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This is the 1953-54 season of the Quebec Hockey League. It was the league's first season. The Quebec Senior Hockey League (Major) had decided to turn pro at the end of the previous season.

The Springfield Indians, formerly of the American Hockey League, had been playing in the Eastern Hockey League since 1951. They moved into the Quebec Hockey League for this season.

The Shawinigan Falls Cataractes pulled out of the league in early October just before the start of the season. They were trying to get player help from the other league teams and from the Montreal Canadiens. When those moves mostly failed, the Cataractes withdrew rather than ice an inferior team.


All-Star GameEdit

Last season's champions, the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, beat the league's all-star team 6-5 on October 4th @ Chicoutimi.


StandingsEdit

Regular Season GP W L T GF GA Pts
Chicoutimi Saguenéens 72 40 25 7 261 197 87
Montreal Royals 72 40 25 7 257 203 87
Ottawa Senators 72 34 32 6 223 212 74
Quebec Aces 72 30 34 8 216 212 68
Sherbrooke Saints 72 30 36 6 223 244 66
Valleyfield Braves 72 31 38 3 207 252 65
Springfield Indians 72 25 40 7 222 289 57


PlayoffsEdit

Quarter FinalsEdit

Best of 7

  • Sherbrooke 3 Montreal 2
  • Sherbrooke 8 Montreal 3

(This game's result was reversed when it was ruled that Saints' players Al Arbour and Joe Levandoski were ineligible.)

  • Montreal 4 Sherbrooke 0
  • Montreal 4 Sherbrooke 2
  • Montreal 5 Sherbrooke 1

Montreal Royals beat Sherbrooke Saints 4 wins to 1.


  • Ottawa 4 Valleyfield 2
  • Valleyfield 2 Ottawa 1
  • Valleyfield 2 Ottawa 1
  • Ottawa 5 Valleyfield 1
  • Valleyfield 5 Ottawa 3
  • Ottawa 5 Valleyfield 4
  • Ottawa 3 Valleyfield 1

Ottawa Senators beat Valleyfield Braves 4 wins to 3.


Semi FinalsEdit

Best of 9

  • Quebec 2 Chicoutimi 0
  • Quebec 2 Chicoutimi 1
  • Chicoutimi 2 Quebec 1
  • Quebec 4 Chicoutimi 0
  • Chicoutimi 1 Quebec 0
  • Quebec 4 Chicoutimi 3
  • Quebec 4 Chicoutimi 2

Quebec Aces beat Chicoutimi Saguenéens 5 wins to 2.


Best of 7

  • Ottawa 3 Montreal 1
  • Ottawa 3 Montreal 1
  • Montreal 4 Ottawa 0
  • Ottawa 3 Montreal 1
  • Montreal 3 Ottawa 2
  • Ottawa 3 Montreal 1

Ottawa Senators beat Montreal Royals 4 wins to 2.


FinalEdit

Best of 9

  • Quebec 4 Ottawa 3
  • Ottawa 4 Quebec 1
  • Ottawa 2 Quebec 1
  • Ottawa 5 Quebec 2
  • Quebec 2 Ottawa 0
  • Ottawa 6 Quebec 3
  • Quebec 4 Ottawa 3
  • Quebec 1 Ottawa 0
  • Quebec 2 Ottawa 0

Quebec Aces beat Ottawa Senators 5 wins to 4.

Quebec Aces advanced to the 1953-54 Edinburgh Trophy Final.


All Star TeamsEdit

First TeamEdit

Goaltender: Phil Hughes, Chicoutimi Saguenéens
Defenceman: Roger Leger, Montreal Royals
Defenceman: Gerry Glaude, Chicoutimi Saguenéens
Centre: Skippy Burchell, Montreal Royals
Left Wing: Howard Riopelle, Ottawa Senators
Right Wing: Leo Gravelle, Ottawa Senators
Coach: Roland Hebert, Chicoutimi Saguenéens


Second TeamEdit

Goaltender: Ray Fredericks, Ottawa Senators
Defenceman: Georges Roy, Chicoutimi Saguenéens
Defenceman: Joe Crozier, Quebec Aces
Centre: Jimmy Moore, Chicoutimi Saguenéens
Left Wing: Eddie Litzenberger, Montreal Royals
Right Wing: Andre Corriveau, Valleyfield Braves
Coach: Pete Morin, Montreal Royals


53-54QHLAwards

Sydney Holmstead, head of the QHL, with trophy winners Howard Riopelle (left) and Dusty Blair.

Award WinnersEdit

Most Valuable PlayerEdit

Andre Corriveau, Valleyfield Braves


Top RookieEdit

Michel Labadie, Quebec Aces


Byng of Vimy TrophyEdit

Dusty Blair, Ottawa Senators


Statistical LeadersEdit

Most GoalsEdit

Leo Gravelle, Ottawa Senators 45

Most AssistsEdit

Howard Riopelle, Ottawa Senators 60


Most Points (President's Cup)Edit

Howard Riopelle, Ottawa Senators 91

Most Penalty MinutesEdit

Bep Guidolin, Ottawa Senators 148


Team PhotosEdit


Game AdsEdit

Playoff Game AdsEdit


See AlsoEdit

Quebec Hockey League

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