1936–37 Montreal Canadiens season

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1936–37 Montreal Canadiens
O'Brien Trophy Winners
Division 1st Canadian
1936–37 record 24–18–6
Goals for 115
Goals against 111
Team information
General Manager Cecil Hart
Coach Cecil Hart
Captain Babe Siebert
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Johnny Gagnon (20)
Assists Albert Siebert (20)
Points Johnny Gagnon (36)
Wins Wilf Cude (22)
Goals against average Wilf Cude (2.24)
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The 1936–37 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 28th season of play. After coach Cecil Hart and Howie Morenz returned to the club, the Canadiens placed first in the Canadian Division and qualified for the playoffs. Montreal met and lost to eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in the semi-finals.

Regular season[edit]

two men, one in suit, one in hockey uniform, look at the hockey equipment of a player in the dressing room.
Manager Hart and team-mate Aurele Joliat in the Canadiens' dressing room after learning of Morenz' death.

The Montreal Canadiens had hit the bottom in 1935–36, and Babe Siebert was obtained to shore up the defence. Cecil Hart was rehired as coach. Hart placed a condition on his returning to the club, that former star Howie Morenz would return to the club. After being traded to Chicago and from there to New York, Morenz had struggled and the Rangers were willing trade partners for Morenz. Goalie George Hainsworth also returned to the Canadiens, signed as a free agent.

The Canadiens went from last to first in the Canadian Division. Morenz was just hitting his stride in January 1937, when tragedy struck. On one of his hurtling rushes, he was being checked by Earl Seibert of Chicago when his left skate got caught in the dasher of the end boards, and Morenz suffered a badly fractured leg. After suffering a nervous breakdown worrying about if he'd be able to come back, more bad luck occurred. On March 8, 1937, X-rays revealed that Howie had blood clots in his healing leg. An operation was scheduled for the next day, but when Howie ate a light supper and told the nurse he wanted to rest, in falling asleep his pallor suddenly changed and the nurse knew something was wrong. A blood clot had stopped his heart, and attempts to revive Howie failed. News of Morenz's death shocked the hockey world, and thousands filed past his bier, many in tears, to pay their last respects.

Final standings[edit]

Canadian Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 48 24 18 6 115 111 54
Montreal Maroons 48 22 17 9 126 110 53
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 22 21 5 119 115 49
New York Americans 48 15 29 4 122 161 34

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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.


Playoffs[edit]

As champions of the Canadian division, the Canadiens proceeded directly to the semi-final against the Detroit Red Wings. Montreal lost the best-of-five series 3–2.

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W November 7, 1936 2–0 Boston Bruins (1936–37) 1–0–0
2 W November 12, 1936 2–1 Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 2–0–0
3 L November 15, 1936 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1936–37) 2–1–0
4 L November 17, 1936 2–5 @ New York Americans (1936–37) 2–2–0
5 W November 19, 1936 3–2 New York Americans (1936–37) 3–2–0
6 W November 21, 1936 3–1 OT New York Rangers (1936–37) 4–2–0
7 T November 24, 1936 2–2 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 4–2–1
8 L November 26, 1936 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 4–3–1
9 L November 28, 1936 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 4–4–1
10 W November 29, 1936 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 5–4–1
11 W December 5, 1936 4–3 Boston Bruins (1936–37) 6–4–1
12 L December 10, 1936 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 6–5–1
13 T December 12, 1936 2–2 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 6–5–2
14 W December 15, 1936 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 7–5–2
15 W December 19, 1936 4–2 OT New York Rangers (1936–37) 8–5–2
16 L December 20, 1936 3–5 OT @ New York Rangers (1936–37) 8–6–2
17 W December 22, 1936 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 9–6–2
18 W December 27, 1936 5–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 10–6–2
19 L December 29, 1936 1–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 10–7–2
20 W January 2, 1937 5–1 New York Americans (1936–37) 11–7–2
21 W January 3, 1937 4–2 @ New York Americans (1936–37) 12–7–2
22 L January 5, 1937 2–4 @ Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 12–8–2
23 W January 7, 1937 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 13–8–2
24 L January 9, 1937 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 13–9–2
25 W January 12, 1937 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 14–9–2
26 W January 16, 1937 5–0 Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 15–9–2
27 T January 19, 1937 1–1 OT @ New York Rangers (1936–37) 15–9–3
28 W January 24, 1937 4–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 16–9–3
29 W January 26, 1937 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 17–9–3
30 W January 28, 1937 6–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 18–9–3
31 L January 30, 1937 0–4 New York Americans (1936–37) 18–10–3
32 W January 31, 1937 3–2 OT @ New York Americans (1936–37) 19–10–3
33 W February 2, 1937 1–0 @ Boston Bruins (1936–37) 20–10–3
34 L February 4, 1937 2–6 Boston Bruins (1936–37) 20–11–3
35 W February 11, 1937 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 21–11–3
36 L February 13, 1937 1–5 Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 21–12–3
37 W February 16, 1937 2–1 @ New York Americans (1936–37) 22–12–3
38 T February 21, 1937 2–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (1936–37) 22–12–4
39 L February 25, 1937 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 22–13–4
40 W February 27, 1937 3–2 OT New York Americans (1936–37) 23–13–4
41 T February 28, 1937 0–0 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 23–13–5
42 L March 4, 1937 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 23–14–5
43 L March 6, 1937 1–3 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 23–15–5
44 L March 9, 1937 1–4 Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 23–16–5
45 W March 13, 1937 1–0 New York Rangers (1936–37) 24–16–5
46 T March 16, 1937 1–1 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 24–16–6
47 L March 18, 1937 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 24–17–6
48 L March 21, 1937 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1936–37) 24–18–6

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Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Gagnon, JohnnyJohnny Gagnon RW 48 20 16 36 38
Joliat, AurelAurel Joliat LW 47 17 15 32 30
Siebert, BabeBabe Siebert LW/D 44 8 20 28 38
Mantha, GeorgesGeorges Mantha D/LW 47 13 14 27 17
Haynes, PaulPaul Haynes C 47 8 18 26 24
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 43 10 12 22 12
Morenz, HowieHowie Morenz C 30 4 16 20 12
Desilets, JoffreJoffre Desilets RW 48 7 12 19 17
Lepine, PitPit Lepine C 34 7 8 15 15
Brown, GeorgeGeorge Brown C 27 4 6 10 10
Lorrain, RodRod Lorrain RW 47 3 6 9 8
McGill, JackJack McGill LW 44 5 2 7 9
MacKenzie, BillBill MacKenzie D 39 4 3 7 22
Miller, BillBill Miller C/D 48 3 1 4 12
Buswell, WaltWalt Buswell D 44 0 4 4 30
Mondou, ArmandArmand Mondou LW 7 1 1 2 0
Runge, PaulPaul Runge C/LW 4 1 0 1 2
Cude, WilfWilf Cude G 44 0 0 0 0
Drouin, PollyPolly Drouin LW 4 0 0 0 0
Goupille, RedRed Goupille D 4 0 0 0 0
Hainsworth, GeorgeGeorge Hainsworth G 4 0 0 0 0
Jenkins, RogerRoger Jenkins RW/D 10 0 0 0 8
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Cude, WilfWilf Cude 2730 44 22 17 5 99 2.18 5
Hainsworth, GeorgeGeorge Hainsworth 270 4 2 1 1 12 2.67 0
Team: 3000 48 24 18 6 111 2.22 5

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Haynes, PaulPaul Haynes C 5 2 3 5 0
Gagnon, JohnnyJohnny Gagnon RW 5 2 1 3 9
Siebert, BabeBabe Siebert LW/D 5 1 2 3 2
Joliat, AurelAurel Joliat LW 5 0 3 3 2
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 5 1 0 1 0
Desilets, JoffreJoffre Desilets RW 5 1 0 1 0
MacKenzie, BillBill MacKenzie D 5 1 0 1 0
Lepine, PitPit Lepine C 5 0 1 1 0
Brown, GeorgeGeorge Brown C 4 0 0 0 0
Buswell, WaltWalt Buswell D 5 0 0 0 2
Cude, WilfWilf Cude G 5 0 0 0 0
Lorrain, RodRod Lorrain RW 5 0 0 0 0
Mantha, GeorgesGeorges Mantha D/LW 5 0 0 0 0
McGill, JackJack McGill LW 1 0 0 0 0
Miller, BillBill Miller C/D 5 0 0 0 0
Mondou, ArmandArmand Mondou LW 5 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Cude, WilfWilf Cude 352 5 2 3 13 2.22 0
Team: 352 5 2 3 13 2.22 0

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1969). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol.2 1927–1946 inc. National Hockey League. pp. 263–265. 
  • Jenish, D'Arcy (2008). The Montreal Canadiens: 100 years of glory. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 978-0-385-66324-3. 
  • Mouton, Claude (1987). The Montreal Canadiens. Toronto, Ontario: Key Porter Books. ISBN 1-55013-051-X. 
Notes
  1. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy et al, ed. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 147. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  2. ^ "1936–37 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  3. ^ "1936-37 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-05.