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1943–44 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Division 1st NHL
1943–44 record 38–5–7
Goals for 234
Goals against 109
General Manager Tommy Gorman
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Toe Blake
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Maurice Richard (32)
Assists Elmer Lach (48)
Points Elmer Lach (72)
Penalties in minutes Mike McMahon, Sr. (98)
Wins Bill Durnan (38)
Goals against average Bill Durnan (2.18)

The 1943–44 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 35th season, 27th in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team would win the Stanley Cup for the fifth time. Bill Durnan would join the club as its new goaltender and he won the Vezina Trophy in his rookie season. [1]

In the previous 12 seasons (since they had last won the Stanley Cup in 1930-31), the Canadiens had not won a single playoff series.

Starting with this season, the Canadiens started on an amazing streak. In 36 seasons, they won 18 Cups and made it to another 6 Finals. This streak carried on through the 1978-79 season.


OffseasonEdit

At the Habs' training camp in 1943, Canadiens manager Tommy Gorman settled on Durnan as his goalie. Durnan stated that he was happy as an amateur and happy with less money if it meant avoiding the stress of the professional game. On opening night, Durnan was not yet signed. Ten minutes before the first faceoff, he spoke with Gorman and reached a deal. Durnan signed the contract and played in the game. The result was a 2-2 draw with the Boston Bruins. The rookie netminder was a few months shy of his 27th birthday. [2]

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From the Montreal Gazette on Dec. 21, 1943

Regular seasonEdit

Some of Durnan’s teammates included the Punch Line of Elmer Lach, Rocket Richard and Toe Blake. Durnan was a key element that took Montreal back to the Stanley Cup after 13 years of frustration. Durnan led the league in games played, wins and goals-against average in the regular season. [2]

On Dec. 20, 1943, coach Dick Irvin went home to Regina to spend some time with his family. While he was gone team captain Toe Blake replaced him. Ironically, Blake would replace Irvin 12 years later.


Final standingsEdit

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

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 50 38 5 7 83 234 109 557
Detroit Red Wings 50 26 18 6 58 214 177 374
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 23 23 4 50 214 174 303
Chicago Black Hawks 50 22 23 5 49 178 187 240
Boston Bruins 50 19 26 5 43 223 268 207
New York Rangers 50 6 39 5 17 162 310 253

Game logEdit

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 30, 19432–2 Boston Bruins (1943–44) 0–0–1
2WNovember 2, 19432–1 New York Rangers (1943–44) 1–0–1
3WNovember 4, 19435–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 2–0–1
4WNovember 7, 19435–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 3–0–1
5WNovember 13, 19434–1 Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 4–0–1
6WNovember 14, 19432–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 5–0–1
7TNovember 16, 19432–2 @ Boston Bruins (1943–44) 5–0–2
8WNovember 18, 19435–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 6–0–2
9WNovember 20, 19437–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 7–0–2
10WNovember 21, 194313–4 Boston Bruins (1943–44) 8–0–2
11WNovember 27, 19436–3 New York Rangers (1943–44) 9–0–2
12TNovember 28, 19432–2 @ New York Rangers (1943–44) 9–0–3
13WDecember 2, 19436–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 10–0–3
14WDecember 4, 19438–2 Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 11–0–3
15LDecember 5, 19434–5 @ Boston Bruins (1943–44) 11–1–3
16LDecember 11, 19432–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 11–2–3
17WDecember 12, 19435–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 12–2–3
18WDecember 19, 19433–1 Boston Bruins (1943–44) 13–2–3
19WDecember 25, 19435–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 14–2–3
20WDecember 30, 19438–3 Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 15–2–3
21WJanuary 1, 19444–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 16–2–3
22WJanuary 2, 19445–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 17–2–3
23WJanuary 4, 19446–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 18–2–3
24WJanuary 8, 19448–2 New York Rangers (1943–44) 19–2–3
25WJanuary 9, 19446–5 @ New York Rangers (1943–44) 20–2–3
26LJanuary 11, 19440–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 20–3–3
27TJanuary 13, 19442–2 Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 20–3–4
28TJanuary 16, 19441–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 20–3–5
29WJanuary 22, 19446–2 Boston Bruins (1943–44) 21–3–5
30WJanuary 23, 19444–1 @ Boston Bruins (1943–44) 22–3–5
31TJanuary 27, 19442–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 22–3–6
32WJanuary 30, 19445–3 @ New York Rangers (1943–44) 23–3–6
33WFebruary 5, 19446–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 24–3–6
34LFebruary 8, 19440–3 @ Boston Bruins (1943–44) 24–4–6
35WFebruary 12, 19443–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 25–4–6
36TFebruary 13, 19442–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 25–4–7
37WFebruary 17, 19443–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 26–4–7
38WFebruary 19, 19445–2 New York Rangers (1943–44) 27–4–7
39WFebruary 20, 19447–2 @ New York Rangers (1943–44) 28–4–7
40WFebruary 24, 19443–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 29–4–7
41WFebruary 26, 194410–2 Boston Bruins (1943–44) 30–4–7
42WFebruary 27, 19445–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 31–4–7
43WMarch 4, 19445–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 32–4–7
44WMarch 5, 19448–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1943–44) 33–4–7
45WMarch 9, 19443–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 34–4–7
46WMarch 11, 19444–3 Detroit Red Wings (1943–44) 35–4–7
47LMarch 12, 19445–6 @ Boston Bruins (1943–44) 35–5–7
48WMarch 16, 19443–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1943–44) 36–5–7
49WMarch 18, 194411–2 New York Rangers (1943–44) 37–5–7
50WMarch 19, 19446–1 @ New York Rangers (1943–44) 38–5–7

[3]

PlayoffsEdit

In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Durnan allowed only 1.53 goals per game as the Canadiens skated to the title. At season’s end, Durnan was awarded the Vezina Trophy, the first rookie to win the award, and was selected to the league's First All-Star Team. [2]

Semi-final: Montreal vs. TorontoEdit

Rocket Richard scored seven goals in the series, including all five for Montreal in game two. After giving up the first game at home to Toronto, Montreal took over, winning the next four, finishing the series with a 11–0 shellacking in game five.

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 21Toronto3 Montreal 1
March 23Toronto 1 Montreal 5
March 25Montreal 2 Toronto 2
March 28Montreal 4 Toronto 1
March 30Toronto0 Montreal 11

[4]

Stanley Cup Final: Montreal vs. ChicagoEdit

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 10 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.

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 4Chicago 1 Montreal 5
April 6Montreal 3 Chicago 1
April 9Montreal 3 Chicago 2
April 13Chicago 4 Montreal 5 OT

[5] Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4–0.

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 48 24 48 72 23
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 41 26 33 59 10
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 46 32 22 54 45
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 44 12 42 54 6
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 44 28 25 53 44
Watson, PhilPhil Watson RW/C 44 17 32 49 61
Heffernan, GerryGerry Heffernan RW 43 28 20 48 12
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 47 15 32 47 85
Majeau, FernFern Majeau C/LW 44 20 18 38 39
Lamoureux, LeoLeo Lamoureux C/D 44 8 23 31 32
Fillion, BobBob Fillion LW 41 7 23 30 14
McMahon, MikeMike McMahon D 42 7 17 24 98
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 43 5 16 21 36
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 39 5 14 19 52
Campeau, TodTod Campeau C 2 0 0 0 0
Durnan, BillBill Durnan G 50 0 0 0 0
Walton, BobbyBobby Walton C/RW 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Durnan, BillBill Durnan 3000 50 38 5 7 109 2.18 2
Team: 3000 50 38 5 7 109 2.18 2

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 9 7 11 18 2
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 9 12 5 17 10
Lach, ElmerElmer Lach C 9 2 11 13 4
Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 9 5 4 9 16
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 9 5 3 8 12
Watson, PhilPhil Watson RW/C 9 3 5 8 16
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 9 1 3 4 4
Harmon, GlenGlen Harmon D 9 1 2 3 4
Heffernan, GerryGerry Heffernan RW 7 1 2 3 8
McMahon, MikeMike McMahon D 8 1 2 3 16
O'Connor, BuddyBuddy O'Connor C 8 1 2 3 2
Lamoureux, LeoLeo Lamoureux C/D 9 0 3 3 8
Durnan, BillBill Durnan G 9 0 0 0 0
Fillion, BobBob Fillion LW 3 0 0 0 0
Majeau, FernFern Majeau C/LW 1 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Durnan, BillBill Durnan 549 9 8 1 14 1.53 1
Team: 549 9 8 1 14 1.53 1

[6]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts;

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

Montreal Canadiens 1944 Stanley Cup championsEdit

Roster

  Centers
  Goaltenders

1 Bill Durnan


  Non-players
  • Donat Raymond (President/Owner), Dalton Coleman (Vice President/Owner)
  • Len Perto (Director), Tommy Gorman (Manager)
  • Dick Irvin Sr, (Coach)
  • Ernie Cook (Trainer)&, Hector Dubois (Ass’t Trainer)&.

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 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 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


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