No sticker set was made for the 1980-81 season. However, being an early Gretzky year, I thought it would just be important to note this.
The 1980 Stanley Cup winners were the New York Islanders with Bryan Trottier the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoffs MVP.
Guy Lafleur scores 50 plus goals for the 6th season in a row. Rookie goalie Mike Liut leads the NHL in wins with 32. Danny Gare, Charlie Simmer and Blaine Stoughton led the NHL in goals with 56 a piece. Marcel Dionne takes home his 2nd straight Art Ross Trophy for the leagues top scorer and his 2nd straight Lester B. Pearson Award for being the league MVP as chosen by his peers. Billy Smith is credited with the 1st ever goalie goal. Smith saved the puck and then a Rockies player shot the puck in their own net, giving Billy the goal. Garry Unger sees his 13 year Ironman streak of 914 consecutive games comes to an end on December 21, 1980. The playoff format in 1979-80 was the 1st place team plays team 16, 2nd plays team 15 and so on. Rookie Flyers goalie Pete Peeters had an amazing 29 wins 5 losses and 5 tie record. The Calder Trophy for rookie of the year went to Bruin Ray Bourque.
The NHL expands to 21 teams for the 1979-80 NHL season as the Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers and Quebec Nordiques join the current 17 teams to make the total 21 NHL teams.
Gretzky at the tender rookie age of 19, leads the NHL with 86 assists and 137 points. He won the Hart Trophy and Lady Byng Trophy as a rookie and actually tied with Marcel Dionne in points with 137 but lost the Art Ross Trophy because Marcel had 2 more goals than the Great One. Gretzky would have almost certainly taken home the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year, however the NHL ruled that WHA imports were not eligible for this award. This series featured no Gretzky stickers. Wayne scored a season total of 51 goals this season. His points per game ratio for this 79 games played season was 1.73.