1938–39 NHL season

The 1938–39 NHL season was the 22nd season of the National Hockey League (NHL). Seven teams each played 48 games. The Boston Bruins were the Stanley Cup winners as they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs four games to one in the final series.

1938–39 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationNovember 3, 1938 – April 16, 1939
Number of games48
Number of teams7
Regular season
Season championsBoston Bruins
Season MVPToe Blake (Canadiens)
Top scorerToe Blake (Canadiens)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsBoston Bruins
  Runners-upToronto Maple Leafs

League business

Just prior to the start of the 1938–39 season, the league held a meeting to decide the fate of the Montreal Maroons. The team had requested a shift to St. Louis, but this was rejected after considerable discussion, resulting in the Maroons suspending operations for the season. They sold most of their players to the Canadiens, and it was evident that the Maroons were through for good. With only seven teams left, the NHL decided to go back to the one division format.

The Stanley Cup finals would be expanded to a best-of-seven format.

Regular season

Prior to the start of the season, the Boston Bruins sold their star goaltender, Tiny Thompson, who had just won a record fourth Vezina Trophy, to the Detroit Red Wings The fans thought Art Ross was crazy,but soon they were applauding rookie Frank Brimsek, would go on to back-stop the Bruins to a first overall finish and a Stanley Cup victory. He wiped out Thompson's shutout sequence record with three consecutive shutouts. He nearly equalled his new record with three more. He ended the season with 10 shutouts, and earned the nickname "Mr. Zero". He also became the first goaltender to win both the Vezina Trophy and Calder Memorial Trophy in the same season.

Joseph Cattarinich died on December 7 of a heart attack following an eye operation. Cattarinich was the original goaltender of the Montreal Canadiens when they were formed in 1909 and later a part-owner of the team. He was 57.

The Montreal Canadiens eroded to the point where Jules Dugal replaced Cecil Hart as manager and coach. Dugal was not much better and the Canadiens finished sixth. One bright note was that Toe Blake won the scoring title, however, despite the poor showing of the team.

Chicago, after its Stanley Cup win the previous season, began floundering at mid-season and owner Frederic McLaughlin was displeased. Accordingly, he fired coach Bill Stewart and hired left wing Paul Thompson in his place. But the Black Hawks continued to lose and finished last.

The New York Americans, up in third place at mid-season, proceeded to fall into a big slump in the second half and though they finished fourth, they were below .500 and had the worst defence in the league. Part of the problem was the retirements of Ching Johnson and Hap Day on defence. Al Murray was also out of action for quite a time. Still, goaltender Earl Robertson found himself on the second all-star team.

Final standings

National Hockey League
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Boston Bruins 48 36 10 2 156 76 74
New York Rangers 48 26 16 6 149 105 58
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 19 20 9 114 107 47
New York Americans 48 17 21 10 119 157 44
Detroit Red Wings 48 18 24 6 107 128 42
Montreal Canadiens 48 15 24 9 115 146 39
Chicago Black Hawks 48 12 28 8 91 132 32

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Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Playoffs

Playoff bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Stanley Cup Finals
                           
       
  1 Boston 4  
    2 NY Rangers 3  
     
         
    1 Boston 4
  3 Toronto 1
  3 Toronto 2  
4 NY Americans 0  
3 Toronto 2
    5 Detroit 1  
5 Detroit 2
  6 Montreal 1  

Quarterfinals

(3) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (4) New York Americans

Toronto won series 2–0

(5) Detroit Red Wings vs. (6) Montreal Canadiens

Detroit won series 2–1

Semifinals

(1) Boston Bruins vs. (2) New York Rangers

This series was the first to need seven games in NHL history; additionally, the Rangers were the first team in NHL history to force a Game seven after losing the first three games of a series. Mel Hill, a right wing for the Bruins, scored a record three overtime goals in a single series.[2]

Boston won series 4–3

(3) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (5) Detroit Red Wings

Toronto won series 2–1

Stanley Cup Finals

Boston won series 4–1

Awards

Award winners
Calder Trophy:
(Best first-year player)
Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins
Hart Trophy:
(Most valuable player)
Toe Blake, Montreal Canadiens
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Clint Smith, New York Rangers
O'Brien Cup:
(Stanley Cup Runner-up)
Toronto Maple Leafs
Prince of Wales Trophy:
(Regular Season Champion)
Boston Bruins
Vezina Trophy:
(Fewest goals allowed)
Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins
All-Star teams
First team   Position   Second team
Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins G Earl Robertson, New York Americans
Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins D Earl Seibert, Chicago Black Hawks
Dit Clapper, Boston Bruins D Art Coulter, New York Rangers
Syl Apps, Toronto Maple Leafs C Neil Colville, New York Rangers
Gordie Drillon, Toronto Maple Leafs RW Bobby Bauer, Boston Bruins
Toe Blake, Montreal Canadiens LW Johnny Gottselig, Chicago Black Hawks
Art Ross, Boston Bruins Coach Red Dutton, New York Americans

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

Player Team GP G A PTS PIM
Toe Blake Montreal Canadiens 48 24 23 47 10
Sweeney Schriner New York Americans 48 13 31 44 20
Bill Cowley Boston Bruins 34 8 34 42 2
Clint Smith New York Rangers 48 21 20 41 2
Marty Barry Detroit Red Wings 48 13 28 41 4
Syl Apps Toronto Maple Leafs 44 15 25 40 4
Tommy Anderson New York Americans 48 13 27 40 14
Johnny Gottselig Chicago Black Hawks 48 16 23 39 15
Paul Haynes Montreal Canadiens 47 5 33 38 27
Roy Conacher Boston Bruins 47 26 11 37 12

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Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Leading goaltenders

Coaches

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1938–39 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1938–39 (listed with their last team):

See also

References

  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Hockey. Total Sports. ISBN 1-892129-85-X.
  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.
  • Dryden, Steve, ed. (2000). Century of hockey. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-4179-9.
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1.
  • McFarlane, Brian (1973). The Story of the National Hockey League. New York, NY: Pagurian Press. ISBN 0-684-13424-1.
Notes
  1. ^ a b Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy; et al., eds. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 147. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.
  2. ^ http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/SearchPlayer.jsp?player=12944

External links

1938–39 Boston Bruins season

The 1938–39 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 15th season in the NHL, and they were coming off of a very successful regular season in 1937–38, winning the American Division with a record of 30–11–7, however, they lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup semi-finals. This season, the Bruins would meet the Maple Leafs in a rematch, and win the series 4–1 to win the Stanley Cup for the second time, and the first time in 10 years.

1938–39 Chicago Black Hawks season

The 1938–39 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's 13th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a very surprising Stanley Cup victory in 1937–38. The club was hoping to build on that success in a bid for a 2nd straight Stanley Cup.

1938–39 Detroit Red Wings season

The 1938–39 Detroit Red Wings season was the 13th season for the Detroit NHL franchise, seventh as the Red Wings.

1938–39 Montreal Canadiens season

The 1938–39 Montreal Canadiens season was the 30th season in club history. The team placed sixth in the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens lost in the first round to the Detroit Red Wings 2 games to 1.

1938–39 New York Americans season

The 1938–39 New York Americans season was the Americans' 14th season of play.

1938–39 New York Rangers season

The 1938–39 New York Rangers season was the 13th season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). New York finished second in the NHL in regular season points with 58, and qualified for the playoffs. In the league semi-finals, the Rangers lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games.

1938–39 Toronto Maple Leafs season

The 1938–39 Toronto Maple Leafs season was Toronto's 22nd season of operation in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Maple Leafs again advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, losing to the Boston Bruins.

1939 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1939 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was Boston's first appearance in the Final since 1930; Toronto had appeared in the 1938 Final. Boston would win the series 4–1 to win their second Stanley Cup. It was the first best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final series.

Bob Gracie

Robert John Gracie (November 8, 1910 – August 3, 1963) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centreman who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, New York Americans, Montreal Maroons, Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks.

Frank Brimsek

Francis Charles "Mr. Zero" Brimsek (September 26, 1915 – November 11, 1998) was an American professional ice hockey goaltender who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Boston Bruins and Chicago Black Hawks. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy and the Vezina Trophy twice, and he was named to the NHL All-Star Team eight times (twice on the First Team and six times on the Second Team). He was also a member of two Stanley Cup championships (1939 and 1941). At the time of his retirement in 1950, he held the records for most wins and shutouts recorded by an American goaltender; these records stood for 54 years and 61 years respectively. In 1966, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the first American goalie to be inducted; and in 1973, he was part of the inaugural class of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1998, Brimsek was ranked number 67 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players, the highest ranked American goaltender.

George Allen (ice hockey)

George Trenholm Allen (July 27, 1914 – March 27, 2000) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played Left Wing in the National Hockey League, mostly for the Chicago Black Hawks.

O'Brien Trophy (ice hockey)

The O'Brien Trophy, or O'Brien Cup, as labelled on the trophy itself, is a retired trophy that was awarded in the National Hockey Association (NHA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey leagues of North America from 1910 to 1950. It was originally donated to the NHA by Canadian Senator M. J. O'Brien in honour of his son, Ambrose O'Brien. The Cup was fabricated using silver from an O'Brien mine.

The Cup has been awarded under four definitions. From 1910 through 1917, it was awarded to the NHA champion. In 1921, the Cup was transferred to the NHL and awarded to the NHL champion until 1927. From 1928 until 1938, it was awarded to the Canadian Division champion. Starting with the 1938–39 season, it was awarded to the NHL playoff runner-up. In 1950, the Cup was retired and has not been awarded since. In total, the Cup has been awarded in 41 seasons to twelve different teams. The Cup is now in the collection of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Mikael Rask (born 10 March 1987) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Rask was drafted 21st overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. On 24 June 2006, his rights were traded to the Bruins in exchange for goaltender Andrew Raycroft. He is the older brother of Joonas Rask, who plays professionally as a forward with HIFK in the Finnish Liiga.

March 21 New York Americans 0–4 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period 04:09 – Pep Kelly (1)
No scoring Second period 10:46 – ppPete Langelle (1)
14:48 – Syl Apps (1)
No scoring Third period 02:31 – Gordie Drillon (1)
Alfie Moore Goalie stats Turk Broda
March 23 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–0 New York Americans Madison Square Garden III Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Gordie Drillon (2) – 03:18
Gus Marker (1) – 18:12
Third period No scoring
Turk Broda Goalie stats Alfie Moore
March 21 Detroit Red Wings 0–2 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Toe Blake (1) – pp – 13:31
Lou Trudel (1) – 17:25
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Tiny Thompson Goalie stats Claude Bourque
March 23 Montreal Canadiens 3–7 Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
Walt Buswell (1) – 18:43 First period 06:49 – Ken Kilrea (1)
Walt Buswell (2) – pp – 07:53
Armand Mondou (1) – pp – 14:22
Second period 00:32 – ppMarty Barry (1)
01:02 – ppSyd Howe (1)
No scoring Third period 13:44 – pp – Syd Howe (2)
14:39 – pp – Syd Howe (3)
17:02 – Sid Abel (1)
18:30 – Eddie Wares (1)
Claude Bourque Goalie stats Tiny Thompson
March 26 Montreal Canadiens 0–1 OT Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 07:47 – ppMarty Barry (2)
Claude Bourque Goalie stats Tiny Thompson
March 21 Boston Bruins 2–1 3OT New York Rangers Madison Square Garden III Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 18:18 – ppAlex Shibicky (1)
Bill Cowley (1) – pp – 04:50 Third period No scoring
Mel Hill (1) – 19:25 Third overtime period No scoring
Frank Brimsek Goalie stats Dave Kerr
March 23 New York Rangers 2–3 OT Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 18:15 – Roy Conacher (1)
19:13 – Bill Cowley (2)
Alex Shibicky (2) – 14:20 Second period No scoring
Dutch Hiller (1) – 17:46 Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 08:24 – Mel Hill (2)
Dave Kerr Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
March 26 New York Rangers 1–4 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 07:38 – Gord Pettinger (1)
Babe Pratt (1) – 13:06 Second period 00:25 – Milt Schmidt (1)
No scoring Third period 10:00 – Milt Schmidt (2)
12:06 – Bill Cowley (3)
Dave Kerr Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
March 28 Boston Bruins 1–2 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden III Recap  
Milt Schmidt (3) – 00:49 First period 08:58 – Mac Colville (1)
No scoring Second period 10:02 – shLynn Patrick (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Frank Brimsek Goalie stats Dave Kerr
March 30 New York Rangers 2–1 OT Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Art Coulter (1) – 06:20 First period 07:39 – Bobby Bauer (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Clint Smith (1) – 17:19 First overtime period No scoring
Dave Kerr Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
April 1 Boston Bruins 1–3 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden III Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Mel Hill (3) – 11:40 Second period 14:08 – Phil Watson (1)
No scoring Third period 05:58 – ppBill Carse (1)
09:25 – ppAlex Shibicky (3)
Frank Brimsek Goalie stats Dave Kerr
April 2 New York Rangers 1–2 3OT Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Muzz Patrick (1) – 17:45 Second period 15:52 – Ray Getliffe (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring Third overtime period 08:00 – Mel Hill (4)
Dave Kerr Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
March 28 Detroit Red Wings 1–4 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period 05:03 – Nick Metz (1)
09:36 – ppGordie Drillon (3)
Marty Barry (3) – pp – 10:35 Second period 02:55 – pp – Nick Metz (2)
04:10 – pp – Gordie Drillon (4)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Tiny Thompson Goalie stats Turk Broda
March 30 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–3 Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
Gordie Drillon (5) – pp – 09:00 First period 06:30 – ppCharlie Conacher (1)
15:00 – Don Deacon (1)
18:00 – Herbie Lewis (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Turk Broda Goalie stats Tiny Thompson
April 1 Detroit Red Wings 4–5 OT Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Don Grosso (1) – 15:14 First period 05:05 – ppNick Metz (3)
16:48 – Gordie Drillon (6)
Don Deacon (2) – pp – 15:51 Second period No scoring
Charlie Conacher (2) – 04:46
Hec Kilrea (1) – 11:07
Third period 08:20 – Bob Davidson (1)
09:23 – Murph Chamberlain (1)
No scoring First overtime period 05:42 – Gordie Drillon (7)
Tiny Thompson Goalie stats Turk Broda
April 6 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 16:04 – Woody Dumart (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Red Horner (1) – 13:54 Third period 16:31 – Bobby Bauer (2)
Turk Broda Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
April 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2 OT Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Murph Chamberlain (2) – 08:55
Syl Apps (2) – 09:29
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 15:05 – Roy Conacher (2)
16:18 – Mel Hill (5)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Doc Romnes (1) First overtime period No scoring
Turk Broda Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
April 11 Boston Bruins 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Bobby Bauer (3) – 01:28
Roy Conacher (3) – 08:12
Jack Crawford (1) – 13:03
Third period 19:11 – Gus Marker (2)
Frank Brimsek Goalie stats Turk Broda
April 13 Boston Bruins 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Roy Conacher (4) – pp – 02:20 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Roy Conacher (5) – 12:55 Third period No scoring
Frank Brimsek Goalie stats Turk Broda
April 16 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–3 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Bingo Kampman (1) – 18:40 First period 11:40 – Mel Hill (6)
No scoring Second period 17:54 – Roy Conacher (6)
No scoring Third period 19:23 – Flash Hollett (1)
Turk Broda Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
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