2001–02 NHL season

2001–02 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 3, 2001 – June 13, 2002
Number of games 82
Number of teams 30
Draft
Top draft pick Ilya Kovalchuk
Picked by Atlanta Thrashers
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy Detroit Red Wings
Season MVP Jose Theodore (Canadiens)
Top scorer Jarome Iginla (Flames)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Carolina Hurricanes
  Eastern runners-up Toronto Maple Leafs
Western champions Detroit Red Wings
  Western runners-up Colorado Avalanche
Playoffs MVP Nicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings)
Stanley Cup
Champions Detroit Red Wings
  Runners-up Carolina Hurricanes

The 2001–02 NHL season was the 85th regular season of the National Hockey League. Thirty teams each played 82 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Detroit Red Wings, who won the best of seven series 4–1 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

League business

The cash-strapped Pittsburgh Penguins, desperate to dump payroll, could no longer afford perennial superstar Jaromir Jagr.[1] He would be traded, along with Frantisek Kucera, to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Kris Beech, Ross Lupaschuk, Michal Sivek and $4.9 million. Despite Mario Lemieux's return last season, the absence of Jagr proved devastating to the Penguins, and they missed the playoffs for the first time since 1990. They would continue to miss the playoffs until the Sidney Crosby era began.

The Dallas Stars moved their home games from Reunion Arena to American Airlines Center.

The NHL honored the victims of 9/11 by having all players wear a patch on their jerseys, a ribbon sticker on the back of their helmet, as well as a red, white and blue ribbon painted on the ice behind each net, (with the Canadian teams having a red and white ribbon painted on the ice behind either net). On September 20, 2001, in the middle of a pre-season game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers with both teams tied up 2–2, nine days after the attacks, the game was stopped. A message from United States President George W. Bush about the 9/11 attacks was broadcast on the arena video screen. After the message, the game did not resume and was declared a 2–2 tie.[2]

Regular season

For the second time in three seasons, no player reached the 100-point plateau.[3] In addition, for the first time since 1980, the Art Ross Trophy was not won by either Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, or Jaromir Jagr. Instead, the award went to Jarome Iginla, who scored 96 points.

Final standings

The Detroit Red Wings placed first in the league standings, and received home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. This is the first season that the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers both missed the playoffs.

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
12Philadelphia Flyers82422710323419297
25New York Islanders8242288423922096
36New Jersey Devils8241289420518795
411New York Rangers8236384422725880
512Pittsburgh Penguins8228418519824969


Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
11Boston Bruins82432469236201101
24Toronto Maple Leafs824325104249207100
37Ottawa Senators8239279724320894
48Montreal Canadiens82363112320720987
510Buffalo Sabres82353511121320082


Southeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
13Carolina Hurricanes82352616521721791
29Washington Capitals82363311222824085
313Tampa Bay Lightning82274011417821969
414Florida Panthers82224410618025060
515Atlanta Thrashers82194711518728854


Teams in bold qualified for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference[4]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 Z- Boston BruinsNE82432469236201101
2 Y- Philadelphia FlyersAT82422710323419297
3 Y- Carolina HurricanesSE82352616521721791
4 X- Toronto Maple LeafsNE824325104249207100
5 X- New York IslandersAT8242288423922096
6 X- New Jersey DevilsAT8241289420518795
7 X- Ottawa SenatorsNE8239279724320894
8 X- Montreal CanadiensNE82363112320720987
8.5
9 Washington CapitalsSE82363311222824085
10 Buffalo SabresNE82353511221320082
11 New York RangersAT8236384422725880
12 Pittsburgh PenguinsAT8228418519824969
13 Tampa Bay LightningSE82274011417821969
14 Florida PanthersSE82224410618025060
15 Atlanta ThrashersSE82194711518728854

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

Z- Clinched Conference; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot

Western Conference

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
11Detroit Red Wings825117104251187116
24St. Louis Blues8243278422718898
35Chicago Blackhawks82412713121620796
414Nashville Predators82284113019623069
515Columbus Blue Jackets8222478516425557


Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
12Colorado Avalanche8245288121216999
28Vancouver Canucks8242307325421194
39Edmonton Oilers82382812420518292
411Calgary Flames82323512320122079
512Minnesota Wild82263512919523873


Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
13San Jose Sharks8244278324818999
26Phoenix Coyotes8240279622821095
37Los Angeles Kings82402711421419095
410Dallas Stars82362813521521390
513Mighty Ducks of Anaheim8229428317519869


Teams in bold qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference[5]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1p – Detroit Red WingsCEN825117104251187116
2y – Colorado AvalancheNW8245288121216999
3y – San Jose SharksPAC8244278324819999
4St. Louis BluesCEN8243278422718898
5Chicago BlackhawksCEN82412713121620796
6Phoenix CoyotesPAC8240279622821095
7Los Angeles KingsPAC82402711421419095
8Vancouver CanucksNW8242307325421194
8.5
9Edmonton OilersNW82382812420518292
10Dallas StarsPAC82362813521521390
11Calgary FlamesNW82323512320122079
12Minnesota WildNW82263512919523873
13Mighty Ducks of AnaheimPAC8229428317519869
14Nashville PredatorsCEN82284113019623069
15Columbus Blue JacketsCEN8222478516425557

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific, NW – Northwest

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy; y – Won division

Playoffs

Final

The Final was contested by the Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings and the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes. It was Detroit's twenty-second appearance in the Final, their last appearance being a win in 1998. It was Carolina's first appearance in the Final in franchise history. Detroit defeated Carolina in five games to win their tenth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

Playoff bracket

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1 Boston 2     4 Toronto 4  
8 Montreal 4     7 Ottawa 3  
2 Philadelphia 1 Eastern Conference
7 Ottawa 4  
    3 Carolina 4  
  4 Toronto 2  
3 Carolina 4  
6 New Jersey 2  
4 Toronto 4   3 Carolina 4
5 N.Y. Islanders 3     8 Montreal 2  
  E3 Carolina 1
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W1 Detroit 4
1 Detroit 4     1 Detroit 4
8 Vancouver 2     4 St. Louis 1  
2 Colorado 4
7 Los Angeles 3  
  1 Detroit 4
  2 Colorado 3  
3 San Jose 4  
6 Phoenix 1   Western Conference
4 St. Louis 4   2 Colorado 4
5 Chicago 1     3 San Jose 3  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Awards

The NHL Awards presentation took place in Toronto.

Presidents' Trophy:Detroit Red Wings
Prince of Wales Trophy:Carolina Hurricanes
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl:Detroit Red Wings
Art Ross Trophy:Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:Saku Koivu, Montreal Canadiens
Calder Memorial Trophy:Dany Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers
Conn Smythe Trophy:Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
Frank J. Selke Trophy:Michael Peca, New York Islanders
Hart Memorial Trophy:Jose Theodore, Montreal Canadiens
Jack Adams Award:Bob Francis, Phoenix Coyotes
James Norris Memorial Trophy:Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
King Clancy Memorial Trophy:Ron Francis, Carolina Hurricanes
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:Ron Francis, Carolina Hurricanes
Lester B. Pearson Award:Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Lester Patrick Trophy:Herb Brooks, Larry Pleau, 1960 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy:Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
NHL Plus/Minus Award:Chris Chelios, Detroit Red Wings
Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award:Jose Theodore, Montreal Canadiens
Vezina Trophy:Jose Theodore, Montreal Canadiens
William M. Jennings Trophy:Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche

All-Star teams

First team  Position  Second team  Position  All-Rookie First Team
Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche G Jose Theodore, Montreal Canadiens G Dan Blackburn, New York Rangers
Chris Chelios, Detroit Red Wings D Rob Blake, Colorado Avalanche D Nick Boynton, Boston Bruins
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings D Sergei Gonchar, Washington Capitals D Rostislav Klesla, Columbus Blue Jackets
Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche C Mats Sundin, Toronto Maple Leafs C Dany Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames RW Bill Guerin, Boston Bruins RW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Thrashers
Markus Naslund, Vancouver Canucks LW Brendan Shanahan, Detroit Red Wings LW Kristian Huselius, Florida Panthers

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Jarome IginlaCalgary82524496
Markus NaslundVancouver81405090
Todd BertuzziVancouver72364985
Mats SundinToronto82413980
Jaromir JagrWashington69314879
Joe SakicColorado82265379
Pavol DemitraSt. Louis82354378
Adam OatesWashington/
Philadelphia
80146478
Mike ModanoDallas78344377
Ron FrancisCarolina80275077

Leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; Min - Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP MIN GA GAA W L T SO
Patrick RoyColorado Avalanche6337731221.94322389
Roman CechmanekPhiladelphia Flyers462603892.05241364
Marty TurcoDallas Stars311519532.0915622
Jose TheodoreMontreal Canadiens6738641362.113024107
Jean-Sebastien GiguereAnaheim Mighty Ducks5331271112.13202564
Martin BrodeurNew Jersey Devils7343471562.15382694
Dominik HasekDetroit Red Wings6538721402.17411585
Brent JohnsonSt. Louis Blues5834911272.18342045
Byron DafoeBoston Bruins6438271412.21352634
Martin BironBuffalo Sabres7240851512.223128104

Source: 2003 NHL Yearbook

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Milestones

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2001–02 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 2001–02 (listed with their last team):

Trading deadline

Trading deadline: March 19, 2002.[18]

See also

References

  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5. 
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1. 
Notes
  1. "Jagr traded to Capitals". CBC News. October 1, 2001.
  2. Hockey's Book of Firsts, p. 71, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9.
  3. "2001-02 NHL Leaders - Hockey-Reference.com". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  4. "2001–2002 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  5. "2001-2002 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL.
  6. "ALUMNI: STEVE DUCHESNE". NHL.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  7. "Ray Ferraro announces retirement". upi.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  8. "Grant Ledyard". www.greatesthockeylegends.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  9. "Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 42". www.hhof.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  10. News, The Hockey. "Backchecking: Dave Manson's soft, but heavy words - The Hockey News". thehockeynews.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  11. "Where are they now? Stephane Richer - Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens". ourhistory.canadiens.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  12. "Former hockey star Kevin Stevens charged with intent to distribute oxycodone - The Boston Globe". bostonglobe.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  13. "Ex-Saint Suter ends stellar NHLcareer; Own terms: Defenseman retires after 17 seasons". highbeam.com. September 11, 2002. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  14. "Rick Tocchet Named Assistant Coach". NHL.com. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  15. "John Vanbiesbrouck retires - CBC Sports". cbc.ca. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  16. Former NHLers Dale Hunter, Pat Verbeek eligible for Hockey Hall of Fame induction
  17. "Flames retiring Mike Vernon's No. 30 - CBC Sports". cbc.ca. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  18. NHL trade deadline: Deals since 1980 | Habs Inside/Out Archived February 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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