1944 Stanley Cup Finals

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1944 Stanley Cup Finals
1234 Total
Montreal Canadiens 5335* 4
Chicago Black Hawks 1124* 0
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location(s)Montreal: Montreal Forum (1, 4)
Chicago: Chicago Stadium (2, 3)
CoachesMontreal: Dick Irvin
Chicago: Paul Thompson
CaptainsMontreal: Toe Blake
Chicago: Doug Bentley
DatesApril 4 – April 13
Series-winning goalToe Blake (9:12, OT)

The 1944 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Chicago Black Hawks and the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens would win the series 4–0 to win their first Stanley Cup since they defeated Chicago in 1931.

Paths to the Final[edit]

Chicago defeated the defending champion Detroit Red Wings in a best-of-seven 4–1 to advance to the final. Montreal defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best-of-seven 4–1 to advance.

Game summaries[edit]

Maurice "Rocket" Richard made his Stanley Cup debut with a five-goal performance in the series, including a hat trick in game two. The Punch Line of Richard, Elmer Lach and Toe Blake scored ten of the Canadiens' 16 goals. Blake scored the Cup winner in overtime. In the same overtime, Bill Durnan stopped the first penalty shot awarded in the final, awarded to Virgil Johnson.


Montreal won series 4–0


Montreal Canadiens 1944 Stanley Cup Champions[edit]

Players

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders

1 Bill Durnan

Coaching and administrative staff:

  • Donat Raymond (President/Owner), Dalton Coleman (Vice President/Owner)
  • Len Peto (Director), Tommy Gorman (Manager)
  • Dick Irvin Sr, (Coach)
  • Ernie Cook (Trainer)&, Hector Dubois (Asst. Trainer)&.
  • William Northey (Vice President/Owner) was missing from team picture, and Stanley Cup.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Trainer Ernie Cook and Hector Dubois were included on the team picture in 1944, 1946. However, their names were not engraved on the Cup. When the Stanley Cup was redesigned during the 1957–58 season Cook was added to cup in 1944, but not to 1946 team. Dubois was not added to 1944, 1946 team. Dubois would later have his name on the Stanley Cup 6 times 1953–56–57–58–59–60.
  • In 1944 Tommy Gorman became the only Manager to win 4 Stanley Cup with 4 different teams. 1920–21–23 Ottawa Senators, 1934 Chicago Black Hawks, 1935 Montreal Maroons and 1944 Montreal Canadiens. He would retire as a champion, after winning one more cup with the Canadiens in 1946.
Spelling mistakes
  • Bill Durnan's name was misspelled as BILL DURMAN. The first "N" was engraved as a "M". The mistake was corrected in 1992–93 when the Replica Cup was created.
  • Gerald "Gerry" Heffernan won only 1 Stanley Cup in his career in 1944. However, his name is spelled differently on each of the 3 rings that included the 1944 Montreal Canadiens.
  • On the original ring in 1944 as GERALD HEFFERNAN
  • On the Redesigned ring created during 1957–58 season as JERRY HEFFERNAN
  • On the Replica ring created in 1992–93 as GERRY HEFFERNAN

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  • 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
Detroit Red Wings
1943
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

1944
Succeeded by
Toronto Maple Leafs
1945