- 2000–01 NHL season
The 2000–01 NHL season was the 84th
regular seasonof the National Hockey League. Thirty teams each played 82 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Colorado Avalanche, who won the best of seven series 4–3 against the New Jersey Devils. The focus of Colorado's Stanley Cuprun was on star defenceman Raymond Bourquewho was on a quest to win his first Stanley Cup championship in his illustrious 22-year career.
December 27, 2000, Mario Lemieux, returned from his 3 1/2 year retirement, and, to the joy of many, that night on " Hockey Night in Canada" Mario registered his first assist 33 seconds into the game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. He went on to add a goal and finish with three points, solidifying his return and bringing a struggling Jaromir Jagr back to his elite status, who went on to win his fourth straight Art Ross Trophy, just passing Joe Sakic. Despite playing in only 43 games in 2000–2001, Lemieux scored 76 points to finish 26th in scoring, finishing the season with the highest points-per-game average that season among NHL players. Lemieux was one of the three finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophyand Lester B. Pearson NHLPA awards.
Two more expansion teams were added this season, both placed in the Western Conference, rounding the league to 30 teams: The
Columbus Blue Jacketsand the Minnesota Wild.
Dallas Starswere playing their final season at the Reunion Arena, before moving to their new home the following season.
The record for most shutouts in a season (set at 160 in 1997–98 and equalled in 1998–99) was eclipsed, as 186 shutouts were recorded.
Vancouver made their first post-season appearance since the 1995–96 season. Their berth was determined by a OT game winner scored by Harold Druken in their last regular season game against the
Los Angeles Kings. The Phoenix Coyotes, without Keith Tkachukwho was traded to the St. Louis Blues on trade deadline day, ended up with a tie in their final game thereby eliminating them from playoff contention based on games won, despite ending up with 90 points as Vancouver did.
"Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points"
"Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points"
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2000–01:
Andrew Raycroft, Boston Bruins
Marty Turco, Dallas Stars
*Marian Gaborik, Minnesota Wild
Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders
Miikka Kiprusoff, San Jose Sharks
Brad Richards, Tampa Bay Lightning
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 2000–01:
Paul Coffey, Boston Bruins
Ron Sutter, Calgary Flames
Kevin Hatcher, Carolina Hurricanes
Ray Bourque, Colorado Avalanche
*Larry Murphy, Detroit Red Wings
Gus Adams, Florida Panthers
Garry Galley, New York Islanders
Kirk McLean, New York Rangers
Tony Granato, San Jose Sharks
Petr Svoboda, Tampa Bay Lightning
*Joe Murphy, Washington Capitals
List of Stanley Cup champions
2000 NHL Entry Draft
2000 NHL Expansion Draft
51st National Hockey League All-Star Game
NHL All-Star Game
NHL All-Rookie Team
2000 in sports
2001 in sports
* [http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/nhl1927.html Hockey Database]
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