1980–81 NHL season facts for kids

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Regular season

Final standings

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

Prince of Wales Conference

Adams Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Buffalo Sabres 80 39 20 21 99 327 250 1194
Boston Bruins 80 37 30 13 87 316 272 1836
Minnesota North Stars 80 35 28 17 87 291 263 1624
Quebec Nordiques 80 30 32 18 78 314 318 1524
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 28 37 15 71 322 367 1830
Norris Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 80 45 22 13 103 332 232 1398
Los Angeles Kings 80 43 24 13 99 337 290 1627
Chicago Black Hawks 80 31 33 16 78 304 315 1660
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 73 302 345 1807
Hartford Whalers 80 21 41 18 60 292 372 1584
Detroit Red Wings 80 19 43 18 56 252 339 1687

Clarence Campbell Conference

Patrick Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
New York Islanders 80 48 18 14 110 355 260 1442
Philadelphia Flyers 80 41 24 15 97 313 249 2621
Calgary Flames 80 39 27 14 92 329 298 1450
New York Rangers 80 30 36 14 74 312 317 1981
Washington Capitals 80 26 36 18 70 286 317 1872
Smythe Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
St. Louis Blues 80 45 18 17 107 352 281 1657
Vancouver Canucks 80 28 32 20 76 289 301 1892
Edmonton Oilers 80 29 35 16 74 328 327 1544
Colorado Rockies 80 22 45 13 57 258 344 1418
Winnipeg Jets 80 9 57 14 32 246 400 1191

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers 80 55 109 164 28
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings 80 58 77 135 70
Kent Nilsson Calgary Flames 80 49 82 131 26
Mike Bossy New York Islanders 79 68 51 119 32
Dave Taylor Los Angeles Kings 72 47 65 112 130
Peter Stastny Quebec Nordiques 77 39 70 109 37
Charlie Simmer Los Angeles Kings 65 56 49 105 62
Mike Rogers Hartford Whalers 80 40 65 105 32
Bernie Federko St. Louis Blues 78 31 73 104 47
Jacques Richard Quebec Nordiques 78 52 51 103 39

Stanley Cup playoffs

Playoff bracket

  Preliminary Round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Stanley Cup Final
                                         
1  New York Islanders 3  
16  Toronto Maple Leafs 0  
  1  New York Islanders 4  
 
  14  Edmonton Oilers 2  
2  St. Louis Blues 3
15  Pittsburgh Penguins 2  
  1  New York Islanders 4  
  13  New York Rangers 0  
3  Montreal Canadiens 0  
14  Edmonton Oilers 3  
  2  St. Louis Blues 2
 
  13  New York Rangers 4  
4  Los Angeles Kings 1
13  New York Rangers 3  
  1  New York Islanders 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first and second rounds.)
  9  Minn. North Stars 1
5  Buffalo Sabres 3  
12  Vancouver Canucks 0  
  5  Buffalo Sabres 1
 
  9  Minn. North Stars 4  
6  Philadelphia Flyers 3
11  Quebec Nordiques 2  
  7  Calgary Flames 2
  9  Minn. North Stars 4  
7  Calgary Flames 3  
10  Chicago Black Hawks 0  
  6  Philadelphia Flyers 3
 
  7  Calgary Flames 4  
8  Boston Bruins 0
9  Minn. North Stars 3  

Finals

New York Islanders vs. Minnesota North Stars

Date Visitors Score Home Score
May 12 Minnesota 3 New York 6
May 14 Minnesota 3 New York 6
May 17 New York 7 Minnesota 5
May 19 New York 2 Minnesota 4
May 21 Minnesota 1 New York 5

New York wins the series 4–1.

NHL awards

Prince of Wales Trophy: Montreal Canadiens
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: New York Islanders
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Blake Dunlop, St. Louis Blues
Calder Memorial Trophy: Peter Stastny, Quebec Nordiques
Conn Smythe Trophy: Butch Goring, New York Islanders
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Bob Gainey, Montreal Canadiens
Hart Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
Jack Adams Award: Gordon "Red" Berenson, St. Louis Blues
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Randy Carlyle, Pittsburgh Penguins
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Rick Kehoe, Pittsburgh Penguins
Lester B. Pearson Award: Mike Liut, St. Louis Blues
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Brian Engblom, Montreal Canadiens
Vezina Trophy: Denis Herron, Michel Larocque, & Richard Sevigny, Montreal Canadiens
Lester Patrick Trophy: Charles M. Schulz

All-Star teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
Mike Liut, St. Louis Blues G Mario Lessard, Los Angeles Kings
Denis Potvin, New York Islanders D Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens
Randy Carlyle, Pittsburgh Penguins D Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers C Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings
Mike Bossy, New York Islanders RW Dave Taylor, Los Angeles Kings
Charlie Simmer, Los Angeles Kings LW Bill Barber, Philadelphia Flyers

First games

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1980–81 (listed with their first team, star(*) marks debut in playoffs):

  • Barry Pederson, Boston Bruins
  • Steve Kasper, Boston Bruins
  • Denis Savard, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Steve Larmer, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Andy Moog, Edmonton Oilers
  • Charlie Huddy, Edmonton Oilers
  • Glenn Anderson, Edmonton Oilers
  • Jari Kurri, Edmonton Oilers
  • Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers
  • Larry Murphy, Los Angeles Kings
  • Dino Ciccarelli, Minnesota North Stars
  • Don Beaupre, Minnesota North Stars
  • Neal Broten, Minnesota North Stars
  • Doug Wickenheiser, Montreal Canadiens
  • Guy Carbonneau, Montreal Canadiens
  • Rick Wamsley, Montreal Canadiens
  • Brent Sutter, New York Islanders
  • Rollie Melanson, New York Islanders
  • Tim Kerr, Philadelphia Flyers
  • Mike Bullard, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Anton Stastny, Quebec Nordiques
  • Peter Stastny, Quebec Nordiques
  • Dale Hunter, Quebec Nordiques
  • Paul MacLean, St. Louis Blues
  • Dave Babych, Winnipeg Jets

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1980–81 (listed with their last team):

  • Jean Ratelle, Boston Bruins
  • Terry Harper, Colorado Rockies
  • Pete Mahovlich, Detroit Red Wings
  • Tom Bladon, Detroit Red Wings
  • Jean Potvin, New York Islanders
  • Phil Esposito, New York Rangers
  • Walt Tkaczuk, New York Rangers
  • Ron Ellis, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Dennis Kearns, Vancouver Canucks
  • Bobby Schmautz, Vancouver Canucks
  • Dennis Ververgaert, Washington Capitals
  • Guy Charron, Washington Capitals
  • Wayne Stephenson, Washington Capitals
  • Jude Drouin, Winnipeg Jets

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