The 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers, the second of 5 Oiler squads to win the Stanley Cup, was named by the NHL on Monday as being the greatest NHL team of all time as chosen by the fans.
In a statement, the NHL says more than 3.6 million votes for the greatest team were cast over a six-week period beginning at the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs as part of the NHL’s centennial celebration.
The 1984-85 Oilers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup final to win their second straight championship. Along with Gretzky, the team’s roster was stacked with Hall of Famers including Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey and Grant Fuhr..
The ’84-85 Oilers went 15-3 in the playoffs, averaging 5.4 goals per game against just 3.2 against. The 98 goals they scored during their run are still the most in a single postseason, and they only played 18 games.
Here are the top 10 teams of all time, as voted by the fans:
1. 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers
2. 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins
3. 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens
4. 1987-88 Edmonton Oilers
5. 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers
6. 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings
7. 1982-83 New York Islanders
8. 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens
9. 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers
10. 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings