1946–47 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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1946–47 Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup champions
Division 2nd NHL
1946–47 record 31–19–10
Goals for 209
Goals against 172
Team information
General Manager Conn Smythe
Coach Hap Day
Captain Syl Apps
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team leaders
Goals Ted Kennedy (28)
Assists Ted Kennedy (32)
Points Ted Kennedy (60)
Penalties in minutes Gus Mortson (133)

The 1946–47 Toronto Maple Leafs season involved winning the Stanley Cup. During the season, Maple Leaf Gardens was the first arena in the NHL to have Plexiglas inserted in the end zones of the rink.[1]

Off-season[edit]

Frank Selke was involved in the wrong end of a power struggle with Conn Smythe and the club's board of directors. Selke was let go, and was immediately signed as the new general manager of the Montreal Canadiens.[2] Frank McCool retired of his own volition due to his ulcers, while Lorne Carr, Dave Schriner, Mel Hill and Bob Davidson were asked to retire by the team. Babe Pratt was traded to Boston. The team brought in several rookies: Bill Barilko, Garth Boesch, Howie Meeker and Sid Smith.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Despite having a large number of rookies, the team won twenty of their first thirty-one games, led by the play of Meeker. Meeker set a rookie record, scoring five goals in a 10–4 win over Chicago on January 8, 1947.[4] The team bounced back from a disappointing 1945–46 season to place second and qualify for the playoffs.

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[5]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 60 34 16 10 189 138 +51 78
2 Toronto Maple Leafs 60 31 19 10 209 172 +37 72
3 Boston Bruins 60 26 23 11 190 175 +15 63
4 Detroit Red Wings 60 22 27 11 190 193 −3 55
5 New York Rangers 60 22 32 6 167 186 −19 50
6 Chicago Black Hawks 60 19 37 4 193 274 −81 42


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 16 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 0–0–1
2 W October 19 6–3 Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 1–0–1
3 T October 23 3–3 @ Boston Bruins (1946–47) 1–0–2
4 W October 26 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 2–0–2
5 W October 30 5–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 3–0–2
6 T November 1 1–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1946–47) 3–0–3
7 L November 2 0–5 Boston Bruins (1946–47) 3–1–3
8 W November 9 4–2 New York Rangers (1946–47) 4–1–3
9 W November 10 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 5–1–3
10 W November 16 3–0 Montreal Canadiens (1946–47) 6–1–3
11 W November 17 5–4 @ New York Rangers (1946–47) 7–1–3
12 L November 20 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1946–47) 7–2–3
13 L November 23 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 7–3–3
14 W November 24 5–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 8–3–3
15 L November 27 2–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 8–4–3
16 W November 30 11–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 9–4–3
17 T December 4 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1946–47) 9–4–4
18 W December 7 5–1 Boston Bruins (1946–47) 10–4–4
19 W December 8 5–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 11–4–4
20 L December 11 2–3 Montreal Canadiens (1946–47) 11–5–4
21 W December 14 3–2 New York Rangers (1946–47) 12–5–4
22 W December 15 4–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 13–5–4
23 W December 19 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 14–5–4
24 W December 21 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 15–5–4
25 W December 22 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1946–47) 16–5–4
26 W December 25 2–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 17–5–4
27 L December 26 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1946–47) 17–6–4
28 W December 28 4–3 Boston Bruins (1946–47) 18–6–4
29 W January 1 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 19–6–4
30 W January 2 5–4 @ New York Rangers (1946–47) 20–6–4
31 L January 4 0–2 New York Rangers (1946–47) 20–7–4
32 W January 8 10–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 21–7–4
33 W January 11 4–3 Boston Bruins (1946–47) 22–7–4
34 L January 12 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1946–47) 22–8–4
35 W January 15 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1946–47) 23–8–4
36 T January 16 1–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1946–47) 23–8–5
37 W January 18 7–4 Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 24–8–5
38 L January 19 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1946–47) 24–9–5
39 L January 25 0–1 New York Rangers (1946–47) 24–10–5
40 T January 26 6–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 24–10–6
41 L January 30 0–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1946–47) 24–11–6
42 L February 1 4–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 24–12–6
43 L February 6 2–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1946–47) 24–13–6
44 W February 8 5–2 Boston Bruins (1946–47) 25–13–6
45 T February 15 4–4 Montreal Canadiens (1946–47) 25–13–7
46 L February 16 2–6 @ New York Rangers (1946–47) 25–14–7
47 L February 19 3–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 25–15–7
48 W February 22 2–0 New York Rangers (1946–47) 26–15–7
49 T February 23 2–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1946–47) 26–15–8
50 L February 26 0–1 Montreal Canadiens (1946–47) 26–16–8
51 T February 27 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 26–16–9
52 L March 1 4–5 Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 26–17–9
53 L March 5 4–5 @ Boston Bruins (1946–47) 26–18–9
54 W March 8 12–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1946–47) 27–18–9
55 W March 9 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1946–47) 28–18–9
56 T March 15 5–5 Boston Bruins (1946–47) 28–18–10
57 L March 16 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (1946–47) 28–19–10
58 W March 19 5–4 Montreal Canadiens (1946–47) 29–19–10
59 W March 22 5–3 New York Rangers (1946–47) 30–19–10
60 W March 23 5–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1946–47) 31–19–10

Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 8 Toronto 0 Montreal 6
April 10 Toronto 4 Montreal 0
April 12 Montreal 2 Toronto 4
April 15 Montreal 1 Toronto 2 OT
April 17 Toronto 1 Montreal 3
April 19 Montreal 1 Toronto 2

Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4–2.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Kennedy, TedTed Kennedy 60 28 32 60 27
Apps, SylSyl Apps 54 25 24 49 6
Meeker, HowieHowie Meeker 55 27 18 45 76
Ezinicki, BillBill Ezinicki 60 17 20 37 93
Poile, BudBud Poile 59 19 17 36 19
Watson, HarryHarry Watson 44 19 15 34 10
Stewart, GayeGaye Stewart 60 19 14 33 15
Klukay, JoeJoe Klukay 55 9 20 29 12
Metz, NickNick Metz 60 12 16 28 15
Lynn, VicVic Lynn 31 6 14 20 44
Stanowski, WallyWally Stanowski 51 3 16 19 12
Mortson, GusGus Mortson 60 5 13 18 133
Thomson, JimmyJimmy Thomson 60 2 14 16 97
Metz, DonDon Metz 40 4 9 13 10
Bodnar, GusGus Bodnar 39 4 6 10 10
Barilko, BillBill Barilko 18 3 7 10 33
Boesch, GarthGarth Boesch 35 4 5 9 47
Smith, SidSid Smith 14 2 1 3 0
Goldham, BobBob Goldham 11 1 1 2 10
Taylor, HarryHarry Taylor 9 0 2 2 0
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 60 0 0 0 0
Dawes, BobBob Dawes 1 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 3600 60 31 19 10 172 2.87 4
Team: 3600 60 31 19 10 172 2.87 4

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Kennedy, TedTed Kennedy 11 4 5 9 4
Stewart, GayeGaye Stewart 11 2 5 7 8
Apps, SylSyl Apps 11 5 1 6 0
Metz, NickNick Metz 6 4 2 6 0
Meeker, HowieHowie Meeker 11 3 3 6 6
Lynn, VicVic Lynn 11 4 1 5 16
Watson, HarryHarry Watson 11 3 2 5 6
Metz, DonDon Metz 11 2 3 5 4
Mortson, GusGus Mortson 11 1 3 4 22
Barilko, BillBill Barilko 11 0 3 3 18
Poile, BudBud Poile 7 2 0 2 2
Boesch, GarthGarth Boesch 11 0 2 2 6
Ezinicki, BillBill Ezinicki 11 0 2 2 30
Klukay, JoeJoe Klukay 11 1 0 1 0
Thomson, JimmyJimmy Thomson 11 0 1 1 22
Bodnar, GusGus Bodnar 1 0 0 0 0
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 11 0 0 0 0
Stanowski, WallyWally Stanowski 8 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 680 11 8 3 27 2.38 1
Team: 680 11 8 3 27 2.38 1

[6]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Toronto Maple Leafs 1947 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Players

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders

1 Walter Turk Broda

Coaching and administrative staff:

  • Ed Bickle (president/owner), William MacBrien (vice president/owner)
  • Jack Bickell (director/owner), John Murdoch (vice president)
  • Conn Smythe (manager/owner), Clarence Hap Day (coach)
  • Tim Daly (trainer), Clifford Keyland (ass't trainer)
  • Robert Galloway, Horance MacIntyre (team doctors)
  • George Walker (chief scout)

Stanley Cup engraving

†Joe Klukay name was removed by mistake from new version of 1947 Toronto's engraving created in 1957–58. There is more than enough room to add his name. He played in finals and qualified to be on the cup.

When the Replica Cup was created in 1992–93 a new mistake happened. Robert J. Galloway's name was misspelled as P.J. Galloway with "P" instead of a "R". His name is spelled correctly the first 2 times 1947 Toronto members were engraved.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (1994). Years of glory, 1942–1967: the National Hockey League's official book of the six-team era. Toronto, Ontario: McClelland & Stewart Inc. ISBN 0-7710-2817-2. 
Notes
  1. ^ Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p. 66, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9.
  2. ^ Diamond 1994, p. 21.
  3. ^ Diamond 1994, p. 22.
  4. ^ Diamond 1994, p. 24.
  5. ^ "1946–1947 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  6. ^ "1946-47 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 

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