wayne gretzky is possibly the greatest hockey player of all time. Known as “The Great,” Gretzky would flourish in the Stanley Cup playoffs finishing with numerous records and reaching the Stanley Cup Final six times, five times with the Edmonton Oilers and once with the Los Angeles Kings.
How many Stanley Cups did Wayne Gretzky win? Wayne Gretzky won 4 Stanley Cups. He won each of those Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers in 1983-84, 1984-85, 1986-87 and 1987-88. Additionally, on two of those trips he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player.
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Let’s take a look at each of those series and how Gretzky performed in them including how many points he scored.
stanley cup #1, 1983-1984: edmonton tankers vs new york islanders
this was the edmonton oilers fifth season in the nhl, and it is already their second trip to the stanley cup final: they lost in the final to the new york islanders the year before ( more on that below)) and now had a rematch against the islanders dynasty, who had won 4 straight stanley cups.
the edmonton tankers won the series 4-1
The Oilers would split the first two games in New York, before returning to Edmonton to win three in a row to close out the series. Here’s the breakdown of how Edmonton and Gretzky fared in the series:
gretzky played better as the series progressed, having his best game in game five of the series with two goals and one assist. conn smythe for the playoffs mvp was not given to gretzky but to his close friend, mark messier.
stanley cup #2, 1984-85: edmonton oilers vs philadelphia flyers
edmonton was nhl class once again and gretzky had managed to win this fifth straight scoring title. All of this led to another Stanley Cup Final appearance, his third in a row, and this time against the Philadelphia Flyers.
edmonton won the series 4-1
edmonton lost the first game where coach glen sather was so mad he burned the tape of the game. From there, the Oilers won a close game and then Gretzky almost single-handedly led Edmonton to three straight wins.
gretzky would cap off a dominant regular season with his most dominant playoff appearance ever with 47 points. for all his efforts, gretzky received the conn smythe trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.
stanley cup #3, 1986-1987: edmonton oilers vs philadelphia flyers
after falling out of the playoffs the previous year in an upset against their biggest rivals, the calgary flames, the edmonton oilers managed to get back to the cup final. The Oilers would find themselves in the Finals once again against the Philadelphia Flyers, who had the two best records in the regular season.
This rematch of the 1985 finals would be the closest final of all the oilers’ appearances.
edmonton won the series 4-3
gretzky had another solid series, although the point total was not as high as expected. This had less to do with Gretzky and more to do with flyer goalie Ron Hextall, who won the Conn Smythe despite losing, becoming only the fourth person to do so.
stanley cup #4, 1987-88: edmonton oilers vs boston bruins
the edmonton oilers and wayne gretzky would make their fifth stanley cup appearance in six years en route to their fourth stanley cup. This would be the first time they would face the Boston Bruins, led by Ray Bourque and Cam Neely.
the series would not be as close as edmonton easily won 4 games to 0. however, the most memorable event of this final was midway through game four with the score tied 3-3, the lights in the outfield of boston went out. outside.
the game was suspended at that time and was replayed from scratch in edmontonn.
edmonton won the series 4-0
gretzky had another fantastic playoff run setting a playoff record with 31 assists in just 18 games. all this led to gretzky being named conn smythe winner as the most valuable player in the playoffs for the second time.
Even with all of this accomplishment, no one knew what was coming next, as Gretzky had finally played his last game for the Oilers when he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in the offseason (what are all the teams he played on? gretzky? ?).
This would end the dominance of the Oilers and it would also be the last time Gretzky was able to hoist the Stanley Cup, bringing his career total to 4.
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stanley cup loss #1 – edmonton oilers 1982-83
in gretzky’s first stanley cup appearance with the edmonton oilers, he faced off against the new york islanders dynasty. The Islanders had won all three of the previous Stanley Cups and made a fairly easy job of the Oilers dispatching them 4-0.
The Oilers only managed to score 6 goals in the entire series with Gretzky collecting 4 assists.
The islanders did a masterful job of keeping the gretzkys and the rest of the oilers at bay as they limited their space and kept all shots to the outside eliminating high-danger opportunities.
gretzky and the oilers would finally learn from this series and use it as a springboard on their way to their first stanley cup next season.
lost stanley cup #2 – 1992-93 kings of angels
gretzky would make his last stanley cup appearance by leading the kings of angels to their first stanley cup appearance in franchise history. Despite winning the first game, the Kings would lose the next four games to the Montreal Canadians en route to a 4-1 series loss.