|2001-02 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 3, 2001 - June 13, 2002|
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||30|
|Top draft pick||Ilya Kovalchuk|
|Picked by||Atlanta Thrashers|
|Presidents' Trophy||Detroit Red Wings|
|Season MVP||Jose Theodore (Canadiens)|
|Top scorer||Jarome Iginla (Flames)|
|Playoffs MVP||Nicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings)|
|Champions||Detroit Red Wings|
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.
The cash-strapped Pittsburgh Penguins, desperate to dump payroll, could no longer afford perennial superstar Jaromir Jagr. 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 the previous season, the absence of Jagr proved devastating to the Penguins, and they missed the playoffs for the first time since 1990. The Penguins did not return to the playoffs until they drafted Sidney Crosby in 2005.
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.
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).
Buffalo: In the wake of the unspeakable tragedy of September 11, 2001, the Sabres, in a sign of solidarity, took to the ice at Madison Square Garden on October 7 wearing jerseys with "New York" on the front -- appropriate since Buffalo, after all, is in the state of New York.
Colorado: The Avalanche introduce a third jersey, with the word "Colorado" slanted across the front of the jersey.
Columbus: The numbers become more narrow and the names on the back shrink slightly.
Edmonton: The team introduces an alternate jersey, featuring silver in place of bronze and red. The crest is their new Alternate logo with an oil bolt with 5 rivets for the team's 5 Stanley Cup titles.
Los Angeles: The Kings wore two patches. On the upper right chest was the All-Star Game patch, as the Kings were the hosts of the 2002 All-Star Game. On the upper left chest is a patch with the letters "AM," for director of scouting Garnet "Ace" Bailey and scout Mark Bavis, who were killed aboard United Airlines Flight 175 on September 11, 2001.
Nashville: The Predators unveil a mustard yellow alternate jersey.
New York Rangers: In the wake of September 11, 2001, the Rangers wore ribbons on their uniforms in memory of the victims. Also in their October 7 game at Madison Square Garden against the Buffalo Sabres, both teams wore "New York" on their jerseys. For the Rangers, it was a return of sorts to the blue jerseys they wore from 1978-1987.
Ottawa: The Senators wore special stickers on their helmets marking their 10th season in the NHL.
Philadelphia: The orange jersey is retired, leaving the black jersey to be worn on the road full time. In a "spooky" kind of way, the Philadelphia Flyers took to (what was then known as) the First Union Center ice on Halloween night 2001 wearing the orange jerseys that were thought to have been retired in the offseason. The jerseys brought good luck to the Flyers that night, as they shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0. In a show of support for New York's finest and bravest, the Flyers wore three special patches at the bottom of the back of the jersey. From left to right, they were "FDNY," the American flag, and "NYPD." The jerseys were auctioned off after the game to benefit the NHL's Twin Towers fund.
San Jose: The Sharks introduce a new black alternate jersey.
Tampa Bay: Team has a font change due to fan complains deeming them unreadable. Also, the Lightning wore a patch to celebrate their 10th NHL season.
Toronto: In honor of the 75th anniversary of the St. Pats becoming the Maple Leafs, the team wears vintage St. Pats jerseys in their game against the Buffalo Sabres on March 2. During the rest of the season, they wore special stickers on their helmets celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Maple Leafs.
Vancouver: A new alternate jersey is introduced, featuring a torso that changes from navy blue to maroon. The jersey features a redesigned Canuck Place patch.
Washington: The Capitals wore a patch in memory of the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
For the second time in three seasons, no player reached the 100-point plateau. 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.
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
|2||5||New York Islanders||82||42||28||8||4||239||220||96|
|3||6||New Jersey Devils||82||41||28||9||4||205||187||95|
|4||11||New York Rangers||82||36||38||4||4||227||258||80|
|2||4||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||43||25||10||4||249||207||100|
|3||13||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||27||40||11||4||178||219||69|
Teams in bold qualified for the playoffs.
|1||Z- Boston Bruins||NE||82||43||24||6||9||236||201||101|
|2||Y- Philadelphia Flyers||AT||82||42||27||10||3||234||192||97|
|3||Y- Carolina Hurricanes||SE||82||35||26||16||5||217||217||91|
|4||X- Toronto Maple Leafs||NE||82||43||25||10||4||249||207||100|
|5||X- New York Islanders||AT||82||42||28||8||4||239||220||96|
|6||X- New Jersey Devils||AT||82||41||28||9||4||205||187||95|
|7||X- Ottawa Senators||NE||82||39||27||9||7||243||208||94|
|8||X- Montreal Canadiens||NE||82||36||31||12||3||207||209||87|
|11||New York Rangers||AT||82||36||38||4||4||227||258||80|
|13||Tampa Bay Lightning||SE||82||27||40||11||4||178||219||69|
Divisions: AT - Atlantic, NE - Northeast, SE - Southeast
Z - Clinched Conference; Y - Clinched Division; X - Clinched Playoff spot
|1||1||Detroit Red Wings||82||51||17||10||4||251||187||116|
|2||4||St. Louis Blues||82||43||27||8||4||227||188||98|
|5||15||Columbus Blue Jackets||82||22||47||8||5||164||255||57|
|1||3||San Jose Sharks||82||44||27||8||3||248||189||99|
|3||7||Los Angeles Kings||82||40||27||11||4||214||190||95|
|5||13||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||82||29||42||8||3||175||198||69|
Teams in bold qualified for the playoffs.
|1||p - Detroit Red Wings||CEN||82||51||17||10||4||251||187||116|
|2||y - Colorado Avalanche||NW||82||45||28||8||1||212||169||99|
|3||y - San Jose Sharks||PAC||82||44||27||8||3||248||199||99|
|4||St. Louis Blues||CEN||82||43||27||8||4||227||188||98|
|7||Los Angeles Kings||PAC||82||40||27||11||4||214||190||95|
|13||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||PAC||82||29||42||8||3||175||198||69|
|15||Columbus Blue Jackets||CEN||82||22||47||8||5||164||255||57|
Divisions: CEN - Central, PAC - Pacific, NW - Northwest
bold - Qualified for playoffs; p - Won Presidents' Trophy; y - Won division
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.
|Conference Quarterfinals||Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
The NHL Awards presentation took place in Toronto.
|Presidents' Trophy:||Detroit Red Wings|
|Prince of Wales Trophy:
(Eastern Conference playoff champion)
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl:
(Western Conference playoff champion)
|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|
|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|
|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|
Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points
|Pavol Demitra||St. Louis||82||35||43||78|
Note: GP = Games played; Min - Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts
|Patrick Roy||Colorado Avalanche||63||3773||122||1.94||32||23||8||9|
|Roman Cechmanek||Philadelphia Flyers||46||2603||89||2.05||24||13||6||4|
|Marty Turco||Dallas Stars||31||1519||53||2.09||15||6||2||2|
|Jose Theodore||Montreal Canadiens||67||3864||136||2.11||30||24||10||7|
|Jean-Sebastien Giguere||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||53||3127||111||2.13||20||25||6||4|
|Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||73||4347||156||2.15||38||26||9||4|
|Dominik Hasek||Detroit Red Wings||65||3872||140||2.17||41||15||8||5|
|Brent Johnson||St. Louis Blues||58||3491||127||2.18||34||20||4||5|
|Byron Dafoe||Boston Bruins||64||3827||141||2.21||35||26||3||4|
|Martin Biron||Buffalo Sabres||72||4085||151||2.22||31||28||10||4|
Source: 2003 NHL Yearbook
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):
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: March 19, 2002.