STANLEY CUP WINNERS • WEEK 4 • 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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1986 STANLEY CUP: CANADIENS WIN 23RD CHAMPIONSHIP
The Montréal Canadiens won their 23rd Stanley Cup championship in 1986, defeating the Calgary Flames in a five-game series from May 16-24. In what was the first all-Canadian final series since 1967, the Canadiens lost the opening game before winning four straight including an overtime winner in game two (Brian Skrudland in nine seconds). In the fifth and final game at the Olympic Saddledome in Calgary, the Canadiens won 4-3 despite a late comeback attempt by the Flames.
ROAD TO THE 1986 STANLEY CUP: CANADIENS IN THE PLAYOFFS
The Canadiens won 15 of 20 games en route to their Stanley Cup victory in 1986. After a three-game sweep of the Boston Bruins in the opening round, the Canadiens eliminated the Hartford Whalers in seven games, the New York Rangers in five games, and the Flames in five games.
CONN SMYTHE TROPHY WINNER: PATRICK ROY
Montréal Canadiens’ goalie Patrick Roy became the youngest winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the 1986 playoffs. The 20-year old Roy posted a 1.92 goals-against average while playing in all 20 playoff games for the Canadiens. In game four of the final series, he posted a 1-0 shutout against the Flames. As listed in the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide, a Roy 8″x10″ signed photo costs approximately $150.
STARS OF THE 1986 MONTRÉAL CANADIENS
Along with Roy, two other players from the 1986 Montréal Canadiens have since become honoured members of the Hockey Hall of Fame: Bob Gainey and Larry Robinson. Unlike Roy, both Gainey and Robinson also had ties to the great Canadiens dynasty of the late 1970s. The cost to purchase signed photos of these two stars is $65 for Gainey and $40 for Robinson. Other stars from that 1986 team include Chris Chelios (who will one day be honoured by the Hockey Hall of Fame), Claude Lemieux, Mats Näslund, Stéphane Richer, and Bobby Smith.