1956 Stanley Cup Finals

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1956 Stanley Cup Finals
12345 Total
Montreal Canadiens 65133 4
Detroit Red Wings 41301 1
Location(s)Montreal: Montreal Forum (1, 2, 5)
Detroit: Olympia Stadium (3, 4)
CoachesMontreal: Toe Blake
Detroit: Jimmy Skinner
CaptainsMontreal: Emile Bouchard
Detroit: Ted Lindsay
DatesMarch 31 – April 10
Series-winning goalMaurice Richard (15:08, second)

The 1956 Stanley Cup Finals 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 Finals[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.

Game summaries[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 Final for Henri Richard and former Habs player Toe Blake's first Final as coach.

Montreal won series 4–1

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 rookie ninth coach to win the Stanley Cup.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Montreal Gazette – Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2013-12-26.


Preceded by
Detroit Red Wings
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens