1935–36 NHL season
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||November 7, 1935 - April 11, 1936|
|Number of games||48|
|Number of teams||8|
|Season champions||Detroit Red Wings|
|Season MVP||Eddie Shore (Boston Bruins)|
|Top scorer||Sweeney Schriner (New York Americans)|
|Canadian Division champions||Montreal Maroons|
|American Division champions||Detroit Red Wings|
|Stanley Cup champions||Detroit Red Wings|
|Runners-up||Toronto Maple Leafs|
The 1935–36 NHL season was the 19th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). The St. Louis Eagles dropped out of the league, leaving eight teams. The Detroit Red Wings were the Stanley Cup winners as they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs three games to one in the final series.
Prior to the season, the St. Louis Eagles franchise owners asked the league for permission to suspend operations for a year and then relocate back to Ottawa, however the league denied the requests. On October 15, 1935, the NHL bought back the franchise and players contracts for $40,000 and suspended operations. Chicago would not participate in the dispersal draft.
During the season, the New York Americans were reported in financial trouble and were up for sale. Leo Dandurand, who had sold his interest in the Montreal Canadiens, was interested as was Joseph Cattarinich. Cattarinich said he would buy the team if the price was right. Later it was announced there would be no deal.
This was the year of Detroit. They finished first in the American Division. The Montreal Maroons finished first in the Canadian Division, but fans were starting to stay away from games they played, which worried now team president, manager and coach Tommy Gorman. At one point, Lionel Conacher had to run the team when Gorman experienced health and nervous problems. At .500 at mid-season, they traded Toe Blake for Lorne Chabot, owned by the Canadiens after being suspended by Chicago and refusing demotion to the minors, and the team began to win with Chabot in the net.
|Detroit Red Wings||48||24||16||8||124||103||56|
|Chicago Black Hawks||48||21||19||8||93||92||50|
|New York Rangers||48||19||17||12||91||96||50|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||48||23||19||6||126||106||52|
|New York Americans||48||16||25||7||109||122||39|
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
In one of the most evenly matched series, the first game of the Maroons-Red Wings series set a record for the longest game in Stanley Cup playoff history, as well as the longest ice hockey game ever played. The game began at 8:30 p.m. at the Forum in Montreal, and ended at 2:25 a.m. The game was scoreless until the sixth overtime, when Mud Bruneteau scored on Maroon goaltender Lorne Chabot to win the game. Normie Smith shut out the Maroons in the next game, and the Red Wings then beat the Maroons to win the series.
This was the last NHL playoff series to feature a "two-game total-goals" series.
|Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Stanley Cup Final|
|A1||Detroit Red Wings||3|
|A1||Detroit Red Wings||3|
|C2||Toronto Maple Leafs||1|
|C2||Toronto Maple Leafs||8G|
|C2||Toronto Maple Leafs||2|
|C3||New York Americans||1|
|C3||New York Americans||7G|
|A3||Chicago Black Hawks||5G|
Eddie Shore won his second consecutive Hart trophy. Frank Boucher's run of seven Lady Byng trophy awards came to an end as Doc Romnes won the award. Tiny Thompson won the Vezina trophy for the third time in his career.
(Most valuable player)
|Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins|
|Lady Byng Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
|Doc Romnes, Chicago Black Hawks|
(Canadian Division champion)
|Prince of Wales Trophy:
(American Division champion)
|Detroit Red Wings|
|Rookie of the Year:
(Best first-year player)
|Mike Karakas, Chicago Black Hawks|
(Fewest goals allowed)
|Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins|
Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|Sweeney Schriner||New York Americans||48||19||26||45||8|
|Marty Barry||Detroit Red Wings||48||21||19||40||46|
|Paul Thompson||Chicago Black Hawks||45||17||23||40||19|
|Charlie Conacher||Toronto Maple Leafs||44||23||15||38||74|
|Bill Thoms||Toronto Maple Leafs||48||23||15||38||29|
|Hooley Smith||Montreal Maroons||47||19||19||38||75|
|Doc Romnes||Chicago Black Hawks||48||13||25||38||6|
|Art Chapman||New York Americans||47||10||28||38||14|
|Herbie Lewis||Detroit Red Wings||45||14||23||37||25|
|Baldy Northcott||Montreal Maroons||48||15||21||36||41|
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The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1935–36 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
- Ray Getliffe, Boston Bruins
- Woody Dumart, Boston Bruins
- Mike Karakas, Chicago Black Hawks
- Mud Bruneteau, Detroit Red Wings
- Alex Shibicky, New York Rangers
- Babe Pratt, New York Rangers
- Neil Colville, New York Rangers
- Phil Watson, New York Rangers
- Reg Hamilton, Toronto Maple Leafs
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1935–36 (listed with their last team):
- Joe Primeau, Toronto Maple Leafs
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- Dinger 2011, p. 147.