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The 1948-49 NHL season was the 32nd season of the National Hockey League. Six teams each played 60 games.

Regular seasonEdit

Don Gallinger, hopeful he could win an appeal of his suspension in the gambing scandal, finally admitted to gambling and was expelled from the NHL for life in September.

On October 8, 1948, the New York Rangers were due to start their season against the Montreal Canadiens, when the team suffered bad misfortune. Buddy O'Connor, Frank Eddolls, Edgar Laprade, Bill Moe, and Tony Leswick were travelling in their car from Montreal to Saranac Lake, when their car was struck by a truck near Rouse's Point, New York. O'Connor suffered several broken ribs, Eddolls suffered a severed tendon in his knee, Laprade suffered a broken nose, Moe had a cut in the head requiring several stitches and Leswick only escaped with a few bruises. The Rangers were affected so easily, they only scored 133 goals and finished last.

A league record of ten major penalties was set November 25, 1948 when 11,000 fans at the Montreal Forum witnessed a donnybrook. It started when the Habs' Ken Mosdell elbowed Maple Leaf Gus Mortson. Mortson retaliated by knocking Elliot de Grey down with his stick. Montreal's Maurice Richard then sprang onto Mortson's back and they fought, and then all hands joined in. Mortson, Richard, Toronto's Howie Meeker and Mosdell were banished with majors. Play had scarcely began when Ken Reardon (Frenchtown) and Joe Klukay (TO) began fencing and Bill Barilko went at Reardon, while Klukay got into it with Billy Reay, and in another fight, Hal Laycoe got into it with Garth Boesch. In the game itself, Turk Broda quietly picked up his first shutout of the year as the Leafs got the Canadiens 2-0.

A sad note was the death of former Pittsburgh Pirates defenceman Tex White, who was found dead in his bed at his home in Port Colborne, Ontario on December 12. He was only 48 years old.

Both Detroit and Montreal lost key players to injury this year. Montreal lost Elmer Lach with a fractured jaw when he collided with Toronto defenceman Bob Goldham, and Butch Bouchard injured a knee. Detroit lost Gordie Howe, who underwent knee surgery.

Bill Durnan got hot in the second half of the season and recorded four consecutive shutouts, going 309 minutes and 21 seconds without giving up a goal. In all, Durnan had 10 shutouts and won his fifth Vezina Trophy in six years.

Final standingsEdit

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Detroit Red Wings 60 34 19 7 75 195 145 621
Boston Bruins 60 29 23 8 66 178 163 434
Montreal Canadiens 60 28 23 9 65 152 126 728
Toronto Maple Leafs 60 22 25 13 57 147 161 706
Chicago Black Hawks 60 21 31 8 50 173 211 695
New York Rangers 60 18 31 11 47 133 172 413

Scoring leadersEdit

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

PLAYER TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
Roy Conacher Chicago Black Hawks 60 26 42 68 8
Doug Bentley Chicago Black Hawks 60 23 43 66 38
Ted Lindsay Detroit Red Wings 50 26 28 54 97
Sid Abel Detroit Red Wings 60 28 26 54 49
Jim Conacher Chicago Black Hawks / Detroit Red Wings 59 26 23 49 43
Paul Ronty Boston Bruins 60 20 29 49 11

Stanley Cup playoffsEdit

Playoff bracketEdit

  Semifinals Finals
                 
1 Detroit Red Wings 4  
3 Montreal Canadiens 3  
    1 Detroit Red Wings 0
  4 Toronto Maple Leafs 4
2 Boston Bruins 1
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 4  

SemifinalsEdit

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 22 Montreal Canadiens 1 Detroit Red Wings2 OT
March 24 Montreal Canadiens 4 Detroit Red Wings 3 OT
March 26 Detroit Red Wings 2 Montreal Canadiens 3
March 29 Detroit Red Wings 3 Montreal Canadiens 1
March 31 Montreal Canadiens 1 Detroit Red Wings 3
April 2 Detroit Red Wings 1 Montreal Canadiens 3
April 5 Montreal Canadiens 1 Detroit Red Wings3

Detroit wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 3

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Boston Bruins0
March 24 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Boston Bruins 2
March 26 Boston Bruins 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 OT
March 29 Boston Bruins 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 3
March 30 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Boston Bruins 2

Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 8 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Detroit Red Wings2
April 10 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Detroit Red Wings 1
April 13 Detroit Red Wings 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 3
April 16 Detroit Red Wings 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 3

Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 0

NHL awardsEdit

O'Brien Trophy: Detroit Red Wings
Prince of Wales Trophy: Detroit Red Wings
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Roy Conacher, Chicago Black Hawks
Calder Memorial Trophy: Pentti Lund, New York Rangers
Hart Memorial Trophy: Sid Abel, Detroit Red Wings
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Bill Quackenbush, Detroit Red Wings
Vezina Trophy: Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens

All-Star teamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens G Chuck Rayner, New York Rangers
Bill Quackenbush, Detroit Red Wings D Glen Harmon, Montreal Canadiens
Jack Stewart, Detroit Red Wings D Ken Reardon, Montreal Canadiens
Sid Abel, Detroit Red Wings C Doug Bentley, Chicago Black Hawks
Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens RW Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
Roy Conacher, Chicago Black Hawks LW Ted Lindsay, Detroit Red Wings

Regular Season AttendanceEdit

Chicago: 491,494
Toronto: 417,409
Boston: 406,227
Detroit: 402,153
New York: 366,278
Montreal: 326,204

Total: 2,409,765

DebutsEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1948-49 (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 1948-49 (listed with their last team):

See alsoEdit


ReferencesEdit


NHL seasons

1944-45 | 1945-46 | 1946-47 | 1947-48 | 1948-49 | 1949-50 | 1950-51 | 1951-52 | 1952-53

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