The 1992–93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. Each player wore a patch on their jersey throughout the 1992–93 regular season and playoffs to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the Stanley Cup.
It proved, at the time, to be the highest-scoring regular season in NHL history, as a total of 7,311 goals were scored over 1,008 games for an average of 7.25 per game. Twenty of the twenty-four teams scored three goals or more per game, and only two teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks, allowed fewer than three goals per game.
Only 68 shutouts were recorded during the regular season. Twenty-one players reached the 100-point plateau and fourteen reached the 50-goal plateau. The Montreal Canadiens won their league-leading 24th Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Kings four games to one. As of 2013, this is the last time that a Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup.
This was the final season of the Wales and Campbell Conferences and the Adams, Patrick, Norris and Smythe divisions. Both the conferences and the divisions would be renamed to reflect geography rather than the league's history for the following season.
This was also the last year in which the playoff structure bracketed and seeded teams by division; they would be bracketed and seeded by conference (as in the NBA) for 1993–94. This season saw two new clubs join the league: the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Senators were a revival of a previous NHL team of the same name and brought professional hockey back to Canada's capital, while the Tampa Bay franchise (headed by Hockey Hall of Fame brothers Phil and Tony Esposito) strengthened the NHL's presence in the U.S. Sun Belt, which had first started with the birth of the Los Angeles Kings in 1967.
This was also the final season of play for the Minnesota North Stars, before relocating to Dallas, Texas, the following season. All teams wore a commemorative patch this year celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.
On February 1, 1993, Gary Bettman became the first NHL Commissioner. Prior to this the title of the NHL's chief executive was "President".
- Schedule length changed to 84 games. Two games in each team's schedule to be played in non-NHL cities.
- Instigating a fight results in a game misconduct penalty.
- Substitutions disallowed for coincidental minor penalties when teams are at full strength.
- Minor penalty for diving introduced.
Teemu Selanne of the Winnipeg Jets shattered the rookie scoring record by scoring 76 goals and 56 assists for 132 points this season. He was named the winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year, and his goals and points marks remain the NHL rookie records as of 2012.
The New York Rangers missed the playoffs. This marked the first time since the President's Trophy had been introduced that the previous season's top team missed the next year's playoffs.
For the first time in his NHL career, Wayne Gretzky did not finish in the top three in scoring. A back injury limited Gretzky to 45 games in which he scored 65 points.
(Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points)
Prince of Wales Conference
|New York Islanders||84||40||37||7||335||297||87|
|New Jersey Devils||84||40||37||7||308||299||87|
|New York Rangers||84||34||39||11||304||308||79|
Clarence Campbell Conference
|Detroit Red Wings||84||47||28||9||103||369||280|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||84||44||29||11||99||288||241|
|St. Louis Blues||84||37||36||11||85||282||278|
|Minnesota North Stars||84||36||38||10||82||272||293|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||84||23||54||7||53||245||332|
|Los Angeles Kings||84||39||35||10||88||338||340|
|San Jose Sharks||84||11||71||2||24||218||414|
- Main article: 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs
- Main article: 1993 Stanley Cup Finals
Montreal vs. Los Angeles
|June 1||Los Angeles||4||Montreal||1|
|June 3||Los Angeles||2||Montreal||3||(OT)|
|June 5||Montreal||4||Los Angeles||3||(OT)|
|June 7||Montreal||3||Los Angeles||2||(OT)|
|June 9||Los Angeles||1||Montreal||4|
|Division semi-finals||Division finals||Conference finals||Stanley Cup Final|
|Prince of Wales Conference|
|4||New Jersey Devils||1|
|S3||Los Angeles Kings||1|
|4||St. Louis Blues||4|
|2||Detroit Red Wings||3|
|3||Toronto Maple Leafs||4|
|Clarence Campbell Conference|
|3||Los Angeles Kings||4|
|First team||Position||Second team|
|Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks||G||Tom Barrasso, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks||D||Larry Murphy, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins||D||Al Iafrate, Washington Capitals|
|Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins||C||Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo Sabres|
|Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets||RW||Alexander Mogilny, Buffalo Sabres|
|Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings||LW||Kevin Stevens, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Pierre Turgeon||NY Islanders||83||58||74||132|
|Luc Robitaille||Los Angeles||84||63||62||125|
|Curtis Joseph||St. Louis||68||3890||196||1||3.02|
Complete list of neutral-site games
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score||OT||City||State/Province||Arena||Attendance|
|October 13, 1992||Calgary||4||Minnesota||3||Saskatoon||SK||SaskPlace||8,783|
|October 20, 1992||Toronto||5||Ottawa||3||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||7,186|
|November 3, 1992||Washington||4||Chicago||1||Indianapolis||IN||Market Square Arena||8,792|
|November 17, 1992||Quebec||3||Toronto||1||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||17,026*|
|November 18, 1992||New Jersey||3||Buffalo||2||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||6,972|
|December 1, 1992||Los Angeles||6||Chicago||3||Milwaukee||WI||Bradley Center||16,292|
|December 8, 1992||Montréal||5||Los Angeles||5||Phoenix||AZ||Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum||12,276|
|December 9, 1992||NY Rangers||6||Tampa Bay||5||Miami||FL||Miami Arena||12,842|
|December 13, 1992||NY Islanders||4||Edmonton||1||Oklahoma City||OK||Myriad Convention Center||11,110|
|December 15, 1992||St. Louis||4||NY Islanders||3||Dallas||TX||Reunion Arena||N/A|
|January 4, 1993||Montréal||2||San Jose||1||Sacramento||CA||ARCO Arena||11,814|
|January 18, 1993||Winnipeg||8||Hartford||7||Saskatoon||SK||SaskPlace||7,756|
|February 8, 1993||Pittsburgh||4||Boston||0||Atlanta||GA||The Omni||12,572|
|February 8, 1993||St. Louis||3||Hartford||1||Peoria||IL||Carver Arena||9,013|
|February 16, 1993||Calgary||4||Philadelphia||4||(OT)||Cincinnati||OH||Riverfront Coliseum||7,973|
|February 20, 1993||Quebec||5||Tampa Bay||2||Halifax||NS||Halifax Metro Centre||9,584|
|February 22, 1993||Detroit||5||Philadelphia||5||(OT)||Cleveland||OH||Richfield Coliseum||13,382|
|February 22, 1993||NY Rangers||4||San Jose||0||Sacramento||CA||ARCO Arena||13,633|
|February 23, 1993||Winnipeg||8||Ottawa||2||Saskatoon||SK||SaskPlace||7,245|
|March 1, 1993||Vancouver||5||Buffalo||2||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||17,098*|
|March 11, 1993||Minnesota||4||Vancouver||3||Saskatoon||SK||SaskPlace||12,006*|
|March 16, 1993||Washington||4||Detroit||2||Milwaukee||WI||Bradley Center||9,836|
|March 16, 1993||Boston||3||New Jersey||1||Providence||RI||Providence Civic Center||10,864|
|March 21, 1993||Pittsburgh||6||Edmonton||4||Cleveland||OH||Richfield Coliseum||18,782*|
- The Hartford-St. Louis game was originally scheduled to be played on December 29, 1992 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Events and milestones
- Manon Rheaume became the first female to play for a major sports league in North America as she tended goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning in an exhibition game on September 23, 1992, versus the St. Louis Blues.
- The Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning were two new teams to be added to the league, bringing the league to 24 teams. Both teams would win their opening games and briefly sit atop their respective Divisions, which led to Harry Neale jokingly proclaiming before the end of Ottawa's first win that both the Senators and Lightning would reach the Stanley Cup finals in May.
- October 1992: Gil Stein named NHL President.
- February 1993: Gary Bettman named NHL Commissioner.
- Record set for most 100-point scorers and most 50-goal scorers in one season.
- February 10, 1993: In a 13-1 drubbing of the San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames goaltender Jeff Reese set NHL records for most points and most assists by a goaltender in one game, with 3.
- The 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs marked the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.
- As a part of the strike settlement, the NHL and Bruce McNall's Multivision Marketing and Public Relations Co. organized 24 regular season games in cities without a franchise. These games were seen as a litmus test for future expansion, and several of the cities chosen—Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami—were eventually indeed the sites of expansion or relocations. February 8, 1993 was the first NHL game to be played at The Omni since 1980 when the Calgary Flames played in that building in Atlanta.
That city would get another NHL team in 1999, and lose it to Winnipeg after just 12 seasons. The 22 of that same month marked the first game played in Cleveland's Richfield Coliseum, the former home of the Barons, since 1978 before they folded. Ohio got a team in 2000 with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
- Pittsburgh Penguins set the NHL record for longest win streak at 17 games. Conversely, the San Jose Sharks tied the NHL record for longest losing streak at 17 games.
- June 30, 1992: Eric Lindros traded from Quebec to Philadelphia for Peter Forsberg, Ron Hextall, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, "future considerations" (eventually became enforcer Chris Simon), two first-round draft picks and US$15 million. One of the draft picks was used by the Nordiques to select goaltender Jocelyn Thibault, the other was traded twice and ultimately used by the Washington Capitals to select Nolan Baumgartner.
- Most losses, one season: San Jose Sharks (71)
- Fewest ties, one season: San Jose Sharks (2)
- Most home losses, one season: San Jose Sharks (32)
- Most road losses, one season: Ottawa Senators (40)
- Fewest road wins, one season: Ottawa Senators (1)*
- Longest winning streak: Pittsburgh Penguins (17) (All time NHL record)
- Longest losing streak: San Jose Sharks (17)*
- Longest road losing streak: Ottawa Senators (38)
- Longest road winless streak: Ottawa Senators (38)
- Most 100-or-more point scorers, one season: Pittsburgh Penguins (4)*
- Fastest three goals from the start of period, one team: Calgary Flames (0:53, February 10, 1993)
- Most goals, including playoffs: Wayne Gretzky (875)
- Most 30-goal seasons: Mike Gartner (14)*
- Most consecutive 30-goal seasons: Mike Gartner (14)
- Most goals, one season, by a left winger: Luc Robitaille (63)
- Most goals, one season, by a rookie: Teemu Selanne (76)
- Most assists, one season, by a left winger: Joe Juneau (70)
- Most assists, one season, by a rookie: Joe Juneau (70)* (Note: Wayne Gretzky scored 86 assists in his first year, but he was not considered a rookie)
- Most points, one season, by a left winger: Luc Robitaille (125)
- Most points, one season, by a rookie: Teemu Selanne (132) (Note: Wayne Gretzky scored 137 points in his first year, but he was not considered a rookie)
- Most assists, one game, by a goaltender: Jeff Reese (3, February 10, 1993)
- Most games missed while winning Art Ross Trophy: Mario Lemieux (24)
- Most overtime games, one playoff year: 28
- Most overtime wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (10)
- Most consecutive overtime wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (10)
- Most consecutive wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (11)*
- Most consecutive wins, one playoff year: Patrick Roy (11)*
- Most goals by a defenceman, one game: Eric Desjardins (3, June 3, 1993)*
- Most power-play goals, one game: Dino Ciccarelli (3, April 29, 1993)*
- Most shorthanded goals, one game: Tom Fitzgerald (2, May 8, 1993)*
- Most assists, one period: Adam Oates (3, April 24, 1993)*
- Equalled existing record
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1992–93(listed with their first team):
- Matthew Barnaby, Buffalo Sabres
- Byron Dafoe, Washington Capitals
- Roman Hamrlik, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Darius Kasparaitis, New York Islanders
- Steve Konowalchuk, Washington Capitals
- Alexei Kovalev, New York Rangers
- Robert Lang, Los Angeles Kings
- Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers
- Vladimir Malakhov, New York Islanders
- Michael Nylander, Hartford Whalers
- Sandis Ozolinsh, San Jose Sharks
- Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets
- Richard Smehlik, Buffalo Sabres
- Bryan Smolinski, Boston Bruins
- Martin Straka, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Alexei Zhamnov, Winnipeg Jets
- Alexei Zhitnik, Los Angeles Kings
- Sergei Zubov, New York Rangers
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1992–93 (listed with their last team):
- Reggie Lemelin, Boston Bruins
- Carey Wilson, Calgary Flames
- Brent Ashton, Calgary Flames
- John Ogrodnick, Detroit Red Wings
- Tim Kerr, Hartford Whalers
- Bobby Smith, Minnesota North Stars
- Brian Mullen, New York Islanders
- Brad Marsh, Ottawa Senators
- Laurie Boschman, Ottawa Senators
- Brian Hayward, San Jose Sharks
- Brian Lawton, San Jose Sharks
- Petri Skriko, San Jose Sharks
- Doug Wilson, San Jose Sharks
- Rick Wamsley, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Steve Kasper, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Ryan Walter, Vancouver Canucks
- Rod Langway, Washington Capitals
- Randy Carlyle, Winnipeg Jets
Trading deadline: March 22, 1993.
- March 22, 1993: Mark Hardy and Ottawa's fifth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft (previously acquired from Ottawa) traded from NY Rangers to Los Angeles for John McIntyre.
- March 22, 1993: Jim Hrivnak and future considerations traded from Washington to Winnipeg for Rick Tabaracci.
- March 22, 1993: Peter Taglianetti traded from Tampa Bay to Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh's third round choice in 1993 Entry Draft.
- March 22, 1993: Steve Konroyd traded from Hartford to Detroit for Detroit's sixth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft.
- March 22, 1993: Vancouver's ninth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft traded from Vancouver to Winnipeg for Dan Ratushny.
- March 22, 1993: Mike Hartman traded from Tampa Bay to New York Rangers for Randy Gilhen.
- March 22, 1993: Murray Craven and Vancouver's fifth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft (previously acquired from Vancouver) traded from Hartford to Vancouver for Robert Kron, Vancouver's third round choice in 1993 Entry Draft and future considerations.
- March 22, 1993: Mike Ramsey traded from Buffalo to Pittsburgh for Bob Errey.
- March 22, 1993: Craig Muni traded from Edmonton to Chicago for Mike Hudson.
Head coaches of the Prince of Wales Conference
|Boston Bruins||Brian Sutter|
|Buffalo Sabres||John Muckler|
|Hartford Whalers||Paul Holmgren|
|Montreal Canadiens||Jacques Demers|
|New Jersey Devils||Herb Brooks|
|New York Islanders||Al Arbour|
|New York Rangers||Roger Neilson||Replaced midseason by Ron Smith|
|Ottawa Senators||Rick Bowness|
|Philadelphia Flyers||Bill Dineen|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Scotty Bowman|
|Quebec Nordiques||Pierre Page|
|Washington Capitals||Terry Murray|
Head coaches of the Clarence Campbell Conference
|Calgary Flames||Dave King|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Darryl Sutter|
|Detroit Red Wings||Bryan Murray|
|Edmonton Oilers||Ted Green|
|Los Angeles Kings||Barry Melrose|
|Minnesota North Stars||Bob Gainey|
|St. Louis Blues||Bob Plager||Replaced early in the season by Bob Berry|
|San Jose Sharks||George Kingston|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Terry Crisp|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Pat Burns|
|Vancouver Canucks||Pat Quinn|
|Winnipeg Jets||John Paddock|