2001–02 NHL season

The 2001–02 NHL season was the 85th regular season of the National Hockey League. Thirty teams each played 82 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Detroit Red Wings, who won the best of seven series 4–1 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

2001–02 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 3, 2001 – June 13, 2002
Number of games82
Number of teams30
Draft
Top draft pickIlya Kovalchuk
Picked byAtlanta Thrashers
Regular season
Presidents' TrophyDetroit Red Wings
Season MVPJose Theodore (Canadiens)
Top scorerJarome Iginla (Flames)
Playoffs
Eastern championsCarolina Hurricanes
  Eastern runners-upToronto Maple Leafs
Western championsDetroit Red Wings
  Western runners-upColorado Avalanche
Playoffs MVPNicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsDetroit Red Wings
  Runners-upCarolina Hurricanes

League business

The cash-strapped Pittsburgh Penguins, desperate to dump payroll, could no longer afford perennial superstar Jaromir Jagr.[1] He would be traded, along with Frantisek Kucera, to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Kris Beech, Ross Lupaschuk, Michal Sivek and $4.9 million. Despite Mario Lemieux's return last season, the absence of Jagr proved devastating to the Penguins, and they missed the playoffs for the first time since 1990. They would continue to miss the playoffs until the Sidney Crosby era began.

The Dallas Stars moved their home games from Reunion Arena to American Airlines Center.

The NHL honored the victims of 9/11 by having all players wear a patch on their jerseys, a ribbon sticker on the back of their helmet, as well as a red, white and blue ribbon painted on the ice behind each net, (with the Canadian teams having a red and white ribbon painted on the ice behind either net). On September 20, 2001, in the middle of a pre-season game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers with both teams tied up 2–2, nine days after the attacks, the game was stopped. A message from United States President George W. Bush about the 9/11 attacks was broadcast on the arena video screen. After the message, the game did not resume and was declared a 2–2 tie.[2]

Regular season

For the second time in three seasons, no player reached the 100-point plateau.[3] In addition, for the first time since 1980, the Art Ross Trophy was not won by either Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, or Jaromir Jagr. Instead, the award went to Jarome Iginla, who scored 96 points.

Final standings

The Detroit Red Wings placed first in the league standings, and received home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. This is the first season that the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers both missed the playoffs.

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 27 10 3 234 192 97
2 5 New York Islanders 82 42 28 8 4 239 220 96
3 6 New Jersey Devils 82 41 28 9 4 205 187 95
4 11 New York Rangers 82 36 38 4 4 227 258 80
5 12 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 28 41 8 5 198 249 69
Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Boston Bruins 82 43 24 6 9 236 201 101
2 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 43 25 10 4 249 207 100
3 7 Ottawa Senators 82 39 27 9 7 243 208 94
4 8 Montreal Canadiens 82 36 31 12 3 207 209 87
5 10 Buffalo Sabres 82 35 35 11 1 213 200 82
Southeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Carolina Hurricanes 82 35 26 16 5 217 217 91
2 9 Washington Capitals 82 36 33 11 2 228 240 85
3 13 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 27 40 11 4 178 219 69
4 14 Florida Panthers 82 22 44 10 6 180 250 60
5 15 Atlanta Thrashers 82 19 47 11 5 187 288 54

Teams in bold qualified for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference[4]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 Z- Boston Bruins NE 82 43 24 6 9 236 201 101
2 Y- Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 42 27 10 3 234 192 97
3 Y- Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 35 26 16 5 217 217 91
4 X- Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 43 25 10 4 249 207 100
5 X- New York Islanders AT 82 42 28 8 4 239 220 96
6 X- New Jersey Devils AT 82 41 28 9 4 205 187 95
7 X- Ottawa Senators NE 82 39 27 9 7 243 208 94
8 X- Montreal Canadiens NE 82 36 31 12 3 207 209 87
8.5
9 Washington Capitals SE 82 36 33 11 2 228 240 85
10 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 35 35 11 2 213 200 82
11 New York Rangers AT 82 36 38 4 4 227 258 80
12 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 28 41 8 5 198 249 69
13 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 27 40 11 4 178 219 69
14 Florida Panthers SE 82 22 44 10 6 180 250 60
15 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 19 47 11 5 187 288 54

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

Z- Clinched Conference; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot

Western Conference

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Detroit Red Wings 82 51 17 10 4 251 187 116
2 4 St. Louis Blues 82 43 27 8 4 227 188 98
3 5 Chicago Blackhawks 82 41 27 13 1 216 207 96
4 14 Nashville Predators 82 28 41 13 0 196 230 69
5 15 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 22 47 8 5 164 255 57
Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Colorado Avalanche 82 45 28 8 1 212 169 99
2 8 Vancouver Canucks 82 42 30 7 3 254 211 94
3 9 Edmonton Oilers 82 38 28 12 4 205 182 92
4 11 Calgary Flames 82 32 35 12 3 201 220 79
5 12 Minnesota Wild 82 26 35 12 9 195 238 73
Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 San Jose Sharks 82 44 27 8 3 248 189 99
2 6 Phoenix Coyotes 82 40 27 9 6 228 210 95
3 7 Los Angeles Kings 82 40 27 11 4 214 190 95
4 10 Dallas Stars 82 36 28 13 5 215 213 90
5 13 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 29 42 8 3 175 198 69

Teams in bold qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference[5]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 51 17 10 4 251 187 116
2 y – Colorado Avalanche NW 82 45 28 8 1 212 169 99
3 y – San Jose Sharks PAC 82 44 27 8 3 248 199 99
4 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 43 27 8 4 227 188 98
5 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 41 27 13 1 216 207 96
6 Phoenix Coyotes PAC 82 40 27 9 6 228 210 95
7 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 40 27 11 4 214 190 95
8 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 42 30 7 3 254 211 94
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 38 28 12 4 205 182 92
10 Dallas Stars PAC 82 36 28 13 5 215 213 90
11 Calgary Flames NW 82 32 35 12 3 201 220 79
12 Minnesota Wild NW 82 26 35 12 9 195 238 73
13 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 29 42 8 3 175 198 69
14 Nashville Predators CEN 82 28 41 13 0 196 230 69
15 Columbus Blue Jackets CEN 82 22 47 8 5 164 255 57

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific, NW – Northwest

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy; y – Won division

Playoffs

Final

The Final was contested by the Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings and the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes. It was Detroit's twenty-second appearance in the Final, their last appearance being a win in 1998. It was Carolina's first appearance in the Final in franchise history. Detroit defeated Carolina in five games to win their tenth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

Playoff bracket

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1 Boston 2     4 Toronto 4  
8 Montreal 4     7 Ottawa 3  
2 Philadelphia 1 Eastern Conference
7 Ottawa 4  
    3 Carolina 4  
  4 Toronto 2  
3 Carolina 4  
6 New Jersey 2  
4 Toronto 4   3 Carolina 4
5 N.Y. Islanders 3     8 Montreal 2  
  E3 Carolina 1
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W1 Detroit 4
1 Detroit 4     1 Detroit 4
8 Vancouver 2     4 St. Louis 1  
2 Colorado 4
7 Los Angeles 3  
  1 Detroit 4
  2 Colorado 3  
3 San Jose 4  
6 Phoenix 1   Western Conference
4 St. Louis 4   2 Colorado 4
5 Chicago 1     3 San Jose 3  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Awards

The NHL Awards presentation took place in Toronto.

Presidents' Trophy: Detroit Red Wings
Prince of Wales Trophy: Carolina Hurricanes
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Detroit Red Wings
Art Ross Trophy: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Saku Koivu, Montreal Canadiens
Calder Memorial Trophy: Dany Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers
Conn Smythe Trophy: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Michael Peca, New York Islanders
Hart Memorial Trophy: Jose Theodore, Montreal Canadiens
Jack Adams Award: Bob Francis, Phoenix Coyotes
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Ron Francis, Carolina Hurricanes
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Ron Francis, Carolina Hurricanes
Lester B. Pearson Award: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Lester Patrick Trophy: Herb Brooks, Larry Pleau
Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Chris Chelios, Detroit Red Wings
Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award: Jose Theodore, Montreal Canadiens
Vezina Trophy: Jose Theodore, Montreal Canadiens
William M. Jennings Trophy: Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche

All-Star teams

First team   Position   Second team   Position   All-Rookie First Team
Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche G Jose Theodore, Montreal Canadiens G Dan Blackburn, New York Rangers
Chris Chelios, Detroit Red Wings D Rob Blake, Colorado Avalanche D Nick Boynton, Boston Bruins
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings D Sergei Gonchar, Washington Capitals D Rostislav Klesla, Columbus Blue Jackets
Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche C Mats Sundin, Toronto Maple Leafs C Dany Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames RW Bill Guerin, Boston Bruins RW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Thrashers
Markus Naslund, Vancouver Canucks LW Brendan Shanahan, Detroit Red Wings LW Kristian Huselius, Florida Panthers

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Jarome Iginla Calgary 82 52 44 96
Markus Naslund Vancouver 81 40 50 90
Todd Bertuzzi Vancouver 72 36 49 85
Mats Sundin Toronto 82 41 39 80
Jaromir Jagr Washington 69 31 48 79
Joe Sakic Colorado 82 26 53 79
Pavol Demitra St. Louis 82 35 43 78
Adam Oates Washington/
Philadelphia
80 14 64 78
Mike Modano Dallas 78 34 43 77
Ron Francis Carolina 80 27 50 77

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
Patrick Roy Colorado Avalanche 63 3773 122 1.94 32 23 8 9
Roman Cechmanek Philadelphia Flyers 46 2603 89 2.05 24 13 6 4
Marty Turco Dallas Stars 31 1519 53 2.09 15 6 2 2
Jose Theodore Montreal Canadiens 67 3864 136 2.11 30 24 10 7
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Anaheim Mighty Ducks 53 3127 111 2.13 20 25 6 4
Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 73 4347 156 2.15 38 26 9 4
Dominik Hasek Detroit Red Wings 65 3872 140 2.17 41 15 8 5
Brent Johnson St. Louis Blues 58 3491 127 2.18 34 20 4 5
Byron Dafoe Boston Bruins 64 3827 141 2.21 35 26 3 4
Martin Biron Buffalo Sabres 72 4085 151 2.22 31 28 10 4

Source: 2003 NHL Yearbook

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Milestones

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2001–02 (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 2001–02 (listed with their last team):

Trading deadline

Trading deadline: March 19, 2002.[18]

See also

References

  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1.
Notes
  1. ^ "Jagr traded to Capitals". CBC News. October 1, 2001.
  2. ^ Hockey's Book of Firsts, p. 71, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9.
  3. ^ "2001-02 NHL Leaders - Hockey-Reference.com". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  4. ^ "2001–2002 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  5. ^ "2001-2002 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL.
  6. ^ "ALUMNI: STEVE DUCHESNE". NHL.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ray Ferraro announces retirement". upi.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  8. ^ "Grant Ledyard". www.greatesthockeylegends.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  9. ^ "Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 42". www.hhof.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  10. ^ News, The Hockey. "Backchecking: Dave Manson's soft, but heavy words - The Hockey News". thehockeynews.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  11. ^ "Where are they now? Stephane Richer - Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens". ourhistory.canadiens.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  12. ^ "Former hockey star Kevin Stevens charged with intent to distribute oxycodone - The Boston Globe". bostonglobe.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  13. ^ "Ex-Saint Suter ends stellar NHLcareer; Own terms: Defenseman retires after 17 seasons". highbeam.com. September 11, 2002. Archived from the original on April 20, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  14. ^ "Rick Tocchet Named Assistant Coach". NHL.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  15. ^ "John Vanbiesbrouck retires - CBC Sports". cbc.ca. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  16. ^ Former NHLers Dale Hunter, Pat Verbeek eligible for Hockey Hall of Fame induction
  17. ^ "Flames retiring Mike Vernon's No. 30 - CBC Sports". cbc.ca. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  18. ^ NHL trade deadline: Deals since 1980 | Habs Inside/Out Archived February 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

External links

2001 NHL Entry Draft

The 2001 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 23–24, 2001, at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Florida.

2001–02 Boston Bruins season

The 2001–02 Boston Bruins season was the Boston Bruins's 78th season of operation. The Bruins qualified for the playoffs, losing in the first round to the Montreal Canadiens.

2001–02 Buffalo Sabres season

The 2001-02 Buffalo Sabres season was the 32nd for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970. The Sabres finished in 5th place in the Northeast Division and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in 6 seasons. On October 7, 2001 the Sabres played the New York Rangers in the first pro sports game played in Manhattan after the September 11 attacks. In the game both teams wore special one time jerseys with "New York" written diagonally on the front of the jersey. The jerseys were later auctioned off to raise money for the 9/11 victims fund. The Sabres lost the game 5-4 in overtime.

2001–02 Chicago Blackhawks season

The 2001–02 Chicago Blackhawks season was the team's 76th season of operation in the National Hockey League (NHL). Finishing fifth in the Western Conference, they qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 1996–97 season. They would be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the St. Louis Blues.

2001–02 Dallas Stars season

The 2001–02 Dallas Stars season was the Stars' ninth season in Dallas, 35th overall of the franchise. The Stars did not follow up their success from the previous year, only picking up 90 points for 36 wins against 28 losses for 4th place in the division and 10th in the Conference.

2001–02 Los Angeles Kings season

The 2001–02 Los Angeles Kings season was the Kings' 35th season in the NHL.

2001–02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim season

The 2001–02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim season was the Ducks' ninth season in the National Hockey League.

2001–02 Montreal Canadiens season

The 2001–02 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 93rd season. After missing the playoffs in the three preceding seasons, the Canadiens returned to the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Canadiens were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Carolina Hurricanes by a series score of 4–2.

2001–02 Nashville Predators season

The 2001–02 Nashville Predators season was the Nashville Predators' 4th season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

2001–02 New Jersey Devils season

The 2001–02 New Jersey Devils season was the team's 20th season in the National Hockey League since the franchise relocated to New Jersey. The Devils finished sixth in the Eastern Conference and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Fifty-one games in to the season, Head Coach Larry Robinson was fired and Kevin Constantine was named their head coach for their final 31 games. On April 13, 2002, the Devils clinched a sixth-place Conference finish and a third-place Division finish.

2001–02 New York Rangers season

The 2001–02 New York Rangers season was the 76th season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). During the regular season, the Rangers finished fourth in the Atlantic Division, compiling a 36–38–4–4 record. Their 11th-place finish in the Eastern Conference kept them out of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the fifth straight season. Head coach Ron Low was fired after the season.

2001–02 Ottawa Senators season

The 2001–02 Ottawa Senators season was the tenth season of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). This season saw the Senators place third in the Northeast Division, with 94 points. In the playoffs, they upset the Philadelphia Flyers in five games, limiting the Flyers' high-powered offence to just two goals for the franchise's second playoff series win. This led to a second round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, in which the Sens lost in a tense seven-game affair.

2001–02 Toronto Maple Leafs season

The 2001–02 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the team's 85th season as a franchise, and the 75th season as the Maple Leafs. They finished second in the Northeast Division with a record of 43–25–10–4 for 100 points. Qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, they downed the New York Islanders in seven games in the Conference Quarter-finals and the Ottawa Senators in seven games in the Conference Semi-finals. However, their luck ran out in the Conference Finals, as they were eliminated by the Carolina Hurricanes in six games.

Leafs captain Mats Sundin ranked fourth in the NHL in scoring, with 80 points. Head Coach Pat Quinn and goaltender Curtis Joseph were members of the gold medal-winning Canadian ice hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

The 2001 NHL Entry Draft

The free agency period began on July 1.

2001–02 Vancouver Canucks season

The 2001–02 Vancouver Canucks season was the team's 32nd in the National Hockey League (NHL).

2001–02 Washington Capitals season

The 2001–02 Washington Capitals season was the team's 28th season of play. The team finished second in the Southeast, but ninth-overall in the Eastern Conference to miss the playoffs.

2002 National Hockey League All-Star Game

The 2002 National Hockey League All-Star Game took place on February 2, 2002, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The final score was World 8, North America 5. This was the last NHL All-Star Game to have the North America vs. World All-Star format. It was also the last All-Star Game that was held in the same year as the Winter Olympics until the 2018 edition.

2002 Stanley Cup Finals

The 2002 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2001–02 season, and the culmination of the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings and the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes. It was Detroit's twenty-second appearance in the Final, their previous appearance being a win in 1998. It was Carolina's first appearance in the Final in franchise history. Detroit defeated Carolina in five games to win their tenth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. The Red Wings became the first team in NHL history to win the Cup after starting the playoffs with two losses at home. After losing the first two games in the Conference Quarterfinals to the Vancouver Canucks, the Red Wings won 16 of their next 21 games en route to win their third Cup since 1997 for coach Scotty Bowman. Bowman won his ninth Cup as a head coach (he had previously won it in that capacity with the Montreal Canadiens in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979, with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992, and with Detroit in 1997 and 1998), surpassing the mark he held jointly with Montreal coach Toe Blake.

Death of Brittanie Cecil

Brittanie Nichole Cecil (March 20, 1988 – March 18, 2002) was a hockey fan who died from injuries suffered when a puck was deflected into the stands and struck her in the left temple at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 16, 2002. It was the first and currently only fan fatality in the NHL's 100-year history. Because of Cecil's death, the league implemented mandatory netting at both ends of the rink in every arena at the beginning of the next NHL season in 2002–03 to protect spectators from errant pucks.

NHL Challenge

The NHL Challenge series allows select NHL teams to travel outside North America to conduct training camp and participate in exhibition games. Although the games are played on the larger European ice surface, they are officiated by NHL referees and linesmen using NHL rules.

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