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1926-27 Boston Bruins
1927 Boston Bruins team photo
1926/27: Defenseman Eddie Shore asserts himself as an instant force in his first season with the Bruins. Led by Shore the Bruins would make the playoff for the first time by finishing 2nd in the American Division with a 21-20-3 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would play some of their best hockey of the season advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals by beating the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers in total goal series. However, in the Finals the Bruins would go through a scoring drought as they fall to the Ottawa Senators in a 4 game series in which the Bruins could only muster 2 ties.
1928-29 Boston Bruins
1929 Boston Bruins team photo
1928/29: The National Hockey League had changes it's Playoff format from the exciting and crowd-building Canada-United States showdown to one which made almost no sense at all. The new arrangement saw the first place team in each division play off in the first round, thus eliminating one of the top teams in the league before the semi-finals had even begun.
The Beantowners captured the Yankee Division, while the Montreal Canadiens took the Canuck section. Only one of the champions would go on to play for the Cup. In three straight one-goal decisions, the Bruins capsized the Canadiens, and took a one-way ticket to the final series. Meanwhile among the lesser lights, the defending Cup champion Rangers mowed through first the New York Americans, then the Toronto Maple Leafs to set up the first all-American Stanley Cup final set.
The Bruins were not only the better team, but they were also a well-rested team. The Bruin defense, led by the incorrigible Eddie Shore and the stalwart Lionel Hitchman, allowed only one Ranger to penetrate the inner sanctum of Tiny Thompson's web. The Rangers played two close games, but were shut out of the winner's circle as Boston swept the series two game straight.

Credits: The Stanley Cup - Joseph Romain and James Duplacey
1928-29 New York Americans
1929 New York Americans
(Photo autographed by the entire team, came from the estate of Aubrey Webster)
1928/29: Buoyed by the acquisition of Goalie Roy Worters from the Pittsburgh Pirates the Americans come storming out of the gate making the playoffs for the first time in since moving to New York with a solid record of 19-13-2, good enough for 2nd place. The diminutive Worters listed at 5'3" went on to become the first Goalie to win the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP with an amazing 1.21 GAA. Facing the New York Rangers in a total goal series Worters would keep the Rangers off the board in the first game. However, the Americans would be unable to score either as the Rangers final won the series 1-0 in overtime of Game 2.
1930-31 Montreal Canadiens
1931 Montreal Canadiens team photo
1930/31: The Canadiens win their 3rd division in 4 years by finishing with a 26-10-8 record. Facing the Boston Bruins in the semifinals the Canadiens win a hard fought 5-game series taking the decisive 5th game in overtime by a score of 3-2. In the Finals the Canadiens would overcome 2 overtime losses by winning Games 4 and 5 to take their 2nd straight Stanley Cup against the Chicago Blackhawks.
1930-31 Chicago Blackhawks
1931 Chicago Blackhawks team photo
1930/31: In their 2nd season in Chicago Stadium the Black Hawks continue to improve finishing in 2nd place with a solid 24-17-3 record. In the playoffs the Black Hawks experience success for the first time as they reach the finals for the first time by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers in Total Goal Series. In the finals the Black Hawks would set a NHL record in game 2 as 18,000 fans packed Chicago Stadium to see the Hawks beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in overtime to even the series up. As the series moved to Montreal the Hawks to a 2-1 series lead with another win in OT, but in the end the Habs would prove to strong winning the last 2 games to claim the Stanley Cup.
1930-31 Hawks Roster
Player GP G A Pts. Pim
Gottselig, John 42 20 12 32 14
Cook, Tom 44 15 14 29 34
Ingram, Frank 44 17 4 21 37
Couture, Rosario 44 8 11 19 30
Adams, Stewart 36 5 13 18 18
March, Harold 44 11 6 17 36
Desjardins, Victor 38 3 12 15 11
Ripley, Vic 39 8 4 12 9
Romnes, Elwyn 30 5 7 12 8
Somers, Art 33 3 6 9 33
Wentworth, Marvin 44 4 4 8 12
Miller, Earl 19 3 4 7 8
Graham, Ted 44 0 7 7 38
Arbour, Ernest 41 3 3 6 12
Bostrum, Helge 38 2 2 4 32
Dutkowski, Duke 25 1 3 4 28
Abel, Clarence 43 0 1 1 45
Jenkins, Roger 10 0 1 1 2
Vokes, Ed 5 0 0 0 0
Gardiner, Charles 44 0 0 0 0
1931-32 New York Rangers
1932 New York Rangers team photo
(This photo came directly from the estate of Rangers great, Murray Murdoch)
1931/32: The Rangers climb to the top of their division posting a solid 23-17-8 record to capture the American Division. In a match up of Division winners the Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in a best of 5 games series. However in the finals the Rangers are buried by 18 Maple Leafs goals as they are swept in 3 games by Toronto.
1931-32 Toronto Maple Leafs
1932 Toronto Maple Leafs team photo
(stamped Turofsky Studios, Toronto)
1932 Toront Maple Leafs team photo
1931/32: The City of Toronto was desperate for a winner. For ten years they had wallowed in mediocrity, and as the first NHL franchise to win a Stanley Cup (1918), they were determined to bring the bowl back to the shores of Lake Ontario. Owner and president Conn Smythe had put all his mental energy, bodily strength and financial resources into the construction of two massive projects. The first was the new Maple Leaf Gardens, which he had engineered and planned to erect in less than a calendar year. The second was the molding of 16 men into a single-minded hockey machine. The Gardens were ready as planned, though Smythe was forced to lure brickworkers, carpenters and general laborers into the stock market, paying them with shares in lieu of the dollars they so badly needed in those depression days. His team, in training camp, showed all signs of the cohesiveness to achieve greatness.
Smythe spent the unprecedented sum of $35,000.00 to acquire King Clancy from Ottawa, adding him to the defensive unit of Hap Day and Red Horner. His carefully scouted proteges, Busher Jackson, Joe Primeau and Charlie Conacher, were on the verge of rocketing to the top of the league scoring race. All the elements seemed to be in place but, after five games, the team remained winless. Smythe did not sit back and wait for the team to turn around. He brought in the only man he knew could change the fortunes of the boys who played in his brand new Gardens: Dick Irvin.
When Dick Irvin stepped in behind the bench, the team began to win. At the end of the season, they were four points out of first behind the Cup defenders, the Montreal Canadiens. The American Division was captured by the New York Rangers, who blew the first place Canadiens Division champs, the Habs, all the way back to Montreal. Toronto defeated Chicago and the Montreal Maroons to arrive at the doorstep of the Stanley Cup Finals, where they engaged the homeless New York Rangers.
In the first game of the best-of-five series, Busher Jackson scored a hat trick, leading the Leafs to a 6-4 victory. Game two, played in Boston due to the circus's annual visit to the Big Apple, was dominated by the masterful defensive play of King Clancy and the scoring wizardry of Charlie Conacher, who each scored twice. The Leafs won the game 6-2 and headed back to Toronto, only one victory away from the ultimate hockey honour. The Leafs burst out of the gates with an early 3-0 lead thanks to two goals by the unheralded Andy Blair. They stymied the rangers the rest of the night, and finished the series with a 6-4 victory, sparking a celebration still remembered by the oldtimers of Hogtown.

Credits: The Stanley Cup - Joseph Romain and James Duplacey
1932-33 Montreal Maroons
1933 Montreal Maroons team photo
1932/33: For 14 playing seasons, from 1924 to 1938, the city of Montreal hosted the Montreal Maroons. They were the anglo answer to the Canadians, the Maroons were a brash, brawling, swaggering lot who were at times very good and at other times very bad. However, when they were good they were very good, with 17 eventual Hall of Fame players and 2 Stanley Cups to prove it. When people talk about the history of hockey in Montreal they often limit the discussion to the Montreal Canadiens. But what about the Montreal Maroons?
The Maroons were the very first tenants of the Montreal Forum and rivaled the Canadiens for most of the 1920s and 1930s. The team drew most of its fans from the neighbourhoods of Montreal and English-speaking communities throughout Quebec. During the Maroons' short but colourful existence, the team won two Stanley Cups and took part in some of the NHL's most historic moments. The titanic battles between the Maroons and the Canadiens were classic struggles between two proud teams. The games were also duels between rival superstars - the Canadiens with Howie Morenz and Auriel Joliat, and the Maroons with Nels Stewart, Hooley Smith and Babe Siebert. The matches were often wild affairs with fights on the ice and on the stands, but those who were there remembered them as the most thrilling hockey games they ever saw. The Montreal Maroons is the story of a team that had a major impact on the early days of the National Hockey League.
1933-34 Chicago Blackhawks
1934 Chicago Blackhawks team photo
(Photo/print autographed by HOF'er Tommie Gorman)
1933/34: The Black Hawks rebound off their disappointing last place season by finishing in 2nd place with a 20-17-11 record. In the playoffs they would stun the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in a total goal series winning in overtime at The Montreal Forum. Staying in Montreal the Hawks would make the finals by blowing apart the Maroons 6-2 in another goal series. In the finals the Black Hawks would get off to a fast start as they limit the Detroit Red Wings to 2 goals in the first 2 games. Goalie Chuck Gardiner suffers a broken nose in Game 3 as the Wings exploded for 5 goals. However, Gardiner would return in Game 4 and blanked the Red Wings until Harold Marsh scored the game winner at 30:05 over overtime, giving the Black Hawks their first Stanley Cup. However, the joy would be short lived as playoff hero Chuck Gardiner died of a brain tumor, at the age of 29 just 2 months after sipping form the Stanley Cup.
1933-34 Hawks Roster
Player GP G A Pts. Pim
Thompson, Paul 48 20 16 36 17
Gottselig, John 48 16 14 30 4
Romnes, Elwyn 47 8 21 29 6
Gonacher, Lionel 48 10 13 23 87
March, Harold 48 4 13 17 26
Cook, Tom 37 5 9 14 15
Couture, Rosario 48 5 8 13 21
Leswick, Jack 37 1 7 8 16
Coulter, Art 41 5 2 7 39
Sheppard, John 38 3 4 7 4
Goldsworthy, Leroy 27 3 3 6 0
Jenkins, Roger 48 2 2 4 37
Trudel, Louis 34 1 3 4 13
McFayden, Don 34 1 3 4 20
Kendall, Bill 21 3 0 3 0
Abel, Clarence 46 2 1 3 28
Starke, Joe 2 0 0 0 0
Dutkowski, Duke 5 0 0 0 2
Gardiner, Charles 48 0 0 0 0
1933-34 Toronto Maple Leafs
1934 Toronto Maple Leafs team photo
(This photo/print was a mail-in redemption from British Consols cigarettes)
1933/34: The Maple Leafs win the Canadian Division for the 2nd year in a row by posting a league best 26-13-9 record in a season marred by the tragic ending of Ace Bailey's careerá resulting from a fight on the ice with Boston Bruins star Eddie Shore. However, in the semifinals the Leafs would be stunned in 5 games by the Detroit Red Wings, dropping both of their home games.
1934-35 Montreal Maroons
1935 Montreal Maroons team photo 1935 Montreal Maroons team print signed by Jimmy Ward 1935 Montreal Maroons team photo
1934/35: The Maroons entered the season with a new coach as they hired Tommy Gorman who had just been fired by the Chicago Blackhawks despite leading the tea to the Stanley Cup. The Maroons would also get a number 1 goalie by signing Alex Connell away from the Ottawa Senators, while reacquiring Lionel Conacher from the Chicago Blackhawks. The Maroons who were a plucky team of grinders, without any big name scoring stars would finish in 2nd place with 24-19-5 record.á In the playoffs the Maroons would make it back to the semifinals as Lawrence Northcott scored the only goal of a 2-game total goal series against the Blackhawks in overtime of Game 2. In the semifinals the Maroons would edge the New York Rangers 5-4 in a total goal series to set up an All-Canadian Stanley Cup Finals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maroons would get off to a quick start winning Game one in overtime on Dave Trottier's goal at 5:28. The Maroons would go up 2-0 in the series when they took the second game 3-1 behind Alex Connell's superb goaltending.á The Maroons would go on to complete the sweep with a dominating 4-1 win at the Montreal Forum to claim their second Stanley Cup Championship.
1936-37 New York Rangers
1937 New York Rangers
(This photo/print came directly from the estate of Rangers great, Murray Murdoch)
1936/37: A year after missing the playoffs with a winning record the Rangers make the playoffs despite a losing record at 19-20-9. IN the Quarterfinals the Rangers would beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 in a best of 3 series. In the semifinals the Rangers would continue to roll sweeping the Montreal Maroons 2-0 in a best of 3 game series in which Dave Kerr and the Rangers blanked the Maroons by a total score of 5-0. In the finals the Rangers beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 in the series opener at the Garden. However with circus coming to town the Rangers are forced to play the rest of the series on the road. After dropping Game 2 the Rangers rebound to take Game 3, by a score of 1-0. However, the Rangers would not score another goal as they fell in 5 games.
1939-1940 New York Rangers
1940 New York Rangers team photo
1939/40: With new coach Frank Boucher the Rangers finish in 2nd Place again with an impressive 27-11-10 record. In the semifinals the Rangers beat the Boston Bruins in 6 games to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. In the finals the Rangers win their first 2 games by scores of 2-1 and 6-2 at the Garden, before finishing the series on the road because of the circus. After dropping the first 2 games in Toronto the Rangers win a critical Game 5 2-1 in overtime on Muzz Patrick's overtime goal. In Game 6 it would take overtime again as the Rangers won the Stanley Cup for the 3rd time 3-2 on Bryan Hextall's goal 2:33 into OT. Following the season the Rangers would celebrate buying out their lease at Madison Square Garden by burning the lease in the historic Stanley Cup, a move that would take on greater mystery in coming years.
1940-41 New York Americans
1941 New York Americans team photo
(autographed by Pat Egan)
1940/41: The Americans were once again in grave financial shape as they lost most of their players to overseas service due to Canada's involvement in World War II, as they finished in last place with a horrible 8-29-11 record. Due to lack of funds, Owner Red Dutton is forced to give his best players away for cash.
1941-42 Brooklyn Americans
1942 Brooklyn Americans team photo
1941/42: Because of a severely dwindling fan base, Owner Red Dutton was desperate and decided to see if he could grow a fan base in Brooklyn. So he renamed his team the Brooklyn Americans. Dutton moved out to Brooklyn himself and encouraged his players to do so. However without an adequate arena the team only practiced in Brooklyn, while they still continued to play their home games at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The arrangement alienated what was left of their fan base in Manhattan, while the potential fans in Brooklyn refused to come into Manhattan to support the struggling Americans, who barely survived the season, finishing dead last with a measly record of 16-29-3. The lone bright sport would come from Swedish defender Tommy Anderson who won the Hart Trophy.
1941-42 Chicago Blackhawks Christmas Card Team Photo
1942 Chicago Blackhawks team photo
(autographed by the coach, Paul Thompson)
1941-42:The Black Hawks continue to play sub-.500 hockey but make the playoffs with a 22-23-3 record. However once in the playoffs it would be a quick exit as they fall to the Boston Bruins in a 3-game series.
How the Blackhawks got their nickname: Founder Frederic McLaughlin had served as commander of the 333rd Machine-Gun Battalion of the 85th (Blackhawk) division of the U.S. Army. The division's nickname commemorated Blackhawk, a prominent Indian of the early 1800's, so McLaughlin chose the Blackhawks for the team's name in honor of his military unit.

This Chicago Blackhawks Christmas card was sold to me by Van Hill of Calgary, Alberta. He found the card in the back of a fireplace mantle in a house that he was remodeling. He was kind enough to sell me the Christmas card so I could display it on my web site for other hockey collectors and historians to see. It is truly a miracle that the card survived in the condition that it did for all these years.
1941-42 Hawks Roster
Player GP G A Pts. Pim
Thoms, Bill 47 15 30 45 8
March, Harold 46 6 26 32 22
Bentley, Max 38 13 17 30 2
Kaleta, Alex 47 7 21 28 24
Hamill, Robert 34 18 9 27 21
Dahlstrom, Carl 33 13 14 27 6
Carse, Bill 43 13 14 27 16
Bentley, Doug 38 12 14 26 11
Carse, Bob 32 7 16 23 10
Seibert, Earl 45 7 14 21 52
Allen, George 42 7 13 20 21
Cooper, Joe 46 6 14 20 58
Mosienko, Bill 11 6 8 14 4
Hergesheimer, Phil 23 3 11 14 2
Mariucci, John 46 5 8 13 44
Wiebe, Art 43 2 4 6 20
Johnston, George 2 2 0 2 0
Tuten, Audley 5 1 1 2 10
Stewart, Ken 6 1 1 2 0
Papike, Joe 9 1 0 1 0
Mitchell, Bill 1 0 0 0 4
Purpur, Clifford 8 0 0 0 0
Dickie, Bill 1 0 0 0 0
LoPresti, Sam 47 0 0 0 0
1947 New York Rangers
1947 New York Rangers team photo
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