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.
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. 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.
- Boston Bruins: Saint John, New Brunswick
- Chicago Black Hawks: Champaign, Illinois
- Detroit Red Wings: Detroit
- Montreal Canadiens: Quebec City
- Montreal Maroons: Winnipeg
- New York Americans: Oshawa, Ontario
- New York Rangers: Winnipeg
- Toronto Maple Leafs: Kitchener, Ontario
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.
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.
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
|Toronto Maple Leafs||48||23||19||6||52||126||106||579|
|New York Americans||48||16||25||7||39||109||122||392|
|Detroit Red Wings||48||24||16||8||56||124||103||384|
|Chicago Black Hawks||48||21||19||8||50||93||92||411|
|New York Rangers||48||19||17||12||50||91||96||381|
Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|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.
|A1||Detroit Red Wings||3|
|A1||Detroit Red Wings||3|
|C2||Toronto Maple Leafs||1|
|C2||Toronto Maple Leafs||8G|
|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>
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):
- Ray Getliffe, Boston Bruins
- Woody Dumart, Boston Bruins
- Mike Karakas, Chicago Black Hawks
- Mud Bruneteau, Detroit Red Wings
- Alex Shibicky, New York Rangers
- Babe Pratt, New York Rangers
- Neil Colville, New York Rangers
- Phil Watson, New York Rangers
- Reg Hamilton, Toronto Maple Leafs
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):
- Joe Primeau, Toronto Maple Leafs
- ↑ "Ottawa Interests Through;NHL Purchases Franchise", Toronto Star, October 16,1935
|1935–36 NHL season by team|
|Canadian||Montreal Canadiens • Montreal Maroons • NY Americans • Toronto|
|American||Boston • Chicago • Detroit • NY Rangers|
|See also||1936 Stanley Cup Finals|
|National Hockey League|