STANLEY CUP WINNERS • WEEK 1 • 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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1989 STANLEY CUP: FLAMES WIN FIRST PLAYOFF TITLE
The Calgary Flames won their first Stanley Cup in 1989, defeating the Montréal Canadiens in six games from May 14-25. Like they did three years earlier, the Flames fell behind after losing the second and third games of the final. Unlike three years earlier, the Flames bounced back, this time winning games four, five and six to clinch the Stanley Cup. In the series finale at the Montréal Forum, Doug Gilmour scored two goals in the third period of a 4-2 win.
ROAD TO THE 1989 STANLEY CUP: FLAMES IN THE PLAYOFFS
The Flames won 16 of 22 games en route to their Stanley Cup victory in 1989. After winning the Presidents’ Trophy with the best record during the regular season, the Flames needed all seven games – plus overtime – to eliminate the Vancouver Canucks in the opening round. The Flames then swept the Los Angeles Kings, eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks in five games, and then beat the Canadiens in six games.
CONN SMYTHE TROPHY WINNER: AL MacNNIS
Calgary Flames’ defenceman Al MacInnis won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the 1989 playoffs. MacInnis led all playoff scorers with 31 points, compiling a 17-game scoring streak during the 22-game run. He also led all scorers in the final series with five goals and nine points in six games against the Canadiens. As listed in the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide, a MacInnis 8″x10″ signed photo costs approximately $50.
STARS OF THE 1989 CALGARY FLAMES
Along with MacInnis, four other players from the 1989 Calgary Flames have since become honoured members of the Hockey Hall of Fame: Doug Gilmour, Lanny McDonald, Joe Mullen and Joe Nieuwendyk. The cost to purchase signed photos of those four stars are $60 for Gilmour, $45 for McDonald, $50 for Mullen and $65 for Nieuwendyk. Other stars on that 1989 team included Joel Otto, Theoren Fleury and goalie Mike Vernon.