Last time Oilers won the Stanley Cup: Revisiting the 1990 championship with Mark Messier, Jari Kurri

When you think of championships with the Oilers, you immediately think of the dynasty from the 1980s. 

Edmonton was a dominant force for years during that time. It may have had to do with the fact that the team’s top player was a Canadian by the name of Wayne Gretzky. Ever heard of him? 

Those loyal to the Oil were treated to numerous championship parades at that time, and the Stanley Cup frequented the Northlands Coliseum, the home of the Oilers at the time. However, it’s been some time since Lord Stanley has made an appearance in Edmonton after being hoisted by the Oilers. 

The Sporting News takes a look at the Oilers’ last Stanley Cup win and the team’s history in the Stanley Cup Final.

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When was the last time the Oilers won the Stanley Cup?

The last time the Oilers hoisted a Stanley Cup was in 1990. That team knocked out the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in a span of three seasons. 

The most memorable part of that championship-winning season is the fact that it was done without Wayne Gretzky. The Great One helped the team to four wins in the 1980s, but he was traded out of Edmonton in 1988, going to Los Angeles in a deal with the Kings. 

Despite the absence of the greatest player to ever play the game, the Oilers still ran through the Western Conference, taking out the Jets, the Kings and the Blackhawks to set up a date with the Bruins. Edmonton knocked out Boston in five games to win the Stanley Cup. 

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Craig Simpson and Mark Messier were the team’s leading scorers that year in the playoffs. Simpson put up 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points in 22 games, while Messier had nine goals and 22 assists. However, it was goaltender Bill Ranford that earned the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP, recording a 2.53 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage, including one shutout as well. 

How many Stanley Cups have the Oilers won?

In total, the Oilers have hoisted the Stanley Cup five times in the organization’s career — all in a span of seven seasons. 

The club established itself as a dynasty in the 1980s. The Oilers’ first championship marked the end of one dynasty and the start of another, with the team snapping the Islanders’ run of four consecutive 

The team was built around seven future Hall of Famers — Gretzky, Messier, Paul Coffey, Glenn Anderson, Jari Kurri, Kevin Lowe and Grant Fuhr.

Season Opponent Series MVP
1984 New York Islanders Oilers 4, Islanders 1 Mark Messier
1985 Philadelphia Flyers Oilers 4, Flyers 1 Wayne Gretzky
1987 Philadelphia Flyers Oilers 4, Flyers 3 Wayne Gretzky
1988 Boston Bruins Oilers 4, Bruins 0 Wayne Gretzky
1990 Boston Bruins Oilers 4, Bruins 1 Bill Ranford

When was the last time the Oilers played in the Stanley Cup Final?

The last time the Oilers played in the Stanley Cup Final was in 2006 against the Hurricanes. Carolina won the series 4-3.  

Edmonton had not been back to the big stage since winning the Stanley Cup in 1990. Entering the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, the Oilers weren’t considered among the top contenders. However, Edmonton went on a run, knocking out the Presidents Trophy-winning Red Wings, the Sharks and the Mighty Ducks to reach the finals. 

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In the team’s first finals appearance in 16 years, the Oilers went against Carolina, led by  rookie goaltender Cam Ward. While Edmonton pushed the series to the brink, Carolina ultimately emerged victorious in the winner-take-all Game 7, taking the game 3-1. 

Oilers Stanley Cup Final history

In total, the Oilers have played in seven Stanley Cup Final series. The organization has a record of 5-2 in those series. 

A majority of the team’s finals appearances came during the 1980s, with five coming during that decade, plus a sixth in 1990. The Oilers have only played for a championship once since the turn of the cent

Here is a breakdown of Edmonton’s history in the Stanley Cup Final. 

Season Opponent Series MVP
1983 New York Islanders L, Islanders 4, Oilers 0 Billy Smith (NYI)
1984 New York Islanders W, Oilers 4, Islanders 1 Mark Messier (EDM)
1985 Philadelphia Flyers W, Oilers 4, Flyers 1 Wayne Gretzky (EDM)
1987 Philadelphia Flyers W, Oilers 4, Flyers 3 Wayne Gretzky (EDM)
1988 Boston Bruins W, Oilers 4, Bruins 0 Wayne Gretzky (EDM)
1990 Boston Bruins W, Oilers 4, Bruins 1 Bill Ranford (EDM)
2006 Carolina Hurricanes L, Hurricanes 4, Oilers 3 Cam Ward (CAR)

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