• The Presidents' Trophy, awarded to the team with the best regular season record, is introduced. The Edmonton Oilers are the first winners.

• Months after leading the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final, defending Vezina Trophy-winner Pelle Lindbergh is killed in a car crash. It was determined through toxicology reports that Lindbergh was drunk at the time of the crash.

• Despite winning the Presidents' Trophy, the Oilers were dethroned in the Smythe Division Finals by the Calgary Flames, four games to three. The Flames' winning goal in Game Seven came on a fluke play, in which Oilers defenseman Steve Smith tried to make a cross-ice pass from behind his own net. That pass bounced off goalie Grant Fuhr's leg and went into the net, giving the Flames what proved to be the winning tally.

• The Flames advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in five games.

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