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1994 Stanley Cup Final
Teams 1* 2 3 4 5 6 7 Games
New York Rangers  2 3 5 4 3 1 3 4
Vancouver Canucks  3 1 1 2 6 4 2 3
* game decided in overtime
Location: New York (Madison Square Garden) (1,2,5,7)
Vancouver (Pacific Coliseum) (3,4,6)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: New York: Mike Keenan
Vancouver: Pat Quinn
Captains: New York: Mark Messier
Vancouver: Trevor Linden
National anthem: New York: John Amirante
Vancouver: Richard Loney (3)
John Reynolds (4,6)
Referees: Terry Gregson (1,4,7)
Bill McCreary (2,6)
Andy Van Hellemond (3,5)
Dates: May 31 – June 14
MVP: Brian Leetch (New York Rangers)
Mark Messier (13:29, second, G7)
Networks: CBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), ESPN (United States), MSG Network (New York City market)
Announcers: (CBC) Bob Cole, Harry Neale, Dick Irvin, Jr.
(ESPN) Gary Thorne, Bill Clement
(MSG Network) Sam Rosen, John Davidson
 < 1993 Stanley Cup Finals 1995 > 

The 1994 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven playoff series contested between the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers and Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. The Canucks were making the club's second Final appearance, their first coming during their Cinderella run of 1982, and the Rangers were making their tenth appearance, their first since 1979. The Rangers ended their record 54-year championship drought with a victory in Game 7 to claim the long-awaited Stanley Cup. It was the fourth championship in franchise history.


Paths to the Final

The Canucks entered the playoffs seeded #7 in the Western Conference, and overcame a 3–1 deficit against the Calgary Flames, winning the final three games in overtime with Game 7 ending in double overtime as Pavel Bure scored the winning goal on a breakaway to upset the Flames. They then upset the Dallas Stars, seeded #4 and the Toronto Maple Leafs, seeded #3, in five games each to capture the Western Conference title.

The Rangers swept the New York Islanders and then beat the Washington Capitals in five games, before falling behind 3 games to 2 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils. They then won game six by a 4–2 score after Mark Messier publicly guaranteed a victory and then scored a third period hat trick. The Rangers then won game seven 2–1 on Stéphane Matteau's goal in double overtime, prompting the call of "Matteau, Matteau, Matteau!" by Rangers radio announcer Howie Rose. It was Matteau's second double overtime goal of the series.

The series

This series brought together two assistant coaches who were teammates on the other Canucks team to reach the Finals, Rangers assistant coach Colin Campbell and Canucks assistant coach Stan Smyl, who served as team captain then, as Kevin McCarthy was injured.

It was the second straight Finals that featured a former Edmonton Oilers captain trying to become the first person to capture a Stanley Cup as captain on two different teams. The previous year, Wayne Gretzky, who captained the Oilers to the first four of their five Stanley Cups in the 1980s, captained the Los Angeles Kings to the finals. Here, it was Mark Messier of the Rangers, who captained the Oilers to the last of their five, in 1990.

The Rangers players had a decided edge in Finals experience, with seven players from the 1990 Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers: Glenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Adam Graves, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, Messier, and Esa Tikkanen. One 1990 Oiler, Martin Gélinas, played for the Canucks. Overall, the Rangers had eleven players with previous Finals appearances, compared to the Canucks' five.


Game one

The Rangers scored early and led 2–1 late in the third period before Martin Gélinas tied the game with 1:00 to play in regulation time. It was the third time in eight games that the Rangers had surrendered a last-minute tying goal. The Rangers were all over the Canucks in overtime, but goaltender Kirk McLean made 52 saves on the night. In the last minute of the first overtime, Brian Leetch hit the crossbar at one end, and the Canucks went down to score the winner at the other on an odd-man rush by Greg Adams, as the Rangers, once again, lost a series opener at home in overtime.

Game two

The Rangers evened the series with a 3–1 victory before the series shifted west.

Game three

The Canucks came storming out in front of their home fans and Pavel Bure scored on his first shift to give them the early lead. But late in the period, with the score tied 1–1, Bure hit Jay Wells in the face with his stick and cut him, leading to a major penalty and Bure's expulsion from the game. Glenn Anderson scored on the ensuing power-play and the Rangers then cruised to a 5–1 victory.

Game four

In the fourth game, the Canucks again jumped out to an early lead, this time 2–0, before Mike Richter and Brian Leetch took over the game. Richter made some key saves to keep the game within reach, including one on a penalty shot against Pavel Bure, and Leetch picked up a goal and three assists as the Rangers won 4–2 to take a commanding 3–1 series lead.

Game five

Most who entered Madison Square Garden for the fifth game thought they were going to see the Rangers win the Cup that night. New York had already set the date for a victory parade.[1] However, the celebration plans got ahead of the work at hand. The Canucks were leading 3-0 by the third minute of the third period. Even though the Rangers scrambled to pull even by the midway point, Vancouver took the lead 29 seconds later on a goal by Dave Babych and cruised to a 6-3 win.

Game six

The Canucks fired 14 shots at Mike Richter in the first period and led 1–0 on a Jeff Brown bullet from the point. The score was 2–1 after two periods before another Brown goal gave the Canucks a 3–1 third period lead. Late in the third, Geoff Courtnall appeared to score for the Canucks, but the play continued and the Rangers scored to temporarily make the score 3–2. But, in the ensuing video review, it was confirmed that Courtnall had indeed scored his second goal of the game to clinch the game for the Canucks and force a seventh game.

Game seven

Entering the second Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals since 1971 and the tenth overall, Rangers Coach Mike Keenan became the first person to head coach Game 7's of the Stanley Cup Finals with two different teams, having been with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1987 when they lost to the Edmonton Oilers. Mike Babcock would join him in this feat in 2009 while with the Detroit Red Wings.[2]

The game at Madison Square Garden was an "electric affair"[1] with the Rangers jumping to an early 2-0 lead. Canucks captain Trevor Linden, however, silenced the home crowd with a short-handed goal early in the second period. Mark Messier restored order with a third Ranger goal only to have Linden make it close again with a goal early in the third. Nathan LaFayette "frightened all Manhattan wobbling a loose puck"[1] off the post behind Mike Richter with five minutes left, but the Rangers managed to hang on, 3-2, as the Garden erupted in tears and cheers, as Vancouver could not complete their Cinderella run. Brian Leetch became the first (and to this date, the only) American-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Mark Messier provided two of the most memorable images of that Stanley Cup Finals that would become iconic images to the Rangers and their fans: first, jumping up and down like a little kid with overwhelming emotion as ticker tape fell, then, showing incredible emotion as he accepted the Stanley Cup from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman,[3][4] as he became the first (and to this date, the only) Stanley Cup captain on two different teams. This image was taken by George Kalinsky, photographer at Madison Square Garden.[5] For scoring the winning goal, Messier earned the tongue-in-cheek nickname of "Mr. June."[6]

Although Keenan avoided becoming the first coach in NHL history to lose a Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals with two different teams, this unfortunate fate would befall Babcock in 2009 when his Red Wings lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins.[2]


In the United States, ESPN's broadcast of Game 7 drew the highest rating for a hockey game, with a 5.2 rating.[7] However, that was outside New York and Seattle markets (due to its proximity to Vancouver). In New York, ESPN's blackout meant MSG Network's broadcast of the game drew a 16.2 rating,[5][8] the highest for a sports program on MSG Network.[7][5] The two networks combined yielded a 6.9 rating.[8]

In Canada, the CBC's broadcast of Game 7 was highest-rated sports show on the network, with 4.957 million viewers[9] and it remained that way until the Canadian ice hockey team's gold medal win during the 2002 Winter Olympics, as that broadcast drew 10.6 million viewers.[10] Bob Cole said that Game 7 was one of his most memorable TV games.[11]


Bold-face years under finals appearance indicates year won Stanley Cup.

New York Rangers

# Player Catches Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
30 Glenn Healy L 1993 Canada Pickering, Ontario first (did not play)
35 Mike Richter L 1985 United States Abington, Pennsylvania first
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
2 Brian Leetch - A L 1986 United States Corpus Christi, Texas first
4 Kevin LoweA L 1992 Canada Lachute, Quebec seventh (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990)
6 Doug Lidster R 1993 Canada Kamloops, British Columbia first
21 Sergei Zubov R 1990 Russia Moscow, Russia first
23 Jeff Beukeboom R 1991 Canada Ajax, Ontario fourth (1987, 1988, 1990)
24 Jay Wells L 1992 Canada Paris, Ontario first
25 Alexander Karpovtsev R 1994 Russia Moscow, Russia first
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
9 Adam GravesA LW L 1991 Canada Toronto, Ontario second (1990)
10 Esa Tikkanen RW L 1993 Finland Helsinki, Finland fifth (1985, 1987, 1988, 1990)
11 Mark MessierC C L 1991 Canada Edmonton, Alberta seventh (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990)
12 Ed Olczyk C L 1992 United States Palos Heights, Illinois first (did not play)
13 Sergei Nemchinov C L 1990 Russia Moscow, Russia first
14 Craig MacTavish C L 1994 Canada London, Ontario fourth (1987, 1988, 1990)
15 Mike Hudson C L 1993 Canada Guelph, Ontario first
16 Brian Noonan RW R 1994 United States Boston, Massachusetts second (1992)
17 Greg Gilbert LW L 1994 Canada Mississauga, Ontario fourth (1982, 1983, 1992)
18 Mike Hartman LW L 1993 United States Detroit, Michigan first (did not play)
19 Nick Kypreos LW L 1993 Canada Toronto, Ontario first
26 Joe Kocur RW L 1990 Canada Kelvington, Saskatchewan first
27 Alexei Kovalev RW L 1991 Russia Tolyatti, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic first
28 Steve Larmer - A RW L 1993 Canada Peterborough, Ontario second (1992)
32 Stéphane Matteau LW L 1994 Canada Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec second (1992)
36 Glenn Anderson RW/LW L 1994 Canada Vancouver, British Columbia seventh (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990)

Vancouver Canucks

# Player Catches Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
1 Kirk McLean L 1987 Canada Willowdale, Ontario first
30 Mike Fountain L 1992 Canada North York, Ontario first (did not play)
35 Kay Whitmore L 1992 Canada Sudbury, Ontario first (did not play)
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
3 Bret Hedican L 1994 United States St. Paul, Minnesota first
4 Gerald Diduck L 1991 Canada Edmonton, Alberta first
5 Dana MurzynA L 1991 Canada Calgary, Alberta second (1989, did not play)
6 Adrien Plavsic L 1990 Canada Montreal, Quebec first (did not play)
21 Jyrki Lumme L 1990 Finland Tampere, Finland first
22 Jeff Brown R 1994 Canada Ottawa, Ontario first
24 Jiri Slegr L 1990 Czech Republic Jihlava, Czechoslovakia first (did not play)
28 Brian Glynn R 1994 Germany Iserlohn, West Germany first
44 Dave Babych L 1991 Canada Edmonton, Alberta first
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
7 Cliff Ronning C L 1991 Canada Burnaby, British Columbia first
8 Greg Adams LW L 1987 Canada Nelson, British Columbia first
10 Pavel BureA RW L 1989 Russia Moscow, USSR first
14 Geoff Courtnall LW L 1991 Canada Victoria, British Columbia second (1988)
15 John McIntyre C L 1993 Canada London, Ontario first
16 Trevor LindenC C R 1988 Canada Medicine Hat, Alberta first
17 Jimmy Carson C R 1993 United States Southfield, Michigan first (did not play)
18 Shawn Antoski LW L 1990 Canada Brantford, Ontario first
19 Tim Hunter RW R 1993 Canada Calgary, Alberta third (1986,1989)
20 José Charbonneau RW R 1993 Canada Ferme-Neuve, Quebec first (did not play)
23 Martin Gélinas RW R 1993 Canada Shawinigan, Quebec second (1990)
25 Nathan LaFayette RW R 1994 Canada New Westminster, British Columbia first
27 Sergio MomessoA LW L 1991 Canada Montreal, Quebec first
29 Gino Odjick LW L 1990 Canada Maniwaki, Quebec first (did not play)
32 Murray Craven C L 1993 Canada Medicine Hat, Alberta third (1985, 1987)
33 Michael Peca C R 1992 Canada Toronto, Ontario first (did not play)


Bold face indicates worked Game 7.

Referees: Terry Gregson, Bill McCreary, Andy Van Hellemond

Linesmen: Kevin Collins, Gerard Gauthier, Randy Mitton, Ray Scapinello

New York Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup champions



(also played wing)

  • Neil Smith (president/general manager/governor). Robert Gutkowski (alternate governor)
  • Stanley Jaffe (alternate governor), Kenneth Munoz (alternate governor)
  • Larry Pleau (ass’t general manager), Mike Keenan (head coach)
  • Colin Campbell (associate coach), Dick Todd (ass’t coach)
  • Matthew Louhgren (manager-team operations), Barry Watkins (director of communications)
  • Christer Rockstrom, Tony Feltrin (scouts)
  • Martin Madden, Herb Hammond, Darrwin Bennett (scouts)
  • Dave Smith (medical trainer), Joe Murphy (equipment trainer)
  • Mike Folga (equipment manager), Bruce Lifrieri (massage therapist)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • When the New York Rangers submitted their list of names for engraving, Ed Olczyk and Mike Hartman were included. When the Stanley Cup was engraved, Olczyk and Hartman's names were omitted. (Olczyk having played only 37 regular-season games and 1 game in the Eastern Conference Finals, Hartman playing 35 regular-season games and none in the playoffs.) Both players had spent the entire season with New York, and missed extensive time due to injury. At the Rangers' protest, the NHL added Olczyk and Hartman to the Cup. As a result, the NHL does not now add missing names after the Cup has been engraved, but instead, allows teams to petition for the inclusion of players who do not officially qualify (40 regular season games, or having played in the Finals), prior to engraving.
  • Seven players who won the cup in 1994 were also with the Edmonton Oilers in 1990 when they won their fifth Cup: Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe, Glenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Adam Graves, Craig MacTavish and Esa Tikkanen. An eighth player, Greg Gilbert, also won the Stanley Cup with the New York Islanders in 1982 and 1983.
  • Alexander Karpovtsev, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Nemchinov and Sergei Zubov became the first four Russian-trained players to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Cole, Stephen, p. 128 
  2. ^ a b Babcock was coach of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim when they lost to the New Jersey Devils in 2003 (the home team won all seven games of the series).
  3. ^ "GeorgeKalinsky.com::Images::Team Sports". GeorgeKalinsky.com. http://www.georgekalinsky.com/images/team/index5.html. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  4. ^ "The Rangers win The Cup - 06/14/1994". MSG Media. http://www.msg50.com/moment.jsp?moment_id=61. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  5. ^ a b c Kalinsky, George (2004). Garden of Dreams. New York: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang. ISBN 1-58479-343-0. 
  6. ^ Barron, James (1994-06-18). "New Yorkers Bury the Rangers' Curse in a Sea of Confetti". The New York Times: p. 28. 
  7. ^ a b Sell, Dave (June 16, 1994). "Rangers and NHL Come in From Cold; New York Loses Curse, League Lifts Ratings". The Washington Post: p. B03. 
  8. ^ a b "Game 7 a Cable-Ratings High". The New York Times: p. B12. June 16, 1994. 
  9. ^ McKay, John (February 22, 2002). "Despite some critics, CBC enjoys praise and more than six million Olympics viewers". Canadian Press. 
  10. ^ "Salt Lake Games Garner Record TV Ratings". The Vancouver Sun: p. A6. February 26, 2002. 
  11. ^ Houston, William (November 6, 1997). "TRUTH & RUMOURS WILLIAM HOUSTON'S WORLD OF SPORT Cole's close call". The Globe and Mail: p. S.4. 


  • Cole, Stephen (2004). The Best of Hockey Night in Canada. Toronto: McArthur & Company. ISBN 1-55278-408-8. 
  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL. 
  • Morrison, Scott (2008). Hockey Night in Canada: My Greatest Day. Toronto: Key Porter Books. ISBN 978-1-55470-086-8. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. pp. 12, 50. ISBN 1–55168–261. 
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
New York Rangers
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
New Jersey Devils


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