1986–87 NHL season

The 1986–87 NHL season was the 70th season of the National Hockey League. The Edmonton Oilers won the Stanley Cup by beating the Philadelphia Flyers four games to three in the Cup finals.

1986–87 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 9, 1986 – May 31, 1987
Number of games80
Number of teams21
Top draft pickJoe Murphy
Picked byDetroit Red Wings
Regular season
Presidents' TrophyEdmonton Oilers
Season MVPWayne Gretzky (Oilers)
Top scorerWayne Gretzky (Oilers)
Playoffs MVPRon Hextall (Flyers)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsEdmonton Oilers
  Runners-upPhiladelphia Flyers

League business

The Chicago-based club officially changed their name from the two-worded "Black Hawks" to the one-worded "Blackhawks" based on the spelling found in their original franchise documents.[1]

Regular season

The Oilers won their second straight Presidents' Trophy as the top team and Wayne Gretzky won his eighth straight Hart Memorial Trophy and his seventh straight Art Ross Trophy.[2]

On November 26, 1986, Toronto's Borje Salming was accidentally cut in the face by a skate, requiring more than 200 stitches. It was the third injury to his face and Salming returned to play wearing a visor.[3]

On April 4, 1987, the Islanders' Denis Potvin became the first NHL defenceman to reach 1000 points. A shot by the Islanders' Mikko Makela deflected in off Potvin's arm in a 6–6 shootout between the Islanders and Sabres.[4]

Final standings

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Prince of Wales Conference

Adams Division
Hartford Whalers804330728727093
Montreal Canadiens8041291027724192
Boston Bruins803934730127685
Quebec Nordiques8031391026727672
Buffalo Sabres802844828030864


Patrick Division
Philadelphia Flyers8046268310245100
Washington Capitals8038321028527886
New York Islanders8035331227928182
New York Rangers803438830732376
Pittsburgh Penguins8030381229729072
New Jersey Devils802945629336864


Clarence Campbell Conference

Norris Division
St. Louis Blues8032331528129379
Detroit Red Wings8034361026027478
Chicago Blackhawks8029371429031072
Toronto Maple Leafs803242628631970
Minnesota North Stars8030401029631470


Smythe Division
Edmonton Oilers8050246372284106
Calgary Flames804631331828995
Winnipeg Jets804032827927188
Los Angeles Kings803141831834170
Vancouver Canucks802943828231466


  1. Diamond, Dan (1991). The Official National Hockey League 75th anniversary commemorative book. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. pp. 291. ISBN 0-7710-6727-5
  2. Hughes et al., p. 483.
  3. Hughes et al., p. 485.
  4. Hughes et al., p. 482.
  5. Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225.


In an attempt to reduce the number of first round upsets, the NHL expanded the best-of-five series in the first round to a best-of-seven series.

Playoff bracket

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

Stanley Cup Finals

The Oilers and Flyers would meet again in the final for the second time in three years. This time, Edmonton was the regular season champion with 50 wins and 106 points, and Philadelphia was second with 46 wins and 100 points. Unlike the 1985 final, this series would go the full seven games. Edmonton took the first two games at home, then split in Philadelphia. However, the Flyers won the next two games, one in Edmonton and one back in Philadelphia by one goal, to force a deciding seventh game. Edmonton won game seven to earn its third Stanley Cup in four seasons.

Edmonton won series 4–3


1987 NHL awards
Presidents' Trophy:
Team with most points, regular season
Edmonton Oilers
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)
Doug Jarvis, Hartford Whalers
Calder Memorial Trophy:
(Best first-year player)
Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings
Conn Smythe Trophy:
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Ron Hextall, Philadelphia Flyers
Frank J. Selke Trophy:
(Best defensive forward)
Dave Poulin, Philadelphia Flyers
Hart Memorial Trophy:
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams Award:
(Best coach)
Jacques Demers, Detroit Red Wings
James Norris Memorial Trophy:
(Best defenceman)
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Joe Mullen, Calgary Flames
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)
Patrick Roy/Brian Hayward, Montreal Canadiens
Vezina Trophy:
(Best goaltender)
Ron Hextall, Philadelphia Flyers
Lester Patrick Trophy:
(Service to hockey in the U.S.)
Hobey Baker, Frank Mathers

All-Star teams

First Team  Position  Second Team
Ron Hextall, Philadelphia Flyers G Mike Liut, Hartford Whalers
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins D Larry Murphy, Washington Capitals
Mark Howe, Philadelphia Flyers D Al MacInnis, Calgary Flames
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers C Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jari Kurri, Edmonton Oilers RW Tim Kerr, Philadelphia Flyers
Michel Goulet, Quebec Nordiques LW Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings

Source: NHL[1]

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes, PPG = Powerplay Goals, SHG = Shorthanded Goals, GWG = Game Winning Goals

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Wayne GretzkyEdmonton Oilers796212118328+701374
Jari KurriEdmonton Oilers79545410841+3512510
Mario LemieuxPittsburgh Penguins63545310757+131904
Mark MessierEdmonton Oilers77377010773+21745
Doug GilmourSt. Louis Blues80426310558-21712
Dino CiccarelliMinnesota North Stars80525110388+102205
Dale HawerchukWinnipeg Jets80475310052+31004
Michel GouletQuebec Nordiques7549479661-121706
Tim KerrPhiladelphia Flyers7558379557+3826010
Ray BourqueBoston Bruins7823729536+44613

Source: NHL.[2]

Leading goaltenders

Minimum 2000 min. GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average; Sv% = Save percentage[3]

Goalie Team GP Min W L T SO GAA Sv%
Brian HaywardMontreal Canadiens3721781913412.81 .894
Patrick RoyMontreal Canadiens4626862216612.94 .892
Ron HextallPhiladelphia Flyers6637993721613.00 .902
Pete PeetersWashington Capitals3720021711403.21 .885
Mike LiutHartford Whalers5934763122543.23.885
Eldon ReddickWinnipeg Jets4827622121403.24.881
Bob MasonWashington Capitals4525362018503.24.890
Kelly HrudeyNew York Islanders4626342515703.30.881
Bill RanfordBoston Bruins4122311620233.33.891
Clint MalarchukQuebec Nordiques5430921826913.40.884


Patrick Division

Adams Division

Norris Division

Smythe Division


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1986–87 (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 1986–87 (listed with their last team):

1987 Trading Deadline

  • Trading Deadline: March 10, 1987 [4]
  • March 10, 1987: Paul Boutilier traded from Boston to Minnesota for Minnesota's fourth round choice in 1988 Entry Draft.
  • March 10, 1987: Raimo Helminen traded from NY Rangers to Minnesota for future considerations.
  • March 10, 1987: Raimo Summanen traded from Edmonton to Vancouver for Moe Lemay.
  • March 10, 1987: Stu Kulak traded from Edmonton to NY Rangers, completing an earlier trade for Reijo Ruotsalainen.
  • March 10, 1987: Marcel Dionne, Jeff Crossman and Los Angeles' third round choice in 1989 Entry Draft traded from Los Angeles to NY Rangers for Bob Carpenter and Tom Laidlaw.

See also


  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2008). Total Stanley Cup 2008. NHL.
  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Hockey. Kingston, NY: Total Sports. ISBN 1-892129-85-X.
  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.
  • Dryden, Steve, ed. (2000). Century of hockey. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-4179-9.
  • 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.
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