1984–85 NHL season

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1984–85 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 11, 1984 – May 30, 1985
Number of games80
Number of teams21
Draft
Top draft pickMario Lemieux
Picked byPittsburgh Penguins
Regular season
Season championsPhiladelphia Flyers
Season MVPWayne Gretzky (Oilers)
Top scorerWayne Gretzky (Oilers)
Playoffs
Playoffs MVPWayne Gretzky (Oilers)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsEdmonton Oilers
  Runners-upPhiladelphia Flyers
NHL seasons

The 1984–85 NHL season was the 68th season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-one teams each played 80 games. The Edmonton Oilers won their second straight Stanley Cup by beating the Philadelphia Flyers four games to one in the final series.

This was the first year since they began broadcasting that CBC was not the lone network broadcaster in Canada. While Molson continued to present Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights, rival brewery Carling O'Keefe began airing Friday night games on CTV. The two networks split the playoffs and finals.

Regular season[change | change source]

Final standings[change | change source]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes. Teams qualifying for the playoffs shown in bold.

Prince of Wales Conference[change | change source]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PIM PTS
Montreal Canadiens 80 41 27 12 309 262 1464 94
Quebec Nordiques 80 41 30 9 323 275 1643 91
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 28 14 290 237 1221 90
Boston Bruins 80 36 34 10 303 287 1825 82
Hartford Whalers 80 30 41 9 268 318 1606 69
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Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 80 53 20 7 348 241 113
Washington Capitals 80 46 25 9 322 240 101
New York Islanders 80 40 34 6 345 312 86
New York Rangers 80 26 44 10 295 345 62
New Jersey Devils 80 22 48 10 264 346 54
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 24 51 5 276 385 53
[1]

Clarence Campbell Conference[change | change source]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
St. Louis Blues 80 37 31 12 299 288 86
Chicago Black Hawks 80 38 35 7 309 299 83
Detroit Red Wings 80 27 41 12 313 357 66
Minnesota North Stars 80 25 43 12 268 321 62
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 20 52 8 253 358 48
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Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Edmonton Oilers 80 49 20 11 401 298 109
Winnipeg Jets 80 43 27 10 358 332 96
Calgary Flames 80 41 27 12 363 302 94
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 32 14 339 326 82
Vancouver Canucks 80 25 46 9 284 401 59
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Player statistics[change | change source]

Scoring leaders[change | change source]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 80 73 135 208 52
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers 73 71 64 135 30
Dale Hawerchuk Winnipeg Jets 80 53 77 130 74
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings 80 46 80 126 46
Paul Coffey Edmonton Oilers 80 37 84 121 97
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 76 58 59 117 38
John Ogrodnick Detroit Red Wings 79 55 50 105 30
Denis Savard Chicago Black Hawks 79 38 67 105 56
Bernie Federko St. Louis Blues 76 30 73 103 27
Mike Gartner Washington Capitals 80 50 52 102 71

Source: NHL.[2]

Leading goaltenders[change | change source]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Won; L = Lost; T = Tied; GA = Goals allowed; GAA = Goals against average; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP W L T GA GAA SO
Tom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres 54 25 18 10 144 2.66 5
Pat Riggin Washington Capitals 57 28 20 7 168 2.98 2
Pelle Lindbergh Philadelphia Flyers 65 40 17 7 194 3.02 2
Steve Penney Montreal Canadiens 54 26 18 8 167 3.08 1
Rick Wamsley St. Louis Blues 40 23 12 5 126 3.26 0
Mario Gosselin Quebec Nordiques 36 19 11 3 111 3.30 1
Rejean Lemelin Calgary Flames 56 30 12 10 183 3.46 1
Pete Peeters Boston Bruins 51 19 26 4 172 3.47 1
Dan Bouchard Quebec Nordiques 29 12 13 4 101 3.49 0
Kelly Hrudey New York Islanders 41 19 17 3 141 3.62 2

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Playoffs[change | change source]

The defending champion Edmonton Oilers returned to the Final, meeting the overall regular season champion Philadelphia Flyers. In the Final, Edmonton would lose the first game to the Flyers but would then take the next four to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

Playoff bracket[change | change source]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
A1 Montreal 3  
A4 Boston 2  
  A1 Montreal 3  
 
  A2 Quebec 4  
A2 Quebec 3
A3 Buffalo 2  
  A2 Quebec 2  
Prince of Wales Conference
  P1 Philadelphia 4  
P1 Philadelphia 3  
P4 NY Rangers 0  
  P1 Philadelphia 4
 
  P3 NY Islanders 1  
P2 Washington 2
P3 NY Islanders 3  
  P1 Philadelphia 1
  S1 Edmonton 4
N1 St. Louis 0  
N4 Minnesota 3  
  N4 Minnesota 2
 
  N2 Chicago 4  
N2 Chicago 3
N3 Detroit 0  
  N2 Chicago 2
Clarence Campbell Conference
  S1 Edmonton 4  
S1 Edmonton 3  
S4 Los Angeles 0  
  S1 Edmonton 4
 
  S2 Winnipeg 0  
S2 Winnipeg 3
S3 Calgary 1  


Stanley Cup Finals[change | change source]


Edmonton won series 4–1


NHL awards[change | change source]

1985 NHL awards
Prince of Wales Trophy:
(Wales Conference playoff champion)
Philadelphia Flyers
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl:
(Campbell Conference playoff champion)
Edmonton Oilers
Art Ross Trophy:
(Top scorer, regular season)
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:
(Perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication)
Anders Hedberg, New York Rangers
Calder Memorial Trophy:
(Best first-year player)
Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Conn Smythe Trophy:
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Frank J. Selke Trophy:
(Best defensive forward)
Craig Ramsay, Buffalo Sabres
Hart Memorial Trophy:
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams Award:
(Best coach)
Mike Keenan, Philadelphia Flyers
James Norris Memorial Trophy:
(Best defenceman)
Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Jari Kurri, Edmonton Oilers
Lester B. Pearson Award:
(Outstanding player, regular season)
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
NHL Plus/Minus Award:
(Player with best plus/minus record)
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
William M. Jennings Trophy:
(Goaltender(s) of team(s) with best goaltending record)
Tom Barrasso/Bob Sauve, Buffalo Sabres
Vezina Trophy:
(Best goaltender)
Pelle Lindbergh, Philadelphia Flyers
Lester Patrick Trophy:
(Service to hockey in the U.S.)
Jack Butterfield, Arthur M. Wirtz

All-Star teams[change | change source]

All-Star teams[change | change source]

First team   Position   Second team
Pelle Lindbergh, Philadelphia Flyers Goaltender Tom Barrasso, Buffalo Sabres
Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers Defence Rod Langway, Washington Capitals
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins Defence Doug Wilson, Chicago Black Hawks
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers Centre Dale Hawerchuk, Winnipeg Jets
Jari Kurri, Edmonton Oilers Right Wing Mike Bossy, New York Islanders
John Ogrodnick, Detroit Red Wings Left Wing John Tonelli, New York Islanders

Milestones[change | change source]

First games[change | change source]

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1984–85 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games[change | change source]

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1984–85 (listed with their last team):

Note: Goring and Park were the last two players to have played in the NHL in the 1960s.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225.
  2. Dinger 2011, p. 152.
  3. DataBase Hockey Archived 2008-09-13 at the Wayback Machine