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The 1935-36 NHL season was the 19th season of the National Hockey League. Eight teams each played 48 games. The Detroit Red Wings were the Stanley Cup winners as they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs three games to one in the final series.

League BusinessEdit

The previous season, 1934-35, had seen the Ottawa Senators (1917–34) franchise attempt to become profitable by moving to St. Louis and play as the St. Louis Eagles. Prior to the '35-36 season, the franchise owners would ask the league to suspend operations for a year, and the league would decline the request. On October 15, 1935, the NHL bought back the franchise and players contracts for $40,000 and suspended operations.[1] Chicago would not participate in the dispersal draft.

During the season, the New York Americans were reported in financial trouble and were up for sale. Leo Dandurand, who had sold his interest in the Montreal Canadiens, was interested as was Joseph Cattarinich. Cattarinich said he would buy the team if the price was right. Later it was announced there would be no deal.


Training CampsEdit


The Rangers played three games against a local all-star team in Calgary.

Boston and the Canadiens played a five game series in the Maritme Provinces of Canada.

Regular seasonEdit

Howie Morenz played badly for Chicago and incurred the wrath of Chicago owner Frederic McLaughlin. He was subsequently traded to the New York Rangers.

This was the year of Detroit. They finished first in the American Division. The Montreal Maroons finished first in the Canadian Division, but fans were starting to stay away from games they played, which worried now team president, manager and coach Tommy Gorman. At one point, Lionel Conacher had to run the team when Gorman experienced health and nervous problems. At .500 at mid-season, they traded Toe Blake for Lorne Chabot, owned by the Canadiens after being suspended by Chicago and refusing demotion to the minors, and the team began to win with Chabot in the net.

Final standingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

Canadian Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Maroons 48 22 16 10 54 114 106 504
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 23 19 6 52 126 106 579
New York Americans 48 16 25 7 39 109 122 392
Montreal Canadiens 48 11 26 11 33 82 123 317
American Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Detroit Red Wings 48 24 16 8 56 124 103 384
Boston Bruins 48 22 20 6 50 92 83 397
Chicago Black Hawks 48 21 19 8 50 93 92 411
New York Rangers 48 19 17 12 50 91 96 381

Scoring leadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player Team GP G A PTS PIM
Sweeney Schriner New York Americans 48 19 26 45 8
Marty Barry Detroit Red Wings 48 21 19 40 46
Paul Thompson Chicago Black Hawks 45 17 23 40 19
Bill Thoms Toronto Maple Leafs 48 23 15 38 29
Charlie Conacher Toronto Maple Leafs 44 23 15 38 74
Hooley Smith Montreal Maroons 47 19 19 38 75
Doc Romnes Chicago Black Hawks 48 13 25 38 6
Art Chapman New York Americans 47 10 28 38 14
Herbie Lewis Detroit Red Wings 45 14 23 37 25
Baldy Northcott Montreal Maroons 48 15 21 36 41

Stanley Cup playoffsEdit

In one of the most evenly matched series, the first game of the Maroons-Red Wings series set a record for the longest game in Stanley Cup playoff history. The game began at 8:30 p.m. at the Forum in Montreal, and ended at 2:25 a.m. The game was scoreless until in the sixth overtime, when Mud Bruneteau scored on Maroon goaltender Lorne Chabot to win the game. Normie Smith shut out the Maroons in the next game, and the Red Wings then beat the Maroons to win the series.

This was the last NHL playoff series to feature a "two-game total-goals" series.

see 1936 Stanley Cup Finals

Playoff bracketEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  C1  Montreal Maroons 0  
    A1  Detroit Red Wings 3  
    A1  Detroit Red Wings 3
  C2  Toronto Maple Leafs 1
  C2  Toronto Maple Leafs 8G  
A2  Boston Bruins 6G  
C2  Toronto Maple Leafs 2
    C3  New York Americans 1  
C3  New York Americans 7G

<tr> <td height="14"> </td> <td align=center bgcolor="#f2f2f2" style="border:1px solid #aaa;"> A3</td> <td style="border:1px solid #aaa;" bgcolor=#f9f9f9> Chicago Black Hawks</td> <td align=center style="border:1px solid #aaa;" bgcolor=#f9f9f9>5G</td> <td style="border-width:2px 0 0 0; border-style:solid;border-color:black;"> </td></tr>

NHL awardsEdit

1935-36 NHL awards
O'Brien Trophy: Montreal Maroons
Prince of Wales Trophy: Detroit Red Wings
Calder Memorial Trophy: Mike Karakas, Chicago Black Hawks
Hart Memorial Trophy: Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Doc Romnes, Chicago Black Hawks
Vezina Trophy: Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins

All-Star teamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins G Wilf Cude, Montreal Canadiens
Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins D Earl Seibert, Chicago Black Hawks
Babe Siebert, Boston Bruins D Ebbie Goodfellow, Detroit Red Wings
Hooley Smith, Montreal Maroons C Bill Thoms, Toronto Maple Leafs
Charlie Conacher, Toronto Maple Leafs RW Cecil Dillon, New York Rangers
Sweeney Schriner, New York Americans LW Paul Thompson, Chicago Black Hawks
Lester Patrick, New York Rangers Coach Tommy Gorman, Montreal Maroons


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1935-36 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last gamesEdit

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1935-36 (listed with their last team):


See alsoEdit


  1. "Ottawa Interests Through;NHL Purchases Franchise", Toronto Star, October 16,1935
NHL seasons

1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36 | 1936-37 | 1937-38 | 1938-39 | 1939-40

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