1997–98 NHL season
|1997–98 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 1, 1997 – June 16, 1998|
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||26|
|TV partner(s)||CBC, TSN, SRC (Canada)|
ESPN, Fox (United States)
|Top draft pick||Joe Thornton|
|Picked by||Boston Bruins|
|Presidents' Trophy||Dallas Stars|
|Season MVP||Dominik Hasek (Sabres)|
|Top scorer||Jaromir Jagr (Penguins)|
|Playoffs MVP||Steve Yzerman (Red Wings)|
|Champions||Detroit Red Wings|
On June 25, 1997, the National Hockey League approved of four expansion franchises for Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus, and Saint Paul expanding the league to 30 teams by 2000. These franchises became the Nashville Predators in 1998, the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999, and the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild in 2000.
This was the first season for the Carolina Hurricanes, who were previously known as the Hartford Whalers. The Hurricanes played their home games at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, a temporary home while awaiting the construction of their permanent home arena in Raleigh. They would remain in the Northeast Division until realignment the following season. It would be another 14 years before another NHL team would relocate.
The controversial "FoxTrax" puck system was last used this season as well. In August 1998, the NHL signed a five-year, $600 million rights agreement with ABC Sports/ESPN. FOX elected not to use the system in the subsequent "lame duck" season.
This was the last season the Toronto Maple Leafs were a member of the Western Conference.
This was the last season of the four-division quasi-geographic alignment inherited from the traditional Adams/Patrick/Norris/Smythe set. The league would change the following season to a six-division, more purely geographic alignment.
For the first time since 1968–69 season, the Chicago Blackhawks missed the playoffs.
Due to the retirement of Craig MacTavish after the 1996-97 season, this was the first season in the League's history in which there were no helmetless players.
The all-time record for most shutouts in a season, set at 127 just a year earlier, was broken again as 160 shutouts were recorded, 13 of which were earned by Dominik Hasek, who set a League record with 11 teams shut-out. He zeroed the New York Rangers three times, and Los Angeles, Anaheim, Tampa Bay, Boston, Calgary, Washington, Montreal, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Edmonton once each. Only two teams, the St. Louis Blues and the Detroit Red Wings, averaged more than three goals scored per game. In addition, only one player, Jaromir Jagr, reached the 100-point plateau during the regular season.
Jari Kurri reached 600 goals in his career, finishing with 601.
- Eastern Conference
|1||New Jersey Devils||82||48||23||11||225||166||107|
|4||New York Islanders||82||30||41||11||212||225||71|
|5||New York Rangers||82||25||39||18||197||231||68|
|7||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||17||55||10||151||269||44|
|1||New Jersey Devils||ATL||82||48||23||11||225||166||107|
|10||New York Islanders||ATL||82||30||41||11||212||225||71|
|11||New York Rangers||ATL||82||25||39||18||197||231||68|
|13||Tampa Bay Lightning||ATL||82||17||55||10||151||269||44|
Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast
bold – Qualified for playoffs
- Western Conference
|2||3||Detroit Red Wings||82||44||23||15||250||196||103|
|3||4||St. Louis Blues||82||45||29||8||256||204||98|
|6||12||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||30||43||9||194||237||69|
|2||Los Angeles Kings||82||38||33||11||227||225||87|
|4||San Jose Sharks||82||34||38||10||210||216||78|
|6||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||82||26||43||13||205||261||65|
|1||p – Dallas Stars||CEN||82||49||22||11||242||167||109|
|2||x – Colorado Avalanche||PAC||82||39||26||17||231||205||95|
|3||Detroit Red Wings||CEN||82||44||23||15||250||196||103|
|4||St. Louis Blues||CEN||82||45||29||8||256||204||98|
|5||Los Angeles Kings||PAC||82||38||33||11||227||225||87|
|8||San Jose Sharks||PAC||82||34||38||10||210||216||78|
|10||Toronto Maple Leafs||CEN||82||30||43||9||194||237||69|
|12||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||PAC||82||26||43||13||205||261||65|
Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific
bold – Qualified for playoffs; x – Won Division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy
Stanley Cup FinalEdit
The 1998 Stanley Cup Final was played in the 105th year of the Stanley Cup. The series was played between the Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings and the Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals. The Red Wings were led by captain Steve Yzerman, head coach Scotty Bowman and goaltender Chris Osgood. The Capitals were led by captain Dale Hunter, head coach Ron Wilson and goaltender Olaf Kolzig. Detroit swept the series in four games and Steve Yzerman won the Conn Smythe Trophy.
|June 9||Washington||1 – 2||Detroit|
|June 11||Washington||4 – 5||Detroit||OT|
|June 13||Detroit||2 – 1||Washington|
|June 16||Detroit||4 – 1||Washington|
|Detroit wins series 4–0|
and Stanley Cup
|Conference Quarterfinals||Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
|5||Los Angeles||0||4||St. Louis||2|
- 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 took place in Toronto, Ontario
Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points
|Martin Brodeur||New Jersey||70||4128||130||10||1.89|
|Jamie McLennan||St. Louis||30||1658||60||2||2.17|
- Boston Bruins: Pat Burns
- Buffalo Sabres: Lindy Ruff
- Carolina Hurricanes: Paul Maurice
- Florida Panthers: Bryan Murray
- Montreal Canadiens: Alain Vigneault
- New Jersey Devils: Jacques Lemaire
- New York Islanders: Rick Bowness
- New York Rangers: Colin Campbell
- Ottawa Senators: Jacques Martin
- Philadelphia Flyers: Wayne Cashman and Roger Neilson
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Kevin Constantine
- Tampa Bay Lightning: Terry Crisp
- Washington Capitals: Ron Wilson
- Mighty Ducks of Anaheim: Pierre Page
- Calgary Flames: Brian Sutter
- Chicago Blackhawks: Craig Hartsburg
- Colorado Avalanche: Marc Crawford
- Dallas Stars: Ken Hitchcock
- Detroit Red Wings: Scotty Bowman
- Edmonton Oilers: Ron Low
- Los Angeles Kings: Larry Robinson
- Phoenix Coyotes: Jim Schoenfeld
- San Jose Sharks: Darryl Sutter
- St. Louis Blues: Joel Quenneville
- Toronto Maple Leafs: Mike Murphy
- Vancouver Canucks: Mike Keenan
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1997–98 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
- Matt Cullen, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
- Joe Thornton, Boston Bruins
- Sergei Samsonov, Boston Bruins
- Derek Morris, Calgary Flames
- Olli Jokinen, Los Angeles Kings
- Sheldon Souray, New Jersey Devils
- Zdeno Chara, New York Islanders
- Marc Savard, New York Rangers
- Chris Phillips, Ottawa Senators
- Marian Hossa, Ottawa Senators
- Daniel Briere, Phoenix Coyotes
- Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks
- Mattias Ohlund, Vancouver Canucks
The following is a list of players of note who played their last game in the NHL in 1997–98 (listed with their last team):
- Brent Sutter, Chicago Blackhawks
- Jari Kurri, Colorado Avalanche
- Slava Fetisov, Detroit Red Wings
- Kevin Lowe, Edmonton Oilers
- Andy Moog, Montreal Canadiens
- Pat LaFontaine, New York Rangers
- Joel Otto, Philadelphia Flyers
- Mike Gartner, Phoenix Coyotes
- Al Iafrate, San Jose Sharks
- Kelly Hrudey, San Jose Sharks
- Jeff Brown, Washington Capitals
- Brian Bradley, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Norm Maciver, Phoenix Coyotes
- Trading Deadline: March 24, 1998 
- March 24, 1998: D Dave Babych traded from Vancouver to Philadelphia for Philadelphia's third round pick in 1998 Entry Draft. Vancouver also returns the conditional pick previously acquired from Philadelphia in the Mike Sillinger trade dated Feb. 5, 1998.
- March 24, 1998: D Dmitri Mironov traded from Anaheim to Detroit for D Jamie Pushor and Detroit's fourth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft.
- March 24, 1998: G Kirk McLean traded from Carolina to Florida for RW Ray Sheppard.
- March 24, 1998: D Jeff Brown traded from Toronto to Washington for D Sylvain Cote.
- March 24, 1998: RW Jason Dawe traded from Buffalo to NY Islanders for D Jason Holland and LW Paul Kruse.
- March 24, 1998: D Dan McGillis and Edmonton's second round pick in 1998 Entry Draft traded from Edmonton to Philadelphia for D Janne Niinimaa.
- March 24, 1998: C Mark Janssens traded from NY Islanders to Phoenix for Phoenix's ninth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft.
- March 24, 1998: LW Warren Rychel and a conditional pick in 1999 Entry Draft traded from Anaheim to Colorado for C Josef Marha.
- March 24, 1998: C Sean Pronger traded from Anaheim to Pittsburgh for the rights to G Patrick Lalime.
- March 24, 1998: D Todd Gill traded from San Jose to St. Louis for RW Joe Murphy.
- March 24, 1998: RW Andrei Nazarov and future considerations traded from San Jose to Tampa Bay for D Bryan Marchment, D David Shaw and a conditional exchange of first round picks in 1998 Entry Draft.
- March 24, 1998: C Mike Eastwood traded from NY Rangers to St. Louis for C Harry York.
- March 24, 1998: RW Mike Kennedy traded from Toronto to Dallas for Dallas' eighth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft.
- March 24, 1998: RW Sandy McCarthy, Calgary's third round pick in 1998 Entry Draft and a fifth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft traded from Calgary to Tampa Bay for LW Jason Wiemer.
- March 24, 1998: RW Todd Harvey, LW Bob Errey and a fourth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft traded from Dallas to NY Rangers for C Brian Skrudland, RW Mike Keane and a conditional pick in either the 1998 or 1999 Entry Draft.
- March 24, 1998: RW Tom Fitzgerald traded from Florida to Colorado for the rights to LW Mark Parrish and Anaheim's third round pick in 1998 Entry Draft (previously acquired).
- March 24, 1998: D Rich Brennan traded from San Jose to NY Rangers for G Jason Muzzatti.
- March 24, 1998: D Ryan Risidore traded from Chicago to NY Rangers for RW Ryan Vandenbussche.
- March 24, 1998: D Jamie Macoun traded from Toronto to Detroit for Tampa Bay's fourth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft (previously acquired)
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