1928 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1928 Stanley Cup Finals was a NHL championship series was played by the New York Rangers and the Montreal Maroons. It was the first appearance by the Rangers in the Finals and was their first victory of the Stanley Cup in only their second season. This was the second Stanley Cup victory by an American team, the first being the Seattle Metropolitans in the 1917 Stanley Cup Finals.
Paths to the Final
The New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the quarter-finals total-goals series 6–4. The Rangers then defeated the Boston Bruins in the semi-finals total-goals series 5–2 to reach the Final.
The Montreal Maroons defeated the Ottawa Senators in the quarter-finals total-goals series 3–1. The Maroons then defeated the Montreal Canadiens in the semi-finals total-goals series 3–2 to reach the Final.
The Series had to be played in Montreal, as the circus had taken over New York's Madison Square Garden.
†† The Rangers lost their goalie Lorne Chabot to eye injury in the second game. In one of the most famous incidents in hockey history, 44-year-old coach Lester Patrick took over with the recorded words "Boys, don't let an old man down," and his efforts inspired the Rangers to a 2–1 victory in overtime. Patrick became the oldest person to play in the Stanley Cup finals (44 years-3 months-10 days old), a record which remains unsurpassed to this day. (Chris Chelios in 2008 at the age of 46 became the oldest player with his name on the cup though he did not log any ice time in the finals.)
New York Rangers vs. Montreal Maroons
|April 5||New York Rangers||0||Montreal Maroons||2|
|April 7||New York Rangers||2||Montreal Maroons||1||(OT)|
|April 10||New York Rangers||0||Montreal Maroons||2|
|April 12||New York Rangers||1||Montreal Maroons||0|
|April 14||New York Rangers||2||Montreal Maroons||1|
New York wins best-of-five series 3–2
New York Rangers 1928 Stanley Cup champions
- Coaching and administrative staff
- John Hommond (President/Owner), William Carey (Director)
- Richard Hojt (Director), George Rickard (Director)
- Harry Westerby (Trainer)
Stanley Cup engraving
- † Lauire Scott played 23 of 44 regular season games. He was sent to the minors before the playoffs, so his name was left off the Stanley Cup. Scott was included on mid-season team picture, but not on the Stanley Cup winning picture.
References & notes
- Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7
- Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Toronto: Total Sports Canada. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-892129-07-9.