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The 1982-83 NHL season was the 66th season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-one teams each played 80 games. The New York Islanders won their fourth Stanley Cup in a row with their second consecutive finals sweep by beating the Edmonton Oilers four games to none. No team in any major professional North American sport has won four consecutive championships since the Islanders.

Regular seasonEdit

The Boston Bruins led the league in overall points with 110. The defending Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders fell from first overall and finished tied for 6th overall and the high-powered, high offence, Edmonton Oilers tied for second overall. The Oilers set a new record, which they had just set the previous year, for most goals in a season with 424 and were led by Wayne Gretzky's 196 points. The Oilers also set a record for most 100-point players in one season on one team as Wayne Gretzky, Glenn Anderson, Jari Kurri, and Mark Messier all scored more than 100 points.

For the start of the season, the Colorado Rockies (originally known as the Kansas City Scouts) moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey and became the New Jersey Devils. They also moved to the Patrick Division, forcing a reluctant Winnipeg Jets organization to leave the Norris Division and take Colorado's place in the Smythe. This would be the last relocation of an NHL team until the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas, Texas and became the Stars in 1993, while Denver would not see another NHL team of their own until the Quebec Nordiques moved there to become the Colorado Avalanche in June of 1995.

Some fans consider this season as the true end for the Original Six era, as the remaining 3 players from that era (Carol Vadnais, Serge Savard, and Wayne Cashman) retired after the season. Cashman was the last to play, losing in the Wales Conference Finals as a member of the Bruins.

Final standingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

Adams Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Boston Bruins 80 50 20 10 110 327 228 1202
Montreal Canadiens 80 42 24 14 98 350 286 1116
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 29 13 89 318 285 1031
Quebec Nordiques 80 34 34 12 80 343 336 1648
Hartford Whalers 80 19 54 7 45 261 403 1392
Patrick Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Philadelphia Flyers 80 49 23 8 106 326 240 1337
New York Islanders 80 42 26 12 96 302 226 1266
Washington Capitals 80 39 25 16 94 306 283 1329
New York Rangers 80 35 35 10 80 306 287 1100
New Jersey Devils 80 17 49 14 48 230 338 1270
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 18 53 9 45 257 394 1859

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

Norris Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Chicago Blackhawks 80 47 23 10 104 338 268 1185
Minnesota North Stars 80 40 24 16 96 321 290 1520
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 28 40 12 68 293 330 1481
St. Louis Blues 80 25 40 15 65 285 316 1281
Detroit Red Wings 80 21 44 15 57 263 344 1064
Smythe Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Edmonton Oilers 80 47 21 12 106 424 315 1771
Calgary Flames 80 32 34 14 78 321 317 1146
Vancouver Canucks 80 30 35 15 75 303 309 1639
Winnipeg Jets 80 33 39 8 74 311 333 1089
Los Angeles Kings 80 27 41 12 66 308 365 1367

Scoring leadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 80 71 125 196 59
Peter Stastny Quebec Nordiques 75 47 77 124 78
Denis Savard Chicago Blackhawks 78 35 86 121 99
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 79 60 58 118 20
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings 80 56 51 107 22
Barry Pederson Boston Bruins 77 46 61 107 47
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers 77 48 58 106 72
Michel Goulet Quebec Nordiques 80 57 48 105 51
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers 80 45 59 104 22
Glenn Anderson Edmonton Oilers 72 48 56 104 70
Kent Nilsson Calgary Flames 80 46 58 104 10

Stanley Cup playoffsEdit

Playoff bracketEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Finals
                                     
A1  Boston Bruins 3  
A4  Quebec Nordiques 1  
  A1  Boston Bruins 4  
  A3  Buffalo Sabres 3  
A2  Montreal Canadiens 0
A3  Buffalo Sabres 3  
  A1  Boston Bruins 2  
  P2  New York Islanders 4  
P1  Philadelphia Flyers 0  
P4  New York Rangers 3  
  P4  New York Rangers 2
  P2  New York Islanders 4  
P2  New York Islanders 3
P3  Washington Capitals 1  
  P2  New York Islanders 4
  S1  Edmonton Oilers 0
N1  Chicago Blackhawks 3  
N4  St. Louis Blues 1  
  N1  Chicago Blackhawks 4
  N2  Minnesota North Stars 1  
N2  Minnesota North Stars 3
N3  Toronto Maple Leafs 1  
  N1  Chicago Blackhawks 0
  S1  Edmonton Oilers 4  
S1  Edmonton Oilers 3  
S4  Winnipeg Jets 0  
  S1  Edmonton Oilers 4
  S2  Calgary Flames 1  
S2  Calgary Flames 3
S3  Vancouver Canucks 1  

FinalsEdit

New York Islanders vs. Edmonton Oilers

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 10 New York2 Edmonton 0
May 12 New York6 Edmonton 3
May 14 Edmonton 1New York 5
May 16 Edmonton 2 New York 4

New York wins the series 4–0.

NHL awardsEdit

Prince of Wales Trophy: New York Islanders
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Edmonton Oilers
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Lanny McDonald, Calgary Flames
Calder Memorial Trophy: Steve Larmer, Chicago Blackhawks
Conn Smythe Trophy: Billy Smith, New York Islanders
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers
Hart Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams Award: Orval Tessier, Chicago Blackhawks
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Rod Langway, Washington Capitals
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Mike Bossy, New York Islanders
Lester B. Pearson Award: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Charlie Huddy, Edmonton Oilers,
William M. Jennings Trophy: Roland Melanson/Billy Smith, New York Islanders
Vezina Trophy: Pete Peeters, Boston Bruins
Lester Patrick Trophy: Bill Torrey

All-Star teamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Pete Peeters, Boston Bruins G Roland Melanson, New York Islanders
Mark Howe, Philadelphia Flyers D Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
Rod Langway, Washington Capitals D Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers C Denis Savard, Chicago Blackhawks
Mike Bossy, New York Islanders RW Lanny McDonald, Calgary Flames
Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers LW Michel Goulet, Quebec Nordiques

DebutsEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1982-83 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last gamesEdit

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1982-83 (listed with their last team):

See also Edit

ReferencesEdit

NHL seasons

1978-79 | 1979-80 | 1980-81 | 1981-82 | 1982-83 | 1983-84 | 1984-85 | 1985-86 | 1986-87

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