1947 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1947 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs would win the series four games to two. This was the first all-Canadian finals in 12 years.
Paths to the final
Ted Kennedy was the leader with three goals including the Cup winner. Toronto had several new players in its lineup, including Howie Meeker, Bill Barilko and Bill Ezinicki, as Toronto sported the youngest NHL team to win the Cup to that time.
The series continued a competition that had gone on all season, with Montreal and Toronto finishing 1–2. Montreal coach Dick Irvin was mad at the beginning the series, recalling a season-ending injury to Montreal forward Elmer Lach from a body check by Don Metz. Montreal started out strong in the series, defeating the Leafs 6–0 in the opener. Bill Durnan of the Canadiens reputedly said "How did those guys get in the league?", although he denied saying those words later.
The second game was a rough game, with Rocket Richard knocking two Leafs out with high-sticks to the head. Richard earned himself over 20 minutes in penalties and a game misconduct and a suspension for game three. The Leafs took advantage of the power plays and defeated Montreal 4–0. Richard would earn himself a further $250 fine imposed by president Clarence Campbell.
Games three and four were played in Toronto and Toronto won both to take a 3–1 series lead. Returning to the Forum for game five, Montreal won the game to extend the series. In the sixth game, Turk Broda showed outstanding goaltending, holding off Ken Reardon on a late break-away and the Leafs won 2–1 to win the Stanley Cup.
After the sixth game ended, the Cup was not presented to the Leafs. Clarence Campbell declined to present the Cup immediately, concerned over the spectre of fan violence.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4–2.
Toronto Maple Leafs 1947 Stanley Cup champions
- Coaching and administrative staff
- Ed Bickle (President/Owner), William MacBrien (Vice President/Owner)
- Jack Bickell (Director/Owner), John Murdoch (Vice President)
- Conn Smythe (Manager/Owner), Clarence Hap Day (Coach)
- Tim Daly (Trainer), Clifford Keyland (Asst. Trainer)
- Robert Galloway (Team Doctor), Horance MacIntyre (Team Doctor)
- George Walker (Chief Scout)
Stanley Cup engraving
- †Joe Klukay name was removed by mistake from new version of 1947 Toronto's engraving created in 1957–58. (There is space where his should have been included)
- 1947 Toronto Maple Leafs were first Stanley Cup winning team to have the Captain(C), and Assistant Captain(A) marked on their sweaters on their Stanley Cup team picture.
- When the Replica Cup was created in 1992–93 a new mistake happened. Robert J. Galloway's name was misspelled as P.J. Galloway with "P" instead of a "R". His name is spelled correctly the first 2 times 1947 Toronto members were engraved.
References and notes
- McFarlane, p. 96
- McFarlane, p. 97
- McFarlane, pp. 97–98
- NHL (2000). Diamond, Dan, ed. Total Stanley Cup. Dan Diamond & Associates.
- McFarlane, Brian (1996). The Leafs. Stoddart Publishing. ISBN 0-7737-5843-7.
- Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-55168-261-3.
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