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The 1992–93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. Each player wore a patch on their jersey throughout the 1992–93 regular season and playoffs to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the Stanley Cup. Twenty-four teams played 84 games each. It proved, at the time, to be the highest-scoring regular season in NHL history, as a total of 7,311 goals were scored over 1,008 games for an average of 7.25 per game. Twenty of the twenty-four teams scored three goals or more per game, and only two teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks, allowed fewer than three goals per game. Only 68 shutouts were recorded during the regular season. Twenty-one players reached the 100-point plateau and 14 reached the 50-goal plateau. The Montreal Canadiens won their league-leading 24th Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Kings four games to one. As of the end of the 2008–09 season, this is the last time that a Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup. This was also the first of three seasons wherein Canada's representation in the NHL hit eight teams.

League business

This was the final season that the two conferences were known as the Wales and Campbell Conferences, and that the four divisions bore the names Adams, Patrick, Norris, and Smythe. Both the conferences and the divisions would be renamed to reflect geography rather than the league's history for the following season. This was also the last year in which the playoff structure bracketed and seeded teams by division; they would be bracketed and seeded by conference (as in the NBA) for 1993–94.

This season saw two new clubs join the league: the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Senators were a revival of a previous NHL team of the same name and brought professional hockey back to Canadamarker's capital, while the Tampa Bay franchise (headed by Hockey Hall of Famemarker brothers Phil and Tony Esposito) strengthened the NHL's presence in the U.S. Sun Beltmarker, which had first started with the birth of the Los Angeles Kings in 1967.

All teams wore a commemorative patch this year celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.

On February 1, 1993, Gary Bettman became the first NHL Commissioner. Prior to this the title of the NHL's chief executive was "President."

Teemu Selanne of the Winnipeg Jets shattered the rookie scoring record by scoring 76 goals and 56 assists for 132 points this season. He was easily named the winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year, and his goals and points marks remain the NHL rookie records to this day.

For the first time in his NHL career, Wayne Gretzky did not finish in the top 3 in scoring. A back injury limited Gretzky to 45 games in which he scored 65 points.

Regular season

Final standings

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points

Prince of Wales Conference

Adams Division
Team GP W L T Pts GF GA
x - Boston Bruins 84 51 26 7 109 332 268
x - Quebec Nordiques 84 47 27 10 104 351 300
x - Montreal Canadiens 84 48 30 6 102 326 280
x - Buffalo Sabres 84 38 36 10 86 335 297
Hartford Whalers 84 26 52 6 58 284 369
Ottawa Senators 84 10 70 4 24 202 395
Patrick Division
Team GP W L T Pts GF GA
z - Pittsburgh Penguins 84 56 21 7 119 367 268
x - Washington Capitals 84 43 34 7 93 325 286
x - New York Islanders 84 40 37 7 87 335 297
x - New Jersey Devils 84 40 37 7 87 308 299
Philadelphia Flyers 84 36 37 11 83 319 319
New York Rangers 84 34 39 11 79 304 308

Clarence Campbell Conference

Norris Division
Team GP W L T Pts GF GA
x - Chicago Blackhawks 84 47 25 12 106 279 230
x - Detroit Red Wings 84 47 28 9 103 369 280
x - Toronto Maple Leafs 84 44 29 11 99 288 241
x - St. Louis Blues 84 37 36 11 85 282 278
Minnesota North Stars 84 36 38 10 82 272 293
Tampa Bay Lightning 84 23 54 7 53 245 332
Smythe Division
Team GP W L T Pts GF GA
x - Vancouver Canucks 84 46 29 9 101 346 278
x - Calgary Flames 84 43 30 11 97 322 282
x - Los Angeles Kings 84 39 35 10 88 338 340
x - Winnipeg Jets 84 40 37 7 87 322 320
Edmonton Oilers 84 26 50 8 60 242 337
San Jose Sharks 84 11 71 2 24 218 414
Note: x = clinched playoff berth, z = won Presidents' Trophy

Head coaches of the Prince of Wales Conference

Team Coach Comments
Boston Bruins Brian Sutter
Buffalo Sabres John Muckler
Hartford Whalers Paul Holmgren
Montreal Canadiens Jacques Demers
New Jersey Devils Herb Brooks
New York Islanders Al Arbour
New York Rangers Roger Neilson Replaced midseason by Ron Smith
Ottawa Senators Rick Bowness
Philadelphia Flyers Bill Dineen
Pittsburgh Penguins Scotty Bowman
Quebec Nordiques Pierre Page
Washington Capitals Terry Murray

Head coaches of the Clarence Campbell Conference

Team Coach Comments
Calgary Flames Dave King
Chicago Blackhawks Darryl Sutter
Detroit Red Wings Bryan Murray
Edmonton Oilers Ted Green
Los Angeles Kings Barry Melrose
Minnesota North Stars Bob Gainey
St. Louis Blues Bob Plager Replaced early in the season by Bob Berry
San Jose Sharks George Kingston
Tampa Bay Lightning Terry Crisp
Toronto Maple Leafs Pat Burns
Vancouver Canucks Pat Quinn
Winnipeg Jets John Paddock

Scoring leaders

Player Team GP G A PTS
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh 60 69 91 160
Pat LaFontaine Buffalo 84 53 95 148
Adam Oates Boston 84 45 97 142
Steve Yzerman Detroit 84 58 79 137
Teemu Selanne Winnipeg 84 76 56 132
Pierre Turgeon NY Islanders 83 58 74 132
Alexander Mogilny Buffalo 77 76 51 127
Doug Gilmour Toronto 83 32 95 127
Luc Robitaille Los Angeles 84 63 62 125
Mark Recchi Philadelphia 84 53 70 123

Leading goaltenders

Player Team GP MIN GA SO GAA
Felix Potvin Toronto 48 2781 116 2 2.50
Ed Belfour Chicago 71 4106 177 7 2.59
Tom Barrasso Pittsburgh 63 3702 186 4 3.01
Curtis Joseph St. Louis 68 3890 196 1 3.02
Kay Whitmore Vancouver 31 1817 94 1 3.10
Dominik Hasek Buffalo 28 1429 75 0 3.15
Andy Moog Boston 55 3194 168 3 3.16
Jeff Reese Calgary 26 1311 70 1 3.20
Patrick Roy Montreal 62 3595 192 2 3.20
Daren Puppa Buffalo/Toronto 32 1785 96 2 3.23




Montreal vs. Los Angeles

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
June 1 Los Angeles 4 Montreal 1
June 3 Los Angeles 2 Montreal 3 (OT)
June 5 Montreal 4 Los Angeles 3 (OT)
June 7 Montreal 3 Los Angeles 2 (OT)
June 9 Los Angeles 1 Montreal 4
Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4–1. Patrick Roy (Montreal) wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Notable events

  • Manon Rheaume became the first female to play for a major sports league in North America as she tended goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning in an exhibition game on September 23, 1992, versus the St. Louis Blues,
  • Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning added, bringing the league to 24 teams. Both teams would win their opening games and briefly sit atop their respective Divisions, which led to Harry Neale jokingly proclaiming before the end of Ottawa's first win that both the Senators and Lightning would reach the Stanley Cup finals in May.
  • October 1992: Gil Stein named NHL President.
  • February 1993: Gary Bettman named NHL Commissioner.
  • Record set for most 100-point scorers and most 50-goal scorers in one season.
  • The 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs marked the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.
  • As a part of the strike settlement, the NHL and Bruce McNall's Multivision Marketing and Public Relations Co. organized 24 regular season games in cities without a franchise. These games were seen as a litmus test for future expansion, and several of the cities chosen - Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami - were eventually indeed the sites of expansion or relocations.

Complete list of neutral-site games

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Score OT City State/Province Arena Attendance
Calgary 4 Minnesota 3 Saskatoonmarker SKmarker SaskPlacemarker
Toronto 5 Ottawa 3 Hamiltonmarker ONmarker Copps Coliseummarker
Washington 4 Chicago 1 Indianapolismarker INmarker Market Square Arenamarker
Quebec 3 Toronto 1 Hamilton ON Copps Coliseum
New Jersey 3 Buffalo 2 Hamilton ON Copps Coliseum
Los Angeles 6 Chicago 3 Milwaukeemarker WImarker Bradley Centermarker N/A
Montréal 5 Los Angeles 5 Phoenixmarker AZmarker Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseummarker
NY Rangers 6 Tampa Bay 5 Miamimarker FLmarker Miami Arenamarker
NY Islanders 4 Edmonton 1 Oklahoma Citymarker OKmarker Myriad Convention Centermarker
St. Louis 4 NY Islanders 3 Dallasmarker TXmarker Reunion Arenamarker N/A
Montréal 2 San Jose 1 Sacramentomarker CAmarker ARCO Arenamarker
Winnipeg 8 Hartford 7 Saskatoon SK SaskPlace
Pittsburgh 4 Boston 0 Atlantamarker GAmarker The Omnimarker
St. Louis 3 Hartford 1 Peoriamarker ILmarker Carver Arena
Calgary 4 Philadelphia 4 (OT) Cincinnatimarker OHmarker Riverfront Coliseummarker N/A
Quebec 5 Tampa Bay 2 Halifaxmarker NSmarker Halifax Metro Centremarker
Detroit 5 Philadelphia 5 (OT) Clevelandmarker OH Richfield Coliseummarker
NY Rangers 4 San Jose 0 (OT) Sacramento CA ARCO Arena
Winnipeg 8 Ottawa 2 Saskatoon SK SaskPlace N/A
Vancouver 5 Buffalo 2 Hamilton ON Copps Coliseum
Minnesota 4 Vancouver 3 Saskatoon SK SaskPlace
Washington 4 Detroit 2 Milwaukee WI Bradley Center N/A
Boston 3 New Jersey 1 Providencemarker RImarker Providence Civic Centermarker N/A
Pittsburgh 6 Edmonton 4 Cleveland OH Richfield Coliseum

The Hartford-St. Louis game was originally scheduled to be played on December 29, 1992 in Birmingham, Alabamamarker.

Records broken/tied

Regular season

  • Most losses, one season: San Jose Sharks (71)
  • Fewest ties, one season: San Jose Sharks (2)
  • Most home losses, one season: San Jose Sharks (32)
  • Most road losses, one season: Ottawa Senators (40)
  • Fewest road wins, one season: Ottawa Senators (1)*
  • Longest winning streak: Pittsburgh Penguins (17)
  • Longest losing streak: San Jose Sharks (17)*
  • Longest road losing streak: Ottawa Senators (38)
  • Longest road winless streak: Ottawa Senators (38)
  • Most 100-or-more point scorers, one season: Pittsburgh Penguins (4)*
  • Fastest three goals from the start of period, one team: Calgary Flames (0:53, February 10, 1993)

  • Most goals, including playoffs: Wayne Gretzky (875)
  • Most 30-goal seasons: Mike Gartner (14)*
  • Most consecutive 30-goal seasons: Mike Gartner (14)
  • Most goals, one season, by a left winger: Luc Robitaille (63)
  • Most goals, one season, by a rookie: Teemu Selanne (76)
  • Most assists, one season, by a left winger: Joe Juneau (70)
  • Most assists, one season, by a rookie: Joe Juneau (70)* (Note: Wayne Gretzky scored 86 assists in his first year, but he was not considered a rookie)
  • Most points, one season, by a left winger: Luc Robitaille (125)
  • Most points, one season, by a rookie: Teemu Selanne (132) (Note: Wayne Gretzky scored 137 points in his first year, but he was not considered a rookie)
  • Most assists, one game, by a goaltender: Jeff Reese (3, February 10, 1993)
  • Most games missed while winning Art Ross Trophy: Mario Lemieux (24)


  • Most overtime games, one playoff year: 28
  • Most overtime wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (10)
  • Most consecutive overtime wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (10)
  • Most consecutive wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (11)*

  • Most consecutive wins, one playoff year: Patrick Roy (11)*
  • Most goals by a defenceman, one game: Eric Desjardins (3, June 3, 1993)*
  • Most power-play goals, one game: Dino Ciccarelli (3, April 29, 1993)*
  • Most shorthanded goals, one game: Tom Fitzgerald (2, May 8, 1993)*
  • Most assists, one period: Adam Oates (3, April 24, 1993)*

* Equalled existing record

Rule changes

  • Schedule length changed to 84 games. Two games in each team's schedule to be played in non-NHL cities.
  • Instigating a fight results in a game misconduct penalty.
  • Substitutions disallowed for coincidental minor penalties when teams are at full strength.
  • Minor penalty for diving introduced.

Major transactions

NHL Awards

Presidents' Trophy: Pittsburgh Penguins
Prince of Wales Trophy: Montreal Canadiens
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Los Angeles Kings
Art Ross Trophy: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Calder Memorial Trophy: Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets
Conn Smythe Trophy: Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Doug Gilmour, Toronto Maple Leafs
Hart Memorial Trophy: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jack Adams Award: Pat Burns, Toronto Maple Leafs
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Dave Poulin, Boston Bruins
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Pierre Turgeon, New York Islanders
Lester B. Pearson Award: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Vezina Trophy: Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks
William M. Jennings Trophy: Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks
Lester Patrick Trophy: Frank Boucher, Mervyn "Red" Dutton, Bruce McNall, Gil Stein

All-Star teams

First team   Position   Second team
Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks G Tom Barrasso, Pittsburgh Penguins
Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks D Larry Murphy, Pittsburgh Penguins
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins D Al Iafrate, Washington Capitals
Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins C Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo Sabres
Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets RW Alexander Mogilny, Buffalo Sabres
Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings LW Kevin Stevens, Pittsburgh Penguins


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1992–93 (listed with their first team):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1992–93 (listed with their last team):

1993 trading deadline

Trading deadline: March 22, 1993.
  • March 22, 1993: Mark Hardy and Ottawa's fifth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft (previously acquired from Ottawa) traded from NY Rangers to Los Angeles for John McIntyre.
  • March 22, 1993: Jim Hrivnak and future considerations traded from Washington to Winnipeg for Rick Tabaracci.
  • March 22, 1993: Peter Taglianetti traded from Tampa Bay to Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh's third round choice in 1993 Entry Draft.
  • March 22, 1993: Steve Konroyd traded from Hartford to Detroit for Detroit's sixth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft.
  • March 22, 1993: Vancouver's ninth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft traded from Vancouver to Winnipeg for Dan Ratushny.
  • March 22, 1993: Mike Hartman traded from Tampa Bay to New York Rangers for Randy Gilhen.
  • March 22, 1993: Murray Craven and Vancouver's fifth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft (previously acquired from Vancouver) traded from Hartford to Vancouver for Robert Kron, Vancouver's third round choice in 1993 Entry Draft and future considerations.
  • March 22, 1993: Mike Ramsey traded from Buffalo to Pittsburgh for Bob Errey.
  • March 22, 1993: Craig Muni traded from Edmonton to Chicago for Mike Hudson.

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