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1980–81_NHL_season

1980–81 NHL season

The 1980–81 NHL season was the 64th season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-one teams each played 80 games. This was the first season that the Calgary Flames played in Calgary, Alberta. Previously, they were the Atlanta Flames and played in Atlanta, Georgia. The New York Islanders won their second consecutive Stanley Cup, defeating the Minnesota North Stars in 5 games. The most notable individual performer was Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers, who broke Bobby Orr's single season assist record and Phil Esposito's point mark for a new record of 164 points, winning his second of an unmatched eight straight Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player.

Regular season

Final standings

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

Prince of Wales Conference

Adams Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Buffalo Sabres 80 39 20 21 99 327 250 1194
Boston Bruins 80 37 30 13 87 316 272 1836
Minnesota North Stars 80 35 28 17 87 291 263 1624
Quebec Nordiques 80 30 32 18 78 314 318 1524
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 28 37 15 71 322 367 1830

Norris Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 80 45 22 13 103 332 232 1398
Los Angeles Kings 80 43 24 13 99 337 290 1627
Chicago Black Hawks 80 31 33 16 78 304 315 1660
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 73 302 345 1807
Hartford Whalers 80 21 41 18 60 292 372 1584
Detroit Red Wings 80 19 43 18 56 252 339 1687

Clarence Campbell Conference

Patrick Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
New York Islanders 80 48 18 14 110 355 260 1442
Philadelphia Flyers 80 41 24 15 97 313 249 2621
Calgary Flames 80 39 27 14 92 329 298 1450
New York Rangers 80 30 36 14 74 312 317 1981
Washington Capitals 80 26 36 18 70 286 317 1872

Smythe Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
St. Louis Blues 80 45 18 17 107 352 281 1657
Vancouver Canucks 80 28 32 20 76 289 301 1892
Edmonton Oilers 80 29 35 16 74 328 327 1544
Colorado Rockies 80 22 45 13 57 258 344 1418
Winnipeg Jets 80 9 57 14 32 246 400 1191

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points
Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 80 55 109 164 28
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings 80 58 77 135 70
Kent Nilsson Calgary Flames 80 49 82 131 26
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 79 68 51 119 32
Dave Taylor Los Angeles Kings 72 47 65 112 130
Peter Stastny Quebec Nordiques 77 39 70 109 37
Charlie Simmer Los Angeles Kings 65 56 49 105 62
Mike Rogers Hartford Whalers 80 40 65 105 32
Bernie Federko St. Louis Blues 78 31 73 104 47
Jacques Richard Quebec Nordiques 78 52 51 103 39

Stanley Cup playoffs

Playoff bracket

Finals

New York Islanders vs. Minnesota North Stars

Date Visitors Score Home Score
May 12 Minnesota 3 New York 6
May 14 Minnesota 3 New York 6
May 17 New York 7 Minnesota 5
May 19 New York 2 Minnesota 4
May 21 Minnesota 1 New York 5

New York wins the series 4–1.

NHL awards

Prince of Wales Trophy: Montreal Canadiens
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: New York Islanders
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Blake Dunlop, St. Louis Blues
Calder Memorial Trophy: Peter Stastny, Quebec Nordiques
Conn Smythe Trophy: Butch Goring, New York Islanders
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Bob Gainey, Montreal Canadiens
Hart Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams Award: Gordon "Red" Berenson, St. Louis Blues
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Randy Carlyle, Pittsburgh Penguins
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Rick Kehoe, Pittsburgh Penguins
Lester B. Pearson Award: Mike Liut, St. Louis Blues
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Brian Engblom, Montreal Canadiens
Vezina Trophy: Denis Herron, Michel Larocque, & Richard Sevigny, Montreal Canadiens
Lester Patrick Trophy: Charles M. Schulz

All-Star teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
Mike Liut, St. Louis Blues G Mario Lessard, Los Angeles Kings
Denis Potvin, New York Islanders D Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens
Randy Carlyle, Pittsburgh Penguins D Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers C Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings
Mike Bossy, New York Islanders RW Dave Taylor, Los Angeles Kings
Charlie Simmer, Los Angeles Kings LW Bill Barber, Philadelphia Flyers

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1980–81 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1980–81 (listed with their last team):

1981 Trading Deadline

  • Trading Deadline: MARCH 10, 1981
  • March 8, 1981: Doug Halward traded from Los Angeles to Vancouver for Vancouver's 5th round choice in 1982 Entry Draft.
  • March 10, 1981: Bill Baker traded from Montreal to Colorado for Colorado's 3rd round choice in 1983 Entry Draft.
  • March 10, 1981: Ken Berry and Garry Lariviere traded from Vancouver to Edmonton for Blair MacDonald and Lars-Gunnar Petersson.
  • March 10, 1981: Pat Hughes traded from Pittsburgh to Edmonton for Pat Price.
  • March 10, 1981: Jari Kaarela and Mike McEwen traded from Colorado to NY Islanders for Glenn Resch and Steve Tambellini.
  • March 10, 1981: Michel Larocque traded from Montreal to Toronto for Robert Picard.
  • March 10, 1981: Don Luce traded from Buffalo to Los Angeles for Los Angeles' 6th round choice in 1982 Entry Draft.
  • March 10, 1981: Ray Markham traded from NY Rangers to Edmonton for John Hughes.
  • March 10, 1981: Mario Marois traded from Vancouver to Quebec for Garry Lariviere.
  • March 10, 1981: Rick Martin traded from Buffalo to Los Angeles for Los Angeles' 3rd round choice in 1981 Entry Draft and Los Angeles' 1st round choice in 1983 Entry Draft (Tom Barrasso).
  • March 10, 1981: Jim Rutherford traded from Toronto to Los Angeles for Los Angeles' 5th round choice in 1981 Entry Draft.
  • March 10, 1981: Garry Unger traded from Los Angeles to Edmonton for Edmonton's 7th round choice in 1981 Entry Draft.
  • March 10, 1981: Ron Zanussi and Minnesota's 3rd round choice in 1981 Entry Draft traded from Minnesota to Toronto for Toronto's 2nd round choice in 1981 Entry Draft.

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