The 1989 Stanley Cup Finals was contested between the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens, the top two teams during the 1988–89 NHL regular season. It is also the most recent time that the Finals series was played entirely in Canada, and was the second time in the decade that the Canadiens and Flames met in the Finals.
The Flames defeated the Canadiens in six games to win their first, and as of 2017, only Stanley Cup. The winning goal in game six was scored by Doug Gilmour. They became the first team to win a Stanley Cup after relocating, as they had begun life as the Atlanta Flames in 1972. Since then, four more teams have accomplished this feat: the New Jersey Devils (formerly the Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies), the Colorado Avalanche (formerly the Quebec Nordiques), the Dallas Stars (formerly the Minnesota North Stars), and the Carolina Hurricanes (formerly the New England/Hartford Whalers). The Flames reached the Finals again in 2004, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning; they had gone that entire span without a single playoff series victory. This was also the second-to-last of eight consecutive Finals where either the Flames or their provincial rival Edmonton Oilers represented Alberta in the Stanley Cup Finals. Both Calgary and Montreal were the only two teams to win the Stanley Cup in the 1980s other than the New York Islanders and the Edmonton Oilers.
This was the Canadiens' first defeat in a Finals since 1967. It is also, as of 2016, their most recent defeat; the Canadiens won their most recent Cup in 1993. The defeat was Patrick Roy's only Cup Finals where he was not on the winning side; he went on to win the 1993 Cup with the Canadiens and the 1996 and 2001 Cups with the Avalanche.
The 1989 Finals featured two coaches making their first appearances, as Calgary's Terry Crisp faced Montreal's Pat Burns. For Crisp it was his only appearance, while Burns returned one more time in 2003 where he led the Devils to their third Cup. In the interim between their two matches both teams had replaced their coaches; Crisp was hired to replace Badger Bob Johnson after his departure following the 1987 season while Burns took over for 1986 Cup winning coach Jean Perron after his 1988 firing. For Crisp, this was his third Stanley Cup championship in his career. He had already won two as a player with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1974 and 1975. Following the series, Bob Gainey and Rick Green both retired, while long time defenseman Larry Robinson would sign with the Los Angeles Kings, where he played the final three years of his career.
Paths to the Finals
Co-captain Lanny McDonald scored the second Flames goal in game six. This turned out to be the last goal in his Hockey Hall of Fame career because he retired during the following off-season. It was also his only Stanley Cup victory. Doug Gilmour scored two goals in the third period, including the eventual game and Cup winner to cement the victory for the Flames. Al MacInnis won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and at 31 points, became the first defenceman to lead the NHL in post-season scoring. The Calgary Flames are the only visiting team to have won the Stanley Cup on the Canadiens' home ice.
|Sun, May 14||Montreal 2||3 Calgary|
|Wed, May 17||Montreal 4||2 Calgary|
|Fri, May 19||Calgary 3||4 Montreal||2OT|
|Sun, May 21||Calgary 4||2 Montreal|
|Tue, May 23||Montreal 2||3 Calgary|
|Thu, May 25||Calgary 4||2 Montreal|
Calgary Flames – 1989 Stanley Cup champions
Coaching and administrative staff:
- Norman Green (Owner), Harley Hotchkiss (Owners/Governor)
- Norman Kwong (Owner), Sonia Scurfield (Owner)
- Byron Seaman (Owner), Daryl Seaman (Owner)
- Cliff Fletcher (President/General Manager), Al MacNeil (Asst. General Manager)
- Al Coates (Asst. to President), Terry Crisp (Head Coach)
- Doug Risebrough (Asst. Coach), Tom Watt (Asst. Coach)
- Glenn Hall (Goaltending Consultant), Jim Murray (Trainer)
- Al Murray (Asst. Trainer), Bob Stewart (Equipment Manager)
Stanley Cup Engraving
- #16 Sergei Pryakhin, and #32 Ken Sabourin each played 1 playoff game. They did not play enough regular season games, or in the final to qualify to be on the cup. Pryakhin and Sabourin have Stanley Cup rings. Pryakhin was also included in the team picture. He was first Russian-born trained player to play in the NHL playoffs.
- Al MacInnis served as Alternate Captain when one of the two Captains Jim Peplinski, Lanny MacDonald and/or alternate captain Tim Hunter did not play a game during the season.
- Vice Presidents Clare Rhysen, Leo Ornest were left off the Stanley Cup, but awarded Stanley Cup Rings.
Stanley Cup Finals Patch
- The 1989 Stanley Cup Final was the first to feature a special commemorative patch on both teams' sweaters, in honor of the championship series. Placed on each player's left shoulder, the patch employed the same design that would be used from 1989–1994 before being tweaked for the 1995 Final. A commemorative patch has been issued in every Stanley Cup Final since, though subsequent patches were sewn onto the sweaters'` upper right breast area (with the only exceptions being the 1994 and 2014 New York Rangers, whose diagonal wordmark necessitated the patch's placement on the top of each sweater's left shoulder).
- Greatest Moments in Calgary Flames Hockey History. pp. 79–80.