1954 Stanley Cup Finals

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1954 Stanley Cup Finals
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
Detroit Red Wings 3 1 5 2 0 1 2 4
Montreal Canadiens 1 3 2 0 1 4 1 3
* indicates periods of overtime.
Location(s) Detroit, Michigan (Detroit Olympia) (1,2,5,7)
Montreal, QC (Montreal Forum) (3,4,6)
Coaches Detroit: Tommy Ivan
Montreal: Dick Irvin
Captains Detroit: Ted Lindsay
Montreal: Emile Bouchard
Dates April 4 to April 16, 1954
Series-winning goal Tony Leswick (4:29, OT)

The 1954 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens, in their fourth-straight Finals. It was the third Detroit–Montreal Final series of the 1950s. The Wings would win the series 4–3 to win their first Stanley Cup since 1952, and sixth overall.

Paths to the Finals[edit]

Montreal defeated the Boston Bruins 4–0 to reach the final. Detroit defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 to reach the final.

Game summaries[edit]

Tony Leswick scored the series-winning goal at 4:29 of overtime in the seventh game. In fact, Leswick's goal was one of the strangest Stanley Cup-winning goals in history, as Leswick's shot was deflected off the glove of Montreal's Doug Harvey and into the net.[1] The Canadiens immediately skated off the ice without shaking hands with the Red Wings.[2] This was the second time in NHL history that a Stanley Cup Final Game Seven was decided in overtime; the previous time it happened, in 1950, Detroit had beat the New York Rangers in the Finals. As of 2017, it is the most recent time that the Cup Final Game Seven has gone to overtime.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

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


CBC's coverage of games three, four and five were joined in progress at 9:30 p.m. (approximately one hour after start time). Meanwhile, CBC joined game six in at 10:00 p.m. (again, one hour after start time). Game seven was carried nationwide from opening the face off at 9:00 p.m. Since game seven was played on Good Friday night, there were no commercials (Imperial Oil was the sponsor).

Detroit Red Wings 1954 Stanley Cup champions[edit]



Coaching and administrative staff:

  • Marguerite Norris (President/Owner), Bruce Norris (Vice President/Owner)
  • Jack Adams (Manager), Tommy Ivan (Coach)
  • John Mitchell (Chief Scout), Carl Mattson (Trainer)
  • Fred Huber Jr. (Publicity Director), Wally Crossman (Asst. 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 had played 12 games for Detroit, but did not play in the playoffs. He was included on team picture. Gilles Dube was listed as 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 Leswick 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.

&-Name was left off the Stanley Cup.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top 10 Game 7 Stanley Cup Final matches". Archived from the original on 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  2. ^ Weekes, Don & Banks, Kerry, The Unofficial Guide to Even More of Hockey’s Most Unusual Records, Greystone Books, 2004


  • 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
Montreal Canadiens
Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Detroit Red Wings