1940 Stanley Cup Finals

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1940 Stanley Cup Finals
123456 Total
New York Rangers 2*6102**3* 4
Toronto Maple Leafs 1*2231**2* 2
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location(s)New York City: Madison Square Garden (1, 2)
Toronto: Maple Leaf Gardens (3–6)
CoachesNew York: Frank Boucher
Toronto: Dick Irvin
CaptainsNew York: Art Coulter
Toronto: Red Horner
DatesApril 2 to April 13, 1940
Series-winning goalBryan Hextall (2:07, OT)

The 1940 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven series between the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs. New York would win the series 4–2 to win their third Stanley Cup. The Rangers would not win another for 54 years.

Paths to the Finals[edit]

New York defeated the Boston Bruins in a best-of-seven 4–2 to advance to the finals. The Maple Leafs had to play two best-of three series; winning 2–0 against the Chicago Black Hawks, and 2–0 against the Detroit Red Wings.

Game summaries[edit]

The final series between the Rangers and the Maple Leafs was an exciting one that went back and forth with three overtime games. The Rangers took the first two at home and the Leafs took the next two in Toronto. The circus forced the Rangers to vacate Madison Square Garden after the first two games. The Rangers would score three game-winning goals in overtime including the Cup winner. Lynn and Murray Patrick played for the Rangers to be the third and fourth members of the Patrick family to win the Stanley Cup.

New York won series 4–2

Game one[edit]

April 2Toronto Maple Leafs1–2 OT
1–1, 0–0, 0–0, 0–1
New York RangersMadison Square Garden

Game two[edit]

April 3Toronto Maple Leafs2–6
2–1, 0–2, 0–3
New York RangersMadison Square Garden
Attendance: 13,000

New York Rangers 1940 Stanley Cup champions[edit]



Coaching and administrative staff:

Stanley Cup engraving

a Missing from the Stanley Cup, but qualified to be on it.

  • Frank Boucher was 6th NHL rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup.
  • Lester Patrick and Frank Boucher became the first (and to this date, the only) duo to win the Stanley Cup together as players and then as a coach-managerial team, having won as players on the Rangers in 1928.[1]
  • A new ring was added to the Stanley Cup. This large ring had room to hold 7 winning Stanley Cup teams.

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]


  1. ^ Branch, John (June 1, 2006). "New York Is Edmonton's Home Away From Home". The New York Times. p. D7. If the Oilers win the Stanley Cup, Lowe and MacTavish will be the second twosome in NHL history to win as teammates, and as general manager and coach. Lester Patrick was the Rangers' general manager and Frank Boucher was the coach when they won the championship in 1940. They played together when the Rangers won the Cup in 1928.


  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Toronto: Total Sports Canada. ISBN 978-1-892129-07-9.
  • 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
Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Boston Bruins