A bit of history
The 2006 Stanley Cup Final was contested between the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes and the Western Conference champion Edmonton Oilers. It was Carolina’s second appearance in the Final, having lost to the Detroit Red Wings back in 2002. It was Edmonton’s seventh appearance in the Final and their first since their last Cup win in 1990. It took the whole seven-game serie for the Hurricanes to beat the Oilers and awarded them with the first Stanley Cup of their franchise history.
There were nine players that remained from the 2002 Carolina team that lost in the finals – Craig Adams, Kevyn Adams, Rod Brind’Amour, Erik Cole, Bret Hedican, Josef Vasicek, Niclas Wallin, Glen Wesley, Aaron Ward.
Here are some fun facts about the 2006 Stanley Cup championship.
- The Hurricanes are the third former World Hockey Association team to win the Cup.
- Until 2012, this was the last Cup Final in which the Eastern Conference champion has had home-ice advantage.
- The team finished the regular season with 112 pts, good for 2nd best in the east, 3rd best league wide.
- Eric Stall had 100 pts in the season, making it his best season in his career and the only time he reached the 100pts mark.
- This was the break-out year for goaltender Cam Ward, overtaking Martin Gerber’s starter role while still a rookie.
- The Oilers became the first team since the NBA’s 1999 New York Knicks and the first team in the history of the NHL to make it to the finals as a #8 seed.
- These were also the first ever Finals contested by two teams that had both missed the playoffs the previous season it would also prove to be the first Finals contested by teams that would both go on to miss the following years’ playoffs.
2006 Stanley Cup Rings