1992–93 NHL season
The 1992–93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. Each player wore a patch on their jersey throughout the season to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup. The league expanded 24 teams with the addition of the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
|1992–93 NHL season|
Commemorative patch celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 6, 1992 – June 9, 1993|
|Number of games||84|
|Number of teams||24|
|Top draft pick||Roman Hamrlik|
|Picked by||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Presidents' Trophy||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Season MVP||Mario Lemieux (Penguins)|
|Top scorer||Mario Lemieux (Penguins)|
|Eastern champions||Montreal Canadiens|
|Eastern runners-up||New York Islanders|
|Western champions||Los Angeles Kings|
|Western runners-up||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Playoffs MVP||Patrick Roy (Canadiens)|
|Runners-up||Los Angeles Kings|
It proved, at the time, to be the highest-scoring regular season in NHL history, as a total of 7,311 goals were scored over 1,008 games for an average of 7.25 per game. Twenty of the twenty-four teams scored three goals or more per game, and only two teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks, allowed fewer than three goals per game. Only 68 shutouts were recorded during the regular season. A record twenty-one players reached the 100-point plateau, while a record fourteen players reached the 50-goal plateau—both records still stand as of the 2018–19 NHL season.
This was the final season of the Wales and Campbell Conferences, and the Adams, Patrick, Norris, and Smythe divisions. Both the conferences and the divisions would be renamed to reflect geography rather than the league's history for the following season. This was also the last year (until the 2013 realignment) in which the playoff structure bracketed and seeded teams by division; they would be bracketed and seeded by conference (as in the NBA) for 1993–94.
This season saw two new clubs join the league: the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Senators were the second Ottawa-based NHL franchise (see Ottawa Senators (original)) and brought professional hockey back to Canada's capital, while the Tampa Bay franchise (headed by Hockey Hall of Fame brothers Phil and Tony Esposito) strengthened the NHL's presence in the American Sun Belt, which had first started with the birth of the Los Angeles Kings in 1967.
All teams wore a commemorative patch this year celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.
Gil Stein was appointed NHL President in the summer of 1992, on an interim basis.
On February 1, 1993, Gary Bettman became the first NHL Commissioner. With the expiration of Gil Stein's tenure on July 1, 1993 (note: Bettman's office was created senior to Stein's), the position of President was merged into the position of Commissioner.
On March 28, 1993, through a brokered deal with ESPN, ABC begins the first of a two year deal with the National Hockey League to televise six regional Sunday afternoon broadcasts (including the first three Sundays of the playoffs). This marked the first time that regular season National Hockey League games were broadcast on American network television since 1974–75 (when NBC was the NHL's American broadcast television partner).
- Schedule length changed to 84 games. Two games in each team's schedule to be played in non-NHL cities.
- Instigating a fight results in a game misconduct penalty.
- Substitutions disallowed for coincidental minor penalties when teams are at full strength.
- Minor penalty for diving introduced.
Teemu Selanne of the Winnipeg Jets shattered the rookie scoring record by scoring 76 goals and 56 assists for 132 points this season. He was named the winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year, and his goals and points marks remain the NHL rookie records as of 2019.
The New York Rangers missed the playoffs. This marked the first time since the President's Trophy had been introduced that the previous season's top team missed the next year's playoffs.
For the first time in his NHL career, Wayne Gretzky did not finish in the top three in scoring. A back injury limited Gretzky to 45 games in which he scored 65 points.
The Pittsburgh Penguins set a new NHL record, winning 17 consecutive games. The streak ending with the regular season.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points
Prince of Wales Conference
|New York Islanders||84||40||37||7||87||335||297|
|New Jersey Devils||84||40||37||7||87||308||299|
|New York Rangers||84||34||39||11||79||304||308|
Clarence Campbell Conference
|Detroit Red Wings||84||47||28||9||103||369||280|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||84||44||29||11||99||288||241|
|St. Louis Blues||84||37||36||11||85||282||278|
|Minnesota North Stars||84||36||38||10||82||272||293|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||84||23||54||7||53||245||332|
|Los Angeles Kings||84||39||35||10||88||338||340|
|San Jose Sharks||84||11||71||2||24||218||414|
|Division Semifinals||Division Finals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
|Prince of Wales Conference|
|Clarence Campbell Conference|
Stanley Cup Finals
|June 1||Los Angeles Kings||4–1||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|June 3||Los Angeles Kings||2–3||OT||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|June 5||Montreal Canadiens||4–3||OT||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|June 7||Montreal Canadiens||3–2||OT||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|June 9||Los Angeles Kings||1–4||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|Montreal won series 4–1|
|Stanley Cup||Montreal Canadiens||Los Angeles Kings|
(Best regular-season record)
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Boston Bruins|
|Prince of Wales Trophy|
(Wales Conference champion)
|Montreal Canadiens||New York Islanders|
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl|
(Campbell Conference champion)
|Los Angeles Kings||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Art Ross Trophy|
(Player with most points)
|Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)||Pat LaFontaine (Buffalo Sabres)|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy|
(Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication)
|Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)||N/A|
|Calder Memorial Trophy|
(Best first-year player)
|Teemu Selanne (Winnipeg Jets)||Joe Juneau (Boston Bruins)|
Felix Potvin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Teemu Selanne (Winnipeg Jets)
|Conn Smythe Trophy|
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
|Patrick Roy (Montreal Canadiens)||N/A|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy|
|Doug Gilmour (Toronto Maple Leafs)||Doug Gilmour (Toronto Maple Leafs)|
Joel Otto (Calgary Flames)
Dave Poulin (Boston Bruins)
|Hart Memorial Trophy|
(Most valuable player, regular season)
|Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)||Doug Gilmour (Toronto Maple Leafs)|
Pat LaFontaine (Buffalo Sabres)
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)
|Jack Adams Award|
|Pat Burns (Toronto Maple Leafs)||Pat Burns (Toronto Maple Leafs)|
Pierre Page (Quebec Nordiques)
Brian Sutter (Boston Bruins)
|James Norris Memorial Trophy|
|Chris Chelios (Chicago Blackhawks)||Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins)|
Chris Chelios (Chicago Blackhawks)
Larry Murphy (Pittsburgh Penguins)
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy|
(Leadership and humanitarian contribution)
|Dave Poulin (Boston Bruins)||N/A|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy|
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
|Pierre Turgeon (New York Islanders)||Pat LaFontaine (Buffalo Sabres)|
Adam Oates (Boston Bruins)
Pierre Turgeon (New York Islanders)
|Lester B. Pearson Award|
|Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)||N/A|
|NHL Plus/Minus Award|
(Leadership and community activities)
|Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)||Larry Murphy (Pittsburgh Penguins)|
|Ed Belfour (Chicago Blackhawks)||Tom Barrasso (Pittsburgh Penguins)|
Ed Belfour (Chicago Blackhawks)
Curtis Joseph (St. Louis Blues)
|William M. Jennings Trophy|
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
|Grant Fuhr and Felix Potvin (Toronto Maple Leafs)|
|Lester Patrick Trophy|
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)
|Frank Boucher, Mervyn "Red" Dutton, Bruce McNall, Gil Stein||N/A|
|Position||First Team||Second Team||Position||All-Rookie|
|G||Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks||Tom Barrasso, Pittsburgh Penguins||G||Felix Potvin, Toronto Maple Leafs|
|D||Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks||Larry Murphy, Pittsburgh Penguins||D||Vladimir Malakhov, New York Islanders|
|D||Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins||Al Iafrate, Washington Capitals||D||Scott Niedermayer, New Jersey Devils|
|C||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins||Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo Sabres||F||Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers|
|RW||Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets||Alexander Mogilny, Buffalo Sabres||F||Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets|
|LW||Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings||Kevin Stevens, Pittsburgh Penguins||F||Joe Juneau, Boston Bruins|
|Pierre Turgeon||NY Islanders||83||58||74||132|
|Luc Robitaille||Los Angeles||84||63||62||125|
|Curtis Joseph||St. Louis||68||3890||196||1||3.02|
As a part of the 1992 strike settlement, the NHL and Bruce McNall's Multivision Marketing and Public Relations Co. organized 24 regular season games in 15 cities that did not have a franchise, providing as a litmus test for future expansion. Four of the cities chosen – Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami – were eventually the sites of expansion or relocations, and although neither Cleveland nor Cincinnati received NHL franchises, there would be one placed in Columbus, located halfway between the two cities.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score||OT||City||State/Province||Arena||Attendance|
|October 13, 1992||Calgary||4||Minnesota||3||Saskatoon||SK||SaskPlace||8,783|
|October 20, 1992||Toronto||5||Ottawa||3||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||7,186|
|November 3, 1992||Washington||4||Chicago||1||Indianapolis||IN||Market Square Arena||8,792|
|November 17, 1992||Quebec||3||Toronto||1||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||17,026*|
|November 18, 1992||New Jersey||3||Buffalo||2||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||6,972|
|December 1, 1992||Los Angeles||6||Chicago||3||Milwaukee||WI||Bradley Center||16,292|
|December 8, 1992||Montreal||5||Los Angeles||5||(OT)||Phoenix||AZ||Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum||12,276|
|December 9, 1992||NY Rangers||6||Tampa Bay||5||Miami||FL||Miami Arena||12,842|
|December 13, 1992||NY Islanders||4||Edmonton||1||Oklahoma City||OK||Myriad Convention Center||11,110|
|December 15, 1992||NY Islanders||4||St. Louis||3||(OT)||Dallas||TX||Reunion Arena||11,251|
|January 4, 1993||Montréal||4||San Jose||1||Sacramento||CA||ARCO Arena||11,814|
|January 18, 1993||Winnipeg||8||Hartford||7||Saskatoon||SK||SaskPlace||7,756|
|February 8, 1993||Pittsburgh||4||Boston||0||Atlanta||GA||The Omni||12,572|
|February 8, 1993||St. Louis||3||Hartford||1||Peoria||IL||Carver Arena||9,013|
|February 16, 1993||Calgary||4||Philadelphia||4||(OT)||Cincinnati||OH||Riverfront Coliseum||7,973|
|February 20, 1993||Quebec||5||Tampa Bay||2||Halifax||NS||Halifax Metro Centre||9,584|
|February 22, 1993||Detroit||5||Philadelphia||5||(OT)||Cleveland||OH||Richfield Coliseum||13,382|
|February 22, 1993||NY Rangers||4||San Jose||0||Sacramento||CA||ARCO Arena||13,633|
|February 23, 1993||Winnipeg||8||Ottawa||2||Saskatoon||SK||SaskPlace||7,245|
|March 1, 1993||Vancouver||5||Buffalo||2||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||17,098*|
|March 11, 1993||Minnesota||4||Vancouver||3||Saskatoon||SK||SaskPlace||12,006*|
|March 16, 1993||Washington||4||Detroit||2||Milwaukee||WI||Bradley Center||9,836|
|March 16, 1993||Boston||3||New Jersey||1||Providence||RI||Providence Civic Center||10,864|
|March 21, 1993||Pittsburgh||6||Edmonton||4||Cleveland||OH||Richfield Coliseum||18,782*|
The Hartford-St. Louis game was originally scheduled to be played on December 29, 1992, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Events and milestones
- Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play for a major sports league in North America as she tended goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning in an exhibition game on September 23, 1992, against the St. Louis Blues.
- The Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning were two new teams to be added to the league, bringing the league to 24 teams. Both teams would win their opening games and briefly sit atop their respective Divisions, which led to Harry Neale jokingly proclaiming before the end of Ottawa's first win that both the Senators and Lightning would reach the Stanley Cup finals in May.
- October 1992: Gil Stein named NHL President.
- February 1993: Gary Bettman named NHL Commissioner.
- Record set for most 100-point scorers and most 50-goal scorers in one season.
- February 10, 1993: In a 13–1 drubbing of the San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames goaltender Jeff Reese set NHL records for most points and most assists by a goaltender in one game, with three.
- The 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs marked the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.
- Pittsburgh Penguins set the NHL record for longest win streak at 17 games. Conversely, the San Jose Sharks tied the NHL record for longest losing streak at 17 games.
- June 30, 1992: Eric Lindros traded from Quebec to Philadelphia for Peter Forsberg, Ron Hextall, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, "future considerations" (eventually became enforcer Chris Simon), two first-round draft picks and US$15 million. One of the draft picks was used by the Nordiques to select goaltender Jocelyn Thibault, the other was traded twice and ultimately used by the Washington Capitals to select Nolan Baumgartner.
- Most losses, one season: San Jose Sharks (71)
- Fewest ties, one season: San Jose Sharks (2)
- Most home losses, one season: San Jose Sharks (32)
- Most road losses, one season: Ottawa Senators (40)
- Fewest road wins, one season: Ottawa Senators (1)*
- Longest winning streak: Pittsburgh Penguins (17) (All time NHL record)
- Longest losing streak: San Jose Sharks (17)*
- Longest road losing streak: Ottawa Senators (38)
- Longest road winless streak: Ottawa Senators (38)
- Most 100-or-more point scorers, one season: Pittsburgh Penguins (4)*
- Fastest three goals from the start of period, one team: Calgary Flames (0:53, February 10, 1993)
- Most goals, including playoffs: Wayne Gretzky (875)
- Most 30-goal seasons: Mike Gartner (14)*
- Most consecutive 30-goal seasons: Mike Gartner (14)
- Most goals, one season, by a left winger: Luc Robitaille (63)
- Most goals, one season, by a rookie: Teemu Selanne (76)
- Most assists, one season, by a left winger: Joe Juneau (70)
- Most assists, one season, by a rookie: Joe Juneau (70)* (Note: Wayne Gretzky scored 86 assists in his first year, but he was not considered a rookie)
- Most points, one season, by a left winger: Luc Robitaille (125)
- Most points, one season, by a rookie: Teemu Selanne (132) (Note: Wayne Gretzky scored 137 points in his first year, but he was not considered a rookie)
- Most assists, one game, by a goaltender: Jeff Reese (3, February 10, 1993)
- Most games missed while winning Art Ross Trophy: Mario Lemieux (24)
- Most overtime games, one playoff year: 28
- Most overtime wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (10)
- Most consecutive overtime wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (10)
- Most consecutive wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (11)*
- Most consecutive wins, one playoff year: Patrick Roy (11)*
- Most goals by a defenceman, one game: Eric Desjardins (3, June 3, 1993)*
- Most power-play goals, one game: Dino Ciccarelli (3, April 29, 1993)*
- Most shorthanded goals, one game: Tom Fitzgerald (2, May 8, 1993)*
- Most assists, one period: Adam Oates (3, April 24, 1993)*
* Equalled existing record
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1992–93 (listed with their first team):
- Matthew Barnaby, Buffalo Sabres
- Byron Dafoe, Washington Capitals
- Roman Hamrlik, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Darius Kasparaitis, New York Islanders
- Steve Konowalchuk, Washington Capitals
- Alexei Kovalev, New York Rangers
- Robert Lang, Los Angeles Kings
- Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers
- Vladimir Malakhov, New York Islanders
- Michael Nylander, Hartford Whalers
- Sandis Ozolinsh, San Jose Sharks
- Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets
- Richard Smehlik, Buffalo Sabres
- Bryan Smolinski, Boston Bruins
- Martin Straka, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Alexei Zhamnov, Winnipeg Jets
- Alexei Zhitnik, Los Angeles Kings
- Sergei Zubov, New York Rangers
The following is a list of players of note who played their last game in the NHL in 1992–93 (listed with their last team):
- Reggie Lemelin, Boston Bruins
- Carey Wilson, Calgary Flames
- Brent Ashton, Calgary Flames
- John Ogrodnick, Detroit Red Wings
- Tim Kerr, Hartford Whalers
- Bobby Smith, Minnesota North Stars
- Brian Mullen, New York Islanders
- Brad Marsh, Ottawa Senators
- Laurie Boschman, Ottawa Senators
- Brian Hayward, San Jose Sharks
- Brian Lawton, San Jose Sharks
- Petri Skriko, San Jose Sharks
- Doug Wilson, San Jose Sharks
- Rick Wamsley, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Steve Kasper, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Ryan Walter, Vancouver Canucks
- Rod Langway, Washington Capitals
- Randy Carlyle, Winnipeg Jets
Four of the five remaining helmetless players in the league played their final games: Carlyle, Marsh, Langway, and Wilson. The only remaining helmetless player was Craig McTavish who retired following the 1996–97 season.
- March 22, 1993: Mark Hardy and Ottawa's fifth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft (previously acquired from Ottawa) traded from NY Rangers to Los Angeles for John McIntyre.
- March 22, 1993: Jim Hrivnak and future considerations traded from Washington to Winnipeg for Rick Tabaracci.
- March 22, 1993: Peter Taglianetti traded from Tampa Bay to Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh's third round choice in 1993 Entry Draft.
- March 22, 1993: Steve Konroyd traded from Hartford to Detroit for Detroit's sixth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft.
- March 22, 1993: Vancouver's ninth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft traded from Vancouver to Winnipeg for Dan Ratushny.
- March 22, 1993: Mike Hartman traded from Tampa Bay to New York Rangers for Randy Gilhen.
- March 22, 1993: Murray Craven and Vancouver's fifth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft (previously acquired from Vancouver) traded from Hartford to Vancouver for Robert Kron, Vancouver's third round choice in 1993 Entry Draft and future considerations.
- March 22, 1993: Mike Ramsey traded from Buffalo to Pittsburgh for Bob Errey.
- March 22, 1993: Craig Muni traded from Edmonton to Chicago for Mike Hudson.
Prince of Wales Conference
|Boston Bruins||Brian Sutter|
|Buffalo Sabres||John Muckler|
|Hartford Whalers||Paul Holmgren|
|Montreal Canadiens||Jacques Demers|
|New Jersey Devils||Herb Brooks|
|New York Islanders||Al Arbour|
|New York Rangers||Roger Neilson||Replaced midseason by Ron Smith|
|Ottawa Senators||Rick Bowness|
|Philadelphia Flyers||Bill Dineen|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Scotty Bowman|
|Quebec Nordiques||Pierre Page|
|Washington Capitals||Terry Murray|
Clarence Campbell Conference
|Calgary Flames||Dave King|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Darryl Sutter|
|Detroit Red Wings||Bryan Murray|
|Edmonton Oilers||Ted Green|
|Los Angeles Kings||Barry Melrose|
|Minnesota North Stars||Bob Gainey|
|St. Louis Blues||Bob Plager||Replaced early in the season by Bob Berry|
|San Jose Sharks||George Kingston|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Terry Crisp|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Pat Burns|
|Vancouver Canucks||Pat Quinn|
|Winnipeg Jets||John Paddock|
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