1994 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1994 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1993–94 season, and the culmination of the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers and Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks were making the club's second Final appearance, their first coming during their Cinderella run of 1982, and the Rangers were making their tenth appearance, their first since 1979. The Rangers ended their record 54-year championship drought with a victory in game seven to claim the long-awaited Stanley Cup. It was the fourth championship in franchise history. The CBC broadcast of the deciding game seven attracted an average Canadian audience of 4.957 million viewers, making it the most watched CBC Sports program in history to that time.[1]

1994 Stanley Cup Finals
1234567 Total
New York Rangers 2*354313 4
Vancouver Canucks 3*112642 3
* game decided in overtime
Location(s)New York City: Madison Square Garden (1, 2, 5, 7)
Vancouver: Pacific Coliseum (3, 4, 6)
CoachesNew York: Mike Keenan
Vancouver: Pat Quinn
CaptainsNew York: Mark Messier
Vancouver: Trevor Linden
National anthemsNew York: John Amirante
Vancouver: Richard Loney (3)
John Reynolds (4, 6)
RefereesTerry Gregson (1, 4, 7)
Bill McCreary (2, 6)
Andy Van Hellemond (3, 5)
DatesMay 31 – June 14
MVPBrian Leetch (Rangers)
Series-winning goalMark Messier (13:29, second, G7)
NetworksCBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), ESPN (United States), MSG Network (New York City market) (1,2,3,6,7), MSG II (New York City market) (4,5)
Announcers(CBC) Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin, Jr.
(ESPN) Gary Thorne, Bill Clement
(MSG Network) Sam Rosen, John Davidson

Paths to the Finals

The Canucks entered the playoffs seeded seventh in the Western Conference, and overcame a three-games-to-one deficit against the Calgary Flames, winning the final three games in overtime with game seven ending in double overtime as Pavel Bure scored the winning goal on a breakaway to upset the Flames.[2][3] They then upset the fourth-seeded Dallas Stars and the third-seeded Toronto Maple Leafs in five games each to capture the Western Conference title.[4][5]

The Rangers entered the playoffs with the league's best record, then swept their New York-area rival New York Islanders and then beat the Washington Capitals in five games,[6] before falling behind three games to two in the Eastern Conference Final against their Hudson River rivals, New Jersey Devils.[6] They then won game six by a 4–2 score after team captain Mark Messier publicly guaranteed a victory and then scored a third-period hat trick.[7] The Rangers then won game seven 2–1 on Stéphane Matteau's goal in double overtime, prompting the call of "Matteau, Matteau, Matteau!" by Rangers radio announcer Howie Rose.[6][8] It was Matteau's second double overtime goal of the series.[9]

Game summaries

This series brought together two assistant coaches who were teammates on the other Canucks team to reach the Finals: Rangers assistant coach Colin Campbell and Canucks assistant coach Stan Smyl, who served as team captain then, as Kevin McCarthy was injured.[10]

It was the second straight Finals that featured a former Edmonton Oilers captain trying to become the first person to capture a Stanley Cup as captain on two different teams. The previous year, Wayne Gretzky, who captained the Oilers to the first four of their five Stanley Cups in the 1980s, captained the Los Angeles Kings to the finals, which they lost to the Montreal Canadiens.[11] Here, it was Mark Messier of the Rangers, who captained the Oilers to the last of their five, in 1990.[12][13]

The Rangers players had a decided edge in Finals experience, with seven players from the 1990 Oilers,[14] including Messier, Glenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Adam Graves, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, and Esa Tikkanen. One 1990 Oiler, Martin Gélinas, was playing for the Canucks. Overall, the Rangers had eleven players with previous Finals appearances, compared to the Canucks' five. In addition, three of the Rangers (Messier, Anderson, and Lowe) were each making their seventh appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals (each having made their first six with Edmonton).

With the Rangers having 112 points in the regular-season standing and the Canucks 85, the 27-point difference was the largest point differential between two teams in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1982, when there was a 41-point difference between the New York Islanders (118) and the Canucks (77).[10][15]

Game one

May 31 Vancouver Canucks 3–2 OT New York Rangers Madison Square Garden

The Rangers scored early and led 2–1 late in the third period before Martin Gélinas tied the game with 1:00 to play in regulation time.[16] It was the third time in eight games that the Rangers had surrendered a last-minute tying goal.[16] The Rangers were all over the Canucks in overtime, but goaltender Kirk McLean made 52 saves on the night. In the last minute of the first overtime, Brian Leetch hit the crossbar at one end, and the Canucks went down to score the winner at the other on an odd-man rush by Greg Adams, as the Rangers, once again, lost a series opener at home in overtime.[6]

Game two

June 2 Vancouver Canucks 1–3 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden

The Rangers evened the series with a 3–1 victory before the series shifted west.[17]

Game three

June 4 New York Rangers 5–1 Vancouver Canucks Pacific Coliseum

The Canucks came storming out in front of their home fans and Pavel Bure scored on his first shift to give them the early lead. But late in the period, with the score tied 1–1, Bure hit Jay Wells in the face with his stick and cut him, leading to a major penalty and Bure's expulsion from the game. Alexei Kovalev scored a breakaway shorthanded goal to help the Rangers and this goal will be on the cover of NHL 95 .Glenn Anderson scored on the ensuing power-play and the Rangers then cruised to a 5–1 victory.

Game four

June 7 New York Rangers 4–2 Vancouver Canucks Pacific Coliseum

In the fourth game, the Canucks again jumped out to an early lead, this time 2–0, before Mike Richter and Brian Leetch took over the game. Richter made some key saves to keep the game within reach, including one on a penalty shot against Pavel Bure, and Leetch picked up a goal and three assists as the Rangers won 4–2 to take a commanding 3–1 series lead.

Game five

June 9 Vancouver Canucks 6–3 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden

Most who entered Madison Square Garden for the fifth game thought they were going to see the Rangers win the Cup that night. New York had already set the date for a victory parade.[14] However, the celebration plans got ahead of the work at hand. The Canucks were leading 3–0 by the third minute of the third period. Even though the Rangers scrambled to pull even by the midway point, Vancouver took the lead 29 seconds later on a goal by Dave Babych and cruised to a 6–3 win.

Game six

June 11 New York Rangers 1–4 Vancouver Canucks Pacific Coliseum

The Canucks fired 14 shots at Mike Richter in the first period and led 1–0 on a Jeff Brown bullet from the point. The score was 2–1 after two periods before another Brown goal gave the Canucks a 3–1 third-period lead. Late in the third, Geoff Courtnall appeared to score for the Canucks, but the play continued and the Rangers scored to temporarily make the score 3–2. But, in the ensuing video review, it was confirmed that Courtnall had indeed scored his second goal of the game to clinch the game for the Canucks and force a seventh game.

Game seven

June 14 Vancouver Canucks 2–3 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden

For the second time since 1971 and the tenth time overall, the Final went to seven games. Rangers coach Mike Keenan became the first person to be a head coach in game sevens of the Stanley Cup Finals for two different teams. Keenan had coached the Philadelphia Flyers in 1987 when they lost to the Edmonton Oilers.[18] Mike Babcock would join him in this feat in 2009 while with the Detroit Red Wings, having been with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim when they lost to the New Jersey Devils in 2003 (the home team won all seven games of the series).[19]

The game at Madison Square Garden was an "electric affair"[14] with the Rangers jumping to an early 2–0 lead. Canucks captain Trevor Linden, however, silenced the home crowd with a short-handed goal early in the second period. Mark Messier scored a third Ranger goal only to have Linden make it close again with a goal early in the third. After that, it was "hectic, jittery hockey." Nathan LaFayette "frightened all Manhattan wobbling a loose puck" off the post behind Mike Richter with five minutes left.[14] In the final 37 seconds, there were three face-offs in the New York end.

Mark Messier provided two of the most memorable images of that Stanley Cup Finals that would become iconic images to the Rangers and their fans: first, jumping up and down excitedly as ticker tape fell, then, showing incredible emotion as he accepted the Stanley Cup from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, as he became the first (and as of 2017, the only) player to captain two different teams to the Stanley Cup. For scoring the winning goal, Messier earned the tongue-in-cheek nickname of "Mr. June".[20]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st NYR Brian Leetch (11) Sergei Zubov (13) and Mark Messier (18) 11:02 1–0 NYR
NYR Adam Graves (10) – pp Alexei Kovalev (12) and Sergei Zubov (14) 14:45 2–0 NYR
2nd VAN Trevor Linden (11) – sh Brian Glynn (3) and Pavel Bure (15) 5:21 2–1 NYR
NYR Mark Messier (12) – pp Adam Graves (7) and Brian Noonan (7) 13:29 3–1 NYR
3rd VAN Trevor Linden (12) – pp Geoff Courtnall (10) and Cliff Ronning (10) 4:50 3–2 NYR
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st VAN Jyrki Lumme Cross-checking 14:03 2:00
VAN Bret Hedican Roughing 18:50 2:00
NYR Esa Tikkanen Roughing 18:50 2:00
2nd VAN Jeff Brown Interference 4:38 2:00
VAN Dave Babych Tripping 12:46 2:00
NYR Mark Messier Hooking 16:39 2:00
3rd NYR Esa Tikkanen Hooking 4:16 2:00
NYR Craig MacTavish Roughing 10:55 2:00
VAN Trevor Linden Roughing 10:55 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 T
Vancouver 9 12 9 30
New York 12 14 9 35


In Canada, the series was televised in English on the CBC and in French on SRC. In the United States, the series was broadcast on ESPN. However, ESPN was blacked out in the New York City market because of the MSG Network's local rights to the Rangers games. This was the last Cup Finals in which the regional rights holders of the participating U.S. teams produced local telecasts of their respective games. Under the American TV contracts that would take effect beginning next season, there would be exclusive national coverage of the Cup Finals, split between the Fox Broadcasting Company and ESPN.

ESPN also sent its broadcasts to a record 120 countries, for a potential audience of 285 million.[21] MSG Network broadcaster Al Trautwig said that the Rangers themselves contributed to those numbers in putting the first Russian names on the Stanley Cup: Alexander Karpovtsev, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Nemchinov, and Sergei Zubov, giving a huge European audience, including those watching on the brand-new television screens across the former Soviet Union, a Stanley Cup story to remember.[22][23]


In the United States, game seven was the highest-rated hockey game on cable. ESPN's broadcast drew a 5.2 rating.[24] However, in New York, the ESPN blackout meant MSG Network's broadcast drew 16.2 rating, a record for the network.[22][24] The two networks combined yielded a 6.9 rating.[24]

With an average Canadian audience of 4.957 million viewers, game seven was the most watched CBC Sports program until the 10.6 million viewers for the men's ice hockey gold medal game between Canada and the United States at the 2002 Winter Olympics, when Canada won its first Olympic ice hockey gold medal since the 1952 Winter Olympics.[25] Bob Cole, who called both games,[26] said that game seven was one of his most memorable TV games.[26][27]

Team rosters

Bolded years under Finals appearance indicates a year the player won the Stanley Cup.

New York Rangers

# Player Catches Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
30 Glenn Healy L 1992–93 Canada Pickering, Ontario first (did not play)
35 Mike Richter L 1985 United States Abington, Pennsylvania first
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
2 Brian LeetchA L 1986 United States Corpus Christi, Texas first
4 Kevin LoweA L 1992–93 Canada Lachute, Quebec seventh (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990)
6 Doug Lidster R 1993–94 Canada Kamloops, British Columbia first
21 Sergei Zubov R 1990 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union first
23 Jeff Beukeboom R 1991–92 Canada Ajax, Ontario fourth (1987, 1988, 1990)
24 Jay Wells L 1992–93 Canada Paris, Ontario first
25 Alexander Karpovtsev R 1993–94 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union first
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
9 Adam GravesA LW L 1991–92 Canada Toronto, Ontario second (1990)
10 Esa Tikkanen RW L 1993–94 Finland Helsinki, Finland fifth (1985, 1987, 1988, 1990)
11 Mark MessierC C L 1991–92 Canada Edmonton, Alberta seventh (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990)
12 Ed Olczyk C L 1992–93 United States Palos Heights, Illinois first (did not play)
13 Sergei Nemchinov C L 1990 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union first
14 Craig MacTavish C L 1993–94 Canada London, Ontario fourth (1987, 1988, 1990)
15 Mike Hudson C L 1993–94 Canada Guelph, Ontario first
16 Brian Noonan RW R 1993–94 United States Boston, Massachusetts second (1992)
17 Greg Gilbert LW L 1993–94 Canada Mississauga, Ontario fourth (1982, 1983, 1992)
18 Mike Hartman LW L 1992–93 United States Detroit, Michigan first (did not play)
19 Nick Kypreos LW L 1993–94 Canada Toronto, Ontario first
26 Joe Kocur RW L 1990–91 Canada Kelvington, Saskatchewan first
27 Alexei Kovalev RW L 1991 Soviet Union Tolyatti, Soviet Union first
28 Steve LarmerA RW L 1993–94 Canada Peterborough, Ontario second (1992)
32 Stephane Matteau LW L 1993–94 Canada Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec second (1992)
36 Glenn Anderson RW/LW L 1993–94 Canada Vancouver, British Columbia seventh (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990)

Vancouver Canucks

# Player Catches Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
1 Kirk McLean L 1987–88 Canada North York, Ontario first
30 Mike Fountain L 1992 Canada North York, Ontario first (did not play)
35 Kay Whitmore L 1992–93 Canada Sudbury, Ontario first (did not play)
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
3 Bret Hedican L 1993–94 United States St. Paul, Minnesota first
4 Gerald Diduck L 1990–91 Canada Edmonton, Alberta first
5 Dana MurzynA L 1990–91 Canada Calgary, Alberta second (1989, did not play)
6 Adrien Plavsic L 1989–90 Canada Montreal, Quebec first (did not play)
21 Jyrki Lumme L 1989–90 Finland Tampere, Finland first
22 Jeff Brown R 1993–94 Canada Ottawa, Ontario first
24 Jiri Slegr L 1990 Czech Republic Jihlava, Czechoslovakia first (did not play)
28 Brian Glynn R 1993–94 Germany Iserlohn, West Germany first
44 Dave Babych L 1991–92 Canada Edmonton, Alberta first
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
7 Cliff Ronning C L 1990–91 Canada Burnaby, British Columbia first
8 Greg Adams LW L 1987–88 Canada Nelson, British Columbia first
10 Pavel Bure RW L 1989 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union first
14 Geoff Courtnall LW L 1990–91 Canada Victoria, British Columbia second (1988)
15 John McIntyre C L 1993–94 Canada London, Ontario first
16 Trevor LindenC C R 1988 Canada Medicine Hat, Alberta first
17 Jimmy Carson C R 1993–94 United States Southfield, Michigan second (did not play)
18 Shawn Antoski LW L 1990 Canada Brantford, Ontario first
19 Tim Hunter RW R 1992–93 Canada Calgary, Alberta third (1986, 1989)
20 Jose Charbonneau RW R 1993–94 Canada Ferme-Neuve, Quebec first (did not play)
23 Martin Gelinas RW R 1993–94 Canada Shawinigan, Quebec second (1990)
25 Nathan LaFayette RW R 1993–94 Canada New Westminster, British Columbia first
27 Sergio MomessoA LW L 1990–91 Canada Montreal, Quebec first
29 Gino Odjick LW L 1990 Canada Maniwaki, Quebec first (did not play)
32 Murray Craven C L 1992–93 Canada Medicine Hat, Alberta third (1985, 1987)
33 Michael Peca C R 1992 Canada Toronto, Ontario first (did not play)

New York Rangers: 1994 Stanley Cup champions



(also played wing)


A – Did not play in Final.

Coaching and administrative staff:

  • Neil Smith (President/General Manager/Governor). Robert Gutkowski (Alt. Governor)
  • Stanley Jaffe (Alt. Governor), Kenneth Munoz (Alt. Governor)
  • Larry Pleau (Asst. General Manager), Mike Keenan (Head Coach)
  • Colin Campbell (Associate Coach), Dick Todd (Asst. Coach)
  • Matthew Loughran (Manager of Team Operations), Barry Watkins (Director of Communications)
  • Christer Rockstrom (Scout), Tony Feltrin (Scout)
  • Martin Madden (Scout), Herb Hammond (Scout), Darwin Bennett (Scout)
  • Dave Smith (Medical trainer), Joe Murphy (Equipment trainer)
  • Mike Folga (Equipment Manager), Bruce Lifrieri (Massage Therapist)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • When the New York Rangers submitted the list of names for engraving, Ed Olczyk and Mike Hartman were included, although they fell short of the official requirements of 41 regular season games, or participation in the Final. When the Stanley Cup was engraved, Olczyk and Hartman's names were omitted. (Olczyk had played 37 regular-season games and one game in the Eastern Conference Final. Hartman had played 35 regular-season games and none in the playoffs.) Both players had spent the entire season with New York, and missed extensive time due to injury. At the Rangers' protest, the NHL added Olczyk and Hartman to the Cup. The NHL no longer adds missing names after the Cup has been engraved, though since 1994 it allows teams to petition for the inclusion of players who do not officially qualify.
  • Seven players who won the cup in 1994 were also with the Edmonton Oilers in 1990 when they won their fifth Cup: Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe, Glenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Adam Graves, Craig MacTavish and Esa Tikkanen. An eighth player, Greg Gilbert, also won the Stanley Cup with the New York Islanders in 1982 and 1983.
  • Alexander Karpovtsev, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Nemchinov and Sergei Zubov became the first four Russian-trained players to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.[23]

See also


Inline citations
  1. ^ Canadian Press (June 15, 2011). "Babych haunted by Canucks' Game 7 loss in 1994". CBCSports.ca. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved May 19, 2012. The broadcast of Game 7 attracted an average audience of (4.957) million viewers to CBC. At the time, it was the most-watched CBC sports program in history.
  2. ^ Canadian Press (May 1, 1994). "Canucks conquer Falmes in OT". Toronto Star. p. B5.
  3. ^ Jamieson, Jim (May 1, 1994). "YEEEE-HAH!: Pavel buries Flames in double overtime". Vancouver Province. p. A72.
  4. ^ Strachan, Alex (May 25, 1994). "Final-ly: Canucks make Stanley Cup after thriller". Vancouver Sun. p. A1.
  5. ^ MacIntyre, Ian (May 25, 1994). "Canucks advance to Cup final: Adams scores winner in double overtime to sink Maple Leafs". Vancouver Sun. p. D1.
  6. ^ a b c d Morrison 2008, p. 106
  7. ^ Morrison 2008, pp. 106, 137
  8. ^ "Howie Rose". MSG.com. Madison Square Garden, LP. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  9. ^ LaPointe, Joe (May 28, 1994). "2 Overtimes Later, It's a Final and It's the Rangers". New York Times. p. 27. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  10. ^ a b Olson, Arv (June 1, 1994). "1982 Canucks were unlikeliest of heroes". The Vancouver Sun. p. E3.
  11. ^ Morrison 2008, pp. 131, 145
  12. ^ Cole 2004, p. 120
  13. ^ Morrison 2008, pp. 134–137
  14. ^ a b c d Cole 2004, p. 128
  15. ^ Jamieson, Jim (May 31, 1994). "Paper rout for Rangers". Vancouver Province. p. A54. The 27-point differential is the greatest, ironically, between Stanley Cup finalists since the last time the Canucks made the trip to this mega-city 12 springs ago.
  16. ^ a b Sell, Dave (June 1, 1994). "Canucks Take Stanley Cup Opener in OT". The Washington Post. p. F01. The Rangers lost the first game of their Eastern Conference finals against New Jersey in much the same fashion. In both cases, they controlled play, took leads, then lost leads…Martin Gelinas scored for a 2–2 tie with 60 seconds left in regulation.
  17. ^ Fisher, Red (June 3, 1994). "Cup final tied heading to Vancouver". The Montreal Gazette. p. D1.
  18. ^ Morrison 2008, p. 109
  19. ^ Podell, Ira (June 13, 2009). "Penguin power: Pittsburgh motors away from Detroit with the silver Cup". Salt Lake Deseret News. Associated Press. p. D1. The Penguins…beat the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 2-1…in Game 7 and win the Stanley Cup for the third time…In 2003…the last series in which the home team won all seven games…the Mighty Ducks team that lost then was coached by current Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock.
  20. ^ Barron, James (June 18, 1994). "New Yorkers Bury the Rangers' Curse in a Sea of Confetti". The New York Times. p. 28.
  21. ^ Christie, James (June 15, 1994). "Rangers Bask on Highest Plateau". The Globe and Mail. p. C8.
  22. ^ a b Kalinsky, George (2004). Garden of Dreams. New York: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang. p. 171. ISBN 1-58479-343-0.
  23. ^ a b First Russians win Cup - Because It's The Cup on YouTube
  24. ^ a b c "Game 7 a Cable-Ratings High". New York Times. June 16, 1994. p. B12.
  25. ^ Ohler, Shawn (February 26, 2002). "Lucky Loonie Stunt Pays Off". The Calgary Herald. p. A1. A record-busting average of 8.7 million Canadians watched on television as the men's hockey team snatched gold from the United States in Salt Lake City…The audience actually peaked at 10.6 million, the CBC said Monday…CBC says that prior to Sunday, its highest-rated sports show was Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup between the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks, which attracted an average of 4.97 million viewers.
  26. ^ a b Morrison, Scott (2010). Hockey Night in Canada: Best of the Best. Toronto: Key Porter Books. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-55470-316-6.
  27. ^ Houston, William (November 6, 1997). "Cole's Close Call". The Globe and Mail. p. S4. Cole's three most memorable TV games: 1. Game 7 of the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals (Edmonton 3, Philadelphia 1). The Oilers at their peak. 2. Game 3 of 1996 World Cup of Hockey Final (United States 5, Canada 2). 'I was devastated.' 3. Game 7, 1994 Stanley Cup Finals (New York Rangers 3, Vancouver 2). 'A great series.'
  • Cole, Stephen (2004). The Best of Hockey Night in Canada. Toronto: McArthur & Company. ISBN 1-55278-408-8.
  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL. ISBN 1-892129-07-8.
  • Morrison, Scott (2008). Hockey Night in Canada: My Greatest Day. Toronto: Key Porter Books. ISBN 978-1-55470-086-8.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. pp. 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
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Montreal Canadiens
New York Rangers
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
New Jersey Devils
1993–94 New Jersey Devils season

The 1993–94 New Jersey Devils season was the franchise's 12th season, twelfth in New Jersey. For the fourth consecutive season, the Devils qualified for the playoffs. In the playoffs, The Devils made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Final where they came within a game of advancing to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. Goaltender Martin Brodeur won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie and new coach Jacques Lemaire won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach.

1994 NBA Playoffs

The 1994 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1993-94 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Houston Rockets defeating the Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals. Hakeem Olajuwon was named NBA Finals MVP.

This was also the first time that the Boston Celtics since 1979, and Los Angeles Lakers since 1976, missed the playoffs and their first-ever absence since the playoff field expanded to 16 teams in 1984. This was the first time that both missed the playoffs in the same year. This would not occur again until 2014.

The biggest upset came in the first round, when the Denver Nuggets came back from a 2–0 deficit to beat the Seattle SuperSonics in five games, marking the first time in NBA history that an eighth seed had defeated a #1 seed. Denver stretched their improbable playoff run with the Utah Jazz to seven games after being down 0–3, but Utah defeated them in Game 7 91–81.

The playoffs also featured the very first playoff series victory for the Indiana Pacers in their 18-year NBA existence, as they swept the Orlando Magic (who were making their first playoff appearance in franchise history) in the first round, then eliminated the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 4–2 in the second round. The Pacers advanced within one game of the NBA Finals, but lost Games 6 and 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Knicks.

This was the first time since the ABA–NBA merger prior to the 1976–77 season that all former ABA teams (Pacers, Nuggets, Spurs, and Nets) made the playoffs in the same year.

The Chicago Bulls, who made the playoffs despite the retirement of Michael Jordan, swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round, but then lost in seven games to the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The Knicks made history by playing a record 25 playoff games (one short of the maximum), the most postseason games that an NBA team had ever played. The 2005 Detroit Pistons tied this record. However, it was broken by the 2008 Celtics. Their easiest series was the first-round 3–1 win over the Nets. New York then forced three consecutive Game 7s, eliminating the Bulls 4–3 in the Conference Semifinals, knocking off the Pacers 4–3 in the Conference Finals, both times at Madison Square Garden, before losing in Game 7 to the Rockets at The Summit in the NBA Finals, which meant New York was denied NBA and NHL titles. Game 4 of the Finals took place at the Garden a day after the New York Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in 54 years in Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. Knicks coach Pat Riley made history by becoming the first (and to this date, the only) person in NBA history to have coached a Game 7 in the NBA Finals for two teams, having been with the Lakers in 1984 and 1988. However, he had the distinction to have become the first (and as of 2018, only) coach to lose a Game 7 in the NBA Finals on two teams, as his Lakers lost to the Celtics in 1984. It also denied him the distinction of becoming the first coach to win a Game 7 in the NBA Finals with two teams, as his Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons in 1988.

In the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors made their last playoff appearance until 2007.

Game 3 of the Bulls-Cavaliers series was the last game ever played at the Richfield Coliseum.

Game 6 of the Bulls-Knicks series was the last game ever played at Chicago Stadium.

Game 5 of the Nuggets-Sonics series was the last to be played at Seattle Center Coliseum before the renovations and renaming into KeyArena two years later. The Sonics played the intervening 1994–95 NBA season at Tacoma Dome in nearby Tacoma, Washington.

1994 Stanley Cup playoffs

The 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League (NHL), began after the conclusion of the 1993–94 NHL season. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-seven game series for conference quarterfinals, semifinals and championships; and then the conference champions played a best-of-seven series for the Stanley Cup. The playoffs ended when the New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in the seventh game of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.For the first time since joining the NHL, all four former WHA teams (Edmonton, Hartford, Quebec, and Winnipeg) failed to make the playoffs. Wayne Gretzky also missed the playoffs for the first time in his career. Conversely, the San Jose Sharks became the first post-1990 expansion team to make the playoffs. All series played between Central and Pacific Division teams had a 2–3–2 format to reduce travel. This was the last Canadian team appearance in the Final until 2004, and as of the end of 2017–18, remains the most recent time that two Canadian teams made it to the conference finals in the same year.

1994 Vancouver Stanley Cup riot

The 1994 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot occurred in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on the evening of June 14, 1994, and continued into the following morning. The riot followed Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals in which the Vancouver Canucks lost to the New York Rangers. It was Vancouver's first riot since 1972, when the Rolling Stones American Tour 1972 led to confrontations between the police and 2,000 outside the Pacific Coliseum.

2002–03 Ottawa Senators season

The 2002–03 Ottawa Senators season was the 11th season of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). This season saw the Senators reach the highest point in the playoffs until the 2006–07 season. They were eliminated by the New Jersey Devils, the eventual Stanley Cup winning team in the Eastern Conference final. On top of their larger success, with their total 113 points they won the Presidents' Trophy, the Northeast Division title and the Eastern Conference title.

After their long history of debt problems, the Senators filed for bankruptcy on January 9, 2003. They continued regular season play after receiving emergency financing from the NHL. Despite the off-ice problems, they had a successful year, compared to their early day woes. The Presidents' Trophy awarded to the Senators made them the first Canadian team to win it since the Calgary Flames in their championship season of 1989, and the first Eastern Conference team to win it since the New York Rangers' title in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. In the playoffs, they defeated their former teammate Alexei Yashin and his New York Islanders, then the Philadelphia Flyers before coming within one game of making it into the Finals, falling to the New Jersey Devils.

Brian Noonan

Brian Noonan (born May 29, 1965 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a retired American ice hockey right-winger. He played for the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues and Phoenix Coyotes.

Originally selected in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, Noonan played parts of seven seasons in Chicago, although during the middle part of his career with the Blackhawks he mainly saw playing time in the minors with the Indianapolis Ice. Noonan would eventually regain a roster spot with the Blackhawks, especially after Mike Keenan became head coach. His play contributed to the team reaching the finals in 1992.

Noonan would play for Keenan again when he was traded to the New York Rangers at the trading deadline during the 1993–94 NHL season, and his play contributed to the Rangers reaching their first Stanley Cup in 54 years. Despite being credited to Mark Messier, the game-winning goal of game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals was later shown to be scored by Noonan.

After playing two seasons with the Chicago Wolves, Noonan retired from professional play following the 2000–01 season.

Noonan played for head coach Mike Keenan on four separate occasions; with the Blackhawks, Rangers, Blues, and Canucks.

Now, Brian Noonan coaches the Naperville North High School Huskies. This high school team is from the state of Illinois.

Geoff Courtnall

Geoffrey Lawton Courtnall (born August 18, 1962) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1983 to 2000. He was the head coach of the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL as well as the University of Victoria Vikes of the BCIHL.

George Kalinsky

George Kalinsky is a photographer. He has been the official photographer for Madison Square Garden since 1966 and also serves as the official photographer at Radio City Music Hall. In November 2010 the National Arts Club awarded him their Medal of Honor for Photography.Kalinsky's photos have been in many major publications, such as Sports Illustrated, People, Newsweek, and The New York Times. He has authored ten books.

In May 2009, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened an exhibit dedicated to photographs Kalinsky took at some of Madison Square Garden's most legendary concerts. Many of these photographs are now part of the Museum's permanent collection.

Beginning with the 2010 baseball season, the New York Mets, for whom Kalinsky had been the official photographer, are displaying throughout Citi Field many photographs by Kalinsky.

George McPhee

George McPhee (born July 2, 1958) is a Canadian ice hockey executive currently serving as general manager of the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Georges Vanier Secondary School

Georges Vanier Secondary School (also named as Georges Vanier SS, GVSS, Georges Vanier or Vanier) and Woodbine Middle School (shortly called as Woodbine M.S., WMS and Woodbine) are two public schools consisting of a junior high school (Grades 6 to 8) and high school (Grades 9 to 12) located in North York district of Toronto, Ontario. Owned and Operated by the North York Board of Education (which is now merged into the Toronto District School Board), the school was named after Canada’s first French-Canadian Governor General, Georges Vanier. Attached to the Vanier-Woodbine campus is the North-East Year Round Alternative Centre.

Herb Hammond

Herbert B. Hammond (December 5, 1939 – July 23, 2009) was an American ice hockey coach and scout who led Brown for six seasons before beginning a professional career in the NHL. Hammond started coaching at Oswego State in 1968 and remained there for 12 years before moving on to Plattsburgh State. He took the Cardinals to the Division II National Title Game both years he was there (Losing to Lowell each time) and soon was offered the head coaching job at Brown. After six poor years Hammond left to become an NHL scout for 17 years and having his name etched on the Stanley Cup as part of the New York Rangers win in 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. Hammond died in 2009 after a long fight with cancer.

Jim Robson

Jim Robson (born January 17, 1935) is a former radio and television broadcaster who was the play-by-play announcer of the Vancouver Canucks' games from 1970 to 1999.

Jyrki Lumme

Jyrki Olavi Lumme (born July 16, 1966) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) and SM-liiga. After beginning his career in Finland, playing with Ilves Tampere for three seasons, he moved to North America to join the Montreal Canadiens in 1988. The Canadiens had selected Lumme two years prior in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft 57th overall. In his second NHL season, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks, with whom he spent the majority of his career and enjoyed the most success. Over nine seasons with the Canucks, Lumme was named the club's annual top defenceman on four occasions, became the team's all-time top goal- and point-scoring defenceman, and was a part of the squad's run to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. Towards the end of his NHL career, he additionally played for the Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs over the span of five seasons. In 2005, Lumme returned to Ilves Tampere of the SM-liiga after a two-year playing hiatus. He played two final campaigns in Finland before retiring, at which point he became a part-owner of Ilves Tampere.

List of New York Rangers seasons

The New York Rangers are an American ice hockey franchise that compete in the National Hockey League (NHL). One of the NHL's "Original Six" teams, the Rangers play in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. Since 1968, the team has played its home games in Madison Square Garden. In 91 completed seasons, the team has won four Stanley Cup championships and has qualified for the playoffs fifty-nine times. As of the end of the 2017–18 season, New York has won more than 2,700 regular-season games, the fifth-highest victory total among NHL teams.The Rangers were founded in 1926, and won their first Stanley Cup title in 1928, making them the first U.S.-based NHL franchise to win the Cup. Over the next 12 seasons, New York reached the Stanley Cup Finals five times and won twice, in 1933 and 1940. The Rangers then entered a period of decline; from 1943 to 1966, New York missed the playoffs 18 times. During that time, the Rangers reached the 1950 Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the Detroit Red Wings. In the 1970s, the Rangers made the Stanley Cup Finals twice, but were defeated by the Boston Bruins in 1972 and by the Montreal Canadiens in 1979. Thirteen years later, in the 1991–92 season, New York won the Presidents' Trophy by leading the NHL in regular-season points with 105. The team, however, was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.

After missing the playoffs in the 1992–93 season, the Rangers accumulated 112 points in the 1993–94 season and won their second Presidents' Trophy. With a seven-game victory against the Vancouver Canucks in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, the Rangers ended a 54-year Stanley Cup drought. After reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 1997, the Rangers did not return to the playoffs until 2006. In the 2013–14 season, the Rangers reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 20 years, defeating the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games before losing to the Los Angeles Kings in the championship series. New York earned its third Presidents' Trophy with a team record 113 points in 2014–15, but was eliminated in the Conference Finals by the Tampa Bay Lightning. In the most recent season, 2017–18, the Rangers finished last in the Metropolitan Division with 77 points and failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2009–10 season.

Outstanding Live Sports Special

The Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Special has been awarded since 1976. It is awarded to a network for their coverage of one specific sporting event in a calendar year, which means it should not be confused with the award for Outstanding Live Sports Series.

Pavel Bure

Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: Па́вел Влади́мирович Буре́, IPA: [ˈpavʲɪɫ bʊˈrɛ]; born March 31, 1971) is a Russian retired professional ice hockey player who played the right wing position. Nicknamed "The Russian Rocket" for his speed, Bure played for 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks, the Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers. Trained in the Soviet Union, he played three seasons with the Central Red Army team before his NHL career.

Selected 113th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by Vancouver, he began his NHL career in the 1991–92 season, and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie before leading the NHL in goal-scoring in 1993-94 and helping the Canucks to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. After seven seasons the Canucks dealt Bure to the Panthers, where he won back-to-back Rocket Richard Trophies as the league's leading goal-scorer. Bure struggled with knee injuries throughout his career, resulting in his retirement in 2005 as a member of the Rangers, although he had not played since 2003. He averaged better than a point per game in his NHL career (779 points with 437 goals in 702 NHL games) and is fourth all-time in goals per game. After six years of eligibility, Bure was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in June 2012. In 2017, an NHL panel named Bure one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history.Internationally, Bure competed for the Soviet Union and Russia. As a member of the Soviet Union, he won two silver medals and a gold in three World Junior Championships, followed by a gold and a silver medal in the 1990 and 1991 World Championships, respectively. After the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991, Bure competed for Russia in two Winter Olympics, claiming silver at the 1998 Games in Nagano as team captain, and bronze at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. Following Bure's retirement in 2005, he was named the general manager for Russia's national team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Bure was later recognized for his international career as a 2012 inductee in the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.

Ray Castoldi

Ray Castoldi has been the organist at Madison Square Garden since 1989. During the summer, when the New York Rangers and New York Knicks are spending their offseasons, Castoldi can be heard at the organ at New York Mets games at Citi Field (and previously Shea Stadium). Because of this, he is the only person to play for the Mets, Rangers and Knicks in the same season. (Similarly Gladys Gooding had played organ for the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Knicks and Rangers in the same year; likewise Eddie Layton and Jack Shaindlin played for the New York Yankees, Knicks and Rangers in the same season.)

Castoldi has played the organ at the 1994 NBA Finals, 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, 1994 NHL All-Star Game, 1998 NBA All-Star Game, and the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals all of which were played at Madison Square Garden. He also played during the 2000 World Series, played at Shea Stadium, and the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field. He was also a music director for the ice hockey competition at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. He has also played for many other events such as several Pro Bowls, several NHL All-Star Games, and several Winter Olympic Hockey games.

Castoldi has contributed to the Jock Jams and Jock Rock series of albums, as well as Hallmark Cards.

Castoldi also wrote Slapshot, the song that is played after the Rangers score a goal at Madison Square Garden.

The Best (song)

"The Best" is a song originally recorded by Bonnie Tyler on her 1988 album Hide Your Heart (in the US the album was titled Notes from America). It was written by Mike Chapman and Holly Knight, and produced by Desmond Child. The single reached number 10 in Norway and number 95 in the United Kingdom.

The single was released on a CD in 1988 along with two rare tracks that Tyler recorded, "The Fire Below" and "Under Suspicion".

Theme from New York, New York

"Theme from New York, New York" (or "New York, New York") is the theme song from the Martin Scorsese film New York, New York (1977), composed by John Kander, with lyrics by Fred Ebb. It was written for and performed in the film by Liza Minnelli. It remains one of the best-known songs about New York City. In 2004 it finished #31 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American Cinema.

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