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.

1939 Stanley Cup Finals
12345 Total
Boston Bruins 22*323 4
Toronto Maple Leafs 13*101 1
* indicates periods of overtime
Location(s)Boston: Boston Garden (1, 2, 5)
Toronto: Maple Leaf Gardens (3, 4)
CoachesBoston: Art Ross
Toronto: Dick Irvin
CaptainsBoston: Cooney Weiland
Toronto: Charlie Conacher
DatesApril 6 – April 16
Series-winning goalRoy Conacher (17:54, second)

Paths to the Finals

Boston defeated New York Rangers in a best-of-seven 4–3 to advance to the final. The Maple Leafs had to play two best-of three series; winning 2–0 against New York Americans, and 2–1 against the Detroit Red Wings.

Game summaries

Frank Brimsek held Toronto to just six goals in the 5 games.

Boston won series 4–1

Boston Bruins 1939 Stanley Cup champions

Players

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders

Coaching and administrative staff:

  • Weston Adams Sr. (President/Owner), Art Ross (Vice President/Manager-Coach)
  • Ralph Burkard (Treasurer)
  • Frank Ryan (Publicity Director)^
  • Win Green (Trainer)&^
  • & Missing from the Stanley Cup, but qualified to be on it.
  • ^-Win Green(Trainer), Frank Ryan (Publicity Director) were included on one of the two team pictures but left off the Stanley Cup.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • From 1930 to 1939, except for the 1933 New York Rangers, 1934 Chicago Black Hawks and 1935 Montreal Maroons every team included their playoff games scores on the Stanley Cup. In 1939, the Boston Bruins were the last team to do this. When the Cup was redone during 1957–58 season all playoff game scores were left off the new ring for the cup winners from 1928 to 1940.
  • Three players were included on the Stanley Cup, but did not qualify Pat McReavy (6 games played), Terry Reardon (4 games played), Jack Shewchuk (3 games played). Not one of the three players played in the playoffs. Every player who played for Boston that season was included on the Stanley Cup.

See also

References & notes

  • NHL (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Dan Diamond & Associates.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7
Preceded by
Chicago Black Hawks
1938
Boston Bruins
Stanley Cup Champions

1939
Succeeded by
New York Rangers
1940
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.

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.

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) - 8:55
Syl Apps (2) - 9:29
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) - 1:28
Roy Conacher (3) - 8:12
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 - 2:20 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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