1983–84 NHL season

The 1983–84 NHL season was the 67th season of the National Hockey League. The Edmonton Oilers de-throned the four-time defending Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders four games to one in the Cup finals.

1983–84 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 4, 1983 – May 19, 1984
Number of games80
Number of teams21
Top draft pickBrian Lawton
Picked byMinnesota North Stars
Regular season
Season championsEdmonton Oilers
Season MVPWayne Gretzky (Oilers)
Top scorerWayne Gretzky (Oilers)
Playoffs MVPMark Messier (Oilers)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsEdmonton Oilers
  Runners-upNew York Islanders

League business

Not since World War II travel restrictions caused the NHL to drop regular season overtime games in 1942–43 had the NHL used overtime to decide regular season games. Starting this season, the NHL introduced a five-minute extra period of overtime following the third period in the event of a tied game. A team losing in overtime would get no points. This rule remained in effect until the 1999–2000 season, where a team losing in overtime was awarded 1 point. If the game remained tied after the five-minute extra period, it remained a tie, until the NHL shootout arrived in the 2005–06 season. Overtime in the Stanley Cup playoffs remained unchanged.

In the entry draft, Brian Lawton became the first American to be chosen first overall by the Minnesota North Stars. Three Americans were chosen in the top five: Lawton, Pat Lafontaine (third) and Tom Barrasso (fifth). Sylvain Turgeon was chosen second and Steve Yzerman was chosen fourth overall. The St. Louis Blues did not participate in the draft, having been 'orphaned' by Ralston Purina. The NHL took control of the franchise after the draft. On July 27, 1983, Harry Ornest purchased the Blues for US$3 million.[1]

Arthur M. Wirtz, long-time chairman and part-owner of the Chicago Black Hawks died at the age of 82 on July 21, 1983.[2] His son, Bill, took over ownership of the team upon his death.

Regular season

The Edmonton Oilers ran away with the best record in the league, and for the third straight year set a new record for most goals in a season, 446. The Oilers' new captain Wayne Gretzky was once again breaking records and rewriting his name into the record book. This season saw Gretzky score at least one point in the first 51 games of the season, a mark that is often compared to Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak in baseball. During those 51 games, Gretzky had 61 goals and 92 assists for 153 points, which is equivalent to exactly three points per game. He also won his fifth straight Hart Trophy and his fourth straight Art Ross Trophy. The season's second leading scorer was Gretzky's teammate Paul Coffey, who, with 126 points, became the third defenceman to score 100 points in a season.

The Calgary Flames played their inaugural season at the Olympic Saddledome.

Prior to the season, the St. Louis Blues were purchased by Harry Ornest, keeping the team from moving to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and remaining in the Missouri city, where it remains to this date. In addition, the team's home venue, The Checkerdome, reverted to its original name, The Arena after six seasons.

Final standings

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Prince of Wales Conference

Adams Division
Boston Bruins 80 49 25 6 336 261 1606 104
Buffalo Sabres 80 48 25 7 315 257 1190 103
Quebec Nordiques 80 42 28 10 360 278 1600 94
Montreal Canadiens 80 35 40 5 286 295 1371 75
Hartford Whalers 80 28 42 10 288 320 1184 66


Patrick Division
New York Islanders 80 50 26 4 357 269 104
Washington Capitals 80 48 27 5 308 226 101
Philadelphia Flyers 80 44 26 10 350 290 98
New York Rangers 80 42 29 9 314 304 93
New Jersey Devils 80 17 56 7 231 350 41
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 16 58 6 254 390 38


Clarence Campbell Conference

Norris Division
Minnesota North Stars 80 39 31 10 345 344 88
St. Louis Blues 80 32 41 7 293 316 71
Detroit Red Wings 80 31 42 7 298 323 69
Chicago Black Hawks 80 30 42 8 277 311 68
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 26 45 9 303 387 61


Smythe Division
Edmonton Oilers 80 57 18 5 446 314 119
Calgary Flames 80 34 32 14 311 314 82
Vancouver Canucks 80 32 39 9 306 328 73
Winnipeg Jets 80 31 38 11 340 374 73
Los Angeles Kings 80 23 44 13 309 376 59



Playoff bracket

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
A1 Boston 0  
A4 Montreal 3  
  A4 Montreal 4  
  A3 Quebec 2  
A2 Buffalo 0
A3 Quebec 3  
  A4 Montreal 2  
Prince of Wales Conference
  P1 NY Islanders 4  
P1 NY Islanders 3  
P4 NY Rangers 2  
  P1 NY Islanders 4
  P2 Washington 1  
P2 Washington 3
P3 Philadelphia 0  
  P1 NY Islanders 1
  S1 Edmonton 4
N1 Minnesota 3  
N4 Chicago 2  
  N1 Minnesota 4
  N2 St. Louis 3  
N2 St. Louis 3
N3 Detroit 1  
  N1 Minnesota 0
Clarence Campbell Conference
  S1 Edmonton 4  
S1 Edmonton 3  
S4 Winnipeg 0  
  S1 Edmonton 4
  S2 Calgary 3  
S2 Calgary 3
S3 Vancouver 1  

Stanley Cup Finals

It was a rematch of the 1983 final as the Islanders attempted to match the 1950s Montreal Canadiens and win five consecutive Stanley Cup champions, against the Edmonton Oilers attempting to win the franchise's first-ever championship. The Islanders lost the first game at home 1-0, but bounced back to defeat the Oilers 6-1 in the second game. Edmonton took over the series from that point, winning the next three games, all played in Edmonton.

Edmonton won series 4–1


1983-84 NHL awards
Award Recipient(s) Runner(s)-up/Finalists
Stanley Cup Edmonton Oilers New York Islanders
Prince of Wales Trophy
(Wales Conference champion)
New York Islanders Montreal Canadiens
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
(Campbell Conference champion)
Edmonton Oilers Minnesota North Stars
Art Ross Trophy
(Player with most points)
Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) Paul Coffey (Edmonton Oilers)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
(Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication)
Brad Park (Detroit Red Wings) N/A
Calder Memorial Trophy
(Best first-year player)
Tom Barrasso (Buffalo Sabres) Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings)
Conn Smythe Trophy
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Mark Messier (Edmonton Oilers) N/A
Emery Edge Award
(Best plus-minus statistic)
Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) N/A
Frank J. Selke Trophy
(Defensive forward)
Doug Jarvis (Washington Capitals) Bryan Trottier (New York Islanders)
Hart Memorial Trophy
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) Rod Langway (Washington Capitals)
Jack Adams Award
(Best coach)
Bryan Murray (Washington Capitals) Scotty Bowman (Buffalo Sabres)
James Norris Memorial Trophy
(Best defenseman)
Rod Langway (Washington Capitals) Paul Coffey (Edmonton Oilers)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
Mike Bossy (New York Islanders) Rick Middleton (Boston Bruins)
Lester B. Pearson Award
(Outstanding player)
Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) N/A
Vezina Trophy
(Best goaltender)
Tom Barrasso (Buffalo Sabres) Rejean Lemelin (Calgary Flames)
William M. Jennings Trophy
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
Al Jensen and Pat Riggin (Washington Capitals) N/A
Lester Patrick Trophy
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)
John Ziegler, Jr. and Art Ross N/A

All-Star teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
Tom Barrasso, Buffalo Sabres G Pat Riggin, Washington Capitals
Rod Langway, Washington Capitals D Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins D Denis Potvin, New York Islanders
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers C Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders
Mike Bossy, New York Islanders RW Jari Kurri, Edmonton Oilers
Michel Goulet, Quebec Nordiques LW Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers

Source: NHL.[4]

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 74 87 118 205 39
Paul Coffey Edmonton Oilers 80 40 86 126 104
Michel Goulet Quebec Nordiques 75 56 65 121 76
Peter Stastny Quebec Nordiques 80 46 73 119 73
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 67 51 67 118 8
Barry Pederson Boston Bruins 80 39 77 116 64
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers 64 52 61 113 14
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders 68 40 71 111 59
Bernie Federko St. Louis Blues 79 41 66 107 43
Rick Middleton Boston Bruins 80 47 58 105 14

Source: NHL.[5]

Leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; Min – Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP MIN GA GAA W L T SO
Pat Riggin Washington Capitals 41 2299 102 2.66 21 14 2 4
Tom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres 42 2475 117 2.84 26 12 3 2
Al Jensen Washington Capitals 43 2414 117 2.91 25 13 3 4
Doug Keans Boston Bruins 33 1779 92 3.10 19 8 3 2
Bob Froese Philadelphia Flyers 48 2863 150 3.14 28 13 7 2
Pete Peeters Boston Bruins 50 2868 151 3.16 29 16 2 0
Dan Bouchard Quebec Nordiques 57 3373 180 3.20 29 18 8 1
Roland Melanson N.Y. Islanders 37 2019 110 3.27 20 11 2 0
Richard Sevigny Montreal Canadiens 40 2203 124 3.38 16 18 2 1
Murray Bannerman Chicago Black Hawks 56 3335 188 3.38 23 29 4 2



Patrick Division

Adams Division

Norris Division

Smythe Division



The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1983–84 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1983–84 (listed with their last team):

1984 Trading Deadline

  • Trading Deadline: MARCH 6, 1984 [7]
  • March 5, 1984 – Winnipeg Jets obtain D Randy Carlyle from Pittsburgh for Winnipeg's first-round choice in 1984 Entry Draft (D Doug Bodger) and future considerations (D Moe Mantha) – (trade completed one day before trading deadline).
  • March 5, 1984: Dave Barr and future considerations traded from NY Rangers to St. Louis for Larry Patey and the rights to Bob Brooke.
  • March 6, 1984: John Blum traded from Edmonton to Boston for Larry Melnyk.
  • March 6, 1984: The rights to Risto Jalo traded from Washington to Edmonton for future considerations.

See also


  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2008). Total Stanley Cup 2008. NHL.
  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.
  • Dryden, Steve, ed. (2000). Century of hockey. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-4179-9.
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Lincolnwood, Illinois: Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1.
  • McFarlane, Brian (1989). One hundred years of hockey. Toronto: Deneau Publishers. ISBN 0-88879-216-6.
  1. ^ McFarlane 1989, p. 232.
  2. ^ McFarlane 1989, p. 233.
  3. ^ a b c d Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225.
  4. ^ Dinger 2011, p. 229.
  5. ^ Dinger 2011, p. 152.
  6. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1984_leaders.html
  7. ^ NHL trade deadline: Deals since 1980 | Habs Inside/Out Archived 2009-02-16 at the Wayback Machine

External links

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1983 NHL Entry Draft

The 1983 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, on June 8, 1983. The NHL Entry Draft is the primary means by which players arrive in the National Hockey League. The St. Louis Blues did not participate in this draft, shortly after the league blocked the franchise's relocation to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This was the only time in National Hockey League history that a franchise did not participate in an entry draft.

1983–84 Boston Bruins season

The 1983–84 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 60th season.

1983–84 Buffalo Sabres season

The 1983–84 Buffalo Sabres season was the Sabres' 14th season. Tom Barrasso was drafted by the Sabres with the 5th overall pick in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, becoming the highest drafted goalie ever until Roberto Luongo was taken 4th overall in 1997. Skipping a college career, he went straight from high school to the NHL where he exceeded all expectations. Barrasso won the Calder Memorial Trophy and Vezina Trophy in his first season, becoming just the third player to win both awards in the same year.

1983–84 Calgary Flames season

The 1983–84 Calgary Flames season was the fourth season in Calgary and 12th for the Flames franchise in the National Hockey League. The Flames finished in second place in the Smythe Division, earning a first round playoff match-up against the Vancouver Canucks. Calgary defeated Vancouver in four games to face the top team in the NHL, the Edmonton Oilers. The Flames took the series to the maximum seven games, ultimately falling to the Oilers in the seventh game by a 7–4 score.

The Flames moved into their new arena, the Olympic Saddledome after spending their first three seasons playing out of the Stampede Corral. Built at a cost of $100 million CAD, the Saddledome was also set to serve as a venue for the 1988 Winter Olympics. The arena's distinctive roof lent itself to the arena's name. The first game was played on October 15, 1983, against the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers would win the game 4–3.

Also debuting for the Flames in 1983–84 was the team's mascot, Harvey the Hound. Harvey became the first mascot in the NHL when he debuted February 16, 1984. Harvey was also briefly the mascot of the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, but would later be replaced by the Stamps with their own mascot, Ralph the Dog.Lanny McDonald was the Flames lone representative at the 1984 All-Star Game, while both Hakan Loob and Jamie Macoun were named to the NHL's All-Rookie team.

1983–84 Chicago Black Hawks season

The 1983–84 Chicago Black Hawks season was the 58th season of operation of the Chicago Black Hawks in the National Hockey League (NHL).

1983–84 Detroit Red Wings season

The 1983–84 Detroit Red Wings season was the Red Wings' 52nd season, the franchise's 58th.

1983–84 Los Angeles Kings season

The 1983–84 Los Angeles Kings season saw the Kings miss the playoffs, finishing fifth in the Smythe Division. It was the last season of the Triple Crown line of Marcel Dionne, Charlie Simmer and Dave Taylor as Simmer would be traded before the next season. All three would be named to the NHL All-Star game.

1983–84 Montreal Canadiens season

The 1983–84 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 75th season of play. The club placed fourth in its division to qualify for the playoffs. They were defeated in the Prince of Wales Conference finals, by the New York Islanders.

1983–84 New Jersey Devils season

The 1983–84 New Jersey Devils season was the franchise's tenth season in the NHL, and second in New Jersey. The Devils finished again in fifth place and did not qualify for the playoffs.

1983–84 New York Islanders season

The 1983–84 New York Islanders season was the 12th season for the franchise in the National Hockey League. This season involved participating in the Stanley Cup Finals, but losing the Cup to the Edmonton Oilers.

1983–84 New York Rangers season

The 1983–84 New York Rangers season was the 58th season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Rangers posted a 42–29–9 record in the regular season, and their fourth-place finish in the Patrick Division earned them a berth in the NHL playoffs. In the Patrick Division semi-finals, the Rangers lost to the New York Islanders, three games to two.

1983–84 St. Louis Blues season

The 1983–84 St. Louis Blues season was the 17th in franchise history. It involved the team finishing with a 32-41-7 record, good for 71 points, while placing second place in the Clarence Campbell Conference Norris Division. It was also the season that The Checkerdome was renamed as The Arena, going back to its original name.

1983–84 Toronto Maple Leafs season

The 1983–84 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the 67th season of the franchise, 57th season as the Maple Leafs.

1983–84 Vancouver Canucks season

The 1983–84 Vancouver Canucks season was the team's 14th in the National Hockey League (NHL).

1983–84 Washington Capitals season

The 1983–84 Washington Capitals season was the Washington Capitals tenth season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

1983–84 Winnipeg Jets season

The 1983–84 Winnipeg Jets season was the 12th season of the Winnipeg Jets, their fifth season in the National Hockey League. The Jets placed fourth in the Smythe to qualify for the playoffs. The Jets lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the first round.

1984 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1984 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1983–84 season, and the culmination of the 1984 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Edmonton Oilers and the defending champion New York Islanders. The upstart Oilers won the best-of-seven series, four games to one, to win their first Stanley Cup, becoming the third post-1967 expansion team and first former World Hockey Association team to win the Cup, and also the first team based west of Chicago to win the Cup since the WCHL's Victoria Cougars became the last non-NHL team to win it in 1925.

In the previous year's Stanley Cup Finals, the Islanders had swept the Oilers in four straight games. The teams rematched in 1984, with the Islanders seeking their fifth consecutive Stanley Cup championship. It was the fifth straight Finals of teams that joined the NHL in 1967 or later. As of 2017, the Islanders' four consecutive Cup wins (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983) and their appearance in the 1984 Cup Finals is an NHL record of 19 consecutive playoff series wins that currently stands unbroken. The 1984 Finals was the second of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta (the Oilers appeared in six, the Calgary Flames in two), and the first of five consecutive Finals to end with the Cup presentation on Alberta ice (the Oilers won four times, the Montreal Canadiens one).

The Oilers became the fastest-ever Canadian-based expansion team to win a major sports title by winning a title in only their fifth NHL season. The feat would be eclipsed in 2016 by the Ottawa Redblacks, who won the Grey Cup in their third CFL season.

36th National Hockey League All-Star Game

The 36th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, home to the New Jersey Devils, on January 31, 1984.

Darrel Anholt

Darrel Anholt (born November 23, 1962) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played in one National Hockey League game for the Chicago Black Hawks during the 1983–84 NHL season.

May 10 Edmonton Oilers 1–0 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum
May 12 Edmonton Oilers 1–6 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum
May 15 New York Islanders 2–7 Edmonton Oilers Northlands Coliseum
May 17 New York Islanders 2–7 Edmonton Oilers Northlands Coliseum
May 19 New York Islanders 2–5 Edmonton Oilers Northlands Coliseum
1983–84 NHL season
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