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National Hockey League (NHL) 1987 - 88 Regular Season Standings


(NHL) National Hockey League 1987 - 88 Standings

Games Wins Loses Ties OTL Pts GF GA
Norris Division
Detroit Red Wings 80 41 28 11 0 93 322 269
St. Louis Blues 80 34 38 8 0 76 278 294
Chicago Blackhawks 80 30 41 9 0 69 284 328
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 21 49 10 0 52 273 345
Minnesota North Stars 80 19 48 13 0 51 242 349
Smythe Division
Calgary Flames 80 48 23 9 0 105 397 305
Edmonton Oilers 80 44 25 11 0 99 363 288
Winnipeg Jets 80 33 36 11 0 77 292 310
Los Angeles Kings 80 30 42 8 0 68 318 359
Vancouver Canucks 80 25 46 9 0 59 272 320
Adams Division
Montreal Canadiens 80 45 22 13 0 103 298 238
Boston Bruins 80 44 30 6 0 94 300 251
Buffalo Sabres 80 37 32 11 0 85 283 305
Hartford Whalers 80 35 38 7 0 77 249 267
Quebec Nordiques 80 32 43 5 0 69 271 306
Patrick Division
New York Islanders 80 39 31 10 0 88 308 267
Washington Capitals 80 38 33 9 0 85 281 249
Philadelphia Flyers 80 38 33 9 0 85 292 292
New Jersey Devils 80 38 36 6 0 82 295 296
New York Rangers 80 36 34 10 0 82 300 283
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 36 35 9 0 81 319 316

National Hockey League (NHL) 1987 - 88 Stanley Cup Playoff Results


(NHL) National Hockey League 1987 - 88 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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

1987 - 88 Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup Rooster


Players: Keith Acton, Glenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Geoff Courtnall, Grant Fuhr, Randy Gregg, Wayne Gretzky, Dave Hannan, Charlie Huddy, Mike Krushelnyski, Jari Kurri, Normand Lacombe, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, Kevin McClelland, Marty McSorley, Mark Messier, Craig Muni, Bill Ranford, Craig Simpson, Steve Smith, Esa Tikkanen Staff: Peter Pocklington (Owner), Glen Sather (General Manager/Coach), John Muckler (Co-Coach), Ted Green (Assistant Coach), Bruce MacGregor (Assistant General Manager), Barry Fraser (Director of Player Personnel), Bill Tuele (Director of Public Relations), Dr. Gordon Cameron (Team Physician), Peter Millar (Athletic Therapist), Barrie Stafford (Trainer), Juergen Mers (Message Therapist), Lyle Kulchiskty (Assistant Trainer)


National Hockey League (NHL) 1987 - 88 Stanley Cup Playoff Standings

Team Games Wins Loses Ties GF GA PIM
Edmonton Oilers 19 16 2 1 87 56 635
Edmonton Oilers 19 16 2 1 87 56 635
Boston Bruins 23 12 10 1 85 72 813
Boston Bruins 23 12 10 1 85 72 813
New Jersey Devils 20 11 9 0 67 71 871
New Jersey Devils 20 11 9 0 67 71 871
Detroit Red Wings 16 9 7 0 69 57 550
Detroit Red Wings 16 9 7 0 69 57 550
Washington Capitals 14 7 7 0 54 50 529
Washington Capitals 14 7 7 0 54 50 529
St. Louis Blues 10 5 5 0 35 38 321
Montreal Canadiens 11 5 6 0 33 35 219
Montreal Canadiens 11 5 6 0 33 35 219
St. Louis Blues 10 5 5 0 35 38 321
Calgary Flames 9 4 5 0 41 36 310
Calgary Flames 9 4 5 0 41 36 310
Philadelphia Flyers 7 3 4 0 25 31 286
Philadelphia Flyers 7 3 4 0 25 31 286
New York Islanders 6 2 4 0 18 23 250
Hartford Whalers 6 2 4 0 20 23 81
Toronto Maple Leafs 6 2 4 0 20 32 189
Hartford Whalers 6 2 4 0 20 23 81
Buffalo Sabres 6 2 4 0 22 28 286
Toronto Maple Leafs 6 2 4 0 20 32 189
Buffalo Sabres 6 2 4 0 22 28 286
New York Islanders 6 2 4 0 18 23 250
Chicago Blackhawks 5 1 4 0 17 21 188
Los Angeles Kings 5 1 4 0 18 30 178
Winnipeg Jets 5 1 4 0 17 25 213
Los Angeles Kings 5 1 4 0 18 30 178
Chicago Blackhawks 5 1 4 0 17 21 188
Winnipeg Jets 5 1 4 0 17 25 213


Most Goals 1987 - 88 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins70
Jimmy Carson Los Angeles Kings55
Luc Robitaille Los Angeles Kings53
Joe Nieuwendyk Calgary Flames51
Hakan Loob Calgary Flames50



Most Goals 1987 - 88 Playoffs - Individual


Player Team Goals
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers14
Craig Simpson Edmonton Oilers13
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers12
Ken Linseman Boston Bruins11
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers11

Most Assists 1987 - 88 Season - Individual


Player Team Assists
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers109
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins98
Denis Savard Chicago Blackhawks87
Dale Hawerchuk Winnipeg Jets77
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers74

Most Assists 1987 - 88 Playoffs - Individual


Player Team Assists
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers31
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers23
Raymond Bourque Boston Bruins18
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers17
Esa Tikkanen Edmonton Oilers17

Most Points 1987 - 88 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins7098168
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers40109149
Denis Savard Chicago Blackhawks4487131
Dale Hawerchuk Winnipeg Jets4477121
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers3774111

Most Points 1987 - 88 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals Assists Points
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers123143
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers112334
Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers141731
Esa Tikkanen Edmonton Oilers101727
Glenn Anderson Edmonton Oilers91625

Most Penalty Minutes 1987 - 88 Season - Individual


Player Team Penalty Min
Bob Probert Detroit Red Wings398
Basil McRae Minnesota North Stars378
Tim Hunter Calgary Flames337
Richard Zemlak Minnesota North Stars307
Jay Miller Boston Bruins304

Plus/Minus Rating 1987 - 88 Season - Individual


Player Team Plus/Minus
Brian MacLellan Minnesota North Stars-44
Bob Bourne Los Angeles Kings-31
Michel Goulet Quebec Nordiques-31
Bob Rouse Minnesota North Stars-30
Dino Ciccarelli Minnesota North Stars-29

1987 - 88 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

1987 - 88 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 - Mario Lemieux - Pittsburgh Penguins

1987 - 88 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 - Mario Lemieux - Pittsburgh Penguins

1987 - 88 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

1987 - 88 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 - Guy Carbonneau - Montreal Canadiens

1987 - 88 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 - Joe Nieuwendyk - Calgary Flames

1987 - 88 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 - Grant Fuhr - Edmonton Oilers

1987 - 88 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 - Mats Naslund - Montreal Canadiens

1987 - 88 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 - Bob Bourne - Los Angeles Kings

1987 - 88 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 - Mario Lemieux - Pittsburgh Penguins

1987 - 88 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 - Brad McCrimmon - Calgary Flames

1987 - 88 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 - Grant Fuhr - G - Edmonton Oilers
NHL All-Star Team - Mario Lemieux - C - Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL All-Star Team - Hakan Loob - R - Calgary Flames
NHL All-Star Team - Luc Robitaille - L - Los Angeles Kings
NHL All-Star Team - Scott Stevens - D - Washington Capitals

Full List of Previous Winners

NHL All-Star Second Team - Michel Goulet - L - Quebec Nordiques
NHL All-Star Second Team - Wayne Gretzky - C - Edmonton Oilers
NHL All-Star Second Team - Brad McCrimmon - D - Calgary Flames
NHL All-Star Second Team - Cam Neely - R - Boston Bruins
NHL All-Star Second Team - Patrick Roy - G - Montreal Canadiens
NHL All-Star Second Team - Gary Suter - D - Calgary Flames

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