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The 1994-95 NHL season was the 78th regular season of the National Hockey League. 26 teams each played 48 games, a shortened season, due to a lockout of the players by the owners. The New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup in a four-game sweep of the Detroit Red Wings.

League BusinessEdit

The Hartford Whalers were purchased by Peter Karmanos.

This was the last season in Quebec City for the Quebec Nordiques, as they announced that they would move to Denver after the season and become the Colorado Avalanche.

It was the first season with games televised by Fox, which they would do until the end of the 1998-1999 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 11 January 1995. The season finally got underway nine days later.

New ArenasEdit

An era comes to an end as the Boston Bruins play their final season at the Boston Garden.

The Chicago Blackhawks open the United Center.

The St. Louis Blues open the Kiel Center now Scottrade Center.

Rule ChangesEdit

Two Zambonis would now be required by every arena for the resurfacing between periods.

  • A coach can call for a stick measurement in overtime, but the request must be made before the winning goal is scored;
  • leaving the penalty box to join an altercation on the ice will draw an automatic three-game suspension;
  • any severe check from behind will result in a major penalty and game misconduct.

Regular seasonEdit

The abbreviated season ended much later than usual. For the first and, as of 2007, the only time in NHL history, the Stanley Cup Finals concluded after the Summer Solstice. Despite the late end to the playoffs, only 81 total playoff games were held, the lowest number to date under the "16 wins" playoff format.

Final standingsEdit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Northeast Division GP W L T GF GA Pts
Quebec Nordiques 48 30 13 5 185 134 65
Pittsburgh Penguins 48 29 16 3 181 158 61
Boston Bruins 48 27 18 3 150 127 57
Buffalo Sabres 48 22 19 7 130 119 51
Hartford Whalers 48 19 24 5 127 141 43
Montreal Canadiens 48 18 23 7 125 148 43
Ottawa Senators 48 9 34 5 117 174 23
Atlantic Division GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 48 28 16 4 150 132 60
New Jersey Devils 48 22 18 8 136 121 52
Washington Capitals 48 22 18 8 136 120 52
New York Rangers 48 22 23 3 139 134 47
Florida Panthers 48 20 22 6 115 127 46
Tampa Bay Lightning 48 17 28 3 120 144 37
New York Islanders 48 15 28 5 126 158 35

Western ConferenceEdit

Central Division GP W L T GF GA Pts
Detroit Red Wings 48 33 11 4 180 117 70
St. Louis Blues 48 28 15 5 178 135 61
Chicago Blackhawks 48 24 19 5 156 115 53
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 21 19 8 135 146 50
Dallas Stars 48 17 23 8 136 135 42
Winnipeg Jets 48 16 25 7 157 177 39
Pacific Division GP W L T GF GA Pts
Calgary Flames 48 24 17 7 163 135 55
Vancouver Canucks 48 18 18 12 153 148 48
San Jose Sharks 48 19 25 4 129 161 42
Los Angeles Kings 48 16 23 9 142 174 41
Edmonton Oilers 48 17 27 4 136 183 38
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 48 16 27 5 125 164 37

Scoring leadersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A PTS
Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh 48 32 38 70
Eric Lindros Philadelphia 46 29 41 70
Alexei Zhamnov Winnipeg 48 30 35 65
Joe Sakic Quebec 47 19 43 62
Ron Francis Pittsburgh 44 11 48 59
Theoren Fleury Calgary 47 29 29 58
Paul Coffey Detroit 45 14 44 58
Mikael Renberg Philadelphia 47 26 31 57
John LeClair Montreal/
Philadelphia
46 26 28 54
Mark Messier NY Rangers 46 14 39 53

Stanley Cup playoffsEdit

Hhof stanley cup

The Stanley Cup

Conference quarterfinalsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Quebec vs. NY Rangers
Date Away Home
May 6 NY Rangers 4 5 Quebec
May 8 NY Rangers 8 3 Quebec
May 10 Quebec 3 4 NY Rangers
May 12 Quebec 2 3 NY Rangers OT
May 14 NY Rangers 2 4 Quebec
May 16 Quebec 2 4 NY Rangers
NY Rangers wins series 4–2
Pittsburgh vs. Washington
Date Away Home
May 6 Washington 5 4 Pittsburgh
May 8 Washington 3 5 Pittsburgh
May 10 Pittsburgh 2 6 Washington
May 12 Pittsburgh 2 6 Washington
May 14 Washington 5 6 Pittsburgh OT
May 16 Pittsburgh 7 1 Washington
May 18 Washington 0 3 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh wins series 4–3
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo
Date Away Home
May 7 Buffalo 3 4 Philadelphia OT
May 8 Buffalo 1 3 Philadelphia
May 10 Philadelphia 1 3 Buffalo
May 12 Philadelphia 4 2 Buffalo
May 14 Buffalo 4 6 Philadelphia
Philadelphia wins series 4–1
Boston vs. New Jersey
Date Away Home
May 7 New Jersey 5 0 Boston
May 8 New Jersey 3 0 Boston
May 10 Boston 3 2 New Jersey
May 12 Boston 0 1 New Jersey OT
May 14 New Jersey 3 2 Boston
New Jersey wins series 4–1

Western ConferenceEdit

Detroit vs. Dallas
Date Away Home
May 7 Dallas 3 4 Detroit
May 9 Dallas 1 4 Detroit
May 11 Detroit 5 1 Dallas
May 14 Detroit 1 4 Dallas
May 15 Dallas 1 3 Detroit
Detroit wins series 4–1
St. Louis vs. Vancouver
Date Away Home
May 7 Vancouver 1 2 St. Louis
May 9 Vancouver 5 3 St. Louis
May 11 St. Louis 1 6 Vancouver
May 13 St. Louis 5 2 Vancouver
May 15 Vancouver 6 5 St. Louis OT
May 17 St. Louis 8 2 Vancouver
May 19 Vancouver 5 3 St. Louis
Vancouver wins series 4–3
Chicago vs. Toronto
Date Away Home
May 7 Toronto 5 3 Chicago
May 9 Toronto 3 0 Chicago
May 11 Chicago 3 2 Toronto
May 13 Chicago 3 1 Toronto
May 15 Toronto 2 4 Chicago
May 17 Chicago 4 5 Toronto OT
May 19 Toronto 2 5 Chicago
Chicago wins series 4–3
Calgary vs. San Jose
Date Away Home
May 7 San Jose 5 4 Calgary
May 9 San Jose 5 4 Calgary OT
May 11 Calgary 9 2 San Jose
May 13 Calgary 6 4 San Jose
May 15 San Jose 0 5 Calgary
May 17 Calgary 3 5 San Jose
May 19 San Jose 5 4 Calgary 2OT
San Jose wins series 4–3

Conference semifinalsEdit

Eastern Conference
Pittsburgh vs. New Jersey
Date Away Home
May 20 New Jersey 2 3 Pittsburgh
May 22 New Jersey 4 2 Pittsburgh
May 24 Pittsburgh 1 5 New Jersey
May 26 Pittsburgh 1 2 New Jersey OT
May 28 New Jersey 4 1 Pittsburgh
New Jersey win series 4–1
Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
Date Away Home
May 21 NY Rangers 4 5 Philadelphia OT
May 22 NY Rangers 3 4 Philadelphia OT
May 24 Philadelphia 5 2 NY Rangers
May 26 Philadelphia 4 1 NY Rangers
Philadelphia wins series 4–0
Western Conference
Detroit vs. San Jose
Date Away Home
May 21 San Jose 0 6 Detroit
May 23 San Jose 2 6 Detroit
May 25 Detroit 6 2 San Jose
May 27 Detroit 6 2 San Jose
Detroit wins series 4–0
Chicago vs. Vancouver
Date Away Home
May 21 Vancouver 1 2 Chicago OT
May 23 Vancouver 0 2 Chicago
May 25 Chicago 3 2 Vancouver OT
May 27 Chicago 4 3 Vancouver OT
Chicago wins series 4–0

Conference finalsEdit

Eastern Conference
Philadelphia vs. New Jersey
Date Away Home
June 3 New Jersey 4 1 Philadelphia
June 5 New Jersey 5 2 Philadelphia
June 7 Philadelphia 3 2 New Jersey OT
June 10 Philadelphia 4 2 New Jersey
June 11 New Jersey 3 2 Philadelphia
June 13 Philadelphia 2 4 New Jersey
New Jersey wins series 4–2
and Prince of Wales Trophy
Western Conference
Detroit vs. Chicago
Date Away Home
June 1 Chicago 1 2 Detroit OT
June 4 Chicago 2 3 Detroit
June 6 Detroit 4 3 Chicago 2OT
June 8 Detroit 2 5 Chicago
June 11 Chicago 1 2 Detroit 2OT
Detroit wins series 4–1 and
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

FinalsEdit

Detroit Red Wings vs. New Jersey Devils
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
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

Scoring leadersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Sergei Fedorov Detroit 17 7 17 24
Stephane Richer New Jersey 19 6 15 21
Neal Broten New Jersey 20 7 12 19
Ron Francis Pittsburgh 12 6 13 19
Denis Savard Chicago 16 7 11 18
Paul Coffey Detroit 18 6 12 18
John MacLean New Jersey 20 5 13 18
Claude Lemieux New Jersey 20 13 3 16
Vyacheslav Kozlov Detroit 18 9 7 16
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 18 4 12 16

NHL AwardsEdit

The NHL Awards presentation took place on July 6, 1995.

Presidents' Trophy: Detroit Red Wings
Prince of Wales Trophy: New Jersey Devils
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Detroit Red Wings
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo Sabres
Calder Memorial Trophy: Peter Forsberg, Quebec Nordiques
Conn Smythe Trophy: Claude Lemieux, New Jersey Devils
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Ron Francis, Pittsburgh Penguins
Hart Memorial Trophy: Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers
Jack Adams Award: Marc Crawford, Quebec Nordiques
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Paul Coffey, Detroit Red Wings
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Joe Nieuwendyk, Calgary Flames
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Ron Francis, Pittsburgh Penguins
Lester B. Pearson Award: Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Ron Francis, Pittsburgh Penguins
Vezina Trophy: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
William M. Jennings Trophy: Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks
Lester Patrick Trophy: Joe Mullen, Brian Mullen, Bob Fleming

All-Star teamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres G Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks
Paul Coffey, Detroit Red Wings D Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
Chris Chelios, Montreal Canadiens D Larry Murphy, Pittsburgh Penguins
Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers C Alexei Zhamnov, Winnipeg Jets
Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins RW Theoren Fleury, Calgary Flames
John LeClair, Montreal/Philadelphia LW Keith Tkachuk, Winnipeg Jets

DebutsEdit

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):

Last gamesEdit

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1994-95 (listed with their last team):

Hat tricksEdit

Main article: 1994-95 Hat tricks

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit


NHL seasons

1990-91 | 1991-92 | 1992-93 | 1993-94 | 1994-95 | 1995-96 | 1996-97 | 1997-98 | 1998-99

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