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1951 Stanley Cup Finals

1951 ice hockey championship series

1951 Stanley Cup Finals
12345 Total
Toronto Maple Leafs 3*2*2*3*3* 4
Montreal Canadiens 2*3*1*2*2* 1
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location(s)Toronto: Maple Leaf Gardens (1, 2, 5)
Montreal: Montreal Forum (3, 4)
CoachesToronto: Joe Primeau
Montreal: Dick Irvin
CaptainsToronto: Ted Kennedy
Montreal: Emile Bouchard
DatesApril 11 – April 21
Series-winning goalBill Barilko (2:53, OT)

The 1951 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs won the series 4–1, with all five games going into overtime. It was the Toronto franchise's ninth Stanley Cup win and the last in a series of six wins starting in 1942. It was the first appearance in a string of ten consecutive appearances by the Canadiens.

1951 Stanley Cup Finals Intro articles: 4

Paths to the Finals

Toronto defeated the Boston Bruins 4–1 to reach the Finals. Montreal defeated the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 4–2 to reach the Finals.

1951 Stanley Cup Finals Paths to the Finals articles: 2

Game summaries

Every game went into overtime in this series. Bill Barilko scored the Cup-winning goal, his last goal in the NHL as he would die in a plane crash during the summer.

Toronto won series 4–1

1951 Stanley Cup Finals Game summaries articles: 15

Stanley Cup engraving

The 1951 Stanley Cup was presented to Maple Leafs captain Ted Kennedy by NHL President Clarence Campbell following the Maple Leafs 3–2 overtime win over the Canadiens in game five.

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

1951 Toronto Maple Leafs


Coaching and administrative staff

  • Conn Smythe (President/Manager/Owner), Clarence Hap Day (Asst. Manager)
  • George McGillach (Vice President), John Murdoch (Vice President)
  • Ed Bickle (Director/Owner), Jack Bickell (Director/Owner)
  • Tim Daly (Trainer), Ed Fitkin (Publicity Director)
  • Archie Campbell (Asst. Trainer), Tom Nayler (Asst. Trainer), George Walker (Chief Scout)
  • Joe Primeau (Coach), William MacBrien (Chairman/Owner)
  • Norman Delarue†, Robert Galloway†, Horance MacIntyre† (Team Doctors)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • † Included on the original ring in 1951. There was no room left for the 3 team doctors the way that the Toronto Maple Leafs 1951 members were engraved on the new ring during the 1957–58 season.
  • A played only 13 games, but name is on the cup. B played only 12 games, but name is on the cup. Both Hugh Bolton, Bob Hassard did not play in the playoff, or and did not qualify to be on the cup.
  • Joe Primeau was the 7th NHL rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup.
  • ** John McCormack played 46 regular season games, he was sent to the minors to play in the playoffs. McCormack was still included on the Stanley Cup.

Engraving mistakes

Several mistakes happened in the engraving of the names:

  • Gus Mortson's last name was misspelled WORTSON with a "W" instead a "M".
  • Danny Lewicki's last name was misspelled LEWESKI, with a "S" instead of a "C".
  • Ted Kennedy's name was misspelled KENNEDYY with an extra "Y". His position as Captain was also left off the Stanley Cup.
  • William A. H. MacBrien's last name was misspelled as McBrien, missing an "A"
  • Elwin "Al" Rollins' first name was misspelled ELVIN with a "V" instead a "W". The Rollins mistake was not corrected on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93. The other 4 mistakes were corrected on the Replica Cup.

Members of Toronto Maple Leafs that won 4 cups in 5 years 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951 dynasty

Bill Barilko, Turk Broda, Ted Kennedy†, Joe Klukay, Howie Meeker, Gus Mortson, Jimmy Thomson, Harry Watson (8 players),

Ed Bickle†, John Bickell†, Conn Smythe†, John Mordoch†, William MacBrien†, Hap Day†, Tim Daly†, George Walker, Ed Finkin, Horance McIntre (10 non-players).

† also won the Stanley Cup in 1945.

1951 Stanley Cup Finals Stanley Cup engraving articles: 26

See also



Preceded by
Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Detroit Red Wings