With Edmonton's final victory, the Stanley Cup went to a Canadian team for the seventh time in a row, a series that is unmatched in the era after the great league expansion in 1967. In addition to the five titles of the Oilers, the Montreal Canadiens (1986) and the Calgary Flames (1989) were involved.
On October 15, 1989, Wayne Gretzky wrote NHL history again, of all things while visiting his old team in Edmonton. With his hit shortly before the end of the game, the superstar of the Los Angeles Kings exceeded Gordie Howe's previous record and became the new "All-Time Scoring Leader" with the 1851st point in his career.
Best scorer was Wayne Gretzky who laid the foundation for his 142 points with 102 assists. The top scorer was Brett Hull , who scored 72 goals and had the most attempts with 385 shots. Even in the majority, Hull was the best with 27 goals, while Steve Yzerman and Cam Neely were successful with seven goals each. With an average of 24.5, almost every fourth shot by Luc Robitaille landed in the goal. The plus / minus rating was headed by Paul Cavallini with +38. The bad guy of the season was Basil McRae with 351 penalty minutes. The most successful defender was Paul Coffey with 29 goals, 74 assists and 103 points.
Abbreviations: Sp = games, T = goals, V = assists , pts = points, +/- = plus / minus , SM = penalty minutes; Fat: best value
The rookies had a special starting position this season. By opening the iron curtain, some players from the Soviet Union played their first season and were considered rookies. The best scorer with 62 assists and 86 points, Sergei Makarow was already 31 years old. Mike Modano , 12 years his junior , took second place. After being unhappy with this result, the regulations were changed after this season. Since then, only a player who is not older than 25 at the start of the season is considered a rookie. The top scorer was Darren Turcotte with 32 goals. The plus / minus rating of the rookies led Makarow with +33 ahead of his teammate Paul Ranheim , who brought it to +27. The bad guy among the rookies was Washington's Alan May with 339 penalty minutes.
Abbreviations: Sp = games, T = goals, V = assists , pts = points, +/- = plus / minus , SM = penalty minutes; Fat: tournament best