1989–90 NHL season

The 1989–90 NHL season was the 73rd season of the National Hockey League. The Stanley Cup winners were the Edmonton Oilers, who won the best of seven series 4–1 against the Boston Bruins. The championship was the Oilers' fifth Stanley Cup in the past seven years.

1989–90 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 5, 1989 – May 24, 1990
Number of games80
Number of teams21
Top draft pickMats Sundin
Picked byQuebec Nordiques
Regular season
Presidents' TrophyBoston Bruins
Season MVPMark Messier (Oilers)
Top scorerWayne Gretzky (Kings)
Eastern championsBoston Bruins
  Eastern runners-upWashington Capitals
Western championsEdmonton Oilers
  Western runners-upChicago Blackhawks
Playoffs MVPBill Ranford (Oilers)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsEdmonton Oilers
  Runners-upBoston Bruins

Regular season

This season marked the first time that all three New York City area NHL teams, including the New Jersey Devils made the playoffs in the same season, a feat which has since been repeated twice more: in the 1993–94 and the 2006–07 seasons.

Until 2017, this was last time the Detroit Red Wings missed the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Sam St. Laurent of the Red Wings became the last goalie to wear a full fiberglass mask during an NHL game.

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
Boston Bruins8046259289232101
Buffalo Sabres804527828624898
Montreal Canadiens8041281128823493
Hartford Whalers803833927526885
Quebec Nordiques801261724040731


Patrick Division
New York Rangers8036311327926785
New Jersey Devils803734929528883
Washington Capitals803638628427578
New York Islanders8031381128128873
Pittsburgh Penguins803240831835972
Philadelphia Flyers8030391129029771


Wales Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1p – Boston BruinsADM8046259289232101
2Buffalo SabresADM804527828624898
3Montreal CanadiensADM8041281128823493
4Hartford WhalersADM803833927526885
5New York RangersPTK8036311327926785
6New Jersey DevilsPTK803734929528883
7Washington CapitalsPTK803638628427578
8New York IslandersPTK8031381128128873
9Pittsburgh PenguinsPTK803240831835972
10Philadelphia FlyersPTK8030391129029771
11Quebec NordiquesADM801261724040731

Divisions: PTK – Patrick, ADM – Adams

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy

Clarence Campbell Conference

Norris Division
Chicago Blackhawks804133631529488
St. Louis Blues803734929527983
Toronto Maple Leafs803838433735880
Minnesota North Stars803640428429176
Detroit Red Wings8028381428832370


Smythe Division
Calgary Flames8042231534826599
Edmonton Oilers8038281431528390
Winnipeg Jets8037321129829085
Los Angeles Kings803439733833775
Vancouver Canucks8025411424530664


Campbell Conference[3]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1Calgary FlamesSMY8042231534826599
2Edmonton OilersSMY8038281431528390
3Chicago BlackhawksNRS804133631629488
4Winnipeg JetsSMY8037321129829085
5St. Louis BluesNRS803734929527983
6Toronto Maple LeafsNRS803838433735880
7Minnesota North StarsNRS803640428429176
8Los Angeles KingsSMY803439733833775
9Detroit Red WingsNRS8028381428832370
10Vancouver CanucksSMY8025411424530664

Divisions: NRS – Norris, SMY – Smythe

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Playoff bracket

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

Stanley Cup Finals

The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins in the Final series, four games to one. For the Oilers, it was their fifth Cup win in seven years, and their only one without Wayne Gretzky (in fact, they defeated Gretzky's Kings in the second round). In game one, Petr Klima scored at 15:13 of the third overtime period to give the Oilers a 3–2 win. As of 2013, this game remains the longest in Stanley Cup Finals history (Longest NHL overtime games), edging both Brett Hull's cup-winner in 1999 and Igor Larionov's game-winner in 2002 by less than 30 seconds. In game five at the Boston Garden on May 24, the Oilers won 4–1. Craig Simpson scored the game-winning goal.

Edmonton won series 4–1


Presidents' Trophy:Boston Bruins
Prince of Wales Trophy:Boston Bruins
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl:Edmonton Oilers
Art Ross Trophy:Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:Gord Kluzak, Boston Bruins
Calder Memorial Trophy:Sergei Makarov, Calgary Flames
Conn Smythe Trophy:Bill Ranford, Edmonton Oilers
Frank J. Selke Trophy:Rick Meagher, St. Louis Blues
Hart Memorial Trophy:Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams Award:Bob Murdoch, Winnipeg Jets
James Norris Memorial Trophy:Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
King Clancy Memorial Trophy:Kevin Lowe, Edmonton Oilers
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues
Lester B. Pearson Award:Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers
NHL Plus/Minus Award:Paul Cavallini, St. Louis Blues
Vezina Trophy:Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
William M. Jennings Trophy:Reggie Lemelin/Andy Moog, Boston Bruins
Lester Patrick Trophy:Len Ceglarski

All-Star teams

First team  Position  Second team
Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens G Daren Puppa, Buffalo Sabres
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins D Paul Coffey, Pittsburgh Penguins
Al MacInnis, Calgary Flames D Doug Wilson, Chicago Blackhawks
Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers C Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings
Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues RW Cam Neely, Boston Bruins
Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings LW Brian Bellows, Minnesota North Stars

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 GretzkyLos Angeles Kings734010214242+81044
Mark MessierEdmonton Oilers79458412979+191363
Steve YzermanDetroit Red Wings79626512779-61678
Mario LemieuxPittsburgh Penguins59457812378-181434
Brett HullSt. Louis Blues80724111324-127012
Bernie NichollsLos Angeles Kings/
New York Rangers
Pierre TurgeonBuffalo Sabres80406610629+1017110
Pat LaFontaineNew York Islanders74545110538-131328
Paul CoffeyPittsburgh Penguins80297410395-251003
Joe SakicQuebec Nordiques80396310227-40812
Adam OatesSt. Louis Blues802379102309623

Sources: NHL,[4] Quanthockey.com.[5]

Leading goaltenders

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average; Sv% = Save percentage

Player Team GP Min W L T SO GAA Sv%
Kirk McLeanVancouver Canucks63373921301003.4788.0
Jon CaseyMinnesota North Stars6134073122433.2289.6
Daren PuppaBuffalo Sabres5632413116612.8990.3
Bill RanfordEdmonton Oilers5631072416913.1988.7
Patrick RoyMontreal Canadiens5431733116532.5391.2
Sean BurkeNew Jersey Devils5229142222603.6088.0
Kelly HrudeyLos Angeles Kings5228602221624.0787.3
Ken WreggetPhiladelphia Flyers5129612224303.4289.2
Greg MillenQuebec Nordiques4929001925513.8987.2
Don BeaupreWashington Capitals4827932318523.2289.0

Source: Quanthockey.com.[6]


Patrick Division

Adams Division

Norris Division

Smythe Division


This season would be the last the Toronto Maple Leafs would play under the 29 year ownership of Harold Ballard as a result of his death in April 1990 and the subsequent sale of the franchise.


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1989–90 (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 1989–90 (listed with their last team):

Trading deadline

Trading deadline: March 6, 1990.[7]

  • March 6, 1990: Adrien Plavsic, St. Louis' first round pick in 1990 Entry Draft and second round pick in 1991 Entry Draft traded from St. Louis to Vancouver for Rich Sutter, Harold Snepsts and St. Louis' second round pick in 1990 Entry Draft (acquired previously).
  • March 6, 1990: Mike Gartner traded from Minnesota to NY Rangers for Ulf Dahlen, NY Rangers' fourth round pick in 1990 Entry Draft and future considerations.
  • March 6, 1990: Alain Chevrier traded from Chicago to Pittsburgh for future considerations.
  • March 6, 1990: Jack Capuano traded from NY Islanders to Vancouver for Jeff Rohlicek.
  • March 6, 1990: Jyrki Lumme traded from Montreal to Vancouver for St. Louis' second round pick in 1991 Entry Draft (acquired previously).
  • March 6, 1990: Jim Korn traded from New Jersey to Calgary for Calgary's fifth round pick in 1990 Entry Draft.
  • March 6, 1990: Peter Stastny traded from Quebec to New Jersey for Craig Wolanin and future considerations.
  • March 6, 1990: Jeff Sharples traded from Edmonton to New Jersey for Reijo Ruotsalainen.
  • March 6, 1990: Brian Wilks traded from Edmonton to Pittsburgh for future considerations.
  • March 6, 1990: The rights to Cam Brauer traded from Edmonton to Hartford for Marc Laforge.

See also


  • 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.
  1. Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225.
  2. "1989–1990 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  3. "1989-1990 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL.
  4. Dinger 2011, p. 153.
  5. "1989-90 Stats". Quanthockey.com. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  6. 1989-90 NHL Goalie Leaders | QuantHockey.com
  7. NHL trade deadline: Deals since 1980 | Habs Inside/Out Archived 2009-02-16 at the Wayback Machine
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