1959 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1959 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1958–59 season, and the culmination of the 1959 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the three-time defending champion Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Montreal was making its ninth consecutive appearance in the Final series. It was Toronto's first appearance since their 1951 win over Montreal. The Canadiens won the series, four games to one, for their fourth straight Cup victory.

1959 Stanley Cup Finals
12345 Total
Montreal Canadiens 532*35 4
Toronto Maple Leafs 313*23 1
* indicates periods of overtime.
Location(s)Montreal: Montreal Forum (1, 2, 5)
Toronto: Maple Leaf Gardens (3, 4)
CoachesMontreal: Toe Blake
Toronto: Punch Imlach
CaptainsMontreal: Maurice Richard
Toronto: George Armstrong
DatesApril 9 – April 18
Series-winning goalMarcel Bonin (9:55, second)

Paths to the FinalsEdit

Montreal defeated the Chicago Black Hawks in six games to reach the finals. Toronto defeated the Boston Bruins in seven games to reach the finals.

Game summariesEdit

Maurice Richard, hampered by injuries, had no points during the playoffs.


April 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–5 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Dick Duff (3) - sh - 4:53
Billy Harris (1) - 6:24
First period 00:36 - Henri Richard (3)
15:41 - Ralph Backstrom (1)
Ron Stewart (2) - 18:26 Second period 16:28 - Andre Pronovost (2)
No scoring Third period 11:59 - Marcel Bonin (8)
15:02 - pp - Dickie Moore (4)
Johnny Bower Goalie stats Jacques Plante
April 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–3 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 5:12 - pp - Tom Johnson (1)
Ron Stewart (3) - 11:41 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 5:02 - Claude Provost (5)
18:33 - Claude Provost (6)
Johnny Bower Goalie stats Jacques Plante
April 14 Montreal Canadiens 2–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Marcel Bonin (9) - pp - 17:31 First period 16:29 - Billy Harris (2)
No scoring Second period 17:11 - Bert Olmstead (3)
Dickie Moore (5) - 1:30 Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 10:06 - Dick Duff (4)
Jacques Plante Goalie stats Johnny Bower
April 16 Montreal Canadiens 3–2 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Ab McDonald (1) - 9:54
Ralph Backstrom (2) - 13:01
Bernie Geoffrion (3) - 15:56
Third period 3:45 - Billy Harris (3)
18:36 - Frank Mahovlich (5)
Jacques Plante Goalie stats Johnny Bower
April 18 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–5 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 4:13 - pp - Ralph Backstrom (3)
13:42 - Bernie Geoffrion (4)
16:26 - Tom Johnson (2)
Bob Pulford (4) - pp - 4:27 Second period 9:55 - Marcel Bonin (10)
19:25 - pp - Bernie Geoffrion (5)
Frank Mahovlich (6) - 12:07
Bert Olmstead (4) - 16:19
Third period No scoring
Johnny Bower Goalie stats Jacques Plante
Montreal won series 4–1


Stanley Cup engravingEdit

The 1959 Stanley Cup was presented to Canadiens captain Maurice Richard by NHL President Clarence Campbell following the Canadiens 5–3 win over the Maple Leafs in game five.

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

1958–59 Montreal Canadiens

Players

Coaching and administrative staff

  • Hartland Molson (President/Owner)
  • Frank Selke Sr. (Manager), Ken Reardon (Vice President)
  • Sam Pollock (Personnel Director), Toe Blake (Coach)
  • Hector Dubois (Trainer, Larry Aubut (Asst. Trainer)
  • Camile DesRoches^, Frank Selke Jr.^ (Publicity Directors)
  • ^- on the team picture, but missing from the Stanley Cup.


Stanley Cup engravingsEdit

  • Ken Reardon name was spelt KEN READON VICE PRES missing an "R". Mistake was corrected on the replica cup created in 1992–93.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • "All-Time NHL Results".
  • 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
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

1959
Succeeded by