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The 1982-83 NHL season was the 66th season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-one teams each played 80 games. The New York Islanders won their fourth Stanley Cup in a row with their second consecutive finals sweep by beating the Edmonton Oilers four games to none. No team in any major professional North American sport has won four consecutive championships since the Islanders.

Regular SeasonEdit

The Boston Bruins led the league in overall points with 110. The defending Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders fell from first overall and finished tied for 6th overall and the high-powered, high offence, Edmonton Oilers tied for second overall. The Oilers set a new record, which they had just set the previous year, for most goals in a season with 424 and were led by Wayne Gretzky's 196 points. The Oilers also set a record for most 100-point players in one season on one team as Wayne Gretzky, Glenn Anderson, Jari Kurri, and Mark Messier all scored more than 100 points.

For the start of the season, the Colorado Rockies (originally known as the Kansas City Scouts) moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey and became the New Jersey Devils. They also moved to the Patrick Division, forcing a reluctant Winnipeg Jets organization to leave the Norris Division and take Colorado's place in the Smythe. This would be the last relocation of an NHL team until the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas, Texas and became the Stars in 1993, while Denver would not see another NHL team of their own until the Quebec Nordiques moved there to become the Colorado Avalanche in June of 1995.

Some fans consider this season as the true end for the Original Six era, as the remaining 3 players from that era (Carol Vadnais, Serge Savard, and Wayne Cashman) retired after the season. Cashman was the last to play, losing in the Wales Conference Finals as a member of the Bruins.

Final StandingsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 50 20 10 327 228 110
Montreal Canadiens 80 42 24 14 350 286 98
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 29 13 318 285 89
Quebec Nordiques 80 34 34 12 343 336 80
Hartford Whalers 80 19 54 7 261 403 45

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.

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 80 49 23 8 326 240 106
New York Islanders 80 42 26 12 302 226 96
Washington Capitals 80 39 25 16 306 283 94
New York Rangers 80 35 35 10 306 287 80
New Jersey Devils 80 17 49 14 230 338 48
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 18 53 9 250 394 45

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 ConferenceEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 80 47 23 10 338 268 104
Minnesota North Stars 80 40 24 16 321 290 96
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 28 40 12 293 330 68
St. Louis Blues 80 25 40 15 285 316 65
Detroit Red Wings 80 21 44 15 263 344 57

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
Edmonton Oilers 80 47 21 12 424 315 106
Calgary Flames 80 32 34 14 321 316 78
Vancouver Canucks 80 30 35 15 303 309 75
Winnipeg Jets 80 33 39 8 311 333 74
Los Angeles Kings 80 27 41 12 308 365 66

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 LeadersEdit

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 80 71 125 196 59
Peter Stastny Quebec Nordiques 75 47 77 124 78
Denis Savard Chicago Black Hawks 78 35 86 121 99
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 79 60 58 118 20
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings 80 56 51 107 22
Barry Pederson Boston Bruins 77 46 61 107 47
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers 77 48 58 106 72
Michel Goulet Quebec Nordiques 80 57 48 105 51
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers 80 45 59 104 22
Glenn Anderson Edmonton Oilers 72 48 56 104 70
Kent Nilsson Calgary Flames 80 46 58 104 10

Leading GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP MIN GA GAA W L T SO
Pete Peeters Boston Bruins 62 3611 142 2.36 40 11 9 8
Bob Froese Philadelphia Flyers 25 1407 59 2.52 17 4 2 4
Rollie Melanson N.Y. Islanders 44 2460 109 2.66 24 12 5 1
Billy Smith N.Y. Islanders 41 2340 112 2.87 18 14 7 1
Pelle Lindbergh Philadelphia Flyers 40 2333 116 2.98 23 13 3 3
Murray Bannerman Chicago Black Hawks 41 2460 127 3.10 24 12 5 4
Richard Sevigny Montreal Canadiens 38 2130 122 3.44 15 11 8 1
Bob Sauve Buffalo Sabres 52 3110 179 3.45 25 20 7 1
Eddie Mio N.Y. Rangers 41 2365 136 3.45 16 18 6 2
Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks 39 2340 135 3.46 23 11 5 1

Stanley Cup PlayoffsEdit

Playoff BracketEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Finals
                                     
A1  Boston Bruins 3  
A4  Quebec Nordiques 1  
  A1  Boston Bruins 4  
  A3  Buffalo Sabres 3  
A2  Montreal Canadiens 0
A3  Buffalo Sabres 3  
  A1  Boston Bruins 2  
  P2  New York Islanders 4  
P1  Philadelphia Flyers 0  
P4  New York Rangers 3  
  P4  New York Rangers 2
  P2  New York Islanders 4  
P2  New York Islanders 3
P3  Washington Capitals 1  
  P2  New York Islanders 4
  S1  Edmonton Oilers 0
N1  Chicago Black Hawks 3  
N4  St. Louis Blues 1  
  N1  Chicago Black Hawks 4
  N2  Minnesota North Stars 1  
N2  Minnesota North Stars 3
N3  Toronto Maple Leafs 1  
  N1  Chicago Black Hawks 0
  S1  Edmonton Oilers 4  
S1  Edmonton Oilers 3  
S4  Winnipeg Jets 0  
  S1  Edmonton Oilers 4
  S2  Calgary Flames 1  
S2  Calgary Flames 3
S3  Vancouver Canucks 1  

FinalsEdit

New York Islanders vs. Edmonton Oilers
Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 10 New York2 Edmonton 0
May 12 New York6 Edmonton 3
May 14 Edmonton 1New York 5
May 16 Edmonton 2 New York 4

New York wins the series 4–0.

NHL AwardsEdit

Prince of Wales Trophy: New York Islanders
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Edmonton Oilers
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Lanny McDonald, Calgary Flames
Calder Memorial Trophy: Steve Larmer, Chicago Black Hawks
Conn Smythe Trophy: Billy Smith, New York Islanders
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers
Hart Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams Award: Orval Tessier, Chicago Black Hawks
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Rod Langway, Washington Capitals
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Mike Bossy, New York Islanders
Lester B. Pearson Award: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Charlie Huddy, Edmonton Oilers
William M. Jennings Trophy: Roland Melanson/Billy Smith, New York Islanders
Vezina Trophy: Pete Peeters, Boston Bruins
Lester Patrick Trophy: Bill Torrey

All-Star TeamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Pete Peeters, Boston Bruins G Roland Melanson, New York Islanders
Mark Howe, Philadelphia Flyers D Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
Rod Langway, Washington Capitals D Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers C Denis Savard, Chicago Black Hawks
Mike Bossy, New York Islanders RW Lanny McDonald, Calgary Flames
Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers LW Michel Goulet, Quebec Nordiques

DebutsEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1982-83 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last GamesEdit

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1982-83 (listed with their last team):

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

NHL Seasons

1978-79 | 1979-80 | 1980-81 | 1981-82 | 1982-83 | 1983-84 | 1984-85 | 1985-86 | 1986-87

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