1979–80 NHL season

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The 1979–80 NHL season was the 63rd season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-one teams each played 80 games. This season saw the addition of four teams from the collapse of the World Hockey Association (WHA) the previous season as expansion teams. The Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, New England Whalers (later renamed "Hartford Whalers" at the insistence of the Boston Bruins), and Quebec Nordiques joined the NHL bringing a new total of 21 teams. The other two WHA teams (Birmingham Bulls and Cincinnati Stingers) were paid to disband.

Regular season[change | edit source]

Final standings[change | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

Prince of Wales Conference[change | edit source]

Adams Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Buffalo Sabres 80 47 17 16 110 318 201 967
Boston Bruins 80 46 21 13 105 310 234 1460
Minnesota North Stars 80 36 28 16 88 311 253 1064
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 35 40 5 75 304 327 1158
Quebec Nordiques 80 25 44 11 61 248 313 1062
Norris Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 80 47 20 13 107 328 240 874
Los Angeles Kings 80 30 36 14 74 290 313 1124
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 73 251 303 1038
Hartford Whalers 80 27 34 19 73 303 312 875
Detroit Red Wings 80 26 43 11 63 268 306 1114

Clarence Campbell Conference[change | edit source]

Patrick Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Philadelphia Flyers 80 48 12 20 116 327 254 1844
New York Islanders 80 39 28 13 91 281 247 1298
New York Rangers 80 38 32 10 86 308 284 1342
Atlanta Flames 80 35 32 13 83 282 269 1048
Washington Capitals 80 27 40 13 67 261 293 1198
Smythe Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Chicago Black Hawks 80 34 27 19 87 241 250 1325
St. Louis Blues 80 34 34 12 80 266 278 1037
Vancouver Canucks 80 27 37 16 70 256 281 1808
Edmonton Oilers 80 28 39 13 69 301 322 1528
Winnipeg Jets 80 20 49 11 51 214 314 1251
Colorado Rockies 80 19 48 13 51 234 308 1020

Scoring leaders[change | edit source]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings 80 53 84 137 32
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 79 51 86 137 21
Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens 74 50 75 125 12
Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres 80 40 66 106 57
Mike Rogers Hartford Whalers 80 44 61 105 10
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders 78 42 62 104 68
Charlie Simmer Los Angeles Kings 64 56 45 101 65
Blaine Stoughton Hartford Whalers 80 56 44 100 16
Darryl Sittler Toronto Maple Leafs 73 40 57 97 62
Blair MacDonald Edmonton Oilers 80 46 48 96 24

Stanley Cup playoffs[change | edit source]

Playoff bracket[change | edit source]

  Preliminary round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Stanley Cup Final
                                         
1  Philadelphia Flyers 3  
16  Edmonton Oilers 0  
  1  Philadelphia Flyers 4  
 
  8  New York Rangers 1  
2  Buffalo Sabres 3
15  Vancouver Canucks 1  
  1  Philadelphia Flyers 4  
  6  Minn. North Stars 1  
3  Montreal Canadiens 3  
14  Hartford Whalers 0  
  2  Buffalo Sabres 4
 
  7  Chicago Black Hawks 0  
4  Boston Bruins 3
13  Pittsburgh Penguins 2  
  1  Philadelphia Flyers 2
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first and second rounds.)
  5  New York Islanders 4
5  New York Islanders 3  
12  Los Angeles Kings 1  
  3  Montreal Canadiens 3
 
  6  Minn. North Stars 4  
6  Minn. North Stars 3
11  Toronto Maple Leafs 0  
  2  Buffalo Sabres 2
  5  New York Islanders 4  
7  Chicago Black Hawks 3  
10  St. Louis Blues 0  
  4  Boston Bruins 1
 
  5  New York Islanders 4  
8  New York Rangers 3
9  Atlanta Flames 1  

NHL awards[change | edit source]

Prince of Wales Trophy: Buffalo Sabres
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Philadelphia Flyers
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Al MacAdam, Minnesota North Stars
Calder Memorial Trophy: Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
Conn Smythe Trophy: Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Bob Gainey, Montreal Canadiens
Hart Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams Award: Pat Quinn, Philadelphia Flyers
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Lester B. Pearson Award: Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Jim Schoenfeld, Buffalo Sabres & Jimmy Watson, Philadelphia Flyers
Vezina Trophy: Don Edwards & Bob Sauve, Buffalo Sabres
Lester Patrick Trophy: Bobby Clarke, Edward M. Snider, Frederick A. Shero

All-Star teams[change | edit source]

First Team   Position   Second Team
Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawks G Don Edwards, Buffalo Sabres
Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens D Borje Salming, Toronto Maple Leafs
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins D Jim Schoenfeld, Buffalo Sabres
Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings C Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens RW Danny Gare, Buffalo Sabres
Charlie Simmer, Los Angeles Kings LW Steve Shutt, Montreal Canadiens

References[change | edit source]