The 1990–91 NHL season was the 74th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). The season lasted from October 4, 1990 to May 25, 1991.

The Stanley Cup winners were the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the best of seven series 4–2 against the Minnesota North Stars.

This was the last NHL season to end in the month of May.

League Business[edit | edit source]

At meetings in Florida in December, the NHL Board of Governors awarded provisional franchises to groups from Ottawa and Tampa.

The Ottawa franchise marked a return to one of the original cities of the NHL, while Tampa meant the first franchise in the sunbelt state of Florida.

In a later book published by NHL president Gil Stein, Stein revealed that the two groups were the only ones of the applicants who agreed to the $50 million expansion fee without question.

The Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning begin play in the 1992–93 NHL season.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final standings[edit | edit source]

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

Wales Conference

Template:1990–91 Adams Division standings Template:1990–91 Patrick Division standings

Campbell Conference

Template:1990–91 Norris Division standings Template:1990–91 Smythe Division standings

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Main article: 1991 Stanley Cup playoffs

The North Stars defeated the Edmonton Oilers to become the first Norris Division team to appear in the Stanley Cup Finals since the 1981 realignment.

A record high 92 playoff games were held, and for the first time since the 1973 playoffs, no team was swept in a playoff series, it would not happen again until the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Note: All dates in 1991

Playoff bracket[edit | edit source]


Final series[edit | edit source]

The championship was the first in Penguins history.

Main article: 1991 Stanley Cup Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Minnesota North Stars
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
May 15 Minnesota 5 Pittsburgh 4
May 17 Minnesota 1 Pittsburgh 4
May 19 Pittsburgh 1 Minnesota 3
May 21 Pittsburgh 5 Minnesota 3
May 23 Minnesota 4 Pittsburgh 6
May 25 Pittsburgh 8 Minnesota 0
Pittsburgh wins series 4–2
and Stanley Cup
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

NHL Awards[edit | edit source]

Presidents' Trophy: Chicago Blackhawks
Prince of Wales Trophy: Pittsburgh Penguins
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Minnesota North Stars
Art Ross Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Dave Taylor, Los Angeles Kings
Calder Memorial Trophy: Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks
Conn Smythe Trophy: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Dirk Graham, Chicago Blackhawks
Hart Memorial Trophy: Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues
Jack Adams Award: Brian Sutter, St. Louis Blues
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Dave Taylor, Los Angeles Kings
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings
Lester B. Pearson Award: Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Marty McSorley, Los Angeles Kings & Theo Fleury, Calgary Flames
Vezina Trophy: Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks
William M. Jennings Trophy: Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks
Lester Patrick Trophy: Rod Gilbert, Mike Ilitch

All-Star teams[edit | edit source]

First Team   Position   Second Team
Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks G Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins D Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks
Al MacInnis, Calgary Flames D Brian Leetch, New York Rangers
Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings C Adam Oates, St. Louis Blues
Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues RW Cam Neely, Boston Bruins
Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings LW Kevin Stevens, Pittsburgh Penguins

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Scoring leaders[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings 78 41 122 163 16
Brett Hull St. Louis Blues 78 86 45 131 22
Adam Oates St. Louis Blues 61 25 90 115 29
Mark Recchi Pittsburgh Penguins 78 40 73 113 48
John Cullen Pittsburgh Penguins / Hartford Whalers 78 39 71 110 103
Joe Sakic Quebec Nordiques 80 48 61 109 24
Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings 80 51 57 108 34
Theoren Fleury Calgary Flames 79 51 53 104 136
Al MacInnis Calgary Flames 78 28 75 103 90
Steve Larmer Chicago Blackhawks 80 44 57 101 79

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Debuts[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1990–91 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1990–91 (listed with their last team):

Trading deadline[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

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