The 1984-85 NHL season was the 68th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). Twenty-one teams each played 80 games. The season lasted from October 11, 1984 to May 30, 1985.

The Edmonton Oilers won their second straight Stanley Cup by beating the Philadelphia Flyers four games to one in the final series.

This was the first year since they began broadcasting that CBC was not the lone network broadcaster in Canada.

While Molson continued to present "Hockey Night in Canada" on Saturday nights, rival brewery Carling O'Keefe began airing Friday night games on CTV. The two networks split the playoffs and finals.

Regular seasonEdit

The Philadelphia Flyers had the best record in the NHL, a mere four points ahead of second place Edmonton Oilers. Oilers' star Wayne Gretzky once again won the Art Ross Trophy by reaching the 200 plateau for the third time in four years. He also set a new record for assists in a season with 135 and won his sixth straight Hart Trophy.

Mario Lemieux made his NHL debut by scoring 100 points and winning the Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year.

This season marked the true end for the 1960s in the NHL, as the last 2 players from that era, Butch Goring and Brad Park, retired after the playoffs. Goring was the last active, playing his last playoff game 3 days after Park's last game.

Final standingsEdit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes. Teams qualifying for the playoffs shown in bold.

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

Adams Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 80 41 27 12 94 309 262 1464
Quebec Nordiques 80 41 30 9 91 323 275 1643
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 28 14 90 290 237 1221
Boston Bruins 80 36 34 10 82 303 287 1825
Hartford Whalers 80 30 41 9 69 268 318 1606
Patrick Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Philadelphia Flyers 80 53 20 7 113 348 241 1540
Washington Capitals 80 46 25 9 101 322 240 1161
New York Islanders 80 40 34 6 86 345 312 1516
New York Rangers 80 26 44 10 62 295 345 1301
New Jersey Devils 80 22 48 10 54 264 346 1282
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 24 51 5 53 276 385 1493

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

Norris Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
St. Louis Blues 80 37 31 12 86 299 288 1301
Chicago Blackhawks 80 38 35 7 83 309 299 1432
Detroit Red Wings 80 27 41 12 66 313 357 1741
Minnesota North Stars 80 25 43 12 62 268 321 1735
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 20 52 8 48 253 358 1627
Smythe Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Edmonton Oilers 80 49 20 11 109 401 298 1567
Winnipeg Jets 80 43 27 10 96 358 332 1540
Calgary Flames 80 41 27 12 94 363 302 1400
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 32 14 82 339 326 1413
Vancouver Canucks 80 25 46 9 59 284 401 1451

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 80 73 135 208 52
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers 73 71 64 135 30
Dale Hawerchuk Winnipeg Jets 80 53 77 130 74
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings 80 46 80 126 46
Paul Coffey Edmonton Oilers 80 37 84 121 97
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 76 58 59 117 38
John Ogrodnick Detroit Red Wings 79 55 50 105 30
Denis Savard Chicago Black Hawks 79 38 67 105 56
Bernie Federko St. Louis Blues 76 30 73 103 27
Mike Gartner Washington Capitals 80 50 52 102 71

Leading goaltendersEdit

Stanley Cup playoffsEdit

  • Patrick Division Finals

The Philadelphia Flyers ended the New York Islanders' string of five straight seasons in the Stanley Cup Finals by dispatching the club four games to one.

Flyers goaltender Pelle Lindbergh registered a pair of shutouts, one in Game 1, and the other in the clinching Game 5, by a 1-0 score.

  • Adams Division Finals

The Quebec Nordiques and Montreal Canadiens battled in a seven-game series. Bitter rivals from the province of Quebec, the Nords shocked the Habs in 1982, only to see a fourth-place Montreal club upset Quebec the year before.

In the deciding Game 7 at the Montreal Forum, Peter Stastny scored the game and series winning goal, giving Quebec an improbable 3-2 overtime win and berth in the Wales Conference Finals.

  • Norris Division Finals

The Chicago Blackhawks simply outscored the Minnesota North Stars in an offensive-minded six-game series that featured 61 total goals.

  • Smythe Division Finals

Defending Cup champion Edmonton was too much for the Winnipeg Jets, sweeping them in four straight games and doubling their goal total.

  • Wales Conference Finals

Although the Flyers held the best record in the NHL with 53 wins and 113 points, the Adams Division held a better record against the Patrick Division, so the Wales finals began in Quebec City. Philly and Quebec split the first four games, then the Flyers edged the Nordiques, 2-1, in Game 5.

Game 6 in Philadelphia was a tour-de-force for the Flyers, outshooting Quebec 36-15, and winning 3-0. Flyers captain Dave Poulin's two-man disadvantage shorthanded goal early in the second period was the deciding factor in the contest.

The team returned to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1980. Unfortunately, the win came at a high cost, as both 54-goal forward Tim Kerr and defenseman Brad McCrimmon would be lost for the remainder of the playoffs with injuries.

  • Campbell Conference Finals

The Oilers steamrolled the Blackhawks in a six-game series which broke all sorts of records for total offense. Edmonton won the first two games at home by 11-2 and 7-3 scores, only to see Chicago strike back at home with 5-2 and 8-6 victories.

However, Edmonton rebounded to blast the Hawks in the final two games, 10-5 and 8-2 to earn their third trip to the Cup Finals in as many years.

Edmonton set all-time playoff marks with most goals in one series, most goals in a six-game series, and both clubs set records with most total goals in a semifinal series and most total goals in one six-game series.

  • Finals
Main article: 1985 Stanley Cup Finals

Edmonton would lose the first game to the Flyers but would then take the next four to win their second straight Stanley Cup.

Playoff bracketEdit



Main article: 1985 Stanley Cup Finals

Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Date Visitors Score Home Score
May 10 Edmonton 1Philadelphia 4
May 12 Edmonton 3 Philadelphia 1
May 15 Philadelphia 3 Edmonton 4
May 17 Philadelphia 3 Edmonton 5
May 19 Philadelphia 3 Edmonton 8

Edmonton Oilers win series 4-1.

NHL awardsEdit

Prince of Wales Trophy: Philadelphia Flyers
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Edmonton Oilers
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Anders Hedberg, New York Rangers
Calder Memorial Trophy: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Conn Smythe Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Craig Ramsay, Buffalo Sabres
Hart Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams Award: Mike Keenan, Philadelphia Flyers
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Jari Kurri, Edmonton Oilers
Lester B. Pearson Award: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers,
William M. Jennings Trophy: Tom Barrasso/Bob Sauve, Buffalo Sabres
Vezina Trophy: Pelle Lindbergh, Philadelphia Flyers
Lester Patrick Trophy: Jack Butterfield, Arthur M. Wirtz

All-Star teamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Pelle Lindbergh, Philadelphia Flyers G Tom Barrasso, Buffalo Sabres
Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers D Rod Langway, Washington Capitals
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins D Doug Wilson, Chicago Blackhawks
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers C Dale Hawerchuk, Winnipeg Jets
Jari Kurri, Edmonton Oilers RW Mike Bossy, New York Islanders
John Ogrodnick, Detroit Red Wings LW John Tonelli, New York Islanders


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1984-85 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last gamesEdit

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1984-85 (listed with their last team):

See also Edit


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