1999 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1999 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1998–99 season, and the culmination of the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Eastern Conference champion Buffalo Sabres and the Western Conference champion Dallas Stars. It was the 106th year of the Stanley Cup being contested. The Sabres were led by captain Michael Peca, head coach Lindy Ruff and goaltender Dominik Hasek. The Stars were led by captain Derian Hatcher, head coach Ken Hitchcock and goaltender Ed Belfour. It was the Sabres' second Stanley Cup Final appearance, the first being a loss to Philadelphia in 1975. It was the third appearance for the Stars' franchise, and their first since moving to Dallas from Minnesota in 1993. Minnesota (known at the time as the North Stars) lost in the Final to the New York Islanders in 1981 and to Pittsburgh in 1991. The Stars defeated the Sabres four games to two to win their first Stanley Cup, becoming the eighth post-1967 expansion team to earn a championship, and the first Southern team to win the Cup. This was the first time since 1994 that the Stanley Cup Finals did not end in a sweep.

1999 Stanley Cup Finals
123456 Total
Dallas Stars 2*42122*** 4
Buffalo Sabres 3*21201*** 2
* indicates periods of overtime
Location(s)Dallas: Reunion Arena (1, 2, 5)
Buffalo: Marine Midland Arena (3, 4, 6)
CoachesDallas: Ken Hitchcock
Buffalo: Lindy Ruff
CaptainsDallas: Derian Hatcher
Buffalo: Michael Peca
RefereesTerry Gregson (1, 3, 6)
Bill McCreary (1, 4, 6)
Kerry Fraser (2, 4)
Dan Marouelli (2, 5)
Don Koharski (3, 5)
DatesJune 8 – June 19
MVPJoe Nieuwendyk (Stars)
Series-winning goalBrett Hull (14:51, 3OT, G6)
NetworksCBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), Fox (United States, games 1–2, 5), ESPN (United States, games 3–4, 6)
AnnouncersBob Cole and Harry Neale (CBC), Mike Emrick and John Davidson (Fox), Gary Thorne and Bill Clement (ESPN)

This series is also remembered because of the controversial finish to game six, in which Stars forward Brett Hull scored the Cup-winning goal with his skate in the crease, which was against the rules at the time. The league allowed the goal to stand as it was ruled that Hull was turned into the crease while maintaining continuous possession. 1999 was the only year between 1995 and 2003 that neither the New Jersey Devils, the Colorado Avalanche nor the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup.

Paths to the Finals

Buffalo defeated the Ottawa Senators 4–0, the Boston Bruins 4–2 and Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 to advance to the final.

Dallas defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4–0, the St. Louis Blues 4–2 and the Colorado Avalanche 4–3 to advance to the final.

Game summaries

Game one

June 8Buffalo Sabres3–2 OT
(0–1, 0–0, 2–1, 1–0)
Dallas StarsReunion Arena
Attendance: 17,001

The opening game was in Dallas and it was the visiting Buffalo Sabres who struck first, winning 3–2 in overtime. Dallas led 1-0 on a power play goal by Brett Hull, but Stu Barnes and Wayne Primeau scored 5:04 apart in the third to give Buffalo a 2-1 lead. Jere Lehtinen tied the game in the final minute of the third period, but Jason Woolley scored at 15:30 of overtime to give the Sabres the series lead.

Game two

June 10Buffalo Sabres2–4
(0–0, 1–1, 1–3)
Dallas StarsReunion Arena
Attendance: 17,001

Dallas struck back in the second game, winning 4–2. Dallas attempted to rattle Buffalo goaltender Dominik Hasek in the first period, as Brian Skrudland was assessed a charging minor after running Hasek, who had gone into the corner to his right to play the puck, at 12:25 of the first period. With three seconds left in the period, Dallas center Mike Modano tripped Hasek away from the play in almost the same spot, and a number of scrums broke out as time expired. Dallas winger Joe Nieuwendyk—who had been "freight-trained" (in the words of Fox play-by-play man Mike Emrick) into the boards by Buffalo center Brian Holzinger with seven seconds left in one of a series of big hits—dropped the gloves and fought Holzinger in the circle to the right of Hasek. These were the first fighting majors in three years in the final round, and it was also Nieuwendyk's first fighting major in five years in either the playoffs or regular season. Nieuwendyk's decision to drop the gloves—so out-of-character for him—seemed to inspire the team and was one of the reasons he eventually won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1999.

After the scoreless opening period, the teams traded goals in the middle frame. Craig Ludwig's first goal in 102 playoff games gave Dallas its first lead of the game in the third period, but Alexei Zhitnik tied it 71 seconds later. Brett Hull scored on a slap shot, a one-timer on a pass from Tony Hrkac, from the top of the circle to Hasek's left with 2:50 remaining in the game, but Buffalo had an excellent chance to tie the game with Derian Hatcher being assessed a high-sticking minor 19 seconds later. During the power play, Buffalo pulled Hasek for a 6-on-4 attacking advantage, but the Stars were able to kill the penalty, and Hatcher scored an empty-netter just three seconds after emerging from the penalty box. The empty net goal sealed the win for Dallas, and evened the series at one game apiece. Mike Modano left the game with approximately ten minutes to play after suffering a broken wrist.

Game three

June 12Dallas Stars2–1
(0–0, 1–1, 1–0)
Buffalo SabresMarine Midland Arena
Attendance: 18,595

The series shifted to Buffalo for games three and four. It was the visiting Dallas Stars turn to win one on the road, winning 2–1. With Modano hampered by his wrist injury, and Hull leaving the game with a groin injury, Joe Nieuwendyk's two goals, including his sixth game-winner of the playoffs, led Dallas to the win.

Game four

June 15Dallas Stars1–2
(1–1, 0–1, 0–0)
Buffalo SabresMarine Midland Arena
Attendance: 18,595

Facing a two games to one deficit in the series, the Sabres came through with a 2–1 victory.

Game five

June 17Buffalo Sabres0–2
(0–0, 0–1, 0–1)
Dallas StarsReunion Arena
Attendance: 17,001

With the series tied at two games apiece and returning to Dallas, Ed Belfour made 23 saves to shut out the Sabres, and move Dallas within one win of the Stanley Cup.

Game six

June 19Dallas Stars2–1 3OT
(1–0, 0–1, 0–0, 1–0)
Buffalo SabresMarine Midland Arena
Attendance: 18,595

The series shifted back to Marine Midland Arena for the sixth game on June 19, 1999, where the Dallas Stars would seek their first Stanley Cup, while the Buffalo Sabres would fight for a win to extend the series to a seventh and final game.

Dallas, which allowed the first goal in the earlier two games played at Marine Midland Arena, took a 1-0 lead on one of its few scoring chances in the first period when Lehtinen scored his tenth goal of the playoffs at 8:09. The Sabres tied the game with their first goal since the third period of game four when Barnes' wrist shot eluded Belfour with 1:39 to play in the second period.

The game remained tied at one through the third period and the first two overtime periods, despite several chances by both teams to score. At 14:51 of the third overtime period, Brett Hull scored off of a rebound from inside the crease over a sprawling Dominik Hasek to end the series and award Dallas their first Stanley Cup.

It was the longest Cup-winning game in Finals history, and the second-longest Finals game overall, after game one of the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals, which ended at 15:13 of the third overtime.

Team rosters

Bolded years under Final appearance indicates year won Stanley Cup.

Dallas Stars

# Player Catches Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
1 Roman Turek R 1990 Strakonice, Czechoslovakia first (did not play)
20 Ed Belfour L 1997–98 Carman, Manitoba second (1992)
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
2 Derian HatcherC L 1990 Sterling Heights, Michigan first
3 Craig Ludwig - A L 1991–92 Rhinelander, Wisconsin third (1986, 1989)
5 Darryl Sydor L 1995–96 Edmonton, Alberta second (1993)
24 Richard Matvichuk L 1991 Edmonton, Alberta first
27 Shawn Chambers L 1995–96 Royal Oak, Michigan third (1991, 1995)
37 Brad Lukowich L 1996–97 Cranbrook, British Columbia first (did not play)
56 Sergei ZubovA R 1996–97 Moscow, Soviet Union second (1994)
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
9 Mike ModanoA C L 1988 Livonia, Michigan second (1991)
10 Brian Skrudland C L 1997–98 Peace River, Alberta fourth (1986, 1989, 1996)
11 Blake Sloan RW R 1998–99 Park Ridge, Illinois first
12 Mike Keane RW R 1997–98 Winnipeg, Manitoba fourth (1986, 1989, 1996)
14 Dave Reid LW L 1996–97 Toronto, Ontario first
15 Jamie Langenbrunner RW R 1993 Cloquet, Minnesota first
16 Pat Verbeek RW R 1996–97 Sarnia, Ontario first
18 Derek Plante C L 1998–99 Cloquet, Minnesota first (did not play)
21 Guy Carbonneau C R 1995–96 Sept-Îles, Quebec fourth (1986, 1989, 1993)
22 Brett Hull RW R 1998–99 Belleville, Ontario first
25 Joe NieuwendykA C L 1995–96 Oshawa, Ontario second (1989)
26 Jere Lehtinen RW R 1992 Espoo, Finland first
29 Grant Marshall RW R 1994–95 Port Credit, Ontario first
33 Benoit Hogue LW L 1998–99 Repentigny, Quebec first
41 Tony Hrkac LW L 1998–99 Thunder Bay, Ontario second (1992)
49 Jon Sim LW L 1996 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia first

Buffalo Sabres

# Player Catches Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
30 Dwayne Roloson L 1998–99 Simcoe, Ontario first (did not play)
39 Dominik Hasek L 1992–93 Pardubice, Czechoslovakia second (1992)
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
3 James PatrickA R 1998–99 Winnipeg, Manitoba first
4 Rhett Warrener R 1998–99 Shaunavon, Saskatchewan second (1996)
5 Jason Woolley L 1994–95 Toronto, Ontario second (1996)
8 Darryl Shannon L 1995–96 Barrie, Ontario first (did not play)
42 Richard Smehlik L 1990 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia first
44 Alexei Zhitnik L 1994–95 Kiev, Soviet Union second (1993)
74 Jay McKee L 1995 Kingston, Ontario first
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
9 Erik Rasmussen LW L 1996 Minneapolis, Minnesota first
15 Dixon Ward RW R 1995–96 Leduc, Alberta first
17 Randy Cunneyworth LW L 1998–99 Etobicoke, Ontario first
18 Michal Grosek RW R 1995–96 Vyškov, Czechoslovakia first
19 Brian Holzinger C R 1991 Parma, Ohio first
22 Wayne Primeau C L 1994 Scarborough, Ontario first
25 Vaclav Varada RW L 1993–94 Vsetín, Czechoslovakia first
27 Michael PecaC C R 1995–96 Toronto, Ontario second (1994)
32 Rob Ray RW L 1988 Stirling, Ontario first (did not play)
37 Curtis BrownA C L 1994 Unity, Saskatchewan first
41 Stu Barnes C R 1998–99 Spruce Grove, Alberta second (1996)
80 Geoff Sanderson LW L 1997–98 Hay River, Northwest Territories first
81 Miroslav Satan RW L 1996–97 Jacovce, Czechoslovakia first
90 Joe Juneau C L 1998–99 Pont-Rouge, Quebec second (1998)

"No Goal"

Brett Hull's goal ended the series and the Stars were awarded the Stanley Cup. The referees did not seek a review from the video judge, although NHL officials said that they reviewed the tape several times. They subsequently told the incensed Buffalo Coach Lindy Ruff that although Hull's left skate preceded the puck into the crease, Hull had continuous possession and the goal was legal. "The rule was absolutely, correctly applied," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "It was a nonissue. Everyone understands it was the right call." NHL Director of Officiating Bryan Lewis said there was no crease violation because "Hull had possession of the puck when his skate entered the crease."

In years since, Buffalo fans have often cited this event as the "No Goal game".

This is the only time Dallas has won the Stanley Cup, while Buffalo has not returned to the Finals since this series. Dallas returned to the Finals in 2000 but lost to the New Jersey Devils.


In Canada, the series was televised on CBC. In the United States, this was fifth and final year in which coverage of the Cup Finals was split between Fox and ESPN. Fox aired games one, two, and five; while ESPN had games three, four, and six.[1] Had there been a game seven, it would have aired on Fox. Under the U.S. TV contracts that would take effect beginning next season, ABC would take over for Fox as the NHL's network television partner.

Dallas Stars – 1999 Stanley Cup champions


Coaching and administrative staff

  • Thomas O. Hicks (Chairman/Owner/Governor), Jim Lites (President), Bob Gainey (Vice President/General Manager)
  • Doug Armstrong *Rod Houston (Asst. General Manager), Craig Button (Director of Player Personnel), Ken Hitchcock (Head Coach)
  • Doug Jarvis (Asst. Coach), Rick Wilson (Asst. Coaches), Rick McLaughlin (Vice President-Chief Financial Officer), Jeff Cogen (Vice President-Marketing & Promotions)
  • Bill Strong (Vice President-Marketing & Broadcasting), Tim Bernhardt (Director-Amateur Scouting), Doug Overton (Director-Pro Scouting)
  • Bob Gernader (Chief Scout), Stu McGregor (Western Scout), Dave Suprenant (Medical Trainer)
  • Dave Smith (Equipment Manager), Rick Matthews (Asst. Equipment Manager), Jean-Jacque McQueen (Strength-Conditioning Coach)
  • Rick St. Croix (Goaltending Consultant), Dan Stuchal (Director of Team Services), Larry Kelly (Director of Public Relations)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • † Brent Severyn played only 30 games, missing 22 regular season games due to injuries, and was a healthy scratch for the playoffs. Dallas asked the NHL to include his name, because he spent the whole season with Dallas.
  • †† Derek Plante – played 41 regular season games for Buffalo and 10 for Dallas NHL total 51 games. He also played 6 playoff games. His name was included on the cup, because he spent the whole season in the NHL.
  • Mike Modano and Shawn Chambers were the only players on the roster remaining from 1990-91 Minnesota North Stars. Chambers left the Stars in summer of 1991. for Washington. He joined Tampa Bay in summer of 1992. Chambers won the Stanley Cup first year in New Jersey in 1995, before rejoining the Stars in summer of 1997. The North Stars in 1990-91 were coached by Bob Gainey (who would become general manager in 1992 and hold the position when the team relocated), where they lost in 6 games to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals.

Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas in 1993 to become the Dallas Stars. Chambers was not with the North Stars/Stars for the whole period between 1991 and 1997, as he won the Stanley Cup in 1995 with the New Jersey Devils, before rejoining the Stars.

Included on the team picture, but left off the Stanley Cup.

  • In February, Dallas added #6 Doug Lidster (D) from the Canadian national team, and #37 Brad Lukowich (D), from the minor league Kalamazoo Wings. Lidster played 17 regular season and 4 playoff games. Lukowich played 14 regular season and 8 playoff games (2 games in conference finals). They were left off the cup even though they played in the playoffs.
  • Leon Friedrich† (Video Coordinator), Craig Lowery† (Trainer Asst.), Doug Warner† (Equipment Asst.) – All 5 members were awarded Stanley Cup Rings


The following year, the Dallas Stars successfully returned to the Stanley Cup Finals. At that time, they faced the New Jersey Devils but lost in six games. As for the Buffalo Sabres, they lost in the first round to the Philadelphia Flyers in five games.

See also


  1. "1999 Stanley Cup Finals schedule". NHL.com. Archived from the original on 2000-03-03. Retrieved 2018-09-02.


  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
  • Strachan, Al. Go to the Net: Eight Goals That Changed the Game. Triumph Books. ISBN 9780385673730.
  • List of Stanley Cup Finals broadcasters
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Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
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