2000 Stanley Cup Finals
The 2000 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1999–2000 season, and the culmination of the 2000 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils and the Western Conference champion Dallas Stars (who were the defending Stanley Cup champion). The Devils were led by captain Scott Stevens, head coach Larry Robinson and goaltender Martin Brodeur. The Stars were led by captain Derian Hatcher, head coach Ken Hitchcock and goaltender Ed Belfour. The Devils defeated the Stars, four games to two.
|2000 Stanley Cup Finals|
|* indicates periods of overtime|
|Location(s)||East Rutherford: Continental Airlines Arena (1, 2, 5)|
Dallas: Reunion Arena (3, 4, 6)
|Coaches||New Jersey: Larry Robinson (interim)|
Dallas: Ken Hitchcock
|Captains||New Jersey: Scott Stevens|
Dallas: Derian Hatcher
|National anthems||New Jersey: Arlette Roxburgh|
|Referees||Don Koharski (1, 3, 6)|
Bill McCreary (1, 4, 6)
Kerry Fraser (2, 4)
Dan Marouelli (2, 5)
Terry Gregson (3, 5)
|Dates||May 30 – June 10|
|MVP||Scott Stevens (Devils)|
|Series-winning goal||Jason Arnott (8:20, second OT, G6)|
|Networks||ABC (Games 3-6), CBC, ESPN (Games 1-2), SRC, NASN|
|Announcers||(CBC) Bob Cole, Harry Neale (ESPN/ABC) Gary Thorne, Bill Clement|
Paths to the Finals
Despite New Jersey being a lower seed in conference play (4) than Dallas (2), New Jersey's 103 points were one more than Dallas, giving them home-ice advantage in the series. The Devils won the Cup in game six on a one-timer goal by Jason Arnott in double overtime. It was their second Stanley Cup overall and first since 1995.
For the Stars, this was the first time since the New York Islanders lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the 1984 Finals that a defending Stanley Cup champion lost in the Finals. This happened to the Devils themselves the following year when they lost to the Colorado Avalanche.
This was the first-ever Finals that featured two relocated teams competing for the Stanley Cup, as well as the first Finals in which both teams had won the Stanley Cup previously after relocation.
|Tue, May 30||New Jersey Devils||7–3||Dallas Stars||Continental Airlines Arena||Recap|
|Thu, June 1||New Jersey Devils||1–2||Dallas Stars||Continental Airlines Arena||Recap|
|Sat, June 3||Dallas Stars||1–2||New Jersey Devils||Reunion Arena||Recap|
|Mon, June 5||Dallas Stars||1–3||New Jersey Devils||Reunion Arena||Recap|
|Thu, June 8||New Jersey Devils||0–1||3OT||Dallas Stars||Continental Airlines Arena||Recap|
|Sat, June 10||Dallas Stars||1–2||2OT||New Jersey Devils||Reunion Arena||Recap|
|New Jersey wins series 4–2|
Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.
New Jersey Devils
In Canada, the series was televised on CBC. In the United States, this was the first year under the new joint American TV contract with the Disney-owned networks ESPN and ABC, with ESPN airing the first two games of the Cup Finals and ABC broadcasting the rest of the series.
New Jersey Devils – 2000 Stanley Cup champions
Coaching and administrative staff
- John J. McMullen (Owner/Chairman/Governor), Peter McMullen (Vice President), Lou Lamoriello (President/General Manager)
- Larry Robinson (Interim Head Coach), Viacheslav Fetisov (Asst. Coach), Bobby Carpenter Jr. (Asst. Coaches), Jacques Caron (Goaltending Coach), John Cunniff (AHL Coach)
- David Conte (Director of Scouting), Claude Carrier (Scout), Milt Fisher (Scout), Dan Labraatan (Scout), Marcel Pronovost (Scout)
- Bob Hoffmeyer (Scout), Barry Fisher (Head Team Physician), Dennis Gendron (AHL Asst. Coach), Robbie Ftorek (Coach/Scout), Vladimir Bure (Consultant)
- Taran Singelton (Video Coordinator), Marie Carnevale (Hockey Operations-Ass't to President-General Manager), Callie Smith (Scouting Staff Asst.), Bill Murray (Medical Trainer), Michael Vasalani (Strength-Conditioning Coordinator)
- Dana McGuane (Equipment Manager), Juergen Merz (Message Therapist), Harry Bricker (Asst. Equipment Manager), Lou Centanni (Asst. Equipment Manager)
Stanley Cup engraving
Three players who did not automatically qualify for their names to be engraved on the Stanley Cup were engraved at the Devils' request:
- Steve Kelly† – Played ten playoff games, four in Eastern Conference Final.
- Steve Brule† – Played one game in the Conference Finals.
- Ken Sutton† – Joined the team at the NHL trade deadline from the minors. He played six regular season games, but was a healthy scratch for the playoffs.
- Larry Robinson was promoted from assistant coach to head coach with only eight games left in the regular season to replace Robbie Ftorek. Ftorek stayed on as a scout for the rest of season and the NHL allowed his name to be included on the Stanley Cup. Robinson became the first interim head coach in NHL history to guide a team to a Stanley Cup championship.
- Krzysztof Oliwa was first Polish born-trained player to win the Stanley Cup. He played 69 regular season, but missed whole playoff injured. Oliwa qualified for playing more than 1/2 the regular season games for New Jersey.
- 14 members were engraved with an install and two full names.
Left off the Stanley Cup
- Rob McLean (Consultant) – Still awarded a Stanley Cup Ring, and on the team picture.
- #24 Willie Mitchell (D) – Played in two regular season games. He was recalled for the playoffs, but did not make any playoff appearances. He won the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and 2014.
- #2 Deron Quint (D) – Played 50 regular season games for Phoenix, and four games for New Jersey (joined in a March 7 trade for Lyle Odelein) was not engraved on the Stanley Cup because New Jersey suspended him for failing to report to the minors for conditioning purposes.
- Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
| New Jersey Devils
Stanley Cup Champions