1989 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1989 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1988–89 season, and the culmination of the 1989 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens, the top two teams during the regular season. This was the second time in the decade after 1986 that the Canadiens and Flames met in the Finals. The 1989 series remains to date the last time that two Canadian teams faced each other for the Stanley Cup.

1989 Stanley Cup Finals
123456 Total
Calgary Flames 323**434 4
Montreal Canadiens 244**222 2
* – overtime periods
Location(s)Calgary: Olympic Saddledome (1, 2, 5)
Montreal: Montreal Forum (3, 4, 6)
CoachesCalgary: Terry Crisp
Montreal: Pat Burns
CaptainsCalgary: Lanny McDonald,
Jim Peplinski
Montreal: Bob Gainey
DatesMay 14–25, 1989
MVPAl MacInnis (Flames)
Series-winning goalDoug Gilmour (11:02, third, G6)
Hall of FamersFlames:
Doug Gilmour (2011)
Al MacInnis (2007)
Lanny McDonald (1992)
Joe Mullen (2000)
Joe Nieuwendyk (2011)
Mike Vernon (2023)
Guy Carbonneau (2019)
Chris Chelios (2013)
Bob Gainey (1992)
Larry Robinson (1995)
Patrick Roy (2006)
Pat Burns (2014)
(English): CBC
(French): SRC
United States:
(English): SportsChannel America
Announcers(CBC) Bob Cole, Harry Neale, and Dick Irvin Jr.
(SRC) Richard Garneau and Gilles Tremblay
(SportsChannel America) Jiggs McDonald and Bill Clement
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The Flames defeated the Canadiens in six games to win their first and only Stanley Cup. The winning goal in game six was scored by Doug Gilmour. They became the first team to win a Stanley Cup after relocating, as they had begun life as the Atlanta Flames in 1972. Since then, four more teams have accomplished this feat: the New Jersey Devils (formerly the Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies), the Colorado Avalanche (formerly the Quebec Nordiques), the Dallas Stars (formerly the Minnesota North Stars), and the Carolina Hurricanes (formerly the New England/Hartford Whalers). This was also the second-to-last of eight consecutive Finals where either the Flames or their provincial rival Edmonton Oilers represented Alberta in the Stanley Cup Finals and the second-to-last of nine consecutive Finals in which either the Flames or their Western Canada rivals represented that area in the Stanley Cup Finals, as 1982 featured the Vancouver Canucks, the Flames' rivals in Western Canada. Both Calgary and Montreal were the only two teams to win the Stanley Cup in the 1980s other than the New York Islanders and the Edmonton Oilers. This was the first time since 1975 that the Cup was won by a team other than the Canadiens, the Islanders, or the Oilers. This was the Canadiens' first defeat in a Cup Finals since 1967. This was Patrick Roy's only Cup Finals where he was not on the winning side. He went on to win the 1993 Cup with the Canadiens and the 1996 and 2001 Cups with the Colorado Avalanche.

The 1989 Finals featured two coaches making their first appearances, as Calgary's Terry Crisp faced Montreal's Pat Burns. For Crisp it was his only appearance, while Burns returned one more time in 2003 where he led the Devils to their third Cup. In the interim between their two matches both teams had replaced their coaches; Crisp was hired to replace Badger Bob Johnson after his departure following the 1987 season while Burns took over for 1986 Cup winning coach Jean Perron after his 1988 firing. For Crisp, this was his third Stanley Cup championship in his career. He had already won two as a player with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1974 and 1975. Following the series, Bob Gainey, Rick Green, and Lanny McDonald retired, while long time defenceman Larry Robinson signed with the Los Angeles Kings, where he played the final three years of his career.

Paths to the Finals


Calgary defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4–3, the Los Angeles Kings 4–0 and the Chicago Blackhawks 4–1 to advance to the Final. In addition, the Flames path through the playoffs was made easier since their nemesis and reigning two-time defending cup champion, Edmonton Oilers, who had swept the Flames from the playoffs the previous year were eliminated by the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round.

Montreal defeated the Hartford Whalers 4–0, the Boston Bruins 4–1 and the Philadelphia Flyers 4–2.

Game summaries


Co-captain Lanny McDonald scored the second Flames goal in game six. This turned out to be the last goal in his Hockey Hall of Fame career because he retired during the following off-season. It was also his only Stanley Cup victory. Doug Gilmour scored two goals in the third period, including the eventual game and Cup winner to cement the victory for the Flames. Al MacInnis won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and at 31 points, became the first defenceman to lead the NHL in post-season scoring.[1] The Calgary Flames are the only visiting team to ever win the Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Forum. The only other visiting team to win the Stanley Cup at the Montreal Forum was the New York Rangers, when they defeated the Montreal Maroons in 1928.

May 14 Montreal Canadiens 2–3 Calgary Flames Olympic Saddledome Recap  
Stephane Richer (6) – pp – 02:43
Larry Robinson (1) – 10:02
First period 06:51 – ppAl MacInnis (4)
08:33 – Al MacInnis (5)
No scoring Second period 11:45 – Theoren Fleury (5)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Patrick Roy 32 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Mike Vernon 29 saves / 31 shots
May 17 Montreal Canadiens 4–2 Calgary Flames Olympic Saddledome Recap  
Larry Robinson (2) – 04:18 First period No scoring
Bobby Smith (9) – pp – 01:55 Second period 05:14 – Joe Nieuwendyk (10)
13:49 – ppJoel Otto (5)
Chris Chelios (4) – 08:01
Russ Courtnall (7) – pp – 09:35
Third period No scoring
Patrick Roy 30 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Mike Vernon 19 saves / 23 shots
May 19 Calgary Flames 3–4 2OT Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Joe Mullen (12) – 17:15 First period 01:32 – Mike McPhee (4)
Joe Mullen (13) – pp – 15:35 Second period No scoring
Doug Gilmour (8) – 13:02 Third period 01:36 – Bobby Smith (10)
19:19 – Mats Naslund (4)
No scoring Second overtime period 18:08 – Ryan Walter (3)
Mike Vernon 31 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Patrick Roy 34 saves / 37 shots
May 21 Calgary Flames 4–2 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Doug Gilmour (9) – 10:59
Joe Mullen (14) – pp – 18:43
Second period No scoring
Al MacInnis (6) – 18:22
Joe Mullen (15) – pp-en – 19:49
Third period 10:59 – Russ Courtnall (8)
19:33 – Claude Lemieux (3)
Mike Vernon 17 saves / 19 shots Goalie stats Patrick Roy 31 saves / 34 shots
May 23 Montreal Canadiens 2–3 Calgary Flames Olympic Saddledome Recap  
Bobby Smith (11) – pp – 13:24 First period 00:28 – Joel Otto (6)
08:15 – Joe Mullen (16)
19:31 – ppAl MacInnis (7)
Mike Keane (4) – 14:17 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Patrick Roy 25 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Mike Vernon 26 saves / 28 shots
May 25 Calgary Flames 4–2 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Colin Patterson (3) – 18:51 First period No scoring
Lanny McDonald (1) – 04:24 Second period 01:23 – Claude Lemieux (4)
Doug Gilmour (10) – pp – 11:02
Doug Gilmour (11) – en – 18:57
Third period 11:53 – Rick Green (1)
Mike Vernon 20 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Patrick Roy 15 saves / 18 shots
Calgary won series 4–2



This was the first Cup Finals since 1984 that the CBC had the sole English-language rights to the entire series in Canada instead of having to share it with another network. This was also the first season that SportsChannel America held the national U.S rights.

Team rosters


Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.

Calgary Flames

# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
14   Theoren Fleury RW R 1987 Oxbow, Saskatchewan first
39   Doug Gilmour C L 1988–89 Kingston, Ontario first
17   Jiri Hrdina C L 1984 Prague, Czechoslovakia first
22   Mark Hunter RW R 1988–89 Petrolia, Ontario first
19   Tim HunterA RW R 1979 Calgary, Alberta second (1986)
12   Hakan Loob RW R 1980 Visby, Sweden second (1986)
2   Al MacInnis D R 1981 Inverness, Nova Scotia second (1986)
27   Brian MacLellan LW L 1988–89 Guelph, Ontario first
34   Jamie Macoun D L 1982–83 Newmarket, Ontario second (1986)
4   Brad McCrimmon D L 1987–88 Dodsland, Saskatchewan third (1985, 1987)
9   Lanny McDonaldC RW R 1981–82 Hanna, Alberta second (1986)
7   Joe Mullen RW R 1985–86 New York, New York second (1986)
5   Dana Murzyn D L 1988–89 Calgary, Alberta first
6   Ric Nattress D R 1987–88 Hamilton, Ontario first
25   Joe Nieuwendyk C L 1985 Oshawa, Ontario first
29   Joel Otto C R 1984–85 Elk River, Minnesota second (1986)
11   Colin Patterson LW R 1983–84 Rexdale, Ontario second (1986)
24   Jim PeplinskiC RW R 1979 Renfrew, Ontario second (1986)
55   Rob Ramage D R 1988–89 Byron, Ontario first
10   Gary Roberts LW L 1984 North York, Ontario second (1986)
20   Gary Suter D L 1984 Madison, Wisconsin second (1986)
30   Mike Vernon G L 1981 Calgary, Alberta second (1986)
31   Rick Wamsley G L 1987–88 Simcoe, Ontario first

Montreal Canadiens

# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
21   Guy Carbonneau C R 1979 Sept-Îles, Quebec second (1986)
24   Chris Chelios D R 1981 Chicago, Illinois second (1986)
27   Shayne Corson C L 1984 Midland, Ontario first
6   Russ Courtnall RW R 1988–89 Duncan, British Columbia first
28   Eric Desjardins D R 1987 Rouyn, Quebec first
34   Donald Dufresne D R 1985 Quebec City, Quebec first
23   Bob GaineyC LW L 1973 Peterborough, Ontario sixth (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986)
41   Brent Gilchrist LW L 1985 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan first
5   Rick Green D L 1982–83 Belleville, Ontario second (1986)
1   Brian Hayward G L 1986–87 Georgetown, Ontario first
12   Mike Keane RW R 1986–87 Winnipeg, Manitoba first
32   Claude Lemieux RW R 1983 Buckingham, Quebec second (1986)
17   Craig Ludwig D L 1980 Rhinelander, Wisconsin second (1986)
8   Steve Martinson RW L 1988–89 Minnetonka, Minnesota first
35   Mike McPhee LW L 1980 Sydney, Nova Scotia second (1986)
26   Mats NaslundA LW L 1979 Timrå, Sweden second (1986)
44   Stephane Richer RW R 1984 Ripon, Quebec second (1986)
19   Larry RobinsonA D L 1971 Winchester, Ontario seventh (1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986)
33   Patrick Roy G L 1984 Quebec City, Quebec second (1986)
39   Brian Skrudland C L 1985–86 Peace River, Alberta second (1986)
15   Bobby Smith C L 1983–84 North Sydney, Nova Scotia third (1981, 1986)
25   Petr Svoboda D L 1984 Most, Czechoslovakia second (1986)
11   Ryan Walter LW L 1982–83 New Westminster, British Columbia second (1986)

Stanley Cup engraving


The 1989 Stanley Cup was presented to Flames co-captains Lanny McDonald, Tim Hunter, and Jim Peplinski by NHL President John Ziegler following the Flames 4–2 win over the Canadiens in game six.

The following Flames players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup

1988–89 Calgary Flames


Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup Engraving

  • #16 Sergei Pryakhin and #32 Ken Sabourin each played in a single playoff game, meaning that they did not qualify to have their names to be engraved on the Stanley Cup. However, both players received Stanley Cup championship rings, and Pryakhin was included in the team picture. Pryakhin was the first Russian-born and trained player to play in the NHL playoffs.
  • Norman Kwong became sixth person to get his name on both the Stanley Cup and Grey Cup. 1948 with the Calgary Stampeders and 1954, 1955, 1956 with Edmonton Eskimos. (See Joe Miller, Lionel Conacher, Carl Voss, Leo Dandurand, Harold Ballard & Wayne Gretzky who won both the Grey Cup and Stanley Cup.)
  • Vice Presidents Clare Rhysen and Leo Ornest's names were left off of the Stanley Cup, but both received a Stanley Cup championship ring.

Stanley Cup Finals Patch


The 1989 Stanley Cup Finals was the first to feature a special commemorative patch on both teams' sweaters, in honor of the championship series. Placed on each player's left shoulder, the patch employed the same design that was used from 1989 to 1994 before being tweaked for the 1995 Finals. A commemorative patch has been issued in every Stanley Cup Finals since, though subsequent patches were sewn onto the sweaters'` upper right breast area (with the only exceptions being the 1994 and 2014 New York Rangers, whose diagonal wordmark necessitated the patch's placement on the top of each sweater's left shoulder).



The Flames later reached the Finals again in 2004, but they would lose to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games after coming within an overtime goal of winning the Stanley Cup in Game 6. The Flames went that entire span without a single playoff series victory.

The Canadiens would bounce back to win the Stanley Cup in 1993 over the Los Angeles Kings in five games. It would be the most recent Stanley Cup win by a Canadian team.


  1. ^ Greatest Moments in Calgary Flames Hockey History. pp. 79–80.


  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont: Fenn Pub. pp. 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
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