1950 Stanley Cup Finals

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The 1950 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the New York Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings. It was the Rangers' first appearance in the Final since their Stanley Cup victory in 1940. The Red Wings would win the series 4–3 to mark their franchise's fourth Cup win, and first since 1943.

1950 Stanley Cup Finals
1234567 Total
Detroit Red Wings 4143*1*54** 4
New York Rangers 1304*2*43** 3
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location(s)Detroit: Olympia Stadium (1, 4–7)
Toronto: Maple Leaf Gardens (2, 3)
CoachesDetroit: Tommy Ivan
New York: Lynn Patrick
CaptainsDetroit: Sid Abel
New York: Frank Eddolls
DatesApril 11 – April 23
Series-winning goalPete Babando (8:31, second OT)

This was the last Stanley Cup Final to feature a team that did not host any games and also the last to feature neutral site games, which were held in Toronto on account of scheduling conflicts at Madison Square Garden.

Paths to the FinalsEdit

New York defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4–1 to reach the Finals. Detroit defeated the three-time defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs (who had swept the Red Wings in the Finals two years running) 4–3 to reach the final.

Game summariesEdit

Two games were played in Toronto as the circus had taken over Madison Square Garden in New York. New York's Don Raleigh scored two overtime winners and Pete Babando scored the Cup-winning goal in double overtime of game seven, the first time ever in which the Stanley Cup was won in extra frames in game seven. Detroit won the Cup without Gordie Howe, injured in the first game of the playoffs. As Stanley Cup runner-up, the Rangers would be awarded the O'Brien Cup, the last team to win the trophy, at one time the National Hockey Association championship trophy, which was retired after the season.


Detroit won series 4–3

Detroit Red Wings 1950 Stanley Cup championsEdit



† Left off the cup, but qualified to be on it.
a Played his only NHL game in Finals.
b Played his only NHL game in Semi-Finals.

Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • #1 Terry Sawchuk played seven NHL games in 1950, because Harry Lumley was injured. Sawchuk was not available for the playoffs, because he was helping the AHL Indianapolis Capitals win the Calder Cup. Instead, Harry MacQuestion was called up as the spare goalie for the playoffs. MacQuestion's name was engraved on the Stanley Cup, but he never played in the NHL. MacQuestion was removed from the Stanley Cup when it was re-done during 1957–58 season.
  • Detroit did not engrave Gordon Haidy and Doug McKay on the Stanley Cup, even though they each played one playoff game and qualified to be on the cup. Both players also won the Calder Cup with Al Dewsbury, Terry Sawchuk that season.

See alsoEdit



  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
  • "All-Time NHL Results".
Preceded by
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Toronto Maple Leafs