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Oilers Entertainment Group Vice Chairman and former Oiler Kevin Lowe spoke about the 1984-85 team on Monday

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The fans have decided.

The 1984-85 Stanley Cup winning Edmonton Oilers were voted the greatest NHL team of all-time.

Oilers Entertainment Group Vice Chairman and six-time Stanley Cup champion Kevin Lowe spoke on Monday about the announcement and the 1984-85 Oilers, specifically.

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"I don't want to say we had the swagger of a champion but we had the confidence of a champion," said Lowe. "We always felt as a group - because we were talented enough - if we played as a team and complied to the game plan that it'd be very difficult for anyone to beat us but we never took that for granted." 

The Oilers won their first Stanley Cup a year before in the 1983-84 campaign, defeating the powerhouse New York Islanders in five games. The very next season came the two-peat.

Video: 1984-85 Oilers dominate to claim second straight Cup

"I'd say the 84-85 season was, 'Let's go do that again,' because it was so much fun a year before," Lowe said.

Wayne Gretzky led the league in scoring with a whopping 208 points. Jari Kurri finished second with 135 points and both players scored over 70 goals.

Gretzky was awarded the Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award and owned the League's best plus-minus.

Paul Coffey, meanwhile, won the Norris Trophy with his 121-point campaign.

Aside from all the personal accolades, another facet of that year's team that stands out to Lowe was their durability.

"The other unique thing about that year is that eight players on that team played the entire season," Lowe said. "They never missed a regular season game."

Above all, Lowe said the Stanley Cup winning precedent was set around that time and there was a belief that they should be hoisting Lord Stanley given all their skill.

"We were a young team, so there was no reason why we shouldn't win multiple Cups. When you have that much talent and that much experience and health, as indicated there were no injuries - no major injuries - that if you don't win, there's something wrong."

The 1983-84, 1986-87 and 1987-88 Oilers teams also ranked inside the top 10.

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