1985–86 NHL season

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 Oilers would be the first winners of this award.

The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames four games to one in the final series to win the Stanley Cup.

Regular season

On 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 Gretzky was 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 Flyers slipped 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 Gretzky continued his dominance of the NHL by winning his seventh straight Hart Trophy and 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 Coffey broke legendary Bobby Orr's record for most goals in a season by a defenceman by scoring 48 times.

Final standings

"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 Dryden to 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 Trophy as 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"

Conference Finals

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

NHL awards

All-Star teams


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

Last games

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 Risto Siltanen.
*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 Veitch traded 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 Duguay traded from Detroit to Pittsburgh for Doug Shedden.
*March 11, 1986: Dwight Foster traded from Detroit to Boston for Dave Donnelly.
*March 11, 1986: Nick Fotiu traded from NY Rangers to Calgary for future considerations.
*March 11, 1986: Glenn Resch traded 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 Tonelli traded from NY Islanders to Calgary for Steve Konroyd and Richard Kromm.
*March 11, 1986: Rik Wilson traded from Calgary to Chicago for Tom McMurchy.

See also

* 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


* [http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/nhl1927.html Hockey Database]
* [http://nhl.com/ NHL.com]

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