STANLEY CUP WINNERS • WEEK 5 • Every Sunday during the 2012-13 hockey season, we will highlight a past Stanley Cup championship team, working our way back in time from 1989 to 1950. The series will highlight the two teams from the championship final, the winning team’s road to the Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, plus a few other stars from the championship campaign. When it comes to the Stanley Cup winners, we will highlight some autograph values as published in the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide.
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1985 STANLEY CUP: OILERS WIN BACK-TO-BACK TITLES
The Edmonton Oilers won their second-straight Stanley Cup championship in 1985, this time defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in a five-game series. After losing the opening game, the Oilers stormed back to win four games in a row, including an 8-3 blowout in the series finale at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. Paul Coffey, Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier each scored two goals in the 8-3 win.
ROAD TO THE 1985 STANLEY CUP: OILERS IN THE PLAYOFFS
The Oilers won 15 of 18 games en route to their Stanley Cup victory in 1985, including back-to-back series sweeps against their division rivals. After finishing second in the overall regular-season standings, the Oilers swept the Los Angeles Kings in three games, swept the Winnipeg Jets in four games, eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks in six games, and defeated the Flyers in five games.
CONN SMYTHE TROPHY WINNER: WAYNE GRETZKY
Edmonton Oilers’ captain Wayne Gretzky won his first Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs in 1985. Gretzky set new playoff records with 30 assists (later broken) and 47 points in 18 games. While linemate Jari Kurri tied a playoff record with 19 goals, Gretzky tied a record with seven goals in the final series (in just five games against the Flyers). As listed in the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide, a Gretzky 8″x10″ signed photo costs approximately $300.
STARS OF THE 1985 EDMONTON OILERS
Along with Gretzky, five other players from the 1988 Edmonton Oilers have since become honoured members of the Hockey Hall of Fame: Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr, Jari Kurri and Mark Messier. The cost to purchase signed photos of those five stars is $40 for Anderson, $60 for Coffey, $45 for Fuhr, $60 for Kurri, and $250 for Messier.