2000–01 NHL season

The 2000–01 NHL season was the 84th regular season of the National Hockey League. With the addition of the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild, 30 teams each played 82 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Colorado Avalanche, who won the best of seven series 4–3 against the New Jersey Devils. The focus of Colorado's Stanley Cup run was on star defenseman Ray Bourque, who was on a quest to win his first Stanley Cup championship in his illustrious 22-year career.

2000–01 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 4, 2000 – June 9, 2001
Number of games82
Number of teams30
Draft
Top draft pickRick DiPietro
Picked byNew York Islanders
Regular season
Presidents' TrophyColorado Avalanche
Season MVPJoe Sakic (Avalanche)
Top scorerJaromir Jagr (Penguins)
Playoffs
Eastern championsNew Jersey Devils
  Eastern runners-upPittsburgh Penguins
Western championsColorado Avalanche
  Western runners-upSt. Louis Blues
Playoffs MVPPatrick Roy (Avalanche)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsColorado Avalanche
  Runners-upNew Jersey Devils

League business

Two expansion teams, the Minnesota Wild and the Columbus Blue Jackets, joined the league at the beginning of the season, increasing the number of NHL teams to 30. The Blue Jackets would join the Central Division, while the Wild would join the Northwest Division. This divisional alignment would remain static until the 2013–14 season. This was the first time the NHL would have a team in Minnesota since the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas, Texas in 1993, and the first time for Ohio since the Cleveland Barons merged with the North Stars in 1978.

The Dallas Stars played their final season at the Reunion Arena before moving to the American Airlines Center in 2001.

Uniform Changes

Buffalo: New Red Alternates. Calgary: Previous Black Alternates become the new road uniforms. Carolina: Black outline added to players' names. Chicago: 75th-anniversary patch. Colorado: 2001 NHL All-Star Game Patch. Columbus: White Jerseys with red and blue stripes, Blue road jerseys have Red stripe. Team also wears an inaugural season patch. Alt marks are on the shoulders. Detroit: 75th-anniversary patch Minnesota: White Jerseys with red and green stripes, the Green jerseys have just the red stripe. Alt marks are on the shoulders. New York Rangers: 75th-anniversary patch. Ottawa: The team introduces a new alternate jersey -- this one black with the forward-looking centurion crest. Pittsburgh: The Penguins introduce a new alternate jersey, welcoming back the skating penguin and introducing Vegas gold. San Jose: 10th Anniversary patch. Toronto: Alternates from 1998-1999 return, as well as a new TML Patch. Washington: Black alternates from 1999-2000 become new road uniforms.

Regular season

On December 27, 2000, Mario Lemieux returned from his three-and-a-half-year retirement and, in a game nationally televised on Hockey Night in Canada, registered his first assist 33 seconds into the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He went on to add a goal and finish with three points, solidifying his return and bringing a struggling Jaromir Jagr back to his elite status, who went on to win his fourth straight Art Ross Trophy, narrowly surpassing Joe Sakic. Despite playing in only 43 games in 2000–01, Lemieux scored 76 points to finish 26th in scoring, finishing the season with the highest points-per-game average that season among NHL players. Lemieux was one of the three finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Award.

The record for most shutouts in a season (set at 160 in 1997–98 and equalled in 1998–99)[1][2] was eclipsed, as 186 shutouts were recorded.[3]

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division[4]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
11New Jersey Devils824819123295195111
24Philadelphia Flyers824325113240207100
36Pittsburgh Penguins8242289328125696
410New York Rangers8233435125029072
515New York Islanders8221517318526852

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Northeast Division[5]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
12Ottawa Senators82482194274205109
25Buffalo Sabres8246305121818498
37Toronto Maple Leafs82372911523220790
49Boston Bruins8236308822724988
511Montreal Canadiens8228408620623270

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL=Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Southeast Division[6]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
13Washington Capitals82412710423321196
28Carolina Hurricanes8238329321222588
312Florida Panthers82223813920024666
413Atlanta Thrashers82234512221128960
514Tampa Bay Lightning8224476520128059

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference[7]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 Z- New Jersey DevilsAT824819123295195111
2 Y- Ottawa SenatorsNE824127104274205109
3 Y- Washington CapitalsSE82412710423321196
4 X- Philadelphia FlyersAT824325113240207100
5 X- Buffalo SabresNE8246305121818498
6 X- Pittsburgh PenguinsAT8242289328125696
7 X- Toronto Maple LeafsNE82372911523220790
8 X- Carolina HurricanesSE8238329321222588
8.5
9 Boston BruinsNE8236308822724988
10 New York RangersAT8233435125029072
11 Montreal CanadiensNE8228408620623270
12 Florida PanthersSE82223813920024666
13 Atlanta ThrashersSE82234512221128960
14 Tampa Bay LightningSE8224476520128059
15 New York IslandersAT8221517318526852

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

Z – Clinched Conference; Y – Clinched Division; X – Clinched Playoff spot

Western Conference

Central Division[8]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
12Detroit Red Wings82492094253202111
24St. Louis Blues824322125249195103
310Nashville Predators8234369318620080
412Chicago Blackhawks8229408521024671
513Columbus Blue Jackets8228399619023371

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Northwest Division[9]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
11Colorado Avalanche825216104270192118
26Edmonton Oilers82392812324322293
38Vancouver Canucks82362811723923890
411Calgary Flames82273615419723673
514Minnesota Wild82253913516821068

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Pacific Division[10]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
13Dallas Stars82482482241187106
25San Jose Sharks82402712321719295
37Los Angeles Kings82382813325222892
49Phoenix Coyotes82352717321421290
515Mighty Ducks of Anaheim82254111518824566

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference[11]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1p – Colorado AvalancheNW825216104270192118
2y – Detroit Red WingsCEN82492094253202111
3y – Dallas StarsPAC82482482241187106
4St. Louis BluesCEN824322125249195103
5San Jose SharksPAC82402712321719295
6Edmonton OilersNW82392812324322293
7Los Angeles KingsPAC82382813325222892
8Vancouver CanucksNW82362811723923890
8.5
9Phoenix CoyotesPAC82352717321421290
10Nashville PredatorsCEN8234369318620080
11Calgary FlamesNW82273615419723673
12Chicago BlackhawksCEN8229408521024671
13Columbus Blue JacketsCEN8228399619023371
14Minnesota WildNW82253913516821068
15Mighty Ducks of AnaheimPAC82254111518824566

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific, NW – Northwest

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

Playoffs

The 2001 Playoffs saw many surprises, most notably when the upstart Los Angeles Kings beat the Detroit Red Wings. The Washington Capitals, another Stanley Cup favorite, was knocked out in the first round by their longtime rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The darkhorse Penguins (aided by Mario Lemieux's return) made it to the Eastern Conference Final, where they were dispatched in five games by the New Jersey Devils.

Final

New Jersey vs. Colorado
DateAwayHome
May 26New Jersey 05 Colorado
May 29New Jersey 21 Colorado
May 31Colorado 31 New Jersey
June 2Colorado 23 New Jersey
June 4New Jersey 41 Colorado
June 7Colorado 40 New Jersey
June 9New Jersey 13 Colorado
Colorado wins series
4–3 and Stanley Cup
Patrick Roy (Colorado)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Playoff bracket

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1 New Jersey 4     1 New Jersey 4  
8 Carolina 2     7 Toronto 3  
2 Ottawa 0 Eastern Conference
7 Toronto 4  
    1 New Jersey 4  
  6 Pittsburgh 1  
3 Washington 2  
6 Pittsburgh 4  
4 Philadelphia 2   5 Buffalo 3
5 Buffalo 4     6 Pittsburgh 4  
  E1 New Jersey 3
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W1 Colorado 4
1 Colorado 4     1 Colorado 4
8 Vancouver 0     7 Los Angeles 3  
2 Detroit 2
7 Los Angeles 4  
  1 Colorado 4
  4 St. Louis 1  
3 Dallas 4  
6 Edmonton 2   Western Conference
4 St. Louis 4   3 Dallas 0
5 San Jose 2     4 St. Louis 4  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Awards

The presentation ceremonies were held in Toronto.

2000-01 NHL awards
AwardRecipient(s)Runner(s)-up/Finalists
Stanley CupColorado AvalancheNew Jersey Devils
Presidents' Trophy
(Best regular season record)
Colorado AvalancheDetroit Red Wings
New Jersey Devils
Prince of Wales Trophy
(Eastern Conference champion)
New Jersey DevilsPittsburgh Penguins
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
(Western Conference champion)
Colorado AvalancheSt. Louis Blues
Art Ross Trophy
(Player with most points)
Jaromir Jagr (Pittsburgh Penguins)Joe Sakic (Colorado Avalanche)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
(Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication)
Adam Graves (New York Rangers)N/A
Calder Memorial Trophy
(Best first-year player)
Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose Sharks)Martin Havlat (Ottawa Senators)
Brad Richards (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Conn Smythe Trophy
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche)N/A
Frank J. Selke Trophy
(Defensive forward)
John Madden (New Jersey Devils)Mike Modano (Dallas Stars)
Joe Sakic (Colorado Avalanche)
Hart Memorial Trophy
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Joe Sakic (Colorado Avalanche)Jaromir Jagr (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Jack Adams Award
(Best coach)
Bill Barber (Philadelphia Flyers)Scotty Bowman (Detroit Red Wings)
Jacques Martin (Ottawa Senators)
James Norris Memorial Trophy
(Best defenseman)
Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit Red Wings)Ray Bourque (Colorado Avalanche)
Scott Stevens (New Jersey Devils)
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
(Leadership and humanitarian contribution)
Shjon Podein (Colorado Avalanche)N/A
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
Joe Sakic (Colorado Avalanche)Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit Red Wings)
Adam Oates (Washington Capitals)
Lester B. Pearson Award
(Outstanding player)
Joe Sakic (Colorado Avalanche) N/A
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
(Top goal-scorer)
Pavel Bure (Florida Panthers)Joe Sakic (Colorado Avalanche)
Vezina Trophy
(Best goaltender)
Dominik Hasek (Buffalo Sabres)Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils)
Roman Cechmanek (Philadelphia Flyers)
William M. Jennings Trophy
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
Dominik Hasek (Buffalo Sabres)N/A
Lester Patrick Trophy
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)
Gary Bettman, Scotty Bowman, and David PoileN/A

All-Star teams

First Team  Position  Second Team
Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres G Roman Cechmanek, Philadelphia Flyers
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings D Rob Blake, L.A./Colorado
Ray Bourque, Colorado Avalanche D Scott Stevens, New Jersey Devils
Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche C Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins RW Pavel Bure, Florida Panthers
Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils LW Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Player statistics

Regular season

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Jaromir JagrPittsburgh815269121
Joe SakicColorado825464118
Patrik EliasNew Jersey82405696
Alexei KovalevPittsburgh79445195
Jason AllisonBoston82365995
Martin StrakaPittsburgh82276895
Pavel BureFlorida82593392
Doug WeightEdmonton82256590
Zigmund PalffyLos Angeles73385189
Peter ForsbergColorado73276289

[12]

Leading goaltenders

Wins: Martin Brodeur (42); Shutouts: Dominik Hasek (11); GAA: Roman Cechmanek (2.01); SV%: Marty Turco (.925)

Playoffs

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Joe SakicColorado Avalanche21131326
Patrik EliasNew Jersey Devils2591423
Milan HejdukColorado Avalanche2371623
Petr SykoraNew Jersey Devils25101222
Alex TanguayColorado Avalanche2361521
Rob BlakeColorado Avalanche2361319
Brian RafalskiNew Jersey Devils2571118
Mario LemieuxPittsburgh Penguins1861117
Chris DruryColorado Avalanche2311516
Bobby HolikNew Jersey Devils2561016
Alexander MogilnyNew Jersey Devils2551116

Milestones

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2000–01:

Last games

The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2000–01, listed with their team:

PlayerTeamNotability
Jesse Belanger[13]New York Islanders1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens.
Ray Bourque[14]Colorado Avalanche1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Avalanche, 16-time NHL All-Star, 4-time James Norris Memorial Trophy winner, Calder Memorial Trophy winner, King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner, Lester Patrick Trophy winner, over 1600 games played.
Paul Coffey[15]Boston Bruins4-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins, 14-time NHL All-Star, 3-time James Norris Memorial Trophy winner, over 1400 games played.
Rene Corbet[16]Pittsburgh Penguins1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Colorado Avalanche.
J. J. Daigneault[17]Minnesota Wild1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens.
Kevin Hatcher[18]Carolina Hurricanes5-time NHL All-Star, over 1100 games played.
Garry Galley[19]New York Islanders2-time NHL All-Star, over 1100 games played.
Tony Granato[20]San Jose SharksBill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner, 1-time NHL All-Star.
Kris King[21]Chicago BlackhawksKing Clancy Memorial Trophy winner.
Kirk McLean[22]New York Rangers2-time NHL All-Star.
Joe Murphy[23]Washington Capitals1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers.
Larry Murphy[24]Detroit Red Wings4-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Red Wings, 3-time NHL All-Star, over 1600 games played.
Ron Sutter[25]Calgary FlamesOver 1000 games played, the last active Sutter brother to play in NHL.
Petr Svoboda[26]Tampa Bay Lightning1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens, Olympic gold medalist, over 1000 games played.

Hat Tricks

See also

References

  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.
  • 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.
Notes
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  2. "1998-99 NHL Goalie Statistics". Hockey-Reference.com.
  3. "2000-01 NHL Goalie Statistics". Hockey-Reference.com.
  4. "2000-2001 Division Standings". NHL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  5. "2000-2001 Division Standings". NHL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  6. "2000-2001 Division Standings". NHL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  7. "2000–2001 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  8. "2000-2001 Division Standings". NHL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
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  10. "2000-2001 Division Standings". NHL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  11. "2000-2001 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL.
  12. Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2009). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2010. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 161.
  13. "Jesse Bélanger - Bio, pictures, stats and more - Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens". ourhistory.canadiens.com.
  14. "Bourque relishes memory of winning Stanley Cup". NHL.com.
  15. "Coffey gets his day as jersey officially retired" via The Globe and Mail.
  16. Wilson, Kent (6 November 2012). "Where Are They Now? – Rene Corbet". Flamesnation.
  17. DOYLE, PAUL. "After Years Bouncing Around In Hockey World, Whale Coach J.J. Daigneault Finally Has Roots In State". courant.com.
  18. Pelletier, Joe (24 June 2009). "Washington Capitals Legends: Kevin Hatcher".
  19. Pilieci, Vito (20 August 2015). "Brewing upstart makes beer to help "Do It For Daron" mental health initiatives". Ottawa Citizen.
  20. "Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tony Granato". www.hhof.com.
  21. "Kris King added to NHL head office". CBC. December 8, 2001.
  22. "Kirk McLean".
  23. Westhead, Rick (10 December 2014). "Westhead: Former players charge NHL concussion program is a "whitewash"". TSN.
  24. "No. 4: Murphy proved a steal for Wings in '97". NHL.com.
  25. "Sutter Brothers Receive WHL Milestone Award – WHL Network".
  26. "Where are they now? Petr Svoboda - Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens". ourhistory.canadiens.com.
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