The 1991–92 NHL season was the 75th regular season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-two teams each played 80 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins repeated as Stanley Cup champions, winning a best of seven series 4–0 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
As mentioned above, 1991-92 was the 75th anniversary season for the NHL. Accordingly, all players wore a patch on their uniforms depicting the NHL 75th anniversary logo (seen at above right) for this season.
This was the first season for the San Jose Sharks, the first expansion team in the NHL since 1979. The birth of the Sharks returned NHL hockey to the San Francisco Bay Area after the California Golden Seals had relocated to Cleveland, Ohio in 1976.
For the first time, the NHL finished play in the month of June. A primary reason for this is the 10-day NHL strike that started on April 1. The games that were supposed to be played during the strike, which was the first work-stoppage in NHL history, weren't canceled. They were rescheduled and made up when play resumed on April 12.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against
|New York Rangers||80||50||25||5||105||321||246|
|New Jersey Devils||80||38||31||11||87||289||259|
|New York Islanders||80||34||35||11||79||291||299|
|Detroit Red Wings||80||43||25||12||98||320||256|
|St. Louis Blues||80||36||33||11||83||279||266|
|Minnesota North Stars||80||32||42||6||70||246||278|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||80||30||43||7||67||234||294|
|Los Angeles Kings||80||35||31||14||84||287||296|
|San Jose Sharks||80||17||58||5||39||219||359|
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points
|Wayne Gretzky||Los Angeles||74||31||90||121|
|Brett Hull||St. Louis||73||70||39||109|
|Luc Robitaille||Los Angeles||80||44||63||107|
|Mark Messier||NY Rangers||79||35||72||107|
|Brian Leetch||NY Rangers||80||22||80||102|
|Adam Oates||St. Louis/Boston||80||20||79||99|
Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average
|John Vanbiesbrouck||NY Rangers||45||2526||27||13||3||120||2||.910||2.85|
See main article: 1992 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Note: All dates in 1992
See main article: 1992 Stanley Cup Finals. The series was held between the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the Clarence Campbell Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Penguins won in four games, three out of four won by a one-goal margin. Mario Lemieux of Pittsburgh won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' MVP.
|Pittsburgh vs. Chicago|
|May 26||Chicago 4||5 Pittsburgh|
|May 28||Chicago 1||3 Pittsburgh|
|May 30||Pittsburgh 1||0 Chicago|
|June 1||Pittsburgh 6||5 Chicago|
|Presidents' Trophy||New York Rangers|
|Prince of Wales Trophy||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Art Ross Memorial Trophy||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy||Mark Fitzpatrick, New York Islanders|
|Calder Memorial Trophy||Pavel Bure, Vancouver Canucks|
|Conn Smythe Trophy||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy||Guy Carbonneau, Montreal Canadiens|
|Hart Memorial Trophy||Mark Messier, New York Rangers|
|Jack Adams Award||Pat Quinn, Vancouver Canucks|
|James Norris Memorial Trophy||Brian Leetch, New York Rangers|
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy||Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy||Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings|
|Lester B. Pearson Award||Mark Messier, New York Rangers|
|NHL Plus/Minus Award||Paul Ysebaert, Detroit Red Wings|
|Vezina Trophy||Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens|
|William M. Jennings Trophy||Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens|
|Lester Patrick Trophy||Al Arbour, Art Berglund, Lou Lamoriello|
|First team||Position||Second team|
|Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens||G||Kirk McLean, Vancouver Canucks|
|Brian Leetch, New York Rangers||D||Phil Housley, Winnipeg Jets|
|Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins||D||Scott Stevens, New Jersey Devils|
|Mark Messier, New York Rangers||C||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues||RW||Mark Recchi, PIT/PHI|
|Kevin Stevens, Pittsburgh Penguins||LW||Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings|
As part of the NHL's 75th anniversary celebration, and taking cues from Major League Baseball's "Turn Back The Clock" uniform program, throwback uniforms were worn by Original Six teams for select games, and throwbacks were also worn for the All-Star Game.
The uniform styles that were worn include:
The throwback uniforms would have an impact on future seasons in the NHL, as several teams adopted throwbacks as alternate jerseys. The National Football League and National Basketball Association would follow the NHL's lead, with teams wearing throwbacks to celebrate their leagues' 75th and 50th anniversaries, respectively.
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1991–92 (listed with their first team):
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1991–92 (listed with their last team):