tiger Williams picked up 448 minutes but he was well short of the record set by Vancouver's Dave Schultz in 1972-73, which was 585 minutes.

Milestones achieved this year
Chicago's Phil Esposito gets his 1200th career point
Boston's Derek Sanderson gets his 900th career point
Boston winger JP Parise gets career point number 600
Montreal's Danny Grant gets career point number 600
Colorado's Bruce MacGregor gets career point number 600
Phil Esposito of Chicago got his 600th career goal
Dave Keon of Toronto got his 500th career assist

1250 CAREER GAMES
Stan Mikita Chicago
Pat Stapleton Chicago

1000 CAREER GAMES
JC Tremblay Montreal

750 GAMES
Bill Fairbairn NY Rangers
Bill Goldsworthy Boston
Don Marcotte Boston
Brad Park NY Rangers
Bobby Orr Boston
Johnny McKenzie Los Angeles
Doug Jarrett Chicago
Yvan Cournoyer Montreal
Jean Pronovost Boston

600 GAMES
Rogie Vachon Cleveland
Bruce Gamble Minnesota

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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Boston Bruins		80 54 20  6  114
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 49 22  9  107
Buffalo Sabres		80 42 28 10   94
Cleveland Barons	80 19 50 11   49

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Montreal Canadiens	80 57 14  9  123
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 31 34 15   77
Detroit Red Wings 	80 27 42 11   65
Washington Capitals 	80 17 49 14   48
Los Angeles Kings	80 13 57 10   36
   
PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
New York Rangers	80 57 12 11  125
Philadelphia Flyers	80 53 20  7  113
Atlanta Flames		80 25 40 15   65
New York Islanders	80 25 42 13   63
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Chicago Black Hawks	80 52 20  8  112
Vancouver Canucks	80 31 39 10   72
Minnesota North Stars   80 29 39 12   70
St Louis Blues		80 22 44 14   58
Colorado Rockies	80 20 51  9   49

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Don Marcotte		BOS  78 58  73  131
Bobby Clarke		PHI  80 49  76  125
Guy Lafleur		MON  80 39  78  117
Bill Barber		PHI  80 44  72  116
Stan Mikita		CHI  76 44  69  113
Gilbert Perreault	BUF  80 31  82  113
Brad Park		NYR  73 27  82  109
Steve Shutt		MON  80 56  51  107
Jean Ratelle		NYR  80 53  52  105
Bobby Hull		CHI  73 40  61  101
Nick Libett		PIT  80 36  63   99
Jean Pronovost		BOS  67 41  54   95
Craig Ramsay		BUF  80 31  63   94
Don Luce		NYR  69 42  51   93
Marc Tardif		MON  80 25  64   89



WHA REGULAR SEASON
The Edmonton Oilers again finished with the best record in the league but they faced stiff competition in their division from the high flying Phoenix Roadrunners. The Roadrunners rely on their European imports Ulf Nilsson (43-77-120) and Anders Hedberg (51-74-125) but the most potent offense in the league belonged to the Indianapolis Racers as Blair MacDonald (64-69-133) led the league in goals and Mike Rogers (53-102-155) led in points. Edmonton has plenty of offense but their strength is on defense led by Guy Lapointe (30-94-124) and having Dave Reece (48-6-2, 2.07), the best goaltender in the league.

Paul O'Neil of the San Diego Mariners tied a WHA record with a 5 goal game in an 8-6 victory over Houston in November. O'Neil is in his first season with the Mariners after playing 1 NHL game for Vancouver last year.


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     WORLD HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
EASTERN DIVISION    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Indianapolis Racers	80 58 16  6  122
New England Whalers	80 49 23  8  106
Quebec Nordiques	80 44 31  5   93
Cincinnati Stingers	80 34 41  5   73
Minn Fighting Saints    80 21 52  7   49
Birmingham Bulls	80 14 63  3   31
   
WESTERN DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Edmonton Oilers		80 68  9  3  139
Phoenix Roadrunners	80 63 15  2  128
Winnipeg Jets		80 39 35  6   84
Houston Aeros		80 26 43 11   63
Calgary Cowboys		80 27 45  8   62
San Diego Mariners	80 22 52  6   50

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Mike Rogers		IND  80 53 102  155
Blair MacDonald		IND  80 64  69  133
Anders Hedberg		PHX  75 51  74  125
Guy Lapointe 		EDM  80 30  94  124
Ulf Nilsson		PHX  69 43  77  120
Rejean Houle		IND  79 41  74  115
J Bob Kelly		EDM  80 51  56  107
JP Bordeleau		EDM  80 43  63  106
Veli-Pekka Ketola	PHX  71 39  56   95
Bob McNamara		WPG  80 35  60   95
Dave Hudson		NE   80 34  58   92
Michel Archambault	HOU  80 31  58   89
Dave Kryskow		NE   80 41  46   87
Gerry O"Flaherty	QUE  80 26  60   86

PLAYOFFS
The opening playoff round matchups had Atlanta playing Philadelphia, Detroit against Toronto, Minnesota vs Buffalo and Vancouver meeting Pittsburgh. All four series went the distance with Atlanta, Toronto, Buffalo and Pittsburgh advancing. The Flames victory over Philadelphia was considered a huge upset but in a short 3 game series anything can happen.

The Flames dreams of a long playoff run came crashing down when they ran into the New York Rangers, specifically Jean Ratelle. Ratelle had hat tricks in both Games 1 and 2 and finished with 9 goals and 13 points as the Rangers swept the 4 game series.

Boston also earned a sweep beating Minnesota 4 straight. Reggie Leach had 12 points in the 4 games to lead the Bruins. The Bruins and Rangers would meet in one semi-final.

The other semi-final would be an All-Canadian matchup as Montreal takes on Toronto. The Habs knocked off Pittsburgh in 5 games while the Leafs outlasted Chicago in a 7 game series.

The Rangers knocked off Boston in 4 straight games despite losing Ratelle with a shoulder injury late in Game Two. Prior to the injury Ratelle picked up 5 points in the first two games. He is questionable for the Finals.

Toronto beat Montreal in 5 games as Rick Kehoe continues to be the key to the Leafs offense. The 25 year old winger has 12 goals and 24 points in 15 games to lead all playoff performers. Ernie Wakely has been terrific in the Toronto net as well.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The Rangers and Leafs meet in a rematch of the 1973-74 final won by New York. It is the Rangers fourth straight trip to the finals. Each team will be missing a key piece of it's offense as Toronto is without Real Cloutier and the Rangers will be missing Ratelle for at least the first game.

The Rangers draw first blood with a 4-3 victory on home ice in Game One. Brad Park picks up a pair of assists and Steve Durbano, who scored just 7 times all year, gets the game winner early in the third period. Don Luce, filling in for Ratelle on the top line, gets one of the Ranger goals with Wayne Dillon and Terry Caffery also scoring. Rick Kehoe, Lanny McDonald and Errol Thompson reply for Toronto.

Jim Rutherford makes 24 saves to lead the Rangers to a 3-1 victory in Game Two. Tommy Williams scores once and sets up one of Don Murdoch's two goals for the winners, who again played without Ratelle. Darryl Sittler, in just his 6th playoff game after coming back from an injury of his own, got the Leaf goal.

Ranger fans are saying Jean who? after Ratelle's replacement on the top line, Don Luce, scores a hat trick in a 7-5 New York victory on the road in Game Three. Brad Park also scored 3 times for New York who beat Leaf goaltender Ernie Wakely 7 times on 35 shots. Tiger Williams used his hands for something different this game by scoring twice for the Leafs....although he did also have two fights in the game.

The Leafs stay alive with a 5-1 victory in Game Four as Darryl Sittler gets 4 assists and rookie goaltender Mike Palmateer replaces Wakely and makes 31 saves in the Leaf net. Rick Kehoe, Errol Thompson, Bob Nevin, Randy Carlyle and Dave Keon get the Toronto goals. Syl Apps Jr. scored for New York.

The Leafs inexplicably go back to Wakely and he gets shelled for 5 goals on 32 shots and is pulled after two periods. Mike Palmateer stops all 10 shots he faces in the third but it is too late as the Rangers win 5-2 to claim their third Stanley Cup title in the past 4 years.

Ratelle again is scratched for the game but Don Luce has 2 assists in his place. Brad Park scores once and adds two helpers to increase his playoff totals to 13 goals and 24 points. Park is second to Rick Kehoe of the Leafs who leads the playoffs in goals with 14 and points with 31 but Kehoe did play 7 more games than Park. Kehoe's 31 playoff points are the third highest total ever recorded trailing Yvan Cournoyer's 33 with Montreal in 1968-69 and Stan Mikita's 32 for Chicago in 1967-68.

Park is named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner for the second time in his career, having also won the award when the Rangers won their first Cup of the sim in 1973-74.

Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Bobby Clarke Philadelphia (80GP 49-76-125)

VEZINA TROPHY: Tony Esposito Montreal (46-12-6, 2.27)

NORRIS TROPHY
: Brad Park New York Rangers (73GP 27-82-109)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Don Marcotte Boston (78GP 58-73-131)

CALDER TROPHY: Mel Bridgeman Philadelphia (72GP 23-46-69)

The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Tony Esposito    Montreal	   Jim Rutherford   NY Rangers			      
D   Brad Park	     NY Rangers    Ron Greschner    NY Rangers
D   Serge Savard     Montreal      Bobby Orr 	    Boston          
C   Bobby Clarke     Philadelphia  Guy Lafleur      Montreal		
LW  Don Marcotte     Boston        Steve Shutt      Montreal	    
RW  Bill Barber	     Philadelphia  Jean Pronovost   Boston
WHA PLAYOFFS
The Edmonton Oilers run comes to an end as the Oilers fall to the Winnipeg Jets in a 6 game Avco Cup Final. It is the first time in WHA history that the Oilers failed to win the Cup. Edmonton did sweep Houston and Cincinnati before running into the Jets in the finals. The Cincinnati Stingers pulled off a huge upset in the opening round by eliminating the East Division's top team, the Indianapolis Racers.

The Jets seemed to be a team of destiny as they knocked off favoured Phoenix and New England each in 7 games to reach the finals. In both those rounds the Jets were forced to overcome a 3 games to one deficit in order to advance. In game one of the opening series against the Roadrunners, the Jets were embarassed 11-0 but they still won the series needing an overtime goal in Game Seven.

Earl Anderson led the Jets and the playoffs in scoring with 23 points, inclduing 10 goals in 20 playoff games. Winnipeg defenseman Dennis Kearns, who had 22 points in the playoffs, was named the post-season MVP.

Edmonton's Guy Lapointe was named the league's top defenseman for the fourth straight year and he was named regular season MVP for the third time in 4 years.
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1977-78

1977-78

OFF-SEASON
Three time Norris Trophy winning defenseman Jacques Laperriere has announced his retirement. A veteran of 1221 NHL games, Laperriere played 15 seasons for the Montreal Canadiens before joining Kansas City in the 1974 expansion draft. Last season with the Colorado Rockies he played all 80 games and had 36 points. A 6 time first team all-star, Laperriere won 5 Stanley Cups with Montreal and was a Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 1970-71. He had 190 goals and 826 points in his career.

Pit Martin also retired after 845 games with the Detroit Red Wings. The 33 year old had 65 points last season giving him 691 points, including 311 goals in his career.

After a number of injuries Dave Schultz has retired at the age of 27. Schultz played 468 games for Philadelphia and Vancouver, scoring 62 goals and 133 points but he was best known for his 2667 penalty minutes including an NHL record 585 in 1972-73. He ranks 8th all-time in penalty minutes despite playing about half as many games as most of those ahead of him.

Four WHA teams fold as Calgary, Minnesota, Phoenix and San Diego all cease operations. No changes in the NHL. New players entering the league are led by Mike Bossy with the Islanders and Doug Wilson in Chicago. Mark Howe also debuts this season as he elected to sign with the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA.

With the 4 WHA teams folding Ulf Nilsson of Phoenix went to the Detroit Red Wings while Anders Hedberg signed with the WHA's Indianapolis Racers. Calgary Cowboys goaltender Dan Bouchard moved to the New York Islanders while San Diego Mariners goalie Glenn Resch ended up with the Buffalo Sabres.

REGULAR SEASON
Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita made history this season as the two Chicago stars passed the 2000 career point mark. Now 39 years old, Hull had a down season by his standards as he failed to reach the 100 point mark for the first time since 1966-67. The Golden Jet did finish with 91 points to give him 2032 in his career. He also scored 33 goals and sits at 884 in 1459 NHL games. The 37 year old Mikita had 101 points to finish the season with 2017 in his 1348 game career. The retired Alex Delvecchio is number 3 all-time in points with 1727 or 305 less than Hull. The third member of the big Chicago line, Phil Esposito, scored 37 goals this year to move into a tie with Delvecchio for second all-time at 645. The two trail only Bobby Hull's 884.

Chicago again won the Smythe Division easily but the Black Hawks dropped to 6th overall with 101 points. The defendind Cup champion New York Rangers finished with the league's best record and 134 points with their Patrick Division rivals from Philadelphia finishing second overall with 118 points. Bobby Clarke, the heart and soul of the Flyers, led the NHL in points with 137.

Toronto edged out Boston for the Adams Division title with the Montreal Canadiens again winning the Norris with little difficulty.

Milestones this year
Brad Park of the New York Rangers got his 900th career point
Paul Henderson of Detroit got his 900th career point
Garry Unger of Toronto got his 900th career point

Stan Mikita of Chicago scored his 600th career goal
Yvan Cournoyer of Montreal scored his 500th career goal
Garry Unger of Toronto scored his 400th career goal
Don Marcotte of Boston scored his 400th career goal
Paul Henderson of Detroit scored his 400th career goal


1250 GAMES PLAYED
Dave Keon Toronto

1000 GAMES PLAYED
Gary Bergman Chicago
Ken Hodge Chicago
Ed Westfall Boston

750 GAMES
Mike Walton Toronto
Garry Unger Toronto
Jimmy Roberts Vancouver
Bob Plager St Louis
Syl Apps Jr New York Rangers
Jacques Lemaire Montreal

In the notable accomplishments department, Rosaire Paiement of the Colorado Rockies had a 5 goal game in a 10-2 drubbing of Atlanta in February. The 32 year old Paiement, who also played for Boston and Atlanta in his career, finished the season with 17 goals and 29 points in 79 games. In 571 career games he has 132 goals and 286 points. His brother and Colorado teammate Wilf Paiement would score 4 times in a game a little later in the season. The younger Paiement had 41 points this season and has 60 goals and 114 points in 210 career games, all with the Rockies franchise.

Steve Shutt of Montreal hd a 5 goal game in a 7-1 Habs win over Detroit on April 9th. Guy Lafleur had 4 assists in that game to extend his point streak to 30 games to end the regular season. The streak, which could continue next season, is the third longest in NHL history. Maurice Richard had a 44 game streak in 1943-44 and Chicago's Stan Mikita had a 38 gamer to end the 1972-73 season. Mikita's streak stalled as he was held pointless in the season opener the following season.


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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 48 22 10  106
Boston Bruins		80 45 22 13  103
Buffalo Sabres		80 42 27 11   95
Cleveland Barons	80 21 51  8   50

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Montreal Canadiens	80 47 23 10  104
Detroit Red Wings 	80 37 32 11   85
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 21 43 16   58
Washington Capitals 	80 20 45 15   55
Los Angeles Kings	80 10 59 11   31
   
PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
New York Rangers	80 63  9  8  134
Philadelphia Flyers	80 55 17  8  118
New York Islanders	80 33 30 17   83
Atlanta Flames		80 29 42  9   67
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Chicago Black Hawks	80 43 22 15  101
Minnesota North Stars   80 31 38 11   73
Colorado Rockies	80 23 41 16   62
Vancouver Canucks	80 23 44 13   59
St Louis Blues		80 24 48  8   56

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Bobby Clarke		PHI  80 42  95  137
Guy Lafleur		MON  80 51  83  134
Jean Ratelle		NYR  80 63  69  132
Brad Park		NYR  80 45  77  122
Gilbert Perreault	BUF  79 43  77  120
Bobby Orr		BOS  80 25  86  111
Marcel Dionne		DET  80 52  57  109
Steve Shutt		MON  80 51  57  108
Bill Barber		PHI  60 45  63  108
Don Luce		NYR  80 40  68  108
Stan Mikita		CHI  80 34  67  101
Rick Martin		BUF  80 42  57   99
Danny Gare		BUF  80 48  47   95
Real Cloutier		TOR  74 49  44   93
Kent Nilsson		ATL  73 33  60   93



WHA REGULAR SEASON
Despite late season injuries that cost them forwards Ron Chipperfield (52-58-110) and Blair MacDonald (42-44-86) for extended periods and a broken elbow that limited Anders Hedberg (16-27-43) to just 29 games the Indianapolis Racers were the class of the WHA. The Racers had the league's best offense and also received strong goaltending from Cap Raeder.

Down to 8 teams and just 1 division the Edmonton Oilers found themselves in second place for the first time in franchise history. The Oilers leader remained all-world defenseman Guy Lapointe, who led the team with 107 points. Toronto Maple Leaf castoff Jack Valiquette (53-49-102) had a huge rookie season as a 24 year old.

Among the notable achievements this season Winnipeg Jets forward Paulin Bordeleau had a 7 point night, including 3 goals, in a 10-3 win over Birmingham in December. Meanwhile, Indianapolis centre Ron Chipperfield had a 5 goal game in the Racers 9-0 win over Quebec in February and New England's Pierre Jarry would score 5 times in a 6-6 tie with Indianapolis in March.

Edmonton's Guy Lapointe became the first player to get 600 career points in the WHA. He finished the season with 642 and was joined in the 600 point club on the season's final day by his Edmonton teammate JP Bordeleau, who ended the year with 601 points.

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     WORLD HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
STANDINGS	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Indianapolis Racers	78 57 14  7  121
Edmonton Oilers		78 52 21  5  109
New England Whalers	78 42 32  4   88
Winnipeg Jets		78 41 32  5   87
Cincinnati Stingers	78 37 34  7   81
Houston Aeros		78 34 38  6   74
Quebec Nordiques	78 33 41  4   70
Birmingham Bulls	78 11 63  4   26

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Mike Rogers		IND  78 52  96  148
Rejean Houle		IND  76 51  70  121
Ron Chipperfield	IND  73 52  58  110
Guy Lapointe 		EDM  75 23  84  107
Jack Valiquette		EDM  74 53  49  102
Mike Antonovich		CIN  78 44  49   93
Norm Gratton		EDM  78 44  44   88
Blair MacDonald		IND  56 42  44   86
Dave Kryskow		NE   68 24  59   83
Al Sims			QUE  78 17  66   83
Jamie Hislop		EDM  68 34  45   79
Earl Anderson		WPG  77 38  40   78
George Lyle		CIN  78 38  40   78
PLAYOFFS
Three of the four preliminary round playoff series ended in 2 games as Boston beat Altanta, the New York Islanders swept Detroit and Philadelphia avoided the embarassment of last season's preliminary round loss by sweeping Colorado. Only the Minnesota- Buffalo series needed a third game and the Stars prevailed 1-0 in the deciding game thanks to a 33 save shutout from Bruce Gamble.

The defending Cup champion Rangers had little trouble knocking Minnesota out of the playoffs with a 4-1 victory in their quarter-final series. New York was all abuzz about another team this season as the Islanders not only won their first playoff series in franchise history but also advanced to the semi-finals with a 4 game sweep over Toronto in the quarters. Rookie Mike Bossy had 5 goals and 11 points in the Islanders first 6 playoff games.

The Chicago Black Hawks pulled off the biggest comeback in playoff history. Philadelphia won the first 3 games only to blow a two-goal lead in Game Four and lose on an overtime goal from Chicago's Thomas Gradin. The Hawks would then even the series with wins in Games Five and Six and then would complete the comeback with an overtime goal from Dan Maloney in Game Seven.

The remaining quarterfinal also went the full seven games with Boston needing an overtime goal in the deciding game from Reggie Leach to eliminate Montreal.

The semi-final matchups had New York residents dreaming of an all New York final. The Rangers would face Boston while the surprising Islanders drew Chicago. That dream would die quickly as Chicago put an end to the Cinderella Islanders run with a 4 game sweep. However, the defending Cup champion Rangers did advance to the finals with a 5 game win over Boston.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The New York Rangers make their fifth straight appearance in the finals with virtually the same cast that led them to 3 Cups in the previous 4 years. Chicago lost to the Rangers 3 years ago and last sipped from the Cup in 1972-73, the year before the Rangers took over.

Game One was all New York as the Rangers scored twice in the first period and then relied on the goaltending of Jim Rutherford for a 2-0 shutout victory. Walt Tkaczuk and Dave Maloney were the Rangers goal scorers.

Despite being outshot by New York 45-20 the Chicago Black Hawks evened the series with a 3-1 victory in Game Two. Dave Debol and Brett Callighen scored in the first period for the Hawks with veteran Phil Esposito adding an insurance marker midway through the third. Rick Middleton was the only Ranger to solve Chicago netminder Gilles Meloche.

The series shifts to Chicago but it's the visiting Rangers who take the series lead with a 5-3 victory. Rick Middleton and Ron Duguay each score twice for New York while Brad Park gets two asssists. Thomas Gradin scores twice for Chicago.

The Rangers go up 3 games to one with a 4-2 victory in Game Four. Rick Middleton gets another goal while Brad Park scores once and adds an assist for the winners, who outshot the Hawks 40-16 in the contest. Chicago's big line of Mikita, Hull and Esposito continues to be all but invisible in the series.

The party starts early and lasts all night at Madison Square Garden as the Rangers score 5 goals in the first period and cruise to an 8-1 victory and another Stanley Cup championship. Jean Ratelle had a hat trick in the first period while Pat Hickey picked up 4 assists in the contest. Defenseman Dave Maloney had a goal and two helpers to finish the playoffs with 16 points in 15 games and claim the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Ratelle led the playoffs in goals with 12 and points with 20, followed by the Rangers Pat Hickey and Boston Bruin Reggie Leach, who each had 18 points.

Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Bobby Clarke Philadelphia (80GP 42-95-137)

VEZINA TROPHY: Eddie Johnston Chicago (27-16-9, 2.68)

NORRIS TROPHY: Brad Park New York Rangers (80GP 45-77-122)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Bobby Clarke Philadelphia (80GP 42-95-137)

CALDER TROPHY
: Mike Bossy New York Islanders (80GP 42-43-85)

The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Al Smith	     Philadelphia  Tony Esposito    Montreal		      
D   Brad Park	     NY Rangers    Ron Greschner    NY Rangers
D   Bobby Orr 	     Boston        Denis Potvin     NY Islanders 
C   Bobby Clarke     Philadelphia  Guy Lafleur      Montreal		
LW  Steve Shutt      Montreal	   Rick Martin	    Buffalo 
RW  Marcel Dionne    Detroit       Bill Barber	    Philadelphia
WHA PLAYOFFS
The Indianapolis Racers eliminated defending Avco Cup champion Winnipeg in 5 games in one semi-final while the Edmonton Oilers swept New England in the other series. The finals was a high scoring affair, featuring the two best offenses in the WHA. It went the full seven games with the Oilers winning game six on the road 5-3 and then taking the deciding game 5-2 on home ice. The Oilers have won 5 of the six Avco Cups.

Edmonton defenseman Guy Lapointe, who had 15 points in 11 games was named the playoff MVP for the fourth time in his career. Mike Rogers of Indianapolis led all playoff point producers with 19 while his linemate Rejean Houle scored a playoff best 12 goals.

Lapointe was named the league's best defenseman for the 5th year. Rogers was awarded the regular season MVP award while the rookie of the year went to Ron Chipperfield of Indianapolis. Gilles Gilbert, who joined the New England Whalers this season after 5 year with the defunct Cleveland-Minnesota franchise, was named the league's top goaltender.
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1978-79

1978-79

OFF-SEASON
Some big time stars have decided to retire as the game says farewell to Bobby Hull, Eddie Johnston, Yvan Cournoyer, Bob Nevin and Doug Jarrett.

Hull retires as the greatest goal scorer in league history, scoring a record 884 goals and 2032 points. Included in his totals are a single season record 75 goals scored in 78 games in 1972-73. He played 1459 games over 21 seasons, all with the Chicago Black Hawks. He led the NHL in goals 7 times and points on 3 occassions. A two time Hart Trophy winner and 13 time first team all-star, Hull won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1973 and played on 5 Stanley Cup winning Black Hawks teams.

Johnston began his career with Montreal but was traded to Chicago for Kenny Wharram before ever appearing in a game for the Habs. He would go on to win 9 Vezina Trophy's and 5 Stanley Cups with Chicago, compiling a 758-392-173 record with a 2.37 career goals against average. He rankes 3rd all-time behind Terry Sawchuk and Jacques Plante in wins and is also third behind those two in career shutouts with 166.

Doug Jarrett joined the Hawks as a 19 year old in 1963-64 and would win 3 Conn Smythe Trophy's and 2 Norris Trophys. He is also a 5 time Stanley Cup winner and played 837 carere NHL games, scoring 803 points. His brother Gary played 422 NHL games for Toronto and Vancouver.

Cournoyer played 14 seasons and 846 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens and amassed 1001 points in his NHL career. He is one of only 18 players in league history to reach the 1000 point plateau. A two-time first team all-star, the 'Roadrunner' won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1969 and was a member of 3 Stanley Cup winning Montreal teams.

Nevin played 19 years and 1152 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring 326 goals and 833 points in his career. He won two Stanley Cups with the Leafs.


The Cleveland Barons franchise has been disbanded and all players in the organization have been given to the Minnesota North Stars as the two teams merge. Minnesota also gets two of the better known new young players entering the league as Bobby Smith and Steve Payne join the team. Other newcomvers include Al Secord in Boston, John Tonelli with the Islanders and Rod Langway to Montreal. I do not see Gretzky anywhere so I assume he will debut with Edmonton next season. Meanwhile, the WHA is down to 7 teams after Houston folds.


Prior to the start of training camp the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres made a huge deal with Buffalo sending 27 year old winger Rick Martin to the Rangers in echange for defenseman Dave Maloney and minor league Lance Nethery. Martin is coming of back to back 42 goal seasons with the Sabres and will immediately join Jean Ratelle and Rick Middleton on the Rangers top line. Maloney is just 22 years old and had 46 points last season, his third with the Rangers. He was a dominant presence in the playoffs and was rewarded with the Conn Smythe Trophy for his role in helping the Rangers win the Cup. With Brad Park, Ron Greschner and Andre Dupont the Rangers felt he was expendable.

REGULAR SEASON
The Sabres decision to deal Martin worked out perfectly for them as Craig Ramsay stepped in for Martin on the top line with Gilbert Perreault and Danny Gare. The result was the threesome finished 1-2-3 in NHL scoring and helped the Sabres to 98 points, their best showing in franchise history. Martin was anything but a bust so the Rangers made out just fine as their new winger had 38 goals and 95 points in 63 games before suffering a heel injury that shortened his season.

While the Sabres were certainly a mild surprise the biggest improvement came from the St Louis Blues, who more than doubled their point total from a year ago as they finished with 113 points and returned to the playoffs after a 5 year drought. The Blues got solid goaltending from veteran Gilles Villemure but it was their offense that really took off as the line of 22 year olds Bernie Federko (35-58-93) and Brian Sutter (46-61-107) along with 28 year old Orest Kindrachuk (48-44-92) all had career seasons. Rookie forward Wayne Babych (27-47-74) and 23 year old defenseman Jack Brownschidle (23-52-75) also made a big contribution.

The biggest drop-off belong to the Boston Bruins, who went from 103 points a year ago to just 71 this season and barely sneaking into the playoffs. Bernie Parent had a tough season in net and the offensive production dipped from most players although Jean Pronovost (46-66-112) and Bobby Orr (31-65-96) still had strong campaigns.

Chicago endured a similar drop to the Bruins but that can be greatly attributed to the retirements of Bobby Hull, Doug Jarrett and Eddie Johnston. With Hull gone, Stan Mikita saw his point total drop from 101 a year ago to 88 this season. Phil Esposito (22-24-46) continues his rapid decline at age 37 and he lost his spot on the top line by mid-season. Mikita found himself centering 26 year old Bob Nystrom (27-24-51), who was acquried from the Islanders a couple seasons back, and Swedish import Thomas Gradin (19-31-50) so it was a far cry from the Hawks glory days when the big line was setting the league on fire. On positive for Chicago is the development of second year defenseman Doug Wilson (21-41-62).

Chicago's Stan Mikita became the first player in NHL history to surpass the 2100 point plateau. The 38 year old had 88 points this season to give him 2105 in his 21 year career. He passed former teammate Bobby Hull's previous record of 2032 early in the season. Only 5 players have ever scored as many as 1500 career points and the next active player on the list behind Mikita is his linemate Phil Esposito, who has 1365 career points.

One of the bigger deals made this season saw Montreal ship former Norris Trophy winning defenseman Carol Vadnais to the New York Islanders in exchange for John Tonelli. The 33 year old Vadnais had 53 points in 63 games with the Habs and added another 21 points in 18 games for the Islanders. Tonelli, a 22 year old rookie finished the season playing in 68 games and had 26 goals and 49 points.

The trade helped both teams as the Islanders set a team record for points in season and had arguably the best top defensive pair in the league with Vadnais and 25 year old Denis Potvin (20-55-75). Second year winger Mike Bossy (41-43-84) was limited to just 64 games due to injury but his linemates Bryan Trottier (26-56-82) and Clark Gillies (39-56-95) each had strong seasons as did veteran forward Robbie Ftorek (47-47-94).

Montreal won the Norris Division for the 5th straight season and while they are no longer winning well over 50 games a season the Habs are still surpassing the 100 point mark, going 46-21-13 this year. Tony Esposito continues to provide solid goaltending while longtime back up Ken Dryden could likely be the starter on a dozen other teams. Guy Lafleur (46-67-113) and Steve Shutt (38-57-95) continue to dominate the Montreal offense and the search for a third member of the line since the retirement of Yvan Cournoyer continues. This year both Marc Tardif (19-48-67) and Mark Napier (23-41-64) spent time with them but eventually the role may go to newcomer Tonelli. The move of Vadnais was made easier by the emergence of Larry Robinson (14-55-69) and Brian Engblom (17-35-52) on the Montreal blueline.

Toronto finished first in the Adams Division for the second straight season despite a number of key injuries. At 27 defenseman Borje Salming (14-69-83) enjoyed the best season of his career and winger Lanny McDonald (47-51-98) had a breakout season. 22 year old Real Cloutier, who came over from the WHA Denver Spurs three years ago, is looking like he has the potential to be one of the best goal scorers in the league. He had 42 this season and has 135 goals in his first 3 years in the NHL after scoring 50 in the WHA as a 19 year old.

Milestones achieved
Fred Stanfield of Chicago reached 900 career points
Pat Stapleton of Chicago reached 900 career points
Phil Esposito of Chicago scored his 650th career goal
Jean Ratelle of the NY Rangers scored his 600th career goal
Nick Libett of Pittsburgh reached 500 career assists
Garry Unger of Toronto reached 500 career assists
Gilbert Perreault of Buffalo reached 500 career assists
Guy Lafleur of Montreal reached 500 career assists

1250 Games Played
Ted Green Boston
Jean Ratelle NY Rangers
Phil Esposito Chicago

1000 Games Played
Bruce MacGregor Colorado
Derek Sanderson Boston
Nick Libbet Pittsburgh
Pete Mahovlich Detroit
Don Awrey Boston
JP Parise Boston
Fred Stanfield Chicago

800 Games Played
Bernie Parent Boston

750 Games Played
Wayne Cashman Boston
Bobby Clarke Philadelphia
Michel Briere Pittsburgh

Guy Lafleur added 2 more games to his point streak from last season before it was snapped at 32 straight games with at least 1 point.

Buffalo's Gilbert Perreault had an 8 point game in a 10-2 win over Philadelphia on March 17th. Perreault scored twice and added 6 helpers in the game. Linemate Craig Ramsay had 7 points in the same game. Perreault also had a 7 point game in the Sabres 11-1 win over Atlanta just over a month earlier.

Wilf Paiement, who finished the season with 55 points, got 6 of them in one game in March as he scored once and added 5 assists in Colorado's 7-1 win over Pittsburgh.

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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 46 20 14  106
Buffalo Sabres		80 43 25 12   98
Boston Bruins		80 30 39 11   71
Minnesota North Stars   80 28 47  5   61

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Montreal Canadiens	80 46 21 13  105
Detroit Red Wings 	80 33 37 10   76
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 24 48  8   56
Washington Capitals 	80 18 47 15   51
Los Angeles Kings	80 18 54  8   44
   
PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
New York Rangers	80 52 18 10  114
Philadelphia Flyers	80 49 15 16  114
New York Islanders	80 41 26 13   95
Atlanta Flames		80 19 50 11   49
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
St Louis Blues		80 52 19  9  113
Chicago Black Hawks	80 33 36 11   77
Vancouver Canucks	80 29 39 12   70
Colorado Rockies	80 26 46  8   60

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Gilbert Perreault	BUF  77 45  85  130
Craig Ramsay		BUF  80 42  80  122
Danny Gare		BUF  80 57  56  113
Guy Lafleur		MON  80 46  67  113
Jean Pronovost		BOS  80 46  66  112
Brian Sutter		StL  78 46  61  107
Jean Ratelle		NYR  80 56  48  104
Marcel Dionne		DET  80 45  59  104
Bill Barber		PHI  78 50  51  101
Lanny McDonald		TOR  79 47  51   98
Rick Middleton		NYR  78 44  54   98
Mel Bridgeman		PHI  80 27  70   97
Ron Greschner		NYR  80 19  78   97
Bobby Clarke		PHI  80 40  56   96
Bobby Orr		BOS  76 31  65   96

WHA REGULAR SEASON
The Edmonton Oilers led by WHA superstar defenseman Guy Lapointe finished with the league's best record. Lapointe missed becoming the first defenseman to win the scoring title by two points as Indianpolis forward Mike Rogers ended with 128 to Lapointe's 126.

Jack Valiquette of the Oilers led the WHA in goals with 63 but that was 10 shy of the single season record set by Dave Hudson in 1975-76. Hudson, the longtime New England Whaler, scored 28 goals this season and that allowed him to finish with 250 career goals, the most in WHA history.

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     WORLD HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
STANDINGS	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Edmonton Oilers		78 51 21  6  108
Indianapolis Racers	78 45 25  8   98
New England Whalers	78 41 33  4   86
Cincinnati Stingers	78 36 30 12   84
Quebec Nordiques	78 31 34 13   75
Winnipeg Jets		78 29 39 10   68
Birmingham Bulls	78 25 46  7   57

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Mike Rogers		IND  78 47  81  128
Guy Lapointe 		EDM  78 28  98  126
Jack Valiquette		EDM  74 63  49  112
Blair MacDonald		IND  78 39  61  100
George Ferguson		NE   78 48  47   95
Jamie Hislop		EDM  78 31  54   85
Dave Hudson		NE   78 28  54   82
Risto Siltanen		IND  66 14  66   80
Anders Hedberg		IND  78 42  37   79
Veli-Pekka Ketola	BIR  75 44  34   78
Rejean Houle		IND  74 35  38   73
Danny Bolduc		CIN  77 32  39   71
Mark Howe		CIN  65 18  52   70
Bill Nyrop		EDM  78 19  48   67
Mike Antonovich		CIN  57 32  33   65
PLAYOFFS
Philadelphia had no trouble with Minnesota in their preliminary round matchup as the Flyers won 6-4 and 3-2 despite Bobby Clarke being held pointless in the series. Each of the other 3 opening round series went the full 3 games.

The rapidly improving New York Islanders knocked off Boston with an 8-3 win in the deciding game as Denis Potvin scored three times for the winners. Detroit got an overtime goal from Dale McCourt to beat Chicago 6-5 in the final game of their series, giving the Hawks their earliest exit from the playoffs in well over a decade. The other series saw Buffalo get a 3-2 win over Vancouver with Perreault and Ramsay each scoring once and adding an assist.

Some interesting quarterfinal matchups as the New York Islanders face the St Louis Blues, Philadelphia meets Montreal, Detroit plays the defending Cup champion Rangers and Buffalo meets Toronto.

Montreal knocked off Philadelphia in 5 games as Flyer captain Bobby Clarke continued to struggle. Clarke failed to score a goal in any of the Flyers 7 playoff games and the teamhad another dissappointing end to it's season.

The New York Islanders advanced to the semis for the second straight season after eliminating St Louis in 6 games. Dennis Potvin has 17 points thru 9 playoff contests while Clark Gillies and veteran Carol Vadnais each have 16.

The Buffalo Sabres duo of Gil Perreault and Craig Ramsay continue to figure prominently on the scoresheet as the pair combined for 29 points so far in the playoffs and were a big reason the Sabres upset Toronto to advance to the semi-finals for the first time in franchise history.

Buffalo's opponent in the semi-finals will be Detroit after the Wings knocked off the Rangers in 6 game. The pairing of Marcel Dionne with 22 year old Dale McCourt is reminding Wings fans of the days of Delvecchio and Howe in the early 60s. Dionne has 15 points in 9 playoff games thru the quarterfinals and McCourt has 12.

SEMI-FINALS
A couple of interesting series on tap and we have a chance to see the first ever all-expansion team final as Buffalo meets Detroit while the New York Islanders take on Montreal.

The Buffalo Sabres had surprisingly little trouble disposing of Detroit in 4 straight games. Craig Ramsay scored 4 goals in a 6-2 win in Game Three and picked up 13 points in the series to give him 27 in the playoffs so far.

Montreal and the Islanders split the first four games but New York suffered a crucial injury when Mike Bossy was knocked out of the series with an injury in Game One. Clark Gillies took over, getting 4 points in a 5-2 Islanders win in Game Five and then scored a hat trick in a 7-2 series clinching win in Game Six.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
An all-expansion final as the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders meet to determine the Stanley Cup champion. The Islanders will likely play the entire series with forward Mike Bossy who is battling a hamstring injury. Buffalo enters the series with everyone healthy.

Denis Potvin scores twice and Clark Gillies has 3 assists to add to his playoff leading point total of 33 as the Islanders win the opener in Buffalo by a 4-3 score. Veteran Mike Walton, who came to the Island in a February deal with Toronto, got the game winner. Gerry Desjardins made 29 saves in the Islanders net while Chico Resch stopped 28 shots for Buffalo.

Another 4-3 win for the Islanders in Game Two. Robbie Ftorek scores twice for the winners while Bryan Trottier had a goal and 2 assists and Clark Gillies chipped in with 2 helpers. Gilbert Perreault had one of the Buffalo goals and assisted on the other two. The Sabres outshot the Islanders 36-25 but Desjardins was again outstanding in net for New York.

The series shifts to Uniondale for Game Three and it is another tight game with the Islanders ultimately prevailing 3-2 in overtime. Goals from Gillies and Brent Meeke staked the Islanders to a 2-0 first period lead but Craig Ramsay scored two, one in the second period and one early in the third, to tie the game for Buffalo. Stan Weir was the overtime hero for the Islanders as he scored just over a minute into overtime with Mike Walton and Denis Potvin drawing the assists.

In an unusual season that saw two expansion teams reach the finals for the first time you have to expect an unusual deciding game and Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals was certainly that. The Islanders prevailed in a wild 8-7 contest that saw 6 goals scored in the final 10 minutes.

The Islanders chased Buffalo goaltender Resch in the first period with 4 goals on 8 shots and at the end of 20 minutes it was 4-1 New York and the game seemed to be over. But power play goals early in the second from Gilbert Perreault and Danny Gare brought the Sabres to within one only two see Clark Gillies score two goals 9 seconds apart to complete his hat trick and restore the 3 goal New York lead after two periods.

Trailing 6-3 entering the third Craig Ramsay would score 3 goals in 9 minutes sandwiched around a Mike Walton tally for New York and with 7:36 remaining in regulation the score was now 7-6 for the Islanders. At that point New York pulled Gerry Desjardins and replaced him with back-up Goran Hogosta.

Mike Walton's second of the period at 17:18 made it 8-6 New York but the Sabres were not done yet as Peter McNab scored with 59 second left to cut the lead to one. Buffalo stormed the New York net but could not get the tying goal and the Islanders held on for an 8-7 victory and their first Stanley Cup title.

Clark Gillies established a new NHL playoff record for goals with 19 and points with 39 but the Conn Smythe went to teammate Denis Potvin (13-24-37), who finished second in scoring and averaged nearly 28 minutes of ice time a game in the playoffs.

Here are the NHL single season playoff leaders:
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PLAYOFF GOAL LEADERS
19  Clark Gillies 	NY Islanders  1978-79  19 games
18  Yvan Cournoyer  	Montreal      1968-69  16 games
14  Robbie Ftorek  	NY Islanders  1978-79  19 games
14  Rick Kehoe  	Toronto       1976-77  20 games
14  Bobby Hull  	Chicago       1967-68  16 games
14  Jean Ratelle  	NY Rangers    1974-75  19 games

PLAYOFF POINTS
39  Clark Gillies     19-20-39 in 19 games NY Islanders 1978-79
37  Denis Potvin      13-24-37 in 19 games NY Islanders 1978-79
33  Gilbert Perreault 11-22-33 in 17 games Buffalo      1978-79
33  Yvan Cournoyer    18-15-33 in 16 games Montreal     1968-69
32  Craig Ramsay      13-19-32 in 17 games Buffalo      1978-79
32  Carol Vadnais      4-28-32 in 19 games NY Islanders 1978-79
32  Stan Mikita       11-21-32 in 16 games Chicago      1967-68
31  Rich Kehoe        14-17-31 in 20 games Toronto      1976-77
29  Bobby Hull        14-15-29 in 16 games Chicago      1967-68
Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Bobby Clarke Philadelphia (80GP 40-56-96)

VEZINA TROPHY:
John Davidson New York Rangers (29-6-7, 2.29)

NORRIS TROPHY: Brad Park New York Rangers (80GP 28-67-95)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Gilbert Perreault Buffalo (77GP 45-85-130)

CALDER TROPHY: Ryan Walter Washington (80GP 26-47-73)

The game must have a love affair with Bobby Clarke as, while he had a strong season, I can't see how he wins the Hart Trophy over the years Perreault, Lafleur, Ramsay, Pronovost or Brian Sutter had.

The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Gilles Villemure St Louis	   Al Smith	    Philadelphia  		      
D   Brad Park	     NY Rangers    Ron Greschner    NY Rangers
D   Bobby Orr 	     Boston        Borje Salming    Toronto
C   Gil Perreault    Buffalo       Guy Lafleur      Montreal		
LW  Craig Ramsay     Buffalo       Brian Sutter     St Louis
RW  Jean Pronovost   Boston        Marcel Dionne    Detroit
WHA PLAYOFFS
The Indianapolis Racers won what would prove to be the final Avco Cup as they knocked off the Edmonton Oilers in a 6 game final. Indianapolis had beaten New England in 6 in one semi-final while the Oilers, who won 5 of the 7 Avco Cups, needed 7 games to eliminate Cincinnati.

Mike Rogers, who won the regular season scoring title, was named playoff MVP after the Racers centre scored a playoff high 9 goals. His 20 points were tied with linemate Dave Hunter second only to the third member of their line - Blair MacDonald, who had 7 goals and 22 points to lead all playoff scorers.

Rogers was also named regular season MVP while Edmonton defenseman Guy Lapointe won his 6th straight top defenseman award. Indianapolis defenseman Risto Siltanen, who had 80 points in 66 games, was named the top rookie while Edmonton's Pierre Hamel was named the league's best goaltender.

The brief WHA era comes to an end so it will be interesting to see where the Indianapolis big guns end up next season.

In the meantime here are the all-time scoring leaders in the WHA
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WHA ALL TIME POINT LEADERS
1- Guy Lapointe		Edmonton	768
2- Dave Hudson		New England	633
3- JP Bordeleau		Edmonton	632
4- Mike Rogers		Indianapolis	606
5- Gerry O'Flaherty	Quebec		539
6- J Bob Kelly		Edmonton	525
7- Blair MacDonald	Indianapolis    511
8- Bobby Sheehan	EDM-WPG		507
9- Anders Hedberg	PHO-IND	        483
10-Rob Walton		MIN-WPG-CIN	473

WHA ALL-TIME GOAL LEADERS
1- Dave Hudson		New England	250
2- J Bob Kelly		Edmonton	244
3- Bobby Sheehan	EDM/WPG		241
4- JP Bordeleau		Edmonton	229
5- Blair MacDonald	Indianapolis	226

WHA GOALIE ALL-TIME WINS LEADERS
1- Gilles Gilbert	CLE-MIN-NE	208
2- Wayne Thomas		CHI-NE		184
3- Dave Reece		Edmonton	157
4- Ken Brown		Quebec		156
5- Rocky Farr		EDM-HOU-IND	155
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1979-80

OFF-SEASON
The biggest change is the WHA folds and the NHL adds 4 teams from the defunct league as new franchises. The biggest debut is Wayne Gretzky makes his appearance joining the Edmonton Oilers along with Mark Messier. There are a bunch of new young stars entering the game including Kevin Lowe, Glenn Anderson and Charlie Huddy in Edmonton, Ray Bourque with Boston, Mats Naslund and Guy Carbonneau in Montreal, Pelle Lindbergh, Tim Kerr and Brian Propp in Philadelphia, Mike Gartner in Washington, Dino Ciccarelli and Craig Hartsburg in Minnesota, Joey Mullen in St Louis and Rick Vaive with Vancouver.

Retirements this year are highlighted by Phil Esposito leaving the game after 18 seasons and 5 Stanley Cups with the Chicago Black Hawks. Teamed with Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull on the Hawks number one line, Esposito led the NHL in goals on two occasions and finished with 667 for his career, second only to Hull. His 1365 career points place him 6th all-time while his 1271 games played rank 16th in league history. He had 5 fifty-goal seasons in his career and was a 3-time first-team all-star selection.

Ralph Backstrom retired at the age of 41 after 9 seasons with Montreal, 8 in St Louis and the final 4 with Edmonton of the WHA. Backstrom scored 189 goals and 417 points in 780 NHL games and added 100 goals and 257 points in 304 games in the WHA. He won 2 Stanley Cups and a pair of Avco Cup titles.

Paul Henderson retires after playing just 29 games for Detroit last season. The 35 year old played 1186 career NHL games, all with the Red Wings, and finishes with 938 points including 414 goals. He helped the Wings to their last Stanley Cup victory, in 1963-64, when he had 8 points in 13 games as a 20 year old.

Derek Sanderson retired at the age of 33. The long-time Bruin was traded to Toronto in January but suited up for only 5 games in a Maple Leaf uniform. The remainder of his 1027 career NHL games were played for Boston and he tallied 465 goals and 1008 points in his career. The 465 goals are a Boston record and he is third all-time behind only Bobby Orr and Don Marcotte for career points as a Bruin. He broke in in 1967-68 and won the Calder Trophy after scoring 40 goals and 74 points as a rookie. Sanderson also had two 50-goal seasons and scored 10 goals in 16 playoff games in 1972 to help the Bruins win their first Stanley Cup since 1942.

Don Awrey retires after 1033 games with Boston. He accumulated 337 points in his 16 year career including 3 goals and 18 assists in 60 games last season. Ed Westfall retired after 1105 games and 580 points with the Bruins.

Boston also lost veteran defenseman Gerry Odrowski to retirement. The 40 year old finished his NHL career with 11 points in 68 games last season for the Bruins. His 1229 game NHL career began with the New York Rangers in 1961 and also included stops in Oakland and Cleveland. Odrowski had 342 points and 2165 penalty minutes in his career.

Gary Bergman retired at the age of 40 after playing 30 games last season for the Quebec Nordiques of the WHA. Prior to switching leagues, Bergman spent 17 seasons on the Chicago Black Hawks blueline, appearing in 1004 regular season games, scoring 132 goals and 578 points. He was a key contributor to 5 Stanley Cup winning Chicago teams between 1966 and 1973.

Two Montreal Canadiens retired as Danny Grant and JC Tremblay each hung up the blades. Tremblay had 34 points last season to finish his 1214 NHL game career with 635 points. Injuries limited Grant to 34 games last season so the 33 year old decided to retire after 949 games. Grant scored 313 goals and 642 points in his career with his best season being a 52 goal, 82 point campaign in 1972-73. Grant won 3 Stanley Cups with the Canadiens while Tremblay won 4.


TRADES
This was a huge off-season for deals with the biggest move being the Montreal Canadiens dealing Steve Shutt to Buffalo for Peter McNab in an exchange of 27 year old forwards. Shutt had 3 consecutive 50 goal seasons before dipping to 38 last year but still picked up 95 points in 77 games with Montreal. McNab had 26 goals and 63 points a year ago for the Sabres. McNab projects to being a third line centre for Montreal behind Guy Lafleur and Blake Dunlop while Shutt should end up on the Sabres second line with Rob McClanahan and Wayne Merrick, behind the big line of Perreault-Ramsay-Gare.

The Habs also acquired Dunlop this offseason by dealing 33 year old defenseman Serge Savard to Minnesota in exchange for the 26 year old pivot. Savard had 46 points for Montreal last year.

The Rangers dealt Rick Middleton and Jim Rutherford to the Islanders in exchange for Bob Bourne and Dave Cameron. With that deal Rutherford takes over as the Isles number one goaltender so 35 year old Gerry Desjardins was dispatched to Colorado. Middleton had 98 points last season and will join Robbie Ftorek and Anders Kallur on the second line. Bourne had 60 points last year as a 25 year old.

Bad news for the Oilers right off the bat as Wayne Gretzky broke his collarbone in the Oilers final preseason game and is expected to miss the first two months of the season.

REGULAR SEASON
Another big trade occurred in November as Boston dealt Reggie Leach to Hartford for goaltender Mike Liut. Leach would finish the season with 48 goals and 91 points while Liut would play 33 games for the Bruins as Bernie Parent appears to be near the end of his career. Shortly after dealing Liut the Whalers picked up Ken Dryden from Montreal, allowing Dryden finally the chance to be a number one goalie at the age of 32 after spending over a decade as Tony Esposito's understudy in Montreal.

Injuries made a big dent on teams this season as new Islander pickup Rick Middleton missed 6 months, Toronto's Borje Salming 3 months, Bernie Federko of St Louis missed 4 months and Chicago's Stan Mikita missed half the season. Gretzky suffered a second injury and missed another two months so the Great One played in just 29 games but still had 51 points as a rookie.


MILESTONES
Bobby Orr of Boston picked up his 1200th career point
Brad Park of the NY Rangers earned his 1200th career point
Dave Keon of Toronto recorded his 900th career point
Carol Vadnais of the NY Islanders picked up his 900th career point
Guy Lafleur of Montreal scored his 300th career goal.
Steve Shutt of Buffalo scored his 300th career goal.
Bobby Orr of Boston scored his 300th career goal.
Marcel Dionne of Detroit scored his 300th career goal.

Serge Savard of Minnesota played in his 1000th NHL game
Carol Vadnais of the NY Islanders played in his 1000th NHL game
Ron Ellis of Quebec played in his 1000th NHL game
Brad Park of the NY Rangers played in his 1000th NHL game
Bobby Orr of Boston played in his 1000th NHL game
Rogie Vachon of Minnesota played in his 800th career game.


Randy Pierce of Colorado had a 7 point night in an October 9-0 win over Atlanta. Pierce scored once and picked up 6 assists. The 22 year old is in his third NHL season and set a career best with 34 goals and 64 points for the Rockies this year.

Robbie Ftorek of the Islanders had a 5 goal game in a 10-3 win over Pittsburgh on December 14th. Ftorek would score 38 goals and pick up 81 points on the year. His Islander teammate Clark Gillies scored 5 times in a 6-1 win in Winnipeg a month later. Centre Bryan Trottier assisted on all 6 Islanders goals in that game.

Toronto's Darryl Sittler had a 5 goal game on February 1st in the Leas 9-4 win over Chicago. Sittler also picked up an assist in the contest.


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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 51 24  5  107
Buffalo Sabres		80 49 23  8  106
Minnesota North Stars   80 41 30  9   91
Boston Bruins		80 37 32 11   85
Quebec Nordiques	80 12 57 11   35

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Montreal Canadiens	80 62  7 11  135
Detroit Red Wings 	80 39 29 12   90
Hartford Whalers	80 23 44 13   59
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 24 48  8   56
Los Angeles Kings	80 16 50 14   46
   
PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
New York Islanders	80 58 14  8  124
Philadelphia Flyers	80 54 18  8  116
New York Rangers	80 54 20  6  114
Atlanta Flames		80 24 45 11   59
Washington Capitals 	80 23 46 11   57
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
St Louis Blues		80 42 26 12   96
Colorado Rockies	80 34 37  9   77
Edmonton Oilers		80 28 35 17   73
Chicago Black Hawks	80 23 44 13   59
Vancouver Canucks	80 20 47 13   53
Winnipeg Jets		80 16 54 10   42

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Gilbert Perreault	BUF  80 46  83  129
Denis Potvin		NYI  76 38  90  128
Guy Lafleur		MON  74 57  69  126
Bryan Trottier		NYI  80 24 102  126
Mike Bossy		NYI  74 60  59  119
Dennis Maruk		TOR  80 32  87  119
Clark Gillies		NYI  80 61  57  118
Brad Park		NYR  80 34  80  114
Lanny McDonald		TOR  80 56  57  113
Rick Kehoe		TOR  80 51  62  113
Marcel Dionne		DET  80 48  65  113
Bobby Clarke		PHI  80 40  70  110
Steve Shutt		BUF  80 51  56  107
Jean Ratelle		NYR  76 51  51  102
Ron Greschner		NYR  80 15  86  101
Kent Nilsson		ATL  80 52  48  100
Rick Martin		NYR  80 35  64   99
Carol Vadnais		NYI  80 23  76   99
Bill Barber		PHI  80 40  56   96
Bobby Orr		BOS  80 27  68   95
PLAYOFFS
The playoffs open with a best of 5 series. Most of the series were sweeps with Montreal knocking out Washington, Toronto eliminating Chicago, St Louis beating Atlanta and the New York Rangers dumping Colorado 3 straight. Philadelphia needed 4 games to beat Edmonton and Boston upset Buffalo in 4 games.

The other two series went the distance as Detroit advanced on an overtime goal in game five from Vaclav Nedomansky to eliminate Minnesota. Meanwhile, the Hartford Whalers pulled off a huge upset eliminating the defending Cup champion Islanders with a 4-3 win in Uniondale in Game Five. George Ferguson was the hero for Hartford in the deciding game with 2 goals and an assist.

The Whalers playoffs ended quickly in the next round as Montreal swept Hartford in 4 straight. Toronto also knocked off Boston in a sweep while the St Louis Blues swept Detroit. Only the Rangers-Flyers series and it went the full seven games before Philadelphia prevailed 5-4 in the deciding contest thanks to a goal from Bobby Clarke late in the third period.

Montreal knocked off Philadelphia in 5 games while Toronto needed 6 to eliminate the St Louis Blues giving us the first Montreal-Toronto final since 1950.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The finals pit the two teams with the most Cups against each other. Counting before the sim started in 1931 Montreal has won 19 Cups and Toronto has claimed 18 titles. The Habs last win came over the New York Rangers just 4 years ago but the Leafs, who lost to the Rangers in the finals in 1977 and 1974, have not won a Cup since 1965.

The Habs will be missing winger Mark Napier (21-22-43) who played just 39 games this season due to injury, as well as defensemen John Van Boxmeer (6-13-19 in 35 games), Brian Engblom (16-29-45) and Joe Micheletti (8-40-48).

Toronto comes into the finals with everyone healthy but that ends in Game One when Rick Kehoe (51-62-113) goes down with an injury. In 14 playoff games Kehoe had 23 points including 11 goals. Montreal takes the opener 4-0 on home ice as Tony Esposito has a 23 save shutout. John Tonelli, Larry Robinson, Guy Charron and rookie Scott Campbell scored for Canadiens, who fired 31 shots on Leafs netminder Mike Palmateer.

Game Two is another 4-0 Montreal win as Esposito makes 27 saves. Guy Lafleur has two goals and an assist to lead Montreal with Tonelli and Rod Langway also scoring.

Toronto finally gets a goal in Game Three as the series shifts to Maple Leaf Gardens but it is hardly enough as the Leafs fall 5-1. Tonelli scores for the third straight game with Lafleur, Peter McNab, Pierre Mondou and John Van Boxmeer- back from injury- also beating Ernie Wakely, who replaced Palmateer for this game.

The Canadiens complete the sweep and win their 20th Stanley Cup with a 4-3 victory. Larry Robinson scores once and adds two assists while Van Boxmeer, Blake Dunlop and Doug Jarvis also get goals. Garry Unger, Real Cloutier and Errol Thompson score for the Leafs.

The absence of Kehoe played a huge role in the series as his centre, Dennis Maruk, who led the Leafs in scoring during the regular season and had 22 points in 13 playoff games leading up to the finals, did not register a single point in the four game series. Lanny McDonald, the third member of that line, led all playoff scorers with 12 goals and 28 points but McDonald only registered 1 assist in the finals.

Despite missing the final round Kehoe's 23 points tied him for second in playoff scoring with Montreal's Guy Lafleur. Habs 23 year old rookie defenseman Rod Langway led all rearguard with 22 points and was rewarded with the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Denis Potvin NY Islanders (76GP 38-90-128)

VEZINA TROPHY: Tony Esposito Montreal (52-6-11, 2.00)

NORRIS TROPHY: Denis Potvin NY Islanders (76GP 38-90-128)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Gilbert Perreault Buffalo (80GP 46-83-129)

CALDER TROPHY: Rod Langway Montreal (80GP 22-62-84)

Potvin becomes just the fourth defenseman to win the Hart Trophy and the first since Chicago's Pierre Pilote in 1958-59. The other defensemen to win it are Doug Harvey, Eddie Shore and King Clancy


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Tony Esposito    Montreal      Pete Peeters     Philadelphia 		      
D   Brad Park	     NY Rangers    Ron Greschner    NY Rangers
D   Denis Potvin     NY Islanders  Bobby Orr 	    Boston 	
C   Bryan Trottier   NY Islanders  Guy Lafleur      Montreal		
LW  Lanny McDonald   Toronto       Clark Gillies    NY Islanders
RW  Mike Bossy       NY Islanders  Marcel Dionne    Detroit
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1980-81

OFF-SEASON
The NHL's all-time leader in points is retiring as Stan Mikita has had enough hockey after 22 years and 1462 NHL games. The 40 year old was limited to 36 games and 24 points last season because of a shoulder injury. His 2129 career regular season points and 1487 assists rank #1 in each of those categories while he is 5th in goals with 642. Mikita holds the single season record for points with 169 set in 1968-69 and he has 5 of the 6 highest single season point totals in league history.

He broke in with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1958-59, playing 69 games and scoring 24 points as an 18 year old. Mikita would go on to win the Hart Trophy as league MVP 9 times as well as two Conn Smythe Trophy's as playoff MVP. He led the NHL in scoring 8 times and was a first team all-star 10 times in his career. He also won 5 Stanley Cups and tallied 261 points in 188 playoff games.

Other highlights for Mikita include a 38 game point streak in 1972-73, second only to the 44 gamer Maurice Richard had in 1943-44.

Pete Mahovlich has decided to retire at the age of 33. Mahovlich spent his entire 16 year career with the Detroit Red Wings. He played in 1121 games and had 353 goals and 1016 career points. He was a two-time first team all-star.

Others retiring include Ted Green, who played 20 seasons and 1326 games for the Boston Bruins, and JP Parise, who retired after 16 seasons and 1116 games. Parise spent 15 years in Boston before finishing his career with Hartford last year, scoring 272 goals and 767 points.

The Atlanta Flames have moved north to Calgary in the only franchise change for the upcoming season.

Notable new players include Paul Coffey and Jari Kurri to Edmonton, Bernie Nicholls to Los Angeles, Denis Savard and Steve Larmer in Chciago, and Peter and Anton Statsny with the Quebec Nordiques.

REGULAR SEASON
After being limited to 29 games as rookie Wayne Gretzky was healthy this year and won his first scoring title with 147 points including 61 goals. However the 61 goals were only good for third in the league as an offensive explosion that would last much of the decade began. Minnesota's 22 year old winger Steve Payne had 67 goals while veteran New York Ranger centre Jean Ratelle shattered the record books with an amazing 83 goals in 80 games.

The top two teams in the league this season were the two clubs that met in the Stanley Cup Finals last year as Montreal led the way with 131 points while the Toronto Maple Leafs were close behind with 127. The toughest division was the Leafs group in the Adams, as Boston and Minnesota both topped the 100 point mark and all 5 teams in the group finished over .500 and as a result all five made the playoffs.

MILESTONES
Jean Ratelle of the NY Rangers scored his 700th goal in fine fashion as it was one of 4 Ratelle would scored on the night in an 8-3 win over Calgary on December 22nd. The goal would be scored on Pat Riggin and be the 4th of the game and 40th of the season for the Ranger sniper. Ratelle would finish the season with 743 career goals, second only to Bobby Hull's mark of 884.

Don Marcotte of Boston recorded his 1200th career point
Jean Pronovost of Boston scored his 400th goal
Gil Perreault of Buffalo scored his 300th goal
Danny Gare of Buffalo scored his 300th goal
Rick Kehoe of Toronto scored his 300th goal
Bobby Clarke of Philadelphia earned his 750th career assist
Darryl Sittler of Toronto earned his 500th assist
Marcel Dionne of Detroit earned his 500th assist

1500 GAMES
Dave Keon Toronto

1000 GAMES
Garry Unger Toronto
Mike Walton NY Islanders
Jean Pronovost Boston

800 GAMES
Gerry Cheevers Los Angeles
750 GAMES
Dan Maloney Chicago
Ron Stackhouse Toronto
Gene Carr St Louis
Ross Lonsberry Colorado
Guy Lafleur Montreal
Don Luce NY Rangers
Rick Martin NY Rangers
Guy Charron Montreal

Jean Pronovost of Boston had a 6 goal, 2 assist night in the Bruins 10-3 win over Los Angeles on December 14th. The 35 year Pronovost finished the season with 58 goals. His 6 goal game is 2 shy of the record 8 scored by Philadelphia's Bill Barber in a 1975 game.

Philadelphia's Ken Linseman had a 7 assist night in the Flyers 10-2 win over Wahsington on December 21st. The 7 assists are second most in league history, trailing only Bobby Clarke's record 10 assists set in a game with the Flyers in 1975.


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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 59 12  9  127
Boston Bruins		80 54 22  4  112
Minnesota North Stars   80 45 24 11  101
Buffalo Sabres		80 42 26 12   96
Quebec Nordiques	80 36 34 10   82

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Montreal Canadiens	80 62 11  7  131
Detroit Red Wings 	80 35 32 13   83
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 31 35 14   76
Hartford Whalers	80 30 38 12   72
Los Angeles Kings	80 26 46  8   60
   
PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
New York Rangers	80 49 22  9  107
Philadelphia Flyers	80 44 30  6   94
New York Islanders	80 33 36 11   77
Calgary Flames		80 17 58  5   39
Washington Capitals 	80 15 59  6   36
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
St Louis Blues		80 37 32 11   85
Edmonton Oilers		80 35 36  9   79
Chicago Black Hawks	80 36 39  5   77
Vancouver Canucks	80 27 43 10   64
Colorado Rockies	80 22 50  8   52
Winnipeg Jets		80 12 62  6   30

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  80 61  86  147
Jean Ratelle		NYR  80 83  61  144
Guy Lafleur		MON  71 60  81  141
Bryan Trottier		NYI  80 51  88  139
Gilbert Perreault	BUF  80 41  94  135
Mike Bossy		NYI  80 58  76  134
John Tonelli		MON  77 57  70  127
Lanny McDonald		TOR  80 58  68  126
Jean Pronovost		BOS  80 58  67  125
Bobby Clarke		PHI  80 42  78  120
Steve Payne		MIN  80 67  52  119
Rick Kehoe		TOR  80 58  60  118
Bernie Federko		STL  72 31  86  117
Marcel Dionne		DET  80 50  62  112
Tim Kerr		PHI  80 57  53  110
Brian Sutter		STL  80 54  56  110
Peter Statsny		QUE  80 56  53  109
Dennis Maruk		TOR  69 27  82  109
Brad Park		NYR  76 29  78  107
Anton Statsny		QUE  80 35  71  106
PLAYOFFS
In the opening round of the playoffs each of the higher seeds advanced. Top seed Montreal swept Vancouver in 3 games as did number two Toronto over Hartford and third seed New York Rangers over Pittsburgh.

The 4th seeded St Louis Blues went the distance in their series with the Islanders before winning the fifth and deciding game 6-5 on an overtime goal from Jorgen Pettersson. Sixth seed Minnesota also needed 5 games to get rid of the young and rapidly improving Edmonton Oilers.

The remaining preliminary round series were Boston 3-0 over Chicago, Buffalo 3-1 over Quebec and Philadelphia 3-0 over Detroit.

Boston swept St Louis in their quarterfinal series while the Rangers beat Minnesota in 5 games and Montreal stopped Philadelphia in 5. The Toronto Maple Leafs met the Buffalo Sabres in the quarters for the second time in 3 years and once agin the Sabres prevailed. This one was a 7 game battle that saw Buffalo battle back from a 3 games to 2 deficit.

Buffalo would face Montreal in one semi-final while the other matchup had Boston against the New York Rangers.

You could not have asked for a more thrilling semi-final as both series went the full 7 games. The Boston-Rangers series was especially exciting as New York took the first 3 games only to see the Bruins roar back with a 9-3 win in Game Four, a 5-2 victory in Game Five and a 5-4 win in Game Six.

Boston would complete the comeback with a 4-1 victory in the deciding game. The Rangers led 1-0 after two periods thanks to a Lucien Deblois goal but Boston battled back with 4 in the third period as Terry Ruskowski, Jean Pronovost, Matti Hagman and Al Secord scored for the Bruins.

Montreal would put an end to Buffalo's Cup hopes with a decisive 6-2 win in Game Seven. Pierre Mondou scored twice for the Habs and veteran goaltender Tony Esposito capped a strong series with a 24 save performance.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins for the sixth time but the first since 1960. Montreal has won 3 of the previous 5 Cup meetings between the two clubs and are heavily favoured to win their second straight Stanley Cup and 21st overall.

Defenseman Larry Robinson, who had 60 points during the season, is the only Montreal player expected to miss the series. Robinson suffered an elbow injury in the quarterfinals. The Canadiens big line led by Guy Lafleur has been red-hot in the postseason. Lafleur already has 15 goals and 30 points in 15 games. Wingers John Tonelli (11-15-26) and Mark Napier (6-19-25) have also played very well. 38 year old Tony Esposito continues to be an outstanding playoff goaltender, but he has been rested a few times and backup Phil Myre has been a more than capable replacement.

Like Esposito in Montreal, Bernie Parent has been a fixture in the Boston net for well over a decade and he is also having a strong playoff run. Al Secord is leading Boston in playoff goals with 10 while veteran Jean Pronovost is the point leader with 22 including 6 goals. Defensemen Ray Bourque (4-15-19) and Bobby Orr (3-15-18), still going strong at age 33, give Boston two outstanding power play quarterbacks.

Orr gets the first goal of the series but Montreal replies with 3 of their own from Rod Langway, Marc Tardif and Mark Napier to open a 3-1 lead after 2 periods. Boston gets one back in the third when Wayne Cashman scores but that is as close as the Bruins get as Montreal takes Game One by a 3-2 score.

Another tight finish but the Bruins blow a 5-3 lead after forty minutes and fall 6-5 in Game Two. Mark Napier has two goals and an assist for Montreal while Guy Lafleur scores once and sets up two more.

Back on home ice for Game Three the Bruins look to be in huge trouble early when Montreal scores three times in the first 15 minutes. However, Boston settles down and Al Secord gets the Bruins on the scoreboard before the first period ends. From there it is all Bruins as Wayne Cashman scores twice, Ray Bourque gets 3 assists as Boston scores 5 unaswered goals to take Game Three by a 6-3 score.

All of the scoring in Game Four comes in the second period as Boston evens the series with a 2-1 victory. Dave Farrish and Al Secord score for the Bruins with Bobby Orr assisting on both goals. In between, defenseman Joe Micheletti gets Montreal's only goal.

The trend of the home team winning comes to an end as the Bruins overcome a 2-0 lead and rally to win Game Five by a 4-2 score. Blake Dunlop and Pierre Mondou had staked the Habs to a 2-0 lead before Steve Kasper's powerplay goal late in the second got Boston on the scoreboard. Don Marcotte would tie the game with a shorthanded goal early in the third period. Dave Farrish would break the tie with 1:39 remaining in regulation and Marcotte would seal the win with an empty netter for his second goal of the game.

The Bruins win their first Stanley Cup since 1972 with a 3-0 shutout win in Game Six. Bernie Parent stopped all 23 Montreal shots he faced for the win. Terry O'Reilly scored in the first period for Boston and then got his second goal of the finals midway through the third period. The Bruins would ice the victory with an empty net goal from Wayne Cashman in the final minute.

Despite losing the Cup, Montreal's Guy Lafleur was named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Lafleur was dominant, scoring 17 goals and 37 points in 21 playoff games.

Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (80GP 61-86-147)

VEZINA TROPHY: Bernie Parent Boston (45-20-4, 2.99)

NORRIS TROPHY: Rod Langway Montreal (80GP 30-72-102)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (80GP 61-86-147)

CALDER TROPHY
: Tim Kerr Philadelphia (80GP 57-53-110)


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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Tony Esposito    Montreal      Bernie Parent    Boston 		      
D   Rod Langway      Montreal      Brad Park	    NY Rangers    	
D   Denis Potvin     NY Islanders  Bobby Orr 	    Boston 	
C   Jean Ratelle     NY Rangers    Wayne Gretzky    Edmonton		
LW  John Tonelli     Montreal      Lanny McDonald   Toronto      	
RW  Jean Pronovost   Boston        Mike Bossy       NY Islanders
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1981-82

OFF-SEASON
Long-time Chicago Black Hawks defenseman Pat Stapleton retired after 1487 games over 22 seasons. The 41 year old was limited to just 10 games last season after battling injuries. Stapleton retires with 284 goals and 938 points in his career. He also played 179 playoff games and won 5 Stanley Cups with Chicago.

Joining Stapleton in retiring this year is another 41 year old as Toronto's Dave Keon decided 21 years in the NHL is enough for him. Keon had a solid final season, scoring 27 goals and 55 points while playing in all 80 games, giving him 1009 points, including 365 goals, in 1537 regular season games. Only Alex Delvecchio with 1716 played more games than Keon. Keon won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 1960-61 and was on two Cup winning Toronto teams.

New players entering the league this season include Chris Chelios with Montreal, Grant Fuhr in Edmonton, Dale Hawerchuk with Winnipeg, Ron Francis in Hartford and Al MacInnis with Calgary.

REGULAR SEASON
A surprising transaction in late December as the Boston Bruins dealt Bobby Orr to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Craig Ramsay. The 31 year old Ramsay finished this season with 99 points, including 51 in 48 games as a Bruin. His career best was 1978-89 when he had 42 goals and 122 points with Buffalo. The 34 year old Orr had 51 points in 41 games with the Sabres before suffering an injury that cost him the last 2 weeks of the season. In 73 games between the Sabres and Bruins Orr still managed to put 82 points and surpass the 1000 assist plateau for his career. He has 1387 points in 1153 career games.

Wayne Gretzky had a huge season for Edmonton, scoring 58 goals and adding 99 assists as helped the Oilers to first place in the Smythe Division but the scoring title went to Montreal's Guy Lafleur. Lafleur scored 78 goals and a record 171 points on the season.

The Canadiens led the NHL with 136 points on the season. Patrick Division champion New York Rangers had 117 while Boston, with 111, and the Norris Division leading Toronto Maple Leafs at 106, rounded out the list of teams to surpass the 100 point mark.


Milestones achieved this season
Clark Gillies of the New York Islanders had the 3rd longest pointstreak in NHL history when he collected a point in 37 straight games. The streak came to an end in a 9-5 loss to Toronto. Only Maurice Richard (44 games) and Stan Mikita (38 games) have had longer streaks.

Montreal's Guy Lafleur had a 6 goal game in the Habs 9-4 win over the New York Rangers on new year's day. Lafleur also had one assist in the game. Here are the players who have scored at least 6 times in an NHL game.
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GOALS IN A GAME
8- Bill Barber  	Philadelphia  Feb 7, 1975  Phi 13 Min 0
7- Dickie Moore  	Montreal      Mar 19, 1957  Mon 7 Tor 2
6- Carl Liscombe 	Detroit       1942-43(playoff game)   Det 9 Tor 1 
6- Yvon Cournoyer       Montreal      Mar 5, 1968  Mon 14 Oak 1
6- Darryl Sittler       Toronto       Oct 21, 1972  Tor 13 Cal 0
6- Jean Pronovost       Boston        Dec 14, 1980  Bos 10 LA 3
6- Guy Lafleur          Montreal      Jan 1, 1982 Mon 9 NYR 4
Dennis Maruk of Toronto had a 5 goal game in the Leafs 11-0 win over Winnipeg in October.
Minnesota's Tom McCarthy had 5 goals in the Stars 6-6 tie with the Islanders on December 4th
Glenn Anderson of Edmonton got 5 goals in the Oilers 10-5 win over Detroit on January 16th. Wayne Gretzky had 5 assists in that game. It was one of 4 games this season that Gretzky picked up 5 helpers.

Boston defensemen Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque each had 5 assists in the Bruins 9-1 win over the New York Islanders on November 23rd.

Jean Ratelle of the Rangers collected his 1500th career point
Jean Pronovost of Boston collected his 1200th career point
Marcel Dionne of Detroit earned his 900th career point
Guy Lafleur of Montreal scored his 400th career NHL goal
Steve Shutt of Buffalo scored his 400th career goal
Marcel Dionne of Detroit scored his 400th carer goal
Wayne Cashman of Boston scored his 300th career goal
Craig Ramsay of Boston scored his 300th career goal
Bobby Orr of Buffalo earned his 1000th career assist
Jean Ratelle of the Rangers got his 750th career assist
Don Marcotte of Boston got his 750th career assist
Jean Pronovost of Boston picked up his 750th career assist

1500 GAMES
Jean Ratelle NY Rangers

1250 GAMES
Nick Libett Pittsburgh

1000 GAMES
Wayne Cashman Boston
Bobby Clarke Philadelphia
Bernie Parent Boston

800 GAMES
Tony Esposito Montreal

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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	80 64  8  8  136
Boston Bruins		80 52 21  7  111
Buffalo Sabres		80 45 29  6   96
Quebec Nordiques	80 29 37 14   72
Hartford Whalers	80 18 53  9   45

PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
New York Rangers	80 55 18  7  117
New York Islanders	80 42 29  9   93
Philadelphia Flyers	80 39 31 10   88
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 17 47 16   50
Washington Capitals 	80  9 65  6   24

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 50 24  6  106
Minnesota North Stars   80 39 25 16   94
St Louis Blues		80 38 31 11   87
Winnipeg Jets		80 29 42  9   67
Chicago Black Hawks	80 24 46 10   58
Detroit Red Wings 	80 23 49  8   54
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Edmonton Oilers		80 42 27 11   95
Vancouver Canucks	80 38 29 13   89
Los Angeles Kings	80 32 38 10   74
Colorado Rockies	80 25 40 15   65
Calgary Flames		80 27 48  5   59

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Guy Lafleur		MON  79 78  93  171
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  77 58  99  157
Mike Bossy		NYI  75 65  75  140
Gilbert Perreault	BUF  80 44  90  134
Jean Ratelle		NYR  75 65  63  128
Bryan Trottier		NYI  80 32  93  125
Bernie Federko		STL  80 39  84  123
Clark Gillies		NYI  80 46  70  116
Dennis Maruk		TOR  74 39  75  114
Lanny McDonald		TOR  76 45  67  112
Brad Park		NYR  80 39  73  112
Peter Statsny		QUE  79 48  60  108
Neal Broten		MIN  72 23  83  106
Blaine Stoughton	CGY  80 56  49  105
Danny Gare		BUF  78 52  53  105
Brian Propp		PHI  80 40  65  105
John Tonelli		MON  80 41  62  103
Anton Statsny		QUE  80 36  67  103
Mike Rogers		EDM  73 32  71  103
Rod Langway		MON  77 30  73  103
Ray Bourque		BOS  80 24  79  103
Dino Ciccarelli		MIN  80 49  53  102
Jean Pronovost		BOS  80 57  44  101
Marcel Dionne		DET  78 45  56  101
Randy Carlyle		TOR  68 32  69  101
Jari Kurri		EDM  73 46  53   99
Craig Ramsay	    BUF-BOS  83 30  69   99
Steve Payne		MIN  80 51  47   98
Denis Potvin		NYI  69 19  78   97
Butch Goring		LA   79 37  59   96
PLAYOFFS
The opening round of the playoffs gave us the first ever battle of Quebec as the Canadiens narrowly eliminated the pesky Nordiques in 5 games. Montreal took the first two of the series, winning 3-2 and 6-3 at home. Quebec rallied with two wins of it's own on home ice, by 8-4 in a fight filled contest and by 5-2 in the fourth game. The Nordiques led game five 2-0 after one period on goals by Mike Crombeen and Dale Hunter, but Montreal rallied for a 4-2 victory to win the series.

Edmonton also needed the full 5 games to eliminate Colorado but the final game was a laugher as Wayne Gretzky scored three times in a 7-0 Oilers win. Gretzky had 8 goals and 11 points in the series.

In the other opening round series Boston eliminated Buffalo in 4 games, as the Sabres felt the absence of the injured Bobby Orr. The Bruins will meet Montreal in the next round.

The Islanders and Rangers will meet in the quarterfinals after the Isles beat Philadelphia 3-games to one and the Rangers swept Pittsburgh. In the Norris it will be Toronto vs Minnesota after the Leafs swept Winnipeg and the Stars did the same to St Louis. The LA Kings swept Vancouver so they move on to play the Oilers in the quaterfinals.

The Boston Bruins, led by 5 goals from Craig Ramsay, upset Montreal in 5 games in their quarterfinal series. The Bruins will face the Rangers, who eliminated the Islanders in 5 games despite back to back hat tricks from Mike Bossy in the series.

The other semi-final has Toronto against Los Angeles as the Leafs and Kings each won in 6 games. Edmonton is eliminated despited 10 goals and 23 points in 11 post-season games from Gretzky.

SEMI-FINALS
Dennis Maruk had 4 assists as Toronto took Game One from Los Angeles 8-3 while in Boston the Rangers beat the hometown 3-2 thanks to a goal and an assist from Jean Ratelle.

Boston evened their series with a 3-2 overtime victory in Game Two while the Leafs went up 2 games after winning 2-1 at home.

The Rangers scored 3 times in the final 8 minutes of the game to beat Boston 6-5 on home ice in Game Three and take a 2-1 series lead. Meanwhile on the west coast Butch Goring had a three point night to help Los Angeles get it's first win of the series, beating Toronto 6-2.

The Leafs went up 3 games to one with a 4-1 victory in Game Four while the Bruins evened their series with the Rangers after scoring 3 third period goals, including 2 from Wayne Cashman in a 4-3 victory.

The Rangers go up 3-2 with a 6-3 victory in Game Five while the Kings stay alive with a 4-3 victory. Both series would come to an end two nights later as Toronto beat Los Angeles 4-2 while the Rangers overcame a 4-0 first period deficit to rally to a 5-4 overtime win over the Bruins. Jean Ratelle assisted on Guy Chouinard's OT winner. That point gave Ratelle 30 points in 14 playoff games.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The Rangers-Toronto final is a rematch of 1973-74 and 76-77 which were both won by New York. The teams also met 3 times in the 1930's with Toronto winning on each occassion, during the Leafs string of 8 straight Cups.

The Rangers are lead by Jean Ratelle (15-15-30) and Bob Bourne (12-9-21) as well as some strong goaltending from Rick St. Croix (2.62 GAA in playoffs). Dennis Maruk (7-16-23), Lanny McDonald (8-12-20) and defenseman Randy Carlyle (6-11-17) are carrying the Leafs offense. Toronto is without Rick Kehoe, who missed most of the season with a concussion after scoring 118 points a year ago.

The series opened in New York with the visitors claiming a 5-4 victory behind a 2 goal performance from Leafs defenseman Randy Carlyle.

Real Cloutier was the hero of Game Two as the Leaf winger scored twice in the third period to give Toronto a come from behind 4-3 victory. Randy Carlyle assisted on both goals.

The Rangers got back on track after leaving Madison Square Garden as they pulled out a 5-2 victory in Game Three and seemed to be back in the series.

Lanny McDonald put the Leafs clearly back in chage in Game Four when the Leaf winger scored 5 goals as Toronto won a laugher 10-4 to take a 3 games to one series lead. Randy Caryle had a goal and 4 helpers in the win.

Game Five was also a rout but this time in New York's favour as the Rangers won 7-1 behind 2 goals from Bob Bourne.

Fans packed Maple Leafs Gardens for Game Six hoping to see the hometown team raise the Cup for the first time since 1965, but they left extremely nervous as the Rangers won for the second straight game, knotting the series at 3 wins apiece. Bob Bourne scored twice for the Rangers in their 5-2 win with Brad Park earning 3 assists.

The Rangers complete the comeback from a 3 games to 1 deficit by winning Game Seven at home 5-3. Jean Ratelle led the offense with a goal and 3 assists as the Leafs Cup drought reaches 17 years - during which time they have made 5 appearances in the finals but lost on each occassion.

Rangers captain Jean Ratelle, who set a new playoff record for points with 41 and tied Clark Gillies mark from last season with 19 goals, was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (77GP 58-99-157)

VEZINA TROPHY: Tony Esposito Montreal (49-6-6, 2.61)

NORRIS TROPHY: Rod Langway Montreal (77GP 30-73-103)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Guy Lafleuer Montreal (79GP 78-93-171)

CALDER TROPHY: Paul Gagne Colorado (75GP 35-48-83)


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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Tony Esposito    Montreal      Mike Liut        Boston 		      
D   Rod Langway      Montreal      Randy Carlyle    Toronto 	
D   Brad Park	    NY Rangers     Denis Potvin     NY Islanders   	
C   Wayne Gretzky    Edmonton	   Jean Ratelle     NY Rangers	
LW  Clark Gillies   NY Islanders   Lanny McDonald   Toronto      	
RW  Guy Lafleur      Montreal      Mike Bossy       NY Islanders
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1982-83

OFF-SEASON
The Colorado Rockies move to New Jersey and become the Devils with Pat Verbeek and Ken Daneyko being 2 of the new rookies to debut this season. Others include Phil Housley and Dave Andreychuk in Buffalo, Gary Leeman with Toronto, Doug Gilmour in St. Louis, Ron Hextall with the Flyers, Tony Granato to the Rangers and Scott Stevens in Washington.

The biggest news in the off-season was Edmonton's decision to ship 21 year old Glenn Anderson to Toronto in exchange for 31 year old defenseman Borje Salming. Anderson was coming off his third year, posting a career high 42 goals and 81 points. In 8 seasons and 554 games with the Leafs, Salming had 481 points including 11 goals and 49 assists last season.

The Oilers also dealt backup goaltender Andy Moog to Buffalo in exchange for 24 year old defenseman Larry Playfair and finally Edmonton acquired veteran Ken Dryden to replace Moog as Grant Fuhr's backup. The 34 year old Dryden came from Hartford in exchange for defenseman Bill Nyrop.

The other big move of the season saw Bobby Orr on the road again as Buffalo sent the 34 year old defenseman to Vancouver for winger Don Lever. Orr was acquired by the Sabres from Boston midway through last year and finished the campaign with 82 points in 73 games. In 1153 career games, Orr has 1387 points. The 29 year old Lever has spent a decade in Vancouver and has 660 points in 733 career games including 45 goals and 94 points a year ago.


A number of retirements this season including Ron Ellis who ended his career at the age of 37 after playing 1175 games for Toronto and Quebec. Ellis had 682 points in career that started with the Leafs in 1964-65 before moving to the Nordiques for the final three seasons of his 18 year career. Ellis won a Stanley Cup in his rookie season with the Leafs.

Nick Libett retires after 1295 games and 1024 career points. He broke in with Detroit in in 1964-65 before being moved to the Penguins early in the 1972-73 campaign. He is 24th all-time in career points and his 361 goals are 33rd most in league history.

Jacques Lemaire retires after 2 injury plagued seasons that left him 10 short of the 1000 career games mark. He had 269 goals and 682 points in his 15 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. Lemaire was on 4 Cup winners

Don Marcotte will go down in history as one of the best left wingers the game has ever seen. The veteran Boston Bruin played 1195 games and finished with 1286 career points. He led the league in scoring with 58 goals and 131 points in 1976-77. A two-time first team all-star, Marcotte also won a pair of Stanley Cup titles with the Bruins. He ranks 11th all-time in career points and is one of just 12 players to surpass the 500 goal mark - ranking 9th with 521 in his career.

REGULAR SEASON
The Edmonton Oilers era of domination officially begins as the Oilers finish first overall with 124 points in a season that saw much more parity in the league. Boston at 101 and Montreal with 100 were the only other teams to reach the century mark.

The leader of the Oilers is, of course, Wayne Gretzky and the 21 year old led the league in scoring with a career best 165 points, 6 shy of Guy Lafleur's record. In just 266 NHL games, Gretzky already has 520 points in his career. For most of the season Gretzky (66-99-165) teamed on the Oilers top line with Mike Rogers (37-73-110) and Jari Kurri (53-55-108) but Mark Messier (30-44-74) occassionally saw time on Gretzky's wing as well. Despite missing 16 games with an injury 21 year old defenseman Paul Coffey (18-59-77) had a career season as did 20 year old second year goaltender Grant Fuhr (50-12-6, 2.73).


At 42 years of age Jean Ratelle continues to be a dominant player for the New York Rangers. Ratelle played all 80 games and finished the season with 48 goals and 94 points. The goals moved his career total to 856, second all-time and just 28 shy of Bobby Hull's mark of 884. Ratelle's 1690 career points rank 4th behind only Mikita, Hull and Delvecchio. In what might have been the final regular season game of his career, Ratelle scored a hat trick and added an assist in the Rangers 7-3 win over Washington on April 2nd.

Milestones this year include
Brad Park of the New York Rangers reached the 1000 assist mark
Craig Ramsay of Boston got his 900th career point against his former team Buffalo.
Guy Lafleur of Montreal scored his 500th career goal
Bryan Trottier of the NY Islanders got his 500th career assist
Steve Shutt of Buffalo got his 500th career assist
Serge Savard of Minnesota earned his 500th career assist
Gilbert Perreault of Buffalo scored his 400th career goal
Robbie Ftorek scored his 300th carer goal for the New York Islanders.
Orest Kindrachuk of St Louis scored his 300th career goal
Mike Bossy of the Islanders scored his 300th goal
Butch Goring of Los Angeles scored his 300th career goal
Clark Gillies of the Islanders scored his 300th career goal

1250 GAMES
Carol Vadnais Toronto
Brad Park NY Rangers

Individual game highlights include Pittsburgh's Pierre Larouche picking up 6 assists in the Pens 10-1 win over Calgary on February 4th. Gilbert Perreault and Steve Shutt of Buffalo each had a 6 point night in the Sabres March 7th 8-3 win over Minnesota. Wayne Gretzky had 6 points (3G 3A) in a 7-6 Oilers loss in Buffalo on March 12th. Gretzky also had 4 five-point nights during the season. Also in March, Ray Bourque of Boston had back to back 5 assist games. Finally, veteran Bobby Orr was still coming up with big games. Now with Vancouver, the 35 year old had a goal and 5 assists in a 8-4 win over Washington on March 22nd. Orr finished the season with 82 points in 66 games.

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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Boston Bruins		80 45 24 11  101
Montreal Canadiens	80 45 25 10  100
Buffalo Sabres		80 36 24 20   92
Quebec Nordiques	80 36 32 12   84
Hartford Whalers	80 23 47 10   56

PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
New York Islanders	80 44 26 10   98
Philadelphia Flyers	80 41 28 11   93
New York Rangers	80 37 31 12   86
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 33 33 14   80
New Jersey Devils	80 28 37 15   71
Washington Capitals 	80 11 59 10   32

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Minnesota North Stars   80 44 25 11   99
St Louis Blues		80 44 26 10   98
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 43 27 10   96
Chicago Black Hawks	80 26 45  9   61
Detroit Red Wings 	80 24 48  8   56
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Edmonton Oilers		80 58 14  8  124
Los Angeles Kings	80 33 33 14   80
Vancouver Canucks	80 29 40 11   69
Calgary Flames		80 24 50  6   54
Winnipeg Jets		80 19 49 12   50

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  80 66  99  165
Lanny McDonald		TOR  80 62  61  123
Guy Lafleur		MON  78 64  57  121
Mike Rogers		EDM  80 37  73  110
Tim Kerr		PHI  80 59  50  109
Jari Kurri		EDM  73 53  55  108
Gilbert Perreault	BUF  67 37  71  108
Neal Broten		MIN  80 33  75  108
Dino Ciccarelli		MIN  77 51  56  107
Mike Bossy		NYI  78 43  61  104
Bernie Federko		STL  80 34  69  103
Clark Gillies		NYI  80 40  62  102
Tom McCarthy		MIN  80 38  64  102
Pierre Larouche		PIT  80 48  52  100
Bryan Trottier		NYI  80 35  65  100
Paul Reinhart		PIT  80 26  73   99
Jean Ratelle		NYR  80 48  46   94
Ray Bourque		BOS  80 17  77   94
Rick Kehoe		TOR  80 43  50   93
Anton Statsny		QUE  78 34  59   93
Merlin Malinowski	NJ   80 33  60   93
Thomas Gradin		CHI  80 25  68   93
Kent Nilsson		CGY  80 41  51   92
Mark Johnson		PIT  80 34  58   92
John Ogrodnick		DET  80 36  55   91
PLAYOFFS
For the third year in a row the Boston Bruins eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs. Boston won their quarterfinal series in 6 games after needing the full five games to beat Quebec in the opening round. The Habs swept Buffalo in 3 games in their preliminary round series.

The Philadelphia Flyers emerged from the Patrick Division after knocking off the Rangers 3 games to two in the preliminary round and then topping the Islanders in 5 games.

Minnesota came out of the Norris as the Stars beat Chicago in 4 games in the preliminary round and then dropped St Louis in 6 after the Blues had beaten Toronto with an overtime goal in the 5th and deciding game of their preliminary series.

In the Smythe Division it was no surprise the Edmonton came out on top after posting the league's best regular season record. The Oilers swept Calgary in the opening round and then topped Vancouver in 6 games. Wayne Gretzky picked up 20 points in the first two rounds.

SEMI-FINALS
The Minnesota North Stars would have their work cut out for them in the best of circumstances against the Edmonton Oilers, but injuries made the task impossible. Minnesota lost Neal Broten (33-75-108) in the final game of the quarterfinals and then in the first two games of the semi-finals they saw defenseman Craig Hartsburg (26-62-88) and wingers Tom McCarthy (28-64-102) and Dino Ciccarelli (51-56-107) suffer injuries that ended the season for each of them. The result was Edmonton won in 5 games despite the fact Gretzky was held to just a single point in the series.

Philadelphia beat Boston in 5 games in the other semi-final as Tim Kerr scored 6 goals in the series to pace the Flyers.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
We will have a first time winner of the Stanley Cup as the Edmonton Oilers, just 4 years removed from the WHA where they won 5 Avco Cups, make their first appearance in the finals. Philadelphia did get to the finals once before, in 1972-73, but the Flyers came out on the short end against the Chicago Black Hawks.

Wayne Gretzky scores once and adds two assists in his Stanley Cup finals debut, leading the visiting Oilers to a 6-3 victory in the series opener. Jack Valiquette scored twice for Edmonton with another ex-Leaf, defenseman Borje Salming earning 2 assists. Greg Carroll, Charlie Huddy and Jari Kurri also scored for the winners. Dave Poulin, Ken Linseman and Glen Cochrane replied for the Flyers.

First period goals from Paul Coffey, Gretzky and Blair MacDonald give Edmonton an early 3-0 lead but the Flyers get 3 of their own in the second period to tie the game. Mel Bridgeman scores 6 minutes into the third and it looks like the Flyers will hang on for a win but with the net empty for an extra attacker, Gretzky sets up Mike Rogers for the equalizer with just 17 seconds remaining in regulation. Gretzky would get an assist on Paul Coffey's second of the game, at 7:22 of overtime, to give the Oilers a 5-4 win and a 2 games to nothing series lead.

The series shifts to Edmonton but it's another win for the Oilers as Kurri and Salming each have a goal and an assist in a 4-1 Edmonton victory. Thomas Ericksson and Mike Rogers also score for the Oilers while Ilkka Sinisalo has the lone Philadelphia tally.

Despite two first period goals from Bobby Clarke the Philadelphia Flyers are unable to slow down the Edmonton offense and the Oilers complete the sweep to win the Cup with a 5-3 Game Four victory. Gretzky has a goal and 2 assists in the game to give him a playoff leading 31 points in 18 games. Paul Coffey scored once and added 3 helpers with Thomas Ericksson, Mike Rogers and Mark Messier also scoring for the Oilers.

Instead of Gretzky the Conn Smythe Trophy goes to Coffey, who finishes a distant second in playoff scoring with 22 points.

Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (80GP 66-99-165)

VEZINA TROPHY
: Grant Fuhr Edmonton (50-12-6, 2.73)

NORRIS TROPHY: Craig Hartsburg Minnesota (80GP 26-62-88)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (80GP 66-99-165)

CALDER TROPHY: Tom Fergus Boston (66GP 37-37-74)


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Grant Fuhr       Edmonton      John Garrett     Quebec       	      
D   Paul Reinhart    Pittsburgh    Ray Bourque      Boston 	
D   Craig Hartsburg  Minnesota     Denis Potvin     NY Islanders   	
C   Wayne Gretzky    Edmonton	   Neal Broten      Minnesota	
LW  Mike Rogers      Edmonton      Lanny McDonald   Toronto      	
RW  Guy Lafleur      Montreal      Jari Kurri       Edmonton
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1983-84

1983-84

OFF-SEASON
Jean Ratelle has decided not to pursue Bobby Hull's goal scoring record as Ratelle retires at the age of 42 after scoring 856 goals in 1613 career games. He also had 1690 career points, won 2 Conn Smythe Trophys and 5 Stanley Cups. Ratelle was also named to the first all-star team once in his career.

Also retiring is defenseman Bobby Orr at the age of 35. Orr broke in with Boston as an 18 year old in 1966-67 and won the Calder Trophy. He would win 2 Stanley Cups and be a first team all-star 8 times but never won the Norris Trophy. Orr finished his 1219 game career with stops in Buffalo and Vancouver, scoring 372 goals and 1469 points.

Two outstanding goaltenders have also decided to retire as Tony Esposito and Gerry Cheevers both announced the end of their careers. Cheevers saw limited action for the Toronto Maple Leafs but did not become an NHL regular until expansion when at the age of 27 he joined the Los Angeles Kings in 1967-68. He would remain with the Kings until this past season, playing in 892 games and compiling a lifetime record of 224-498-97.

Esposito also got a late start to his NHL career as because of Montreal's depth at the positon he did not make his debut until 1969-70 at the age of 26. He would go on to win 3 Vezina Trophy's, be a first-team all-star on 4 occassions and win 3 Stanley Cups. He played 876 NHL games, going 614-177-78.

Among the players joining this season are Steve Yzerman in Detroit, Cam Neely with Vancouver, Pat LaFontaine to the Islanders and Russian goaltender Vladislav Tretiak who signed with Montreal as a replacement for Esposito.

REGULAR SEASON
Wayne Gretzky established a single-season record for points with 179 and he also set a record for the largest margin between the points leader and number two on the list as Montreal's Guy Lafleur finished a distant second with 130 points, 39 less than the Great One. The record Gretzky broke had previously belong to Lafleur, who scored 171 points 2 years ago. Defenseman Paul Coffey had another career year at the age of 22, as he finished with 119 points including 35 goals. The Oilers also got a 118 point season out of Jari Kurri and with the best regular season record for the second year in a row appear ready to defend their Stanley Cup title.

Montreal, led by Lafleur and 24 year old Mats Naslund (50-48-98) finished first in the Adams Division, edging out the Boston Bruins. With Tony Esposito retired the Habs signed Russian netminder Vladislav Tretiak and the 31 year old had an impressive NHL debut, going 39-15-5 with a 3.35 GAA.

The Philadelphia Flyers, led by their big line of Ken Linseman (26-74-100) between Brian Propp (40-64-104) and Tim Kerr (60-58-118) dominated the Patrick Division. 34 year old Bobby Clarke (19-35-54) continues to slip into a supporting role with the club.

Detroit, after 2 years out of the playoffs, enjoyed a resurgence thanks to rookie pivot Steve Yzerman (32-66-98) and another strong year from John Ogrodnick (47-42-89) and finished with the best record in a tightly contested Norris Division.

The big trade during the season was Vancouver's decision to deal 18 year old rookie Cam Neely (30-23-53) to the New York Islanders in exchange for 32 year old Robbie Ftorek and 22 year old Mike Allison.


Veteran Rangers defenseman Brad Park reached the 1500 point mark by getting a pair of assists in New York's 5-2 win over Calgary on October 19th. Park became just the 7th player in league history and the first defenseman to log 1500 career points. Later in the season Montreal's Guy Lafleur would also pass the 1500 point plateau.

MILESTONES
Tom Lysiak of Calgary reached the 500 assist mark
Larry Robinson of Montreal reached the 500 assist mark
Darryl Sittler of Toronto scored his 300th career goal

1250 GAMES
Serge Savard Minnesota
Garry Unger NY Islanders
Jean Pronovost Boston

1000 GAMES
Gilbert Perreault Buffalo
Dan Maloney Washington
Bill Clement Pittsburgh
Ross Lonsberry Buffalo


In single game milestones Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Randy Carlyle enjoyed a 7 point night in the Leafs November 4th 10-3 pounding of Winnipeg. The 27 year old had 4 goals and 3 assists in the game. It is believed Carlyle is the first defenseman to get 7 points in an NHL contest. On the same night Washington Capitals defenseman Rick Green scored 5 goals in a 7-5 win over Vancouver. Green's 5 goals, in a season in which he scored 18, tied a single game goal record for a defenseman set by Detroit's Jack Stewart way back in 1948.

Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky had a career high 8 points in a 9-2 win over Winnipeg on December 18th. Included in his totals were 4 goals and 4 assists. It was the first of a home and home series and Gretzky picked up 6 points the next night.

Tim Kerr of the Flyers had a 7 goal, 9 point night in Philadelphia's 11-4 win over Boston on February 4th. His 7 goals are one shy of the record set by former Flyer Bill Barber in a 1975 game and his 9 points are two less than Barber and Bobby Clarke each recorded in the same game in 1975.

Ken Linseman of Philadelphia also had an 8 point night, with all 8 being assists in the11-4 win over Boston on February 4th. It surpasses Linseman's previous best 7 assists recorded in a 1980 game but is 2 shy of the NHL record set by Flyer teammate Bobby Clarke in a 1975 game.

21 year old Dale Hawerchuk of Winnipeg had a 4 goal, 7 point night in a win over the New York Islanders on December 30th.

Oilers rearguard Paul Coffey would set a record for defenseman with a 27 game point streak. It came to an end in early January but was 4 games longer than the previous defenseman record of 23 set by Doug Jarrett of Chicago in 1969-70. The overall record is 44 set by Rocket Richard in 1943-44.


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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	80 49 27  4  102
Boston Bruins		80 46 31  3   95
Buffalo Sabres		80 44 31  5   93
Quebec Nordiques	80 38 38  4   80
Hartford Whalers	80 35 40  5   75

PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Philadelphia Flyers	80 50 29  1  101
New York Islanders	80 34 40  6   74
New York Rangers	80 30 42  8   68
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 31 46  3   65
New Jersey Devils	80 30 45  5   65
Washington Capitals 	80 22 53  5   49

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Detroit Red Wings 	80 42 34  4   88
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 40 37  3   83
Chicago Black Hawks	80 36 38  6   78
St Louis Blues		80 36 39  5   77
Minnesota North Stars   80 31 43  6   68
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Edmonton Oilers		80 57 17  6  120
Los Angeles Kings	80 39 37  4   82
Vancouver Canucks	80 38 36  6   82
Calgary Flames		80 37 42  1   75
Winnipeg Jets		80 27 47  6   60

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  78 67 112  179
Guy Lafleur		MON  80 57  73  130
Paul Coffey		EDM  80 35  84  119
Tim Kerr		PHI  75 60  58  118
Jari Kurri		EDM  80 42  76  118
Anton Statsny		QUE  80 40  75  115
Ron Francis		HAR  80 38  76  114
Kent Nilsson		CGY  80 46  66  112
Bryan Trottier		NYI  79 37  75  112
Dino Ciccarelli		MIN  80 55  50  105
Dale Hawerchuk		WPG  70 48  56  104
Joey Mullen		STL  80 46  68  104
Brian Propp		PHI  69 40  64  104
Bernie Federko		STL  72 18  85  103
Gilbert Perreault	BUF  80 24  78  102
Ken Linseman		PHI  73 26  74  100
Rick Vaive		VAN  80 47  52   99
Denis Savard		CHI  80 36  63   99
Mats Naslund		MON  78 50  48   98
Mark Messier		EDM  80 40  58   98
Steve Yzerman		DET  80 32  66   98
Mike Bossy		NYI  69 38  59   97
Reijo Ruotsalainen      BUF  80 26  71   97
Bobby Smith		MIN  80 26  71   97
Dave Andreychuk		BUF  80 48  47   95
Willi Plett		CGY  80 39  56   95
Peter Statsny		QUE  68 37  58   95
PLAYOFFS
The Oilers coasted through the Smythe Division with another sweep in the Battle of Alberta in the preliminary round followed by a quarterfinal elimination of Vancouver in 5 games. In 8 playoff games through the first two rounds Wayne Gretzky had 24 points while Mark Messier had 11 goals and 17 points.

Toronto will face Edmonton in the semi-finals after the Leafs eliminated Detroit in 6 games. In the preliminary round Detroit beat St Louis 3 games to one and Toronto swept Chicago 3 straight. In game two of the Toronto-Chicago series Leafs winger Glenn Anderson had 5 goals and 7 points. His goal total for the game was one shy of the record 6 scored in a playoff contest by Carl Liscombe of Detroit in 1943. Afer 9 games Anderson had 11 goals and 17 points, two points less than team leader Rick Kehoe, who had 8 goals and 19 points.

Upsets were the name of the game in the Adams Division as Quebec surprised Montreal in 5 games while Buffalo eliminated Boston 3 games to one in their preliminary series. The Sabres would go on to defeat the Nordiques in 6 games in their quarterfinal series led by Dave Andreychuk, who scored 11 times in 10 games through the first two rounds of the playoffs.

The Sabres will meet another cinderella team in the semi-finals as fourth place Pittsburgh emerged from the Patrick Division. The Penguins knocked off Philadelphia in 4 games and then beat the Islanders in a quarterfinal that went the full 7 games. The Isles actually won the first 3 games of the series before the Pens roared back with 4 straight victories.


SEMI-FINALS
Edmonton took the opener 3-0 over Toronto as Gretzky got 3 assists and Grant Fuhr made 25 saves for the shutout. The next 3 games were all decided by just one goal but in each case the Oilers prevailed to complete the sweep and advance to the finals where they will face the Buffalo Sabres, who eliminated Pittsburgh in 5 games.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The Oilers return to the finals for the second straight season after winning the Cup in their first trip to the championship round last season. Buffalo reached the finals once before but the Sabres lost to the New York Islanders in 1979.

The Sabres will rely on Gil Perrreault (5-18-23), Dave Andreychuk (13-10-23) and Dirk Graham (11-14-25) to carry their offense but the biggest pressure will be on netminder Glenn Resch (9-2, 2.67) as he faces the potent Edmonton offense. In 12 playoff games Wayne Gretzky has 33 points and Mark Messier has 15 goals.

In Game One Gretzky had a goal and an assist as the Oilers doubled the Sabres 6-3. Edmonton also got goals from Jari Kurri, Dave Lewis, Borje Salming, Mike Rogers and Gord Sherven while Perreault, Graham and Don Lever replied for Buffalo.

Charlie Huddy scored twice in Game Two to help Edmonton to a 4-1 victory. Gretzky and Rogers were the other Oilers marksmen, while Hannu Virta scored the Buffalo goal. The Sabres replaced Resch with former Edmonton farmhand Andy Moog for this game but the result was the same - an Oiler win.

Mark Messier put on a show, scoring 4 goals as Edmonton won Game Three 5-1. Charlie Huddy had the other Oilers goal with Gretzky getting 2 assists in the game. Perreault had the Buffalo goal. Going back to last season the Oilers have now won 7 straight Stanley Cup finals games.

Edmonton's winning streak comes to an end as Dave Andreychuk scores twice to help the Sabres double Edmonton 4-2 in Game Four and stay alive in the series. Hannu Virta and Tony McKegney also scored for Buffalo, while the Oilers goals came from Gretzky and Thomas Eriksson.


The series came to an end two nights later as the Oilers get goals from 5 different players and claim the Cup with a 5-4 victory. The game winner would come from Esa Tikkanen, a 19 year old rookie who scored just 7 times during the regular season. Doug Risebrough, Jari Kurri, Mark Messier and Mike Rogers would also score for Edmonton while Wayne Gretzky had two assists.

The 2 points gave Gretzky 42 for the playoffs, a new record, eclipsing by 1 the old mark established by Jean Ratelle of the Rangers in 1982. Gretzky played just 17 playoff games while Ratelle had played 21 in his record season. Mark Messier also broke a Ratelle playoff record, by scoring 20 goals in this year's playoffs - also 1 more than Ratelle's old record.

The 42 points earned Gretzky the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for the first time in his career. Gretzky would also win his 4th straight Hart Trophy as regular season MVP and 4th scoring title in the past 5 years.

Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (78GP 67-112-179)

VEZINA TROPHY: Grant Fuhr Edmonton (43-12-3, 2.67)

NORRIS TROPHY: Paul Coffey Edmonton (80GP 35-84-119)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (78GP 67-112-179)

CALDER TROPHY: Steve Yzerman Detroit (80GP 32-66-98)


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Grant Fuhr       Edmonton	   Pete Peeters     Philadelphia		      
D   Paul Coffey      Edmonton      Randy Carlyle    Toronto 	
D   Denis Potvin     NY Islanders  R Ruoutsalainen  Buffalo 	
C   Wayne Gretzky    Edmonton	   Ron Francis      Hartford	
LW  Anton Statsny    Quebec	   Mats Naslund     Montreal      	
RW  Guy Lafleur      Montreal      Tim Kerr	    Philadelphia
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Here is a look at the players currently in the Hall of Fame. I expect Jean Ratelle, Bobby Orr and Tony Esposito will all be added as I move forward to the start of the 1984-85 season.
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Vladislav Tretiak......very cool.
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Vladislav Tretiak......very cool.
Yes, I was presently surprised when I saw him appear on the Habs depth chart. As you will see below he had a pretty good debut season. Thanks for following along.
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1984-85

1984-85

OFF-SEASON
As expected Jean Ratelle, Tony Esposito and Bobby Orr were added to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

A pair of long-time Boston Bruins retire as Jean Pronovost and Wayne Cashman each decide to hang up the blades. Pronovost played 1282 games with the Bruins starting with his rookie season of 1967-68 and finished with 584 goals and 1404 points, which leads the Bruins in each category. His goal total is good for 10th most in NHL history. He was a two-time first team all-star and won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Bruins.
Cashman was also on two Cup winners and finished with 807 career points, including 392 goals, in 1222 games.

Another Bruin Cup winner also retired as Ross Lonsberry ended his career at the age of 37. Lonsberrry started his NHL career with Boston in 1968-69 and was a member of the 1972 Bruins championship team. He was claimed by Kansas City in the 1974 expansion draft and enjoyed some decent seasons with the organization while playing in Kansas City, Denver and New Jersey. He spent the last year and a half with the Buffalo Sabres finishing with 1003 career games and 540 points.

The last retirement of note this off-season is Don Luce. The 35 year old spent his entire 14 year NHL career with the New York Rangers, scoring 358 goals and 931 points in 994 games. Luce's best season was 1977-78 when he had 40 goals and 108 points. He also had 104 points in 156 playoff games and won 5 Stanley Cups with the Rangers.

There is quite a collection of new players entering the league with the biggest name being Mario Lemieux as a rookie with Pittsburgh. Others include Kirk Muller in New Jersey, Brett Hull, Gary Suter and Gary Roberts with Calgary, Patrick Roy and Stephane Richer in Montreal as well as Luc Robitaille in Los Angeles.


REGULAR SEASON

The biggest news was Wayne Gretzky's decision to sit out the entire season in a contract dispute with the Edmonton Oilers. Without the game's greatest players the Oilers dropped to 4th place in the Smythe Division after winning back to back Cups.

A year after making the finals the Buffalo Sabres missed the playoffs altogether, although to be fair they were playing in the toughest division and Buffalo's 79 points would have tied them for first place in the Patrick. Speaking of ties, the Patrick had a 3 way tie for second place with the Penguins, Capitals and Islanders all posting identical 34-39-7 records.

Like Buffalo, the Rangers had a terrible season and finished last in the Patrick, missing the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. A November injury that ended Brad Park's season was the biggest blow the Rangers suffered.

Pittsburgh suffered a great loss in February when rookie sensation Mario Lemieux was lost for the season with a knee injury. At the time Lemieux was leading the league in scoring with 75 points in 49 games.

Vladislav Tretiak has a strong season with Montreal in his NHL debut. The 31 year old was 42-16-7 with a 2.87 GAA and a big reason for the Habs strong season. It might be his only year as a starter because the Canadiens do have 19 year old Patrick Roy waiting in the wings. A quick glance at Montreal's system shows another young goaltender by the name of Troy Crosby. Word is his yet unborn son might turn out to be the better pro prospect though.


MILESTONES
Guy Lafleur of Montreal scored his 600th career NHL goal
Lanny McDonald of Toronto scored his 400th NHL goal
Danny Gare of Buffalo scored his 400th goal
Rick Kehoe of Toronto scored his 400th goal and his 900th career point
Bernie Federko of St Louis recorded his 500th career assist

1250 GAMES
Bobby Clarke Philadelphia

1000 GAMES
Guy Lafleur Montreal
Craig Ramsay Boston
Butch Goring Los Angeles
Bobby Schmautz Detroit
Bob Nystron Chicago
Bill Hajt Buffalo
Bob Kelly St Louis

Philadelphia's 26 year old defenseman Behn Wilson had a 7 point game in the Flyers 10-5 win at Detroit on January 16th. He scored 3 goals and added 4 assists. On January 17th Steve Yzerman of Detroit scored 5 times in the Wings 8-1 win over Chicago.


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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	80 55 20  5  115
Boston Bruins		80 52 23  5  109
Quebec Nordiques	80 47 29  4   98
Hartford Whalers	80 40 36  4   84
Buffalo Sabres		80 38 39  3   79

PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Philadelphia Flyers	80 38 39  3   79
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 34 39  7   75
Washington Capitals 	80 34 39  7   75
New York Islanders	80 34 39  7   75
New Jersey Devils	80 27 48  5   59
New York Rangers	80 22 54  4   48

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Minnesota North Stars   80 44 28  8   96
St Louis Blues		80 36 38  6   78
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 32 40  8   72
Detroit Red Wings 	80 31 44  5   67
Chicago Black Hawks	80 23 55  2   48
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Vancouver Canucks	80 56 19  5  117
Calgary Flames		80 43 27 10   96
Los Angeles Kings	80 36 34 10   82
Edmonton Oilers		80 33 39  8   74
Winnipeg Jets		80 23 49  8   54

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Ron Francis		HAR  75 52  76  128
Peter Statsny		QUE  80 46  77  123
Rick Vaive		VAN  80 51  68  119
Mark Howe		HAR  80 43  76  119
Mike Gartner		WAS  80 61  55  116
Michel Goulet		QUE  80 50  63  113
Mark Messier		EDM  80 49  63  112
Joey Mullen		STL  80 58  52  110
Gataen Duchesne	 	WAS  80 30  80  110
Dale Hawerchuk		WPG  80 60  48  108
Brian Propp		PHI  80 34  74  108
Hakaan Loob		CGY  80 50  56  106
Tom Fergus		BOS  80 56  49  105
Guy Lafleur		MON  80 52  52  104
Mats Naslund		MON  74 50  54  104
Brian Trottier		NYI  72 37  67  104

PLAYOFFS

The Oilers finally agreed to a contract with Gretzky and he returned for the playoffs (translation I edited his contract to assign him to the team). Gretzky scored 18 points in 7 games and Mark Messier had 20 points as the Oilers swept through the first two rounds of the playoffs, beating Vancouver and Calgary.

Edmonton's opponent in the semi-finals will be Minnesota after North Stars also swept both of their first two series, knocking off Detroit and St Louis.

Without Mario Lemieux the Penguins put up a strong effort but fell in 5 games to Washington in a Patrick Division preliminary round. The Islanders swept Philadelphia in the other Patrick preliminary round and then knocked off Washington in 4 straight games in the quarterfinals.

Boston will face the Islanders in the semi-finals after the Bruins continued their post-season dominance of Montreal with a 5 game win in the quarters.

SEMI-FINALS

The Boston Bruins swept the New York Islanders in 4 games in one semi-final while the other series was expected to be an Edmonton sweep but it was anything but.

The Oilers took the opener 6-4 on the road but the Stars surprised with a 4-3 win in Game Two as Dino Ciccarelli scored twice. Ciccarelli scored again in Game Three and Don Beaupre was outstanding in the Minnesota cage as the North Stars won Game Three 4-1 to take the lead in the series. Ciccarelli would find magic in his stick once more in Game Four, as he scored with 48 seconds remaining in regulation to snap a tie and give the North Stars a 4-3 victory and a commanding 3 games to one series lead.

After being quiet for the first 4 games, Gretzky took over Game Five with 4 points in Edmonton's 8-2 pounding of Minnesota and he had 3 points the next game as Edmonton evened the series with a 7-5 victory.

Game Seven in Bloomington was tied 2-2 after 40 minutes on a pair of Brian Bellows goals for the hometown North Stars and markers from Esa Tikkanen and Mike Rogers for Edmonton. The Oilers fired 14 third period shots on Beaupre but could not score. Minnesota did score as Brian Lawton broke the tie with a goal at 13:12 of the third period. Minnesota hung on and knocked off the two-time defending Cup champions in 7 games to advance to the finals for the first time in franchise history.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
Minnesota makes its first appearance in the finals. The North Stars have been led by Dino Ciccarelli (10-13-23), Bobby Smith (6-14-20), Brian Bellows (7-12-19) and Tom McCarthy (7-12-19) this playoff but the biggest star has been 23 year old goaltender Don Beaupre.

The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup 5 years ago and also claimed the title in 1972 as well as three times in the 1940's. Defenseman Ray Bourque (4-16-20) is leading Boston in scoring this playoff with offense also coming from Craig MacTavish (3-15-18), Tom Fergus (11-6-17), Craig Ramsay (7-10-17) and Brad McCrimmon (5-12-17). 29 year old Mike Liut is the Bruins goaltender with 40 year old Bernie Parent also seeing some action this playoff.

Game One goes to the hometown Bruins as Mike Krushelnyski has 2 goals and an assist to lead Boston to a 6-3 victory.

Bobby Smith scores twice in Game Two as Minnesota opens a 4-0 lead and then survives a Boston comeback bid in the third period. The Bruins get 3 goals in the final 20 minutes but fall 4-3.

Craig Ramsay enjoys a 3-point night in Game Three leading Boston to a 5-2 victory. Minnesota gets two more goals from Bobby Smith in the loss.

Mike Liut has a 23 save shutout and the scoring comes from unexpected sources as Boston takes a 3 games to one lead with a 3-0 victory in Game Four. The Bruins goalscoers are Torrie Robertson, Doug Halward and Gord Kluzk. Halward scored just 8 goals in the regular season while Kluzak and Robertson had 7 each.

Brian Bellows has a goal and an assist as Minnesota stays alive with a 3-2 victory in Game Five. Ciccarelli and Craig Hartsburg also score for the North Stars while Tom Fergus and Steve Kasper are the Boston marksmen.

Bobby Smith wills the series to a seventh game after leading Minnesota to a 4-3 victory in Game Six. The Bruins got a Tom Fergus goal at 1:12 of the third period to go up 3-1 but Smith set up Craig Hartsburg 2 minutes later to reduce the deficit back to one goal. Smith would then tie the game on an assist from Hartsburg at 12:04 and then score what would prove to be the game winner just under 2 minutes later.

You can't ask for more from a Game Seven. Just an amazing contest. Minnesota opened the scoring early in the first period as Bobby Smith scored his 13th of the post-season with Dino Ciccarelli and Brian Bellows drawing the assists. Defenseman Mike Milbury tied the game for Boston early in the second period but midway through the frame Bellows scored to restore the lead for Minnesota.

It looked like the Stars were going to win 2-1 as Beaupre made save after save in the Minnesota cage. He faced 39 shots in all but a Tom Fergus blast with just under 2 minutes remaining in regulation eluded Beaupre and found its way into the Minnesota cage to knot the game at 2.

It took nearly 29 minutes of overtime before Neal Broten scored the Cup winner for the North Stars from Serge Savard and Ciccarelli - who assisted on all 3 goals- and the North Stars were crowned champions.

Ciccarelli tied Edmonton's Mark Messier for the playoff scoring lead with 30 points each, one more than Bobby Smith and Wayne Gretzky had. The goal scoring leader was Tom Fergus of Boston, who scored 15 times, one more than Edmonton's Messier.

Bobby Smith was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after a brilliant Stanly Cup Finals series.


Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Scott Stevens Washington (80GP 27-52-79)

VEZINA TROPHY
: Mike Liut Boston (37-15-7, 2.93)

NORRIS TROPHY: Ray Bourque Boston (80GP 23-63-86)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Ron Francis Hartford (75GP 52-76-128)

CALDER TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (49GP 35-40-75)

Really weird choice to give Stevens the MVP but not best defenseman. I dont even feel he warrants a spot on either the first or second all-star team. If taking a Washington player I would say Mike Gartner was a much better choice for MVP. I could make a case for Tretiak or perhaps Liut as well, along with Messier and a few others but the selection of Stevens is way out there. The absence of Gretzky and the Lemieux injury meant there was no clear cut choice.


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Mike Liut        Boston	   Vladislav Tretiak Montreal		      
D   Ray Bourque      Boston        Paul Coffey       Edmonton     	
D   Denis Potvin     NY Islanders  Paul Reinhart     Pittsburgh 	
C   Ron Francis      Hartford	   Dale Hawerchuk    Winnipeg
LW  Mark Messier     Edmonton	   Mats Naslund      Montreal      	
RW  Mike Gartner     Washington    Michel Goulet     Quebec
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1985-86

OFFSEASON
Long-time Boston Bruin Jean Pronovost is the lone addition to the Hockey Hall of Fame this season. Pronovost scored 584 goals and 1404 points in his career.

Rick Kehoe is walking away from the game at age 33. The winger played 13 seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring 408 goals and 500 assists in 873 career games. He had back to back 50 goal seasons in 1979-80 and 80-81.

Bobby Schmautz has retired after 15 NHL seasons and 1026 games. All but 2 of his games were with Detroit as he debuted with the Black Hawks in 1967-68 but did not become an NHL regular until joining the Wings 4 years later. He had 280 goals and 753 points in his career.

Also retiring is Butch Goring. Goring played 16 seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, scoring 336 goals and 804 points in 1037 games. The 35 year old had 18 goals and 39 points last season.

Newcomers to the league this season include Craig Simpson with Pittsburgh, Joe Nieuwendyk in Calgary, Mike Richter with the Rangers and Adam Oates in Detroit.

REGULAR SEASON
After missing the regular season last year due to a contract dispute, Wayne Gretzky returned to the Edmonton and led the Oilers to the best record in the league. Gretzky was limited to 57 games due to an abdominal injury but he still managed to lead the Oilers with 136 points. Jari Kurri (44-79-123), Mark Messier (56-62-118) and Paul Coffey (27-80-107) also managed to top the 100 point mark and were the main reasons why the Oilers led the NHL in goals.

Defending Cup champion Minnesota finished just 2 points behind the Oilers in the race for first overall. The Stars had plenty of offense of their own thanks to their big line of Bobby Smith (34-66-100) between Dino Ciccarelli (54-74-128) and Brian Bellows (53-53-106).

Pittsburgh won it's division for the first time in franchise history and the reason was almost entirely because of Mario Lemieux. Rookie of the year last season despite playing just 49 games, Lemieux was healthy all season and scored a league high 76 goals and 149 points. Only Hartford's Ron Francis (55-100-155) and Dale Hawerchuk (69-82-151) of Winnipeg finished with more points than Mario.

Montreal finished first in the Adams Division and they did it with strong defense rather than the firewagon hockey the Canadiens have been historically known for. Mats Naslund (48-62-110) and 34 year old Guy Lafleur (40-54-94) were the only offensive threats up front but the Habs got plenty of offense from their blueline led by Chris Chelios (23-64-87), Rod Langway (16-57-73) and veteran Larry Robinson (15-70-85). The strong defense combined with another solid season from goaltender Vladislav Tretiak (36-14-8, 3.06) helped Montreal allow the fewest goals against in the league. The Habs elected to give 20 year Patrick Roy another season in the minors so veteran Pat Riggin served as Tretiak's understudy.

MILESTONES
Lanny McDonald of Toronto scored his 900th career point
Ron Greschner of the NY Rangers earned his 900th career point
Clark Gillies of the NY Islanders earned his 900th career point
Bobby Clarke of Philadelphia scored his 500th career goal and 1500th career point
Borje Salming of Edmonton recorded his 500th career assist.
Kent Nilsson of Calgary picked up his 500th career assist and 900th career point
Wayne Gretzky of Edmonton earned his 500th career assist
Mike Bossy of the NY Islanders scored his 400th career goal
Bryan Trottier of the NY Islanders scored his 300th career goal
Rick Middleton of the NY Islanders scored his 300th career goal
Tim Kerr of Philadelphia scored his 300th career goal.

1000 GAMES
Jim Watson Los Angeles
Bill Barber Philadelphia
Marcel Dionne Detroit
Larry Robinson Montreal
Rogie Vachon Los Angeles
Phil Russell Chicago
Rene Robert Winnipeg
Bob Gassoff NY Islanders

Joe Mullen of the St Louis Blues had a 29 game point streak. That is the fifth longest streak in league history. The record is 44 set by Rocket Richard. Later in the season Wayne Gretzky would have a 34 game streak. Included in Gretzky's streak was a stretch of 11 straight games in which he scored at least 1 goal, which is believed to be a record. One of the games in the streak saw Gretzky score 7 points and he had 6 points on two other occassions during the run.

Mario Lemieux had an 8 point night, including 3 goals, in Pittsburgh's 13-3 win over the New York Rangers on December 15th. Lemieux would follow that up with 6 points in his next game.

Edmonton defenseman Paul Coffey had an 8 point night in a 10-3 win over Quebec on February 14th. Included in his totals were 7 assists. The 8 points are believed to be a record for defenseman and his 7 assists are tied for the third most ever.

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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	80 48 26  6  102
Hartford Whalers	80 43 30  7   93
Boston Bruins		80 39 31 10   88
Quebec Nordiques	80 35 41  4   74
Buffalo Sabres		80 33 43  4   70

PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 48 29  3   99
Washington Capitals 	80 31 44  5   67
New York Islanders	80 29 46  5   63
New York Rangers	80 24 45 11   59
Philadelphia Flyers	80 23 48  9   55
New Jersey Devils	80 25 53  2   52

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Minnesota North Stars   80 51 25  4  106
St Louis Blues		80 44 30  6   94
Detroit Red Wings 	80 33 43  4   70
Chicago Black Hawks	80 28 42 10   66
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 30 48  2   62
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Edmonton Oilers		80 49 21 10  108
Calgary Flames		80 44 31  5   93
Winnipeg Jets		80 45 33  2   92
Vancouver Canucks	80 42 30  8   92
Los Angeles Kings	80 35 40  5   75

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Ron Francis		HAR  80 55 100  155
Dale Hawerchuk		WPG  80 69  82  151
Mario Lemieux 		PIT  78 76  73  149
Joe Mullen		STL  80 68  75  143
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  57 59  77  136
Dino Ciccarelli		MIN  80 54  74  128
Jari Kurri		EDM  80 44  79  123
Mark Messier		EDM  80 56  62  118
Doug Gilmour		STL  77 35  81  116
Mats Naslund		MON  80 48  62  110
Rick Vaive		VAN  80 62  47  109
Hakaan Loob		CGY  80 54  55  109
Anton Statsny		QUE  80 31  76  107
Paul Coffey		EDM  80 27  80  107
Michel Goulet		QUE  77 60  46  106
Brian Bellows		MIN  74 53  53  106
Brian Sutter		STL  80 44  61  105
Brian Propp		PHI  80 44  60  104
Dave Taylor		LA   80 33  71  104
Steve Larmer		CHI  80 48  55  103
Mark Howe		HAR  75 36  67  103
Peter Statsny		QUE  80 39  62  101
Dave Andreychuk		BUF  80 51  49  100
Andrew McBain		WPG  80 39  61  100
Bobby Smith		MIN  78 34  66  100
PLAYOFFS
Hard to have a better playoff series than Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux did in a preliminary round matchup with the New York Rangers. The Pens won the best of five series in 4 games with Lemieux scoring 12 goals and adding 7 assists. The highlight was a 5 goal, 2 assist performance in Game Four, won 12-4 by the Pens. After a 4 game sweep of the New York Islanders in the quarterfinals Lemieux was leading all playoff performers with 17 goals and 29 points....thats in 8 games.

Montreal will be tasked with trying to slow Lemieux down in the semi-finals after the Canadiens finally managed to beat Boston after years of playoff futility against the Bruins.

The other semi-final will be a rematch of last season when the Minnesota North Stars upset the Edmonton Oilers. Edmonton had a tough go of things so far, going the distance against both Vancouver in the preliminary round and Winnipeg in the quarterfinals. Wayne Gretzky has 13 goals and 25 points in 12 games to lead Edmonton.

SEMI-FINALS
The Montreal defense proved too much for Lemieux and the Penguins and, while Mario did get 4 goals and an asssit in the series, the Pens were eliminated in 4 straight games. On the other side the Minnesota North Stars again knocked off the Oilers mighty offense, winning the series in 6 games despite 6 goals and 12 points from Gretzky in the series.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The Minnesota North Stars return basically the exact same cast of players as they had last season when they won their first Stanley Cup. The Canadiens are the all-time leader with 20 Stanly Cups but Montreal has not hoisted the hardware since 1980.

The North Stars are missing one key component as Bobby Smith (3-14-17) was injured in the final game of the Edmonton series and will not be available for the finals. Smith won the Conn Smythe Trophy a year ago. Minnesota will rely on Brian Bellos (18-7-25), Dino Ciccarelli (13-19-32) and Neal Broten (3-20-23) to carry the offense while Don Beaupre and new pickup Kelly Hrudey have shared the netminding duties in the playoffs.

Vladislave Tretiak leds the playoffs with a 1.86 GAA and will be counted on heavily as the Canadiens do not have the firepower to keep up with Minnesota's big guns. Bob Gainey (9-9-18) and Guy Lafleur (5-13-18) share the Habs postseason scoring lead. Defensive center Doug Jarvis is the only injured Hab but he will be missed against a team like Minnesota.

Dino Ciccarelli scored all 3 goals as Minnesota blanked the Canadiens in the Montreal Forum 3-0 in Game One. Don Beaupre had 31 saves for the shutout while Brian Bellows earned 3 assists.

Bob Gainey had a four point night in Game Two as Montreal built a 4-0 first period lead and hung on to beat Minnesota 6-4 and even the series.

Former Canadien Doug Risebrough scores the game winner lifting Minnesota to a 4-3 victory in Game Three. Ciccarelli scores again and adds an assist with Brian Lawton and Neal Broten also scoring for the North Stars. Larry Robinson, Pierre Mondou and Mats Naslund get the Montreal goals.

Montreal explodes for 4 goals in the second period of Game Four and evens the series with a 7-4 victory. Chris Chelios has 3 assists for the Habs, who got goals from 7 different players. Neal Broten assisted on all 4 Minnesota tallys, 2 each from Ciccarelli and Bellows.

Another big offensive display from Montreal as the Habs take the series lead with a 7-1 victory in Game Five. Guy Lafleur had 2 goals and 2 assists while Mats Naslund also scored twice for Montreal. Tretiak only faced 16 Minnesota shots in the game.

For the third straight game Montreal scores 7 times. It was just enough as the Canadiens won Game Six by a 7-6 score to claim the Stanley Cup. Chris Chelios and Guy Lafleur each had a goal and 2 helpers as once more the Canadiens got goals from 7 different players. Ken Hodge Jr had 2 goals for Minnesota with Ciccarelli scoring once and adding an assist.

Guy Lafleur led Montreal in playoff scoring with 9 goals and 30 points while the overall playoff scoring title went to Dino Ciccarelli with 21 goals and 46 points. Despite being on the losing side in the finals, Ciccarelli was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Ciccarelli set a new playoff record for points in one year and his 21 goals also established a new record, which was also equalled this season by teammate Brian Bellows and Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux.


Lemieux scored 21 goals despite playing in just 12 playoff games, an incredible accomplishment that was overshadowed by the Penguins bowing out in the semi-finals.


Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (78GP 76-73-149)

VEZINA TROPHY: Grant Fuhr Edmonton (41-11-10, 3.04)

NORRIS TROPHY: Chris Chelios Montreal (80GP 23-64-87)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Ron Francis Hartford (80GP 55-100-155)

CALDER TROPHY: Luc Robitaille Los Angeles (80GP 40-54-94)


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Grant Fuhr       Edmonton	   Don Beaupre       Minnesota	      
D   Ray Bourque      Boston        Chris Chelios     Montreal    	
D   Paul Coffey      Edmonton      Larry Murphy      Los Angeles	
C   Mario Lemieux    Pittsburgh    Wayne Gretzky     Edmonton	   
LW  Mark Messier     Edmonton	   Brian Bellows     Minnesota     	
RW  Joe Mullen       St Louis      Dino Ciccarelli   Minnesota
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1986-87

1986-87

OFFSEASON
Garry Unger and Carol Vadnais get the call to the Hall of Fame. Unger had 1180 points including 549 goals over 18 seasons with Toronto, the Islanders and Washington. Vadnais played 1346 games on defense for Montreal, the Islanders and Toronto. He had 1148 points in his NHL career and was named the NHL's best defenseman in 1975-76.

A huge list of big name retirements including Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent, Rogie Vachon, Borje Salming and Darryl Sittler. Clarke won 4 Hart Trophy's and had 1501 career points including 502 goals. Parent won 602 games, a pair of Vezina Trophy's and 2 Stanley Cups with Boston. Vachon played for 4 teams and over 1000 games in net. Salming had 632 points in 12 seasons with Toronto, Edmonton and Philadelphia. Sittler had 897 points in 990 career games with Toronto. I would expect that Clarke and Parent will both be added to the Hall of Fame next year.

Brian Leetch headlines the list of new players to the league. He will join the New York Rangers. Others include Jimmy Carson in Los Angeles, Craig Janney in Boston and Adam Graves with Detroit.


REGULAR SEASON
There were no ties this year as the game went to unlimited overtime for the regular season just as in the playoffs.

Wayne Gretzky dominated the league scoring, finishing with 171 points, 8 shy of the record he set in 1983-84. Mario Lemieux, meanwhile, was injured in late October and sidelined until March so he played in just 14 games but still managed to get 25 points and be healthy for the playoffs.


MILESTONES
Guy Lafleur of Montreal moved into third place all-time in career goals and points. The 35 year old finished the season with 51 goals, the 8th time in his career he reached the 50 goal plateau, giving him 735 for his career. Only Bobby Hull (884) and Jean Ratelle (856) have scored more goals than Lafleur. Lafleur's 103 points this season moved him to 1808 for his career trailing only Stan Mikita (2129) and Bobby Hull (2032).


Bryan Trottier of the NY Islanders earned his 750th career assist
Mike Bossy of the NY Islanders picked up his 900th career point and 500th assist
Brad Park of the NY Rangers scored his 500th career goal
Lanny McDonald of Toronto earned his 500th career assist
Thomas Gradin of Chicago earned his 500th career assist
Randy Carlyle of Toronto picked up his 500th career assist
Clark Gillies of the NY Islanders scored his 400th career goal
Brian Sutter of St Louis scored his 400th career goal
Kent Nilsson of Calgary scored his 400th career goal
Craig Ramsay of Boston scored his 400th career goal
Joe Mullen of St Louis scored his 300th career goal
Rick Vaive of Vancouver scored his 300th career goal
Serge Savard of Minnesota scored his 300th career goal
Mike Gartner of Washington scored his 300th career goal
Jari Kurri of Edmonton scored his 300th career goal

1000 GAMES
Blake Dunlop Montreal
Al MacAdam Washington
Tiger Williams Toronto
Lanny McDonald Toronto

Minnesota's Brian Bellows had a 6 goal game in the North Stars 9-2 win over Washington on November 11th. Bellows also picked up 1 assist in the game. Calgary's Brett Hull, Boston's Tom Fergus and Vancouver's Pat Verbeek each enjoyed a 5 goal game during the season.

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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	80 59 21  0  118
Boston Bruins		80 56 24  0  112
Buffalo Sabres		80 36 44  0   72
Quebec Nordiques	80 35 45  0   70
Hartford Whalers	80 29 51  0   58

PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 44 36  0   88
New York Islanders	80 40 40  0   80
New York Rangers	80 34 46  0   68
Philadelphia Flyers	80 29 51  0   58
New Jersey Devils	80 26 54  0   52
Washington Capitals 	80 23 57  0   46

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Minnesota North Stars   80 50 30  0  100
St Louis Blues		80 46 34  0   92
Detroit Red Wings 	80 34 46  0   68
Chicago Black Hawks	80 32 48  0   64
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 28 52  0   56
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Edmonton Oilers		80 58 22  0  116
Calgary Flames		80 55 25  0  110
Winnipeg Jets		80 51 29  0  102
Los Angeles Kings	80 44 36  0   88
Vancouver Canucks	80 31 49  0   62

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  77 47 124  171
Dale Hawerchuk		WPG  68 55  97  152
Jari Kurri		EDM  78 55  72  127
Dino Ciccarelli		MIN  80 56  64  120
Pat LaFontaine		NYI  80 36  82  118
Mark Messier		EDM  80 47  66  113
Tom Fergus		BOS  78 54  55  109
Ray Bourque		BOS  80 30  79  109
Andrew McBain		WPG  76 52  55  107
Hakaan Loob		CGY  79 53  53  106
Luc Robitaille		LA   80 40  65  105
Neal Broten		MIN  76 17  88  105
Ron Francis		HAR  80 35  69  104
Guy Lafleur		MON  80 51  52  103
Bernie Nicholls		LA   80 53  49  102
Joe Mullen		STL  72 41  61  102
Brian Bellows		MIN  80 50  51  101
Paul Coffey		EDM  80 24  75   99
Steve Larmer		CHI  80 43  54   97
Steve Yzerman		DET  79 39  56   95
Doug Gilmour		STL  50 34  61   95
PLAYOFFS
One change this season saw the preliminary round expanded to a best of seven from the best of five it was in the past.

Montreal emerged from the Adams Division as the Habs posted 8 straight victories to start the playoffs, sweeping first Quebec and then Boston in the quarterfinals. Guy Lafleur led the Habs with 14 points through the two series, while the goaltending chores were split between veteran Vladislav Tretiak and 21 year old rookie Patrick Roy.

Led by 11 goals and 28 points in 11 games from Mario Lemieux, the Pittsburgh Penguins emerged from the Patrick Division. Pittsburgh beat the Rangers in 5 games after eliminating Philadelphia in 6 in the opening round.

Wayne Gretzky tried to keep pace with Lemieux, scoring 9 times in 10 games and getting 24 points as the Oilers beat Vancouver and Calgary in 5 games each to advance out of the Smythe Division.

The Oilers will face Minnesota yet again, after losing to the Stars in the semi-finals each of the previous two years. Minnesota had a dominant offense in the first two rounds of the playoffs led by Dino Ciccarelli (10-11-21), Brian Bellows (5-16-21), Brian Lawton (10-8-18) and Neal Broten (5-13-18). The Stars beat Chicago in 6 games in the opening round and then rode a Lawton hat trick to victory in Game Seven of the quarterfinals against Detroit.

SEMI-FINALS
Mario Lemieux had 13 points in the series as Pittsburgh eliminated the defending Cup Champion Montreal Canadiens in 6 games to reach the finals for the first time in Pens history.

The Edmonton-Minnesota series was another tight one with the Oilers finally prevailing thanks to a 4 assist night from Gretzky in a 5-4 game seven victory. Gretzky had 5 goals and 17 points in the seven game series.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
A much anticipated match-up between the game's two best players as Gretzky's Oilers take on Lemieux's Penguins with the Stanley Cup on the line. In 17 games so far this playoff both Gretzky and Lemieux have 41 points. Lemieux has 16 goals compared to 14 for The Great One.

After a two year absence from the finals thanks to semi-final losses to Minnesota both times, the Oilers return to the finals looking for their 3rd Stanley Cup title.

Edmonton wins Game One at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena by a 3-2 score. Gretzky scores one of the Oilers goals but it is Mark Messier who gets the winner midway through the third period. Pittsburgh actually led 2-0 after twenty minutes on goals from Mike Bullard and Kevin Stevens- with an assist to Lemieux - but Edmonton tied the game in the second on goals from Gretzky and Arto Javanainen setting the stage for Messier's heroics.

Mario Lemieux and Craig Simpson each score twice in Game Two leading Pittsburgh to a 6-2 victory. Lemieux also had one assist and Kevin Stevens added 3 helpers for the Pens, who also got goals from Doug Bodger and Mike Bullard. Messier and Walt Poddubny scored for Edmonton.

Steve Smith gets what would prove to be the game winner midway through the second period to help Edmonton to a 3-2 victory in Game Three. Neither Lemieux or Gretzky scored but they each earned one assist. Poddubny and Paul Coffey had the other Edmonton goals. Kevin Stevens and Dave Hannan were the Pittsburgh scorers.

Edmonton takes a 3 games to one series lead with a 6-3 victory in Game Four at home. Messier and Gretzky each score once and add a pair of assists. Poddubny, Kurri, Steve Smith and Emanuel Viveiros also score for Edmonton. Pittsburgh got both of it's goals in the opening 5 minutes of the game as Hannan and Bob Errey scored, the later on a setup from Lemieux.

Esa Tikkanen scores the Cup winner in overtime as the Oilers take the series with a 3-2 victory in Game Five. British import Tony Hand assisted on 2 goals in the game for the Oilers. Mark Messier and Kevin Lowe scored the other Edmonton goals while Mario Lemieux had both of Pittsburgh goals. Wayne Gretzky earned one assist in the game giving him 48 points, inclduing 16 goals, in 22 playoff games. Gretzky finished second to Lemieux, who set a new playoff record with 50 points in the postseason, but Gretzky was the one chosen to carry the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Here are the all-time playoff single season point and goal leaders:
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PLAYOFF POINTS
50  Mario Lemieux     20-30-50 in 22 games Pittsburgh 1986-87
48  Wayne Gretzky     16-32-48 in 22 games Edmonton 1986-87
46  Dino Ciccarelli   21-25-46 in 20 games Minnesota 1985-86
42  Wayne Gretzky     11-31-42 in 17 games Edmonton 1983-84
41  Jean Ratelle      19-22-41 in 21 games NY Rangers 1981-82
39  Clark Gillies     19-20-39 in 19 games NY Islanders 1978-79
37  Guy Lafleur       17-20-37 in 21 games Montreal 1979-80
37  Denis Potvin      13-24-37 in 19 games NY Islanders 1978-79
37  Wayne Gretzky     19-18-37 in 18 games Edmonton 1985-86
34  Mario Lemieux     21-13-34 in 12 games Pittsburgh 1985-86
33  Gilbert Perreault 11-22-33 in 17 games Buffalo 1978-79
33  Yvan Cournoyer    18-15-33 in 16 games Montreal 1968-69
33  Brian Bellows     21-12-33 in 20 games Minnesota 1985-86
33  Paul Reinhart      8-25-33 in 22 games Pittsburgh 1986-87
32  Craig Ramsay      13-19-32 in 17 games Buffalo 1978-79
32  Carol Vadnais      4-28-32 in 19 games NY Islanders 1978-79
32  Stan Mikita       11-21-32 in 16 games Chicago 1967-68
32  Lanny McDonald    14-18-32 in 22 games Toronto 1981-82
32  Neal Broten        5-27-32 in 20 games Minnesota 1985-86
31  Rich Kehoe        14-17-31 in 20 games Toronto 1976-77
31  Wayne Gretzky     12-19-31 in 18 games Edmonton 1982-83
31  Mark Messier      20-11-31 in 17 games Edmonton 1983-84


PLAYOFF GOALS
21  Mario Lemieux   Pittsburgh    1985-86  12 games
21  Dino Ciccarelli Minnesota     1985-86  20 games
21  Brian Bellows   Minnesota     1985-86  20 games
20  Mark Messier    Edmonton      1983-84  17 games
20  Mario Lemieux   Pittsburgh    1986-87  22 games
19  Jean Ratelle    NY Rangers    1981-82  21 games
19  Clark Gillies   NY Islanders  1978-79  19 games
19  Wayne Gretzky   Edmonton      1985-86  18 games
18  Bob Bourne      NY Rangers    1981-82  21 games
18  Yvan Cournoyer  Montreal      1968-69  16 games
17  Guy Lafleur     Montreal      1979-80  21 games
16  Wayne Gretzky   Edmonton      1986-87  22 games
15  Dave Andreychuk Buffalo       1983-84  20 games
15  Tom Fergus      Boston        1984-85  20 games
15  Mark Messier    Edmonton      1986-87  22 games
14  Al Secord       Boston        1979-80  20 games
14  Robbie Ftorek   NY Islanders  1978-79  19 games
14  Rick Kehoe      Toronto       1976-77  20 games
14  Bobby Hull      Chicago       1967-68  16 games
14  Jean Ratelle    NY Rangers    1974-75  19 games
14  Lanny McDonald  Toronto       1981-82  22 games
14  Mark Messier    Edmonton      1984-85  14 games
14  Kevin Stevens   Pittsburgh    1986-87  22 games
14  Dino Ciccarelli Minnesota     1986-87  20 games

Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (77GP 47-124-171)

VEZINA TROPHY: Greg Stefan Calgary (46-15-0, 2.89)

NORRIS TROPHY: Brad McCrimmon Boston (80GP 20-50-70)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (77GP 47-124-171)

CALDER TROPHY: Patrick Roy Montreal (47-9-5, 2.60)


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Patrick Roy      Montreal	   Don Beaupre       Minnesota	      
D   Craig Hartsburg  Minnesota	   Gary Suter        Calgary    	
D   Paul Coffey      Edmonton      Brad McCrimmon    Boston	
C   Wayne Gretzky    Edmonton	   Dale Hawerchuk    Winnipeg
LW  Mark Messier     Edmonton	   Luc Robitaille    Los Angeles     	
RW  Jari Kurri       Edmonton      Dino Ciccarelli   Minnesota
I came close to making Ray Bourque an all-star...at right wing. The Bruins moved Bourque to forward this year and he tied for the team scoring lead with Tom Fergus, each had 109 points.
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1987-88

OFFSEASON
As expected Bernie Parent and Bobby Clarke get the call from the Hockey Hall of Fame.

After 21 seasons, legendary New York Rangers defenseman Brad Park announces his retirement. The 39 year old appeared in 65 games last season and scored 14 goals to get him over the 500 mark. His 502 career are the most ever scored by a defenseman and puts him 18th in NHL history. He is 6th all-time in career points with 1659 in 1487 games. Park won 5 Stanley Cups, 2 Conn Smythe Trophy's and 5 Norris Trophys in a carer that also saw him be named to the first all-star team 9 times.

33 year old New York Islanders winger Clark Gillies also retired after 956 NHL games. Gillies had 407 goals and 950 points in his career. He was named to the first all-star team in 1981-82. The final retirement of note was 41 year old Serge Savard who played 1450 games with Montreal and Minnesota and had 1337 caeer points. Savard won the Norris Trophy in 1973-74 and 4 Stanley Cups - 3 with Montreal and 1 with the North Stars.

The biggest trade of the off-season saw Minnesota ship 29 year old centre Bobby Smith to Vancouver for 23 year old winger Kevin Dineen. Smith had 88 points last year and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1985. Dineen started with Hartford but played the last 3 seasons with the Canucks, scoring 26 goals and 62 points last season.

Notable new players this season include Joe Sakic to Quebec, Brendan Shanahan with New Jersey, Pierre Turgeon in Buffalo, Ed Belfour to Chicago and Theo Fleury to Calgary.

REGULAR SEASON
The team with the biggest step forward this year was the Chicago Blackhawks, who ended Minnesota's 3 year reign as Norris Division regular season champs. For Chicago it was the first division title in a decade. 37 year old goaltender Gilles Meloche (32-17-2, 3.11) had a strong season and the Hawks got breakout years offensively from Troy Murray (39-62-101) and Tony Tanti (30-40-76). Veterans Steve Larmer (39-49-88), Denis Savard (35-51-86) and Doug Wilson (14-69-83) provided a steadying influence.

Edmonton remained the class of the Smythe Division led by a record-breaking 181 point season from Wayne Gretzky. Just 27 years old and after missing all of one season and 50 games of another, Gretzky still has 1187 career points and it will be just a matter of time before he passes Stan Mikita's 2,129 and become number one all-time.

Mario Lemieux only stayed healthy enough to play 66 games this season but his 65 goals and 137 points helped carry the Pittsburgh Penguins to first place overall in the regular season. 26 year old goaltender Jon Casey (51-12-6, 2.17) had a spectacular season in the Penguins net.

Speaking of goaltending, Patrick Roy (36-18-12, 2.85) had an outstanding season for Montreal and is developing nicely under the tutelage of his backup Vladislav Tretiak. The Canadiens finished with the best record in the Adams Division for the fifth straight season. At 36 years of age, Guy Lafleur keeps on producing. The Flower had 37 goals and 90 points and is up to 772 career goals and 1898 points.


MILESTONES
Dino Ciccarelli of Minnesota earned his 900th career point
Brian Sutter of St Louis earned his 900th career point
Ron Greschner of Edmonton earned his 750th career assist
Ray Bourque of Boston earned his 500th assist
Neal Broten of Minnesota earned his 500th assist
Paul Coffey of Edmonton earned his 500th assist
Jari Kurri of Edmonton earned his 500th assist
Paul Reinhart of Pittsburgh earned his 500th assist
Dale Hawerchuk of Winnipeg scored his 300th goal
Wilf Paiement of New Jersey scored his 300th goal
Mark Messier of Edmonton scored his 300th goal
Peter Statsny of Quebec scored his 300th goal

1250 GAMES
Guy Lafleur Montreal
Craig Ramsay Boston

1000 GAMES
Don Lever Los Angeles
Denis Potvin NY Islanders
Dave Maloney Vancouver

Paul Coffey broke his own record for defensemen with a 28 game point streak. It was one longer than the mark Coffey established in 1983-84. During that run Wayne Gretzky had a 26 game streak of his own. Later in the season Dale Hawerchuk of Winnipeg would have a 29 game streak and his teammate Andrew McBain would have a 28 game point streak. The NHL record is a 44 game streak set by Maurice Richard in 1943-44.

Dale Hawerchuk of Winnipeg broke Wayne Gretzky's record for consecutive games with at least one goal. Hawerchuk scored in 14 straight games snapping the previous mark of 11 established by Gretzky in 1985-86. Hawerchuk had 23 goals during that 14 game streak and finished the season with 76, which was 7 shy of the record 83 scored by Jean Ratelle in 1980-81.


Mario Lemieux had a 7 point game (4G 3A) in Pittsburgh's 9-0 win over the New York Rangers on December 2nd.


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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	80 42 25 13   97
Boston Bruins		80 35 39  6   76
Quebec Nordiques	80 32 42  6   70
Hartford Whalers	80 31 43  6   68
Buffalo Sabres		80 28 42 10   66

PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 59 14  7  125
New York Islanders	80 37 35  8   82
New York Rangers	80 30 46  4   64
New Jersey Devils	80 24 43 13   61
Washington Capitals 	80 23 49  8   54
Philadelphia Flyers	80 21 54  5   47

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Chicago Black Hawks	80 47 30  3   97
Minnesota North Stars   80 44 27  9   97
Detroit Red Wings 	80 37 33 10   84
St Louis Blues		80 30 39 11   71
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 22 51  7   51
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Edmonton Oilers		80 57 18  5  119
Winnipeg Jets		80 47 28  5   99
Calgary Flames		80 44 29  7   95
Los Angeles Kings	80 39 34  7   85
Vancouver Canucks	80 34 42  4   72

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  80 54 127  181
Dale Hawerchuk		WPG  80 76  86  162
Mark Messier		EDM  80 60  78  138
Mario Lemieux		PIT  66 65  72  137
Steve Yzerman		DET  80 69  66  135
Luc Robitaille		LA   80 49  77  126
Dino Ciccarelli		MIN  75 49  76  125
Brian Bellows		MIN  73 55  64  119
Brett Hull		CGY  80 53  58  111
Kevin Stevens		PIT  80 39  72  111
Andrew McBain		WPG  78 42  68  110
Pat LaFontaine		NYI  66 44  65  109
Bryan Trottier		NYI  80 42  63  105
Bernie Nicholls		LA   75 50  54  104
Mike Gartner		WSH  80 50  52  102
Dave Taylor		LA   80 38  64  102
Troy Murray		CHI  80 39  62  101
Al MacInnis		CGY  80 29  72  101
Neal Broten		MIN  80 32  68  100
Paul Coffey		EDM  74 31  68   99
Patrik Sundstrom	VAN  80 29  70   99
Dave Babych		WPG  80 18  80   98
Pat Verbeek		VAN  80 50  46   96
Doug Gilmour		STL  64 41  54   95
Murray Craven		DET  80 36  59   95
PLAYOFFS
Mario Lemieux once again put on a show in the playoffs. He had a 7 point game in the Penguins opening round sweep of New Jersey and after sweeping the Rangers in the quarterfinals, Magnificent Mario had 24 points in 8 games.

Wayne Gretzky also had 24 points but his playoff came to an end in the quarterfinals as the Oilers were shocked by Calgary, falling in 4 straight games to the Flames. In their defense, the Oilers were a beat up team as Jari Kurri, Kevin Lowe, Jeff Beukeboom and Marty McSorley all missed the entire series and Mark Messier was injured in Game Two.

The Flames had injuries of their own as forwards Kent Nilsson and Hakaan Loob were both sidelined. However, Brett Hull, with 7 goals and 16 points in 10 playoff games, along with Al MacInnis (5-11-16) and Gary Roberts (3-12-15) picked up the slack offensively.

The Flames will face Detroit in the semi-finals as the Wings, led by 18 points in 11 games from captain Steve Yzerman, beat Minnesota in 5 games and then eliminated Chicago in 6. The other semi-finalist will be the Montreal Canadiens, who eliminated Boston in the quarterfinals for the second straight season.

SEMI-FINALS
Without Nilsson and Loob, the Calgary Flames were no match for Detroit and the Red Wings won in 4 straight games. Petr Klima had 3 points for Detroit in a 3-2 win in the series opener. Game Two was 4-3 in Detroit's favour despite two goals from the Flames Brett Hull. Steve Yzerman had 4 goals and 2 assists as the Red Wings won Game Three 8-5 and Yzerman got the series winning goal late in the third period to give Detroit a 2-1 win in Game Four.

The Penguins beat Montreal 2-1 in their series opener as Lemieux assisted on both Penguins goals. The Habs evened the series with a 5-3 win in Game Two led by a 3 point night from Guy Carbonneau but Lemieux answered with 3 goals and an assist in Game Three as the Pens prevailed 4-2. Lemieux had 4 more points in a 5-2 win in Game Four and the Penguins would win the series with a 6-4 victory in Game Five.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The Penguins return to the finals for the second straight season, after coming up short against Edmonton a year ago. The Red Wings have won 3 Stanley Cups in their history, in 1948, 1959 and 1964 but have not been to the finals since losing to Chicago in 1970.

The Penguins open the series at home but they are without Mario Lemieux. Lemieux, who has 21 goals and 36 points in 12 playoff games, is sidelined from an upper body injury suffered in practice. Pittsburgh wins Game One 4-3 as defenseman Jim Johnson scores twice while Craig Simpson and Phil Bourque add singles. Murray Craven, Joe Murphy and Brent Peterson get the Detroit goals. Yzerman is held to one assist giving him 29 points in 16 playoff games so far.

Still no Lemieux for Game Two which is won 3-2 by the Penguins thanks to an overtime goal from Claude Loiselle. The Penguins got first period goals from Ray Ferraro and Paul Reinhart but Murray Craven and Adam Oates answered for Detroit in the second period. After a scoreless third, Loiselle got the game winner from John Ogrodnick just over 4 minutes into the overtime.

Game Three is all Detroit as the line of Adam Oates-Petr Klima-Murray Craven combine for 4 goals and 8 points to lead the Red Wings to a 7-3 victory on home ice and a 2 games to one series lead. Ogrodnick, Marcel Dionne and Gerrard Gallant also score for the Wings while the Pens, still minus Lemieux, get goals from Bob Errey, Kevin Stevens and Ray Ferraro.

Mario Lemieux returns for Game Four and has a goal and an assist but it is not enough as the Penguins fall 4-3 and trail in the series 3 games to one. Thanks to goals from Reinhart, Lemieux and Ferraro the Pens entered the third period with a 3-2 lead but Murray Craven tied the game for Detroit at 9:32 and Paul Boutilier got the game winner at 17:08. Detroit did lose veteran Marcel Dionne (1-5-6 in 17 playoff games) for the series with a knee injury.

The Detroit Red Wings score three unanswered goals in the third period of Game Five to rally to a 4-2 victory and earn their first Stanley Cup title in 24 years. Adam Oates and Steve Yzerman each had a goal and an assist for the Wings in the victory with Gerrard Gallant and Reed Larson getting the other Detroit goals. Troy Loney and Paul Reinhart replied for Pittsburgh.

Mario Lemieux was held to just 1 assist in the game but was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for leading the playoffs with 22 goals and 17 assists in just 14 games. Penguin fans have to wonder if the outcome would have been different had Lemieux not missed the first 3 games of the finals.

Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (80GP 54-127-181)

VEZINA TROPHY: Jon Casey Pittsburgh (51-12-6, 2.17)

NORRIS TROPHY: Al MacInnis Calgary (80GP 29-72-101)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (80GP 54-127-181)

CALDER TROPHY: Craig Janney Boston (80GP 29-49-78)


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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Jon Casey	     Pittsburgh    Grant Fuhr        Edmonton	      
D   Al MacInnis      Calgary       Dave Babych       Winnipeg	
D   Paul Coffey      Edmonton      Doug Wilson       Chicago	
C   Wayne Gretzky    Edmonton	   Dale Hawerchuk    Winnipeg
LW  Mark Messier     Edmonton	   Luc Robitaille    Los Angeles     	
RW  Dino Ciccarelli   Minnesota    Brett Hull	     Calgary
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1988-1989

OFFSEASON
A pair of defenseman are added to the Hall of Fame in Brad Park and Serge Savard. Park scored 502 goals and 1659 points with the New York Rangers, winning 2 Conn Smythe and 5 Norris Trophy's in the process. Savard had 887 points in 1450 games with Montreal and Minnesota. He won the Norris Trophy in 1973-74.

The most notable retirement announcement this off-season came from former Blackhawks winger Bob Nystrom. The 35 year old had just 20 points in 75 games last season ending a career that saw him play 1247 games for the Islanders and Chicago, scoring 277 goals and 573 points.

The most anticipated debut will be Teemu Selanne beginning his career in Winnipeg. Other rookies entering the league include Mike Modano in Minnesota, Rob Blake with Los Angeles, Jeremy Roenick in Chicago, Trevor Linden with Vancouver and Mark Reechi to Pittsburgh.

With veteran Gilles Meloche on the downside of his career and the Blackhawks uncertain if 23 year old Eddie Belfour is ready for the number one job, Chicago acquired another 23 year old to compete for the starting goaltender role as Darren Puppa was acquired from Buffalo in exchange for winger Wayne Presley. That deal was the highlight of a pretty quiet off-season on the trade front.

REGULAR SEASON
Parity was the key word this season and there was no better example than the Adams Division where just 7 points seperated first place from fourth. The Boston Bruins ended up winning the division by 2 points over the Buffalo Sabres with Montreal and Quebec rounding out the playoff teams. Craig Janney (60-60-120) had a huge season for Boston playing on the top line with Mike Krushelnyski (28-54-82) and Ray Bourque (25-72-97). Bourque seems fully settled in as a forward now in a move that was made a couple of seasons back.

The Norris Division was also very tight with 20 points seperating the first place Chicago Blackhawks from the last place Toronto Maple Leafs, who missed the playoffs by a point following a loss on the final day of the season. Denis Savard (36-66-102) surpassed the 100 point plateau for the first time in his career to help Chicago win it's second straight division title.

Despite Wayne Gretzky scoring 151 points the Edmonton Oilers finished a distint second to the Calgary Flames in the Smythe Division. The Flames had the most potent offense in the league led by Brett Hull (66-64-130), Gary Roberts (60-61-121) and Joe Nieuwendyk (42-64-106). In all, eight different players scored at least 20 goals for Calgary.

Joining Calgary as the only other team to surpass the 100 point mark on the season were the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh had the best goaltending in the league led by Jon Casey (40-15-3, 2.98) and a healthy Mario Lemieux, who played in 74 games and led the league with 167 points. Lemieux and teammate Kevin Stevens (67-68-135) tied for the league goal scoring lead.

MILESTONES
Guy Lafleur of Montreal scored his 800th career goal
Wayne Gretzky of Edmonton picked up his 1200th career point
Dale Hawerchuk of Winnipeg picked up his 900th career point and 400th goal
Dino Ciccarelli of Minnesota scored his 500th career goal
Reed Larson of Detroit earned his 500th assist
Dave Taylor of Los Angeles earned his 500th assist and 300th goal
Brian Sutter of St Louis earned his 500th assist
Ron Francis of Hartford earned his 500th assist
Joe Mullen of St Louis scored his 400th career goal
Bryan Trottier of the NY Islanders scored his 400th goal
Tim Kerr of Philadelphia scored his 400th goal
Bernie Nicholls of Los Angeles scored his 300th goal
Bobby Smith of Vancouver scored his 300th goal
John Ogrodnick of Detroit scored his 300th goal
Denis Potvin of the NY Islanders scored his 300th goal
Tom Fergus of Boston scored his 300th goal
Glenn Anderson of Toronto scored his 300th goal
Brian Propp of Philadelphia scored his 300th goal
Ron Francis of Hartford scored his 300th goal

1250 GAMES
Bill Hajt Buffalo
Larry Robinson Montreal

1000 GAMES
Rick Middleton New York Islanders
Ron Greschner Edmonton
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders
Wilf Paiement New Jersey

Mario Lemieux had a 5 goal, 3 assist night in Pittsburgh 11-2 win over Toronto on November 10th. It was the second time in his career Lemieux had an 8 point night. Lemieux would also have a 7 point night (2G 5A) in January against Winnipeg.

Gary Roberts had two 5 goal games for Calgary this season. The first came in a 6-3 win over Los Angeles on December 20th with the second one in a 10-3 win over St Louis on February 9th. Roberts would finish the season with a career best 60 goals.

Bob Errey of Pittsburgh also enjoyed a 5 goal evening, scoring them in a December 23rd 8-1 win in New Jersey.

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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Boston Bruins		80 44 32  4   92
Buffalo Sabres		80 42 32  6   90
Montreal Canadiens	80 42 34  4   88
Quebec Nordiques	80 41 36  3   85
Hartford Whalers	80 33 40  7   73

PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 56 22  2  114
New York Islanders	80 35 41  4   74
Washington Capitals 	80 31 40  9   71
New York Rangers	80 29 47  4   62
New Jersey Devils	80 22 52  6   50
Philadelphia Flyers	80 23 54  3   49

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Chicago Black Hawks	80 41 32  7   89
Minnesota North Stars   80 39 34  7   85
Detroit Red Wings 	80 36 39  5   77
St Louis Blues		80 32 42  6   70
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 31 42  7   69
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Calgary Flames		80 54 23  3  111
Edmonton Oilers		80 45 28  7   97
Winnipeg Jets		80 40 34  6   86
Los Angeles Kings	80 36 38  6   78
Vancouver Canucks	80 32 42  6   70

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Mario Lemieux		PIT  74 67 100  167
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  80 49 102  151
Kevin Stevens		PIT  79 67  68  135
Brett Hull		CGY  80 66  64  130
Ron Francis		HAR  80 60  69  129
Joe Sakic		QUE  80 55  68  123
Dale Hawerchuk		WPG  72 53  70  123
Gary Roberts		CGY  80 60  61  121
Craig Janney		BOS  71 60  60  120
Michel Goulet		QUE  80 54  65  119
Luc Robitaille		LA   80 50  69  119
Glenn Anderson		TOR  80 53  59  112
Doug Gilmour		STL  72 40  72  112
Joe Nieuwendyk		CGY  80 42  64  106
Paul Coffey		EDM  80 30  75  105
Steve Thomas		TOR  80 37  67  104
Pat Verbeek		VAN  76 45  57  102
Denis Savard		CHI  80 36  66  102
Mike Gartner		WSH  80 55  46  101
Tim Kerr		PHI  80 53  48  101
Pierre Turgeon		BUF  80 28  73  101
Phil Housley		BUF  74 24  75   99
Dirk Graham		HAR  80 37  61   98
Ray Sheppard		BUF  80 52  45   97
Ray Bourque		BOS  78 25  72   97

GOALIE WIN LEADERS	TM   W-L-T    GAA   SAVE%
Jon Casey		PIT 40-15-3  2.98   .875
Grant Fuhr		EDM 38-20-7  3.15   .878
Mike Liut		BOS 37-25-2  3.52   .875
Patrick Roy		MON 33-28-6  3.34   .880
Ed Belfour		CHI 32-23-6  3.58   .861
Glen Healy		LA  32-20-6  3.51   .880
Doug Keans		QUE 32-16-3  3.45   .877
Andy Moog		BUF 31-24-8  3.22   .889
Mario Gosselin		NYI 30-25-6  3.60   .887
PLAYOFFS
For the second year in a row the Calgary Flames swept Edmonton in the quarterfinals. Calgary would be the only team from last season's semi-finals to return. The Oilers made another early exit from the playoffs despite a 7 goal, 18 point effort from Wayne Gretzky in his 9 postseason games.

In the Norris Division the Chicago Blackhawks beat St Louis in 6 games in the opening round and then swept Minnesota to advance to the semi-finals.

The other conference was a mess. The third place Washington Capitals beat the Islanders in 6 games and then knocked off the New York Rangers in a 7 game quarterfinal series that needed overtime in 4 games including Game Seven to determine a winner. The Rangers, despite finishing the regular season with 52 points less than Pittsburgh, beat the Penguins in a 7 game series in the preliminary round. Mario Lemieux was held to 1 goal in the series.

In the Adams Division Quebec upset first place Boston in a 7 game series while Buffalo knocked off Montreal in 5. The Sabres advanced to meet Washington following a win in 6 games in the quarterfinals. Defenseman Phil Housley (4-19-23) and forward Pierre Turgeon (6-16-22) were dominant in the first two rounds.

SEMI-FINALS
The Buffalo Sabres had no trouble with the Washington Capitals as the Sabres swept the series with 4 easy victories. Housley had 9 more points in the 4 games while Turgeon had 5 goals and an assist but the big scorer was Ray Sheppard, who scored 7 goals in the series to increase his playoff leading total to 15.

Chicago and Calgary split the first four games of their series with each team winning on home ice. The home ice trend continued in Game Five when Steve Larmer and Troy Murray each had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 Chicago victory. The Hawks would wrap up the series 2 nights later in Calgary when Murray scored 3 goals and Tony Tanti had 3 helpers in a 6-5 Chicago victory.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
Last year it was Detroit ending a long Cup drought. Could this year be another Original Six team's turn as the Chicago Blackhawks look to win their first Cup since 1973? The Blackhawks have won 5 Stanley Cups in their history - 1966,1967,1968,1970 and 1973. The Sabres have never won the Cup but did make the finals twice, falling to the Islanders in 1979 and Edmonton in 1984.

The Hawks will be missing defenseman Doug Wilson and Doug Crossman, both of whom have been sidelined throughout the playoffs. Buffalo will also be minus two rearguards as Uwe Krupp and Reijo Ruotsalainen have also missed the entire postseason.

Steve Larmer scores twice and adds two assists while Denis Savard gets 3 helpers as Chicago draws first blood, winning Game One 5-2 over the Sabres in Buffalo. Dave Manson, Gary Nylund and Andy Brickley also score for Chicago while Buffalo gets goals from Shawn Anderson and Ray Sheppard.

Buffalo rebounds with a 5-4 victory in Game Two as John Tucker, scoring for just the second time in 17 playoff games, got the game winner midway through the third period. Chicago had tied the game earlier in the third on a pair of Tony Tanti goals. Denis Savard and Marc Bergevin scored the other Chicago goals while Ray Sheppard had 2 for Buffalo with Stan Smyl and Randy Cunneyworth getting the others.

The Sabres take the series lead with a 4-3 overtime victory in Game Three. Phil Housley tied the game for Buffalo with 2:04 remaining in regulation and Ken Priestlay beat Chicago goaltender Eddie Belfour for the game winner at 7:35 of the first overtime. Ray Sheppard had another 2 goal night for the Sabres, giving him 20 so far in the postseason. Steve Larmer, Denis Savard and Tony Tanti replied for Chicago in a game that saw the Blackhawks outshoot the Sabres 34-23. Andy Moog had a strong game in the Buffalo net.

The Hawks make a statement in Game Four, evening the series with a 7-3 victory. Troy Murray had a 5 point night, including 1 goal, while Tony Tanti had 2 goals and an assist. Steve Larmer also had three points for Chicago, 1 goal and 2 helpers. Rookie Jeremy Roenick, Carey Wilson and Dave Manson also scored for Chicago. The Sabres got goals from Aaron Broten, Pierre Turgeon and Hannu Virta.

A huge third period from the Buffalo Sabres puts them within one win of the Stanley Cup. The Chicago Blackhawks seemed to have Game Five well in hand as they lead 6-3 after 40 minutes but the Sabres scored 5 times in the third period and claimed an 8-7 victory. Pierre Turgeon led the way with 2 goals and 3 assists for Buffalo while Ray Sheppard added 2 more goals to his total - giving him 22 in the post-season and equalling Mario Lemieux's record. Other Buffalo goals came from Hannu Virta, Lindy Ruff, Ken Priestlay and Mikael Andersson. Chicago had 3 point nights from Troy Murray, Denis Savard and Steve Larmer. Ed Belfour allowed 8 goals on 28 shots before giving way to backup Ken Wregget midway through the third.

Steve Larmer scores 3 goals to keep the Blackhawks alive and force a 7th game by winning Game Six at the Chicago Stadium 4-2. Ed Olczyk also scored for Chicago while Denis Savard had 3 assists. Ray Sheppard got his playoff record breaking 23rd goal for the Sabres with Calle Johansson getting the other goal.

Game Seven in Buffalo and the Sabres delight the hometown fans with a 5-3 victory. There were some scary moments for Sabres fans when it was learned Andy Moog had a suffered an injury and would be replaced by 40 year old backup Glenn Resch in the Buffalo net. Resch did the job and the Sabres defense minimized the shots against, allowing just 22 from the Hawks while firing 35 of their own on Chicago netminder Ed Belfour.

Ray Sheppard scored another goal with Stan Smyl, Christian Ruuttu, Dave Andreychuk and Mikael Andersson also scoring for the winners. Jeff Norton had two and Ed Olczyk were the Chicago scorers.

Despite Ray Sheppard setting a new playoff record with 24 goals the Conn Smythe Trophy went to Buffalo defenseman Phil Housley (6-34-40), who tied teammate Pierre Turgeon (14-26-40) for second in playoff scoring behind Chicago's Steve Larmer (20-23-43).

Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (80GP 49-102-151)

VEZINA TROPHY: Grant Fuhr Edmonton (38-20-7, 3.15)

NORRIS TROPHY: Gary Suter Calgary (75GP 20-75-95)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (74GP 67-100-167)

CALDER TROPHY: Teemu Selanne Winnipeg (77GP 25-52-77)


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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Jon Casey	     Pittsburgh    Grant Fuhr        Edmonton	      
D   Gary Suter       Calgary       Phil Housley      Buffalo	
D   Paul Coffey      Edmonton      Paul Reinhart     Pittsburgh	
C   Mario Lemieux    Pittsbugh     Wayne Gretzky     Edmonton	   
LW  Kevin Stevens    Pittsburgh    Gary Roberts      Calgary     	
RW  Brett Hull	     Calgary       Michel Goulet     Quebec
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1989-90

OFFSEASON
No one is added to the Hall of Fame this off-season but Craig Ramsay should have a good shot next year. The 38 year old Ramsay announced his retirement over the off-season after 1305 career NHL games. He scored 418 goals and had 1197 points in his 18 year career, 10 1/2 seasons in Buffalo with the remainder in Boston. Ramsay won 2 Frank Selke Trophy's as the top defensive forward in the league. His best offensive season was 1978-79 when he scored 42 goals and 122 points on a line with Gilbert Perreault. He made it to the Stanley Cup finals twice, once each with Buffalo and Boston, but his team came up short both times.

Glenn Resch also announced his retirement after winning Game Seven of the Stanley Cup finals for Buffalo. Chico, age 40, started his career with 3 seasons with the San Diego Mariners of the WHA before joining the Sabres. He played 680 NHL games, compiling a record of 328-240-73 with a 3.34 career goals against average.

The Russian invasion begins as Alexander Mogilny debuts in Buffalo, Igor Larionov in Vancouver and Viacheslav Fetisov goes to New Jersey. A couple of new Swedes for the league as well as Mats Sundin joins Quebec and Nik Lidstrom arrives in Detroit.

Los Angeles and Edmonton make a trade....but it's not Gretzky. The Kings get Walt Poddubny, who had 76 points last season for the Oilers in exchange for defenseman Ville Siren. No other trades of any consequence in the off-season.

REGULAR SEASON
Pittsburgh and Calgary finished tied for the best regular season record in the league. The Penguins were led as usual by Mario Lemieux who, as usual, missed a substantial number of games - in this case 23 - due to injuries. Even with the injury Lemieux still finished second to Wayne Gretzky in scoring with 138 points. Linemates Kevin Stevens (56-72-128) and Mark Recchi (27-62-89) benefited from having Mario as their pivot as did power play quarterback Zarl2y Zalapski (23-78-101) who had an outstanding season as a 21 year old defenseman.

The Flames were led by forwards Brett Hull (47-70-117), Theo Fleury (47-64-111) and Gary Roberts (44-57-101) and defenseman Gary Suter (23-61-84), who made up for Al MacInnis' absence due to a lengthy injury. MacInnis tore his ACL last season and did not return to the lineup until late January, but he made up for the time off by picking up 61 points in 36 games.


MILESTONES
Joe Mullen of St Louis earned his 900th point and 500th assist
Ron Francis of Hartford earned his 900th point
Paul Coffey of Edmonton earned his 900th point
Mark Messier of Edmonton earned his 900th point
Neal Broten of Minnesota earned hi 900th point
Larry Robinson of Montreal earned his 750th assist
Reijo Ruotsalainen of Buffalo earned his 500th assist
Peter Statsny of Quebec earned his 500th assist
Bill Hajt of Buffalo earned his 500th assist
Dave Babych of Winnipeg earned his 500th assist
Jari Kurri of Edmonton scored his 400th goal
Mats Naslund of Montreal scored his 300th goal
Bernie Federko of St Louis scored his 300th goal
Steve Larmer of Chicago scored his 300th goal
Brian Bellows of Minnesota scored his 300th goal
Cam Neely of the NY Islanders scored his 300th goal
Dave Andreychuk of Buffalo scored his 300th goal

1250 GAMES
Tiger Williams Toronto

1000 GAMES
Bob Gainey Montreal
Mike Milbury Boston
Brian Sutter St Louis
Reed Larson Detroit
Bernie Federko St Louis

Tomas Sandstrom of the Rangers had a 5 goal, 7 point night on October 26th when the Rangers pounded the Islanders 9-3.


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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Boston Bruins		80 46 28  6   98
Buffalo Sabres		80 40 28 12   92
Montreal Canadiens	80 38 28 14   90
Hartford Whalers	80 40 36  4   84
Quebec Nordiques	80 25 48  7   57

PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 52 22  6  110
New York Rangers	80 42 29  9   93
New York Islanders	80 33 40  7   73
Washington Capitals 	80 26 47  7   59
Philadelphia Flyers	80 24 50  6   54
New Jersey Devils	80 20 55  5   45

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Chicago Black Hawks	80 41 32  7   89
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 38 36  6   82
Detroit Red Wings 	80 36 37  7   79
Minnesota North Stars   80 39 40  1   79
St Louis Blues		80 27 43 10   64
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Calgary Flames		80 52 22  6  110
Edmonton Oilers		80 41 30  9   91
Winnipeg Jets		80 38 37  5   81
Los Angeles Kings	80 37 38  5   79
Vancouver Canucks	80 34 43  3   71

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  80 67 105  172
Mario Lemieux		PIT  57 63  75  138
Steve Yzerman		DET  80 58  78  136
Ron Francis		HAR  79 60  74  134
Craig Janney		BOS  80 48  83  131
Mark Messier		EDM  80 58  70  128
Kevin Stevens		PIT  80 56  72  128
Luc Robitaille		LA   80 58  68  126
Dale Hawerchuk		WPG  78 66  59  125
Trevor Linden		VAN  80 51  67  118
Brett Hull		CGY  80 47  70  117
Jari Kurri		EDM  80 49  65  114
Joe Sakic		QUE  80 39  75  114
Joe Mullen		STL  80 52  60  112
Theo Fleury		CGY  80 47  64  111
Ray Bourque		BOS  80 38  71  109
Steve Larmer		CHI  80 49  57  106
Pat LaFontaine		NYI  80 40  66  106
Denis Savard		CHI  80 34  72  106
Dave Andreychuk		BUF  80 37  68  105
Doug Gilmour		STL  65 31  71  102

GOALIE WIN LEADERS	TM   W-L-T    GAA   SAVE%
Jon Casey		PIT 44-17-5  3.07   .880
Greg Millen		CGY 37-17-3  3.13   .874
Andy Moog		BUF 34-14-11 3.00   .884
Peter Sidorkiewicz      DET 34-27-8  3.43   .883
John Vanbiesbrouck	NYR 34-20-10 2.97   .883
Ken Wregget		CHI 34-22-11 3.29   .878
Don Beaupre		MIN 33-26-1  3.44   .885
Tom Barrasso		BOS 32-18-4  2.93   .886
Gilles Meloche		WPG 32-28-5  3.91   .874
Vincent Riendeau	LA  30-24-6  3.78   .878
PLAYOFFS
Once again the Calgary Flames swept the Edmonton Oilers in the quarterfinals to advance out of the Smythe Division. Gary Roberts had a huge opening 2 rounds for the Flames, scoring 12 goals and 19 points in 10 games as the Flames eliminated the Kings in 6 before sweeping Wayne Gretzky and the Oilers. Gretzky had 5 goals and 14 points for his playoff.

The Flames will meet the Detroit Red Wings in the semi-finals after Steve Yzerman carried Detroit through the Norris Division. Yzerman had 10 goals and 24 points in 13 games as Detroit beat Toronto in six before eliminating Minnesota in a 7 game quarterfinal series. Yzerman had 3 assists in a 4-3 Red Wings win on the road in the 7th game.

The New York Rangers eliminated Pittsburgh from the playoffs for the second straight season. The quarterfinal series between the two clubs went the full seven games with the Rangers winning the deciding contest 5-1 as Ulf Dahlen scored twice. Lemieux had 10 goals and 18 points in 11 playoff games for the Pens.

The Rangers will face defending Cup champion Buffalo after the Sabres beat Montreal in the opening round and Boston in the quarterfinals. Pierre Turgeon led the Buffalo offense through 2 series with 8 goals and 21 points.

SEMI-FINALS
Calgary and Detroit met in a rematch of the conference final from two years ago. The Flames lost that series and also lost one round shy of the Stanley Cup last year when Chicago beat them. This was finally Calgary's year to reach the finals as they won the first 3 games of the series and wrapped it up with a victory in Game Five. There was no shortage of offense from Calgary as 9 players had more than 10 points after the first 15 games of the postseason led by Gary Roberts (13-16-29) and Brett Hull (11-17-28). The Wings offense was centered almost entirely around Steve Yzerman, who notched 14 goals and 33 points in 18 playoff games.

The Buffalo Sabres returned to the finals to defend their title as they rallied from a 2 games to one series deficit to eliminate the New York Rangers in 6 games. With Ray Sheppard sidelined for the entire postseason with a broken elbow, Pierre Turgeon carried the Sabres to the finals - scoring 14 goals and 35 points in 17 games.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The Buffalo Sabres attempt to defend the title they won for the first time last season and they will do so against a Calgary Flames franchise that has never made the finals before.

The Flames, who co-led the NHL in points during the regular season with 110, are healthy entering the finals. Only middling defenseman Grant Ledyard, who played just 49 games this season, is injured and unavailable. The Sabres, on the other hand are missing several key pieces with the biggest one being winger Ray Sheppard, who set a playoff record for goals last year and scored 55 in 74 games this season before suffering an elbow injury. Checking winger Aaron Broten (10-4-14 in 64 games) is also sidelined with a fractured tibia and defenseman Calle Johansson (10-32-42) is doubtful for the series with an upper body injury.

The Flames take Game One in Buffalo by a 5-2 score as Theo Fleury scores twice and Gary Suter gets a goal and 2 helpers. Joe Nieuwendyk and Al MacInnis also score for Calgary while Phil Housley and rookie Alexander Mogilny, who scored 36 regular season goals, replied for Buffalo.

Buffalo bounces back with a 3-1 victory in Game Two thanks to a 27 save effort from Andy Moog. Pierre Turgeon has a goal and an assist with Phil Housley and Stan Smyl getting the other Buffalo goals. Gary Roberts was the lone Calgary marksman.

Pierre Turgeon's goal 5 minutes into overtime gives Buffalo a 4-3 victory in Game Three. The goal came after the Sabres rallied to tie the contest with 18 seconds remaining in regulation as Randy Cunneyworth beat Calgary goaltender Greg Millen. Stan Smyl and Mogilny also scored for the Sabres while the Flames got goals from Brett Hull, Perry Berezan and Hakan Loob.

Another overtime game and another Sabres victory, this one a wild 8-7 game that saw Dave Andreychuk get the winner just 8 seconds into overtime as he grabbed the puck off the opening face-off, split the defense and went in and scored. The third period had 5 goals scored in less than 10 minutes as the lead see-sawed back and forth. Andreychuk had a four point night while Mogilny and Turgeon each had a goal and 2 assists for Buffalo. Loob and MacInnis led Calgary with 3 points each.

Back on home ice the Sabres miss a chance to hoist the Cup before a sold out crowd at the Memorial Auditorium, falling 4-3 to the Flames. Calgary took a 4-1 lead on goals from Dan Quinn, Brett Hull, Joe Nieuwendyk and Al MacInnis before Pierre Turgeon got two in the third period to make it close.

Buffalo scores 5 times in the third period and routs the Flames 9-4 in Calgary to win their second straight Stanley Cup. Dave Andreychuk had 3 goals, Phil Housley 2 goals and 3 assists with Alexander Mogilny and Pierre Turgeon each getting 4 points in the win.

Pierre Turgeon led all playoff scorers in goals with 19 and points with 49. The 49 points was one shy of Mario Lemieux's 1987 record. Phil Housley finished second with 36 points including 10 goals and he was rewarded with his second straight Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (80GP 67-105-172)

VEZINA TROPHY:
Jon Casey Pittsburgh (44-17-5, 3.07)

NORRIS TROPHY: Paul Coffey Edmonton (80GP 24-77-101)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (80GP 67-105-172)

CALDER TROPHY: Alexander Mogilny Buffalo (79GP 36-36-72)


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Jon Casey	     Pittsburgh    Patrick Roy       Montreal	      
D   Zarley Zalapski  Pittsburgh    Phil Housley      Buffalo	
D   Paul Coffey      Edmonton      Brian Leetch	     NY Rangers	
C   Wayne Gretzky    Edmonton      Mario Lemieux     Pittsbugh     	   
LW  Luc Robitaille   Los Angeles   Mark Messier	     Edmonton     	
RW  Brett Hull	     Calgary       Jari Kurri        Edmonton
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