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The 1952 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens in the first of the four Detroit-Montreal Final series of the 1950s. The Canadiens were appearing in their second straight Finals series, while Detroit was returning after winning the 1950 Final. The Red Wings would win the series 4–0, shutting out the Canadiens twice and allowing one goal in each of the other two games. By doing so, the Red Wings became the first team to go perfect in the playoffs.

1952 Stanley Cup Finals
1234 Total
Detroit Red Wings 3233 4
Montreal Canadiens 1100 0
Location(s)Montreal: Montreal Forum) (1, 2)
Detroit: Olympia Stadium) (3, 4)
CoachesDetroit: Tommy Ivan
Montreal: Dick Irvin
CaptainsDetroit: Sid Abel
Montreal: Emile Bouchard
DatesApril 10 – April 15
Series-winning goalMetro Prystai (6:50, first)


Paths to the FinalsEdit

Detroit defeated the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs 4–0 to reach the Finals. Montreal defeated the Boston Bruins 4–3 to reach the Finals.

Game summariesEdit

Terry Sawchuk posted two shutouts in his Cup Finals debut. Gordie Howe scored two goals in his Cup Finals debut. The Red Wings would go through the playoffs undefeated, a feat that has been replicated only once since: in 1960, the Canadiens would go 8–0 against first the Chicago Black Hawks and then the Maple Leafs en route to their record fifth consecutive Stanley Cup.

Detroit won series 4–0

Detroit Red Wings 1952 Stanley Cup championsEdit



Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engravingEdit

  • 3 players were engraved on the Stanley Cup, but did not play for Detroit. Glenn Hall played his first NHL game in 1952–53 Season. Bill Tibbs never played in the NHL. Hugh Coflin never played for Detroit. Coflin's only NHL Season was 1950–51 when he played 31 games for the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Glenn Hall was listed as GLEN HALL on the original engraving in 1952. When the cup was redone in 1957–58, Hall was engraved on the Stanley Cup as GLIN HALL, a mistake that was repeated on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93. He was engraved before he played in first NHL game in 1952–53 season. Glenn Hall went on to play a record 502 consecutive complete games.
  • Enio Sclisizzi name was removed when cup was redone in 1957–58. He played only nine games, and did not play in the playoffs. Coflin, Tibbs, and Hall, who did not play for Detroit in 1952, were nevertheless included on the new version of the Stanley Cup. Coflin's name was not included on the Replica Stanley Cup created in 1993.

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
Montreal Canadiens