The 1994–95 NHL season was the 78th regular season of the National Hockey League. The teams played a shortened season, due to a lockout of the players by the owners. In addition, the NHL All-Star Game, which had been scheduled to take place January 20–21, 1995, in San Jose, California, was canceled. San Jose was soon selected as the venue for the 1997 NHL All-Star Game. The New Jersey Devils swept the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings for their first Stanley Cup win. It was also their first appearance in the finals overall.
|1995 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||January 20 – June 24, 1995|
|Number of games||48|
|Number of teams||26|
|TV partner(s)||CBC, TSN, SRC (Canada)|
ESPN, Fox (United States)
|Top draft pick||Ed Jovanovski|
|Picked by||Florida Panthers|
|Presidents' Trophy||Detroit Red Wings|
|Season MVP||Eric Lindros (Flyers)|
|Top scorer||Jaromir Jagr (Penguins)|
|Playoffs MVP||Claude Lemieux (Devils)|
|Champions||New Jersey Devils|
|Runners-up||Detroit Red Wings|
It was the first season with games televised by Fox, which they would do until the end of the 1998–99 season. It marked the first major American broadcast agreement for the NHL since 1975. Fox split Stanley Cup Finals games with ESPN.
The regular season was shortened because of a 103-day lockout, which ended on January 11, 1995. The season got underway nine days later.
- March 10, 1995 – the game between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings was postponed due to the Guadalupe River flooding, making it impossible for the teams to travel to the San Jose Arena.
- Two Zambonis would now be required by every arena for the resurfacing between periods.
- A coach can call for a stick measurement in any overtime period or shootout, but the request must be made before the winning goal is scored.
- Leaving the penalty box to join an altercation on the ice risks automatic three-game ban, plus any other penalties assessed.
- Any severe check from behind risks a major penalty and game misconduct.
- Referees and linesmen would wear numbers instead of nameplates; this restored a practice that had been in use previously from 1955 to 1977.
Due to the 1994–95 NHL lockout, the league shortened the season length from 84 games, the length of the previous two seasons, to 48. Furthermore, the season would last from January 20 to May 3; this was the first time in NHL history that the regular season extended into May. The next time was the 2020–21 NHL season. Regular-season games would be limited to intra-conference play (Eastern Conference teams did not play Western Conference teams).
|5||New Jersey Devils||AT||48||22||18||8||136||121||52|
|8||New York Rangers||AT||48||22||23||3||139||134||47|
|12||Tampa Bay Lightning||AT||48||17||28||3||120||144||37|
|13||New York Islanders||AT||48||15||28||5||126||158||35|
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast
bold – Qualified for playoffs
|1||p – Detroit Red Wings||CEN||48||33||11||4||180||117||70|
|2||x – Calgary Flames||PAC||48||24||17||7||163||135||55|
|3||St. Louis Blues||CEN||48||28||15||5||178||135||61|
|5||Toronto Maple Leafs||CEN||48||21||19||8||135||146||50|
|7||San Jose Sharks||PAC||48||19||25||4||129||161||42|
|9||Los Angeles Kings||PAC||48||16||23||9||142||174||41|
|12||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||PAC||48||16||27||5||125||164||37|
Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific
bold – Qualified for playoffs; x – Won division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy
Note: 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.
The New Jersey Devils swept the series in the minimum four games. Detroit was making its first appearance in a Stanley Cup Finals since 1966. New Jersey won in its first appearance in a Finals.
|Detroit Red Wings vs. New Jersey Devils|
|June 17||New Jersey||2||Detroit||1|
|June 20||New Jersey||4||Detroit||2|
|June 22||Detroit||2||New Jersey||5|
|June 24||Detroit||2||New Jersey||5|
|New Jersey wins series 4–0|
and Stanley Cup
|Claude Lemieux (New Jersey)|
wins Conn Smythe Trophy
|Conference Quarterfinals||Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
|8||NY Rangers||4||8||NY Rangers||0||
|5||New Jersey||4||5||New Jersey||4||
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
- During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.
The NHL Awards presentation took place on July 6, 1995.
Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points
|Glenn Healy||New York Rangers||17||888||35||1||2.36|
|Martin Brodeur||New Jersey||40||2184||89||3||2.45|
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1994–95, listed with their first team (asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
- Paul Kariya, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
- Cory Stillman, Calgary Flames
- Eric Daze, Chicago Blackhawks
- Jamie Langenbrunner, Dallas Stars
- Manny Fernandez, Dallas Stars
- Ryan Smyth, Edmonton Oilers
- Marek Malik, Hartford Whalers
- Craig Conroy, Montreal Canadiens
- Brian Rolston, New Jersey Devils
- Tommy Salo, New York Islanders
- Adam Deadmarsh, Quebec Nordiques
- Peter Forsberg, Quebec Nordiques
- Adrian Aucoin, Vancouver Canucks
- Jim Carey, Washington Capitals
- Sergei Gonchar, Washington Capitals
- Nikolai Khabibulin, Winnipeg Jets
The following is a list of players of note who played their last game in the NHL in 1994–95 (listed with their last team):
- Mats Naslund, Boston Bruins
- Craig Simpson, Buffalo Sabres
- Jim Peplinski, Calgary Flames
- Dirk Graham, Chicago Blackhawks
- Mark Howe, Detroit Red Wings
- Mike Krushelnyski, Detroit Red Wings
- Kent Nilsson, Edmonton Oilers (Last active player to have been a member of the Atlanta Flames)
- Gaetan Duchesne, Florida Panthers
- Steve Larmer, New York Rangers
- Peter Stastny, St. Louis Blues
- Gerard Gallant, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Dave Poulin, Washington Capitals
- Thomas Steen, Winnipeg Jets
Trading deadline: April 7, 1995.
- April 7, 1995: D Petr Svoboda traded from Buffalo to Philadelphia for D Garry Galley.
- April 7, 1995: C Troy Murray and D Norm Maciver traded from Ottawa to Pittsburgh for RW Martin Straka.
- April 7, 1995: D Gord Kruppke traded from Toronto to Detroit for other considerations.
- April 7, 1995: RW Russ Courtnall traded from Dallas to Vancouver for LW Greg Adams and RW Dan Kesa and Vancouver's fifth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: G Corey Hirsch traded from New York Rangers to Vancouver for C Nathan LaFayette.
- April 7, 1995: D Gerald Diduck traded from Vancouver to Chicago for RW Bogdan Savenko and Hartford's third round pick in 1995 Entry Draft (previously acquired).
- April 7, 1995: G Rick Tabaracci traded from Washington to Calgary for a conditional fifth round draft pick.
- April 7, 1995: LW Gaetan Duchesne traded from San Jose to Florida for Florida's sixth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: G Craig Billington traded from Ottawa to Boston for other considerations.
- April 7, 1995: LW Bill Huard traded from Ottawa to Quebec for D Mika Stromberg and Quebec's fourth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: D Daniel Laperriere and St. Louis' ninth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft traded from St. Louis to Ottawa for Ottawa's ninth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: RW Roman Oksiuta traded from Edmonton to Vancouver for D Jiri Slegr.
- April 7, 1995: LW Alan May traded from Dallas to Calgary for Calgary's eighth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: C Mike Eastwood and Toronto's third round pick in 1995 Entry Draft traded from Toronto to Winnipeg for RW Tie Domi.
- April 7, 1995: D Grant Jennings traded from Pittsburgh to Toronto for D Drake Berehowsky.
- April 7, 1995: D Igor Ulanov and C Mike Eagles traded from Winnipeg to Washington for Washington's third and fifth round draft picks in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: Edmonton Oilers trade Scott Pearson to the Buffalo Sabres for Ken Sutton.
- April 7, 1995: Pittsburgh Penguins trade Greg Brown to the Winnipeg Jets for a conditional eighth round draft pick in 1996 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: New York Rangers trade Ed Olczyk to the Winnipeg Jets for Winnipeg's fifth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 5, 1995: Montreal Canadiens obtain Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov from the New York Islanders for Kirk Muller, Mathieu Schneider and Craig Darby.
|Boston Bruins||Brian Sutter|
|Buffalo Sabres||John Muckler|
|Florida Panthers||Roger Neilson|
|Hartford Whalers||Paul Holmgren|
|Montreal Canadiens||Jacques Demers|
|New Jersey Devils||Jacques Lemaire|
|New York Islanders||Lorne Henning|
|New York Rangers||Colin Campbell|
|Ottawa Senators||Rick Bowness|
|Philadelphia Flyers||Terry Murray|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Eddie Johnston|
|Quebec Nordiques||Marc Crawford|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Terry Crisp|
|Washington Capitals||Jim Schoenfeld|
|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||George Burnett||Replaced midseason by Ron Low|
|Los Angeles Kings||Barry Melrose||Replaced midseason by Rogie Vachon|
|St. Louis Blues||Mike Keenan|
|San Jose Sharks||Kevin Constantine|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Pat Burns|
|Vancouver Canucks||Rick Ley|
|Winnipeg Jets||John Paddock||Replaced midseason by Terry Simpson|
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