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National Hockey League (NHL) 1980 - 81 Regular Season Standings


(NHL) National Hockey League 1980 - 81 Standings

Games Wins Loses Ties OTL Pts GF GA
Patrick Division
New York Islanders 80 48 18 14 0 110 355 260
Philadelphia Flyers 80 41 24 15 0 97 313 249
Calgary Flames 80 39 27 14 0 92 329 298
New York Rangers 80 30 36 14 0 74 312 317
Washington Capitals 80 26 36 18 0 70 286 317
Smythe Division
St. Louis Blues 80 45 18 17 0 107 352 281
Chicago Black Hawks 80 31 33 16 0 78 304 315
Vancouver Canucks 80 28 32 20 0 76 289 301
Edmonton Oilers 80 29 35 16 0 74 328 327
Colorado Rockies 80 22 45 13 0 57 258 344
Winnipeg Jets 80 9 57 14 0 32 246 400
Adams Division
Buffalo Sabres 80 39 20 21 0 99 327 250
Boston Bruins 80 37 30 13 0 87 316 272
Minnesota North Stars 80 35 28 17 0 87 291 263
Quebec Nordiques 80 30 32 18 0 78 314 318
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 28 37 15 0 71 322 367
Norris Division
Montreal Canadiens 80 45 22 13 0 103 332 232
Los Angeles Kings 80 43 24 13 0 99 337 290
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 0 73 302 345
Hartford Whalers 80 21 41 18 0 60 292 372
Detroit Red Wings 80 19 43 18 0 56 252 339

National Hockey League (NHL) 1980 - 81 Stanley Cup Playoff Results


(NHL) National Hockey League 1980 - 81 Stanley Cup Playoffs

New York Islanders defeated Toronto Maple Leafs in the Preliminary Round 3 - 0 - 0
St. Louis Blues defeated Pittsburgh Penguins in the Preliminary Round 3 - 2 - 0
Edmonton Oilers defeated Montreal Canadiens in the Preliminary Round 3 - 0 - 0
New York Rangers defeated Los Angeles Kings in the Preliminary Round 3 - 1 - 0
Buffalo Sabres defeated Vancouver Canucks in the Preliminary Round 3 - 0 - 0
Philadelphia Flyers defeated Quebec Nordiques in the Preliminary Round 3 - 2 - 0
Calgary Flames defeated Chicago Black Hawks in the Preliminary Round 3 - 0 - 0
Minnesota North Stars defeated Boston Bruins in the Preliminary Round 3 - 0 - 0
New York Islanders defeated Edmonton Oilers in the Quarter Final 4 - 2 - 0
New York Rangers defeated St. Louis Blues in the Quarter Final 4 - 2 - 0
Minnesota North Stars defeated Buffalo Sabres in the Quarter Final 4 - 1 - 0
Calgary Flames defeated Philadelphia Flyers in the Quarter Final 4 - 3 - 0
New York Islanders defeated New York Rangers in the Semi Final 4 - 0 - 0
Minnesota North Stars defeated Calgary Flames in the Semi Final 4 - 2 - 0
New York Islanders defeated Minnesota North Stars in the Stanley Cup Final 4 - 1 - 0

1980 - 81 New York Islanders Stanley Cup Rooster


Players: Denis Potvin, Mike McEwen, Ken Morrow, Gord Lane, Bob Lorimer, Stefan Persson, Dave Langevin, Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Butch Goring, Wayne Merrick, Clark Gillies, John Tonelli, Bob Nystrom, Bill Carroll, Bob Bourne, Hector Marini, Anders Kallur, Duane Sutter, Garry Howatt, Lorne Henning, Bill Smith, Roland Melanson Staff: Al Arbour (Coach), Bill Torrey (General Manager), Ron Waske, Jim Pickard (Trainers)


National Hockey League (NHL) 1980 - 81 Stanley Cup Playoff Standings

Team Games Wins Loses Ties GF GA PIM
New York Islanders 18 15 3 0 97 48 310
New York Islanders 18 15 3 0 97 48 310
Minnesota North Stars 19 12 7 0 84 74 321
Minnesota North Stars 19 12 7 0 84 74 321
Calgary Flames 16 9 7 0 55 60 365
Calgary Flames 16 9 7 0 55 60 365
New York Rangers 14 7 7 0 60 56 402
New York Rangers 14 7 7 0 60 56 402
Philadelphia Flyers 12 6 6 0 48 39 415
Philadelphia Flyers 12 6 6 0 48 39 415
St. Louis Blues 11 5 6 0 42 50 281
Edmonton Oilers 9 5 4 0 35 35 157
Edmonton Oilers 9 5 4 0 35 35 157
St. Louis Blues 11 5 6 0 42 50 281
Buffalo Sabres 8 4 4 0 30 30 175
Buffalo Sabres 8 4 4 0 30 30 175
Pittsburgh Penguins 5 2 3 0 21 20 141
Quebec Nordiques 5 2 3 0 17 22 221
Quebec Nordiques 5 2 3 0 17 22 221
Pittsburgh Penguins 5 2 3 0 21 20 141
Los Angeles Kings 4 1 3 0 12 23 162
Los Angeles Kings 4 1 3 0 12 23 162
Toronto Maple Leafs 3 0 3 0 4 20 56
Boston Bruins 3 0 3 0 13 20 90
Montreal Canadiens 3 0 3 0 6 15 62
Chicago Black Hawks 3 0 3 0 9 15 43
Boston Bruins 3 0 3 0 13 20 90
Vancouver Canucks 3 0 3 0 7 13 77
Toronto Maple Leafs 3 0 3 0 4 20 56
Montreal Canadiens 3 0 3 0 6 15 62
Chicago Black Hawks 3 0 3 0 9 15 43
Vancouver Canucks 3 0 3 0 7 13 77


Most Goals 1980 - 81 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals
Mike Bossy New York Islanders68
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings58
Charlie Simmer Los Angeles Kings56
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers55
Rick Kehoe Pittsburgh Penguins55



Most Goals 1980 - 81 Playoffs - Individual


Player Team Goals
Mike Bossy New York Islanders17
Steve Payne Minnesota North Stars17
Dino Ciccarelli Minnesota North Stars14
Bill Barber Philadelphia Flyers11
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders11

Most Assists 1980 - 81 Season - Individual


Player Team Assists
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers109
Kent Nilsson Calgary Flames82
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings77
Bernie Federko St. Louis Blues73
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders72

Most Assists 1980 - 81 Playoffs - Individual


Player Team Assists
Mike Bossy New York Islanders18
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders18
Denis Potvin New York Islanders17
Bobby Smith Minnesota North Stars17
Ken Linseman Philadelphia Flyers16

Most Points 1980 - 81 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals Assists Points
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers55109164
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings5877135
Kent Nilsson Calgary Flames4982131
Mike Bossy New York Islanders6851119
Dave Taylor Los Angeles Kings4765112

Most Points 1980 - 81 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals Assists Points
Mike Bossy New York Islanders171835
Steve Payne Minnesota North Stars171229
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders111829
Denis Potvin New York Islanders81725
Bobby Smith Minnesota North Stars81725

Most Penalty Minutes 1980 - 81 Season - Individual


Player Team Penalty Min
Tiger Williams Vancouver Canucks343
Paul Holmgren Philadelphia Flyers306
Chris Nilan Montreal Canadiens262
Jim Korn Detroit Red Wings246
Willi Plett Calgary Flames239

Plus/Minus Rating 1980 - 81 Season - Individual


Player Team Plus/Minus
Dave Babych Winnipeg Jets-61
Norm Dupont Winnipeg Jets-57
Dave Christian Winnipeg Jets-54
Barry Long Winnipeg Jets-47
Rob Ramage Colorado Rockies-46

1980 - 81 James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner



The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's top defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. The trophy is named in honour of James E. Norris, owner of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings from 1932 to 1952. The trophy was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1953–54 NHL season. At the end of each season, members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association vote to determine the player who was the best defenseman during the regular season. Full List of Previous Winners

James Norris Memorial Trophy - Randy Carlyle - Pittsburgh Penguins

1980 - 81 Hart Memorial Trophy Winner



Selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, the NHL's Regular Season MVP (Most Valuable Player) is awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy. The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system. Originally known as the Hart Trophy, it was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1923–24 NHL season. The Hart Memorial Trophy is named in honour of Canadian Dr. David Hart, who donated the original trophy to the NHL. The original "Hart Trophy" was retired in Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960, and the NHL began presenting a new trophy, which was named the "Hart Memorial Trophy" in its place. Full List of Previous Winners

Hart Memorial Trophy - Wayne Gretzky - Edmonton Oilers

1980 - 81 Art Ross Trophy Winner



The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the National Hockey League player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season. The Art Ross Trophy was presented to the National Hockey League in 1947 by Arthur Howie "Art" Ross, former general manager and head coach of the Boston Bruins. Full List of Previous Winners

Art Ross Trophy - Wayne Gretzky - Edmonton Oilers

1980 - 81 Frank J. Selke Trophy Winner



The Frank J. Selke Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game. The winner is selected by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association following the regular season. The trophy was first awarded at the end of the 1977–78 NHL season. It was named after Frank J. Selke, former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. Full List of Previous Winners

Frank J. Selke Trophy - Bob Gainey - Montreal Canadiens

1980 - 81 Calder Memorial Trophy Winner



The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League. The trophy is named in honor of Frank Calder, the former President of the National Hockey League from its inception in 1917 to his death in 1943. Although Rookie of the Year honors were handed out beginning in 1932–33, the Calder Trophy was first presented at the conclusion of the 1936–37 NHL season. After Calder's death in 1942 the trophy was re-named the Calder Memorial Trophy. The voting is conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the conclusion of each regular season to determine the winner. To be eligible for the award, a player cannot have played any more than 25 games previously in any single season, nor have played in more than six games in each of two separate preceding seasons in any major professional league. Full List of Previous Winners

Calder Memorial Trophy - Peter Stastny - Quebec Nordiques

1980 - 81 Vezina Trophy Winner



The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's goaltender who is judged to be the best at this position. The Vezina Trophy was named in honor of Georges Vιzina, an exceptional goaltender with the Montreal Canadiens. At the end of each season, the 30 General Managers of the teams in the National Hockey League vote to determine the goaltender who was the most valuable to his team during the regular season. Before 1981, it was awarded to the goaltender(s) of the team allowing the fewest number of goals during the regular season; now, the William M. Jennings Trophy is awarded under that definition. Full List of Previous Winners

Vezina Trophy - Denis Herron - Montreal Canadiens
Vezina Trophy - Michel Larocque - Montreal Canadiens
Vezina Trophy - Richard Sevigny - Montreal Canadiens

1980 - 81 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Winner



The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League player judged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The voting is conducted at the end of the season by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. The trophy is named in honour of Marie Evelyn Moreton (Lady Byng), wife of Viscount Byng of Vimy, a Vimy Ridge war hero who was Governor General of Canada from 1921 to 1926. Lady Byng, who was an avid hockey fan, decided to donate the trophy to the NHL in 1925. Full List of Previous Winners

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy - Rick Kehoe - Pittsburgh Penguins

1980 - 81 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner



The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The trophy is named in honour of the late Bill Masterton, a Minnesota North Stars player who died on January 15, 1968, after sustaining an injury during a hockey game. The winner is selected by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association after each team nominates one player in competition. It is often awarded to a player who has come back from career- or even life-threatening illness or injury. A player can win this trophy only once in his career. Full List of Previous Winners

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy - Blake Dunlop - St. Louis Blues

1980 - 81 Lester B. Pearson Award Winner



The Lester B. Pearson Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players Association. The award was first handed out at the conclusion of the 1971–72 NHL season. It is named in honour of Lester B. Pearson, who was Prime Minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968. The voting for the trophy is conducted at the end of the regular season by the members of the NHL Players Association. Full List of Previous Winners

Lester B. Pearson Award - Mike Liut - St. Louis Blues

1980 - 81 NHL All-Star Team Winners



"The NHL All-Star Teams were first named at the end of the 1930–31 NHL season, to honor the best performers over the season at each position. Representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association vote for the All-Star Team at the end of the regular season. "

Full List of Previous Winners
NHL All-Star Team - Mike Bossy - R - New York Islanders
NHL All-Star Team - Randy Carlyle - D - Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL All-Star Team - Wayne Gretzky - C - Edmonton Oilers
NHL All-Star Team - Mike Liut - G - St. Louis Blues
NHL All-Star Team - Denis Potvin - D - New York Islanders
NHL All-Star Team - Charlie Simmer - L - Los Angeles Kings

Full List of Previous Winners

NHL All-Star Second Team - Bill Barber - L - Philadelphia Flyers
NHL All-Star Second Team - Raymond Bourque - D - Boston Bruins
NHL All-Star Second Team - Marcel Dionne - C - Los Angeles Kings
NHL All-Star Second Team - Mario Lessard - G - Los Angeles Kings
NHL All-Star Second Team - Larry Robinson - D - Montreal Canadiens
NHL All-Star Second Team - Dave Taylor - R - Los Angeles Kings

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