1948 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1948 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven series between the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs won the series in four straight games to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

1948 Stanley Cup Finals
1234 Total
Toronto Maple Leafs 5427 4
Detroit Red Wings 3202 0
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location(s)Toronto: Maple Leaf Gardens (1, 2)
Detroit: Olympia Stadium (3, 4)
CoachesToronto: Hap Day
Detroit: Tommy Ivan
CaptainsToronto: Syl Apps
Detroit: Sid Abel
DatesApril 7 to April 14, 1948
Series-winning goalHarry Watson (11:13, first)

Paths to the FinalsEdit

Detroit defeated the New York Rangers 4–2 to advance to the Finals. Toronto defeated the Boston Bruins 4–1 to advance to the Finals.

Game summariesEdit

This was the Stanley Cup debut series for Detroit's Gordie Howe, and the last for Toronto's Syl Apps who retired after the series.


April 7 Detroit Red Wings 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Jim McFadden (5) - 7:20 First period 8:21 - Harry Watson (1)
9:04 - Joe Klukay (1)
18:24 - Syl Apps (3)
No scoring Second period 14:31 - Gus Mortson (1)
19:21 - Howie Meeker (2)
Jim Conacher (2) - 4:28
Ted Lindsay (3) - 5:25
Third period No scoring
Harry Lumley Goalie stats Turk Broda
April 10 Detroit Red Wings 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period 13:31 - Max Bentley (3)
Pete Horeck (2) - 18:18 Second period 3:38 - pp - Bill Ezinicki (3)
17:16 - pp - Max Bentley (4)
18:50 - Harry Watson (2)
Fern Gauthier (1) - pp - 17:18 Third period No scoring
Harry Lumley Goalie stats Turk Broda
April 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–0 Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Harry Watson (3) - 19:42 Second period No scoring
Vic Lynn (2) - 15:16 Third period No scoring
Turk Broda Goalie stats Harry Lumley
April 14 Toronto Maple Leafs 7–2 Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
Ted Kennedy (7) - pp - 2:51
Garth Boesch (2) - sh - 5:03
Harry Watson (4) - 11:13
First period No scoring
Syl Apps (4) - 4:26
Ted Kennedy (8) - 9:42
Harry Watson (5) - sh - 11:38
Second period 2:41 - Leo Reise (2)
Les Costello (2) - pp - 14:37 Third period 18:48 - Pete Horeck (3)
Turk Broda Goalie stats Harry Lumley
Toronto won series 4–0


Stanley Cup engravingEdit

The 1948 Stanley Cup was presented to Maple Leafs captain Syl Apps by NHL President Clarence Campbell following the Maple Leafs 7–2 win over the Red Wings in game four.

The following Maple Leafs players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup

1947–48 Toronto Maple Leafs

Players

  Centres
  Goaltenders

Coaching and administrative staff

  • Conn Smythe (President/Manager/Owner), George McCullach (Vice President)
  • John Murdoch (Vice President), Jack Bickell (Director/Owner)
  • Ed Bickle (Director/Owner), William MacBrien (Chairman/Owner)
  • Robert Galloway (Team Doctor), Horance MacIntyre (Team Doctor)
  • Ed Fitkin (Publicity Director), Tim Daly (Trainer)
  • Archie Campbell (Asst. Trainer), George Walker (Chief Scout)
  • Clarence Hap Day (Coach), Kerry Day (Mascot)

Stanley Cup engraving

When the Stanley Cup was redone in 1957–58, Robert J. Galloway's name was engraved as P.J. GALLOWAY. The "P" should be a "R". This mistake was repeated on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.

  • The Stanley Cup was getting too big it was reduced in size to a height 34 1/4 inches and 35 1/2 pounds. All the large rings were fit together so that 2 rings became 1 ring. The Stanley Cup was wider in size but smaller in height. The Stanley Cup had black spaces to include the winning team up to 1956.
  • 1947 Toronto Maple Leafs winning members were finally added to the Stanley Cup in 1948.

See alsoEdit

References and notesEdit

  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Toronto: Total Sports Canada. ISBN 978-1-892129-07-9.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7
  • "All-Time NHL Results".
Preceded by Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup Champions

1948
Succeeded by