New York Islanders
May 12, 1981
| Uniondale, New York (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) (1,2,5)
Bloomington, Minnesota (Met Center) (3,4)|
Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond, Gary Dornhoefer
1982 Stanley Cup Finals, 1980 Stanley Cup Finals, 1985 Stanley Cup Finals, 1957 Stanley Cup Finals, 1959 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1981 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the Minnesota North Stars, making their first Finals appearance, and the defending champion New York Islanders, in their second Finals appearance. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series four games to one, to win their second Stanley Cup. This would be the last all-American Finals until 1991, when the North Stars faced the Pittsburgh Penguins.
1981 Stanley Cup Finals Wikipedia
Minnesota defeated the Boston Bruins 3–0, the Buffalo Sabres 4–1 and the Calgary Flames 4–2 to advance to the Final.
New York defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3–0, the Edmonton Oilers 4–2, and the New York Rangers 4–0 to reach the Final.
Dino Ciccarelli of the North Stars set a rookie record (since tied by Ville Leino in 2010), scoring twenty-one points (14 goals and seven assists) during the year's playoffs. The Islanders' much deeper lineup, however, won the day.
New York Islanders vs. Minnesota North Stars
New York wins the series 4–1.^-Steve Corais was included on the team, but name was left off the Stanley Cup.
† Lorne Henning (Center) played nine regular season and one playoff game. He was the last playing-coach to win the Stanley Cup.
†† Jean Potvin 18 games regular season games, and did not dress in the playoffs. He spent the rest of year as a broadcaster. Potvin's name was put on the cup in 1981, even though he did not officially qualify.
A new ring was created in 1993 for the winners from 1979 to 1991. New York Islanders was misspelled. NEW YORK ILANDERS missing the first "S". Name was spelt correctly on the Replica Cup also created in 1993.