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The 1933-34 NHL season was the 17th season of the National Hockey League. Nine teams each played 48 games. The Chicago Black Hawks were the Stanley Cup winners as they beat the Detroit Red Wings three games to one.

Training Camps

Regular Season

The Ottawa Senators, having enough problems, now had to deal with holdout Cooney Weiland. He was sold to Detroit, strengthening the Red Wings. The Senators continued to lose, but won a few games when they signed an amateur named Max Kaminsky to centre the Roche brothers Desse and Earl. A defenceman, Ralph "Scotty" Bowman, gave Ottawa fans a little to cheer about. But the handwriting was on the wall, and in the last game to be played in Ottawa for many years, the Senators let the New York Americans use goaltender Alex Connell when Roy Worters was hurt. He helped the Americans beat his club.

A major goaltender swap occurred as Lorne Chabot was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for George Hainsworth. The Canadiens also loaned Wilf Cude to Detroit and he led the Red Wings to first place. Chabot didn't do badly either, leading the Canadian Division in goaltending, helping the goal-strapped Canadiens to second place. Aurel Joliat of the Canadiens won the Hart Memorial Trophy.

Shore-Bailey Incident - December 12, 1933

Aftermath of the Bailey-Shore incident.

The December 12, 1933 game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs was filled with violence. Just before the 13:00 mark of the second period, Eddie Shore was rushing the puck into the Leafs zone when he was checked by Red Horner into the boards, hitting his head. Horner retrieved the puck and rushed up the ice so Ace Bailey hung back to cover for Horner. Dazed and angry, Shore mistook Bailey for Horner and hit Bailey low from behind. Bailey fell backwards and his head hit the ice, fracturing it and sending him into convulsions. Red Horner then punched Shore who fell backwards, hitting his head on the ice, knocking him out. Both received game misconducts and Shore had to be carried off the ice by his teammates where 18 stitches were required to Shore's head. Bailey's life hung in the balance but he survived after two surgeries. The first all-star game was held on February 14, 1934 to benefit Bailey which Shore participated in. He apologized and Bailey forgave Shore. Shore was suspended for 16 games and wore a helmet for the rest of his career.

Shore carried from the ice with #10 Joe Lamb, #15 Art Chapman.

Shore and Bailey at the first all-star game.

Ace Bailey Benefit All-Star Game

On February 14, 1934, the first NHL All-Star Game, albeit an unofficial one, was held to benefit Ace Bailey. The game itself was proposed by Walter Gilhooley, the sports editor of the Journal in Montreal. This proposal would become a reality on January 24, 1934, in a meeting of the NHL's Board of Governors in 1934.

The NHL's first All-Star Game was held at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on February 14, 1934, during which Bailey's #6 uniform was retired by the Leafs. It was the first number to be retired in the NHL. The game saw the Leafs battle against an All-Star team made of players from the other seven teams, which the Leafs won 7-3. One of the more memorable moments before the game was when Bailey presented Shore with his All-Star jersey, showing to the public that Bailey had clearly forgiven him for his actions. Bailey also presented a trophy to NHL President Frank Calder before a game in the hope that the trophy would go to the winner of an annual All-Star Game for the benefit of injured players.

Maple Leafs team at the Ace Bailey Benefit Game.
Leafs and All-Stars.
Toronto Maple Leafs (7) All-Stars (3)

Source: Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of the great tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins, pp. 5-10. ISBN 000200058X. 

In a little-known postscript to this game, Herbie Lewis and Larry Aurie of the Red Wings and Normie Himes and Red Dutton of the Americans had a game in New York City the next day. They took a flight from Buffalo that left at 7:30 AM and arrived at Newark airport around noon. This marked the first time that NHL players flew to an NHL game.

Final Standings

Canadian Division
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 26 13 9 174 119 61
Montreal Canadiens 48 22 20 6 99 101 50
Montreal Maroons 48 19 18 11 117 122 49
New York Americans 48 15 23 10 104 132 40
Ottawa Senators 48 13 29 6 115 143 32

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.

American Division
Detroit Red Wings 48 24 14 10 113 98 58
Chicago Black Hawks 48 20 17 11 88 83 51
New York Rangers 48 21 19 8 120 113 50
Boston Bruins 48 18 25 5 111 130 41

Scoring Leaders

Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player Team GP G A PTS PIM
Charlie Conacher Toronto Maple Leafs 42 32 20 52 38
Joe Primeau Toronto Maple Leafs 45 14 32 46 8
Frank Boucher New York Rangers 48 14 30 44 4
Marty Barry Boston Bruins 48 27 12 39 12
Cecil Dillon New York Rangers 48 13 26 39 10

Leading Goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; Mins = Minutes played; GA = Goals against; SO = Shut outs; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP Mins GA SO GAA
Wilf Cude Montreal, Detroit 30 1920 47 5 1.47
Charlie Gardiner Chicago Black Hawks 48 3050 83 10 1.63
Roy Worters New York Americans 36 2240 75 4 2.01
Lorne Chabot Montreal Canadiens 47 2928 101 8 2.07
Andy Aitkenhead New York Rangers 48 2990 76 7 2.27

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Playoff Bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  C1  Toronto Maple Leafs 2  
    A1  Detroit Red Wings 3  
    A1  Detroit Red Wings 1
  A2  Chicago Black Hawks 3
  C2  Montreal Canadiens 3G  
A2  Chicago Black Hawks 4G  
A2  Chicago Black Hawks 6G
    C3  Montreal Maroons 2G  
C3  Montreal Maroons 2G
  A3  New York Rangers 1G  


see 1934 Stanley Cup Finals

The Chicago Black Hawks beat the Detroit Red Wings three games to one with the fourth game going into double overtime. After regulation time in the fourth game, Black Hawks star goaltender and two-time Vezina Trophy winner, Charlie Gardiner, left the game because he wasn't feeling well. He died two months later of a brain hemorrhage.

NHL Awards

1933-34 NHL Awards
O'Brien Trophy: Toronto Maple Leafs
Prince of Wales Trophy: Detroit Red Wings
Calder Memorial Trophy: Russ Blinco, Montreal Maroons
Hart Memorial Trophy: Aurel Joliat, Montreal Canadiens
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Frank Boucher, New York Rangers
Vezina Trophy: Charlie Gardiner, Chicago Black Hawks

All-Star Teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
Charlie Gardiner, Chicago Black Hawks G Roy Worters, New York Americans
King Clancy, Toronto Maple Leafs D Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins
Lionel Conacher, Chicago Black Hawks D Ching Johnson, New York Rangers
Frank Boucher, New York Rangers C Joe Primeau, Toronto Maple Leafs
Charlie Conacher, Toronto Maple Leafs RW Bill Cook, New York Rangers
Busher Jackson, Toronto Maple Leafs LW Aurel Joliat, Montreal Canadiens
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 1933-34 (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 1933-34 (listed with their last team):



Highlights of the February 22, 1934 game between the New York Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings, won by the Rangers 3-1. Rangers second goal by #8 Cecil Dillon, assisted by #4 Vic Ripley on Detroit's Wilf Cude is shown. Rangers goalie Andy Aitkenhead plays with a hat.

See Also


NHL Seasons

1929-30 | 1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36 | 1936-37 | 1937-38