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1979–80 NHL season

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The 1979–80 NHL season was the 63rd season of the National Hockey League This season saw the addition of four teams from the disbanded World Hockey Association as expansion franchises The Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, New England Whalers later renamed "Hartford Whalers" at the insistence of the Boston Bruins, and Quebec Nordiques joined the NHL, bringing the total to 21 teams The other two WHA teams Birmingham Bulls and Cincinnati Stingers were paid to disband

The season also marked the eighth and final season for the Flames in Atlanta before the franchise relocated to Calgary The NHL would return to the Georgia capital in 1999 with the Thrashers, but that team would ultimately relocate away from Atlanta as well becoming the second and current incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets

The collapse of the WHA also saw the much hyped super-star rookie Wayne Gretzky come to the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers Gretzky would tie Marcel Dionne for the scoring lead with 137 points and capture the Hart Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player while Dionne took home the Art Ross Trophy as the leading scorer by virtue of having scored two more goals Gretzky aside, many players made their debut in the NHL this season, both due to the WHA merger and to a change in the rules for the Entry Draft allowing eighteen- and nineteen-year-olds to be drafted for the first time; no fewer than seven Hall of Famers Gretzky, Ray Bourque, Mark Messier, Mike Gartner, Michel Goulet, Mark Howe, and Joe Mullen; Mullen was undrafted debuted this season along with numerous other perennial stars

The big story of the regular season was the record-breaking undefeated streak compiled by the Philadelphia Flyers After starting the season with a 5–2 win over the New York Islanders and a 9–2 loss to the Atlanta Flames, the Flyers did not lose again for nearly three months, earning at least one point in every game between a 4–3 win over Toronto on October 14, 1979, and a 4–2 win over Buffalo on January 6, 1980, a span of 35 games This stands as the longest undefeated streak in North American professional sports history

Contents

  • 1 Regular season
    • 11 Rule changes
    • 12 Final standings
      • 121 Prince of Wales Conference
      • 122 Clarence Campbell Conference
  • 2 Playoffs
    • 21 Playoff seeds
    • 22 Playoff bracket
    • 23 Stanley Cup Finals
  • 3 Awards
    • 31 All-Star teams
  • 4 Player statistics
    • 41 Scoring leaders
    • 42 Leading goaltenders
    • 43 Other statistics
  • 5 Milestones
    • 51 Debuts
    • 52 Last games
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Regular seasonedit

With 21 teams in the league, the regular-season schedule was set without regard to divisional affiliation Each team played each of the other 20 teams four times in the year, twice at home and twice on the road As well, a new playoff structure was introduced with the four division winners plus the next 12 teams with the best records qualifying Division winners were not granted any byes and the divisions were ignored for determining playoff match-up seeding Thus the division grouping ensured that if the five worst teams were to be in the same five-team division, the winner of this division would have qualified for the playoffs despite having the 17th best season record Except for that unlikely possibility the divisional affiliations were irrelevant and had no effect on playoff qualification or seeding A few months into the season, the Detroit Red Wings started playing at Joe Louis Arena after having spent all but their first season at the Detroit Olympia

For the four previous seasons, the Boston Bruins had owned first place in the Adams Division This season saw the Buffalo Sabres dethrone the Bruins in the Adams The New York Islanders finished first overall in the NHL the previous season with 116 points, but lost in the playoffs semifinals to the upstart New York Rangers This season saw them fall considerably in the standings as they finished fourth overall with 91 points, a full 25 points below last year's finish On the other hand, the Philadelphia Flyers improved by 21 points from the previous season Their 35-game undefeated streak 25–0–10 propelled them to the best record in the NHL with 116 points

All four expansion teams finished poorly with records below 500 The Hartford Whalers fared the best with 73 points and the Winnipeg Jets tied the Colorado Rockies for last overall with 51 points Hartford 14th overall and Edmonton 16th overall qualified for the playoffs, but both teams were swept 3 games to 0 in their respective first-round playoff series

Rule changesedit

In August 1979, John Ziegler, the NHL president, announced that protective helmets will be mandatory for all NHL players "The introduction of the helmet rule will be an additional safety factor", he said The only exception will be for players who signed their pro contracts prior to June 1, 1979 Those players under the exception who chose not to wear a helmet also had to sign a waiver form At the time of the rule change, about 70% of NHLers were wearing helmets alreadycitation needed The first player to wear protective headgear on a regular basis was George Owen of the Boston Bruins in 1928 Prior to that, the only time protective headgear was worn was to temporarily protect injuries Craig MacTavish, while playing for the St Louis Blues, was the last helmetless player, retiring after the 1997 season

Final standingsedit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, 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 GF GA PTS
Buffalo Sabres 80 47 17 16 318 201 110
Boston Bruins 80 46 21 13 310 234 105
Minnesota North Stars 80 36 28 16 311 253 88
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 35 40 5 304 327 75
Quebec Nordiques 80 25 44 11 248 313 61

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Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 47 20 13 328 240 107
Los Angeles Kings 80 30 36 14 290 313 74
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 251 303 73
Hartford Whalers 80 27 34 19 303 312 73
Detroit Red Wings 80 26 43 11 268 306 63

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Clarence Campbell Conferenceedit

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 80 48 12 20 327 254 116
New York Islanders 80 39 28 13 281 247 91
New York Rangers 80 38 32 10 308 284 86
Atlanta Flames 80 35 32 13 282 269 83
Washington Capitals 80 27 40 13 261 293 67

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Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 80 34 27 19 241 250 87
St Louis Blues 80 34 34 12 266 278 80
Vancouver Canucks 80 27 37 16 256 281 70
Edmonton Oilers 80 28 39 13 301 322 69
Winnipeg Jets 80 20 49 11 214 314 51
Colorado Rockies 80 19 48 13 234 308 51

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Playoffsedit

Main article: 1980 Stanley Cup playoffs

With the league expansion from 17 to 21 teams, the playoffs were also expanded, from a 12-team tournament to a 16-team tournament The sixteen teams were composed of the four divisional champions plus the top 12 finishers of the remaining 17 teams The 16 qualifying teams were then seeded based on regular season points, with divisional rankings ignored Division leaders no longer received first round byes The teams were seeded 1 through 16, with the top team playing the 16th team in the first round, and so on In subsequent rounds, matchups were similarly arranged, with the top remaining seed against the lowest remaining seed, and so on The Preliminary Round was a best-of-five set2 The Atlanta Flames played their final playoff games in this postseason, and moved to Calgary soon after, the playoffs returned to Atlanta in 2007

Playoff seedsedit

The sixteen teams that qualified for the playoffs are ranked 1–16 based on regular season points

  1. Philadelphia Flyers, Patrick Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions – 116 points
  2. Buffalo Sabres, Adams Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions – 110 points
  3. Montreal Canadiens, Norris Division champions – 107 points
  4. Boston Bruins – 105 points
  5. New York Islanders – 91 points
  6. Minnesota North Stars – 88 points
  7. Chicago Black Hawks, Smythe Division champions – 87 points
  8. New York Rangers – 86 points
  9. Atlanta Flames – 83 points
  10. St Louis Blues – 80 points
  11. Toronto Maple Leafs – 75 points
  12. Los Angeles Kings – 74 points
  13. Pittsburgh Penguins – 73 points 30 wins
  14. Hartford Whalers – 73 points 27 wins
  15. Vancouver Canucks – 70 points
  16. Edmonton Oilers – 69 points

Playoff bracketedit

  Preliminary Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Stanley Cup Finals
                                         
1 Philadelphia 3  
16 Edmonton 0  
  1 Philadelphia 4  
 
  8 NY Rangers 1  
2 Buffalo 3
15 Vancouver 1  
  1 Philadelphia 4  
  4 Minnesota 1  
3 Montreal 3  
14 Hartford 0  
  2 Buffalo 4
 
  7 Chicago 0  
4 Boston 3
13 Pittsburgh 2  
  1 Philadelphia 2
Pairings are re-seeded after the first and second rounds
  3 NY Islanders 4
5 NY Islanders 3  
12 Los Angeles 1  
  3 Montreal 3
 
  6 Minnesota 4  
6 Minnesota 3
11 Toronto 0  
  2 Buffalo 2
  3 NY Islanders 4  
7 Chicago 3  
10 St Louis 0  
  4 Boston 1
 
  5 NY Islanders 4  
8 NY Rangers 3
9 Atlanta 1  

Stanley Cup Finalsedit

Main article: 1980 Stanley Cup Finals

The story of the playoffs was Mike Bossy and the New York Islanders After a dismal start for their franchise in the early seventies, the Islanders built a contender for the Stanley Cup and won their first of four in a row by beating the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime of game six of the final Defenceman Denis Potvin scored a crucial overtime goal in game one and the Cup was won when Bobby Nystrom scored the Cup-winning goal from John Tonelli and Lorne Henning at 7:11 of the first overtime Ken Morrow became the first hockey player in history to win an Olympic Gold Medal and the Stanley Cup in the same season Hall of Fame announcer Dan Kelly was calling the play-by-play for CBS Sports on that day, May 24, 1980 It was the last NHL game to air on American network television for nearly ten years3



Awardsedit

1980 NHL awards
Prince of Wales Trophy:
Wales Conference regular season champion
Buffalo Sabres
Clarence S Campbell Bowl:
Campbell Conference regular season champion
Philadelphia Flyers
Art Ross Trophy:
Top scorer, regular season
Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:
Perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication
Al MacAdam, Minnesota North Stars
Calder Memorial Trophy:
Top first-year player
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
Conn Smythe Trophy:
Most valuable player, playoffs
Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders
Frank J Selke Trophy:
Best defensive forward
Bob Gainey, Montreal Canadiens
Hart Memorial Trophy:
Most valuable player, regular season
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams Award:
Best coach
Pat Quinn, Philadelphia Flyers
James Norris Memorial Trophy:
Best defenceman
Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:
Excellence and sportsmanship
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Lester B Pearson Award:
Outstanding player, regular season
Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings
Vezina Trophy:
Goaltenders of teams with best goaltending record
Don Edwards & Bob Sauve, Buffalo Sabres
Lester Patrick Trophy:
Service to hockey in the US
Bobby Clarke, Edward M Snider, Frederick A Shero

All-Star teamsedit

First team   Position   Second team
Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawks G Don Edwards, Buffalo Sabres
Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens D Borje Salming, Toronto Maple Leafs
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins D Jim Schoenfeld, Buffalo Sabres
Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings C Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens RW Danny Gare, Buffalo Sabres
Charlie Simmer, Los Angeles Kings LW Steve Shutt, Montreal Canadiens

Player statisticsedit

Scoring leadersedit

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings 80 53 84 137 32
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 79 51 86 137 21
Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens 74 50 75 125 12
Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres 80 40 66 106 57
Mike Rogers Hartford Whalers 80 44 61 105 10
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders 78 42 62 104 68
Charlie Simmer Los Angeles Kings 64 56 45 101 65
Blaine Stoughton Hartford Whalers 80 56 44 100 16
Darryl Sittler Toronto Maple Leafs 73 40 57 97 62
Blair MacDonald Edmonton Oilers 80 46 48 94 6
Bernie Federko St Louis Blues 79 38 56 94 24

Source: NHL4

Leading goaltendersedit

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP MIN GA GAA W L T SO
Bob Sauve Buffalo Sabres 32 1880 74 236 20 8 4 4
Denis Herron Montreal Canadiens 34 1909 80 251 25 3 3 0
Don Edwards Buffalo Sabres 49 2920 125 257 27 9 12 2
Pete Peeters Philadelphia Flyers 40 2373 108 273 29 5 5 1
Gilles Gilbert Boston Bruins 33 1933 88 273 20 9 3 1
Gerry Cheevers Boston Bruins 42 2479 116 281 24 11 7 4
Billy Smith NY Islanders 38 2114 104 295 15 14 7 2
Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks 69 4140 205 297 31 22 16 6
Glenn Resch NY Islanders 45 2606 132 304 23 14 6 3
Gilles Meloche Minnesota North Stars 54 3141 160 306 27 20 5 1

Other statisticsedit

  • Plus-minus leader: Jim Schoenfeld, Buffalo Sabres

Milestonesedit

Debutsedit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1979–80 listed with their first team, asterisk marks debut in playoffs:

  • Bob Gould, Atlanta Flames
  • Kent Nilsson §, Atlanta Flames
  • Paul Reinhart, Atlanta Flames
  • Pekka Rautakallio §, Atlanta Flames
  • Pat Riggin §, Atlanta Flames
  • Brad McCrimmon, Boston Bruins
  • Craig MacTavish, Boston Bruins
  • Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
  • Mike Ramsey, Buffalo Sabres
  • Rob McClanahan, Buffalo Sabres
  • Keith Brown, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Rich Preston §, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Terry Ruskowski §, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Darryl Sutter, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Rob Ramage §, Colorado Rockies
  • John Ogrodnick, Detroit Red Wings
  • Mike Foligno, Detroit Red Wings
  • Jim Korn, Detroit Red Wings
  • Kevin Lowe §, Edmonton Oilers
  • Mark Messier §, Edmonton Oilers
  • Wayne Gretzky §, Edmonton Oilers
  • John Garrett §, Hartford Whalers
  • Gordie Roberts §, Hartford Whalers
  • Mark Howe §, Hartford Whalers
  • Mike Rogers §, Hartford Whalers
  • Mark Hardy, Los Angeles Kings
  • Jay Wells, Los Angeles Kings
  • Curt Giles, Minnesota North Stars,
  • Craig Hartsburg §, Minnesota North Stars
  • Tom McCarthy, Minnesota North Stars
  • Chris Nilan, Montreal Canadiens
  • Keith Acton, Montreal Canadiens
  • Gaston Gingras §, Montreal Canadiens
  • Rick Meagher, Montreal Canadiens
  • Richard Brodeur §, New York Islanders
  • Ken Morrow, New York Islanders
  • Duane Sutter, New York Islanders
  • Brian Propp, Philadelphia Flyers
  • Michel Goulet §, Quebec Nordiques
  • Jamie Hislop §, Quebec Nordiques
  • Real Cloutier §, Quebec Nordiques
  • Mike Liut §, St Louis Blues
  • Joe Mullen , St Louis Blues
  • Laurie Boschman, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Rick Vaive §, Vancouver Canucks
  • Mike Gartner §, Washington Capitals
  • Dave Christian, Winnipeg Jets

Players marked with § previously started their major professional career in the World Hockey Association

Last gamesedit

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1979–80 listed with their last team:

  • Curt Bennett, Atlanta Flames
  • Paul Henderson, Atlanta Flames
  • Gerry Cheevers, Boston Bruins
  • Dave Schultz, Buffalo Sabres
  • Keith Magnuson, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks The last player to have played in the 1950s
  • Cliff Koroll, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Gary Croteau, Colorado Rockies
  • Tom Webster, Detroit Red Wings
  • Dave Dryden, Edmonton Oilers
  • Bill Flett, Edmonton Oilers
  • Al Hamilton, Edmonton Oilers
  • Gordie Howe, Hartford Whalers The last player to be born in the 1920s and the last player to have played in the 1940s
  • Bobby Hull, Hartford Whalers
  • Andre Lacroix, Hartford Whalers
  • Syl Apps, Jr, Los Angeles Kings
  • Barry Gibbs, Los Angeles Kings
  • Randy Manery, Los Angeles Kings
  • Jocelyn Guevremont, New York Rangers
  • Dale Tallon, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Pierre Plante, Quebec Nordiques
  • Carl Brewer, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Dennis Hextall, Washington Capitals
  • Gary Smith, Winnipeg Jets

See alsoedit

  • List of Stanley Cup champions
  • 1979 NHL Entry Draft
  • 1979 NHL Expansion Draft
  • 32nd National Hockey League All-Star Game
  • National Hockey League All-Star Game
  • World Hockey Association
  • List of WHA seasons
  • Ice hockey at the 1980 Winter Olympics
  • 1979 in sports
  • 1980 in sports

Referencesedit

  • Diamond, Dan, ed 2000 Total Hockey Total Sports ISBN 1-892129-85-X 
  • Dinger, Ralph, ed 2011 The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012 Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5 
  • Dryden, Steve, ed 2000 Century of hockey Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd ISBN 0-7710-4179-9 
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James 2003 The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League Lincolnwood, Illinois: Publications International Inc ISBN 0-7853-9624-1 
  • McCarthy, Dave, ed 2008 The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2009 Dan Diamond Associates ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0 
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Dinger, Ralph, ed 2011 The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012 Dan Diamond & Associates p 152 ISBN 9781894801225 
  2. ^ McCarthy, p 249
  3. ^ Podnieks, Andrew; Szemberg, Szymon 2008 IIHF Top 100 Hockey Stories of All Time Bolton, Ontario, Canada: Fenn Publishing p 74 ISBN 978-1-55168-358-4 
  4. ^ Dinger 2011, p 152

External linksedit

  • Hockey Database
  • NHLcom

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