Edmonton Oilers Essay

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Edmonton Oilers Dynasty Years (1984) A sports dynasty is a team that dominates their sport or league for multiples seasons or years. Sports dynasties are often recognized only after a team has won championships in a given time such as 3 in 4 years, 5 in 8 years, 7 in 12 years, etc. Others say it is a team dominating and/or challenging for titles for at least a decade, having won it at least 4 times. Whether a team is a dynasty or not is very subjective. There have been several dynasties in the NHL: the Toronto Maple Leafs of the 1940’s, the Red Wings and Canadians of the 1950’s then again the Leafs of the 1960’s, the Canadians and Islanders of the 1970’s and finally the Oilers of the 1980’s. These are the teams that are remembered as the greatest to ever play in the NH: but it was the Oilers who re wrote the NHL record books. On May 19, 1984, the Edmonton Oilers won their first Stanley cup, and it was the beginning of their dynasty years. In 1983–84, the Oilers finished first overall in the NHL, winning a franchise record fifty-seven games and earning 119 points. They scored 446 goals, and NHL record which still stands today. The Oilers also became the first team in NHL history to have 3 players score more than 50 goals: Gretzky (87), Kurri (54), and Anderson (52). Also, Paul Coffey became the second defenceman in NHL history to score 40 goals in one season, and he finished with 126 points. In the 1983-84 Stanley Cup playoffs the Oilers deafeated the New York Islanders in 5 games to become the first former WHA team to win the Stanley Cup. Mark Messier won the Conn Smythe Trophy that year. In the 1984-85 season, the Oilers once again won the Stanley Cup by defeating the Flyers in 5 games. In the 1985-86 season, the Oilers made it all the way to the Conference Finals and faced against a rival the Calgary Flames. To try and stop the skill of the Oilers, the

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