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1983 Stanley Cup Final
Teams 1 2 3 4 Games
New York Islanders  2 6 5 4 4
Edmonton Oilers  0 3 1 2 0
* overtime periods
Location: Edmonton (Northlands Coliseum) (1,2)
Uniondale, New York (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) (3,4)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: New York: Al Arbour
Edmonton: Glen Sather
Captains: New York: Denis Potvin
Edmonton: Lee Fogolin
Dates: May 10 – 17
MVP: Billy Smith (New York Islanders)
Mike Bossy (G4)
Networks: CBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), USA Network (United States, except in New York area), WOR (New York area, Games 1 & 2), SportsChannel (New York area, Games 3 & 4)
Announcers: (CBC) Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer, Mickey Redmond
(USA) Dan Kelly, Gary Green
(WOR, SC) Jiggs McDonald, Ed Westfall
(New York Islanders Radio)
(Edmonton Oilers Radio) Rod Phillips, Ken Brown
 < 1982 Stanley Cup Finals 1984 > 

The 1983 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Edmonton Oilers in their first-ever Final series appearance and the defending champion New York Islanders, in their fourth, and fourth consecutive, Final appearance. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series four games to none, to win their fourth-straight and fourth-overall Stanley Cup. It was also the fourth straight Final of post-1967 expansion teams, and the first involving a former World Hockey Association (WHA) team. This is also the most recent time that a defending Stanley Cup Champions has won the cup 4 years in a row, since then no team has won more than two consecutive championships.


Paths to the Final

Edmonton defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3–0, the Calgary Flames 4–1 and the Chicago Black Hawks 4–0 to advance to the finals. New York defeated the Washington Capitals 3–1, the New York Rangers 4–2, and the Boston Bruins 4–2 to make it to the finals.

The series

Billy Smith limited the Oilers to just six goals in the four games, and shut them out in 7 out 12 periods. In his first appearance in the Finals, Wayne Gretzky assisted on four of the Oilers six goals but failed to score himself. After Game Four, the Oilers players walked passed the Islanders' dressing room and noticed many of the Islanders players exhausted and covered in ice packs rather than wildly celebrating, with Mark Messier suggesting that this gave the Oilers inspiration that they needed in order to win next year.[1]

New York Islanders vs. Edmonton Oilers

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
Tue, May 10 New York 2 Edmonton 0
Thu, May 12 New York 6 Edmonton 3
Sat, May 14 Edmonton 1 New York 5
Tue, May 17 Edmonton 2 New York 4


New York Islanders 1983 Stanley Cup champions




Stanley Cup engraving

Note ^Steve Corais (Director of Public Relations) was included on all four New York Islanders team pictures 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983. Corais' name however, was not engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Members of New York Islanders 1980 to 1983 Dynasty

  • Mike Bossy, Bob Bourne, Clark Gillies, Butch Goring, Anders Kallur, Gord Lane, Dave Langevin, Wayne Merrick, Ken Morrow, Bob Nystrom, Stefan Persson, Dennis Potvin, Billy Smith, Duane Sutter, John Tonelli, Bryan Trottier (16 Players), Lorne Henning (Player/Ass't Coach), Bill Torrey, John Pickett, Al Arbour, Gerry Ehman, Ron Waske, Jim Pickard (6 non-players).
  • (*-Note-* Every member of New York Islanders who won 4 cups, was with the team that came 3 wins short of a fifth cup. New York Islanders won a Stanley Cup record 19 straight playoff series wins, before losing to the Edmonton Oilers in Stanley Cup Finals in 1984.)

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  • Total Stanley Cup. NHL. 2000.  
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1–55168–261.  
Preceded by
New York Islanders
New York Islanders
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Edmonton Oilers


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