1994–95 NHL season explained
The 1994–95 NHL season was the 78th regular season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-six teams each played 48 games, a shortened season, due to a lockout of the players by the owners. For the first time since the 1969–70 NHL season, no team averaged more than four goals scored per game. A total of 60 shutouts were recorded in the 624 regular-season games.
The New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup in a four-game sweep of the Detroit Red Wings. An unusually high number of shorthanded goals (28) were scored in the 81 playoff games of 1995. In addition, 7 hat-tricks were recorded in the 1995 Playoffs.
The Hartford Whalers were purchased by Peter Karmanos.
This was the last season in Quebec City for the Quebec Nordiques, as they announced that they would move to Denver after the season and become the Colorado Avalanche.
It was the first season with games televised by Fox, which they would do until the end of the 1998–1999 season. It marked the first major American broadcast agreement for the NHL since 1975. Fox split Stanley Cup Finals games with ESPN.
The regular season was shortened because of a 103 day lockout, which ended on January 11, 1995. The season finally got underway nine days later.
An era comes to an end as the Boston Bruins play their final season at the Boston Garden.
The Chicago Blackhawks open the United Center.
The St. Louis Blues open the Kiel Center (now the Scottrade Center).
Two Zambonis would now be required by every arena for the resurfacing between periods.
- A coach can call for a stick measurement in overtime, but the request must be made before the winning goal is scored;
- leaving the penalty box to join an altercation on the ice will draw an automatic three-game suspension;
- any severe check from behind will result in a major penalty and game misconduct.
The abbreviated season ended much later than usual. For the first and, as of 2009, the only time in NHL history, the Stanley Cup Finals concluded after the Summer Solstice. Despite the late end to the playoffs, only 81 total playoff games were held, the lowest number to date under the "16 wins" playoff format.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Head coaches of the Eastern Conference
Head coaches of the Western Conference
Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points
See main article: 1995 Stanley Cup playoffs.
|Quebec vs. NY Rangers|
|May 6||NY Rangers 4||5 Quebec|
|May 8||NY Rangers 8||3 Quebec|
|May 10||Quebec 3||4 NY Rangers|
|May 12||Quebec 2||3 NY Rangers||OT|
|May 14||NY Rangers 2||4 Quebec|
|May 16||Quebec 2||4 NY Rangers|
|NY Rangers wins series 4–2|
|Pittsburgh vs. Washington|
|May 6||Washington 5||4 Pittsburgh|
|May 8||Washington 3||5 Pittsburgh|
|May 10||Pittsburgh 2||6 Washington|
|May 12||Pittsburgh 2||6 Washington|
|May 14||Washington 5||6 Pittsburgh||OT|
|May 16||Pittsburgh 7||1 Washington|
|May 18||Washington 0||3 Pittsburgh|
|Pittsburgh wins series 4–3|
|Philadelphia vs. Buffalo|
|May 7||Buffalo 3||4 Philadelphia||OT|
|May 8||Buffalo 1||3 Philadelphia|
|May 10||Philadelphia 1||3 Buffalo|
|May 12||Philadelphia 4||2 Buffalo|
|May 14||Buffalo 4||6 Philadelphia|
|Philadelphia wins series 4–1|
|Boston vs. New Jersey|
|May 7||New Jersey 5||0 Boston|
|May 8||New Jersey 3||0 Boston|
|May 10||Boston 3||2 New Jersey|
|May 12||Boston 0||1 New Jersey||OT|
|May 14||New Jersey 3||2 Boston|
|New Jersey wins series 4–1|
|Detroit vs. Dallas|
|May 7||Dallas 3||4 Detroit|
|May 9||Dallas 1||4 Detroit|
|May 11||Detroit 5||1 Dallas|
|May 14||Detroit 1||4 Dallas|
|May 15||Dallas 1||3 Detroit|
|Detroit wins series 4–1|
|St. Louis vs. Vancouver|
|May 7||Vancouver 1||2 St. Louis|
|May 9||Vancouver 5||3 St. Louis|
|May 11||St. Louis 1||6 Vancouver|
|May 13||St. Louis 5||2 Vancouver|
|May 15||Vancouver 6||5 St. Louis||OT|
|May 17||St. Louis 8||2 Vancouver|
|May 19||Vancouver 5||3 St. Louis|
|Vancouver wins series 4–3|
|Chicago vs. Toronto|
|May 7||Toronto 5||3 Chicago|
|May 9||Toronto 3||0 Chicago|
|May 11||Chicago 3||2 Toronto|
|May 13||Chicago 3||1 Toronto|
|May 15||Toronto 2||4 Chicago|
|May 17||Chicago 4||5 Toronto||OT|
|May 19||Toronto 2||5 Chicago|
|Chicago wins series 4–3|
|Calgary vs. San Jose|
|May 7||San Jose 5||4 Calgary|
|May 9||San Jose 5||4 Calgary||OT|
|May 11||Calgary 9||2 San Jose|
|May 13||Calgary 6||4 San Jose|
|May 15||San Jose 0||5 Calgary|
|May 17||Calgary 3||5 San Jose|
|May 19||San Jose 5||4 Calgary||2OT|
|San Jose wins series 4–3|
|Pittsburgh vs. New Jersey|
|May 20||New Jersey 2||3 Pittsburgh|
|May 22||New Jersey 4||2 Pittsburgh|
|May 24||Pittsburgh 1||5 New Jersey|
|May 26||Pittsburgh 1||2 New Jersey||OT|
|May 28||New Jersey 4||1 Pittsburgh|
|New Jersey win series 4–1|
|Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers|
|May 21||NY Rangers 4||5 Philadelphia||OT|
|May 22||NY Rangers 3||4 Philadelphia||OT|
|May 24||Philadelphia 5||2 NY Rangers|
|May 26||Philadelphia 4||1 NY Rangers|
|Philadelphia wins series 4–0|
|Detroit vs. San Jose|
|May 21||San Jose 0||6 Detroit|
|May 23||San Jose 2||6 Detroit|
|May 25||Detroit 6||2 San Jose|
|May 27||Detroit 6||2 San Jose|
|Detroit wins series 4–0|
|Chicago vs. Vancouver|
|May 21||Vancouver 1||2 Chicago||OT|
|May 23||Vancouver 0||2 Chicago|
|May 25||Chicago 3||2 Vancouver||OT|
|May 27||Chicago 4||3 Vancouver||OT|
|Chicago wins series 4–0|
Philadelphia vs. New Jersey
|June 3||New Jersey 4||1 Philadelphia|
|June 5||New Jersey 5||2 Philadelphia|
|June 7||Philadelphia 3||2 New Jersey||OT|
|June 10||Philadelphia 4||2 New Jersey|
|June 11||New Jersey 3||2 Philadelphia|
|June 13||Philadelphia 2||4 New Jersey|
|New Jersey wins series 4–2|
and Prince of Wales Trophy
Detroit vs. Chicago
|June 1||Chicago 1||2 Detroit||OT|
|June 4||Chicago 2||3 Detroit|
|June 6||Detroit 4||3 Chicago||2OT|
|June 8||Detroit 2||5 Chicago|
|June 11||Chicago 1||2 Detroit||2OT|
|Detroit wins series 4–1 and|
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
See main article: 1995 Stanley Cup Finals.
|Detroit Red Wings vs. New Jersey Devils|
|June 17||New Jersey||2||Detroit||1|
|June 20||New Jersey||4||Detroit||2|
|June 22||Detroit||2||New Jersey||5|
|June 24||Detroit||2||New Jersey||5|
|New Jersey wins series 4–0|
and Stanley Cup
|Claude Lemieux (New Jersey)|
wins Conn Smythe Trophy
Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points
The NHL Awards presentation took place on July 6, 1995.
|Presidents' Trophy||Detroit Red Wings|
|Prince of Wales Trophy||New Jersey Devils|
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl||Detroit Red Wings|
|Art Ross Memorial Trophy||Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy||Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo Sabres|
|Calder Memorial Trophy||Peter Forsberg, Quebec Nordiques|
|Conn Smythe Trophy||Claude Lemieux, New Jersey Devils|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy||Ron Francis, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Hart Memorial Trophy||Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers|
|Jack Adams Award||Marc Crawford, Quebec Nordiques|
|James Norris Memorial Trophy||Paul Coffey, Detroit Red Wings|
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy||Joe Nieuwendyk, Calgary Flames|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy||Ron Francis, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Lester B. Pearson Award||Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers|
|NHL Plus/Minus Award||Ron Francis, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Vezina Trophy||Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres|
|William M. Jennings Trophy||Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks|
|Lester Patrick Trophy||Joe Mullen, Brian Mullen, Bob Fleming|
|First team|| Position ||Second team|
|Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres||G||Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks|
|Paul Coffey, Detroit Red Wings||D||Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins|
|Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks||D||Larry Murphy, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers||C||Alexei Zhamnov, Winnipeg Jets|
|Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins||RW||Theoren Fleury, Calgary Flames|
|John LeClair, Montreal/Philadelphia||LW||Keith Tkachuk, Winnipeg Jets|
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1994–95 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
- Oleg Tverdovsky, Anaheim Mighty Ducks
- Paul Kariya, Anaheim Mighty Ducks
- Cory Stillman, Calgary Flames
- Eric Daze, Chicago Blackhawks
- Jamie Langenbrunner, Dallas Stars
- Manny Fernandez, Dallas Stars
- Ryan Smyth, Edmonton Oilers
- Robert Svehla, Florida Panthers
- Marek Malik, Hartford Whalers
- Craig Conroy, Montreal Canadiens
- Valeri Bure, Montreal Canadiens
- Brian Rolston, New Jersey Devils
- Sergei Brylin, New Jersey Devils
- Tommy Salo, New York Islanders
- Radek Bonk, Ottawa Senators
- Adam Deadmarsh, Quebec Nordiques
- Peter Forsberg, Quebec Nordiques
- Jeff Friesen, San Jose Sharks
- Viktor Kozlov, San Jose Sharks
- Kenny Jonsson, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Adrian Aucoin, Vancouver Canucks
- Scott Walker, Vancouver Canucks
- Jim Carey, Washington Capitals
- Sergei Gonchar, Washington Capitals
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1994–95 (listed with their last team):
- Mats Naslund, Boston Bruins
- Craig Simpson, Buffalo Sabres
- Kelly Kisio, Calgary Flames
- Jim Peplinski, Calgary Flames
- Dirk Graham, Chicago Blackhawks
- Mark Howe, Detroit Red Wings
- Mike Krushelnyski, Detroit Red Wings
- Kent Nilsson, Edmonton Oilers
- Gaetan Duchesne, Florida Panthers
- Mark Osborne, New York Rangers
- Steve Larmer, New York Rangers
- Sylvain Turgeon, Ottawa Senators
- Peter Stastny, St. Louis Blues
- Gerard Gallant, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Garth Butcher, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Rich Sutter, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Dave Poulin, Washington Capitals
- Thomas Steen, Winnipeg Jets
1995 trading deadline
Trading deadline: April 7, 1995.
- April 7, 1995: D Petr Svoboda traded from Buffalo to Philadelphia for D Garry Galley.
- April 7, 1995: C Troy Murray and D Norm Maciver traded from Ottawa to Pittsburgh for RW Martin Straka.
- April 7, 1995: D Gord Kruppke traded from Toronto to Detroit for other considerations.
- April 7, 1995: RW Russ Courtnall traded from Dallas to Vancouver for LW Greg Adams and RW Dan Kesa and Vancouver's fifth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: G Corey Hirsch traded from New York Rangers to Vancouver for C Nathan Lafayette.
- April 7, 1995: D Gerald Diduck traded from Vancouver to Chicago for RW Bogdan Savenko and Hartford's third round pick in 1995 Entry Draft (previously acquired).
- April 7, 1995: G Rick Tabaracci traded from Washington to Calgary for a conditional fifth round draft pick.
- April 7, 1995: LW Gaetan Duchesne traded from San Jose to Florida for Florida's sixth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: G Craig Billington traded from Ottawa to Boston for other considerations.
- April 7, 1995: LW Bill Huard traded from Ottawa to Quebec for D Mika Stromberg and Quebec's fourth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: D Daniel Laperriere and St. Louis' ninth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft traded from St. Louis to Ottawa for Ottawa's ninth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: RW Roman Oksiuta traded from Edmonton to Vancouver for D Jiri Slegr.
- April 7, 1995: LW Alan May traded from Dallas to Calgary for Calgary's eighth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: C Mike Eastwood and Toronto's third round pick in 1995 Entry Draft traded from Toronto to Winnipeg for RW Tie Domi.
- April 7, 1995: D Grant Jennings traded from Pittsburgh to Toronto for D Drake Berehowsky.
- April 7, 1995: D Igor Ulanov and C Mike Eagles traded from Winnipeg to Washington for Washington's third and fifth round draft picks in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: LW Scott Pearson traded from Edmonton to Buffalo for D Ken Sutton.
- April 7, 1995: D Greg Brown traded from Pittsburgh to Winnipeg for a conditional eighth round draft pick in 1996 Entry Draft.
- April 7, 1995: C Ed Olczyk traded from NY Rangers to Winnipeg for Winnipeg's fifth round pick in 1995 Entry Draft.
- April 5, 1995: Montreal Canadiens obtain Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov from the New York Islanders for Kirk Muller, Mathieu Schneider and Craig Darby.
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