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TOP 100 OILERS: DAVE LUMLEY (24)

As unlikely record-holders go on a team that made its mark re-writing the NHL record book in the early 1980s with a ridiculously prolific ability to score goals, Dave Lumley probably takes the cake. That, of course, is entirely fitting because Lumley’s NHL career was unlikely in itself – he was a 12th-round draft pick who played 437 games in the show, including 386 with the Edmonton Oilers.

On a team that’s featured some of the greatest players in the history of the game – Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey and Glenn Anderson, to name five – Lumley, a grinding winger considered by any measure a role player to those names on the top of the Boys on the Bus marquee, trumps them all when it comes to the franchise record for goals in consecutive games. He’s a trivia answer.

It’s Lumley, not Gretzky, Messier or any of the rest, who holds the record with goals scored in 12 straight games. It’s a stretch that ran from Nov. 21 to Dec. 16 1981, when Lumley sniped a pair in a 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies, to give him 15 goals during the streak on the way to a career-high 32 goals. How hot was Lumley? Well, he only scored more than 15 goals in an entire season one other time – in 1979-80, when he had 20.

Dave Lumley

Forward
Born Sep 1 1954 — Toronto, ONT
Height 5.11 — Weight 185 [180 cm/84 kg]

Drafted by Montreal Canadiens

– round 12 #199 overall 1974 NHL Amateur Draft

Drafted by Vancouver Blazers

Round 6 #79 overall 1974 WHA Amateur Draft

BY THE NUMBERS

Season

Age

Tm

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

S

S%

1978-79

24

MTL

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.0

1979-80

25

EDM

80

20

38

58

15

138

145

13.8

1980-81

26

EDM

53

7

9

16

-15

74

54

13.0

1981-82

27

EDM

66

32

42

74

12

96

148

21.6

1982-83

28

EDM

72

13

24

37

19

158

96

13.5

1983-84

29

EDM

56

6

15

21

14

68

44

13.6

1984-85

30

TOT

60

9

23

32

-18

111

87

10.3

1984-85

30

HAR

48

8

20

28

-17

98

77

10.4

1984-85

30

EDM

12

1

3

4

-1

13

10

10.0

1985-86

31

EDM

46

11

9

20

13

35

33

33.3

1986-87

32

EDM

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

8 yrs EDM

386

90

140

230

57

582

530

17.0

1 yr HAR

48

8

20

28

-17

98

77

10.4

1 yr MTL

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.0

Career

437

98

160

258

40

680

609

16.1

PLAYOFFS

Season

Age

Tm

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

S

S%

1979-80

25

EDM

3

1

0

1

12

1980-81

26

EDM

7

1

0

1

4

1981-82

27

EDM

5

2

1

3

21

1982-83

28

EDM

16

0

0

0

19

1983-84

29

EDM

19

2

5

7

6

44

21

9.5

1984-85

30

EDM

8

0

0

0

-5

29

2

0.0

1985-86

31

EDM

3

0

2

2

0

2

1

0.0

Career

61

6

8

14

1

131

24

8.3

NOTABLE

Lumley won a pair of Stanley Cups, in 1984 and 1985, during two stints with the Oilers, but it was that out-of-body experience in November and December of 1981 he gets asked about more than anything else when it comes to the career he carved out after taking the long road to the NHL by way of the University of New Hampshire. “Lummer, goals in 12 straight games, what the hell . . ?”

“Knowing that 17,000 people in the Coliseum were aware of the streak was something that really made me want to score,” Lumley said after stretching the streak to 11 games against the New York Islanders in Edmonton before making it an even dozen with his pair against Glen Resch in Denver. “I didn’t want to disappoint them. When they gave me standing ovation, I got goose bumps … it was a feeling that can’t be described.”

While Lumley matched the feeling, and then some, he got during the scoring streak by sipping champagne from those two Cups in Edmonton, it’s a feat that, not surprisingly, he never came close to replicating. His 32 goals, 42 assists and 74 points were career highs. His next best season was 58 points, including 20 goals, in his first campaign with the Oilers, 1979-80.

THE STORY

Numbers aside, Lumley, who could grind and bang with the best of them and had enough touch around the net to play up in the line-up, played a big part in the Oilers claiming their first Cup in 1984. Lumley had seven points in 19 games that post-season. He also made it his mission during the Cup final to drive New York stopper Billy Smith to distraction (as he also did in 1983) in a final series the Oilers won in five games, rubbing it in with an empty netter to make it 5-2 in the final game at Northlands Coliseum.

All of Edmonton’s five Stanley Cup teams had role players and glue guys like Lumley on them. You can go through the names – Dave Hunter, Kevin McClelland, Dave Semenko, Pat Hughes and Ken Linseman. They knew their roles, they did their jobs. Lumley was among the best of them – 32 goals and 74 points in a season is nothing to sneeze at, even given the inflated goal totals of the era.

And then there’s that franchise record (fifth all-time in the NHL) 12-game goal-scoring streak. It boggles the mind, given the HHOF guys who’ve worn the Oil Drop over the years. Lumley, a regular at charity golf tournaments around town these days, still gets asked about it by fans and ribbed about it by old media types who witnessed it. “Lummer, what the hell . . ?”

This series will look at the top 100 Edmonton Oilers from the NHL era 1979-80 to 2014-15, starting with 100 and working up.

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  • paul wodehouse

    ” ” “google search …Edmonton – October 9, 2012 – When you bring up the name of Dave Lumley to most Edmonton Oilers fans, they generally think back to one of two moments. The most common being his Stanley Cup clinching empty net goal in Game 5 of the 1984 Finals. The other “memorable” moment, was his unexpected twelve game goal scoring streak during the 1981-82 campaign. That run is one many Oiler fans are either totally unaware of or one they have simply forgot over the last three decades.
    That was my first year covering the Oilers, fresh from Ontario …this streak ended MUCH to Lummers relief…the pressure was so tough on him but then a couple nights later he and 99 lit up another tilt …I was there in Calgary following the streak and it ended spectacularly…Kevin scored a winner if memory serves AND it was PRE-Saddledome so the game was played in this really old ugly barn on the Stampede grounds…all painted red indoors. After Kevin it was my longtime friend Dave Lumley who was first to telephone me after the news of my son’s death appeared in the papers in 2002…
    I love Dave Lumley !
    These top 25 are gonna be tougher and tougher…I’ve got stories from before you were here y’know…superb job RB !

  • O.C.

    Ok, I have to jump in here.

    To a man, the Oilers of that era knew that Lumley had sick, amazing skills. Problem was, the go to was always a big basher, Kurri and Gretzky on line 1. There was that time however where he was given line 1 time and PP time and he showed the fans what the players knew. Lumley had great skills.

    But, when he wasn’t in that role, he accepted whatever role was asked, so long as he was to remain on the team.

    If the Oil ever “honour” numbers (not retire them), Lumley is the person who puts that # 20 on a banner.

    Lumley also married the best looking girl in my high school. I was happy for him and her, both great people.

  • The guy can still melt the golf ball with a driver. Awesome to watch. He pumped one in Struddys tourney at Red Tail a couple years back that was simply awe inspiring. The guy is a complete gem, great story teller and a very funny guy.

  • Rama Lama

    I remember him as being sound positionally………..after all Gretzky bounced quite a few goals off his rear end into the net. Same goes for BJ McDonald. As far as hair goes he has to be up there with only Mac T as the top Oiler of all time.