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National Hockey League (NHL) 1986 - 87 Regular Season Standings


(NHL) National Hockey League 1986 - 87 Standings

Games Wins Loses Ties OTL Pts GF GA
Norris Division
St. Louis Blues 80 32 33 15 0 79 281 293
Detroit Red Wings 80 34 36 10 0 78 260 274
Chicago Blackhawks 80 29 37 14 0 72 290 310
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 32 42 6 0 70 286 319
Minnesota North Stars 80 30 40 10 0 70 296 314
Smythe Division
Edmonton Oilers 80 50 24 6 0 106 372 284
Calgary Flames 80 46 31 3 0 95 318 289
Winnipeg Jets 80 40 32 8 0 88 279 271
Los Angeles Kings 80 31 41 8 0 70 318 341
Vancouver Canucks 80 29 43 8 0 66 282 314
Adams Division
Hartford Whalers 80 43 30 7 0 93 287 270
Montreal Canadiens 80 41 29 10 0 92 277 241
Boston Bruins 80 39 34 7 0 85 301 276
Quebec Nordiques 80 31 39 10 0 72 267 276
Buffalo Sabres 80 28 44 8 0 64 280 308
Patrick Division
Philadelphia Flyers 80 46 26 8 0 100 310 245
Washington Capitals 80 38 32 10 0 86 285 278
New York Islanders 80 35 33 12 0 82 279 281
New York Rangers 80 34 38 8 0 76 307 323
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 38 12 0 72 297 290
New Jersey Devils 80 29 45 6 0 64 293 368

National Hockey League (NHL) 1986 - 87 Stanley Cup Playoff Results


(NHL) National Hockey League 1986 - 87 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Quebec Nordiques defeated Hartford Whalers in the Division Semi Final 4 - 2 - 0
Montreal Canadiens defeated Boston Bruins in the Division Semi Final 4 - 0 - 0
Philadelphia Flyers defeated New York Rangers in the Division Semi Final 4 - 2 - 0
New York Islanders defeated Washington Capitals in the Division Semi Final 4 - 3 - 0
Toronto Maple Leafs defeated St. Louis Blues in the Division Semi Final 4 - 2 - 0
Detroit Red Wings defeated Chicago Blackhawks in the Division Semi Final 4 - 0 - 0
Edmonton Oilers defeated Los Angeles Kings in the Division Semi Final 4 - 1 - 0
Winnipeg Jets defeated Calgary Flames in the Division Semi Final 4 - 2 - 0
Montreal Canadiens defeated Quebec Nordiques in the Division Final 4 - 3 - 0
Philadelphia Flyers defeated New York Islanders in the Division Final 4 - 3 - 0
Detroit Red Wings defeated Toronto Maple Leafs in the Division Final 4 - 3 - 0
Edmonton Oilers defeated Winnipeg Jets in the Division Final 4 - 0 - 0
Philadelphia Flyers defeated Montreal Canadiens in the Conference Final 4 - 2 - 0
Edmonton Oilers defeated Detroit Red Wings in the Conference Final 4 - 1 - 0
Edmonton Oilers defeated Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup Final 4 - 3 - 0

1986 - 87 Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup Rooster


Players: Glenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Kelly Buchberger, Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr, Randy Gregg, Wayne Gretzky, Charlie Huddy, Dave Hunter, Mike Krushelnyski, Jari Kurri, Moe Lemay, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, Kevin McClelland, Marty McSorley, Mark Messier, Andy Moog, Craig Muni, Kent Nilsson, Jaroslav Pouzar, Reijo Ruotsalainen, Steve Smith, Esa Tikkanen Staff: Peter Pocklington (Owner), Glen Sather (General Manager/Coach), John Muckler (Co-Coach), Ted Green (Assistant Coach), Ron Low (Assistant Coach), Bruce MacGregor (Assistant General Manager), Barry Fraser (Director of Player Personnel), Peter Millar (Athletic Therapist), Barrie Stafford (Trainer), Lyle Kulchisky (Assistant Trainer)


National Hockey League (NHL) 1986 - 87 Stanley Cup Playoff Standings

Team Games Wins Loses Ties GF GA PIM
Edmonton Oilers 21 16 5 0 87 57 477
Edmonton Oilers 21 16 5 0 87 57 477
Philadelphia Flyers 26 15 11 0 85 73 499
Philadelphia Flyers 26 15 11 0 85 73 499
Montreal Canadiens 17 10 7 0 67 54 433
Montreal Canadiens 17 10 7 0 67 54 433
Detroit Red Wings 16 9 7 0 45 40 426
Detroit Red Wings 16 9 7 0 45 40 426
Toronto Maple Leafs 13 7 6 0 33 32 345
Toronto Maple Leafs 13 7 6 0 33 32 345
Quebec Nordiques 13 7 6 0 48 45 504
New York Islanders 14 7 7 0 35 42 293
Quebec Nordiques 13 7 6 0 48 45 504
New York Islanders 14 7 7 0 35 42 293
Winnipeg Jets 10 4 6 0 31 32 289
Winnipeg Jets 10 4 6 0 31 32 289
Washington Capitals 7 3 4 0 19 19 199
Washington Capitals 7 3 4 0 19 19 199
St. Louis Blues 6 2 4 0 12 15 182
Calgary Flames 6 2 4 0 15 22 190
New York Rangers 6 2 4 0 13 22 172
St. Louis Blues 6 2 4 0 12 15 182
Hartford Whalers 6 2 4 0 19 27 317
Calgary Flames 6 2 4 0 15 22 190
New York Rangers 6 2 4 0 13 22 172
Hartford Whalers 6 2 4 0 19 27 317
Los Angeles Kings 5 1 4 0 20 32 118
Los Angeles Kings 5 1 4 0 20 32 118
Chicago Blackhawks 4 0 4 0 6 15 104
Boston Bruins 4 0 4 0 11 19 86
Chicago Blackhawks 4 0 4 0 6 15 104
Boston Bruins 4 0 4 0 11 19 86


Most Goals 1986 - 87 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers62
Tim Kerr Philadelphia Flyers58
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers54
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins54
Dino Ciccarelli Minnesota North Stars52



Most Goals 1986 - 87 Playoffs - Individual


Player Team Goals
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers15
Glenn Anderson Edmonton Oilers14
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers12
Brian Propp Philadelphia Flyers12
Rick Tocchet Philadelphia Flyers11

Most Assists 1986 - 87 Season - Individual


Player Team Assists
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers121
Raymond Bourque Boston Bruins72
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers70
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders64
Ron Francis Hartford Whalers63

Most Assists 1986 - 87 Playoffs - Individual


Player Team Assists
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers29
Pelle Eklund Philadelphia Flyers20
Larry Robinson Montreal Canadiens17
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers16
Brian Propp Philadelphia Flyers16

Most Points 1986 - 87 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals Assists Points
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers62121183
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers5454108
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins5453107
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers3770107
Doug Gilmour St. Louis Blues4263105

Most Points 1986 - 87 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals Assists Points
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers52934
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers121628
Brian Propp Philadelphia Flyers121628
Glenn Anderson Edmonton Oilers141327
Pelle Eklund Philadelphia Flyers72027

Most Penalty Minutes 1986 - 87 Season - Individual


Player Team Penalty Min
Tim Hunter Calgary Flames361
Tiger Williams Los Angeles Kings358
Brian Curran New York Islanders356
Rick Tocchet Philadelphia Flyers288
Scott Stevens Washington Capitals283

Plus/Minus Rating 1986 - 87 Season - Individual


Player Team Plus/Minus
Grant Ledyard Los Angeles Kings-40
Doug Lidster Vancouver Canucks-35
David Shaw Quebec Nordiques-35
Ric Nattress St. Louis Blues-34
Craig Wolanin New Jersey Devils-31

1986 - 87 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 - Raymond Bourque - Boston Bruins

1986 - 87 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

1986 - 87 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

1986 - 87 William M. Jennings Trophy Winner



The William M. Jennings Trophy is an annual ice hockey award given to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it in regular-season play. The Jennings Trophy was donated by the NHL's board of governors and first presented at the conclusion of the 1981–82 season. It is named in honor of the late William M. Jennings, who was a longtime governor and president of the New York Rangers. Until the 1980–81 season, the Vezina Trophy was awarded to the goaltender(s) of the team allowing the fewest number of goals during the regular season. It was recognized that this system often meant the trophy went to the goaltender of the better team rather than the individual and hence the change was made to offer the Vezina to the most outstanding goaltender, as voted by the NHL General Managers. The William M. Jennings Trophy was created as a replacement and is awarded to the goaltender(s) playing for the team with the fewest goals against. Full List of Previous Winners

William M. Jennings Trophy - Brian Hayward - Montreal Canadiens
William M. Jennings Trophy - Patrick Roy - Montreal Canadiens

1986 - 87 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 - Dave Poulin - Philadelphia Flyers

1986 - 87 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 - Luc Robitaille - Los Angeles Kings

1986 - 87 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 - Ron Hextall - Philadelphia Flyers

1986 - 87 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 - Joe Mullen - Calgary Flames

1986 - 87 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 - Doug Jarvis - Hartford Whalers

1986 - 87 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 - Wayne Gretzky - Edmonton Oilers

1986 - 87 Plus-Minus Award Winner



The NHL Plus-Minus Award is a trophy awarded annually by the National Hockey League to the player, having played a minimum of 60 games who leads the league in plus/minus statistics. The plus/minus statistic was first established during the 1967–68 NHL season. This statistic reflects a player's ability to contribute offensively and defensively. The award was first given in the 1983 season. From 1982–83 to 1987–88, it was known as the Emery Edge Award. During 1988–89, there was no formal name for the trophy. From 1989–90 to 1995–96, it was known as the Alka-Seltzer Plus Award. From 1996–97 to 1997–98, it was known as the Bud Ice Plus-Minus Award. Finally, from 1998–99 to the present, it has been known as the Bud Light Plus-Minus Award. Full List of Previous Winners

Plus-Minus Award - Wayne Gretzky - Edmonton Oilers

1986 - 87 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 - Raymond Bourque - D - Boston Bruins
NHL All-Star Team - Michel Goulet - L - Quebec Nordiques
NHL All-Star Team - Wayne Gretzky - C - Edmonton Oilers
NHL All-Star Team - Ron Hextall - G - Philadelphia Flyers
NHL All-Star Team - Mark Howe - D - Philadelphia Flyers
NHL All-Star Team - Jari Kurri - R - Edmonton Oilers

Full List of Previous Winners

NHL All-Star Second Team - Tim Kerr - R - Philadelphia Flyers
NHL All-Star Second Team - Mario Lemieux - C - Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL All-Star Second Team - Mike Liut - G - Hartford Whalers
NHL All-Star Second Team - Al MacInnis - D - Calgary Flames
NHL All-Star Second Team - Larry Murphy - D - Washington Capitals
NHL All-Star Second Team - Luc Robitaille - L - Los Angeles Kings

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