1948–49 NHL season

The 1948–49 NHL season was the 32nd season of the National Hockey League. In a rematch of the previous season, Toronto defeated Detroit in the Stanley Cup final to win the championship.

1948–49 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 13, 1948 – April 16, 1949
Number of games60
Number of teams6
Regular season
Season championDetroit Red Wings
Season MVPSid Abel (Red Wings)
Top scorerRoy Conacher (Black Hawks)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsToronto Maple Leafs
  Runners-upDetroit Red Wings
NHL seasons

League businessEdit

Rule changesEdit

A new rule, often called the "Durnan Rule", was introduced for the start of the season stating that goalies cannot be the captain or an alternate captain and wear the "C" or "A". Specifically, NHL Rule 14-D (today's rule 6.1) read: No playing Coach or playing Manager or goalkeeper shall be permitted to act as Captain or Alternate Captain.[1][2]

This rule was introduced because Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens goalie and captain, would frequently leave his crease to dispute calls with the referees. Opposing teams claimed that this would give the Canadiens unscheduled timeouts during strategic points in games. It would be another sixty years before another goalie would be captain. From 2008 until 2010, the Vancouver Canucks had Roberto Luongo as their captain, the seventh goalie to serve as a captain in the NHL. The rule remained in place, however, and Luongo could not 'act' as captain during games.

Regular seasonEdit

Don Gallinger of the Boston Bruins, hopeful he could win an appeal of his suspension in the gambling 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 misfortune. Buddy O'Connor, Frank Eddolls, Edgar Laprade, Bill Moe, and Tony Leswick were travelling in their car from Montreal to Saranac Lake, New York when their car was struck by a truck near Rouses Point. O'Connor suffered several broken ribs, Eddolls a severed tendon in his knee, Laprade suffered a broken nose, Moe had a cut in the head requiring several stitches and Leswick escaped with a few bruises.

On November 10, 1948, unseasonably warm temperatures caused a fog bank to occur inside the Boston Garden during a game between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. Referee Bill Chadwick abandoned the game after only 9 minutes of the first period due to poor visibility. The game was replayed the following night, with Boston winning 4–1.[3]

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 begun when Ken Reardon (Montreal) and Joe Klukay (Toronto) began fencing and Bill Barilko went at Reardon, while Klukay got into it with Billy Reay, and Hal Laycoe fought Garth Boesch. In the game itself, Turk Broda picked up his first shutout of the year as the Leafs won, 2–0.

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 Emile "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[4]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Detroit Red Wings 60 34 19 7 195 145 +50 75
2 Boston Bruins 60 29 23 8 178 163 +15 66
3 Montreal Canadiens 60 28 23 9 152 126 +26 65
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 60 22 25 13 147 161 −14 57
5 Chicago Black Hawks 60 21 31 8 173 211 −38 50
6 New York Rangers 60 18 31 11 133 172 −39 47


PlayoffsEdit

Playoff bracketEdit

Semifinals Stanley Cup Finals
      
1 Detroit 4
3 Montreal 3
1 Detroit 0
4 Toronto 4
2 Boston 1
4 Toronto 4

SemifinalsEdit

(1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (3) Montreal CanadiensEdit

March 22 Montreal Canadiens 1–2 3OT Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 04:13 – Gordie Howe (1)
Maurice Richard (1) – 12:29 Third period No scoring
No scoring Third overtime period 04:52 – ppMax McNab (1)
Bill Durnan Goalie stats Harry Lumley
March 24 Montreal Canadiens 4–3 OT Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
Gerry Plamondon (1) – pp – 04:23 First period 01:31 – Sid Abel (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Billy Reay (1) – pp – 04:46
Gerry Plamondon (2) – pp – 06:01
Third period 00:50 – ppTed Lindsay (1)
16:49 – Sid Abel (2)
Gerry Plamondon (3) – 02:59 First overtime period No scoring
Bill Durnan Goalie stats Harry Lumley
March 26 Detroit Red Wings 2–3 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 10:41 – Ken Mosdell (1)
18:24 – Leo Gravelle (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Gordie Howe (2) – 08:07
Gordie Howe (3) – sh – 15:03
Third period 10:02 – Murdo MacKay (1)
Harry Lumley Goalie stats Bill Durnan
March 29 Detroit Red Wings 3–1 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Red Kelly (1) – sh – 08:34 First period 04:43 – Leo Gravelle (2)
Gordie Howe (4) – 18:38 Second period No scoring
Gordie Howe (5) – 13:19 Third period No scoring
Harry Lumley Goalie stats Bill Durnan
March 31 Montreal Canadiens 1–3 Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Rip Riopelle (1) – 01:11 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 05:10 – Sid Abel (3)
16:28 – Gerry Couture (1)
17:00 – Gordie Howe (6)
Bill Durnan Goalie stats Harry Lumley
April 2 Detroit Red Wings 1–3 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Gordie Howe (7) – pp – 12:56 Second period 06:41 – Gerry Plamondon (4)
08:44 – Maurice Richard (2)
09:56 – pp – 09:56
No scoring Third period No scoring
Harry Lumley Goalie stats Bill Durnan
April 5 Montreal Canadiens 1–3 Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period 03:17 – Gordie Howe (8)
Glen Harmon (1) – 06:33 Second period 12:10 – shLeo Reise (1)
18:46 – ppGerry Couture (2)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Bill Durnan Goalie stats Harry Lumley
Detroit won series 4–3


(2) Boston Bruins vs. (4) Toronto Maple LeafsEdit

March 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–0 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Harry Watson (1) – pp – 05:15 First period No scoring
Harry Watson (2) – 07:25 Second period No scoring
Max Bentley (1) – 07:50 Third period No scoring
Turk Broda Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
March 24 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Ray Timgren (1) – pp – 03:36 First period 05:02 – shWoody Dumart (1)
No scoring Second period 17:24 – Paul Ronty (1)
Harry Watson (3) – 10:57
Harry Watson (4) – 18:41
Third period No scoring
Turk Broda Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
March 26 Boston Bruins 5–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Grant Warwick (1) – 09:56
Woody Dumart (2) – 17:16
First period 08:46 – Ted Kennedy
Johnny Peirson (1) – pp – 13:53 Second period 14:15 – shGus Mortson (1)
19:57 – Joe Klukay (1)
Ed Sandford (1) – 07:11 Third period 11:49 – Fleming MacKell (1)
Woody Dumart (3) – 16:14 First overtime period No scoring
Frank Brimsek Goalie stats Turk Broda
March 29 Boston Bruins 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Johnny Peirson (2) – pp – 11:16 First period 03:18 – Fleming MacKell (2)
No scoring Second period 10:30 – Sid Smith (1)
No scoring Third period 15:17 – pp – Sid Smith (2)
Frank Brimsek Goalie stats Turk Broda
March 30 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Cal Gardner (1) – pp – 06:27
Ray Timgren (2) – 14:58
First period 12:17 – ppGrant Warwick (2)
Max Bentley (2) – 08:01 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 19:03 – Johnny Peirson (3)
Turk Broda Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
Toronto won series 4–1


Stanley Cup FinalsEdit


April 8 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2 OT Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
Max Bentley (3) – 13:15 First period 04:15 – ppGeorge Gee (1)
Jimmy Thomson (1) – pp – 16:02 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 13:56 – Bill Quackenbush (1)
Joe Klukay (2) – 17:13 First overtime period No scoring
Turk Broda Goalie stats Harry Lumley
April 10 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–1 Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
Sid Smith (3) – pp – 08:50
Sid Smith (4) – pp – 09:56
First period No scoring
Sid Smith (5) – pp – 17:58 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 05:50 – Pete Horeck (1)
Turk Broda Goalie stats Harry Lumley
April 13 Detroit Red Wings 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Jack Stewart (1) – 04:57 First period No scoring
Bill Ezinicki (1) – 11:02
Ted Kennedy (2) – 12:40
Gus Mortson (2) – 16:18
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Harry Lumley Goalie stats Turk Broda
April 16 Detroit Red Wings 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Ted Lindsay (2) – 02:59 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 10:10 – ppRay Timgren (3)
19:45 – Cal Gardner (2)
No scoring Third period 15:10 – Max Bentley (4)
Harry Lumley Goalie stats Turk Broda
Toronto won series 4–0


AwardsEdit

Trophy Winner
Calder Memorial Trophy:
(Top first-year player)
Pentti Lund, New York Rangers
Hart Trophy:
(Most valuable player)
Sid Abel, Detroit Red Wings
Lady Byng Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Bill Quackenbush, Detroit Red Wings
O'Brien Cup:
(Stanley Cup runner-up)
Detroit Red Wings
Prince of Wales Trophy:
(Top regular-season record)
Detroit Red Wings
Art Ross Trophy:
(Top scorer)
Roy Conacher, Chicago Black Hawks
Vezina Trophy:
(Goaltender of team with lowest GAA)
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

Player statisticsEdit

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 58 23 43 66 38
Sid Abel Detroit Red Wings 60 28 26 54 49
Ted Lindsay Detroit Red Wings 50 26 28 54 97
Jim Conacher Detroit Red Wings / Chicago Black Hawks 59 26 23 49 43
Paul Ronty Boston Bruins 60 20 29 49 11
Harry Watson Toronto Maple Leafs 60 26 19 45 0
Billy Reay Montreal Canadiens 60 22 23 45 33
Gus Bodnar Chicago Black Hawks 59 19 26 45 14
Johnny Peirson Boston Bruins 59 22 21 43 45

Source: NHL[5]

Leading goaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; Mins – Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP Mins GA GAA W L T SO
Bill Durnan Montreal Canadiens 60 3600 126 2.10 28 23 9 10
Harry Lumley Detroit Red Wings 60 3600 145 2.42 34 19 7 6
Turk Broda Toronto Maple Leafs 60 3600 161 2.68 22 25 13 5
Frank Brimsek Boston Bruins 54 3240 147 2.72 26 20 8 1
Chuck Rayner New York Rangers 58 3480 168 2.90 16 31 11 7
Jim Henry Chicago Black Hawks 60 3600 211 3.52 21 31 8 0

CoachesEdit

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 who played their last game in the NHL in 1948–49 (listed with their last team):

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (1994). Years of glory, 1942–1967: the National Hockey League's official book of the six-team era. Toronto, ON: McClelland and Stewart. ISBN 0-7710-2817-2.
  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Hockey. Total Sports. ISBN 1-892129-85-X.
  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.
  • Dryden, Steve, ed. (2000). Century of hockey. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-4179-9.
  • Duplacey, James (1996). Diamond, Dan (ed.). The annotated rules of hockey. Lyons & Burford. ISBN 1-55821-466-6.
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1.
  • McFarlane, Brian (1973). The Story of the National Hockey League. New York, NY: Pagurian Press. ISBN 0-684-13424-1.
Notes
  1. ^ "Captain Puckstopper". Greatest Hockey Legends.com. 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  2. ^ Duplacey 1996, p. 25.
  3. ^ Weekes, Don (2003). The Best and Worst of Hockey's Firsts: The Unofficial Guide. Canada: Greystone Books. pp. 240. ISBN 9781550548600.
  4. ^ "1948–1949 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League.
  5. ^ Dinger 2011, p. 148.

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