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).

Regular Season

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.

Final Standings

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

Canadian Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 24 18 6 54 119 111 622
Montreal Maroons 48 22 20 6 50 135 119 442
Montreal Canadiens 48 18 25 5 41 92 115 468
New York Americans 48 15 22 11 41 91 118 460
Ottawa Senators 48 11 27 10 32 88 131 398
American Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Boston Bruins 48 25 15 8 58 124 88 517
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

Leading Scorers

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


Playoff Bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  C1  Toronto Maple Leafs 3  
    A1  Boston Bruins 2  
    C1  Toronto Maple Leafs 1
  A3  New York Rangers 3
  C2  Montreal Maroons 2G  
A2  Detroit Red Wings 5G  
A2  Detroit Red Wings 3G
    A3  New York Rangers 6G  
C3  Montreal Canadiens 5G
  A3  New York Rangers 8G  

NHL Awards

1932-33 NHL awards
O'Brien Trophy: Toronto Maple Leafs
Prince of Wales Trophy: Boston Bruins
Hart Memorial Trophy: Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins
Calder Memorial Trophy: Carl Voss, Detroit Red Wings
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Frank Boucher, New York Rangers
Vezina Trophy: Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins

All-Star Teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
John Ross Roach, Detroit Red Wings G Chuck Gardiner, Chicago Black Hawks
Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins D King Clancy, Toronto Maple Leafs
Ching Johnson, New York Rangers D Lionel Conacher, Montreal Maroons
Frank Boucher, New York Rangers C Howie Morenz, Montreal Canadiens
Bill Cook, New York Rangers RW Charlie Conacher, Toronto Maple Leafs
Baldy Northcott, Montreal Maroons LW Busher Jackson, Toronto Maple Leafs
Lester Patrick, New York Rangers Coach Dick Irvin, Toronto Maple Leafs


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):

Last Games

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):


Action from Game 2 the 1933 Semi-finals in which the Rangers defeated the Red Wings 2-0.

See Also


NHL Seasons

1928-29 | 1929-30 | 1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36 | 1936-37

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