1982 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1982 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1981–82 season, and the culmination of the 1982 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was played between the Vancouver Canucks in their first Finals appearance and the defending champion New York Islanders, in their third Finals appearance. The Islanders won the best-of-seven series, four games to none, to win their third consecutive and overall Stanley Cup championship. This is also the most recent time that a Stanley Cup Champion has won three in a row and the first, and so far only, time that a U.S.-based team has won three straight Stanley Cups.

1982 Stanley Cup Finals
1234 Total
New York Islanders 6*633 4
Vancouver Canucks 5*401 0
* overtime periods
Location(s)Uniondale: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (1, 2)
Vancouver: Pacific Coliseum (3, 4)
CoachesNew York: Al Arbour
Vancouver: Roger Neilson
CaptainsNew York: Denis Potvin
Vancouver: Kevin McCarthy[1]
DatesMay 8 – May 16
MVPMike Bossy (Islanders)
Series-winning goalMike Bossy (5:00, second, G4)
NetworksCBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), USA Network (United States, except in New York area), SportsChannel New York (New York area, games 1 & 2), WOR (New York area, games 3 & 4)
Announcers(CBC) Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin, Jr. (in Uniondale), Jim Robson, Howie Meeker, and Gary Dornhoefer (in Vancouver)
(USA) Dan Kelly, Gary Green
(SCNY, WOR) Jiggs McDonald, Ed Westfall
(New York Islanders Radio) Barry Landers, Jean Potvin
(Vancouver Canucks Radio) Jim Robson (games 1,2), Jim Hughson (games 3,4), Tom Larscheid

This 1982 Finals took place under a revised NHL divisional alignment and playoff structure, which de facto revived the "East vs. West" format for the Finals that had been abandoned when the Western Hockey League folded in 1926. It was also the first time a team from Western Canada contested the Finals since the WHL stopped challenging for the Stanley Cup (the Victoria Cougars, who had also been the last team from British Columbia to win the Cup in 1925, played the 1926 Finals too).

Paths to the Finals

Vancouver, despite having a losing record in the regular season, defeated the Calgary Flames 3–0, the Los Angeles Kings 4–1 and the Chicago Blackhawks 4–1 to advance to the finals. This was their first Finals appearance.

New York defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3–2, the New York Rangers 4–2, and the Quebec Nordiques 4–0 to make it to the finals for the third year in a row.

With New York having 118 points and Vancouver having 77, the 41-point difference between the two teams in a final round is the largest in Stanley Cup Finals history.[2][3]

Game summaries

The Canucks had their best chance to win a game in the first one, as a Jim Nill short-handed marker gave them a 5–4 lead with only seven minutes to play in regulation time. However, the Islanders tied it when Mike Bossy banged home a loose puck after goaltender Richard Brodeur had collided with his own defenceman, Harold Snepsts, while trying to smother it. In the dying seconds of the first overtime period, Snepsts attempted to clear the puck up the middle, but it was intercepted by Bossy, who completed his hat trick with two seconds left on the clock to win the game for the Islanders. In game two, the Canucks led 4–3 after two periods, but the Isles came back to win again.

The series then shifted to Vancouver, where the Canucks were boosted by a boisterous, towel-waving Vancouver crowd and had a great first period, but failed to score on Billy Smith, who was brilliant. The Islanders went on to win 3–0, and then completed the sweep with a 3–1 victory on May 16 to win their third straight Cup and first on the road.

Mike Bossy scored seven goals in the four games, tying Jean Béliveau's record from 1956, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks

New York won series 4–0

Mike Bossy won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.


The series aired on CBC in Canada and on the USA Network in the United States. USA's national coverage was blacked out in the New York area due to the local rights to Islanders games in that TV market, with SportsChannel New York airing games one and two, and WOR televising games three and four.

New York Islanders—1982 Stanley Cup champions


Coaching and administrative staff

  • John Pickett (Chairman/Owner)
  • Bill Torrey (President/General Manager)
  • Jim Devellano (Asst. General Manager/Director of Scouting)
  • Al Arbour (Head Coach), Lorne Henning (Asst. Coach)
  • Gerry Ehman (Head Scout)
  • Ron Waske (Trainer), Jim Pickard (Asst. Trainer)
  • Steve Corais (Director of Public Relations)^

Stanley Cup engraving

  • ^-Steve Corais was included on the team, but name was left off the Stanley Cup.
  • Harry Boyd, Maurice Sabageno (Scouts) were included on the Stanley Cup in 1980, 1981. They were still part of the 1982, 1983 New York Islanders, but names were not put on the cup those years.
  • †Greg Gilbert played 1 regular season, and 4 playoff games (did not play in the finals). †Hector Marini played 30 regular season games, but was not dressed in the playoffs. Both names were included on the Stanley Cup, even though they did not officially qualify.

††- Also played Centre

See also


  1. Due to injury, McCarthy didn't play in any playoff games. Stan Smyl served as acting captain.
  2. Rosa, Francis (May 8, 1982). "CANUCKS STRANGERS, BUT FEEL THEY BELONG". Boston Globe. p. 1.
  3. Edes, Gordon (May 9, 1982). "Islanders Win Opener on Late Overtime Goal; STANLEY CUP: Islanders Win". Los Angeles Times. p. C1.


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