2009–10 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 1, 2009 – June 9, 2010
Regular season
Season champions Washington Capitals
Season MVP Henrik Sedin (Vancouver)
Top scorer Henrik Sedin (Vancouver)
Eastern champions Philadelphia Flyers
  Eastern runners-up Montreal Canadiens
Western champions Chicago Blackhawks
  Western runners-up San Jose Sharks
Playoffs MVP Jonathan Toews
Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup champions Chicago Blackhawks
  Runners-up Philadelphia Flyers

The 2009–10 NHL season was the 92nd season of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the 100th season since the founding of the predecessor National Hockey Association (NHA). It ran from October 1, 2009 with four games in Europe, until April 12, 2010, with the Stanley Cup playoffs to follow, all the way up to early June 2010. A mid-season break from February 15 to February 28 occured to allow participation of NHL players in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Because of the Winter Olympics break, there was no NHL All Star Game for 2010.

League business Edit


The 2009 NHL Entry Draft was held June 26-27, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

The Colorado Avalanche retired the #19 of Joe Sakic at their home opener on October 1.

New uniformsEdit

Several teams (Florida, Calgary, Minnesota, Nashville and Colorado) debuted third uniforms this season, while Buffalo and Philadelphia made their third uniforms their primary home jerseys, and Chicago made the jersey they wore for last season's Winter Classic their new alternate. In addition, NHL officials had new uniforms, which debuted at last season's All-Star Game.

Preseason Edit

The 2009–10 preseason for most teams started on September 14, 2009.

2009 Kraft Hockeyville Edit

Since 2006, Kraft Foods has sponsored a sweepstakes called Kraft Hockeyville, in which various small cities across Canada compete against eachother with the hopes of winning the privilege of having an NHL preseason game played in a local sports complex or arena, along with a hockey festival named the Stanley Cup Jamboree. The 2009 winner was the city of Terrace, British Columbia. The preseason matchup was between the hometown favorite Vancouver Canucks and the New York Islanders.

Regular season Edit

Salary cap Edit

The salary cap was just a minor increase for 2009–10 season. It was set at $56.8 million, which is $100,000 higher than in 2008–09 season. The salary floor was at $40.8 million. [1]

Premiere in Europe Edit

The NHL started the season with the NHL Premiere series; four teams (Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers and St. Louis Blues) each playing two regular-season games in Europe. Detroit played St. Louis in Stockholm, Sweden at Ericsson Globe and Chicago and Florida played in Helsinki, Finland at Hartwall Areena on October 2 and October 3.[2] This is the second-straight season that the NHL played in Sweden, and the third year for the Premiere series beginning the NHL season in Europe.

Victoria Cup Edit

Main article: 2009 Victoria Cup

The IIHF has announced that the Zürich ZSC Lions will be the challenger to the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 Victoria Cup game to be held in Zürich, Switzerland on September 29, 2009, just prior to the regular-season games.[3] The Blackhawks will also play an exhibition game against HC Davos while in Zürich.

Winter Classic Edit

On July 15, 2009, the NHL announced that the third installment of the Winter Classic will take place on January 1, 2010, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts with the Boston Bruins hosting the Philadelphia Flyers. Because the NHL will not host an All-Star Game in the 2009-10 season, this will become the league's showcase event.

Olympics Edit

The NHL will not hold an All-Star Game this season. Instead, many of the league's players will participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Olympic ice hockey tournament is scheduled to be played from February 16 to February 28, 2010. This will mark the first time since the NHL allowed its players to compete in an Olympics that a Winter Olympics will be held in an NHL market, as well as the first to use an NHL-sized ice rink (as opposed to the bigger one normally used for international play). General Motors Place, the Vancouver Canucks' home arena, will be known as "Canada Hockey Place," for being the primary ice hockey venue. The temporary arena name change reflects the fact that the International Olympic Committee does not sell or promote naming rights for its competition venues.

The Olympics will also affect the Canucks, as they will be faced with the longest road trip in NHL history, having to play 14 straight road games from January 27 to March 13, 2010[4] so that GM Place could be prepared for the Olympics.[5] One example of this is that the ice surface and dasher boards will need to be redone to reflect said banning of selling or promoting said naming rights.[5]

Stanley Cup playoffs Edit

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The Stanley Cup

Playoff seedsEdit

After the regular season, the standard of 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The Washington Capitals won the Presidents' Trophy for having the best record in the league, at 121 points. Division champions maintain their relative ranking during the entire playoffs while the remaining teams get reseeded below them after each round.

Eastern ConferenceEdit

  1. Washington CapitalsSoutheast Division and Eastern Conference regular season champions; President's Trophy winners, 121 points
  2. New Jersey DevilsAtlantic Division champions, 103 points
  3. Buffalo SabresNortheast Division champions, 100 points
  4. Pittsburgh Penguins – 101 points (47 wins)
  5. Ottawa Senators – 94 points (44 wins)
  6. Boston Bruins – 91 points (39 wins)
  7. Philadelphia Flyers – 88 points (41 wins)
  8. Montreal Canadiens – 88 points (39 wins)

Western ConferenceEdit

  1. San Jose SharksPacific Division champions and Western Conference regular season champions, 113 points
  2. Chicago BlackhawksCentral Division champions, 112 points
  3. Vancouver CanucksNorthwest Division champions, 103 points
  4. Phoenix Coyotes – 107 points (50 wins)
  5. Detroit Red Wings – 102 points (44 wins)
  6. Los Angeles Kings – 101 points (46 wins)
  7. Nashville Predators – 100 points (47 wins)
  8. Colorado Avalanche – 95 points (43 wins)

Playoff bracketEdit

In each round, the highest remaining seed in each conference is matched against the lowest remaining seed. The higher-seeded team is awarded home ice advantage. In the Stanley Cup Finals, home ice was determined based on regular season points. Each best-of-seven series follows a 2–2–1–1–1 format: the higher-seeded team played at home for games one and two (plus five and seven if necessary), and the lower-seeded team was at home for games three and four (and if necessary, game six). This was determined on April 11.

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Final
1  Washington Capitals 3  
8  Montreal Canadiens 4  
  4  Pittsburgh Penguins 3  
  8  Montreal Canadiens 4  
2  New Jersey Devils 1
7  Philadelphia Flyers 4  
  7  Philadelphia Flyers 4  
Eastern Conference
  8  Montreal Canadiens 1  
3  Buffalo Sabres 2  
6  Boston Bruins 4  
  6  Boston Bruins 3
  7  Philadelphia Flyers 4  
4  Pittsburgh Penguins 4
5  Ottawa Senators 2  
  E7  Philadelphia Flyers 2
  W2  Chicago Blackhawks 4
1  San Jose Sharks 4  
8  Colorado Avalanche 2  
  1  San Jose Sharks 4
  5  Detroit Red Wings 1  
2  Chicago Blackhawks 4
7  Nashville Predators 2  
  1  San Jose Sharks 0
Western Conference
  2  Chicago Blackhawks 4  
3  Vancouver Canucks 4  
6  Los Angeles Kings 2  
  2  Chicago Blackhawks 4
  3  Vancouver Canucks 2  
4  Phoenix Coyotes 3
5  Detroit Red Wings 4  

These playoffs featured what has frequently been referred to as the greatest comeback in American professional sport, as the Flyers emerged from trailing 3 games to 0 against the Boston Bruins, and then trailing 3 goals to 0 in game 7, only to win game 7 and the series 4-3.

NHL awards Edit

2009–10 NHL awards
Award Recipient(s)
Stanley Cup Chicago Blackhawks
Presidents' Trophy Washington Capitals
Prince of Wales Trophy Philadelphia Flyers
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl Chicago Blackhawks
Art Ross Trophy Henrik Sedin (Vancouver Canucks)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Jose Theodore (Washington Capitals)
Calder Memorial Trophy Tyler Myers (Buffalo Sabres)
Conn Smythe Trophy Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Frank J. Selke Trophy Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
Hart Memorial Trophy Henrik Sedin (Vancouver Canucks)
Jack Adams Award Dave Tippett (Phoenix Coyotes)
James Norris Memorial Trophy Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)
King Clancy Memorial Trophy Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Ted Lindsay Award Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
NHL General Manager of the Year Award Don Maloney (Phoenix Coyotes)
NHL Plus/Minus Award Jeff Schultz (Washington Capitals)
Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins)
Vezina Trophy Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres)
William M. Jennings Trophy Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils)
Lester Patrick Trophy TBD

Hat tricks Edit

References Edit

  1. "2009-10 salary cap set at $56.8 million",, June 26, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-06-28. 
  2. "4 NHL teams to start '09-10 season in Europe", CBC, February 19, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-02-19. 
  3. Hawks against the top of Europe. IIHF. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
  4. Olympics put Canucks on record road grind. CBC Sports (2009-07-16). Retrieved on 2009-07-16.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sekeres, Matthew (2009-07-15). Canucks take one for the Olympic team. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved on 2009-07-16.

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