The 1934-35 NHL season was the 18th season of the National Hockey League. Nine teams each played 48 games. The Montreal Maroons were the Stanley Cup winners as they swept the Toronto Maple Leafs in three games in the final series.
- 1 League Business
- 2 Training Camps
- 3 Regular Season
- 4 Stanley Cup Playoffs
- 5 NHL Awards
- 6 All-Star Teams
- 7 Debuts
- 8 Last Games
- 9 Gallery
- 10 See Also
- 11 References
With financial difficulties continuing for the Senators, the franchise was transferred to St. Louis changing the nickname to St. Louis Eagles. The team was not profitable in St. Louis, either, partly due to the extended travel of being located in the Canadian Division. The Eagles would sell players Syd Howe and Ralph "Scotty" Bowman to Detroit for $50,000 to make ends meet.
Penalty shots were introduced this season. Armand Mondou of the Montreal Canadiens took the first one on November 10, 1934 against George Hainsworth of the Toronto Maple Leafs, resulting in a save by Hainsworth.
- Boston Bruins: Quebec City, Quebec
- Chicago Black Hawks: Champaign, Illinois
- Detroit Red Wings: Detroit, Michigan
- Montreal Canadiens: Saint John, New Brunswick
- Montreal Maroons: Winnipeg, Manitoba
- New York Americans: Oshawa, Ontario
- New York Rangers: Winnipeg, Manitoba
- St. Louis Eagles: Ottawa, Ontario
- Toronto Maple Leafs: Galt, Ontario
The St. Louis Eagles opened the NHL season at home, in the segregated seating of the St. Louis Arena, against the Chicago Black Hawks on November 8, 1934. Howie Morenz made his debut for Chicago during the game and assisted on the game's first goal, by Johnny Gottselig. Earl Roche scored the Eagles first goal, assisted by Ralph "Scotty" Bowman but the Black Hawks triumphed 3-1.
Charlie Conacher decided to play coy this year and Conn Smythe had trouble signing him. With Harvey Jackson out, it looked as though only Joe Primeau would be the only member of the Kid line in action for Toronto. However, he did finally sign. Conacher responded with his best season, scoring 36 goals and leading the league in scoring.
A bombshell trade was made with Howie Morenz, Lorne Chabot, and Marty Burke going to Chicago for Leroy Goldsworthy, Roger Jenkins, and Lionel Conacher. The Canadiens then traded Lionel Conacher and Herb Cain to the Maroons for Nels Crutchfield. The trades did not help and the Canadiens lost some fans.
Meanwhile, Tommy Gorman bought a share of the Montreal Maroons from James Strachan and when he picked up Alex Connell, he had another winner. Although Morenz wasn't his old self, he did help Chicago, who finished second in the American Division, just falling short of Boston by only one point.
During the third period of the December 11, 1934 match between the Maroons and the Boston Bruins, Nels Stewart and Lloyd Klein were given match penalties for a stick-swinging fight. Boston's Stewart received a 1 game suspension while Klein got 3 games.
The playoffs continued to elude the New York Americans, but they added two important additions, left wing Dave "Sweeney" Schriner and right wing Lorne Carr. Teamed with centre Art Chapman, the Americans were on the way up.
|Toronto Maple Leafs||48||30||14||4||157||111||64|
|New York Americans||48||12||27||9||100||142||33|
|St. Louis Eagles||48||11||31||6||86||144||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.
|Chicago Black Hawks||48||26||17||5||118||88||57|
|New York Rangers||48||22||20||6||137||139||50|
|Detroit Red Wings||48||19||22||7||127||114||45|
Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|Charlie Conacher||Toronto Maple Leafs||47||36||21||57||24|
|Syd Howe||St. Louis Eagles/Detroit Red Wings||50||22||25||47||34|
|Larry Aurie||Detroit Red Wings||48||17||29||46||24|
|Frank Boucher||New York Rangers||48||13||32||45||2|
|Busher Jackson||Toronto Maple Leafs||42||22||22||44||27|
|Lorne Chabot||Chicago Black Hawks||48||26||17||5||2940||88||8||1.80|
|Alec Connell||Montreal Maroons||48||24||19||5||2970||92||9||1.86|
|Normie Smith||Detroit Red Wings||25||12||11||2||1550||52||2||2.01|
|George Hainsworth||Toronto Maple Leafs||48||30||14||4||2957||111||8||2.25|
|Tiny Thompson||Boston Bruins||48||26||16||6||2970||112||8||2.26|
|Dave Kerr||New York Rangers||37||19||12||6||2290||94||4||2.46|
Stanley Cup Playoffs
|C1||Toronto Maple Leafs||3|
|C1||Toronto Maple Leafs||0|
|A2||Chicago Black Hawks||0G|
|A3||New York Rangers||4G|
|A3||New York Rangers||6G|
The most pulsating series was that of Chicago Black Hawks and the Montreal Maroons. Chicago coach Clem Loughlin said that the team who won the series very likely would win the Stanley Cup. Neither team scored after two regulation games. In the overtime, Dave Trottier was cut and retired for stitches. He'd hardly arrived in the dressing room when Baldy Northcott scored the goal that won the series for the Maroons.
New York Rangers 6 Goals, Montreal Canadiens 5 Goals
Game 1 of the Quarter-finals at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 1935, is remembered for its high level of physicality. In one sequence, an injured Earl Seibert of the Rangers was carried off the ice. Later, the Canadiens' Nels Crutchfield swung his stick into the head of Rangers captain Bill Cook. As a result, Cook collapsed to the ice and a bench-clearing brawl ensued which police had to end. Crutchfield was given a match penalty with no substitution. The Canadiens played for thirteen minutes one man short and two minutes with two men short. Bill Cook returned wearing a helmet over his bandages to score the second Rangers goal.
In Game 2, the Canadiens were down 4–1 in the game and tied it with three straight goals in the third. The Canadiens could not get another goal to tie the series.
|1||March 24||Montreal Canadiens||1-2||New York Rangers||1-2|
|2||March 26||New York Rangers||4-4||Montreal Canadiens||6-5|
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Boston Bruins 1
In a repeat of two years before, the league's two best teams met in the second round of the playoffs, both teams having received byes in the first round. Although two games went into overtime, the Leafs had an easier time beating the Bruins than in the 1933 playoffs and held them to just two goals in the series.
Game 1 was a close checking affair with the only goal scored by Dit Clapper at 13:26 of the second OT period giving the Bruins their only win of the series and Tiny Thompson the shutout.
Game 2 was scoreless until goals from Charlie Conacher and Busher Jackson in the third period carried the Leafs to a 2-0 victory and tied the series 1-1.
Game 3 saw the Leafs score goals in each period on goals by Bill Thoms, Nick Metz and Busher Jackson to lead the Leafs to a 3-0 win. George Hainsworth posted his second shutout of the series.
Game 4 saw the Bruins lead for the first time in the series on a first period goal by Jack Beattie. With a little over two minutes left in the game, the Leafs Baldy Cotton scored with the Bruins Babe Siebert in the box, but the goal was disallowed as Cotton was in the crease. Arguments ensued and a bench-clearing brawl broke out with Siebert leaving the penalty box to join in. When order was restored, the Leafs had a 4 on 3 Power play and at 18:11, "Pep" Kelly tied it up. Kelly then took a late penalty and overtime started with the teams playing 3 men aside. In overtime, once Kelly's penalty was served, he jumped out of the box, retrieved the puck behind the Bruins next, wheeled out front and scored at 1:36 to win the series for the Leafs. The Leafs would lose the Stanley Cup Finals to the Montreal Maroons.
|1||March 23||Toronto Maple Leafs||0-1 (2OT)||Boston Bruins||0-1|
|2||March 26||Toronto||2-0||Boston Bruins||1-1|
|3||March 28||Boston Bruins||0-3||Toronto||1-2|
|4||March 30||Boston Bruins||1-2 (OT)||Toronto||1-3|
This was the first all-Canadian Final since the Maroons defeated the Victoria Cougars in the 1926 Stanley Cup Finals. Maroons goaltender Alex Connell allowed just four goals in the three games. Dave Trottier was the overtime hero in Game 1 while Baldy Northcott scored the Cup winning goal and led all playoff scorers with 5 points.
|First Team||Position||Second Team|
|Lorne Chabot, Chicago Black Hawks||G||Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins|
|Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins||D||Cy Wentworth, Montreal Maroons|
|Earl Seibert, New York Rangers||D||Art Coulter, Chicago Black Hawks|
|Frank Boucher, New York Rangers||C||Cooney Weiland, Detroit Red Wings|
|Charlie Conacher, Toronto Maple Leafs||RW||Dit Clapper, Boston Bruins|
|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 1934-35 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
- Tommy Anderson, Detroit Red Wings
- Bucko McDonald, Detroit Red Wings
- Sweeney Schriner, New York Americans
- Lynn Patrick, New York Rangers
- Toe Blake, Montreal Maroons
- Bill Cowley, St. Louis Eagles
- Art Jackson, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Bob Davidson, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Nick Metz, Toronto Maple Leafs
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1934-35 (listed with their last team):
- John Ross Roach, Detroit Red Wings
- Albert Leduc, Montreal Canadiens
- Alex Smith, New York Americans
- Charley McVeigh, New York Americans
- Normie Himes, New York Americans
|1934–35 NHL season by team|
|Canadian||Montreal Canadiens • Montreal Maroons • NY Americans • St. Louis •Toronto|
|American||Boston • Chicago • Detroit • NY Rangers|
|See also||1935 Stanley Cup Finals|
|National Hockey League|
|Structure||Playoffs (Streaks • Droughts • All-time playoff series) • Conference Finals • Finals|
|Annual events||Seasons • Stanley Cup (Champions • Winning players • Traditions and anecdotes) • Presidents' Trophy • All-Star Game • Draft • Awards • All-Star Teams|
|Players||List of players • Association • Retired jersey numbers • Captains|
|History||Lore • Organizational changes :: • Defunct teams • NHA • Original Six • 1967 Expansion • WHA Merger • Lockouts|
|Others||Outdoor games (Winter Classic • Heritage Classic • Stadium Series) • Potential expansion • Hall of Fame (Members) • Rivalries • Arenas • Rules • Fighting • Violence : International games • Kraft Hockeyville • Collective bargaining agreement • Television and radio coverage|
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