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The 1983-84 NHL season was the 67th season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-one teams each played 80 games. The Edmonton Oilers de-throned the four-time defending Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders four games to one in the Cup finals.

Not since World War II travel restrictions caused the NHL to drop regular season overtime games in 1942-43 had the NHL used overtime to decide regular season games. Starting this season, the NHL introduced a five minute extra period of overtime following the third period in the event of a tied game. If the game remained tied after the five minute extra period, it remained a tie, until the NHL shootout arrived in the 2005-06 season. Overtime in the Stanley Cup playoffs remained unchanged.

Regular SeasonEdit

The Edmonton Oilers ran away with the best record in the league, and for the third straight year set a new record for most goals in a season, 446. The Oilers' new captain Wayne Gretzky was once again breaking records and re-writing the record book with his name. This season saw Gretzky score at least one point in the first 51 games of the season, a mark that is often compared to Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak in Major League Baseball. During those 51 games, Gretzky had 61 goals and 92 assists for 153 points, which is exactly three points a game. He also won his fifth straight Hart Trophy and his fourth straight Art Ross Trophy.

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Paul Coffey becomes the third defenseman to score 100 points in a season.

The Calgary Flames play their inaugural season at the Olympic Saddledome (later the Canadian Airlines Saddledome, now the Pengrowth Saddledome).

Prior to the season, the St. Louis Blues were purchased by Harry Ornest, keeping the team from moving to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and remaining in the Missouri city, where it remains to this date.

Final StandingsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 49 25 6 336 261 104
Buffalo Sabres 80 48 25 7 315 257 103
Quebec Nordiques 80 42 28 10 360 278 94
Montreal Canadiens 80 35 40 5 286 295 75
Hartford Whalers 80 28 42 10 288 320 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.

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 50 26 4 357 269 104
Washington Capitals 80 48 27 5 308 226 101
Philadelphia Flyers 80 44 26 10 350 290 98
New York Rangers 80 42 29 9 314 304 93
New Jersey Devils 80 17 56 7 231 350 41
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 16 58 6 254 390 38

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
Minnesota North Stars 80 39 31 10 345 344 88
St. Louis Blues 80 32 41 17 293 316 71
Detroit Red Wings 80 31 42 7 298 323 69
Chicago Black Hawks 80 30 42 8 277 311 68
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 26 45 9 303 387 61

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 57 18 5 446 314 119
Calgary Flames 80 34 32 14 311 314 82
Vancouver Canucks 80 32 39 9 306 328 73
Winnipeg Jets 80 31 38 11 340 374 73
Los Angeles Kings 80 23 44 13 309 376 59

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 74 87 118 205 39
Paul Coffey Edmonton Oilers 80 40 86 126 104
Michel Goulet Quebec Nordiques 75 56 65 121 76
Peter Stastny Quebec Nordiques 80 46 73 119 73
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 76 51 67 118 8
Barry Pederson Boston Bruins 80 39 77 116 64
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers 64 52 61 113 14
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders 68 40 71 111 59
Bernie Federko St. Louis Blues 79 41 66 107 43
Rick Middleton Boston Bruins 80 47 58 105 14

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
Pat Riggin Washington Capitals 41 2299 102 2.66 21 14 2 4
Tom Barrasso Buffalo Sabres 42 2475 117 2.84 26 12 3 2
Al Jensen Washington Capitals 43 2414 117 2.91 25 13 3 4
Doug Keans Boston Bruins 33 1779 92 3.10 19 8 3 2
Bob Froese Philadelphia Flyers 48 2863 150 3.14 28 13 7 2
Pete Peeters Boston Bruins 50 2868 151 3.16 29 16 2 0
Dan Bouchard Quebec Nordiques 57 3373 180 3.20 29 18 8 1
Roland Melanson N.Y. Islanders 37 2019 110 3.27 20 11 2 0
Richard Sevigny Montreal Canadiens 40 2203 124 3.38 16 18 2 1
Murray Bannerman Chicago Black Hawks 56 3335 188 3.38 23 29 4 2

Stanley Cup PlayoffsEdit

Playoff BracketEdit

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

FinalsEdit

Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Islanders
Away Score Home Score Notes
Edmonton 1 New York 0
Edmonton 1 New York 6
New York 2 Edmonton 7
New York 2 Edmonton 7
New York 2 Edmonton 5

Edmonton wins series 4–1 and Stanley Cup

Mark Messier (Edmonton) wins Conn Smythe Trophy

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: Brad Park, Detroit Red Wings
Calder Memorial Trophy: Tom Barrasso, Buffalo Sabres
Conn Smythe Trophy: Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Doug Jarvis, Washington Capitals
Hart Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams Award: Bryan Murray, Washington Capitals
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: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
William M. Jennings Trophy: Al Jensen/Pat Riggin, Washington Capitals
Vezina Trophy: Tom Barrasso, Buffalo Sabres
Lester Patrick Trophy: John A. Ziegler, Jr., Arthur Howie Ross

All-Star TeamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Tom Barrasso, Buffalo Sabres G Pat Riggin, Washington Capitals
Rod Langway, Washington Capitals D Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins D Denis Potvin, New York Islanders
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers C Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders
Mike Bossy, New York Islanders RW Jari Kurri, Edmonton Oilers
Michel Goulet, Quebec Nordiques LW Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers

DebutsEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1983-84 (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 1983-84 (listed with their last team):

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

NHL Seasons

1979-80 | 1980-81 | 1981-82 | 1982-83 | 1983-84 | 1984-85 | 1985-86 | 1986-87 | 1987-88

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