1990 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1990 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1989–90 season, and the culmination of the 1990 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Edmonton Oilers and the Boston Bruins; the Oilers won, four games to one. For the Oilers, it was their fifth Cup win in seven years, and the only one since they traded Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. This would be the last of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta (the Oilers appeared in six, the Calgary Flames in two).

1990 Stanley Cup Finals
1990 NHL Playoffs
12345 Total
Edmonton Oilers 3***7154 4
Boston Bruins 2***2211 1
* – overtime periods
Location(s)Boston: Boston Garden (1, 2, 5)
Edmonton: Northlands Coliseum (3, 4)
CoachesEdmonton: John Muckler
Boston: Mike Milbury
CaptainsEdmonton: Mark Messier
Boston: Ray Bourque
RefereesDon Koharski (1, 4)
Andy Van Hellemond (3, 5)
Kerry Fraser (2)
DatesMay 15 – May 24
MVPBill Ranford (Oilers)
Series-winning goalCraig Simpson (9:31, second, G5)
NetworksCBC (Canada-English)
SportsChannel America (United States, except Boston Area)
NESN (Boston Area games 1,2 and 5)
WSBK-TV (Boston Area, games 3 and 4)
AnnouncersBob Cole and Harry Neale (CBC)
Jiggs McDonald and Bill Clement (SC America)
Fred Cusick and Derek Sanderson (NESN and WSBK)

Paths to the Finals

Boston defeated the Hartford Whalers 4–3, the Montreal Canadiens 4–1, and the Washington Capitals 4–0 to advance to the Final.

Edmonton defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4–3, the Los Angeles Kings 4–0, and the Chicago Blackhawks 4–2.

Game summaries

In game one, Petr Klima scored at 15:13 of the third overtime period to give the Oilers a 3–2 win; this game remains the longest in Stanley Cup Finals history (see Longest NHL overtime games), edging both Brett Hull's Cup-winner in 1999 and Igor Larionov's game-winner in 2002 by less than 30 seconds.

Though the Oilers ultimately won the series in five games, it was the Bruins who dominated play during the early part of the series. The Bruins had more chances to win the opener, and at one point had a 15-4 shot advantage in game two before the Oilers came back.[1]

In game five at the Boston Garden on May 24, the Oilers won 4–1, the first time they had ever clinched the Cup on the road. Craig Simpson scored the game-winning goal. Oilers goaltender Bill Ranford, originally the backup who took over from Grant Fuhr for the remainder of the regular season and the entire playoffs, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Mark Messier won his first Stanley Cup as a team captain, and his fifth overall.[2] He would win his sixth Stanley Cup as the captain with the New York Rangers four years later, and scored the Cup-winning goal, making him the only player to captain two different Cup-winning teams.[3][4]

Ray Bourque would not reach the Stanley Cup Finals again until the Colorado Avalanche won in 2001. As for the Bruins, they wouldn't return to the Stanley Cup Finals until their championship season of 2011.[5] The Oilers did not reach the Finals again until 2006, losing in seven games.

Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton won series 4–1

Team rosters

Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.

Boston Bruins

# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
43 United States Bob Beers D R 1985 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania first
77 Canada Ray BourqueC D L 1979 Saint-Laurent, Quebec second (1988)
25 United States Andy Brickley LW L 1988–89 Melrose, Massachusetts first
12 Canada Randy Burridge LW L 1985 Fort Erie, Ontario second (1988)
42 United States John Byce C L 1985 Madison, Wisconsin first
34 Canada Lyndon Byers RW R 1982 Nipawin, Saskatchewan second (1988)
11 United States Bobby Carpenter C L 1988–89 Beverly, Massachusetts first
31 United States John Carter LW L 1985–86 Winchester, Massachusetts first
27 United States Dave Christian RW R 1989–90 Warroad, Minnesota first
37 Canada Lou Crawford LW L 1989–90 Belleville, Ontario first
16 Canada Peter Douris RW R 1989–90 Toronto, Ontario first
28 Canada Garry Galley D L 1988–89 Greenfield Park, Quebec first
18 Canada Bobby Gould RW R 1989–90 Petrolia, Ontario first
38 Canada Greg Hawgood D L 1986 Edmonton, Alberta second (1988)
23 United States Craig JanneyA C L 1986 Hartford, Connecticut second (1988)
39 Canada Greg Johnston RW R 1983 Barrie, Ontario second (1988)
6 Canada Gord Kluzak D L 1982 Climax, Saskatchewan second (1988)
1 Canada Rejean Lemelin G L 1987–88 Quebec City, Quebec third (1986, 1988)
13 Canada Ken Linseman C L 1984–85 Kingston, Ontario fourth (1983, 1984, 1988)
17 Canada Nevin Markwart LW L 1983 Toronto, Ontario second (1988)
35 Canada Andy Moog G L 1987–88 Penticton, British Columbia sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)
8 Canada Cam NeelyA RW R 1986–87 Comox, British Columbia second (1988)
10 United States Billy O'Dwyer C L 1987–88 South Boston, Massachusetts second (1988)
41 Canada Allen Pedersen D L 1983 Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta second (1988)
19 Canada Dave Poulin C L 1989–90 Timmins, Ontario third (1985, 1987)
36 Canada Brian Propp LW L 1989–90 Lanigan, Saskatchewan fourth (1980, 1985, 1987)
20 United States Bob Sweeney C R 1982 Concord, Massachusetts second (1988)
32 Canada Don Sweeney D L 1984 St. Stephen, New Brunswick first
26 Canada Glen Wesley D L 1987 Red Deer, Alberta second (1988)
30 Canada Jim Wiemer D L 1989–90 Sudbury, Ontario first

Edmonton Oilers

# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
9 Canada Glenn Anderson RW L 1979 Vancouver, British Columbia sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)
6 Canada Jeff Beukeboom D R 1983 Ajax, Ontario third (1987, 1988)
32 Canada Dave Brown RW R 1988–89 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan third (1985, 1987)
16 Canada Kelly Buchberger RW L 1985 Langenburg, Saskatchewan first
31 Canada Grant Fuhr G R 1981 Spruce Grove, Alberta sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 - did not play: injured)
20 Canada Martin Gelinas LW L 1988–89 Shawinigan, Quebec first
12 Canada Adam Graves LW L 1989–90 Toronto, Ontario first
21 Canada Randy Gregg D L 1981–82 Edmonton, Alberta sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)
22 Canada Charlie Huddy D L 1980–81 Oshawa, Ontario sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)
85 Czech Republic Petr Klima LW R 1989–90 Chomutov, Czechoslovakia first
17 Finland Jari KurriA RW R 1980 Helsinki, Finland sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)
7 Canada Mark Lamb C L 1987–88 Ponteix, Saskatchewan first
4 Canada Kevin LoweA D L 1979 Lachute, Quebec sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)
14 Canada Craig MacTavish C L 1985–86 London, Ontario third (1987, 1988)
11 Canada Mark MessierC C L 1979 Edmonton, Alberta sixth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988)
28 Canada Craig Muni D L 1986–87 Toronto, Ontario third (1987, 1988)
30 Canada Bill Ranford G L 1987–88 Brandon, Manitoba second (1988)
33 Canada Eldon Reddick G L 1989–90 Halifax, Nova Scotia first
26 Finland Reijo Ruotsalainen D R 1989–90 Oulu, Finland second (1987)
25 Canada Geoff Smith D L 1987 Edmonton, Alberta first
5 Canada Steve Smith D L 1981 Glasgow, Scotland third (1987, 1988)
10 Finland Esa Tikkanen LW L 1983 Helsinki, Finland fourth (1985, 1987, 1988)


In Canada, the series was televised on the CBC.

In the United States, the series aired nationally on SportsChannel America. However, SportsChannel America's national coverage was blacked out in the Boston area due to the local rights to Bruins games in that TV market. NESN televised games one, two, and five in the Boston area while WSBK had games three and four.

Edmonton Oilers – 1990 Stanley Cup champions



Coaching and administrative staff

  • Peter Pocklington (Owner), Glen Sather (President/General Manager)
  • John Muckler (Head Coach), Ted Green (Co-Coach)
  • Bruce MacGregor (Asst. General Manager), Ron Low (Asst. Coach)
  • Barry Fraser (Director of Player Personnel/Chief Scout), Bill Tuele (Director of Public Relations)
  • Werner Baum (Controller), Dr. Gordon Cameron (Chief of Medical Staff), Dr. David Reid (Team Physician)
  • Ken Lowe (Athletic Tainer-Therapist), Barrie Stafford (Trainer), Stuart Poirier (Massage Therapist)
  • Lyle Kulchisky (Ass't Trainer), John Blackwell (Director of Hockey Operations, AHL)
  • Garnet Bailey (Scout), Ed Chadwick (Scout), Lorne Davis (Scout)
  • Harry Howell (Scout), Albert Reeves (Scout), Matti Vaisanen (Scout)

Stanley Cup engravings

  • Garnet "Ace" Bailey won seven Stanley Cups. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup five times. He was engraved as Garnet Bailey in 1972, G. Bailey in 1970, 1985, 1987, and Ace Bailey in 1990. His name was left off the Stanley Cup, but he was awarded Stanley Cup rings in 1984, 1988.
  • #29 Vladimir Ruzicka(C/LW) joined Edmonton from Europe in January. Ruzicka played 25 games, but did not dress in the playoffs.
  • #19 Anatoli Semenov(RW) joined Edmonton from Europe in May. Semenov played two games in the Conference Final.

Neither player qualified for engravement on the Cup, but both players received Stanley Cup rings. Ruzicka was also included on the team winning picture.

  • Grant Fuhr only played 21 games during the regular season due to injuries. Although he would miss the rest of the regular season and the entire playoffs, he qualified to be on the Cup by dressing for over 40 regular season games.

Members of all five Edmonton Oilers championships

  • Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr, Randy Gregg, Charlie Huddy, Jari Kurri, Kevin Lowe, Mark Messier (seven Players), Peter Pocklington, Glen Sather, John Mucker, Ted Green, Barry Fraser, Barry Stafford, Lyle Kulchisky (seven non-players)
  • Nine non-players were part of all five championships, but not all engraved each year: Garnet 'Ace' Bailey, Ed Chadwick, Lorne Davis, Matti Vaisanen, Gordon Cameron, Bill Tuele, John Backwell, Werner Baum, and Bob Freedman

Members of all five Edmonton Oilers championships and New York Rangers championship (1994)

  • Glenn Anderson, Kevin Lowe and Mark Messier.

See also


Inline citations
  1. ^ K.P. Wee (October 2015). The End of the Montreal Jinx: Boston's Short-Lived Glory in the Historic Bruins-Canadiens Rivalry, 1988-1994. pp. 90–93. ISBN 978-1517362911.
  2. ^ Cole, p. 120
  3. ^ Morrison, Scott (2010). Hockey Night in Canada: Best of the Best Ranking the Greatest Players of All Time. Toronto: Key Porter Books. p. 34.
  4. ^ Cole, p. 128
  5. ^ Ulman, Howard (May 28, 2011). "Bruins reach Stanley Cup finals, top Lightning 1-0". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
  • Cole, Stephen (2004). The Best of Hockey Night in Canada. Toronto: McArthur & Company. pp. 120, 128. ISBN 1-55278-408-8.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp. 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
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1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers season

The 1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers 23rd season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1971–72 season and only the third time in franchise history.

1990 in Canada

Events from the year 1990 in Canada.

1990 in the United States

Events from the year 1990 in the United States.

1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers season

The 1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers season was the team's 24th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second consecutive season.

1991 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1991 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1990–91 season, and the culmination of the 1991 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Minnesota North Stars. It was the Penguins' first Final series appearance and their first Stanley Cup victory. This is the first and only (through 2018) Stanley Cup Final to feature two teams from the expansion group of 1967. It was Minnesota's second Final series appearance, and their last before the franchise's relocation to Dallas two years later. It was also the first time since 1983 that an American franchise would win the Stanley Cup. This was the first all-American finals since 1981, which also featured the North Stars in their first appearance.

This was also the first final since 1982 not to feature either the Calgary Flames or the Edmonton Oilers, and the first since 1981 not contested by a team from Western Canada.

The Finals and the NHL season ended on May 25, marking the last time to date that the Stanley Cup playoffs have not extended into the month of June.

1999 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1999 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1998–99 season, and the culmination of the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Eastern Conference champion Buffalo Sabres and the Western Conference champion Dallas Stars. It was the 106th year of the Stanley Cup being contested. The Sabres were led by captain Michael Peca, coach Lindy Ruff and goalie Dominik Hasek. The Stars were led by captain Derian Hatcher, coach Ken Hitchcock and goalie Ed Belfour. It was the Sabres' second Stanley Cup Final appearance, the first being a loss to Philadelphia in 1975. It was the third appearance for the Stars' franchise, and their first since moving to Dallas from Minnesota in 1993. Minnesota (known at the time as the North Stars) lost in the Final to the New York Islanders in 1981 and to Pittsburgh in 1991. The Stars defeated the Sabres four games to two to win their first Stanley Cup, becoming the eighth post-1967 expansion team to earn a championship, and the first Southern team to win the Cup. This was the first time since 1994 that the Stanley Cup Finals did not end in a sweep.

This series is also remembered because of the controversial finish to game six, in which Stars forward Brett Hull scored the Cup-winning goal with his skate in the crease, which was against the rules at the time. The league allowed the goal to stand as it was ruled that Hull was turned into the crease while maintaining continuous possession. 1999 was the only year between 1995 and 2003 that neither the New Jersey Devils, the Colorado Avalanche nor the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup.

Boston Garden

Boston Garden was an arena in Boston, Massachusetts. Designed by boxing promoter Tex Rickard, who also built the third iteration of New York's Madison Square Garden, it opened on November 17, 1928 as "Boston Madison Square Garden" (later shortened to just "Boston Garden") and outlived its original namesake by 30 years. It was above North Station, a train station which was originally a hub for the Boston and Maine Railroad and is now a hub for MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak trains.

The Garden hosted home games for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA), as well as rock concerts, amateur sports, boxing and professional wrestling matches, circuses, and ice shows. It was also used as an exposition hall for political rallies such as the speech by John F. Kennedy in November 1960. Boston Garden was demolished in 1998, three years after the completion of its new successor arena, TD Garden.

List of American Stanley Cup Finals television announcers

This is a list of American Stanley Cup Finals television announcers.

NHL on SportsChannel America

NHL on SportsChannel America was the presentation of National Hockey League broadcasts on the now defunct SportsChannel America cable television network.

National Hockey League lore

National Hockey League lore is a collection of information regarding the National Hockey League that fans and personalities retain and share as memorable or otherwise notable during its history.

The NHL was formed on November 26, 1917 after several team owners in the National Hockey Association had a falling out with Toronto Blueshirts owner Eddie Livingstone due to certain business practices. Being unable to kick him out of the league due to NHA rules forbidding such practice, they formed the NHL instead, leaving Livingstone and his Blueshirts in a one-team league. At the time, the Stanley Cup was contended by league champions across several leagues; the NHL, the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, and the Western Canada Hockey League were among them. Once the PCHA and WCHL merged and ultimately folded in 1926, the NHL adopted the Stanley Cup as the de facto league championship. Over the next decade, a handful of teams would fold, leaving six teams, colloquially termed the Original Six: Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks. The NHL would remain a six-team league until their first major expansion in 1967, which doubled the size of the league. From there, more teams would slowly trickle into the league, especially after the merger with the World Hockey Association in 1979. With a couple of more minor expansions in the 1990s, the NHL operates with 31 teams today.

During its history, the NHL has had many notable games, players, teams, goals, dynasties, and various other events which have become memorable and/or notable to fans. These have effectively established a culture of lore shared among them.

Northlands Coliseum

Northlands Coliseum, or simply the Coliseum, is an indoor arena located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, situated on the north side of Northlands. It was used for sports events and concerts, and was home to the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL), and the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The arena opened in 1974, and was later known as Edmonton Coliseum, Skyreach Centre, and Rexall Place, before returning to the Northlands Coliseum name in summer 2016.

The arena hosted the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cup hockey tournaments, the 1978 Commonwealth Games, seven Stanley Cup finals (Oilers loss in 1983; Oilers victories in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990; and Oilers loss in 2006), many other hockey events, along with other sporting events and major concerts.

The final NHL game played at the arena was on April 6, 2016. The building closed on New Year's Day 2018, after ownership of the facility was transferred from Northlands to the City of Edmonton. Northlands had planned to re-develop the arena into a multi-level ice facility, but these plans were scrapped after it was found that renovating the facility would be more costly than building a new one altogether.

Overtime (ice hockey)

Overtime is a method of determining a winner in an ice hockey game when the score is tied after regulation. The main methods of determining a winner in a tied game are the overtime period (commonly referred to as overtime), the shootout, or a combination of both. If league rules dictate a finite time in which overtime may be played, with no penalty shoot-out to follow, the game's winning team may or may not be necessarily determined.

May 15 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 3OT Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Adam Graves (4) - 09:46 First period No scoring
Glenn Anderson (7) - 13:00 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 03:43 - Ray Bourque (3)
18:31 - Ray Bourque (4)
Petr Klima (5) - 15:13 Third overtime period No scoring
Bill Ranford 50 saves / 52 shots Goalie stats Andy Moog 28 saves / 31 shots
May 18 Edmonton Oilers 7–2 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Adam Graves (5) - 08:38
Jari Kurri (8) - pp - 10:53
First period 19:07 - Ray Bourque (5)
Jari Kurri (9) - 04:21
Craig Simpson (13) - 15:28
Esa Tikkanen (11) - 17:10
Joe Murphy (5) - 19:12
Second period 02:56 - pp - Greg Hawgood (1)
Jari Kurri (10) - pp - 07:27 Third period No scoring
Bill Ranford 25 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Rejean Lemelin 14 saves / 18 shots, Andy Moog 1 saves / 4 shots
May 20 Boston Bruins 2–1 Edmonton Oilers Northlands Coliseum Recap  
John Byce (2) - 00:10
Greg Johnston (1) - 15:04
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 05:54 - pp - Esa Tikkanen (12)
Andy Moog 28 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Bill Ranford 20 saves / 22 shots
May 22 Boston Bruins 1–5 Edmonton Oilers Northlands Coliseum Recap  
No scoring First period 02:13 - pp - Glenn Anderson (8)
16:27 - Glenn Anderson (9)
No scoring Second period 01:00 - Craig Simpson (14)
19:15 - Esa Tikkanen (13)
John Carter (6) - 15:02 Third period 18:36 - Craig Simpson (15)
Andy Moog 28 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Bill Ranford 24 saves / 25 shots
May 24 Edmonton Oilers 4–1 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Glenn Anderson (10) - 01:17
Craig Simpson (16) - 09:31
Second period No scoring
Steve Smith (5) - 06:09
Joe Murphy (6) - 14:53
Third period 16:30 - Lyndon Byers (1)
Bill Ranford 29 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Andy Moog 18 saves / 22 shots


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