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.

League Business[edit | edit source]

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.

Montreal Canadiens owners Leo Dandurand and Joseph Cattarinich would sell the team to Ernest Savard and Maurice Forget of the Canadian Arena Company.

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.

Training Camps[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

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 versus 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.

Numerous Montreal Canadiens players wore high numbers for the first time in NHL history. Joe Lamb was the first to wear #99 and Roger Jenkins wore #88.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Canadian Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 30 14 4 157 111 64
Montreal Maroons 48 24 19 5 123 92 53
Montreal Canadiens 48 19 23 6 110 145 44
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.

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 48 26 16 6 129 112 58
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


Scoring Leaders[edit | edit source]

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 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

Leading Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

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

Player Team GP W L T Mins GA SO GAA
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[edit | edit source]

Playoff Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
        
  C1  Toronto Maple Leafs 3  
    A1  Boston Bruins 1  
      
          
    C1  Toronto Maple Leafs 0
  C2  Montreal Maroons 3
  C2  Montreal Maroons 1G  
A2  Chicago Black Hawks 0G  
C2  Montreal Maroons 5G
    A3  New York Rangers 4G  
C3  Montreal Canadiens 5G
  A3  New York Rangers 6G  

The most pulsating series was that of Chicago 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.

The Rangers outlasted the Montreal Canadiens on Bill Cook's goal in the deciding game. He'd been knocked goofy by the Canadiens Nels Crutchfield, but wasn't too groggy to win the series for the Rangers.

Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Boston Bruins 1[edit | edit source]

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.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 23 Toronto 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

Finals[edit | edit source]

The Montreal Maroons throttled the Kid line of Primeau, Jackson and Conacher and goaltender Alex Connell time and again foiled sure goals for Toronto, and the Maroons won the series 3 games to none, and as game three ended, the crowd let out a roar of approval and Connell leaned back on the crossbar and cried. All of the Maroons' games ended in ties or victories, making them the last team until the 1951-52 Detroit Red Wings to not lose a single game during the playoffs. The Maroons were also the last non-Original Six team to win the Stanley Cup until the Philadelphia Flyers won it in 1974.

see 1935 Stanley Cup Finals

NHL Awards[edit | edit source]

1934-35 NHL Awards
O'Brien Trophy: Toronto Maple Leafs
Prince of Wales Trophy: Boston Bruins
Calder Memorial Trophy: Sweeney Schriner, New York Americans
Hart Memorial Trophy: Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Frank Boucher, New York Rangers
Vezina Trophy: Lorne Chabot, Chicago Black Hawks

All-Star Teams[edit | edit source]

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

Debuts[edit | edit source]

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):

Last Games[edit | edit source]

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):

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Game 1 of the quarterfinals 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 New York Rangers is carried off the ice. Later, Nels Crutchfield of the Montreal Canadiens swings his stick into the head of Rangers captain Bill Cook. As a result, Cook collapses to the ice and a bench-clearing brawl ensues. Cook returns to the ice wearing a helmet and scores the game-winning goal in a 2-1 decision. Game 2 was tied 4-4 and the Rangers won the total goals series 6-5.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

NHL Seasons

1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36 | 1936-37 | 1937-38 | 1938-39

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