The 1932-33 NHL season was the 16th season of the National Hockey League. Nine teams each played 48 games. The New York Rangers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs three games to one for the Stanley Cup. It was the first season that Frank Calder named the best rookie of the year. The first winner was Carl Voss of the Detroit Red Wings (formerly the Detroit Falcons).
After sitting out for a season due to financial difficulties, the Ottawa Senators rejoined the NHL. The Detroit Falcons merged with the Chicago Shamrocks of the AHL and became the Detroit Red Wings, now owned by James Norris.
The Red Wings and Boston Bruins tied for the best overall record with 58 points apiece, but it was Boston that was awarded first overall due to a better head-to-head record. Ottawa started the season up in second place in the Canadian Division near the .500 mark at mid season, but collapsed in the second half and finished last. President Ahearn instructed coach Cy Denneny to fine players who displayed indifferent hockey.At the same time, he stated that Hector Kilrea was not for sale. Toronto manager Conn Smythe offered Andy Blair, Ken Doraty, and Baldy Cotton for Kilrea which drew a snort of disdain from Ahearn.
The first forfeit in NHL history occurred during a Black Hawks-Bruins game at Boston Garden on March 14, 1933. Chicago coach Tommy Gorman punched referee Bill Stewart following a disputed overtime goal by Boston's Marty Barry. Stewart threw several punches at Gorman before summoning the police to remove Gorman from the visitors' bench. The Hawks refused to continue the game without their coach. The puck was placed at center ice by Stewart and the Bruins scored without any Hawks on the ice at which point the game was forfeited to Boston.
On March 19, 1933, the Black Hawks hosted the Detroit Red Wings in the first afternoon game in NHL history. About 6,000 spectators showed up for a game that faced-off at 3.30 p.m. instead of the usual 8.30. The Wings prevailed 4-2 and to add insult to (literally) injury, Hawks centre Billy Burch broke his leg. It would be the last game Burch would play of his 11 year NHL career.
The Montreal Canadiens, surprisingly, under new coach Newsy Lalonde, spent much of the season in last place, but managed to make the playoffs when they rallied to finished third. Toronto, with its Kid line, finished first for the first time as the Maple Leafs. Led by the great play of Eddie Shore,the Boston Bruins finished first in the American Division.
Although the Montreal Maroons had Flat Walsh, Dave Kerr and Normie Smith for goal, they were very taken by Chuck Gardiner of Chicago. James Strachan offered $10,000 plus one of his goalkeepers, but there was no deal.
Billy Coutu, expelled from the NHL in 1927, was reinstated to the NHL, but never returned.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold
|Toronto Maple Leafs||48||24||18||6||54||119||111||622|
|New York Americans||48||15||22||11||41||91||118||460|
|Detroit Red Wings||48||25||15||8||58||111||93||462|
|New York Rangers||48||23||17||8||54||135||107||599|
|Chicago Black Hawks||48||16||20||12||44||88||101||401|
Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|Bill Cook||New York Rangers||48||28||22||50||51|
|Busher Jackson||Toronto Maple Leafs||48||27||17||44||43|
|Baldy Northcott||Montreal Maroons||48||22||21||43||30|
|Hooley Smith||Montreal Maroons||48||20||21||41||66|
|Paul Haynes||Montreal Maroons||48||16||25||41||18|
Stanley Cup Playoffs
|C1||Toronto Maple Leafs||3|
|C1||Toronto Maple Leafs||1|
|A3||New York Rangers||3|
|A2||Detroit Red Wings||5G|
|A2||Detroit Red Wings||3G|
|A3||New York Rangers||6G|
|A3||New York Rangers||8G|
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1932-33 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
- Art Wiebe, Chicago Black Hawks
- Eddie Wiseman, Detroit Red Wings
- Charlie Sands, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Buzz Boll*, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Bill Thoms, Toronto Maple Leafs
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1932-33 (listed with their last team):
- George Owen, Boston Bruins
- Billy Burch, Chicago Black Hawks
- Reg Noble, Montreal Maroons
- Hib Milks, Ottawa Senators
- Norman Gainor, Ottawa Senators
- Harold Darragh, Toronto Maple Leafs
Action from Game 2 the 1933 Semi-finals in which the Rangers defeated the Red Wings 2-0.
|1932–33 NHL season by team|
|Canadian||Montreal Canadiens • Montreal Maroons • NY Americans • Ottawa •Toronto|
|American||Boston • Chicago • Detroit • NY Rangers|
|See also||1933 Stanley Cup Finals|
|National Hockey League|