1953–54 Detroit Red Wings season

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1953–54 Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup Champions
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Division 1st NHL
1953–54 record 37–19–14
Goals for 191
Goals against 132
Team information
General Manager Jack Adams
Coach Tommy Ivan
Captain Ted Lindsay
Alternate captains Bob Goldham
Red Kelly
Marty Pavelich
Arena Olympia Stadium
Team leaders
Goals Gordie Howe (33)
Assists Gordie Howe (48)
Points Gordie Howe (81)
Penalties in minutes Ted Lindsay (110)
Wins Terry Sawchuk (35)
Goals against average Terry Sawchuk (1.93)
<1952–53 1954–55>

The 1953–54 Detroit Red Wings season was the Red Wings' 21st season. The highlight of season was winning the Stanley Cup.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Prison game[edit]

On February 2, 1954, the Red Wings played an exhibition game against Marquette Branch Prison on an outdoor ice surface.

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Detroit Red Wings 70 37 19 14 191 132 +59 88
2 Montreal Canadiens 70 35 24 11 195 141 +54 81
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 32 24 14 152 131 +21 78
4 Boston Bruins 70 32 28 10 177 181 −4 74
5 New York Rangers 70 29 31 10 161 182 −21 68
6 Chicago Black Hawks 70 12 51 7 133 242 −109 31


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 8, 1953 4–1 New York Rangers (1953–54) 1–0–0
2 L October 10, 1953 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 1–1–0
3 W October 11, 1953 4–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 2–1–0
4 T October 16, 1953 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 2–1–1
5 W October 17, 1953 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 3–1–1
6 W October 18, 1953 4–0 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 4–1–1
7 T October 21, 1953 1–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 4–1–2
8 L October 24, 1953 0–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 4–2–2
9 W October 25, 1953 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 5–2–2
10 L October 31, 1953 1–3 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 5–3–2
11 W November 1, 1953 5–1 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 6–3–2
12 T November 7, 1953 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 6–3–3
13 T November 8, 1953 2–2 New York Rangers (1953–54) 6–3–4
14 T November 11, 1953 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 6–3–5
15 W November 14, 1953 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 7–3–5
16 W November 15, 1953 4–1 New York Rangers (1953–54) 8–3–5
17 W November 19, 1953 3–2 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 9–3–5
18 L November 21, 1953 0–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 9–4–5
19 W November 22, 1953 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 10–4–5
20 W November 26, 1953 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 11–4–5
21 W November 28, 1953 9–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 12–4–5
22 W November 29, 1953 9–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 13–4–5
23 W December 3, 1953 4–0 New York Rangers (1953–54) 14–4–5
24 L December 5, 1953 0–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 14–5–5
25 L December 6, 1953 0–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 14–6–5
26 T December 9, 1953 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 14–6–6
27 L December 10, 1953 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 14–7–6
28 W December 12, 1953 7–1 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 15–7–6
29 W December 13, 1953 4–3 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 16–7–6
30 W December 17, 1953 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 17–7–6
31 W December 18, 1953 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 18–7–6
32 W December 20, 1953 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 19–7–6
33 L December 23, 1953 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 19–8–6
34 L December 26, 1953 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 19–9–6
35 W December 27, 1953 2–1 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 20–9–6
36 T December 31, 1953 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 20–9–7
37 L January 1, 1954 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 20–10–7
38 T January 3, 1954 0–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 20–10–8
39 W January 7, 1954 3–1 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 21–10–8
40 W January 10, 1954 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 22–10–8
41 W January 13, 1954 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 23–10–8
42 W January 14, 1954 2–1 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 24–10–8
43 L January 17, 1954 2–3 New York Rangers (1953–54) 24–11–8
44 W January 21, 1954 1–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 25–11–8
45 L January 23, 1954 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 25–12–8
46 W January 24, 1954 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 26–12–8
47 T January 28, 1954 3–3 New York Rangers (1953–54) 26–12–9
48 W January 30, 1954 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 27–12–9
49 W January 31, 1954 5–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 28–12–9
50 W February 4, 1954 5–0 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 29–12–9
51 W February 6, 1954 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 30–12–9
52 T February 7, 1954 1–1 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 30–12–10
53 L February 10, 1954 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 30–13–10
54 W February 14, 1954 5–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 31–13–10
55 W February 15, 1954 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 32–13–10
56 T February 17, 1954 0–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 32–13–11
57 L February 18, 1954 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 32–14–11
58 L February 20, 1954 0–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 32–15–11
59 W February 22, 1954 3–0 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 33–15–11
60 W February 25, 1954 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 34–15–11
61 T March 4, 1954 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 34–15–12
62 W March 6, 1954 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 35–15–12
63 T March 7, 1954 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 35–15–13
64 W March 11, 1954 6–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 36–15–13
65 L March 13, 1954 2–5 New York Rangers (1953–54) 36–16–13
66 L March 14, 1954 0–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 36–17–13
67 L March 16, 1954 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 36–18–13
68 T March 18, 1954 3–3 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 36–18–14
69 L March 20, 1954 1–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 36–19–14
70 W March 21, 1954 6–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 37–19–14

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 70 33 48 81 109
Lindsay, TedTed Lindsay LW 70 26 36 62 110
Kelly, RedRed Kelly D/C 62 16 33 49 18
Reibel, DutchDutch Reibel C 69 15 33 48 18
Wilson, JohnnyJohnny Wilson LW 70 17 17 34 22
Delvecchio, AlexAlex Delvecchio C/LW 69 11 18 29 34
Pavelich, MartyMarty Pavelich LW 65 9 20 29 57
Skov, GlenGlen Skov C/LW 70 17 10 27 95
Prystai, MetroMetro Prystai C 70 12 15 27 26
Dineen, BillBill Dineen RW 70 17 8 25 34
Leswick, TonyTony Leswick W 70 6 18 24 90
Pronovost, MarcelMarcel Pronovost D 57 6 12 18 50
Goldham, BobBob Goldham D 69 1 15 16 50
Stasiuk, VicVic Stasiuk LW 42 5 2 7 4
Allen, KeithKeith Allen D 10 0 4 4 2
Peters, JimmyJimmy Peters RW 25 0 4 4 10
Woit, BennyBenny Woit RW/D 70 0 2 2 38
Arbour, AlAl Arbour D 36 0 1 1 18
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk G 67 0 1 1 31
Bonin, MarcelMarcel Bonin W 1 0 0 0 0
Gatherum, DaveDave Gatherum G 3 0 0 0 0
Hay, JimJim Hay D 12 0 0 0 0
Johnson, EarlEarl Johnson LW 1 0 0 0 0
Stankiewicz, EdEd Stankiewicz C 1 0 0 0 2
Wilson, LeftyLefty Wilson G 1 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk 4004 67 35 19 13 129 1.93 12
Gatherum, DaveDave Gatherum 180 3 2 0 1 3 1.00 1
Wilson, LeftyLefty Wilson 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0
Team: 4200 70 37 19 14 132 1.89 13

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 12 4 5 9 31
Delvecchio, AlexAlex Delvecchio C/LW 12 2 7 9 7
Lindsay, TedTed Lindsay LW 12 4 4 8 14
Kelly, RedRed Kelly D/C 12 5 1 6 0
Pronovost, MarcelMarcel Pronovost D 12 2 3 5 12
Prystai, MetroMetro Prystai C 12 2 3 5 0
Leswick, TonyTony Leswick W 12 3 1 4 18
Pavelich, MartyMarty Pavelich LW 12 2 2 4 4
Reibel, DutchDutch Reibel C 9 1 3 4 0
Wilson, JohnnyJohnny Wilson LW 12 3 0 3 0
Skov, GlenGlen Skov C/LW 12 1 2 3 16
Goldham, BobBob Goldham D 12 0 2 2 2
Woit, BennyBenny Woit RW/D 12 0 1 1 8
Allen, KeithKeith Allen D 5 0 0 0 0
Dineen, BillBill Dineen RW 12 0 0 0 2
Dube, GillesGilles Dube LW 2 0 0 0 0
Peters, JimmyJimmy Peters RW 10 0 0 0 0
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk G 12 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk 751 12 8 4 20 1.60 2
Team: 751 12 8 4 20 1.60 2

[2]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts;

Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup Final[edit]

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 4 Montreal 1 Detroit 3
April 6 Montreal 3 Detroit 1
April 8 Detroit 5 Montreal 2
April 10 Detroit 2 Montreal 0
April 11 Montreal 1 Detroit 0 OT
April 13 Detroit 1 Montreal 4
April 16 Montreal 1 Detroit 2 OT

Detroit wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 3'

Detroit Red Wings 1954 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • Marguerite Norris (President/Owner), Jack Adams (Manager)
  • Bruce Norris (Vice Presidents/Owners), Tommy Ivan (Coach)
  • John Mitchell (Chief Scout), Fred Huber Jr. (Publicity Director)
  • Carl Mattson (Trainer), Wally Crossman (Ass't Trainer/Stick Boy)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Earl Johnson name was engraved on the Stanley Cup, even though he only played 1 Regular Season game. Johnson spent the rest of the year in the minors
  • Vic Stasiuk& played 43 games, but was sent to minors. His name was left off the cup, because he played in the minors, during the playoffs.
  • Jim Hay&& was played 12 games for Detroit, but did not play in the playoffs. He was included on team picture. Gilles Dube was listed by Ed Dube by mistake on the team picture.
  • Marguerite Norris was first woman to be engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1954.
  • Tommy Ivan was misspelled as THOMAS NIVAN COACH instead of Thomas N. Ivan when cup was redone in 1957–58. His name was spelled THOMAS IVAN COACH on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.
  • Alex Delvecchio was misspelled ALEX BELVECCHIO with a "B" instead of a "D". Mistake was corrected on the Replica Cup.
  • Tony Leswisk was misspelled TONY LESWICH with a "H" instead of a "K". Mistake was corrected on the Replica Cup.
  • When cup was redone in 1957–58, the names of Earl Johnson†, and Ross Wilson† were removed from the new version of 1954 Detroit. Ross Wilson also played goal on October 10, 1953, for 16 minutes when Terry Sawchuk got injured.

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]