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The 1996–97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-six teams each played 82 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Detroit Red Wings, who swept the Philadelphia Flyers in four games and won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 42 years. The regular season saw a decline in scoring and rise in the number of shutouts, to an all-time record of 127. This trend continued into the playoffs, during which an all-time record of 18 shutouts were recorded. Only two players, Mario Lemieux and Teemu Selanne, reached the 100-point plateau during the regular season (compared with 12 who reached the plateau in 1995-96). Many factors, including fewer power-plays, more calls of the skate-in-the-crease rule, fewer shots on goal, and more injuries to star players than the season before contributed to the reduction in scoring and skyrocketing in shutouts. Paradoxically, teams actually averaged more even-strength goals scored (174) than in 1995-96 (172).

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League Business

This was the first season for the Phoenix Coyotes, who had relocated from Winnipeg, Manitoba and had previously been known as the Winnipeg Jets.

On March 25, 1997, the Hartford Whalers announced that they would move from Connecticut following the 1996–97 season. Starting in the 1997–98 NHL season, they would be known as the Carolina Hurricanes.

The 1996–97 season marked the retirement of Craig MacTavish, the last active NHL player who played without a protective helmet. He had been grandfathered under the old rule requiring them to be worn because he had signed a pro contract before the rule was established on 1 June, 1979. The first player to ever wear a helmet was George Owen in the 1928–29 NHL season.

Regular season

The Boston Bruins recorded the league's worst record, missing the playoffs for the first time in thirty seasons and ending the longest consecutive playoff streak ever recorded in the history of North American professional sport.

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Final standings

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

Eastern Conference
Northeast Division
Team W L T GF GA Pts
Buffalo Sabres 40 30 12 237 208 92
Pittsburgh Penguins 38 36 8 285 280 84
Ottawa Senators 31 36 15 226 234 77
Montreal Canadiens 31 36 15 249 276 77
Hartford Whalers 32 39 11 226 256 75
Boston Bruins 26 47 9 234 300 61
Atlantic Division
Team W L T GF GA Pts
New Jersey Devils 45 23 14 231 182 104
Philadelphia Flyers 45 24 13 274 217 103
Florida Panthers 35 28 19 221 201 89
New York Rangers 38 34 10 258 231 86
Washington Capitals 33 40 9 214 231 75
Tampa Bay Lightning 32 40 10 217 247 74
New York Islanders 29 41 12 240 250 70
Western Conference
Central Division
Team W L T GF GA Pts
Dallas Stars 48 26 8 252 198 104
Detroit Red Wings 38 26 18 253 197 94
Phoenix Coyotes 38 37 7 240 243 83
St. Louis Blues 36 35 11 236 239 83
Chicago Blackhawks 34 35 13 223 210 81
Toronto Maple Leafs 30 44 8 230 273 68
Pacific Division
Team W L T GF GA Pts
Colorado Avalanche 49 24 9 277 205 107
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 36 33 13 245 233 85
Edmonton Oilers 36 37 9 252 247 81
Vancouver Canucks 35 40 7 257 273 77
Calgary Flames 32 41 9 214 239 73
Los Angeles Kings 28 43 11 214 268 67
San Jose Sharks 27 47 8 211 278 62

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A PTS
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh 76 50 72 122
Teemu Selanne Anaheim 78 51 58 109
Paul Kariya Anaheim 69 44 55 99
John LeClair Philadelphia 82 50 47 97
Wayne Gretzky NY Rangers 82 25 72 97
Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh 63 47 48 95
Mats Sundin Toronto 82 41 53 94
Zigmund Palffy NY Islanders 80 48 42 90
Ron Francis Pittsburgh 81 27 63 90
Brendan Shanahan Hartford/
Detroit
81 47 41 88

Playoffs

Playoff bracket

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Final
                                     
1  New Jersey 4     2  Buffalo 1  
8  Montreal 1     3  Philadelphia 4  
2  Buffalo 4 Eastern Conference
7  Ottawa 3  
    3  Philadelphia 4  
  5  NY Rangers 1  
3  Philadelphia 4  
6  Pittsburgh 1  
4  Florida 1   1  New Jersey 1
5  NY Rangers 4     5  NY Rangers 4  
  E3  Philadelphia 0
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)
  W3  Detroit 4
1  Colorado 4     3  Detroit 4
8  Chicago 2     4  Anaheim 0  
2  Dallas 3
7  Edmonton 4  
  1  Colorado 2
  3  Detroit 4  
3  Detroit 4  
6  St. Louis 2   Western Conference
4  Anaheim 4   1  Colorado 4
5  Phoenix 3     7  Edmonton 1  

Conference quarterfinals

Eastern Conference

Montreal vs. New Jersey
Date Away Home
April 17 Montreal 2 5 New Jersey
April 19 Montreal 1 4 New Jersey
April 22 New Jersey 5 4 Montreal
April 24 New Jersey 3 4 Montreal 3OT
April 26 Montreal 0 4 New Jersey
New Jersey wins series 4–1
Ottawa vs. Buffalo
Date Away Home
April 17 Ottawa 1 3 Buffalo
April 19 Ottawa 3 1 Buffalo
April 21 Buffalo 3 2 Ottawa
April 23 Buffalo 0 1 Ottawa OT
April 25 Ottawa 4 1 Buffalo
April 27 Buffalo 3 0 Ottawa
April 29 Ottawa 2 3 Buffalo OT
Buffalo wins series 4–3
Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia
Date Away Home
April 17 Pittsburgh 1 5 Philadelphia
April 19 Pittsburgh 2 3 Philadelphia
April 21 Philadelphia 5 3 Pittsburgh
April 23 Philadelphia 1 4 Pittsburgh
April 26 Pittsburgh 3 6 Philadelphia
Philadelphia wins series 4–1
NY Rangers vs. Florida
Date Away Home
April 17 NY Rangers 0 3 Florida
April 20 NY Rangers 3 0 Florida
April 22 Florida 3 4 NY Rangers OT
April 23 Florida 2 3 NY Rangers
April 25 NY Rangers 3 2 Florida OT
NY Rangers win series 4–1

Western Conference

Chicago vs. Colorado
Date Away Home
April 16 Chicago 0 6 Colorado
April 18 Chicago 1 3 Colorado
April 20 Colorado 3 4 Chicago 2OT
April 22 Colorado 3 6 Chicago
April 24 Chicago 0 7 Colorado
April 26 Colorado 6 3 Chicago
Colorado wins series 4–2
Edmonton vs. Dallas
Date Away Home
April 16 Edmonton 3 5 Dallas
April 18 Edmonton 4 0 Dallas
April 20 Dallas 3 4 Edmonton OT
April 22 Dallas 4 3 Edmonton
April 25 Edmonton 1 0 Dallas 2OT
April 27 Dallas 3 2 Edmonton
April 29 Edmonton 4 3 Dallas OT
Edmonton wins series 4–3
St. Louis vs. Detroit
Date Away Home
April 16 St. Louis 2 0 Detroit
April 18 St. Louis 1 2 Detroit
April 20 Detroit 3 2 St. Louis
April 22 Detroit 0 4 St. Louis
April 25 St. Louis 2 5 Detroit
April 27 Detroit 3 1 St. Louis
Detroit wins series 4–2
Phoenix vs. Anaheim
Date Away Home
April 16 Phoenix 2 4 Anaheim
April 18 Phoenix 2 4 Anaheim
April 20 Anaheim 1 4 Phoenix
April 22 Anaheim 0 2 Phoenix
April 24 Phoenix 5 2 Anaheim
April 27 Anaheim 3 2 Phoenix OT
April 29 Phoenix 0 3 Anaheim
Anaheim wins series 4–3

Conference semifinals

Eastern Conference
NY Rangers vs. New Jersey
Date Away Home
May 2 NY Rangers 0 2 New Jersey
May 4 NY Rangers 2 0 New Jersey
May 6 New Jersey 2 3 NY Rangers
May 8 New Jersey 0 3 NY Rangers
May 11 NY Rangers 2 1 New Jersey OT
NY Rangers win series 4–1
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo
Date Away Home
May 3 Philadelphia 5 3 Buffalo
May 5 Philadelphia 2 1 Buffalo
May 7 Buffalo 1 4 Philadelphia
May 9 Buffalo 5 4 Philadelphia OT
May 11 Philadelphia 6 3 Buffalo
Philadelphia wins series 4–1
Western Conference
Edmonton vs. Colorado
Date Away Home
May 2 Edmonton 1 5 Colorado
May 4 Edmonton 1 4 Colorado
May 7 Colorado 3 4 Edmonton
May 9 Colorado 3 2 Edmonton OT
May 11 Edmonton 3 Colorado 4
Colorado wins series 4–1
Anaheim vs. Detroit
Date Away Home
May 2 Anaheim 1 2 Detroit OT
May 4 Anaheim 2 3 Detroit 3OT
May 6 Detroit 5 3 Anaheim
May 8 Detroit 3 2 Anaheim 2OT
Detroit wins series 4–0

Conference finals

Eastern Conference
NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia
Date Away Home
May 16 NY Rangers 1 3 Philadelphia
May 18 NY Rangers 5 4 Philadelphia
May 20 Philadelphia 6 3 NY Rangers
May 23 Philadelphia 3 2 NY Rangers
May 25 NY Rangers 2 4 Philadelphia
Philadelphia wins series 4–1
and Prince of Wales Trophy
Western Conference
Detroit vs. Colorado
Date Away Home
May 15 Detroit 1 2 Colorado
May 17 Detroit 4 2 Colorado
May 19 Colorado 1 2 Detroit
May 22 Colorado 0 6 Detroit
May 24 Detroit 0 6 Colorado
May 26 Colorado 1 3 Detroit
Detroit wins series 4–2 and
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

Stanley Cup Final

Detroit vs. Philadelphia
Date Away Home
May 31 Detroit 4 2 Philadelphia
June 3 Detroit 4 2 Philadelphia
June 5 Philadelphia 1 6 Detroit
June 7 Philadelphia 1 2 Detroit
Detroit wins series 4–0
and Stanley Cup
Mike Vernon (Detroit)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts
Eric Lindros Phi 19 12 14 26
Joe Sakic Col 17 8 17 25
Claude Lemieux Col 17 13 10 23
Valeri Kamensky Col 17 8 14 22
Rod Brind'Amour Phi 19 13 8 21
John LeClair Phi 19 9 12 21
Wayne Gretzky NYR 15 10 10 20
Sergei Fedorov Det 20 8 12 20
Brendan Shanahan Det 20 9 8 17
Peter Forsberg Col 14 5 12 17
Sandis Ozolinsh Col 17 4 13 17
Vyacheslav Kozlov Det 20 8 5 13
Paul Kariya Ana 11 7 6 13
Steve Yzerman Det 20 7 6 13
Janne Niinimaa Phi 19 1 12 13

NHL Awards

The NHL Awards presentation took place on June 19, 1997.

Presidents' Trophy: Colorado Avalanche
Prince of Wales Trophy: Philadelphia Flyers
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Detroit Red Wings
Art Ross Trophy: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Tony Granato, San Jose Sharks
Calder Memorial Trophy: Bryan Berard, New York Islanders
Conn Smythe Trophy: Mike Vernon, Detroit Red Wings
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Michael Peca, Buffalo Sabres
Hart Memorial Trophy: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
Jack Adams Award: Ted Nolan, Buffalo Sabres
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Brian Leetch, New York Rangers
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Trevor Linden, Vancouver Canucks
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Paul Kariya, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Lester B. Pearson Award: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
NHL Plus/Minus Award: John LeClair, Philadelphia Flyers
Vezina Trophy: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
William M. Jennings Trophy: Martin Brodeur/Mike Dunham, New Jersey Devils
Lester Patrick Trophy: Bill Cleary, Pat LaFontaine

All-Star teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres G Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
Brian Leetch, New York Rangers D Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks
Sandis Ozolinsh, Colorado Avalanche D Scott Stevens, New Jersey Devils
Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins C Wayne Gretzky, New York Rangers
Teemu Selanne, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim RW Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins
Paul Kariya, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim LW John LeClair, Philadelphia Flyers

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1996–97 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1996–97 (listed with their last team):

1997 Trading Deadline

  • Trading Deadline: MARCH 18, 1997 [1]
  • March 18, 1997: G Pat Jablonski traded from Montreal to Phoenix for D Steve Cheredaryk.
  • March 18, 1997: RW Roman Oksiuta traded from Anaheim to Pittsburgh for C Richard Park.
  • March 18, 1997: LW Josef Beranek traded from Vancouver to Pittsburgh for future considerations.
  • March 18, 1997: D Marc Hussey traded from Calgary to Chicago for LW Ravil Gusmanov.
  • March 18, 1997: C Ed Olczyk traded from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh for RW Glen Murray.
  • March 18, 1997: LW Jon Battaglia and Anaheim’s fourth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft traded from Anaheim to Hartford for C Mark Janssens.
  • March 18, 1997: RW Mike Prokopec traded from Chicago to Ottawa for RW Denis Chasse, D Kevin Bolibruck and Ottawa’s sixth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft.
  • March 18, 1997: D Larry Murphy traded from Toronto to Detroit for future considerations.
  • March 18, 1997: LW Derek King traded from NY Islanders to Hartford for Hartford’s fifth round pick in 1997 Entry Draft.
  • March 18, 1997: D Frantisek Kucera traded from Vancouver to Philadelphia for future considerations.
  • March 18, 1997: D Jamie Huscroft traded from Calgary to Tampa Bay for G Tyler Moss.
  • March 18, 1997: RW Kelly Chase traded from Hartford to Toronto for Toronto’s eighth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft.
  • March 18, 1997: D Dave Manson traded from Phoenix to Montreal for RW Chris Murray and D Murray Baron.
  • March 18, 1997: RW Chris Murray traded from Phoenix to Hartford to D Gerald Diduck.
  • March 18, 1997: C Robert Reichel traded from Calgary to NY Islanders for LW Marty McInnis, G Tyrone Garner and Calgary’s sixth round pick in 1997 Entry Draft (previously acquired by NY Islanders).
  • March 18, 1997: D Jeff Norton traded from Edmonton to Tampa Bay for D Drew Bannister and the earlier of Tampa Bay or Anaheim’s sixth round draft pick in 1997 Entry Draft (Anaheim pick previously acquired by Tampa Bay).
  • March 18, 1997: LW Miroslav Satan traded from Edmonton to Buffalo for LW Barrie Moore and D Craig Millar.
  • March 18, 1997: C Kirk Muller traded from Toronto to Florida for RW Jason Podollan.

See also

References

  1. ^ NHL trade deadline: Deals since 1980 | Habs Inside/Out

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