1931 Stanley Cup Finals
|1931 Stanley Cup Finals|
|* indicates periods of overtime.|
|Location(s)||Chicago (Chicago Stadium) (1,2)
Montreal (Forum) (3,4,5)
|Coaches||Chicago: Dick Irvin
Montreal: Cecil Hart
|Captains||Chicago: Ty Arbour
Montreal: Sylvio Mantha
|Dates||April 3–14, 1931|
|Series-winning goal||Johnny 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 repeat as champion. 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.
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.
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.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Black Hawks
|April 3||Montreal Canadiens||2||Chicago Black Hawks||1|
|April 5||Montreal Canadiens||1||Chicago Black Hawks||2||2OT|
|April 9||Chicago Black Hawks||3||Montreal Canadiens||2||3OT|
|April 11||Chicago Black Hawks||2||Montreal Canadiens||4|
|April 14||Chicago Black Hawks||0||Montreal Canadiens||2|
Montreal wins best-of-five series 3–2.
Montreal Canadiens 1931 Stanley Cup champions
† 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
- 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
Stanley Cup Champions
Toronto Maple Leafs