1931 Stanley Cup Finals

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1931 Stanley Cup Finals
12345 Total
Chicago Black Hawks 12320 2
Montreal Canadiens 21242 3
* indicates periods of overtime.
Location(s)Chicago: Chicago Stadium (1, 2)
Montreal: Forum (3–5)
CoachesChicago: Dick Irvin
Montreal: Cecil Hart
CaptainsChicago: Ty Arbour
Montreal: Sylvio Mantha
DatesApril 3–14, 1931
Series-winning goalJohnny Gagnon (9:59, second)

The 1931 Stanley Cup Finals was played between the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Black Hawks, making their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance. The Canadiens, defending champions, won the series to become the second NHL team to win back-to-back championships. Former player and now coach, Chicago's Dick Irvin, made his Finals coaching debut against the team he would later coach to three Stanley Cup titles.

Game summaries[edit]

Over 18,000 fans packed Chicago Stadium for game two to set a record for largest attendance in hockey history to that time. The triple-overtime game three of the series was (at the time) the longest game in Stanley Cup Finals history, and today remains the fourth longest game in Stanley Cup Finals history at 113:50.

Game five[edit]

For game five, Foster Hewitt came to Montreal to make the radio broadcast play-by-play and transmission lines carried his broadcast to radio stations across Canada. Interest was so high that Montrealers in the thousands lined up for end zone and standing room tickets. Johnny Gagnon opened the scoring in the second period and Howie Morenz scored an insurance goal in the third period. It ended a nine-game goalless streak for Morenz.[1]

Montreal won the series 3–2

Montreal Canadiens 1931 Stanley Cup champions[edit]



† Left off the Cup, but qualified to be on it. A Played three of five games in the Finals. B Played 22 of 44 regular season games.

Coaching and administrative staff:

  • Louis Athanase David (President), Edouard St. Pere (Vice President)
  • Joseph Cattarinich (Vice President/Owner), Amerdee Monte (Director)
  • Leo Dandurand (Secretary/Owner), Alphonse Raymond (Director)
  • Cecil Hart (Manager-Coach), Georges Richer (Treasurer)
  • Fernand Rinfeet (Director), Henry Gray (Director)
  • Jules Dugal (Business Manager), Dr. J. A. Corrigan (Team Physician)
  • Ed Dulfour (Trainer), Jim McKenna (Asst. Trainer)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Officially, owner Leo Dandurand was the Manager of the Montreal Canadiens from 1921–22 to 1934–35. However, Cecil Hart was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1930 and 1931, and he is listed on every team picture for those seasons as Manager.
  • *-The team physician's first name remains unknown

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jenish (2008), p. 76.


  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Toronto: Total Sports Canada. ISBN 978-1-892129-07-9.
  • Jenish, D'arcy (2008). The Montreal Canadiens: 100 years of glory. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 978-0-385-66324-3.
  • 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
Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Toronto Maple Leafs