- 1985–86 NHL season
The 1985–86 NHL season was the 69th season of the
National Hockey League. Twenty-one teams each played 80 games. This season saw the league's Board of Governors introduce the Presidents' Trophy, which would go to the team with the best overall record in the NHL regular season. The Edmonton Oilerswould be the first winners of this award.
Montreal Canadiensdefeated the Calgary Flamesfour games to one in the final series to win the Stanley Cup.
13 June, 1985, the NHL board of governors voted 17–4 in favour of amending a penalty rule. Previously, coincidental minor penalties would result in 4-on-4 play. The amendment allowed teams to substitute another player to keep the play 5-on-5. It was seen by many as a shot at trying to slow down the high-flying Edmonton Oilers. Wayne Gretzkywas quoted as saying, "I think the NHL is making a big mistake. I think the NHL should be more concerned with butt-ending, spearing, and three-hour hockey games than getting rid of 4-on-4 situations." It wasn't until 1993, with the Oiler dynasty (five cups in seven years) a thing of the past, that the NHL reverted back to the original 4-on-4 rules.
The Edmonton Oilers once again regained control of top spot in the NHL and last year's best team, the
Philadelphia Flyersslipped to second. The Flyers continued their dominance of the Wales Conference despite the tragic death of their Vezina-winning goaltender, Pelle Lindbergh, in a car accident on November 11. Edmonton's Wayne Gretzkycontinued his dominance of the NHL by winning his seventh straight Hart Trophyand his sixth straight Art Ross Trophy. This season saw Gretzky score "only" 52 goals, but he set impossible records of 163 assists and 215 points. This was the fourth time in five years that Gretzky reached the 200 point plateau. Gretzky would never again reach the 200 point mark, but neither would any other player. Mario Lemieux, however, came close with 199 points in 1988–89. Edmonton's defenceman Paul Coffeybroke legendary Bobby Orr's record for most goals in a season by a defenceman by scoring 48 times.
"Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalty Minutes"
Prince of Wales Conference
tanley Cup playoffs
"Note: all dates in 1986"
The playoffs of 1986 saw three first place teams eliminated in the opening round and the fourth, Edmonton, bowed out in the second.
The Montreal Canadiens decided to go with a rookie goaltender by the name of
Patrick Roy. This decision proved to be a good one just like when the Canadiens rode rookie goalie Ken Drydento a Stanley Cup championship in 1971. In the Final, the Canadiens beat the Calgary Flames, who were also riding a rookie netminder, Mike Vernon. Patrick Roy won the Conn Smythe Trophyas the playoff MVP and had a sparkling 1.92 goals against average along with 15 wins.
Adams Division Semi-Finals
Hartford Whalers vs. Quebec Nordiques
This was Hartford's lone playoff series victory in their NHL history prior to moving to Carolina."New York Rangers wins best-of-five series 3–2"
New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals"St. Louis wins best-of-five series 3–2"
mythe Division Semi-Finals
Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers"Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4–3"
New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals"Calgary wins best-of-seven series 4–3"
New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens
This series is best remembered for the third game, in which the Rangers badly outshot the Habs, but were stymied by Patrick Roy. Another Montreal rookie, Claude Lemieux, scored in overtime--his second overtime goal of the playoffs."Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4–1"
tanley Cup leading scorers
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1985–86 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
Bill Ranford, Boston Bruins
Daren Puppa, Buffalo Sabres
Brian Bradley, Calgary Flames
Gary Suter, Calgary Flames
Brett Hull*, Calgary Flames
Adam Oates, Detroit Red Wings
Petr Klima, Detroit Red Wings
Bob Probert, Detroit Red Wings
Shayne Corson, Montreal Canadiens
Kirk McLean, New Jersey Devils
Scott Mellanby, Philadelphia Flyers
Craig Simpson, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jeff Brown, Quebec Nordiques
Cliff Ronning*, St. Louis Blues
Wendel Clark, Toronto Maple Leafs
Dave Lowry, Vancouver Canucks
Jim Sandlak, Vancouver Canucks
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1985–86 (listed with their last team):
Tom Lysiak, Chicago Black Hawks
Mike Rogers, Edmonton Oilers
Mario Tremblay, Montreal Canadiens
Bob Nystrom, New York Islanders
Pelle Lindbergh, Philadelphia Flyers
Denis Herron, Pittsburgh Penguins
*Don Edwards, Toronto Maple Leafs
Marian Stastny, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jiri Bubla, Vancouver Canucks
Dan Bouchard, Winnipeg Jets
1986 Trading Deadline
* Trading Deadline: MARCH 11, 1986 [ [http://www.habsinsideout.com/main/3969 NHL trade deadline: Deals since 1980 | Habs Inside/Out ] ]
*March 8, 1986: John Anderson traded from Quebec to Hartford for
*March 10, 1986: Peter Andersson traded from Washington to Quebec for Quebec's 3rd round choice in 1986 Entry Draft.
*March 10, 1986: Reed Larson traded from Detroit to Boston for Mike O'Connell.
*March 10, 1986:
Darren Veitchtraded from Washington to Detroit for John Barrett and Greg Smith.
*March 11, 1986: Bob Crawford traded from Hartford to NY Rangers for Mike McEwen.
*March 11, 1986:
Ron Duguaytraded from Detroit to Pittsburgh for Doug Shedden.
*March 11, 1986: Dwight Foster traded from Detroit to Boston for Dave Donnelly.
*March 11, 1986:
Nick Fotiutraded from NY Rangers to Calgary for future considerations.
*March 11, 1986:
Glenn Reschtraded from New Jersey to Philadelphia for Philadelphia's 3rd round choice in 1986 Entry Draft.
*March 11, 1986: Phil Russell traded from New Jersey to Buffalo for Buffalo's 12th round choice in 1986 Entry Draft.
*March 11, 1986:
John Tonellitraded from NY Islanders to Calgary for Steve Konroyd and Richard Kromm.
*March 11, 1986: Rik Wilson traded from Calgary to Chicago for Tom McMurchy.
List of Stanley Cup champions
1985 NHL Entry Draft
38th National Hockey League All-Star Game
National Hockey League All-Star Game
NHL All-Rookie Team
1985 in sports
1986 in sports
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