1961 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1961 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Black Hawks. Chicago was making its first Finals appearance since 1944, and Detroit its first appearance since 1956; both had lost to the Montreal Canadiens in those previous appearances. The Blackhawks would win the best-of-seven series four games to two to win their third Stanley Cup, their first since 1938. However, this proved to be the last time Chicago won the Cup until 2010, a 49-year drought. This was the only title not won by the Canadiens, Red Wings or Toronto Maple Leafs during the Original Six era.
Paths to the Final
Detroit defeated Toronto in five games and Chicago upset Montreal, the record five-time defending champion, in six, setting up the first all-American-team Finals since 1950, when the Wings beat the New York Rangers in a seven-game series.
Two future Hockey Hall of Fame members, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, made their first Stanley Cup appearances. Hull scored two goals in the first game, including the winner, and Mikita scored the winner in game five.
|April 6||Detroit Red Wings||2–3
0 – 3, 1 – 0, 1 – 0
|Chicago Black Hawks||Chicago Stadium|
Len Lunde 2 (Gordie Howe) (PP) – 16:14
Al Johnson 2 (Gordie Howie, Norm Ullman) – 19:18
|0 – 1
0 – 2
0 – 3
1 – 3
2 – 3
|9:39 – Bobby Hull 3 (Murray Balfour, Stan Mikita (PP)
10:10 – Ken Wharram 2 (Ab McDonald, Stan Mikita)
13:15 – Bobby Hull 4 (Murray Balfour, Pierre Pilote)
Chicago Black Hawks 1961 Stanley Cup Champions
- Coaching and administrative staff
- Arthur Wirtz Sr. (President/Owner), Arthur Wirtz Jr. (Vice President/Owner)
- James D. Norris Jr. (Chairman/Owner), Tommy Ivan (Manager)
- Rudy Pilous (Coach), Nick Garen (Trainer)
- Walter Humenick (Asst. Trainer),
- Michael Wirtz (Vice President)†, John Gottselig (Publicity Director)†
† Left off the cup, but included on the team picture.
Stanley Cup engraving
- Allan Roy Edwards was engraved as Allan R. Edwards. He never played for Chicago. Roy Edwards first NHL game was during the 1967–68 season with Detroit.
- Denis DeJordy first NHL game was during the 1962–63 season, when he replaced Glenn Hall. This ended Hall's record of 502 consecutive complete games.
- Ronald Robert Murphy was engraved as Robert Murphy.
- Tod Aloysius Martin Sloan was engraved as Martin A. Sloan. He was engraved on the cup was Tod Sloan in 1951 with Toronto.
- Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7
|Chicago Black Hawks
Stanley Cup Champions
Toronto Maple Leafs