The 1993–94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. The league expanded to 26 teams with the addition of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Florida Panthers. The New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games to become the Stanley Cup champions. It was the Rangers' fourth championship overall, and their first in 54 seasons, since 1939–40.
|1993–94 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 5, 1993 – June 14, 1994|
|Number of games||84|
|Number of teams||26|
|TV partner(s)||CBC, TSN, SRC (Canada)|
ESPN, ABC, NBC (United States)
|Top draft pick||Alexandre Daigle|
|Picked by||Ottawa Senators|
|Presidents' Trophy||New York Rangers|
|Season MVP||Sergei Fedorov (Red Wings)|
|Top scorer||Wayne Gretzky (Kings)|
|Playoffs MVP||Brian Leetch (Rangers)|
|Champions||New York Rangers|
The spectacular play of Dominik Hasek of the Buffalo Sabres ushered in a new era of goaltending dominance in the NHL. Only three teams reached the 300-goal plateau, and only one team, the Detroit Red Wings, averaged more than four goals scored per game. Goaltenders combined for 99 shutouts during the regular season, a mark that broke the all-time regular-season record of 85 set in 1974–75.
League business Edit
For this season, the names of the conferences were changed from Campbell and Wales to Western and Eastern respectively, and the divisions' names were changed from Adams, Patrick, Norris, and Smythe to Northeast, Atlantic, Central, and Pacific respectively. Each division had changes. The Northeast Division would welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins, previously from the Patrick Division. The Atlantic Division would welcome the newcomer Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning, previously from the Norris Division. The Central Division would welcome the Winnipeg Jets, previously from the Smythe Division. The Pacific Division would welcome the newcomer Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. New league commissioner Gary Bettman, who had previously worked in the National Basketball Association (NBA), thought the old names could be confusing to non-traditional fans and believed that a change to geographically-named divisions, as used in the NBA and most other North American professional sports, would be more easily understandable to new fans.
In addition, the playoff format was changed to a conference based seeding over division specific brackets: the division winners were seeded one-two by order of point finish, then the top six remaining teams in the conference were seeded three through eight. However, unlike the NBA, the NHL matched the highest-seeded winners against the lowest-seeded winners in the second round. In order to reduce the number of long trips to and from the West Coast, whenever a Central Division team played a Pacific Division team in the playoffs, the format was 2–3–2 rather than the traditional 2–2–1–1–1, a format that was only used for the 1993–94 season.
Franchise changes Edit
- The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Florida Panthers started play this season.
- The Minnesota North Stars relocated to Dallas, Texas to become the Dallas Stars. It was the first franchise relocation for the NHL since the Colorado Rockies became the New Jersey Devils in 1982–83.
- This was the first season that the San Jose Sharks actually played in San Jose, moving into the new San Jose Arena after spending their first two years at the Cow Palace in nearby Daly City.
- It was the final season that the St. Louis Blues played at the St. Louis Arena and the Chicago Blackhawks played at Chicago Stadium.
Regular season Edit
The Panthers and Mighty Ducks set new records for first-year expansion teams. Both teams finished with 33 wins, surpassing the 31 wins of the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings in 1967–68. That mark would not be topped by another expansion team until the Vegas Golden Knights notched their 34th win in their inaugural season on February 1, 2018, finishing with 51 wins. The Panthers also set a high-water mark in points, with 83 points, surpassing the previous record set by the Flyers' 73 points in 1967–68. The Golden Knights would eventually shatter this inaugural expansion team record by 26 points notching a total of 109 points in 2017–18.
The division winners qualify for the playoffs as 1–2 seeding. The next six per conference are the teams with the six best records of the non-division winners.
Final standings Edit
|1||p-New York Rangers *||84||52||24||8||299||231||112|
|2||x-Pittsburgh Penguins *||84||44||27||13||299||285||101|
|3||New Jersey Devils||84||47||25||12||306||220||106|
|8||New York Islanders||84||36||36||12||282||264||84|
|12||Tampa Bay Lightning||84||30||43||11||224||251||71|
bold – Qualified for playoffs; x – Won division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division); * – Division leader
|1||y- Detroit Red Wings *||CEN||84||46||30||8||356||275||100|
|2||x- Calgary Flames *||PAC||84||42||29||13||302||256||97|
|3||Toronto Maple Leafs||CEN||84||43||29||12||280||243||98|
|5||St. Louis Blues||CEN||84||40||33||11||270||283||91|
|8||San Jose Sharks||PAC||84||33||35||16||252||265||82|
|9||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||PAC||84||33||46||5||229||251||71|
|10||Los Angeles Kings||PAC||84||27||45||12||294||322||66|
Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific
bold – Qualified for playoffs; x – Won division; y – Won Conference (and division); * – Division leader
No = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
|Conference quarterfinals||Conference semifinals||Conference finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
The NHL awards presentation took place on June 16, 1994.
|Stanley Cup||New York Rangers||Vancouver Canucks|
(Best regular-season record)
|New York Rangers||New Jersey Devils|
|Prince of Wales Trophy
(Eastern Conference playoff champion)
|New York Rangers||New Jersey Devils|
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
(Western Conference playoff champion)
|Vancouver Canucks||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Alka-Seltzer Plus-Minus Award
(Best plus-minus statistic)
|Scott Stevens (New Jersey Devils)||Sergei Fedorov (Detroit Red Wings)|
|Art Ross Trophy
(Player with most points)
|Wayne Gretzky (Los Angeles Kings)||Sergei Fedorov (Detroit Red Wings)|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
(Perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication)
|Cam Neely (Boston Bruins)||N/A|
|Calder Memorial Trophy
(Best first-year player)
|Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils)||Jason Arnott (Edmonton Oilers)|
Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils)
Mikael Renberg (Philadelphia Flyers)
|Conn Smythe Trophy
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
|Brian Leetch (New York Rangers)||N/A|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy
(Best defensive forward)
|Sergei Fedorov (Detroit Red Wings)||Sergei Fedorov (Detroit Red Wings)|
Doug Gilmour (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Brian Skrudland (Florida Panthers)
|Hart Memorial Trophy
(Most valuable player, regular season)
|Sergei Fedorov (Detroit Red Wings)||Sergei Fedorov (Detroit Red Wings)|
Dominik Hasek (Buffalo Sabres)
John Vanbiesbrouck (Florida Panthers)
|Jack Adams Award
|Jacques Lemaire (New Jersey Devils)||Kevin Constantine (San Jose Sharks)|
Jacques Lemaire (New Jersey Devils)
John Muckler (Buffalo Sabres)
|James Norris Memorial Trophy
|Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins)||Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins)|
Al MacInnis (Calgary Flames)
Scott Stevens (New Jersey Devils)
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy
(Leadership and humanitarian contribution)
|Adam Graves (New York Rangers)||N/A|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
|Wayne Gretzky (Los Angeles Kings)||Wayne Gretzky (Los Angeles Kings)|
Adam Oates (Boston Bruins)
Pierre Turgeon (New York Islanders)
|Lester B. Pearson Award
|Sergei Fedorov (Detroit Red Wings)||N/A|
|Dominik Hasek (Buffalo Sabres)||Dominik Hasek (Buffalo Sabres)|
Patrick Roy (Montreal Canadiens)
John Vanbiesbrouck (Florida Panthers)
|William M. Jennings Trophy
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
|Dominik Hasek and Grant Fuhr (Buffalo Sabres)||N/A|
|Lester Patrick Trophy
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)
|Wayne Gretzky and Robert Ridder||N/A|
All-Star teams Edit
Player statistics Edit
Scoring leaders Edit
|Wayne Gretzky||Los Angeles||81||38||92||130|
|Brendan Shanahan||St. Louis||81||52||50||102|
Leading goaltenders Edit
|Martin Brodeur||New Jersey||47||2625||105||3||2.40||.915|
|Mike Richter||New York Rangers||68||3710||159||5||2.57||.910|
|Daren Puppa||Tampa Bay||63||3653||165||4||2.71||.899|
|Chris Terreri||New Jersey||44||2340||106||2||2.72||.907|
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1993–94 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
- Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings
- Jason Arnott, Edmonton Oilers
- Kirk Maltby, Edmonton Oilers
- Rob Niedermayer, Florida Panthers
- Chris Pronger, Hartford Whalers
- Donald Brashear, Montreal Canadiens
- Jason Smith, New Jersey Devils
- Zigmund Palffy, New York Islanders
- Mattias Norstrom, New York Rangers
- Todd Marchant, New York Rangers
- Alexandre Daigle, Ottawa Senators
- Alexei Yashin, Ottawa Senators
- Pavol Demitra, Ottawa Senators
- Markus Naslund, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Jocelyn Thibault, Quebec Nordiques
- Ian Laperriere, St. Louis Blues
- Chris Gratton, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Yanic Perreault, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Michael Peca, Vancouver Canucks
- Jason Allison, Washington Capitals
Last games Edit
The following is a list of players of note who played their last game in the NHL in 1993–94 (listed with their last team):
Neutral site games Edit
As a part of the 1992 strike settlement, the NHL and Bruce McNall's Multivision Marketing and Public Relations Co. organized 26 regular season games in cities without a franchise as a litmus test for future expansion.
The Stars played a neutral-site game in their previous market of Minnesota at the Target Center in Minneapolis, where they were greeted enthusiastically. The Minnesota North Stars' tradition of playing on New Year's Eve and holding a post-game skate on the ice was also continued with a game between the Flyers and Bruins.
The Lightning vs. Red Wings contest in Minneapolis was scheduled for Martin Luther King Day, a Monday, with an afternoon face-off at 2:05 PM. However, due to an error on the NHL's part, the Lightning believed themselves to be playing at 7:35 PM, an error that was only discovered two weeks prior to the game by reporters. The Lightning ended up playing an 8:05 PM game in Winnipeg, flying back to the U.S., and playing again 18 hours later in Minneapolis.
The Panthers, in the midst of a playoff race, played a March "home" game against the Maple Leafs 30 miles from Toronto, at Hamilton.
Complete list of neutral-site games Edit
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score||OT||City||State/Province||Arena||Attendance|
|October 21, 1993||St. Louis||5||San Jose||2||Sacramento||CA||ARCO Arena||7,144|
|October 31, 1993||NY Rangers||4||New Jersey||1||Halifax||NS||Halifax Metro Centre||8,200|
|November 3, 1993||Pittsburgh||6||Buffalo||2||Sacramento||CA||ARCO Arena||10,117|
|November 9, 1993||Anaheim||4||Dallas||2||Phoenix||AZ||America West Arena||8,143|
|November 18, 1993||NY Islanders||5||Montréal||1||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||17,008|
|December 9, 1993||Dallas||6||Ottawa||1||Minneapolis||MN||Target Center||14,058|
|December 23, 1993||Vancouver||4||Calgary||3||Saskatoon||SK||Saskatchewan Place||11,429*|
|December 31, 1993||Philadelphia||4||Boston||3||Minneapolis||MN||Target Center||10,855|
|January 4, 1994||Tampa Bay||1||Toronto||0||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||17,526*|
|January 5, 1994||Montréal||2||Québec||0||Phoenix||AZ||America West Arena||11,393|
|January 6, 1994||St. Louis||2||Hartford||1||Cleveland||OH||Richfield Coliseum||6,956|
|January 17, 1994||Detroit||6||Tampa Bay||3||Minneapolis||MN||Target Center||8,764|
|January 23, 1994||Vancouver||5||Edmonton||4||(OT)||Saskatoon||SK||Saskatchewan Place||N/A|
|January 24, 1994||Calgary||3||Los Angeles||3||(OT)||Phoenix||AZ||America West Arena||14,864|
|February 2, 1994||Washington||5||Philadelphia||2||Cleveland||OH||Richfield Coliseum||8,312|
|February 8, 1994||San Jose||4||Chicago||3||Sacramento||CA||ARCO Arena||14,182*|
|February 22, 1994||Florida||3||Winnipeg||2||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||6,291|
|February 24, 1994||Detroit||3||Hartford||0||Cleveland||OH||Richfield Coliseum||11,621|
|March 4, 1994||Winnipeg||6||Ottawa||1||Minneapolis||MN||Target Center||6,388|
|March 8, 1994||Chicago||3||Anaheim||0||Phoenix||AZ||America West Arena||13,847|
|March 9, 1994||NY Rangers||7||Washington||5||Halifax||NS||Halifax Metro Centre||9,200*|
|March 18, 1994||Buffalo||2||NY Islanders||2||(OT)||Minneapolis||MN||Target Center||8,016|
|March 23, 1994||Florida||1||Toronto||1||(OT)||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||17,096*|
|March 27, 1994||New Jersey||5||Quebec||2||Minneapolis||MN||Target Center||6,222|
|April 3, 1994||Pittsburgh||6||Boston||2||Cleveland||OH||Richfield Coliseum||17,224|
|April 3, 1994||Los Angeles||6||Edmonton||1||Sacramento||CA||ARCO Arena||10,363|
Eastern Conference Edit
|Boston Bruins||Brian Sutter|
|Buffalo Sabres||John Muckler|
|Florida Panthers||Roger Neilson|
|Hartford Whalers||Pierre McGuire||Elevated to head coach midseason after Paul Holmgren stepped down.|
|Montreal Canadiens||Jacques Demers|
|New Jersey Devils||Jacques Lemaire|
|New York Islanders||Al Arbour|
|New York Rangers||Mike Keenan|
|Ottawa Senators||Rick Bowness|
|Philadelphia Flyers||Terry Simpson|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Eddie Johnston|
|Quebec Nordiques||Pierre Page|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Terry Crisp|
|Washington Capitals||Terry Murray||Replaced late in the season by Jim Schoenfeld|
Western Conference Edit
|Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||Ron Wilson|
|Calgary Flames||Dave King|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Darryl Sutter|
|Dallas Stars||Bob Gainey|
|Detroit Red Wings||Scotty Bowman|
|Edmonton Oilers||Ted Green||Replaced early in the season by Glen Sather|
|Los Angeles Kings||Barry Melrose|
|St. Louis Blues||Bob Berry|
|San Jose Sharks||Kevin Constantine|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Pat Burns|
|Vancouver Canucks||Pat Quinn|
|Winnipeg Jets||John Paddock|
See also Edit
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