The 1980-81 NHL season was the 64th season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-one teams each played 80 games. This was the first season that the Calgary Flames played in Calgary, Alberta. Previously, they were the Atlanta Flames and played in Atlanta, Georgia. The New York Islanders won their second consecutive Stanley Cup, defeating the Minnesota North Stars in 5 games.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Prince of Wales Conference[edit | edit source]

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Buffalo Sabres 80 39 20 21 327 250 99
Boston Bruins 80 37 30 13 316 272 87
Minnesota North Stars 80 35 28 17 291 263 87
Quebec Nordiques 80 30 32 18 314 318 78
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 28 37 15 322 367 71

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Montreal Canadiens 80 45 22 13 332 232 103
Los Angeles Kings 80 43 24 13 337 290 99
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 302 345 73
Hartford Whalers 80 21 41 18 292 372 60
Detroit Red Wings 80 19 43 18 252 339 56

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Clarence Campbell Conference[edit | edit source]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 18 14 355 260 110
Philadelphia Flyers 80 41 24 15 313 249 97
Calgary Flames 80 39 27 14 329 298 92
New York Rangers 80 30 36 14 312 317 74
Washington Capitals 80 26 36 18 286 317 70

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
St. Louis Blues 80 45 18 14 352 281 107
Chicago Black Hawks 80 31 33 16 304 315 78
Vancouver Canucks 80 28 32 20 289 301 76
Edmonton Oilers 80 29 35 16 328 327 74
Colorado Rockies 80 22 45 13 258 344 57
Winnipeg Jets 80 9 57 14 246 400 32

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Scoring Leaders[edit | edit source]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 80 55 109 164 28
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings 80 58 77 135 70
Kent Nilsson Calgary Flames 80 49 82 131 26
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 79 68 51 119 32
Dave Taylor Los Angeles Kings 72 47 65 112 130
Peter Stastny Quebec Nordiques 77 39 70 109 37
Charlie Simmer Los Angeles Kings 65 56 49 105 62
Mike Rogers Hartford Whalers 80 40 65 105 32
Bernie Federko St. Louis Blues 78 31 73 104 47
Jacques Richard Quebec Nordiques 78 52 51 103 39

Leading Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Player Team GP MIN GA SO GAA
Richard Sevigny Montreal 33 1777 71 2 2.40
Rick St. Croix Philadelphia 27 1567 65 2 2.49
Don Edwards Buffalo 45 2700 133 3 2.96
Pete Peeters Philadelphia 40 2333 115 2 2.96
Bob Sauve Buffalo 35 2100 111 2 3.17
Don Beaupre Minnesota 44 2585 138 0 3.20
Glenn Resch New York Islanders / Colorado 40 2266 121 3 3.20
Reggie Lemelin Calgary 29 1629 88 2 3.24
Gilles Meloche Minnesota 38 2215 120 2 3.25
Mario Lessard Los Angeles 64 3746 203 2 3.25

Stanley Cup Playoffs[edit | edit source]

In Game One of the Edmonton-Montreal series, Wayne Gretzky had five assists. This was a single game playoff record.[1]

Playoff Bracket[edit | edit source]

  First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                     
1  New York Islanders 3  
16  Toronto Maple Leafs 0  
  1  New York Islanders 4  
  8  Edmonton Oilers 2  
3  Montreal Canadiens 0
14  Edmonton Oilers 3  
  1  New York Islanders 4  
  4  New York Rangers 0  
2  St. Louis Blues 3  
15  Pittsburgh Penguins 2  
  2  St. Louis Blues 2
  7  New York Rangers 4  
4  Los Angeles Kings 1
13  New York Rangers 3  
  1  New York Islanders 4
  6  Minnesota North Stars 1
3  Buffalo Sabres 3  
12  Vancouver Canucks 0  
  3  Buffalo Sabres 1
  6  Minnesota North Stars 4  
8  Boston Bruins 0
9  Minnesota North Stars 3  
  2  Calgary Flames 2
  3  Minnesota North Stars 4  
6  Philadelphia Flyers 3  
11  Quebec Nordiques 2  
  4  Philadelphia Flyers 3
  5  Calgary Flames 4  
7  Calgary Flames 3
10  Chicago Black Hawks 0  

Finals[edit | edit source]

New York Islanders vs. Minnesota North Stars
Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 12 Minnesota 3 New York 6
May 14 Minnesota 3 New York 6
May 17 New York 7 Minnesota 5
May 19 New York 2 Minnesota 4
May 21 Minnesota 1 New York 5 OT

New York wins the series 4–1.

NHL Awards[edit | edit source]

Prince of Wales Trophy: Montreal Canadiens
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: New York Islanders
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Blake Dunlop, St. Louis Blues
Calder Memorial Trophy: Peter Stastny, Quebec Nordiques
Conn Smythe Trophy: Butch Goring, New York Islanders
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Bob Gainey, Montreal Canadiens
Hart Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams Award: Gordon "Red" Berenson, St. Louis Blues
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Randy Carlyle, Pittsburgh Penguins
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Rick Kehoe, Pittsburgh Penguins
Lester B. Pearson Award: Mike Liut, St. Louis Blues
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Brian Engblom, Montreal Canadiens
Vezina Trophy: Denis Herron, Michel Larocque & Richard Sevigny, Montreal Canadiens
Lester Patrick Trophy: Charles M. Schulz

All-Star Teams[edit | edit source]

First Team   Position   Second Team
Mike Liut, St. Louis Blues G Mario Lessard, Los Angeles Kings
Denis Potvin, New York Islanders D Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens
Randy Carlyle, Pittsburgh Penguins D Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers C Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings
Mike Bossy, New York Islanders RW Dave Taylor, Los Angeles Kings
Charlie Simmer, Los Angeles Kings LW Bill Barber, Philadelphia Flyers

Debuts[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1980-81 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last Games[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1980-81 (listed with their last team):

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.243, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0


NHL Seasons

1976-77 | 1977-78 | 1978-79 | 1979-80 | 1980-81 | 1981-82 | 1982-83 | 1983-84 | 1984-85

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