1949 Stanley Cup Finals

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1949 Stanley Cup Finals
Teams 1* 2 3 4 Games
Toronto Maple Leafs  3 3 3 3 4
Detroit Red Wings  2 1 1 1 0
* - Denotes overtime period(s)
Location: Detroit, Michigan (Detroit Olympia) (1,2)
Toronto, ON (Maple Leaf Gardens) (3,4)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Toronto: Hap Day
Detroit: Tommy Ivan
Captains: Toronto: Ted Kennedy
Detroit: Sid Abel
Dates: April 8 to April 16, 1949
Series-winning
goal:
Cal Gardner (19:45, second)
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The 1949 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs, the second straight final series between Detroit and Toronto. The Maple Leafs won the series in four straight games to win their third consecutive Stanley Cup and eighth in the history of the franchise.

Paths to the final[edit]

Detroit defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4–2 to advance to the finals. Toronto defeated the Boston Bruins 4–1 to advance to the finals.

The series[edit]

The Maple Leafs became the first NHL team to win the Cup in three straight seasons. The Leafs also won nine straight finals games. By defeating Detroit, Toronto won the Stanley Cup with a losing record. The only other team to win the Stanley Cup after finishing the regular season with a losing record was the 1938 Chicago Black Hawks.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 8 Toronto 3 Detroit 2 OT
April 10 Toronto 3 Detroit 1
April 13 Detroit 1 Toronto 3
April 16 Detroit 1 Toronto 3

Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4–0.

Toronto Maple Leafs 1949 Stanley Cup Champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders

1 Walter Turk Broda


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • Conn Smythe (President/Manager/Owner),George McGillach (Vice President)
  • John Murdoch (Vice President), Jack Bickell (Director/Owner)
  • Ed Bickle (Director/Owner), George Walker (Chief Scout)
  • William MacBrien (Chairman/Owner), Tim Daly (Trainer)
  • Clarence Hap Day (Coach)
  • Kerry Day (Mascot)
  • Archie Campbell† (Ass't Trainer), Ed Fitkin† (Publicity Director),
  • Norman Delarue†, Robert Galloway†, Horance MacIntyre† (Team Doctors)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • †The following members were engraved on the original Stanley Cup in 1949, but removed from the current Cup Bill Ezinicki† (player-by mistake-played in the finals), Archie Campbell†, Ed Finkin†, Norman Delarue†, Horance MacIntyre†, James Murphy† (non players). There is room for 5 more names to be included on the cup.
  • ††Tod Sloan's name is not on the cup in 1949, but was included on the team picture. Sloan only played 29 games, and did not play in the playoffs. Sloan name was engraved on the cup in 1951, 1961.
  • William A.H. MacBrien's last name was spelled wrong. W.A.H. MacBRIAN with an "E" instead of an "A". Mistake was corrected on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  • 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
Toronto Maple Leafs
1948
Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup Champions

1949
Succeeded by
Detroit Red Wings
1950