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1982 Stanley Cup Finals

1982 Stanley Cup Finals
* overtime periods
Location: Uniondale, New York (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) (1,2)
Vancouver, British Columbia (Pacific Coliseum) (3,4)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: New York: Al Arbour
Vancouver: Roger Neilson
Captains: New York: Denis Potvin
Vancouver: Kevin McCarthy
Dates: May 8 – May 16
MVP: Mike Bossy (New York Islanders)
Mike Bossy (5:00, second, G4)
Networks: CBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), USA Network (United States, except in New York area), SportsChannel New York (New York area, Games 1 & 2), WOR (New York area, Games 3 & 4)
Announcers: (CBC) Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Dick Irvin, Jr. (Games 1,2), Jim Robson, Gary Dornhoefer, Howie Meeker (Games 3,4)
(USA) Dan Kelly, Gary Green
(SCNY, WOR) Jiggs McDonald, Ed Westfall
(New York Islanders Radio) Barry Landers, Jean Potvin
(Vancouver Canucks Radio) Jim Robson (Games 1,2), Jim Hughson (Games 3,4), Tom Larscheid
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The 1982 Stanley Cup Finals was played between the Vancouver Canucks in their first Finals appearance and the defending champion New York Islanders, in their third Finals appearance. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series four games to none, to win their third straight and third overall Stanley Cup. This is also the most recent time that a Stanley Cup Champion has three-peated and the first, and so far only, time that a U.S.-based team has won three straight Stanley Cups. It was also the first time a team from Western Canada contested the Finals since the Western Hockey League stopped challenging for the Stanley Cup and folded back in 1926.

Paths to the Final

Vancouver, despite having a losing record in the regular season, defeated the Calgary Flames 3–0, the Los Angeles Kings 4–1 and the Chicago Blackhawks 4–1 to advance to the finals. This was their first Finals appearance.

New York defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3–2, the New York Rangers 4–2, and the Quebec Nordiques 4–0 to make it to the finals for the third year in a row.

With New York having 118 points and Vancouver having 77, the 41 point difference between the two teams in a final is the largest in Stanley Cup Finals history.[1][2]

The series

The Canucks had their best chance to win a game in the first one, as a Jim Nill short-handed marker gave them a 5–4 lead with only seven minutes to play in regulation time. However, the Islanders tied it when Mike Bossy banged home a loose puck after goaltender Richard Brodeur had collided with his own defenceman, Harold Snepsts, while trying to smother it. In the dying seconds of the first overtime period, Snepsts attempted to clear the puck up the middle, but it was intercepted by Bossy, who completed his hat trick with two seconds left on the clock to win the game for the Islanders. In game two, the Canucks led 4–3 after two periods, but the Isles came back to win again.

The series then shifted to Vancouver, where the Canucks were boosted by a boisterous, towel-waving Vancouver crowd and had a great first period, but failed to score on Billy Smith, who was brilliant. The Islanders went on to win 3–0, and then completed the sweep with a 3–1 victory on May 16 to win their third straight Cup.

Mike Bossy scored seven goals in the four games and won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
Sat, May 8 Vancouver 5 New York 6 OT
Tue, May 11 Vancouver 4 New York 6
Thu, May 13 New York 3 Vancouver 0
Sun, May 16 New York 3 Vancouver 1

New York wins the series 4–0.

Mike Bossy won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

New York wins the one-hundredth official Stanley Cup.

New York Islanders - 1982 Stanley Cup champions


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • John Pickett (Chairman/Owner)
  • Bill Torrey (President/General Manager)
  • Jim Devellano (Asst. General Manager/Director of Scouting)
  • Al Arbour (Head Coach), Lorne Henning (Asst. Coach)
  • Gerry Ehman (Head Scout)
  • Ron Waske (Trainer), Jim Pickard (Asst. Trainer)
  • Steve Corais (Director of Public Relations)^

Stanley Cup engraving

  • ^-Steve Corais was included on the team, but name was left off the Stanley Cup.
  • Harry Boyd, Maurice Sabageno (Scouts) were included on the Stanley Cup in 1980, 1981. They were still part of the 1982, 1983 New York Islanders, but names were not put on the cup those years.
  • †Greg Gilbert played 1 regular season, and 4 playoff games (did not play in the finals). †Hector Marini played 30 regular season games, but was not dressed in the playoffs. Both names were included on the Stanley Cup, even though they did not officially qualify.

See also


  1. ^ Rosa, Francis (May 8, 1982). "CANUCKS STRANGERS, BUT FEEL THEY BELONG". Boston Globe. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Edes, Gordon (May 9, 1982). "Islanders Win Opener on Late Overtime Goal; STANLEY CUP: Islanders Win". Los Angeles Times. p. C1. 


  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Dan Diamond & Associates, Inc. 
  • Diamond, Dan (2008). Total Stanley Cup (pdf). Dan Diamond & Associates, Inc. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN . 
Preceded by
New York Islanders
New York Islanders
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
New York Islanders
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