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1927–28 Montreal Maroons · NHL
Division 2nd Canadian
1927–28 record 24–14–6
Goals for 96
Goals against 77
General Manager James Strachan
Coach Eddie Gerard
Captain Dunc Munro
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Nels Stewart (27)
Assists Nels Stewart (7)
Points Nels Stewart (34)
Penalties in minutes Babe Siebert (119)
Wins Clint Benedict (24)
Goals against average Clint Benedict (1.70)
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1926–27 1928–29

The 1927–28 Montreal Maroons season was the 4th season of the Maroons franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Maroons finished 2nd in the Canadian Division and lost in the 1928 Stanley Cup Finals to the New York Rangers 3 games to 2.

Off-season[]

On October 7, 1927, James Strachan traded Punch Broadbent back to the Ottawa Senators for Hooley Smith and $22,500. Smith was tough, talented and excellent at digging pucks off the boards.

Regular Season[]

Newly acquired Hooley Smith was matched with Nels Stewart and Babe Siebert to form the NHL's hockey's first power forward unit, the "S Line." All three were well-paid and received under-the-table bonuses which they earned with rough play and goal scoring.

In their first meeting with the cross-town rival Montreal Canadiens, Stewart garnered a major and four minor penalties while Seibert had two minors as the teams fought to a 1-1 draw.

Goalie Flat Walsh played his only game of the season on November 29, 1927 in relief of Clint Benedict in the 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Fred Brown played his first NHL game during the 1-0 loss to the Detroit Cougars on February 16, 1928. He played the rest of the regular season (15 games total, scoring once) and 9 playoff games, the sum total of his NHL career.

Stewart and Siebert were top five in the league in penalty minutes while Stewart finished top five in goals and points.

Final Standings[]

Canadian Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 44 26 11 7 116 48 59
Montreal Maroons 44 24 14 6 96 77 54
Ottawa Senators 44 20 14 10 78 57 50
Toronto Maple Leafs 44 18 18 8 89 88 44
New York Americans 44 11 27 6 63 128 28

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game Log[]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W November 15, 1927 2–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 1–0–0
2 L November 17, 1927 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 1–1–0
3 T November 19, 1927 1–1 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 1–1–1
4 W November 22, 1927 4–3 @ New York Rangers (1927–28) 2–1–1
5 W November 26, 1927 1–0 Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 3–1–1
6 L November 29, 1927 0–4 @ Boston Bruins (1927–28) 3–2–1
7 T December 1, 1927 1–1 OT New York Rangers (1927–28) 3–2–2
8 W December 3, 1927 2–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 4–2–2
9 L December 10, 1927 1–4 Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 4–3–2
10 L December 15, 1927 1–2 Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 4–4–2
11 L December 17, 1927 0–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 4–5–2
12 W December 22, 1927 5–2 @ New York Americans (1927–28) 5–5–2
13 W December 24, 1927 4–2 New York Americans (1927–28) 6–5–2
14 W December 28, 1927 4–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 7–5–2
15 L December 29, 1927 0–3 @ Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 7–6–2
16 L December 31, 1927 0–4 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 7–7–2
17 W January 5, 1928 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 8–7–2
18 W January 7, 1928 4–1 Boston Bruins (1927–28) 9–7–2
19 W January 14, 1928 4–0 Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 10–7–2
20 T January 17, 1928 1–1 OT Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 10–7–3
21 L January 19, 1928 0–1 @ New York Americans (1927–28) 10–8–3
22 W January 21, 1928 1–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 11–8–3
23 W January 26, 1928 1–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 12–8–3
24 L January 31, 1928 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1927–28) 12–9–3
25 L February 2, 1928 0–1 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 12–10–3
26 T February 4, 1928 0–0 OT Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 12–10–4
27 T February 7, 1928 3–3 OT New York Americans (1927–28) 12–10–5
28 W February 10, 1928 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 13–10–5
29 W February 11, 1928 3–1 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 14–10–5
30 L February 16, 1928 0–1 Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 14–11–5
31 W February 18, 1928 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 15–11–5
32 W February 21, 1928 5–3 @ New York Americans (1927–28) 16–11–5
33 T February 23, 1928 2–2 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 16–11–6
34 W February 25, 1928 3–1 Boston Bruins (1927–28) 17–11–6
35 L February 28, 1928 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1927–28) 17–12–6
36 W March 1, 1928 6–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 18–12–6
37 W March 3, 1928 3–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 19–12–6
38 W March 6, 1928 3–1 New York Rangers (1927–28) 20–12–6
39 W March 8, 1928 3–2 OT @ Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 21–12–6
40 L March 10, 1928 0–3 Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 21–13–6
41 W March 13, 1928 5–0 New York Americans (1927–28) 22–13–6
42 W March 17, 1928 3–1 Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 23–13–6
43 L March 22, 1928 1–2 Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 23–14–6
44 W March 24, 1928 8–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 24–14–6

Playoffs[]

Montreal Maroons 3 Goals, Ottawa Senators 1 Goal[]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 27 Montreal Maroons 1-0 Ottawa Senators 1-0
2 March 29 Ottawa Senators 1-2 Montreal Maroons 1-3

Montreal Maroons 3 Goals, Montreal Canadiens 2 Goals[]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 31 Montreal Canadiens 2-2 Montreal Maroons 2-2
2 April 3 Montreal Maroons 1-0 (OT) Montreal Canadiens 3-2

New York Rangers 3, Montreal Maroons 2[]

The circus knocked the Rangers out of Madison Square Garden, and all games were played in the Montreal Forum, even though Boston offered to host the Rangers. The Maroons won Game 1 by 2–0, with Nels Stewart and goaltender Clint Benedict the stars.

Drama took over in Game 2 when Nels Stewart fired a hard shot that struck New York goaltender Lorne Chabot in the eye. He could not continue, and the Rangers needed a goaltender. However, Maroons coach Eddie Gerard refused to let the Rangers use Alex Connell or minor league goaltender Hugh McCormick. Lester Patrick, the Rangers coach, in anger, decided to don the pads himself. The Rangers then checked any Maroon who got near Patrick. Bill Cook scored, putting the Rangers ahead 1–0, but Nels Stewart was not to be denied and scored, tying the game. In overtime, Frank Boucher got the winner for the Rangers and they carried Patrick, tears streaming down his eyes, off the ice. Patrick stopped 17 of 18 shots he faced.

Joe Miller, New York Americans goalie, was allowed to take Chabot's place in goal and he played well in a 2–0 loss in Game 3. However, Frank Boucher starred as the Rangers took the next two games and the Stanley Cup. Drama almost took place in the final game when Miller was badly cut on a shot, but he was able to continue. The crowd became unruly at times and referee Mike Rodden took abuse for disallowed goals by Maroon players.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 5 New York Rangers 0-2 Montreal Maroons 0-1
2 April 7 New York Rangers 2-1 (OT) Montreal Maroons 1-1
3 April 10 New York Rangers 0-2 Montreal Maroons 1-2
4 April 12 New York Rangers 1-0 Montreal Maroons 2-2
5 April 14 New York Rangers 2-1 Montreal Maroons 3-2

Player Stats[]

Regular Season
Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
5 Stewart, NelsNels Stewart C 41 27 7 34 104
7 Smith, HooleyHooley Smith C/RW 34 14 5 19 72
6 Siebert, BabeBabe Siebert LW/D 39 8 9 17 109
8 Lamb, JoeJoe Lamb RW 21 8 5 13 39
3 Dutton, RedRed Dutton D 42 7 6 13 94
4 Ward, JimmyJimmy Ward RW 42 10 2 12 44
8, 12 Phillips, MerlynMerlyn Phillips C 40 7 5 12 33
9 Oatman, RussellRussell Oatman LW 43 7 4 11 36
2 Munro, DuncDunc Munro D 43 5 2 7 35
11 Touhey, BillBill Touhey LW 29 2 0 2 2
10 Brown, FredFred Brown LW 15 1 0 1 0
12 Emms, HapHap Emms LW/D 10 0 1 1 10
10 Carson, FrankFrank Carson RW 21 0 1 1 10
15 Walsh, FlatFlat Walsh G 1 0 0 0 0
1 Benedict, ClintClint Benedict G 44 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Benedict, ClintClint Benedict 2690 44 24 14 6 76 1.70 6
Walsh, FlatFlat Walsh 40 1 0 0 0 1 1.50 0
Team: 2730 44 24 14 6 77 1.69 6
Playoffs
Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
5 Stewart, NelsNels Stewart C 9 2 2 4 13
12 Phillips, MerlynMerlyn Phillips C 9 2 1 3 9
7 Smith, HooleyHooley Smith C/RW 9 2 1 3 23
6 Siebert, BabeBabe Siebert LW/D 9 2 0 2 26
4 Ward, JimmyJimmy Ward RW 9 1 1 2 6
2 Munro, DuncDunc Munro D 9 0 2 2 8
3 Dutton, RedRed Dutton D 9 1 0 1 27
8 Lamb, JoeJoe Lamb RW 8 1 0 1 32
9 Oatman, RussellRussell Oatman LW 9 1 0 1 18
10 Brown, FredFred Brown LW 9 0 0 0 0
1 Benedict, ClintClint Benedict G 9 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Benedict, ClintClint Benedict 555 9 5 3 8 0.86 4
Team: 555 9 5 3 8 0.86 4

*According to NHL game sheets, Fred Brown played 15 regular season games and Frank Carson did not play in the post season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts

Awards and Records[]

  • The Maroons did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[]

Trivia[]

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References[]

Montreal Maroons Seasons
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