The Oilers Dynasty Years (1984-1990)
There have been several dynasties in
the NHL: the Toronto Maple Leafs of the 1940s, the Detroit Red Wings and Montréal Canadiens of the 1950s,
the Leafs of the 1960s, the Canadiens and New York Islanders of the 1970s,
and finally the Oilers of the
These are the teams that are
remembered as the greatest to ever play in the NHL, but
it was the Oilers that rewrote the NHL record book.
The Toronto Maple Leafs of the 1940s may have been good,
but they never scored 400 times in a
season. The Red Wings had Gordie Howe, but the Oilers
Gretzky. The Canadiens won five Cups in a row,
but that was in an era when the League had just six
teams and only three or four legitimate contenders. The
Leafs of the 1960s were quick, but did not have the speed of Glenn
Anderson and Paul
Coffey. The Canadiens of the 1970s had
class, but the Oilers had youthful inhibition and swagger.
It was from the
great Islanders team that the Oilers wrested their first
of five Stanley Cups.
It is the great debates
between hockey fans—who was the greatest hockey team of
all time? With five Stanley Cups in seven seasons from
1984 to 1990, the Oilers may be the
best the game has seen.