During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for May 26th, featuring the 1987-88 Edmonton Oilers.
Today in Hockey History
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers First to Take Team Photo with Stanley Cup
1988: Wayne Gretzky gets a goal and two assists as the Oilers take Game 5 over the Boston Bruins. The Oilers beat the Bruins, 6-3, to clinch the Cup. Edmonton wins the series four games to zero after Game 4 is not counted after a power outage. Gretzky is the first player to get 250 post-season points.
Edmonton is the first team to win 11 home games in one playoff year. The Oilers establish a new tradition by taking a team photo with the Stanley Cup. That tradition quickly spreads soon after.
Other Notable Events
1977: The Quebec Nordiques beat the Winnipeg Jets, 8-2, to win win the AVCO World Trophy. Quebec wins its only World Hockey Association championship with the Game 7 win.
1992: The Pittsburgh Penguins rally from three goals down to beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4. Mario Lemieux scores twice in Game 1 of the final to end Chicago’s 11-game playoff winning streak.
Brian Burke was named as the new General Manager of the Hartford Whalers replacing Ed Johnston.