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1944 Stanley Cup Finals

1944 ice hockey championship series

1944 Stanley Cup Finals
1234 Total
Montreal Canadiens 5335* 4
Chicago Black Hawks 1124* 0
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location(s)Montreal: Montreal Forum (1, 4)
Chicago: Chicago Stadium (2, 3)
CoachesMontreal: Dick Irvin
Chicago: Paul Thompson
CaptainsMontreal: Toe Blake
Chicago: Doug Bentley
DatesApril 4 – April 13
Series-winning goalToe Blake (9:12, OT)

The 1944 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Chicago Black Hawks and the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens won the series 4–0 to win their first Stanley Cup since they defeated Chicago in 1931.

1944 Stanley Cup Finals Intro articles: 4

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Paths to the Final

Chicago defeated the defending champion Detroit Red Wings in a best-of-seven 4–1 to advance to the Finals. Montreal defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best-of-seven 4–1 to advance to the Finals.

1944 Stanley Cup Finals Paths to the Final articles: 3

Game summaries

Maurice "Rocket" Richard made his Stanley Cup debut with a five-goal performance in the series, including a hat trick in game two. The Punch Line of Richard, Elmer Lach and Toe Blake scored ten of the Canadiens' 16 goals. Blake scored the Cup winner in overtime. In the same overtime, Bill Durnan stopped the first penalty shot awarded in the Finals, awarded to Virgil Johnson.

Montreal won series 4–0

1944 Stanley Cup Finals Game summaries articles: 17

Stanley Cup engraving

The 1944 Stanley Cup was presented to Canadiens captain Toe Blake by NHL President Red Dutton following the Canadiens 5–4 overtime win over the Black Hawks in game four.

The following Canadiens players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup

1944 Montreal Canadiens


Coaching and administrative staff

  • Donat Raymond (President/Owner), Dalton Coleman (Vice President/Owner)
  • Len Peto (Director), Tommy Gorman (Manager)
  • Dick Irvin Sr, (Coach)
  • Ernie Cook (Trainer)&, Hector Dubois (Asst. Trainer)&.
  • William Northey (Vice President/Owner) was missing from team picture, and Stanley Cup.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Trainer Ernie Cook and Hector Dubois were included on the team picture in 1944, 1946. However, their names were not engraved on the Cup. When the Stanley Cup was redesigned during the 1957–58 season Cook was added to cup in 1944, but not to 1946 team. Dubois was not added to 1944, 1946 team. Dubois would later have his name on the Stanley Cup 6 times 1953–56–57–58–59–60.
  • In 1944 Tommy Gorman became the only Manager to win 4 Stanley Cup with 4 different teams. 1920–21–23 Ottawa Senators, 1934 Chicago Black Hawks, 1935 Montreal Maroons and 1944 Montreal Canadiens. He would retire as a champion, after winning one more cup with the Canadiens in 1946.
Spelling mistakes
  • Bill Durnan's name was misspelled as BILL DURMAN. The first "N" was engraved as a "M". The mistake was corrected in 1992–93 when the Replica Cup was created.
  • Gerald "Gerry" Heffernan won only 1 Stanley Cup in his career in 1944. However, his name is spelled differently on each of the 3 rings that included the 1944 Montreal Canadiens.
  • On the original ring in 1944 as GERALD HEFFERNAN
  • On the Redesigned ring created during 1957–58 season as JERRY HEFFERNAN
  • On the Replica ring created in 1992–93 as GERRY HEFFERNAN

1944 Stanley Cup Finals Stanley Cup engraving articles: 17

See also

References and notes

  • 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
Toronto Maple Leafs