The 1992-93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. Each player wore a patch on their jersey throughout the 1992-93 regular season and playoffs to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the Stanley Cup. Twenty-four teams played 84 games each. The Montreal Canadiens won their league-leading 24th Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Kings four games to one. As of the end of the 2006-07 season, this is the last time that a Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Note: x = clinched playoff berth, z = won Presidents' Trophy
|Pierre Turgeon||NY Islanders||83||58||74||132|
|Luc Robitaille||Los Angeles||84||63||62||125|
|Curtis Joseph||St. Louis||68||3890||196||1||3.02|
The 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs started on April 18, and ended on June 9. The Presidents' Trophy-winning Pittsburgh Penguins, who had won the cup the two previous years, were the favourite to "three-peat".
|Division Semifinals||Division Finals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
|Prince of Wales Conference|
|Clarence Campbell Conference|
Buffalo's four-game sweep of the Bruins ended with a memorable overtime goal by Brad May at Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium, leading to Sabres' play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret's famous "May Day! May Day! May Day!" call.
Buffalo wins best-of-seven series 4-0
Montreal coach Jacques Demers held himself to a promise he made to goaltender Patrick Roy earlier in the season and kept him as the starting goalie despite a couple of weak goals allowed in the first two games of the series against the Nordiques. With the Canadiens staring a potential 3-0 series deficit to the rival Nords in the face, overtime in Game 3 was marked by two disputed goals that were reviewed by the video goal judge. The first review ruled that Stephan Lebeau had knocked the puck in with a high stick, but the second upheld the Habs' winning goal, as it was directed in by the skate of Quebec defenceman Alexei Gusarov, and not that of a Montreal player.
Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4-2
The Devils had been a struggling team prior to the 1992-93 season, and in the first round of the playoffs, they met the Presidents' Trophy winners from Pittsburgh. The Penguins entered the series on an 11-game playoff winning streak, which they extended to a record 14 games in this series.
Pittsburgh wins best-of-seven series 4-1
Game 6 of this series was marred by a vicious check on the Islanders' leading scorer, Pierre Turgeon, by the Capitals' Dale Hunter, moments after Turgeon scored a third-period goal to put the game and the series out of reach for Washington. Hunter received a 21-game suspension for the hit, which carried over into the 1993-94 season.
NYI win best-of-seven series 4-2
The Blackhawks, on an overtime goal in Game 4, became the second division champion to be swept in the first round of the playoffs. Chicago goaltender Ed Belfour claimed he had been interfered with by St. Louis star Brett Hull on the play, but to no avail as the tally stood as the game- and series-winner. Belfour famously went on a rampage after the game, breaking a hot tub, coffee maker, and television in the visitors' locker room at the St. Louis Arena. In 1999, Hawk fans would be left to contemplate the irony of the situation when Belfour and Hull were teammates on that year's championship team, the Dallas Stars, who in 1993 were known as the Minnesota North Stars. The previous season, Chicago had won 11 straight playoff games, setting an NHL record, to reach the Stanley Cup Final. Pittsburgh, who had won seven in a row, swept the Hawks to equal the record. After being swept by the Blues, the Hawks had turned an 11-game playoff winning streak into an eight-game playoff losing streak.
St. Louis wins best-of-seven series 4-0
In a revival of the heated Original Six rivalry, Nikolai Borschevsky's Game 7 overtime goal gave Toronto the series and made them the sixth club to eliminate a team with a better regular season record in the first round of the playoffs. This was also Toronto's first win over Detroit since the Leafs beat the Wings in the full seven games back in the 1964 Stanley Cup Finals.
Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4-3
The Smythe Division champions from Vancouver managed to shut down the Jets in six games.
Vancouver wins best-of-seven series 4-2
The Kings upset the Flames in a high-scoring six-game series.
Los Angeles wins best-of-seven series 4-2
Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4-0
The Isles' improbable upset of the Penguins was capped off by David Volek's series-winning goal at 5:16 of overtime in Game 7.
New York Islanders win best-of-seven series 4-3
The Maple Leafs defeated the Blues in seven games, despite Blues' goaltender Curtis Joseph's efforts. The Blues were heavily outshot throughout the series.
Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4-3
Despite Vancouver's huge win in Game 4, Game 5 in Vancouver saw a stoppage of play as King center Gary Shuchuk got hurt and was sent into the dressing room. Many thought he was out of the playoffs, but he later came back in the game and ended up winning Game 5 in double overtime for the Kings. The Canucks couldn't recover and thus the Kings advanced to the Conference Finals.
Los Angeles wins best-of-seven series 4-2
All teams in the Conference Finals were seeded third in their division.
Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4-1
This exciting and very heated seven-game series has long been remembered by hockey fans. The Toronto Maple Leafs iced a highly competitive team for the first time in years and were hoping to break their 26-year Stanley Cup drought; they had not even been to the Final since their last Cup win in 1967. The Los Angeles Kings, led by captain Wayne Gretzky, also had high ambitions. During Game 1 (a dominating victory for the Leafs) Los Angeles blue-liner Marty McSorley delivered a serious open ice hit on Toronto's Doug Gilmour. Leafs captain Wendel Clark took exception to the hit and went after McSorley for striking their star player. Toronto coach Pat Burns tried scaling the bench to get at Los Angeles coach Barry Melrose because he thought he ordered the hit on Gilmour (McSorley later remarked in interviews that he received dozens of death threat messages on his hotel phone from angry fans). Toronto would take a 3-2 series lead after five games. Game 6 went back west to the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles; it too was not without controversy and was also decided on an overtime goal. During the 1992-93 season, there was a league-wide crackdown on high-sticking infractions, whether they were accidental or not. In Game 6, Gilmour was part of controversy once again. With the game tied at 4 in overtime, Wayne Gretzky accidentally clipped him in the face with the blade of his stick. Many thought that referee Kerry Fraser should have called a penalty on the play, but Gretzky was not penalized, and he went on to score the overtime goal moments later, evening the series at 3-3. He would score three goals in the deciding game to give Los Angeles a berth in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history and also the first time the Kings win a playoff series against an Original Six team. Gretzky has been quoted as saying that his performance in Game 7 was the best NHL game of his career. 
Los Angeles wins best-of-seven series 4-3
|June 1||Los Angeles||4||Montreal||1|
|June 3||Los Angeles||2||Montreal||3||(OT)|
|June 5||Montreal||4||Los Angeles||3||(OT)|
|June 7||Montreal||3||Los Angeles||2||(OT)|
|June 9||Los Angeles||1||Montreal||4|
* Equalled existing record
|Presidents' Trophy:||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Prince of Wales Trophy:||Montreal Canadiens|
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl:||Los Angeles Kings|
|Art Ross Memorial Trophy:||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Calder Memorial Trophy:||Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets|
|Conn Smythe Trophy:||Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy:||Doug Gilmour, Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Hart Memorial Trophy:||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Jack Adams Award:||Pat Burns, Toronto Maple Leafs|
|James Norris Memorial Trophy:||Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks|
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy:||Dave Poulin, Boston Bruins|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:||Pierre Turgeon, New York Islanders|
|Lester B. Pearson Award:||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|NHL Plus/Minus Award:||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Vezina Trophy:||Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks|
|William M. Jennings Trophy:||Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks|
|Lester Patrick Trophy:||Frank Boucher, Mervyn "Red" Dutton, Bruce McNall, Gil Stein|
|First Team||Position||Second Team|
|Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks||G||Tom Barrasso, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks||D||Larry Murphy, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins||D||Al Iafrate, Washington Capitals|
|Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins||C||Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo Sabres|
|Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets||RW||Alexander Mogilny, Buffalo Sabres|
|Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings||LW||Kevin Stevens, Pittsburgh Penguins|
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1992-93 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1992-93 (listed with their last team):
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|Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|New Jersey Devils||Boston Bruins||Atlanta Thrashers||Chicago Blackhawks||Calgary Flames||Anaheim Ducks|
|New York Islanders||Buffalo Sabres||Carolina Hurricanes||Columbus Blue Jackets||Colorado Avalanche||Dallas Stars|
|New York Rangers||Montreal Canadiens||Florida Panthers||Detroit Red Wings||Edmonton Oilers||Los Angeles Kings|
|Philadelphia Flyers||Ottawa Senators||Tampa Bay Lightning||Nashville Predators||Minnesota Wild||Phoenix Coyotes|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Toronto Maple Leafs||Washington Capitals||St. Louis Blues||Vancouver Canucks||San Jose Sharks|
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