April 13, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne (8) skates a lap following the 3-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche in the overtime period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
On the Ice – The 92-93 NHL Season
Let’s take a look around the three major professional sports in North America at that time, focusing on the seasons either labeled as or ending in 1993. On the ice, that season belong to the Montreal Canadians who took home their 24th Stanley Cup while beating the Los Angeles Kings in the finals.
In February of ’93, Gary Bettman was named Commissioner of the NHL, and the league expanded to include two more franchises in the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning. While Mario Lemieux ran away with the NHL MVP and Art Ross trophy, this was the year of Teemu.
Teemu Selanne lit the league on fire as a rookie for the Winnipeg Jets that season, scoring 76 goals and 56 assists for 132 points. Offense was everywhere in that era, with six different players topping 130 points for the season.
1. Mario Lemieux – 160
2. Pat LaFontaine – 148
3. Adam Oates – 142
4. Steve Yzerman – 132
5. Teemu Selanne – 132
6. Pierre Turgeon – 132
It’s been so long since the Blue Jays last played October ball that it overlaps with the Maple Leafs being, well, good! Pat Burns earned the Jack Adams Award in the 92-93 season and carried the Leafs to the Campbell Conference Finals with a 44-29-11 regular season record. They were led by a monster season from Felix “The Cat” Potvin, who fell short of Chicago’s Eddie “The Eagle” Belfour in Vezina voting.
Next: On the hard court and gridiron, it was all about dynasties