1952–53 Montreal Canadiens season

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1952–53 Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions
1952–53 record 28–23–19
Goals for 155
Goals against 148
Team information
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Emile Bouchard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Maurice Richard (28)
Assists Maurice Richard (33)
Points Maurice Richard (61)
Penalties in minutes Maurice Richard (112)
Wins Gerry McNeil (25)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (1.33)
<1951–52 1953–54>

The 1952–53 Montreal Canadiens season was the Canadiens' 44th season of play. The Canadiens placed second in the regular season, defeated the Chicago Black Hawks in the semi-final and the Boston Bruins in the final to win the club's seventh Stanley Cup championship.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Detroit Red Wings 70 36 16 18 222 133 +89 90
2 Montreal Canadiens 70 28 23 19 155 148 +7 75
3 Chicago Black Hawks 70 27 28 15 169 175 -6 −6 69
4 Boston Bruins 70 28 29 13 152 172 -20 −20 69
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 27 30 13 156 167 -11 −11 67
6 New York Rangers 70 17 37 16 152 211 -59 −59 50


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 9, 1952 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 0–1–0
2 W October 11, 1952 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 1–1–0
3 T October 12, 1952 1–1 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 1–1–1
4 W October 16, 1952 3–1 New York Rangers (1952–53) 2–1–1
5 W October 18, 1952 2–1 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 3–1–1
6 L October 19, 1952 1–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 3–2–1
7 T October 23, 1952 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 3–2–2
8 W October 25, 1952 9–0 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 4–2–2
9 L October 29, 1952 5–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 4–3–2
10 W November 1, 1952 4–1 New York Rangers (1952–53) 5–3–2
11 T November 2, 1952 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 5–3–3
12 W November 6, 1952 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 6–3–3
13 W November 8, 1952 6–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 7–3–3
14 L November 13, 1952 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 7–4–3
15 W November 15, 1952 2–0 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 8–4–3
16 L November 16, 1952 1–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 8–5–3
17 T November 22, 1952 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 8–5–4
18 T November 23, 1952 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 8–5–5
19 T November 27, 1952 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 8–5–6
20 T November 29, 1952 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 8–5–7
21 L November 30, 1952 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 8–6–7
22 L December 4, 1952 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 8–7–7
23 L December 6, 1952 1–2 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 8–8–7
24 T December 7, 1952 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 8–8–8
25 W December 10, 1952 2–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 9–8–8
26 W December 11, 1952 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 10–8–8
27 W December 13, 1952 3–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 11–8–8
28 T December 14, 1952 0–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 11–8–9
29 W December 18, 1952 6–2 New York Rangers (1952–53) 12–8–9
30 L December 20, 1952 3–6 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 12–9–9
31 W December 21, 1952 4–3 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 13–9–9
32 L December 24, 1952 0–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 13–10–9
33 T December 27, 1952 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 13–10–10
34 W December 31, 1952 2–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 14–10–10
35 T January 1, 1953 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 14–10–11
36 L January 3, 1953 0–1 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 14–11–11
37 T January 8, 1953 4–4 New York Rangers (1952–53) 14–11–12
38 W January 10, 1953 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 15–11–12
39 L January 11, 1953 0–7 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 15–12–12
40 W January 15, 1953 2–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 16–12–12
41 T January 17, 1953 1–1 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 16–12–13
42 W January 18, 1953 3–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 17–12–13
43 W January 21, 1953 1–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 18–12–13
44 W January 22, 1953 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 19–12–13
45 L January 24, 1953 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 19–13–13
46 T January 25, 1953 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 19–13–14
47 W January 28, 1953 2–1 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 20–13–14
48 W January 29, 1953 5–2 New York Rangers (1952–53) 21–13–14
49 T January 31, 1953 0–0 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 21–13–15
50 L February 1, 1953 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 21–14–15
51 W February 5, 1953 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 22–14–15
52 L February 7, 1953 1–3 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 22–15–15
53 T February 8, 1953 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 22–15–16
54 W February 12, 1953 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 23–15–16
55 T February 14, 1953 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 23–15–17
56 L February 15, 1953 0–1 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 23–16–17
57 L February 19, 1953 1–4 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 23–17–17
58 W February 21, 1953 4–1 New York Rangers (1952–53) 24–17–17
59 W February 25, 1953 2–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 25–17–17
60 W February 26, 1953 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 26–17–17
61 L February 28, 1953 3–4 Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 26–18–17
62 L March 5, 1953 0–5 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 26–19–17
63 W March 7, 1953 1–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 27–19–17
64 L March 8, 1953 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1952–53) 27–20–17
65 T March 12, 1953 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1952–53) 27–20–18
66 W March 14, 1953 3–2 New York Rangers (1952–53) 28–20–18
67 L March 15, 1953 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1952–53) 28–21–18
68 L March 19, 1953 1–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1952–53) 28–22–18
69 L March 21, 1953 1–2 Boston Bruins (1952–53) 28–23–18
70 T March 22, 1953 1–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1952–53) 28–23–19

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Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup Final[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1953 Stanley Cup Final.
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 9 Boston 2 Montreal 4
April 11 Boston 4 Montreal 1
April 12 Montreal 3 Boston 0
April 14 Montreal 7 Boston 3
April 16 Boston 0 Montreal 1 OT

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 70 28 33 61 112
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 69 17 28 45 83
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 53 16 25 41 56
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 65 22 17 39 37
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 69 4 30 34 67
Meger, PaulPaul Meger LW 69 9 17 26 38
Gamble, DickDick Gamble LW 69 11 13 24 26
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 68 16 6 22 10
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 63 5 14 19 27
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 56 4 15 19 26
Masnick, PaulPaul Masnick C 53 5 7 12 44
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 70 3 8 11 63
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 58 2 8 10 55
McCormack, JohnJohn McCormack C 59 1 9 10 9
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 18 2 6 8 19
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 54 2 6 8 34
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 3 5 0 5 0
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 59 2 3 5 67
Stewart, GayeGaye Stewart LW 5 0 2 2 0
Litzenberger, EdEd Litzenberger C/RW 2 1 0 1 2
Desaulniers, GerardGerard Desaulniers C 2 0 1 1 2
Irwin, IvanIvan Irwin D 4 0 1 1 0
Abbott, RegReg Abbott C 3 0 0 0 0
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 66 0 0 0 0
Murphy, HalHal Murphy G 1 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 3 0 0 0 0
Rousseau, RolandRoland Rousseau D 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 3960 66 25 23 18 140 2.12 10
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 180 3 2 0 1 4 1.33 0
Murphy, HalHal Murphy 60 1 1 0 0 4 4.00 0
Team: 4200 70 28 23 19 148 2.11 10

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 12 6 4 10 12
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 12 7 1 8 2
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 12 1 6 7 6
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 12 3 2 5 13
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 7 3 2 5 4
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 12 2 3 5 8
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 12 0 5 5 8
Mazur, EddieEddie Mazur D/LW 7 2 2 4 11
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 12 2 2 4 4
MacKay, CalumCalum MacKay LW 7 1 3 4 10
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 12 2 1 3 2
Meger, PaulPaul Meger LW 5 1 2 3 4
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 12 0 3 3 4
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 12 1 1 2 6
Davis, LorneLorne Davis RW 7 1 1 2 2
Reay, BillyBilly Reay C 11 0 2 2 4
Gamble, DickDick Gamble LW 5 1 0 1 2
Masnick, PaulPaul Masnick C 6 1 0 1 7
MacPherson, BudBud MacPherson D 4 0 1 1 9
Anderson, DougDoug Anderson C 2 0 0 0 0
McCormack, JohnJohn McCormack C 9 0 0 0 0
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil G 8 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
McNeil, GerryGerry McNeil 486 8 5 3 16 1.98 2
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 240 4 3 1 7 1.75 1
Team: 726 12 8 4 23 1.90 3

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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]

Montreal Canadiens 1953 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • Donat Raymond (President/Owner)
  • Dalton Coleman, William Northey (Vice Presidents/Owners)
  • Frank Selke Sr. (Manager), Dick Irvin Sr. (Coach)
  • Hector Dubois (Trainer), Gaston Bettez (Ass't Trainer)
  • Camile DesRoches^, Frank Selke Jr.^ (Publicity Directors)
  • &- Doug Anderson played 2 games in the Semi-Finals, qualified to be on the Stanley Cup, but name was still left off
  • ^- on the team picture, but missing from the Stanley Cup.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Eddie Maruz was misspelled EDDIE MARUZE, with an extra "E" on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93. His name was spelled correctly on the other 2 rings.
  • Mistake Gaston Bettez name was misspelled in 1953. Gettez was GOSTON BETTES on the original ring in 1953, G Bettes on the other 2 rings of 1953 Montreal.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1952–1953 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "1952–53 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  3. ^ "1952-53 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.