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1991 Stanley Cup Finals

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1991 Stanley Cup Finals
Stanley Cup 1991 Logo.gif
123456 Total
Pittsburgh Penguins 441568 4
Minnesota North Stars 513340 2
Location(s)Pittsburgh: Civic Arena (1, 2, 5)
Bloomington: Met Center (3, 4, 6)
CoachesPittsburgh: Bob Johnson
Minnesota: Bob Gainey
CaptainsPittsburgh: Mario Lemieux
Minnesota: Curt Giles[1]
RefereesDon Koharski (1, 6)
Andy Van Hellemond (2, 4)
Kerry Fraser (3, 5)
DatesMay 15 – May 25
MVPMario Lemieux (Penguins)
Series-winning goalUlf Samuelsson (2:00, first, G6)
NetworksCBC (Canada-English)
SRC (Canada-French)
SportsChannel America (United States)
KBL (Pittsburgh Area, Games 1, 2 and 5)
KDKA (Pittsburgh Area, Games 3, 4 and 6)
KMSP-TV Channel 9 (Minnesota Area, Games 1, 2 and 5)
Midwest Sports Channel (Pay-Per-View) (Minnesota Area, Games 3, 4 and 6)
AnnouncersBob Cole, Harry Neale, and Dick Irvin Jr. (CBC)
Claude Quenneville and Gilles Tremblay (SRC)
Jiggs McDonald and Bill Clement (SportsChannel America)
Mike Lange and Paul Steigerwald (KBL and KDKA)
Doug McLeod and Lou Nanne (KMSP and MSC PPV Minnesota)

The 1991 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1990–91 season, and the culmination of the 1991 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Minnesota North Stars. It was the Penguins' first Final series appearance and their first Stanley Cup victory. This is the first and only (through 2019) Stanley Cup Final to feature two teams from the expansion group of 1967. It was Minnesota's second Final series appearance, and their last before the franchise's relocation to Dallas two years later. It was also the first time since 1983 that an American franchise would win the Stanley Cup. This was the first all-American finals since 1981, which also featured the North Stars in their first appearance.

This was also the first final since 1982 not to feature either of the two Alberta-based teams, the Calgary Flames or the Edmonton Oilers, and the first since 1981 not contested by a team from Western Canada.

The Finals and the NHL season ended on May 25, marking the last time to date that the Stanley Cup playoffs have not extended into the month of June.

Paths to the Finals

Minnesota defeated the first-place overall Chicago Blackhawks 4–2, the second-place overall St. Louis Blues 4–2, and the defending Cup champion Edmonton Oilers 4–1 to advance to the Finals. The North Stars became the first American team and first Norris Division team to win the Campbell Conference since the league re-aligned the divisions and adopted a divisional-based playoff format in 1981.

Pittsburgh defeated the New Jersey Devils 4–3, the Washington Capitals 4–1 and the Boston Bruins 4–2.

Game summaries

Pittsburgh centre Mario Lemieux, despite missing a game due to a back injury, recorded 12 points in 5 games to lead all scorers and won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Lemieux scored one of the most famous goals in NHL history during the second period of game two. Receiving the puck in the Penguins' end of the ice, Lemieux skated solo into the North Stars' zone facing two defensemen (Shawn Chambers and Neil Wilkinson) as well as goaltender Jon Casey. Lemieux skirted the puck through the legs of Chambers, skated around him, baited goaltender Casey to commit left (Lemieux's right), then switched the puck to his backhand side and slid the puck into the net (before crashing into the net himself). A brief video of the goal has since been featured on Stanley Cup promotional advertisements by the NHL.

Schedule and results

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Minnesota North Stars
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
May 15 Minnesota 5 Pittsburgh 4
May 17 Minnesota 1 Pittsburgh 4
May 19 Pittsburgh 1 Minnesota 3
May 21 Pittsburgh 5 Minnesota 3
May 23 Minnesota 4 Pittsburgh 6
May 25 Pittsburgh 8 Minnesota 0
Pittsburgh wins series 4–2
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Team rosters

Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.

Minnesota North Stars

# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
23 Canada Brian Bellows LW R 1982 St. Catharines, Ontario first
21 Canada Perry Berezan C R 1988–89 Edmonton, Alberta second (1986) (did not play)
7 United States Neal BrotenA C L 1979 Roseau, Minnesota second (1981)
28 Canada Marc Bureau C R 1990–91 Trois-Rivières, Quebec first
30 United States Jon Casey G L 1984–85 Grand Rapids, Minnesota first
26 United States Shawn Chambers D L 1987 Royal Oak, Michigan first
27 Canada Shane Churla RW R 1989–90 Fernie, British Columbia first
20 Canada Mike Craig RW R 1989 St. Mary's, Ontario first
22 Sweden Ulf Dahlen RW L 1989–90 Östersund, Sweden first
4 United States Chris Dahlquist D L 1990–91 Fridley, Minnesota first
11 Canada Gaetan Duchesne LW L 1989–90 Quebec City, Quebec first
15 Canada Dave GagnerA C L 1987–88 Chatham, Ontario first
12 Canada Stewart Gavin RW L 1988–89 Ottawa, Ontario first
2 Canada Curt GilesC D L 1987–88 The Pas, Manitoba second (1981) (did not play)
6 Canada Brian Glynn D L 1990–91 Iserlohn, West Germany first
1 Canada Brian Hayward G L 1990–91 Georgetown, Ontario second (1989)
8 United States Jim Johnson D L 1991–92 New Hope, Minnesota first (did not play)
17 Canada Basil McRaeA LW L 1987–88 Beaverton, Ontario first
9 United States Mike Modano C L 1988 Livonia, Michigan first
16 Canada Brian Propp LW L 1990–91 Lanigan, Saskatchewan fifth (1980, 1985, 1987, 1990)
14 Canada Doug Smail LW L 1990–91 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan first (did not play)
18 Canada Bobby Smith C L 1990–91 North Sydney, Nova Scotia fourth (1981, 1986, 1989)
24 Canada Mark Tinordi D L 1988–89 Red Deer, Alberta first
5 Canada Neil Wilkinson D R 1986 Selkirk, Manitoba first

Note: Neal Broten served as the North Stars acting team captain during the 1991 Stanley Cup playoffs. Curt Giles, who was injured late in the season and did not play in the playoffs, is listed as the official team captain.

Pittsburgh Penguins

# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
35 United States Tom Barrasso G R 1988–89 Boston, Massachusetts first
29 United States Phil Bourque LW L 1983–84 Chelmsford, Massachusetts first
16 United States Jay Caufield RW R 1988–89 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania first (did not play)
77 Canada Paul CoffeyA D L 1987–88 Weston, Ontario fifth (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)
12 Canada Bob ErreyA LW L 1983 Montreal, Quebec first
9 Canada Ron Francis C L 1990–91 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario first
15 Canada Randy Gilhen C L 1990–91 Zweibrücken, West Germany first
23 Canada Randy HillierA D R 1984–85 Toronto, Ontario first (did not play)
38 Czechoslovakia Jiri Hrdina C L 1990–91 Prague, Czechoslovakia second (1989)
68 Czechoslovakia Jaromir Jagr RW L 1990 Kladno, Czechoslovakia first
3 Canada Grant Jennings D L 1990–91 Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan first
66 Canada Mario LemieuxC C R 1984 Montreal, Quebec first
24 Canada Troy Loney LW L 1982 Bow Island, Alberta first
7 United States Joe Mullen RW R 1990–91 New York, New York third (1986, 1989)
55 Canada Larry Murphy D R 1989–90 Scarborough, Ontario first
2 Canada Jim Paek D L 1985 Seoul, South Korea first
10 Canada Barry Pederson C R 1991–92 Big River, Saskatchewan first (did not play)
40 Canada Frank Pietrangelo G L 1983 Niagara Falls, Ontario first
8 Canada Mark Recchi RW L 1988 Kamloops, British Columbia first
28 United States Gordie Roberts D L 1990–91 Detroit, Michigan second (1981)
5 Sweden Ulf Samuelsson D L 1990–91 Fagersta, Sweden first
22 United States Paul Stanton D R 1985 Boston, Massachusetts first
25 United States Kevin Stevens LW L 1983–84 Brockton, Massachusetts first
32 United States Peter Taglianetti D L 1990–91 Framingham, Massachusetts first
19 Canada Bryan TrottierA C L 1990–91 Val Marie, Saskatchewan sixth (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
34 United States Scott Young RW R 1990–91 Clinton, Massachusetts first
1 Canada Wendell Young G L 1988–89 Halifax, Nova Scotia first (did not play)

Stanley Cup engraving

The 1991 Stanley Cup was presented to Penguins captain Mario Lemieux by NHL President John Ziegler following the Penguins 8–0 win over the North Stars in game six.

The following Penguins players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup

1990–91 Pittsburgh Penguins


Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Jay Caufield played only 23 games. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup because he spent the whole season with Pittsburgh.
  • Barry Pederson (C) did not play a single game in the 1991 playoffs, but his name got engraved on the Stanley Cup and got a Stanley Cup ring because he played 46 games during the season.
  • Pierre McGuire, Les Binkley, John Gill, Charlie Hodge, Ralph Cox were with the team as scouts in 1990–91, but names were not included on the Stanley Cup that year. All five of these scouts were awarded Stanley Cup rings.
  • Randy Gilhen was the first German-born player to win the Stanley Cup, but grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Jim Paek was the first Korean-born hockey player to both play in the NHL, and have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Included on the team picture, but left off the Stanley Cup

  • #5 Gord Dineen (D - 9 games played), #20 Jamie Leach (RW - 7 games played), #18 Ken Priestlay (2 games played), did not qualify to be included on the Stanley Cup for playing rest of the season in minors.
  • #27 Gilbert Delorme (D) missed the whole season due to a car accident in the offseason.
  • #30 Bruce Racine was called up from the minors to serve as back-up to Frank Pietrangelo. He was dressed for the last two games of round one, and first two games of round two. Both Wendell Young (who missed first three rounds due to injury), and Tom Barrasso (missed four games due to injury) were unable to play. Racine name was left off the Stanley Cup, because he had not played in the NHL - in fact, Racine has never played for Pittsburgh. His only NHL experience came in 1995-96 for the St. Louis Blues.
  • Pittsburgh filled the last spot on the bottom ring. The larger rings were filled a year early then planned. See 1965 Stanley Cup Finals & 1992 Stanley Cup Finals


In Canada, the series was televised in English on the CBC and in French on SRC.

In the United States, the series aired nationally on SportsChannel America. However, SportsChannel America's national coverage was blacked out in the Minnesota and Pittsburgh areas due to the local rights to North Stars and Penguins games in those respective TV markets. In Minnesota, KMSP-TV aired games one, two and five while the Midwest Sports Channel had games three, four, and six. In Pittsburgh, KBL televised games one, two and five while KDKA aired games three, four, and six. Had there been a game seven, it would have aired on KMSP-TV in Minnesota and KBL in Pittsburgh respectively.

See also


  1. ^ Giles did not play in any of the games in the finals. Neal Broten served as acting captain
  • Total Stanley Cup. NHL. 2000.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont: Fenn Pub. pp. 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
Preceded by
Edmonton Oilers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Penguins
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