The 1981 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the Minnesota North Stars making their first Finals appearance and the defending champion New York Islanders, in their second-ever Finals appearance. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series four games to one, to win their second Stanley Cup.
Paths to the Final
- For more details on this topic, see 1981 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Minnesota defeated the Boston Bruins 3–0, the Buffalo Sabres 4–1 and the Calgary Flames 4–2 to advance to the final. New York defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3–0, the Edmonton Oilers 4–2, and the New York Rangers 4–0 to make it to the final.
Dino Ciccarelli of the Stars scored a rookie record 14 goals, 7 assists for 21 points during the year's playoffs.
|Tue, May 12||Minnesota||3||New York||6|
|Thu, May 14||Minnesota||3||New York||6|
|Sun, May 17||New York||7||Minnesota||5|
|Tue, May 19||New York||2||Minnesota||4|
|Thu, May 21||Minnesota||1||New York||5|
New York wins the series 4–1.
New York Islanders 1981 Stanley Cup champions
- Bill Torrey (President/General Manager)
- John Pickett (Chairman/Owner)
- Al Arbour (Head Coach), #10 Lorne Henning (playing-Ass't Coach)†
- Jim Devellano (Chief Scout), Gerry Ehman (Western Scout)
- Harry Boyd, Maurice Sabageno (Scouts)
- Ron Waske (Trainer), Jim Pickard (Ass't Trainer)
- Steve Corais (Director of Public Relations)^.
Stanley Cup Engraving
- ^-Steve Corais was included on the team, but name was left off the Stanley Cup.
- † Lorne Henning played nine regular season and one playoff game. He was the last playing-coach to win the Stanley Cup.
- †† Jean Potvin 18 games regular season games, and did not dress in the playoffs. He spent the rest of year as a broadcaster. Potvin's name was put on the cup in 1981, even though he did not officially qualify.
- A new ring was created in 1993 for the winners from 1979 to 1991. New York Islanders was misspelled. NEW YORK ILANDERS missing the first "S". Name was spelt correctly on the Replica Cup also created in 1993.
- (2000) Total Stanley Cup. NHL.
- Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1–55168–261.
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