1930–31 Montreal Maroons · NHL
Division 3rd Canadian
1930–31 record 20–18–6
Goals for 105
Goals against 106
General Manager James Strachan
Coach Dunc Munro
Georges Boucher
Captain Nels Stewart
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Nels Stewart (25)
Assists Nels Stewart
Hooley Smith (14)
Points Nels Stewart (39)
Penalties in minutes Babe Siebert (76)
Wins Dave Kerr (13)
Goals against average Flat Walsh (2.25)
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1929–30 1931–32

The 1930–31 Montreal Maroons season was the 7th season of the Maroons franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Maroons finished 3rd in the Canadian Division and lost in the Quarter-finals to the New York Rangers 8 goals to 1.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Seven members of the Montreal AAA 1930 Allan Cup champions joined the 1930-31 Maroons.

GM James Strachan took the Maroons through the most significant overhaul in the franchise's history, replacing half the team.

Red Dutton, a reliable defenseman with four seasons service with the Maroons, was sold to the New York Americans along with three other players. Dutton was replaced with Lionel Conacher.

With the retirement of goalie Clint Benedict, the Maroons signed Dave Kerr while Flat Walsh became the starter. Kerr was one of multiple players signed from the Montreal AAA team that won the 1930 Allan Cup. These included Des Roche and his brother Earl Roche, John Gallagher, Paul Haynes, Al Huggins and Glenn Brydson.

Defenseman Jack McVicar was signed and played the first of two NHL seasons.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Roy Worters stops Babe Siebert, November 16, 1930.

Opening night on November 11, 1930 saw five of the seven signed from the Montreal AAA team in the line-up in addition to Jack McVicar. Goalie Dave Kerr and Glenn Brydson didn't play as the Maroons lost 2-0 to the Ottawa Senators. The losing and scoreless streak continued for the next two games but the final straw was a 7-1 humiliation at the hands of the cross-town Montreal Canadiens on November 20, 1930. Down 6-1 after two periods, goalie Dave Kerr made his NHL debut and allowed one goal.

The veterans took over in the next game on November 22, 1930 as the "S Line" scored twice in a 4-3 win over the New York Americans. During the December 18, 1930 game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, Flat Walsh was injured and Dave Kerr took over in net. The Maroons won 2-1 and Kerr played the rest of the season.

The introduction of so many rookies into the line-up had a predictable effect. Many struggled and they scored a combined 8 goals, led by John Gallagher's 4 markers. However, with the exception of Al Huggins, all would go on to successful NHL careers. Glenn Brydson would play 295 games while goalie Dave Kerr would be named once to the NHL First All-Star Team, once to the Second Team and win the Vezina Trophy while playing for the 1939–40 New York Rangers who he'd lead to victory in the 1940 Stanley Cup Finals.

The Maroons veterans continued to dominate play as the team went on a 9-2-3 run that had them in first place in the Canadian Division on January 3, 1931. After the 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers on January 6, 1931, Paul Haynes, Des Roche and Al Huggins were demoted to the minors and Baldy Northcott was called up. Northcott became a regular and played the next seven seasons for the Maroons, capped with a First Team All-Star selection in 1933. In the midst of a losing skid in February, coach Dunc Munro returned to the line-up and played four games while George Boucher took over the coaching duties for the rest of the season.

By late February, the Maroons were battling the Americans for the last playoff berth. A 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Quakers on March 14, 1931 sealed a post season spot. Although the Maroons were tied in points with the Americans, they won by virtue of more wins. However, top scorer Hooley Smith was injured during the March 7, 1931 game against Toronto and lost for the rest of the season and playoffs.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Canadian Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 44 26 10 8 129 89 60
Toronto Maple Leafs 44 22 13 9 118 99 53
Montreal Maroons 44 20 18 6 105 106 46
New York Americans 44 18 16 10 76 74 46
Ottawa Senators 44 10 30 4 91 142 24

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[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L November 11, 1930 0–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 0–1–0
2 L November 16, 1930 0–1 @ New York Americans (1930–31) 0–2–0
3 L November 18, 1930 0–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 0–3–0
4 L November 20, 1930 1–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1930–31) 0–4–0
5 W November 22, 1930 4–3 New York Americans (1930–31) 1–4–0
6 W November 25, 1930 5–2 New York Rangers (1930–31) 2–4–0
7 W December 2, 1930 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 3–4–0
8 W December 6, 1930 1–0 Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 4–4–0
9 L December 9, 1930 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1930–31) 4–5–0
10 W December 11, 1930 3–2 Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 5–5–0
11 W December 14, 1930 2–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 6–5–0
12 W December 18, 1930 2–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 7–5–0
13 W December 20, 1930 5–1 Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 8–5–0
14 T December 23, 1930 4–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 8–5–1
15 L December 25, 1930 1–2 @ New York Americans (1930–31) 8–6–1
16 T December 28, 1930 2–2 OT @ Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 8–6–2
17 T December 30, 1930 1–1 OT Montreal Canadiens (1930–31) 8–6–3
18 W January 1, 1931 3–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 9–6–3
19 W January 3, 1931 5–3 Boston Bruins (1930–31) 10–6–3
20 L January 6, 1931 1–5 @ New York Rangers (1930–31) 10–7–3
21 L January 8, 1931 0–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 10–8–3
22 L January 10, 1931 3–4 OT @ Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 10–9–3
23 W January 13, 1931 6–1 Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 11–9–3
24 L January 15, 1931 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1930–31) 11–10–3
25 W January 17, 1931 3–2 Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 12–10–3
26 L January 22, 1931 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 12–11–3
27 W January 25, 1931 3–2 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 13–11–3
28 W January 27, 1931 2–1 @ Detroit Falcons (1930–31) 14–11–3
29 T January 31, 1931 2–2 OT New York Rangers (1930–31) 14–11–4
30 L February 3, 1931 0–3 @ New York Rangers (1930–31) 14–12–4
31 T February 5, 1931 4–4 OT Montreal Canadiens (1930–31) 14–12–5
32 L February 10, 1931 2–4 New York Americans (1930–31) 14–13–5
33 L February 14, 1931 2–4 Boston Bruins (1930–31) 14–14–5
34 L February 17, 1931 0–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1930–31) 14–15–5
35 L February 19, 1931 2–4 @ New York Americans (1930–31) 14–16–5
36 T February 21, 1931 3–3 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 14–16–6
37 W February 24, 1931 3–2 OT Chicago Black Hawks (1930–31) 15–16–6
38 W February 28, 1931 4–1 Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 16–16–6
39 W March 5, 1931 6–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1930–31) 17–16–6
40 W March 7, 1931 6–2 Ottawa Senators (1930–31) 18–16–6
41 W March 12, 1931 3–0 Montreal Canadiens (1930–31) 19–16–6
42 W March 14, 1931 3–2 @ Philadelphia Quakers (1930–31) 20–16–6
43 L March 17, 1931 1–2 New York Americans (1930–31) 20–17–6
44 L March 21, 1931 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1930–31) 20–18–6

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

New York Rangers 8 Goals, Montreal Maroons 1 Goal[edit | edit source]

Hampered by the loss of star forward Hooley Smith at the end of the regular season, the Maroons were thoroughly outplayed by the New York Rangers. Rangers Bill Cook and Paul Thompson each scored three goals in the two game, total goals series.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 20 Montreal Maroons 1-5 New York Rangers 1-5
2 March 22 New York Rangers 3-0 Montreal Maroons 8-1

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
5 Stewart, NelsNels Stewart C 42 25 14 39 75
6 Siebert, BabeBabe Siebert LW/D 43 16 12 28 76
7 Smith, HooleyHooley Smith C/RW 39 12 14 26 68
4 Ward, JimmyJimmy Ward RW 41 14 8 22 52
8 Trottier, DaveDave Trottier LW 43 9 8 17 58
14 Northcott, BaldyBaldy Northcott D/LW 22 7 3 10 15
12 Phillips, MerlynMerlyn Phillips C 43 6 1 7 38
2 Conacher, LionelLionel Conacher D 36 4 3 7 57
11, 17 Gallagher, JohnJohn Gallagher D 35 4 2 6 35
11, 17 McVicar, JackJack McVicar D 40 2 4 6 35
2, 3 Wilcox, ArchieArchie Wilcox RW/D 39 2 2 4 42
10 Roche, EarlEarl Roche LW 42 2 0 2 18
16, 18 Huggins, AlAl Huggins LW 20 1 1 2 2
14 Haynes, PaulPaul Haynes C 19 1 0 1 0
18 Munro, DuncDunc Munro D 4 0 1 1 0
16 Roche, DesDes Roche RW 19 0 1 1 6
16 Brydson, GlennGlenn Brydson RW 14 0 0 0 4
9 Boucher, GeorgesGeorges Boucher D 30 0 0 0 25
1 Walsh, FlatFlat Walsh G 16 0 0 0 0
1, 15 Kerr, DaveDave Kerr G 28 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Kerr, DaveDave Kerr 1769 29 13 11 4 70 2.37 1
Walsh, FlatFlat Walsh 961 16 7 7 2 36 2.25 2
Team: 2730 44 20 18 6 106 2.33 3

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
5 Stewart, NelsNels Stewart C 2 1 0 1 6
14 Northcott, BaldyBaldy Northcott D/LW 2 0 1 1 0
12 Phillips, MerlynMerlyn Phillips C 1 0 0 0 2
16 Brydson, GlennGlenn Brydson RW 2 0 0 0 0
2 Conacher, LionelLionel Conacher D 2 0 0 0 2
17 Gallagher, JohnJohn Gallagher D 2 0 0 0 0
11 McVicar, JackJack McVicar D 2 0 0 0 2
10 Roche, EarlEarl Roche LW 2 0 0 0 0
6 Siebert, BabeBabe Siebert LW/D 2 0 0 0 6
8 Trottier, DaveDave Trottier LW 2 0 0 0 6
4 Ward, JimmyJimmy Ward RW 2 0 0 0 2
3 Wilcox, ArchieArchie Wilcox RW/D 2 0 0 0 2
15 Kerr, DaveDave Kerr G 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Kerr, DaveDave Kerr 120 2 0 2 8 4.00 0
Team: 120 2 0 2 8 4.00 0

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals

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

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Maroons did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1930-31 Montreal Maroons Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
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