1992 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1992 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1991–92 season, and the culmination of the 1992 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Prince of Wales Conference and defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the Clarence Campbell Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks were appearing in their first Finals since 1973. After the Blackhawks jumped to an early 4–1 lead in the first game of the series, Mario Lemieux and the Penguins came back to win the game, sweep the series in four games, and win their second consecutive and second overall Stanley Cup. It was the 99th year of the Stanley Cup, and the first to extend into the month of June. It was the last final for Chicago Stadium as it closed in 1994.

1992 Stanley Cup Finals
1234 Total
Pittsburgh Penguins 5316 4
Chicago Blackhawks 4105 0
* – overtime period(s)
Location(s)Pittsburgh: Civic Arena (1, 2)
Chicago: Chicago Stadium (3, 4)
CoachesPittsburgh: Scotty Bowman
Chicago: Mike Keenan
CaptainsPittsburgh: Mario Lemieux
Chicago: Dirk Graham
National anthemsPittsburgh: Christina Aguilera[1]
Chicago: Wayne Messmer
DatesMay 26 – June 1
MVPMario Lemieux (Penguins)
Series-winning goalRon Francis (7:59, third, G4)
NetworksCBC (Canada-English)
SRC (Canada-French)
SportsChannel America (United States)
KBL (Pittsburgh area, games 1, 2)
KDKA (Pittsburgh area, games 3, 4)
SportsChannel Chicago (Chicago area)
AnnouncersBob Cole, Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr. (CBC)
Claude Quenneville and Gilles Tremblay (SRC)
Jiggs McDonald and Bill Clement (SC America)
Mike Lange and Paul Steigerwald (KBL and KDKA)
Pat Foley and Dale Tallon (SC Chicago)

Paths to the Finals

Pittsburgh defeated the Washington Capitals 4–3, the New York Rangers 4–2, and the Boston Bruins 4–0.

Chicago had to defeat their three biggest rivals, first the St. Louis Blues 4–2, then their long-time Original Six rival Detroit Red Wings 4–0, and then, the Edmonton Oilers 4–0.

With their co-tenants at Chicago Stadium, the Bulls, coached by Phil Jackson and led by Michael Jordan, playing in (and winning) the NBA Finals, it was an opportunity for both the Blackhawks and the Bulls to help the city of Chicago become the first city to have both NHL and NBA championships in the same year.[2] (New York also had this opportunity in 1994, when the Knicks and Rangers made the finals in their respective sport; however, the result was the same, albeit a reversal of Chicago's ending, as the Rangers won their first Stanley Cup since 1940, and the Knicks lost, with both of those series going the full seven games.)

Chicago set an NHL playoff record in winning 11 games in a row to reach the finals.

Pittsburgh had won seven in a row entering the finals and swept Chicago in four games to tie Chicago's record. Pittsburgh then extended the playoff winning streak record to 14 with wins in the first three games against the New Jersey Devils in the following season's first playoff round.

Game summaries

The Penguins were led by captain Mario Lemieux, coach Scotty Bowman, and goaltender Tom Barrasso. The Blackhawks were led by captain Dirk Graham, head coach Mike Keenan and goaltender Ed Belfour. They also made history in having the first Russian-born player to have a chance to get their name on the Stanley Cup in Igor Kravchuk.[3]

Mario Lemieux won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for the second consecutive year, becoming only the second player in NHL history to do so: Bernie Parent had won it when the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup in the consecutive years of 1974 and 1975.

Game four was the first NHL game played in the month of June.

Pittsburgh won series 4–0


In Canada, the series was televised in English on the CBC and in French on SRC.

In the United States, this was the last Stanley Cup Finals to air nationally on SportsChannel America. ESPN would pick up the national U.S. contract for the next season.

SportsChannel America's national coverage was blacked out in the Chicago and Pittsburgh areas due to the local rights to Blackhawks and Penguins games in those respective TV markets. SportsChannel Chicago aired the games in Chicago. In Pittsburgh, KBL televised games one and two while KDKA aired games three and four.

Team rosters

Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.

Chicago Blackhawks

# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
30 Ed Belfour G L 1988–89 Carman, Manitoba first
4 Keith Brown D R 1979 Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador first
22 Rob Brown RW L 1991–92 Kingston, Ontario first (did not play)
25 Rod Buskas D R 1991–92 Wetaskiwin, Alberta first (did not play)
7 Chris CheliosA D R 1990–91 Chicago, Illinois third (1986, 1989)
14 Greg Gilbert LW L 1988–89 Mississauga, Ontario fourth (1982, 1983, 1984)
16 Michel Goulet LW L 1989–90 Péribonka, Quebec first
33 Dirk GrahamC RW R 1987–88 Regina, Saskatchewan first
23 Stu Grimson LW L 1990–91 Vancouver, British Columbia first
31 Dominik Hasek G L 1983 Pardubice, Czechoslovakia first
34 Tony Horacek LW L 1991–92 Vancouver, British Columbia first (did not play)
11 Tony Hrkac C L 1991–92 Thunder Bay, Ontario first (did not play)
20 Mike Hudson C L 1986 Guelph, Ontario first
3 Igor Kravchuk D L 1991 Ufa, Soviet Union first
6 Frantisek Kucera D L 1983 Prague, Czechoslovakia first (did not play)
28 Steve LarmerA RW L 1980 Peterborough, Ontario first
15 Brad Lauer LW L 1991–92 Humboldt, Saskatchewan first (did not play)
26 Jocelyn Lemieux RW L 1989–90 Mont-Laurier, Quebec first
2 Bryan Marchment D L 1991–92 Scarborough, Ontario first
32 Stephane Matteau LW L 1991–92 Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec first
19 Dean McAmmond C L 1991 Grande Cache, Alberta first (did not play)
19 Brian Noonan RW R 1983 Boston, Massachusetts first
44 Mike Peluso LW L 1990–91 Pengilly, Minnesota first
27 Jeremy Roenick C R 1988 Boston, Massachusetts first
8 Cam Russell D L 1987 Halifax, Nova Scotia first
5 Steve Smith D L 1991–92 Glasgow, Scotland fourth (1987, 1988, 1990)
12 Brent Sutter C R 1991–92 Viking, Alberta fifth (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)

Pittsburgh Penguins

# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
35 Tom Barrasso G R 1988–89 Boston, Massachusetts second (1991)
29 Phil Bourque LW L 1983–84 Chelmsford, Massachusetts second (1991)
14 Jock Callander RW R 1987–88 Regina, Saskatchewan first (did not play)
16 Jay Caufield RW R 1988–89 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania second (1991) (did not play)
6 Jeff Chychrun D R 1991–92 LaSalle, Quebec first (did not play)
43 Jeff Daniels LW L 1990–91 Oshawa, Ontario first (did not play)
12 Bob ErreyA LW L 1983 Montreal, Quebec second (1991)
10 Ron Francis C L 1990–91 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario second (1991)
38 Jiri Hrdina C L 1990–91 Prague, Czechoslovakia third (1989, 1991)
68 Jaromir Jagr RW L 1990 Kladno, Czechoslovakia second (1991)
3 Grant Jennings D L 1990–91 Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan second (1991)
20 Jamie Leach RW R 1991–92 Winnipeg, Manitoba first (did not play)
66 Mario LemieuxC C R 1984 Montreal, Quebec second (1991)
24 Troy Loney LW L 1982 Bow Island, Alberta second (1991)
15 Shawn McEachern LW L 1987 Waltham, Massachusetts first
34 Dave Michayluk RW L 1991–92 Wakaw, Saskatchewan first (did not play)
7 Joe Mullen RW R 1990–91 New York, New York fourth (1986, 1989, 1991)
55 Larry Murphy D R 1989–90 Scarborough, Ontario second (1991)
45 Mike Needham RW R 1991–92 Calgary, Alberta first (did not play)
2 Jim Paek D L 1985 Seoul, South Korea second (1991)
18 Ken Priestlay C L 1990–91 Vancouver, British Columbia first (did not play)
28 Gordie Roberts D L 1990–91 Detroit, Michigan third (1981, 1991)
23 Kjell Samuelsson D R 1991–92 Tingsryd, Sweden second (1987)
5 Ulf Samuelsson D L 1990–91 Fagersta, Sweden second (1991)
22 Paul Stanton D R 1985 Boston, Massachusetts second (1991)
25 Kevin Stevens LW L 1983–84 Brockton, Massachusetts second (1991)
32 Peter Taglianetti D L 1990–91 Framingham, Massachusetts second (1991) (did not play)
92 Rick Tocchet RW R 1991–92 Scarborough, Ontario third (1985, 1987)
19 Bryan TrottierA C L 1990–91 Val Marie, Saskatchewan seventh (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1991)
31 Ken Wregget G L 1991–92 Brandon, Manitoba first
1 Wendell Young G L 1988–89 Halifax, Nova Scotia second (1991) (did not play)

Pittsburgh Penguins – 1992 Stanley Cup champions


Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Mike Needham* did not play in any regular season games for Pittsburgh (played in the minors), but played in five playoff games (one playoff game in the conference finals, but not in the Finals). His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup, even though he did not qualify.
  • Jeff Daniels* played in two regular season games for Pittsburgh, spent the rest of the regular season in the minors, but was recalled during the playoffs. His name was also engraved on the Stanley Cup, even though he did not qualify.
  • Ken Priestlay† played in 49 regular season games and was sent to the minors at the trade deadline, but rejoined the team late in the playoffs. Priestlay was also included on the Stanley Cup even though he played in the minors during the playoffs. Pittsburgh included a record 31 players on the Stanley Cup in 1992.
  • Bob Johnson, head coach of the Penguins in the 1990–91 season and for their 1991 championship, died on November 26, 1991, of cancer. The NHL allowed the 1991–92 Penguins to have his name engraved on the Cup.

Pierre McGuire, Les Binkley, John Gill, Charlie Hodge, Ralph Cox were with the team as Scouts in 1990–91, but names were not included on the Stanley Cup that year. All five members have two Stanley Cup rings with Pittsburgh. Team Doctor Charles Burke won cups with Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992, but his name was left off the Stanley Cup.


The Penguins won a league record 17-straight games en route to the Presidents' Trophy in the 1992–93 season, despite Mario Lemieux missing much of the season to Hodgkin's lymphoma. However, they lost in the Patrick Division final to the New York Islanders.

The Blackhawks, however, got swept in the first round to the St. Louis Blues, 4-0.

See also


  2. Wilbon, Michael (May 27, 1992). "Chicago's the Winning City With Blackhawks and Bulls". The Washington Post. p. B03. Certainly you've wondered by now how many times teams from the same city have won NBA and NHL championships in the same season. None...This will be the first. Chicago: City of Champions.
  3. First Russians win Cup - Because It's The Cup on YouTube


  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp. 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
  • NHL (1991). National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 1991–92.
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