- 1998–99 NHL season
The 1998–99 NHL season was the 82nd regular season of the
National Hockey League. Twenty-seven teams played 82 games each. The Dallas Starsfinished first in regular season play, and won the Stanley CupChampionship over the Buffalo Sabresin a controversial fashion on a disputed overtime goal by Brett Hull. Goaltenders continued to dominate the league, as only two teams, the Toronto Maple Leafsand the New Jersey Devils, averaged more than three goals scored per game. In addition, no player reached the 50-goal plateau. A total of 160 shutouts were recorded for the second-straight regular season.
With the addition of the expansion
Nashville Predators, the NHL realigned this year to a strictly geographic six-division structure (three per conference), erasing the last vestiges of the traditional four-division structure (Adams/Patrick/Norris/Smythe) abandoned in 1993–94. Other than the necessary reassignment of Colorado to the Western Conference in 1995 due to its two-thousand mile (over 3,200 km) move west from Quebec, the divisions' membership had remained static for six years despite the renaming and relocation of several franchises. As part of this realignment, the Toronto Maple Leafsmoved from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference.
The 1998–99 season marked the retirement of
Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading scorer, who played his final three NHL seasons with the New York Rangers. The Rangers had been battling for a playoff spot up until the end of the regular season when they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who were able to clinch the postseason berth when Jaromir Jagr scored the winning goal. The game was also symbolic because it appeared as though Gretzky was passing the torch to Jagr, signalling a changing of the guard of the NHL's greatest superstar.
This was the final season that FOX televised NHL games in the United States. It was also the final season for the
Toronto Maple Leafsat Maple Leaf Gardens, before moving to the Air Canada Centrein February. Toronto also made its first post-season appearance since 1995-96 this season. 1998-99 was also the final year that the Carolina Hurricanesplayed at Greensboro Coliseum; they moved to the brand-new Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena (now the RBC Center) in Raleigh for the next season.
Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophyfor the most goals by a player in a season made its debut this year. The first winner was Teemu Selanne of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
"Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points"
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Western Conference Semifinals
Eastern Conference Final
Western Conference Final
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1998–99 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
Martin St. Louis, Calgary Flames
Jean-Pierre Dumont, Chicago Blackhawks
Chris Drury, Colorado Avalanche
Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche
Tom Poti, Edmonton Oilers
Dan Boyle, Florida Panthers
*Jason Blake, Los Angeles Kings
David Legwand, Nashville Predators
Karlis Skrastins, Nashville Predators
Kimmo Timonen, Nashville Predators
*John Madden, New Jersey Devils
*Eric Brewer, New York Islanders
Sami Salo, Ottawa Senators
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1998–99 (listed with their last team):
*Tomas Sandstrom, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Randy Cunneyworth, Buffalo Sabres
Steve Chiasson, Carolina Hurricanes
Dale Hunter, Colorado Avalanche
Craig Ludwig, Dallas Stars
Jamie Macoun, Detroit Red Wings
Petr Klima, Detroit Red Wings
Dino Ciccarelli, Florida Panthers
Russ Courtnall, Los Angeles Kings
Dave Babych, Los Angeles Kings
*Bob Carpenter, New Jersey Devils
Craig Janney, New York Islanders
Esa Tikkanen, New York Rangers
Wayne Gretzky, New York Rangers
Ron Hextall, Philadelphia Flyers
Bernie Nicholls, San Jose Sharks
*Jim Carey, St. Louis Blues
Peter Zezel, Vancouver Canucks
Dave Gagner, Vancouver Canucks
Brian Bellows, Washington Capitals
*Kelly Miller, Washington Capitals
Michal Pivonka, Washington Capitals
1998–99 Trading Deadline
* Trading Deadline: MARCH 23, 1999 [ [http://www.habsinsideout.com/main/3969 NHL trade deadline: Deals since 1980 | Habs Inside/Out ] ]
*March 23, 1999: Nashville traded RW Blair Atcheynum to St. Louis for a 6th-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.
*March 23, 1999: Calgary traded D Chris O’Sullivan to NY Rangers for D Lee Sorochan.
*March 23, 1999: Detroit traded G Kevin Hodson and San Jose’s 2nd-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft (previously acquired) to Tampa Bay for LW
Wendel Clarkand Detroit’s 6th-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft (previously acquired).
*March 23, 1999: Washington traded C
Dale Hunterand a 3rd-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft to Colorado for a 2nd-round pick in the 1999 or 2000 Entry Draft.
*March 23, 1999: Florida traded D
Rhett Warrenerand a 5th-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft to Buffalo for D Mike Wilson.
*March 23, 1999: Calgary traded RW Greg Pankewicz to San Jose for future considerations.
*March 23, 1999: Los Angeles traded C
Yanic Perreaultto Toronto for C Jason Podollan and a 3rd-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft.
*March 23, 1999: Edmonton traded RW Kevin Brown to NY Rangers for LW Vladimir Vorobiev.
*March 23, 1999: Tampa Bay traded G
Bill Ranfordto Detroit for a conditional draft pick.
March 23, 1999- Detroit Red Wingsobtain Chris Cheliosfrom the Chicago Blackhawksfor 1999 and 2001 1st round draft picks ( Steve McCarthyand Adam Munro)
March 23, 1999- Buffalo Sabresobtained a fifth-round pick G Ryan Millerand D Rhett Warrenerfrom Florida Panthersfor D Mike Wilson
*March 23, 1999: Montreal traded C
Vincent Damphousseto San Jose for a 5th-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft and a conditional draft pick or picks in the 2000 Entry Draft.
*March 23, 1999: Vancouver traded C
Peter Zezelto Anaheim for future considerations.
*March 23, 1999: Los Angeles traded D
Steve Duchesneto Philadelphia for D David Babych and a 5th-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.
*March 23, 1999: NY Rangers trade D
Stan Neckarto Phoenix for D Jason Doigand a 6th-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft.
*March 23, 1999: NY Rangers trade D
Ulf Samuelssonto Detroit for a 2nd-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft and a 3rd-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.
*March 23, 1999: Toronto traded D Jason Smith to Edmonton for a 4th-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft and a 2nd-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.
*March 23, 1999: Buffalo traded C
Derek Planteto Dallas for a 2nd-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft.
*March 23, 1999: Washington traded LW
Craig Berubeto Philadelphia for future considerations.
*March 23, 1999: Tampa Bay traded D Sami Helenius to Colorado for a conditional draft pick.
*March 23, 1999: Phoenix traded C J.F. Jomphe to Montreal for future considerations.
*March 23, 1999: Chicago traded RW
Nelson Emersonto Ottawa for RW Chris Murray.
List of Stanley Cup champions
1998 NHL Entry Draft
1998 NHL Expansion Draft
49th National Hockey League All-Star Game
National Hockey League All-Star Game
1998 in sports
1999 in sports
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