2009–10 NHL season

The 2009–10 NHL season was the 93rd season of operation (92nd season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). It ran from October 1, 2009, including four games in Europe on October 2 and 3—until April 11, 2010, with the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs running to June 9, 2010. A mid-season break from February 15 to February 28 occurred to allow participation of NHL players in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Because of the Winter Olympics break, there was no NHL All-Star Game for 2010. The Stanley Cup Final saw the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Philadelphia Flyers in six games.

2009–10 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 1, 2009 – June 9, 2010
Number of games82
Number of teams30
Top draft pickJohn Tavares
Picked byNew York Islanders
Regular season
Presidents' TrophyWashington Capitals
Season MVPHenrik Sedin (Canucks)
Top scorerHenrik Sedin (Canucks)
Eastern championsPhiladelphia Flyers
  Eastern runners-upMontreal Canadiens
Western championsChicago Blackhawks
  Western runners-upSan Jose Sharks
Stanley Cup
ChampionsChicago Blackhawks
  Runners-upPhiladelphia Flyers
Conn Smythe TrophyJonathan Toews (Blackhawks)

League business

Salary cap

The salary cap was only increased a small amount for 2009–10 season. It was set at $56.8 million, which is $100,000 higher than in the 2008–09 season. The salary floor was $40.8 million.[1]

Entry Draft

The Entry Draft was held June 26–27, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The New York Islanders chose John Tavares with the first overall pick. Other notable picks were Matt Duchene, Victor Hedman, Evander Kane and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

New uniforms

Several teams (Calgary, Minnesota, Nashville, Florida, and Colorado) debuted new third uniforms this season, while Philadelphia and Edmonton made their third uniform their primary home jersey, and Chicago made the jersey they wore for the previous season's Winter Classic their new alternate. The New Jersey Devils announced plans to play one game (March 17 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the first anniversary of Martin Brodeur's record breaking 552nd win) wearing their 1982–1992 uniforms, albeit transferred onto the league's current RBK Edge jersey template. In addition, NHL officials had new uniforms, which debuted at the 2009 All-Star Game.

Television dispute

Prior to the season, a contract dispute between Versus (the NHL cable carrier for the United States) and satellite television supplier DirecTV blacked out Versus for 14 million satellite subscribers. Versus was restored to DirecTV in March 2010.[2] While negotiations were secret, it was reported by the media that the dispute was over the 'slotting' of Versus with other channels. Versus was restored to DirecTV in the same tier of channels as the previous season. Versus President Jamie Davis confirmed that the dispute was necessary to get "the same level of distribution we had prior to be taken off the air".[3]

Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy and sale

The Phoenix Coyotes' holding company, Dewey Ranch Hockey LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In a statement, Moyes announced that he had agreed in principle to sell the team to PSE Sports and Entertainment, headed by Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie, for $212.5 million.[4] As part of the deal, Balsillie intended to move the Coyotes to Hamilton, Ontario.[5] Although initial reports said that Balsillie was considering Kitchener as well,[6] Hamilton already has an NHL-sized arena in place, Copps Coliseum, and Balsillie was already in talks with city officials to secure a lease for the arena.[5] Hamilton had previously bid for an NHL team in the 1990s, losing out to Ottawa. Balsillie had previously made unsuccessful approaches to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators, with the intent of relocating either team to Hamilton.[7]

The NHL opposed the bankruptcy and the matter went to Phoenix bankruptcy court. Two other potential bidders for the team emerged, Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago White Sox and Ice Edge Holdings. Bankruptcy hearings were held from May until September. Reinsdorf and Ice Edge did not bid for the team, and the NHL put in the only rival bid for the team at court.

In September, a Phoenix bankruptcy court rejected offers from the NHL and Jim Balsillie, ending Balsillie's plan to move the Coyotes to Hamilton. The NHL's offer was rejected because it left out creditors Jerry Moyes and Wayne Gretzky. On Balsillie's offer, Judge Redfield T. Baum refused to sanction the use of bankruptcy to force relocation of a franchise on a league. Gretzky, who was head coach of the team for the previous four seasons, stayed away from training camp and was replaced. The Coyotes played their first home game to a sell-out; however, attendance was lower at other games in the month of October. Later in the month, the NHL and Moyes came to a tentative agreement to transfer ownership of the Coyotes to the NHL.

In December, the NHL announced that Ice Edge Holdings, a partnership of Canadians and Phoenix-area businessmen, had signed a letter of intent with the NHL to purchase the Coyotes. Ice Edge, which plans to keep the team in Phoenix, plans to play five Coyotes home games in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, each season as part of a five-year plan to return the Coyotes to profitability. Ice Edge would still have to negotiate a lease agreement with the City of Glendale, and have its ownership approved by the NHL Board of Governors.[8]

On March 6, the NHL launched a lawsuit for $61 million against former Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes to recover $10 million in bankruptcy court costs, $20 million in losses for 2009–10 and $11.6 million owed to creditors.[9] Three weeks later, the Coyotes clinched their first playoff berth since 2002.[10]

On April 13, Glendale, Arizona City Council approved a lease and sale agreement with Jerry Reinsdorf to take over the Coyotes and their lease of the Jobing.com Arena. The Council rejected the Ice Edge group. The agreement will create a special tax district surrounding the arena. Businesses in that district will pay $47 million annually to support the team. The agreement gives Reinsdorf the option to move the team after five years if revenues are not up to expectations. Former Coyotes CEO Jeff Shumway criticized the deal, saying that the team would not have gone bankrupt if the same deal had been available two years earlier. Reinsdorf's bid, which will pay the NHL $65 million for the team, has to be approved by the league board of governors.[11]


The 2009–10 pre-season for most teams started on September 14, 2009.

2009 Kraft Hockeyville

Since 2006, Kraft Foods has sponsored a sweepstakes called Kraft Hockeyville, in which various small cities across Canada compete against each other with the hopes of winning the privilege of having an NHL pre-season game played in a local sports complex or arena, along with a hockey festival named the Stanley Cup Jamboree. The 2009 winner was the city of Terrace, British Columbia. The pre-season matchup was between the home town favorite Vancouver Canucks and the New York Islanders.

Victoria Cup

The Victoria Cup, which was held in Zürich, Switzerland, on September 29, 2009, just prior to the regular-season games, was contested between ZSC Zurich Lions and the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. The game was won by Zurich 2–1.

Regular season

Four teams (Blackhawks, Blues, Panthers and Red Wings) began their season in the NHL Premiere series, each playing two regular-season games in Europe. The Red Wings played the Blues in Stockholm, Sweden, at Ericsson Globe while the Blackhawks and Panthers played in Helsinki, Finland, at Hartwall Areena on October 2 and October 3.[12] This is the second-straight season that Sweden has hosted an NHL regular season game, and the third season of the Premiere series, in which NHL regular season games are held in Europe. Unlike in previous years, the European games are not the inaugural games, as the regular season began October 1 in North America.

The Avalanche, picked by many in the media to finish last in the Western Conference, instead roared to a 10–2–2 mark for the month of October to lead the Western Conference, partly on the strong play of Craig Anderson in net and rookies Ryan O'Reilly and Matt Duchene. The Coyotes, who were also not expected to make the playoffs, started strongly. The team had signed some veterans and demoted some young players to the minors. The Coyotes surprised the Stanley Cup champion Penguins 3–0 in Pittsburgh.

In the Eastern Conference, the Penguins had the best record after the first month. Teams playing at a higher level than predicted included the Sabres, which led the Northeast Division through most of October. On the other end of the scale, 2009 Conference finalist Hurricanes had a 2–8–3 record for October, the worst in franchise history.

In early November, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce released a report detailing how the Blue Jackets were losing $12 million per year. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the team's ownership is not prepared to continue funding the 'structural problem'. The Blue Jackets spend $5 million annually in arena rent, and lose around $4 million per year on events at the Nationwide Arena. The arena district is estimated to provide $30 million in taxes. The report by Stephen A. Buser, suggests some options including the use of local and state taxes.[13]

Two streaks came to an end in November. The Devils won nine games in a row on the road to start the season, one short of the league record set in the 2006–07 season by the Sabres, before losing in Philadelphia to the Flyers. The Hurricanes lost a franchise-high 14 games in a row before defeating the Wild in a shootout on November 15. The streak included overtime and shootout losses.

The 2009 flu pandemic hit the Oilers hard with several players out for stretches in October. The Flames received their flu shots ahead of the general public, causing an Alberta health official to be fired. The Maple Leafs and the Canucks teams both had members of their staff "jump the queue" and receive flu shots ahead of the general public and were criticized in the media.

In December, Shane Doan of the Coyotes played his 1,000th game in a 2–1 shootout win over the Blue Jackets. On December 21, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur recorded his 104th shutout, breaking a record set by Terry Sawchuk during the 1969–70 NHL season.[14]

Three head coaches lost their positions in mid-season. Despite being early favorites for the Stanley Cup, the Philadelphia Flyers were 13–11–1 and 10th in the Eastern Conference when John Stevens was fired on December 4, 2009.[15] On January 2, 2010, the Blues fired Head Coach Andy Murray. In 2008–09, the Blues had made the playoffs but struggled during 2009–10. Davis Payne was named interim head coach.[16] One month later, on February 3, 2010, the Blue Jackets, unhappy with their slide in the standings after a good start, fired defensive-minded Head Coach Ken Hitchcock. Although the slide had started months previous, team management had given time to Hitchcock to resolve the situation before firing him.[17]

Player trades started in earnest a month before the March 3, 2010, trade deadline. On January 31, the Maple Leafs made two large trades, getting Dion Phaneuf from the Flames in a seven-player trade, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the Ducks for two players. The Flames were not done, trading Olli Jokinen to the Rangers the next day. After top scorer and pending free agent Ilya Kovalchuk turned down a $101 million contract offer from the Thrashers, he was traded to the Devils on February 4.[18]

On February 5, Boston investment banker Jeff Vinik agreed to buy the Lightning from owners OK Hockey, headed by Oren Koules and Len Barrie. The sale price was not disclosed, although the media speculated it was much less than the US$206 million that OK Hockey paid. The purchase is contingent on the approval of the NHL Board of Governors.[19]

On February 8, Canadiens' General Manager Bob Gainey announced his retirement as GM, staying on as advisor to the club. Assistant GM Pierre Gauthier became the interim GM. Gauthier and Coach Jacques Martin held the same positions with the Senators in the late 1990s.[20]

From 3 pm EST on February 12 until 11:59 pm on Feb. 28, teams were not permitted to make any trades, since many NHL players were competing at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[21] The March 3 trade deadline produced 31 trades involving 55 players, the largest number in NHL history. The most active team was the Coyotes, who were involved in seven deals. Unlike previous seasons, the Coyotes were in a playoff position at the trade deadline and were "buyers" of players rather than "sellers" (that is, they were looking to acquire key players to give the team a chance in the playoffs, rather than trading away players to other teams seeking playoff success). Only the Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers did not make any trades between March 1 (after the Olympic roster freeze was lifted) and the trade deadline on March 3 at 3:00 pm EST.

On April 8, 2010, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Islanders 7-3 in the final regular season game at Mellon Arena. The Penguins would move to CONSOL Energy Center for the next season.

Final standings

GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points

bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division

Eastern Conference

p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division)

Eastern Conference[22]
1 p – Washington Capitals SE 82 54 15 13 318 233 121
2 y – New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 27 7 222 191 103
3 y – Buffalo Sabres NE 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 28 7 257 237 101
5 Ottawa Senators NE 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
6 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
7 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 41 35 6 236 225 88
8 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
9 New York Rangers AT 82 38 33 11 222 218 87
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 35 34 13 234 256 83
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 35 37 10 230 256 80
12 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 34 36 12 217 260 80
13 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 222 264 79
14 Florida Panthers SE 82 32 37 13 208 244 77
15 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 30 38 14 214 267 74

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

AT - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division

Western Conference

Western Conference[22]
1 z – San Jose Sharks 82 51 20 11 264 215 113
2 y – Chicago Blackhawks 82 52 22 8 271 209 112
3 y – Vancouver Canucks 82 49 28 5 272 222 103
4 Phoenix Coyotes 82 50 25 7 225 202 107
5 Detroit Red Wings 82 44 24 14 229 216 102
6 Los Angeles Kings 82 46 27 9 241 219 101
7 Nashville Predators 82 47 29 6 225 225 100
8 Colorado Avalanche 82 43 30 9 244 233 95
9 St. Louis Blues 82 40 32 10 225 223 90
10 Calgary Flames 82 40 32 10 204 210 90
11 Anaheim Ducks 82 39 32 11 238 251 89
12 Dallas Stars 82 37 31 14 237 254 88
13 Minnesota Wild 82 38 36 8 219 246 84
14 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 32 35 15 216 259 79
15 Edmonton Oilers 82 27 47 8 214 284 62

bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; z – Won conference (and division)

Tiebreaking procedures

If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the ranking of the clubs is determined in the following order: [23]

  1. The fewer number of games played.
  2. The greater number of games won.
  3. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing.
  4. The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season.

Special events

The Avalanche retired 19, the number of Joe Sakic, at their home opener on October 1. The Canadiens celebrated their centennial on December 4 and retired the number 3 for Emile Bouchard and number 16 for Elmer Lach (which was already previously retired for Henri Richard). The Phoenix Coyotes retired 27, the number of Teppo Numminen at their home game.

Winter Classic

On July 15, 2009, the NHL announced that the third installment of the Winter Classic would take place on January 1, 2010, at Fenway Park in Boston, with the Bruins hosting the Flyers. Because the NHL did not host an All-Star Game in the 2009–10 season due to the 2010 Olympics, this became the league's showcase event. The Bruins won the game 2–1 in overtime. Marco Sturm scored the game-winning overtime goal, after the Bruins were initially down 1–0 in regulation. After the game, the roster of the United States men's hockey team for the 2010 Winter Olympics was released, which included Bruins' goaltender Tim Thomas.


The NHL did not hold an All-Star Game this season. Instead, many of the league's players participated in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Olympic men's ice hockey tournament ran from February 16 to February 28, 2010. It was the first time since the NHL allowed its players to compete in the Olympics that the Winter Olympics were held in an NHL market, as well as the first to use an NHL-sized ice rink (as opposed to the bigger one normally used for international play). General Motors Place, the Canucks' home arena, was the primary ice hockey venue for the Olympics, and was formally called Canada Hockey Place. The temporary name change reflects the International Olympic Committee policy against selling or promoting naming rights for its competition venues. Another example of this policy is that the ice surface and dasher boards had their advertisements removed.[24] The Canadian team won gold, the American team won silver, and the Finnish team won bronze. At the end of the tournament, United States goaltender Ryan Miller was named Tournament MVP.

In order to prepare General Motors Place for the Olympics, the Canucks were required to face the longest road trip in NHL history, playing 14 straight road games from January 27 to March 13, 2010[24][25]


Inside view HP Pavilion
HP Pavilion
Ottawa v Tampa Bay entire ice April 22 2006
Scotiabank Place
Nationwide Arena
MSG Messier Night
Madison Square Garden
Team Arena Home Games Average Attendance Total Attendance Capacity Percentage
Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre 41 21,273 872,193 100.0% [26]
Chicago Blackhawks United Center 40 21,356 854,267 108.3%
Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena 40 19,535 800,966 97.4%
Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome 41 19,289 790,849 100.0%
Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre 41 19,260 789,681 102.5%
Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center 41 19,546 781,847 100.2%
Vancouver Canucks GM Place 41 18,810 771,210 102.1%
Buffalo Sabres HSBC Arena 41 18,529 759,695 99.1%
St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center 40 18,883 755,322 98.6%
Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center 41 18,415 755,055 101.9%
Washington Capitals Verizon Center 41 18,277 749,357 100.0%
Ottawa Senators Scotiabank Place 41 18,269 749,061 98.8%
New York Rangers Madison Square Garden 41 18,076 741,128 99.3%
San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion at San Jose 41 17,558 719,904 100.4%
Los Angeles Kings Staples Center 41 17,313 709,853 93.6%
Dallas Stars American Airlines Center 41 17,215 705,817 92.9%
Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena 41 17,078 700,211 100.7%
Boston Bruins TD Garden 41 17,388 695,543 99.0%
Edmonton Oilers Rexall Place 41 16,839 690,399 100.0%
New Jersey Devils Prudential Center 41 15,535 636,975 88.1%
Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum 41 15,497 635,388 78.4%
Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena 41 15,416 632,086 85.0%
Carolina Hurricanes RBC Center 41 15,240 624,873 81.4%
Anaheim Ducks Honda Center 41 15,168 621,903 88.3%
Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena 41 14,979 614,143 87.5%
Florida Panthers BankAtlantic Center 40 15,146 605,863 78.7%
Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center 41 13,947 571,849 77.5%
Atlanta Thrashers Philips Arena 41 13,607 557,897 73.4%
New York Islanders Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 41 12,735 522,168 78.1%
Phoenix Coyotes Jobing.com Arena 41 11,989 491,558 68.5%


  • Totals do not include two regular-season opening games played in Europe. The Detroit Red Wings played the St. Louis Blues at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Chicago Blackhawks played the Florida Panthers at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins began play in their new arena (Consol Energy Center) on Wednesday, September 22, 2010. With a larger capacity, more luxury seating, and better amenities than their former home Mellon Arena, the Penguins are expected to have a larger average and overall attendance record in the 2010–11 season.[27]
  • As of July 6, 2010, Vancouver's GM Place was renamed Rogers Arena.[28]


After the regular season, the standard of 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The Washington Capitals won the Presidents' Trophy for having the best record in the league, at 121 points. Division champions maintained their relative ranking during the entire playoffs while the remaining teams were reseeded below them after each round.

These playoffs featured a rare event in professional sports, as the Flyers emerged from trailing three games to none against the Boston Bruins, and then after trailing three goals to none in game seven, they came back to win game seven and the series 4–3.

Stanley Cup Final

The Chicago Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup since 1961, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in six games. Their overtime win in Game 6 marked the first time that the Cup was won in overtime since the New Jersey Devils in 2000.

Playoff bracket

In each round, the highest remaining seed in each conference is matched against the lowest remaining seed. The higher-seeded team is awarded home ice advantage. In the Stanley Cup Final series, home ice is determined based on regular season points. Each best-of-seven series follows a 2–2–1–1–1 format: the higher-seeded team plays at home for games one and two (plus five and seven if necessary), and the lower-seeded team is at home for games three and four (and if necessary, game six).

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
1 Washington 3     4 Pittsburgh 3  
8 Montreal 4     8 Montreal 4  
2 New Jersey 1 Eastern Conference
7 Philadelphia 4  
    8 Montreal 1  
  7 Philadelphia 4  
3 Buffalo 2  
6 Boston 4  
4 Pittsburgh 4   6 Boston 3
5 Ottawa 2     7 Philadelphia 4  
  E7 Philadelphia 2
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W2 Chicago 4
1 San Jose 4     1 San Jose 4
8 Colorado 2     5 Detroit 1  
2 Chicago 4
7 Nashville 2  
  1 San Jose 0
  2 Chicago 4  
3 Vancouver 4  
6 Los Angeles 2   Western Conference
4 Phoenix 3   2 Chicago 4
5 Detroit 4     3 Vancouver 2  
  • 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.

NHL awards

2009–10 NHL awards
Award Recipient(s)
Stanley Cup Chicago Blackhawks
Presidents' Trophy Washington Capitals
Prince of Wales Trophy Philadelphia Flyers
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl Chicago Blackhawks
Art Ross Trophy Henrik Sedin (Vancouver Canucks)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Jose Theodore (Washington Capitals)
Calder Memorial Trophy Tyler Myers (Buffalo Sabres)
Conn Smythe Trophy Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Frank J. Selke Trophy Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
Hart Memorial Trophy Henrik Sedin (Vancouver Canucks)
Jack Adams Award Dave Tippett (Phoenix Coyotes)
James Norris Memorial Trophy Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)
King Clancy Memorial Trophy Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Ted Lindsay Award Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
NHL General Manager of the Year Award Don Maloney (Phoenix Coyotes)
Vezina Trophy Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres)
William M. Jennings Trophy Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils)
Lester Patrick Trophy Dave Andrews, Cam Neely, Jack Parker, Jerry York

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

The following players led the league in points at the conclusion of the regular season. GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks 82 29 83 112 +35 48
Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 72 50 59 109 +45 89
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 81 51 58 109 +15 69
Nicklas Backstrom Washington Capitals 82 33 68 101 +37 50
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning 82 51 44 95 −2 38
Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning 82 29 65 94 −8 12
Brad Richards Dallas Stars 80 24 67 91 −12 14
Joe Thornton San Jose Sharks 79 20 69 89 +17 54
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks 82 30 58 88 +16 20
Marian Gaborik New York Rangers 76 42 44 86 +15 37

Source: NHL[29]

Leading goaltenders

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average at the end of the regular season.[30]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP Min W L OT GA SO SV% GAA
Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins 45 2,562:11 22 12 5 84 5 .931 1.97
Ryan Miller Buffalo Sabres 69 4,047:10 41 18 8 150 5 .929 2.22
Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 77 4,499:01 45 25 6 168 9 .916 2.24
Antti Niemi Chicago Blackhawks 39 2,190:28 26 7 4 82 7 .912 2.25
Jimmy Howard Detroit Red Wings 63 3,740:15 37 15 10 141 3 .924 2.26
Ilya Bryzgalov Phoenix Coyotes 69 4,084:27 42 20 6 156 8 .920 2.29
Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary Flames 73 4,235:19 35 28 10 163 4 .920 2.31
Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers 73 4,203:49 35 27 10 167 4 .921 2.38
Jaroslav Halak Montreal Canadiens 45 2,629:56 26 13 5 105 5 .924 2.40
Evgeni Nabokov San Jose Sharks 71 4,194:07 44 16 10 170 3 .922 2.43


Eastern Conference

Western Conference


First games

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2009–10, listed with their first team:

Last games

The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2009–10, listed with their team:

Player Team Notability
Rob Blake[31] San Jose Sharks 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Colorado Avalanche, 6-time NHL All-Star, James Norris Memorial Trophy winner, Olympic gold medalist, over 1,200 games played.
Donald Brashear[32] New York Rangers Over 1000 games played.
Rod Brind'Amour[33] Carolina Hurricanes 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Hurricanes, 2-time Frank J. Selke Trophy winner, NHL All-Star, over 1,400 games played.
Jonathan Cheechoo[34] Ottawa Senators Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner, 1-time NHL All-Star.
Chris Chelios[35] Atlanta Thrashers 3-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings, 11-time NHL All-Star, 3-time James Norris Memorial Trophy winner, Olympic silver medalist, over 1,600 games played.
Pavol Demitra[36] Vancouver Canucks 3-time NHL All-Star, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner.
Bill Guerin[37] Pittsburgh Penguins 2-time Stanley Cup champion with New Jersey Devils and the Penguins, 4-time NHL All-Star, Olympic silver medalist, over 1,200 games played.
Cristobal Huet[38] Chicago Blackhawks 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks, Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award winner, 1-time NHL All-Star.
Paul Kariya[39] St. Louis Blues 7-time NHL All-Star, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner, Olympic gold medalist.
Robert Lang[40] Phoenix Coyotes Olympic gold and bornze medalist; 1-time NHL All-Star.
Ian Laperriere[41] Philadelphia Flyers Over 1,000 games played.
Manny Legace[42] Carolina Hurricanes 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings, Olympic silver medalist, 1-time NHL All-Star.
Jere Lehtinen[43] Dallas Stars 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Stars, NHL All-Star, three-time Frank J. Selke Trophy winner.
Kirk Maltby[44] Detroit Red Wings 4-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, over 1,000 games played.
Brad May[45] Detroit Red Wings 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Anaheim Ducks, over 1,000 games played.
Scott Niedermayer[46] Anaheim Ducks 4-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils and Ducks, 5-time NHL All-Star, Conn Smythe Trophy winner, James Norris Memorial Trophy winner, Olympic gold medalist, over 1,200 games played.
Owen Nolan[47] Minnesota Wild 4-time NHL All-Star, Olympic gold medalist, over 1,200 games played.
Miroslav Satan[48] Boston Bruins 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-time NHL All-Star, over 1000 games played.
Mathieu Schneider[49] Phoenix Coyotes 2-time NHL All-Star; over 1200 games played.
Martin Skoula[50] New Jersey Devils 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Colorado Avalanche, 1-time NHL All-Star.
Darryl Sydor[51] St. Louis Blues 2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-time NHL All-Star, over 1,200 games played.
Keith Tkachuk[52] St. Louis Blues 5-time NHL All-Star, Olympic silver medalist, over 1,200 games played.
Aaron Ward[53] Anaheim Ducks 3-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes.
Stephane Yelle[54] Colorado Avalanche 2-time Stanley Cup winner with the Avalanche.

See also


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  32. ^ Ex-NHL tough guy Donald Brashear goes from jaw-breaker to stick-maker
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  34. ^ Where Are They Now? The Jonathan Cheechoo Edition
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  40. ^ Catching Up With … Robert Lang
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  49. ^ From The Blue Line To The Boardroom: Mathieu Schneider enjoying role with NHLPA
  50. ^ Former Avalanche Defenseman Martin Skoula Retires
  51. ^ Darryl Sydor retires from NHL
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  53. ^ 3-time Stanley Cup winner Aaron Ward retires
  54. ^ Stephane Yelle

External links

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2009 Victoria Cup

The 2009 Victoria Cup was the second edition of the Victoria Cup challenge, played on September 29, 2009 between the 2008–09 Champions Hockey League winner ZSC Lions and the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). The ZSC Lions won the game 2–1.

2009–10 Boston Bruins season

The 2009–10 Boston Bruins season is the Bruins' 86th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). Their regular season began with a nationally-televised home game against the Washington Capitals on October 1, 2009, and ended with a road game against the same Capitals team on April 11, 2010. The Bruins failed to defend their regular-season division and conference titles from the 2008–09 season.

2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets season

The 2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets season was the tenth National Hockey League (NHL) season in Columbus, Ohio.

2009–10 Dallas Stars season

The 2009–10 Dallas Stars season, saw the Stars introduce Joe Nieuwendyk as their new general manager, replacing Les Jackson and Brett Hull, who were both reassigned within the organization. On June 11, Head Coach Dave Tippett was relieved of his duties and replaced with Marc Crawford.

2009–10 Detroit Red Wings season

The 2009–10 Detroit Red Wings season was the 84th season of play for the franchise (78th as the Detroit Red Wings). The Red Wings once again qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs, but lost in the Western Conference Semifinal.

2009–10 Florida Panthers season

The 2009–10 Florida Panthers season was the 17th season for the franchise in the National Hockey League. After earning 77 points in the season, the Panthers did not qualify for the playoffs.

2009–10 Los Angeles Kings season

The 2009–10 Los Angeles Kings season was the 43rd season (42nd season of play) for the National Hockey League franchise. For the first time since the 2001–02 NHL season, the Kings qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

2009–10 Minnesota Wild season

The 2009–10 is the Wild's tenth season in the National Hockey League. On May 22, Chuck Fletcher was named as the new general manager of the Wild, replacing Doug Risebrough. On June 16, the Wild named Todd Richards as the new head coach, replacing Jacques Lemaire, who had stepped down in April. On August 30, the Wild unveiled their new third jersey, which they debuted on October 21 against the Colorado Avalanche. The team ends it monthly rotation of the captaincy by naming Mikko Koivu to the post for the entire season.

2009–10 NHL suspensions and fines

The following is a list of all suspensions and fines enforced in the National Hockey League during the 2009–10 NHL season. It lists which players or coaches of what team have been punished for which offense and the amount of punishment they have received.

2009–10 NHL transactions

The following is a list of all team-to-team transactions that have occurred in the National Hockey League during the 2009–10 NHL season. It lists what team each player has been traded to, signed by, or claimed by, and for which player(s) or draft pick(s), if applicable.

2009–10 Nashville Predators season

The 2009–10 Nashville Predators season is the Nashville Predators' 12th season in the National Hockey League.

2009–10 New Jersey Devils season

The 2009–10 New Jersey Devils season is the team's 28th season in the National Hockey League since the franchise relocated to New Jersey.

2009–10 San Jose Sharks season

The 2009–10 San Jose Sharks season is the Sharks' 19th season in the National Hockey League.

2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs season

The 2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs season is the franchise's 93rd, and their 83rd as the Maple Leafs. The Leafs had not qualified for the post-season since the 2003–04 season, and began the regular season with its worst start in franchise history by going winless in the first eight games.

2009–10 Washington Capitals season

The 2009–10 Washington Capitals season was the 36th season for the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League (NHL). The season started with the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on June 26–27, with the Capitals holding the 24th selection in the draft.

2010 NHL Winter Classic

The 2010 NHL Winter Classic (known via corporate sponsorship as the 2010 NHL Winter Classic presented by Bridgestone) was an outdoor regular season National Hockey League (NHL) game, part of the Winter Classic series, played on January 1, 2010, at Fenway Park in Boston. The game, the third Winter Classic, matched the Boston Bruins (the home team) against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Bruins won the game, 2–1, in overtime. With the victory, the Bruins became the first home team to win a Winter Classic. After the game, the roster of the United States men's hockey team for the 2010 Winter Olympics was released, which included Bruins' goaltender Tim Thomas.

The New York Rangers had previously also been considered as an opponent for the Bruins. The game was telecast on NBC in the United States; in Canada, CBC televised the game in English, and RDS held the French language rights, while ESPN America televised the contest in Europe. Radio rights nationally were held by Sirius XM Radio, while WBZ-FM in Boston and WIP in Philadelphia used their local announcers. Additionally, there was pre-and-post game coverage on the NHL Network in the USA and Canada. The game garnered a 2.6 national rating and 3.7 million viewers, down slightly from the 2009 Classic. In Boston, the game captured a 14.4 rating and a 29 share.

Since there was no NHL All-Star Game in the 2009–10 season due to the 2010 Winter Olympics, which were held in Vancouver, in February, the Winter Classic served as the league's biggest showcase game of the season. The NHL was in negotiations with the Calgary Flames to host a second outdoor game on New Year's Day at McMahon Stadium, likely against another Canadian opponent. That game was instead played in February 2011.

Breakaway PPV

Breakaway PPV was a Canadian English language regional pay-per-view television provider in Western Canada and the territories. Breakaway is jointly owned by the parent companies of the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, and Edmonton Oilers at 33.33% each. Licensed in 2000, its sole offerings were regional pay-per-view broadcasts of National Hockey League games involving the aforementioned teams which are not available through other broadcast or cable channels. The Breakaway name was not used on-air; the services were branded as Canucks TV, Flames PPV, and Oilers PPV respectively.

The service has not operated since the end of the 2009–10 NHL season – beginning with the 2010-11 NHL season, Sportsnet secured long-term deals for the packages of Canucks, Oilers, and Flames regional broadcasts previously allocated to Breakaway, and established new regional sub-feeds carried with Sportsnet One to serve as overflow channels in case of programming conflicts. Despite its dormancy, the CRTC continued to issue interim license renewals for the service through August 2013Breakaway was not affiliated with a similar pay-per-view package of Ottawa Senators games, branded as "Sens TV", which was offered over roughly the same timeframe. Instead, the Senators distributed these games through the main incumbent PPV provider serving each cable or satellite provider (namely Viewers Choice, Vu!, or Shaw PPV). It too was discontinued in favour of a deal with Sportsnet One in 2010.

List of 2009–10 NHL Three Star Awards

The 2009–10 NHL Three Star Awards are the way the National Hockey League denotes its players of the week and players of the month of the 2009–10 season.

Montreal Canadiens centennial

The Montreal Canadiens centennial was celebrated by the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team during its 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the National Hockey League's most successful club. The 2009 NHL All-Star Game was played at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec as part of the celebrations, and the 2009 NHL Entry Draft was held there in late June.

On April 5, 2008, the logo for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game was unveiled in Montreal.

2009–10 NHL season
See also
200910 in men's ice hockey

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