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2002 Stanley Cup Finals


Game 1 2 3 4 5 Games
Detroit 2 3 3 3 3 4
Carolina 3 1 2 0 1 1
Coaches Detroit: Scotty Bowman
Carolina: Paul Maurice
Captains Detroit: Steve Yzerman
Carolina: Ron Francis
Dates June 4-June 13, 2002
Most Valuable Player Niklas Lidstrom

The 2002 Stanley Cup Finals were played June 4 to June 13 between the Detroit Red Wings and the Carolina Hurricanes, making their first Stanley Cup Final appearance.

Road to the Finals

The Series

Detroit vs. Carolina
Date Away Home OT Score
June 4 Carolina Detroit OT 3 - 2
June 6 Carolina Detroit 3 - 1
June 8 Detroit Carolina 3OT1 3 - 2
June 10 Detroit Carolina 3 - 0
June 13 Carolina Detroit 3 - 1
Detroit wins series 4–1
and Stanley Cup
Nicklas Lidström (Detroit)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

1As of 2007, the playoff game on June 8, 2002 between Detroit and Carolina is the 18th longest NHL overtime game. 54 minutes and 47 seconds of overtime were played before Igor Larionov of Detroit scored the game-winning goal. It is also the longest home debut in Stanley Cup Finals history. Larionov had just broken his own record for oldest player to score a final-round goal, set less than 2 hours previous. He was 42 years and 172 days old at the time.

Detroit Red Wings - 2002 Stanley Cup Champions



(played 2 playoff game)


(Spare did not play)

  • Mike Ilitch Sr. (Owner/President/Governor), Marian Ilitch (Owner/Secretary-Treasurer), Christopher Ilitch (Co-President of Ilitch Holdings)
  • Denise Ilitch (Co-President of Ilitch Holdings/Alternate Governor), Ronald Ilitch, Michael Ititch Jr. (Minority Owners)
  • Lisa Ilitch Murray, Atanas Ilitch, Carole Ilitch Trepeck (Minority Owners), Jim Devellano (Sr. Vice President)
  • Ken Holland (General Manager), Jim Nill (Ass’t General Manager), William Scotty Bowman (Head Coach),
  • Dave Lewis, Barry Smith(Associate Coaches)
  • Jim Bedard (Goaltending Consultant), Joey Kocur (Video Coordinator), John Wharton (Athletic Therapist),
  • Piet Van Zant (Ass’t Athletic Therapist), Paul Boyer (Equipment Manager)
  • Paul MacDonald (Sr. Director of Finance), Nancy Beard (Executive Ass’t), Dan Belisle (Director of Scouting), Mark Howe (Scout)
  • Bob McCammon, Hakan Andersson, Bruce Haralson (Scouts)
  • Mark Leach, Joe McDonnell, Glenn Merkosky (Scouts)
  • Tim Abbott† (Ass’t Equipment Manager), Sergie Tchekmarev† (Masseur), John Remejes† (Dressing Room Assistant), .

  • †-Name not engraved on Stanley Cup, but included on the official team picture. Maxim Kuznetsov played in 39 games (2 less than the minimum), but was not dressed in the playoffs.
  • Each NHL team is to dress 20 out a 23 team roster for each games. In 2002 only 22 players name were added to the Stanley Cup.
  • ††Jason Elliot was called up from the minors to serve as a practice goalie for Detroit, during the playoffs. Elliot was awarded a Stanley Cup ring, and was included on the team picture. Jason Elliot never played in the NHL. He retired after 2006-07 season while playing in Germany.
  • &-played both center and wing due to injuries on the team

Stanley Cup Engraving

  • Manny Legace's name was misspelled MANNY LEGECE with an "E" instead of an "A". An "A" was stamped over the second "E" twice to correct this mistake.
  • Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan became the second and third players to win the Olympic Gold Medal in hockey (with team Canada) and the Stanley Cup (with Detroit) in the Same Year (See 1980 Ken Morrow)
  • Chris Chelios and Brett Hull became the first players to win an Olympic Silver medal (with team United States) and the Stanley Cup (with Detroit) in the same year.


The Red Wings were swept in the first round the following year by the eventual Stanley Cup finalists, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. As for the Carolina Hurricanes, they missed the playoffs the following year. The Red Wings would not return to the Stanley Cup Finals until six years later where they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Hurricanes, on the other hand, would not return to the Stanley Cup Finals until four years later where they would go on to capture their first ever Stanley Cup championship by defeating the Edmonton Oilers in seven games.

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