1956 Stanley Cup Finals

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1956 Stanley Cup Finals
1 2 3 4 5 Total
Montreal Canadiens 6 5 1 3 3 4
Detroit Red Wings 4 1 3 0 1 1
Location(s) Montreal, QC (Montreal Forum) (1,2,5)
Detroit, Michigan (Detroit Olympia) (3,4)
Coaches Montreal: Toe Blake
Detroit: Jimmy Skinner
Captains Montreal: Emile Bouchard
Detroit: Ted Lindsay
Dates March 31 to April 10, 1956
Series-winning goal Maurice Richard (15:08, second)

The 1956 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Montreal Canadiens and the two-time defending champion Detroit Red Wings in the fourth Detroit-Montreal series in the 1950s, the two teams having met in the previous two years as well as 1952; Detroit won all three. The Canadiens were appearing in their sixth consecutive Finals, the Red Wings their third. The Canadiens would win the series 4–1.

Paths to the final[edit]

Montreal defeated the New York Rangers 4–1 to reach the final. Detroit defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 to reach the final.

The series[edit]

The Canadiens, down 4–2 after two periods, scored four unanswered goals, in a 5:29 span, in the third period to win Game One 6–4 at the Forum.[1] Jacques Plante held the Red Wings to just ten goals in the five games. This was the first finals for Henri Richard and former Habs player Toe Blake's first finals as coach.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 31 Detroit 4 Montreal 6
April 3 Detroit 1 Montreal 5
April 5 Montreal 1 Detroit 3
April 8 Montreal 3 Detroit 0
April 10 Detroit 1 Montreal 3

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

Montreal Canadiens 1956 Stanley Cup champions[edit]


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • Donat Raymond (President/Owner), Frank Selke (Manager)
  • Dalton Coleman (Vice President/Owner), William Northey (Vice Presidents/Owner)
  • Ken Reardon (Asst. Manager), Hector Toe Blake (Coach)
  • Hector Dubois (Trainer)
  • Gaston Bettez (Asst. Trainer)
  • Camile DesRoches^, Frank Selke Jr.^ (Publicity Directors)
  • ^- on the team picture, but missing from the Stanley Cup.

Stanley Cup engraving[edit]

  • Emile "Butch" Bouchard was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1944, 1946 and 1953 as EMILE BOUCHARD. He was then engraved on the Stanley Cup as BUTCH BOUCHARD in 1956.
  • In a mistake, Bob Turner is listed as Trainer when the Stanley Cup was redone in 1957-58, but he played defence. Hector Dubois and Gaston Bettez were the trainers, but no position was listed. These mistakes were not corrected on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.
  • In a mistake, Claude Provost's name was misspelled C. PREVOST with an "E" instead an "O". Provost spelling mistake was also not corrected on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.
  • In a mistake, Gaston Bettez was spelled wrong as G BETTEX when the Cup was redone in 1957–58 with an "X" instead of "Z", and the mistake was repeated on the Replica Cup. His name was spelled correctly on the original ring as G. BETTEZ.
  • Hector "Toe" Blake was the ninth coach to win the Stanley Cup in his first year as such.

See also[edit]



  • 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
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens