1953 Stanley Cup Finals

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1953 Stanley Cup Finals
Teams 1 2 3 4 5* Games
Montreal Canadiens  4 1 3 7 1 4
Boston Bruins  2 4 0 3 0 1
* indicates periods of overtime.
Location: Montreal, QC (Montreal Forum) (1,2,5)
Boston, Massachusetts (Boston Garden) (3,4)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Montreal: Dick Irvin
Boston: Lynn Patrick
Captains: Montreal: Emile Bouchard
Boston: Milt Schmidt
Dates: April 9 to April 16, 1953
Series-winning
goal:
Elmer Lach (1:22, OT)
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The 1953 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. Boston was making its first appearance in the Final since the 1946 Final. The Canadiens, who were appearing in their third-straight Final series, would win the series four games to one.

Paths to the Final[edit]

Montreal defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 4–3 to reach the final. Boston defeated the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 4–2 to reach the final.

The series[edit]

Jacques Plante would be pulled after the first two games in favour of Gerry McNeil. The move paid off as McNeil posted two shutouts in the last three games.

Game 1[edit]

April 9 Boston Bruins 2 – 4
1 – 1, 0 – 2, 1 – 1
Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum

Game 2[edit]

April 11 Boston Bruins 4 – 1
2 – 0, 1 – 1, 1 – 0
Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum

Game 3[edit]

April 12 Montreal Canadiens 3 – 0
1 – 0, 1 – 0, 1 – 0
Boston Bruins Boston Garden

Game 4[edit]

April 14 Montreal Canadiens 7 – 3
3 – 1, 1 – 0, 3 – 2
Boston Bruins Boston Garden

Game 5[edit]

April 16 Boston Bruins 0 – 1 OT
0 – 0, 0 – 0, 0 – 0, 0 – 1
Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum

Montreal Canadiens 1953 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • Donat Raymond (President/Owner), Dalton Coleman (Vice President/Owner)
  • William Northey (Vice Presidents/Owners), Frank Selke Sr. (Manager)
  • Dick Irvin Sr. (Coach), Hector Dubois (Trainer), Gaston Bettez (Asst. 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]

Notes[edit]

References[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
Detroit Red Wings
1952
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

1953
Succeeded by
Detroit Red Wings
1954