Hockey Card Sets (By Season)
1986-87 Hockey 6 Team Card Set
- Slick Oilers: High-scoring Edmonton wins its third Cup in four years
- Puck Stops Here: Rookie Ron Hextall wins Vezina, Conn Smythe awards
- Supreme Leader: Gretzky’s 62 goals, 183 points dominate high-scoring NHL
After their dynasty was interrupted by Montreal’s Stanley Cup victory last year, Edmonton came back with a vengeance: A league-best 106 points and 372 goals, with three of the league’s top scorers, led by The Great One, Wayne Gretzky (62-121-183 – an astonishing 75 points more than anyone else). The Oilers then forged a 12-1 record in the first three rounds of the playoffs. In the Finals, Edmonton led Philadelphia – the NHL’s only other 100-point team – two games to none, then three games to one. But rookie goalie Ron Hextall, who led the NHL with 37 wins and a .902 save percentage, then snuffed the explosive Oilers in the next two games, and Philly took a 1-0 lead into the third period of Game 7 at Edmonton before the Oilers rallied to win. His performance earned Hextall the rare Conn Smythe Trophy awarded to a player from the losing team.
The high-scoring 1986-87 season featured 17 40-goal scorers (five topped 50) and seven 100-points men. Only Hextall reached a 90 percent save percentage among regular netminders.
These are the six-pack of carded teams in this set:
Edmonton: The Oilers’ 372 goals were 54 more than the next-best team. Gretzky, Jari Kurri (54-54-108) and Mark Messier (37-70-107) were 1-2-4 on the league’s scoring leader board. Glenn Anderson (35) and Esa Tikkanen (34) were other top goal-scorers.
Philadelphia: Hextall’s goal-tending brilliance had plenty of support: An amazing 14 Flyers had double-figure goals, led by Tim Kerr, whose 58 were second only to Gretzky. Dave Poulin (25-45-70) won the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward.
Calgary: The Flames achieved the NHL’s third best record with 95 points. Their 318 goals were second to Edmonton. Lady Byng Award winner Joe Mullen scored 47 goals and led the team with 87 points, while 12 teammates (including future Hall of Famers Al MacInnis and Lanny McDonald) notched double-figure goals.
Hartford: The Whalers won the Adams Division with 93 points and the NHL’s third-best defense. But eight Whalers had at least 20 goals, as well. Kevin Dineen had 40, John Anderson 31 and Ron Francis (who led the team with 93 points) had 30. Goalie Mike Liut won 31 games with an .885 save percentage.
Montreal: The NHL’s stingiest defense had goalies Patrick Roy and Brian Hayward and defensemen Larry Robinson and Chris Chelios. Bobby Smith (28-47-75) and Mats Naslund (25-55-80) led 14 double-figure goal scorers.
Winnipeg: Dale Hawerchuk’s 47-53-100 season led the Jets to 40 wins. Paul MacLean added 32 goals.
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18 cards per team. Additional players – and all teams – available on the print disk that comes with card set.