1939–40 NHL season

The 1939–40 NHL season was the 23rd season for the National Hockey League. Of the league's seven teams, the Boston Bruins were the best in the 48-game regular season, but the Stanley Cup winners were the New York Rangers, who defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in the best-of-seven final series 4–2 for their third Stanley Cup in 14 seasons of existence. It would be another 54 years before their fourth.

1939–40 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationNovember 2, 1939 – April 13, 1940
Number of games48
Number of teams7
Regular season
Season championBoston Bruins
Season MVPEbbie Goodfellow (Red Wings)
Top scorerMilt Schmidt (Bruins)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsNew York Rangers
  Runners-upToronto Maple Leafs

Regular season

Tragedy struck the Montreal Canadiens when Babe Siebert, named coach of the struggling club, drowned along with his daughter in August. It put a big hole in the Habs defence and the team finished last under Pit Lepine. An all-star benefit was held in Siebert's memory.

The New York Americans, in financial trouble, decided to trade their star left wing Sweeney Schriner to Toronto for Harvey "Busher" Jackson, Buzz Boll, Murray Armstrong, and minor-leaguer Jimmy Fowler. Late in the season, they traded Eddie Wiseman and $5000 to Boston for Eddie Shore. The Americans then managed to make the playoffs by finishing a poor sixth. They also obtained Charlie Conacher and used him as a defenceman.

The first place Boston Bruins had a new coach in Cooney Weiland, their one-time captain, and were once again led by their Kraut Line, Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart, and Bobby Bauer as they finished 1–2–3 in overall league scoring. Unfortunately, the potent three were unable to help the Bruins get past the first round of the playoffs as the Bruins lost in six games to the Rangers.

The New York Rangers were coasting in first place and went 19 consecutive games without a loss. They slumped in the second half, though, and Boston edged them out for first place.

The first NHL game broadcast on television was between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens on February 25, 1940. The game was seen by only 300 people in a small area in the United States. This, though, was not the first ice hockey game broadcast on television, as a broadcast had been made in England in 1938. The CBC's first hockey broadcast was in 1952 between the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings.

Final standings

National Hockey League
GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
Boston Bruins 48 31 12 5 170 98 330 67
New York Rangers 48 27 11 10 136 77 520 64
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 25 17 6 134 110 485 56
Chicago Black Hawks 48 23 19 6 112 120 351 52
Detroit Red Wings 48 16 26 6 90 126 250 38
New York Americans 48 15 29 4 106 140 236 34
Montreal Canadiens 48 10 33 5 90 167 338 25

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Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalty Minutes, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Playoffs

The Boston Bruins were expected to make the Stanley Cup Finals after a first overall finish during the regular season riding the shoulders of the "Kraut Line". But the New York Rangers were too much for the Bruins who lost in six games, out-scored 14 to 8 and shut-out twice, in the Semifinals. The third seed Toronto Maple Leafs swept the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks en route to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Rangers Cup win would begin the 54 Year Curse, and they would not win another Cup until 1994.

Playoff bracket

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

Quarterfinals

(3) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (4) Chicago Black Hawks

Toronto won series 2–0

(5) Detroit Red Wings vs. (6) New York Americans

Detroit won series 2–1

Semifinals

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

New York won series 4–2

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

Toronto won series 2–0

Stanley Cup Finals

New York won series 4–2

Awards

Calder Trophy:
(Best first-year player)
Kilby MacDonald, New York Rangers
Hart Trophy:
(Most valuable player)
Ebbie Goodfellow, Detroit Red Wings
Lady Byng Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Bobby Bauer, Boston Bruins
O'Brien Cup:
(Stanley Cup runner-up)
Toronto Maple Leafs
Prince of Wales Trophy:
(Regular season champion)
Boston Bruins
Vezina Trophy:
(Fewest goals allowed)
Dave Kerr, New York Rangers

All-Star teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
Dave Kerr, New York Rangers G Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins
Dit Clapper, Boston Bruins D Art Coulter, New York Rangers
Ebbie Goodfellow, Detroit Red Wings D Earl Seibert, Chicago Black Hawks
Milt Schmidt, Boston Bruins C Neil Colville, New York Rangers
Bryan Hextall, New York Rangers RW Bobby Bauer, Boston Bruins
Toe Blake, Montreal Canadiens LW Woody Dumart, Boston Bruins
Paul Thompson, Chicago Black Hawks Coach Frank Boucher, New York Rangers

Player statistics

Regular season

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Milt Schmidt Boston Bruins 48 22 30 52
Woody Dumart Boston Bruins 48 22 21 43
Bobby Bauer Boston Bruins 48 17 26 43
Gordie Drillon Toronto Maple Leafs 43 21 19 40
Bill Cowley Boston Bruins 48 13 27 40
Bryan Hextall New York Rangers 48 24 15 39
Neil Colville New York Rangers 48 19 19 38
Syd Howe Detroit Red Wings 46 14 23 37
Toe Blake Montreal Canadiens 48 17 19 36
Murray Armstrong New York Americans 48 16 20 36

Source: NHL[2]

Leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; Min – Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP MIN GA GAA W L T SO
Dave Kerr New York Rangers 48 3000 77 1.54 27 11 10 8
Paul Goodman Chicago Black Hawks 31 1920 62 1.94 16 10 5 4
Frank Brimsek Boston Bruins 48 2950 98 1.99 31 12 5 6
Turk Broda Toronto Maple Leafs 47 2900 108 2.23 25 17 5 4
Cecil "Tiny" Thompson Detroit Red Wings 46 2830 120 2.54 16 24 6 3
Earl Robertson N.Y. Americans 48 2960 140 2.84 15 29 4 6
Claude Bourque Montreal Canadiens 36 2210 121 3.29 9 24 3 2
Mike Karakas Chicago Black Hawks 17 1050 58 3.31 7 9 1 0
Playoffs

Playoff scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Phil Watson New York Rangers 12 3 6 9 16
Neil Colville New York Rangers 12 2 7 9 18
Syl Apps Toronto Maple Leafs 10 5 2 7 2
Bryan Hextall New York Rangers 12 4 3 7 11
Alex Shibicky New York Rangers 11 2 5 7 4
Hank Goldup Toronto Maple Leafs 10 5 1 6 4
Wilbert Hiller New York Rangers 12 2 4 6 2
Mac Colville New York Rangers 12 3 2 5 6
Mud Bruneteau Detroit Red Wings 5 3 2 5 0
Alf Pike New York Rangers 12 3 1 4 6

Playoff leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; Min – Minutes Played; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP Min W L T SO GAA
Dave Kerr New York Rangers 12 770 8 4 0 3 1.56
Turk Broda Toronto Maple Leafs 10 657 6 4 0 1 1.74
Frank Brimsek Boston Bruins 6 360 2 4 0 0 2.50
Tiny Thompson Detroit Red Wings 5 300 2 3 0 0 2.40
Earl Robertson New York Americans 3 180 1 2 0 0 3.00
Paul Goodman Chicago Black Hawks 2 127 0 2 0 0 2.36

Coaches

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1939–40 (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 1939–40 (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. ^ 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. ^ Dinger 2011, p. 147.

External links

1939–40 Boston Bruins season

The 1939–40 Boston Bruins season was the Boston Bruins' 16th season of operation in the National Hockey League. The Bruins finished first over-all, but could not repeat as Stanley Cup champions, losing in the playoff semi-final to the New York Rangers.

1939–40 Chicago Black Hawks season

The 1939–40 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's 14th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a disastrous 1938–39 season, in which the Hawks were the only team in the 7 team league to not qualify for the playoffs. Paul Thompson, who finished the previous season as a player-coach with the Hawks, would retire from playing and become the full-time head coach of the team, and Chicago responded, as they improved by 20 points, finishing above .500 for the first time since 1935–36, and having their highest point total since 1934–35, as they would have a 23–19–6 record for 52 points, good for 4th place in the NHL standings.

Rookie Doug Bentley would lead the team with 12 goals, while Cully Dahlstrom would have team highs in assists (19) and points (30). Joe Cooper led all defensemen with 11 points and had a team high 59 penalty minutes, while fellow blueliner Earl Seibert had another productive season, earning 10 points, despite missing some time due to injuries.

In goal, Mike Karakas would begin the season as the starter, however, after 17 games, he was loaned to the Montreal Canadiens for the remainder of the year after posting a 7–9–1 record and a 3.31 GAA. Paul Goodman would then be named the Hawks starting goalie, and he would respond with a 16–10–5 record, and a team high 1.94 GAA.

Chicago would return to the playoffs after a 1-year absence, as they would face the 3rd place team, the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best of 3 series in the 1st round. The Leafs would win the first game of the series by a score of 3–2 in OT at Maple Leaf Gardens, and Toronto would then eliminate Chicago by a 2–1 score in the 2nd game at Chicago Stadium to eliminate the Black Hawks.

1939–40 Detroit Red Wings season

The 1939–40 Detroit Red Wings season was the 14th season for the Detroit NHL franchise, eighth as the Red Wings.

1939–40 Montreal Canadiens season

The 1939–40 Montreal Canadiens season was the 31st season in franchise history. The team placed seventh in the regular season and did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 1935–36 season. The Canadiens would not finish a season in last place for another fifty-nine years.

1939–40 New York Americans season

The 1939–40 New York Americans season was the Americans' 15th season of play.

1939–40 New York Rangers season

The 1939–40 New York Rangers season was the 14th season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). With new coach Frank Boucher the Rangers finish in 2nd Place again with an impressive 27–11–10 record. In the semi-finals the Rangers beat the Boston Bruins in 6 games to advance to the 1940 Stanley Cup Finals. In the finals the Rangers won their first 2 games by scores of 2–1 and 6–2 at the Garden, before finishing the series on the road because of the circus. After dropping the first 2 games in Toronto the Rangers won a critical Game five 2–1 in overtime on Muzz Patrick's overtime goal. In Game 6 it would take overtime again as the Rangers won their 3rd Stanley Cup on Bryan Hextall's goal 2:33 into OT. Following the season the Rangers would celebrate buying out their lease at Madison Square Garden by burning the lease in the historic Stanley Cup, a move that would take on greater mystery in coming years.

1939–40 Toronto Maple Leafs season

The 1939–40 Toronto Maple Leafs season was Toronto's 23rd season of operation in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Maple Leafs again advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, losing to the New York Rangers.

1940 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1940 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven series between the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs. New York would win the series 4–2 to win their third Stanley Cup. The Rangers would not win another for 54 years.

Art Ross

Arthur Howey "Art" Ross (January 13, 1885 – August 5, 1964) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and executive from 1905 until 1954. Regarded as one of the best defenders of his era by his peers, he was one of the first to skate with the puck up the ice rather than pass it to a forward. He was on Stanley Cup championship teams twice in a playing career that lasted thirteen seasons; in January 1907 with the Kenora Thistles and 1908 with the Montreal Wanderers. Like other players of the time, Ross played for several different teams and leagues, and is most notable for his time with the Wanderers while they were members of the National Hockey Association (NHA) and its successor, the National Hockey League (NHL). In 1911 he led one of the first organized player strikes over increased pay. When the Wanderers' home arena burned down in January 1918, the team ceased operations and Ross retired as a player.

After several years as an on-ice official, he was named head coach of the Hamilton Tigers for one season. When the Boston Bruins were formed in 1924, Ross was hired as the first coach and general manager of the team. He would go on to coach the team on three separate occasions until 1945 and stayed as general manager until his retirement in 1954. Ross helped the Bruins finish first place in the league ten times and to win the Stanley Cup three times; Ross personally coached the team to two of those victories. After being hired by the Bruins, Ross, along with his wife and two sons, moved to a suburb of Boston, and became an American citizen in 1938. He died near Boston in 1964.

Outside of his association with the Bruins, Ross also helped to improve the game. He created a style of hockey puck still used today, and advocated an improved style of goal nets, a change that lasted forty years. In 1947 Ross donated the Art Ross Trophy, awarded to the leading scorer of the NHL regular season. Ross was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1949.

Babe Siebert

Charles Albert "Babe" Siebert (January 14, 1904 – August 25, 1939) was a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger and defenceman who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Maroons, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens. He won the 1926 Stanley Cup championship with the Maroons, and was a member of the famous "S Line", and another with the Rangers in 1933.

A physical forward known for his fighting ability while with the Maroons and Rangers, an apparent decline in his play was reversed when he switched to defence after he was traded to the Bruins. Siebert was named an all-star three times after the switch and won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in 1937 as a member of the Canadiens.

Siebert was named the head coach of the Canadiens upon his retirement as a player in 1939. He never coached a game as he drowned in Lake Huron prior to the 1939–40 NHL season. The league organized an all-star benefit game that raised $15,000 for Siebert's family. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1964.

Bert Peer

Herbert John Peer (November 12, 1910 – July 19, 1992) was a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played in one National Hockey League game for the Detroit Red Wings during the 1939–40 NHL season.

Phil Stein

Philip John Stein (September 13, 1913 – April 4, 1987) was a professional ice hockey goaltender who played in one National Hockey League game for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1939–40 NHL season.

March 19 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Art Wiebe (1) – 02:31
Mush March (1) – sh – 19:41
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 01:45 – Jack Church (1)
09:09 – Syl Apps (1)
No scoring First overtime period 06:36 – Syl Apps (2)
Paul Goodman Goalie stats Turk Broda
March 21 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Gordie Drillon (1) – 04:18 Second period No scoring
Hank Goldup (1) – 11:56 Third period 09:02 – ppBill Carse (1)
Turk Broda Goalie stats Paul Goodman
March 19 New York Americans 1–2 OT Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
Johnny Gagnon (1) – 19:20 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 01:29 – ppAlex Motter (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 00:25 – Syd Howe (1)
Earl Robertson Goalie stats Tiny Thompson
March 22 Detroit Red Wings 4–5 New York Americans Madison Square Garden III Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Mud Bruneteau (1) – 10:58 Second period 18:52 – Charlie Conacher (1)
Joe Fisher (1) – 05:54
Mud Bruneteau (2) – 08:18
Connie Brown (1) – 14:16
Third period 05:10 – Hooley Smith (1)
16:15 – Tommy Anderson (1)
17:18 – Hooley Smith (2)
19:39 – Art Chapman (1)
Tiny Thompson Goalie stats Earl Robertson
March 24 New York Americans 1–3 Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
Hooley Smith (3) – 18:39 First period 05:18 – Cecil Dillon (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 07:33 – ppMud Bruneteau (3)
16:45 – Ken Kilrea (1)
Earl Robertson Goalie stats Tiny Thompson
March 19 Boston Bruins 0–4 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden III Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 10:29 – Phil Watson (1)
12:13 – shAlex Shibicky (1)
No scoring Third period 02:37 – shMac Colville (1)
16:58 – Mac Colville (2)
Frank Brimsek Goalie stats Dave Kerr
March 21 New York Rangers 2–4 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Mac Colville (3) – sh – 03:45 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 05:45 – ppFlash Hollett (1)
08:19 – shHerb Cain (1)
19:34 – ppWoody Dumart (1)
Dutch Hiller (1) – 09:56 Third period 18:16 – Art Jackson (1)
Dave Kerr Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
March 24 New York Rangers 3–4 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 07:21 – Eddie Wiseman (1)
Muzz Patrick (1) – 13:49 Second period 16:06 – Bobby Bauer (1)
17:55 – Roy Conacher (1)
Babe Pratt (1) – 03:40
Lynn Patrick (1) – 12:35
Third period 07:49 – Eddie Wiseman (2)
Dave Kerr Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
March 26 Boston Bruins 0–1 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden III Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 10:40 – Muzz Patrick (2)
Frank Brimsek Goalie stats Dave Kerr
March 28 New York Rangers 1–0 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Babe Pratt (2) – 04:27 Third period No scoring
Dave Kerr Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
March 30 Boston Bruins 1–4 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden III Recap  
Roy Conacher (2) – 19:53 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 08:14 – Alf Pike (1)
No scoring Third period 11:09 – Alex Shibicky (2)
12:494 – ppClint Smith (1)
14:46 – ppPhil Watson (2)
Frank Brimsek Goalie stats Dave Kerr
March 26 Detroit Red Wings 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 11:18 – ppSyl Apps (3)
Connie Brown (2) – 10:26 Third period 00:57 – Sweeney Schriner (1)
Tiny Thompson Goalie stats Turk Broda
March 28 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–1 Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
Red Heron (1) – 03:04
Hank Goldup (2) – 19:51
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Hank Goldup (3) – 07:07 Third period 19:20 – Syd Howe (2)
Turk Broda Goalie stats Tiny Thompson
April 2 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 OT New York Rangers Madison Square Garden III Recap  
Red Heron (2) – 11:01 First period 09:09 – ppArt Coulter (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 15:30 – Alf Pike (2)
Turk Broda Goalie stats Dave Kerr
April 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–6 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden III Recap  
Billy Taylor (1) – 05:01
Hank Goldup (4) – 06:01
First period 15:14 – Bryan Hextall
No scoring Second period 03:57 – Babe Pratt (3)
19:48 – pp – Bryan Hextall (2)
No scoring Third period 06:26 – Bryan Hextall (3)
12:21 – pp – Dutch Heller (2)
13:09 – ppLynn Patrick (2)
Turk Broda Goalie stats Dave Kerr
April 6 New York Rangers 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Phil Watson (3) – 18:19 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 10:32 – Gordie Drillon (2)
13:40 – Hank Goldup (5)
Dave Kerr Goalie stats Turk Broda
April 9 New York Rangers 0–3 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period 19:20 – Gus Marker (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 16:03 – Wally Stanowski (1)
19:26 – Gordie Drillon (3)
Dave Kerr Goalie stats Turk Broda
April 11 New York Rangers 2–1 2OT Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Neil Colville (1) – 12:21 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 16:55 – Syl Apps (4)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Muzz Patrick (3) – 11:43 Second overtime period No scoring
Dave Kerr Goalie stats Turk Broda
April 13 New York Rangers 3–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period 06:52 – Syl Apps (5)
No scoring Second period 04:51 – Nick Metz (1)
Neil Colville (2) – 08:08
Alf Pike (3) – 10:01
Third period No scoring
Bryan Hextall (4) – 02:07 First overtime period No scoring
Dave Kerr Goalie stats Turk Broda
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