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The 1994–95 NHL season was the 78th regular season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-six teams each played 48 intra-conference games: a shortened season, due to a lockout of the players by the owners. In addition, the NHL All-Star Game, which had been scheduled to take place January 20-21, 1995 in San Jose, CAmarker, was cancelled. San Jose would eventually be selected as the venue for the 1997 NHL All-Star Game.

League business

The Hartford Whalers were purchased by Peter Karmanos.

This was the last season in Quebec Citymarker for the Quebec Nordiques, as they announced that they would move to Denvermarker after the season and become the Colorado Avalanche.

It was the first season with games televised by Fox, which they would do until the end of the 1998–1999 season. It marked the first major American broadcast agreement for the NHL since 1975. Fox split Stanley Cup Finals games with ESPN.

The regular season was shortened because of a 103 day lockout, which ended on January 11, 1995. The season finally got underway nine days later.

New arenas

An era comes to an end as the Boston Bruins play their final season at the Boston Gardenmarker. They would then move to their current arena, the TD Garden.

The Vancouver Canucks played their last season at Pacific Coliseummarker. They would play at GM Placemarker the following year.

The Chicago Blackhawks open the United Centermarker.

The St. Louis Blues open the Kiel Centermarker (now the Scottrade Center).

Rule changes

  • Two Zambonis would now be required by every arena for the resurfacing between periods.
  • A coach can call for a stick measurement in overtime, but the request must be made before the winning goal is scored.
  • Leaving the penalty box to join an altercation on the ice will draw an automatic three-game suspension.
  • Any severe check from behind will result in a major penalty and game misconduct.

Regular season

The abbreviated season ended much later than usual. For the first and, as of 2009, the only time in NHL history, the Stanley Cup Finals concluded after the Summer Solstice. Despite the late end to the playoffs, only 81 total playoff games were held, the lowest number to date under the "16 wins" playoff format.

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Regular-season standings, scoring leaders:

Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Head coaches of the Eastern Conference

Team Coach Comments
Boston Bruins Brian Sutter
Buffalo Sabres John Muckler
Florida Panthers Roger Neilson
Hartford Whalers Paul Holmgren
Montreal Canadiens Jacques Demers
New Jersey Devils Jacques Lemaire
New York Islanders Lorne Henning
New York Rangers Colin Campbell
Ottawa Senators Rick Bowness
Philadelphia Flyers Terry Murray
Pittsburgh Penguins Eddie Johnston
Quebec Nordiques Marc Crawford
Tampa Bay Lightning Terry Crisp
Washington Capitals Jim Schoenfeld

Head coaches of the Western Conference

Team Coach Comments
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Ron Wilson
Calgary Flames Dave King
Chicago Blackhawks Darryl Sutter
Dallas Stars Bob Gainey
Detroit Red Wings Scotty Bowman
Edmonton Oilers George Burnett Replaced midseason by Ron Low
Los Angeles Kings Barry Melrose Replaced midseason by Rogie Vachon
St. Louis Blues Mike Keenan
San Jose Sharks Kevin Constantine
Toronto Maple Leafs Pat Burns
Vancouver Canucks Rick Ley
Winnipeg Jets John Paddock Replaced midseason by Terry Simpson

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points
Player Team GP G A PTS
Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh 48 32 38 70
Eric Lindros Philadelphia 46 29 41 70
Alexei Zhamnov Winnipeg 48 30 35 65
Joe Sakic Quebec 47 19 43 62
Ron Francis Pittsburgh 44 11 48 59
Theoren Fleury Calgary 47 29 29 58
Paul Coffey Detroit 45 14 44 58
Mikael Renberg Philadelphia 47 26 31 57
John LeClair Montreal/

46 26 28 54
Mark Messier NY Rangers 46 14 39 53



Detroit Red Wings vs. New Jersey Devils
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
June 17 New Jersey 2 Detroit 1
June 20 New Jersey 4 Detroit 2
June 22 Detroit 2 New Jersey 5
June 24 Detroit 2 New Jersey 5
New Jersey wins series 4–0

and Stanley Cup
Claude Lemieux (New Jersey)

wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points
Player Team GP G A Pts
Sergei Fedorov Detroit 17 7 17 24
Stephane Richer New Jersey 19 6 15 21
Neal Broten New Jersey 20 7 12 19
Ron Francis Pittsburgh 12 6 13 19
Denis Savard Chicago 16 7 11 18
Paul Coffey Detroit 18 6 12 18
John MacLean New Jersey 20 5 13 18
Claude Lemieux New Jersey 20 13 3 16
Vyacheslav Kozlov Detroit 18 9 7 16
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 18 4 12 16

NHL awards

The NHL Awards presentation took place on July 6, 1995.
Presidents' Trophy: Detroit Red Wings
Prince of Wales Trophy: New Jersey Devils
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Detroit Red Wings
Art Ross Trophy: Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo Sabres
Calder Memorial Trophy: Peter Forsberg, Quebec Nordiques
Conn Smythe Trophy: Claude Lemieux, New Jersey Devils
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Ron Francis, Pittsburgh Penguins
Hart Memorial Trophy: Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers
Jack Adams Award: Marc Crawford, Quebec Nordiques
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Paul Coffey, Detroit Red Wings
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Joe Nieuwendyk, Calgary Flames
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Ron Francis, Pittsburgh Penguins
Lester B. Pearson Award: Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Ron Francis, Pittsburgh Penguins
Vezina Trophy: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
William M. Jennings Trophy: Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks
Lester Patrick Trophy: Joe Mullen, Brian Mullen, Bob Fleming

All-Star teams

First team   Position   Second team
Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres G Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks
Paul Coffey, Detroit Red Wings D Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks D Larry Murphy, Pittsburgh Penguins
Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers C Alexei Zhamnov, Winnipeg Jets
Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins RW Theoren Fleury, Calgary Flames
John LeClair, Montreal/Philadelphia LW Keith Tkachuk, Winnipeg Jets


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1994–95 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1994–95 (listed with their last team):

1995 trading deadline

Trading deadline: April 7, 1995.
  • April 7, 1995: D Petr Svoboda traded from Buffalo to Philadelphia for D Garry Galley.
  • April 7, 1995: C Troy Murray and D Norm Maciver traded from Ottawa to Pittsburgh for RW Martin Straka.
  • April 7, 1995: D Gord Kruppke traded from Toronto to Detroit for other considerations.
  • April 7, 1995: RW Russ Courtnall traded from Dallas to Vancouver for LW Greg Adams and RW Dan Kesa and Vancouver's fifth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
  • April 7, 1995: G Corey Hirsch traded from New York Rangers to Vancouver for C Nathan Lafayette.
  • April 7, 1995: D Gerald Diduck traded from Vancouver to Chicago for RW Bogdan Savenko and Hartford's third round pick in 1995 Entry Draft (previously acquired).
  • April 7, 1995: G Rick Tabaracci traded from Washington to Calgary for a conditional fifth round draft pick.
  • April 7, 1995: LW Gaetan Duchesne traded from San Jose to Florida for Florida's sixth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
  • April 7, 1995: G Craig Billington traded from Ottawa to Boston for other considerations.
  • April 7, 1995: LW Bill Huard traded from Ottawa to Quebec for D Mika Stromberg and Quebec's fourth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
  • April 7, 1995: D Daniel Laperriere and St. Louis' ninth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft traded from St. Louis to Ottawa for Ottawa's ninth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
  • April 7, 1995: RW Roman Oksiuta traded from Edmonton to Vancouver for D Jiri Slegr.
  • April 7, 1995: LW Alan May traded from Dallas to Calgary for Calgary's eighth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
  • April 7, 1995: C Mike Eastwood and Toronto's third round pick in 1995 Entry Draft traded from Toronto to Winnipeg for RW Tie Domi.
  • April 7, 1995: D Grant Jennings traded from Pittsburgh to Toronto for D Drake Berehowsky.
  • April 7, 1995: D Igor Ulanov and C Mike Eagles traded from Winnipeg to Washington for Washington's third and fifth round draft picks in 1995 Entry Draft.
  • April 7, 1995: LW Scott Pearson traded from Edmonton to Buffalo for D Ken Sutton.
  • April 7, 1995: D Greg Brown traded from Pittsburgh to Winnipeg for a conditional eighth round draft pick in 1996 Entry Draft.
  • April 7, 1995: C Ed Olczyk traded from NY Rangers to Winnipeg for Winnipeg's fifth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
  • April 5, 1995: Montreal Canadiens obtain Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov from the New York Islanders for Kirk Muller, Mathieu Schneider and Craig Darby.

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