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1936–37 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
O'Brien Trophy Winners
Division 1st Canadian
1936–37 record 24-18-6
Goals for 115
Goals against 111
General Manager Ernest Savard
Coach Cecil Hart
Captain Babe Siebert
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Johnny Gagnon (20)
Assists Babe Siebert (20)
Points Johnny Gagnon (36)
Penalties in minutes Johnny Gagnon
Babe Siebert (47)
Wins Wilf Cude (22)
Goals against average Wilf Cude (2.24)
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1935–36 1937–38

The 1936–37 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 28th season of play. After coach Cecil Hart and Howie Morenz returned to the club, the Canadiens placed first in the Canadian Division and qualified for the playoffs. Montreal met and lost to eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in the Semi-finals.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The Montreal Canadiens had hit the bottom in 1935–36, and Babe Siebert was obtained to shore up the defence. Cecil Hart was rehired as coach. Hart placed a condition on his returning to the club, that former star Howie Morenz would return to the club. After being traded to Chicago and from there to New York, Morenz had struggled and the Rangers were willing trade partners for Morenz. Goalie George Hainsworth also returned to the Canadiens, signed as a free agent.

The Canadiens went from last to first in the Canadian Division. Morenz was just hitting his stride in January 1937, when tragedy struck. On one of his hurtling rushes, he was being checked by Earl Seibert of Chicago when his left skate got caught in the dasher of the end boards, and Morenz suffered a badly fractured leg. After suffering a nervous breakdown worrying about if he'd be able to come back, more bad luck occurred. On March 8, 1937, X-rays revealed that Howie had blood clots in his healing leg. An operation was scheduled for the next day, but when Howie ate a light supper and told the nurse he wanted to rest, in falling asleep his pallor suddenly changed and the nurse knew something was wrong. A blood clot had stopped his heart, and attempts to revive Howie failed. News of Morenz's death shocked the hockey world, and thousands filed past his bier, many in tears, to pay their last respects.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Canadian Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 48 24 18 6 115 111 54
Montreal Maroons 48 22 17 9 126 110 53
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 22 21 5 119 115 49
New York Americans 48 15 29 4 122 161 34

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.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W November 7, 1936 2–0 Boston Bruins (1936–37) 1–0–0
2 W November 12, 1936 2–1 Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 2–0–0
3 L November 15, 1936 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1936–37) 2–1–0
4 L November 17, 1936 2–5 @ New York Americans (1936–37) 2–2–0
5 W November 19, 1936 3–2 New York Americans (1936–37) 3–2–0
6 W November 21, 1936 3–1 OT New York Rangers (1936–37) 4–2–0
7 T November 24, 1936 2–2 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 4–2–1
8 L November 26, 1936 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 4–3–1
9 L November 28, 1936 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 4–4–1
10 W November 29, 1936 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 5–4–1
11 W December 5, 1936 4–3 Boston Bruins (1936–37) 6–4–1
12 L December 10, 1936 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 6–5–1
13 T December 12, 1936 2–2 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 6–5–2
14 W December 15, 1936 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 7–5–2
15 W December 19, 1936 4–2 OT New York Rangers (1936–37) 8–5–2
16 L December 20, 1936 3–5 OT @ New York Rangers (1936–37) 8–6–2
17 W December 22, 1936 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 9–6–2
18 W December 27, 1936 5–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 10–6–2
19 L December 29, 1936 1–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 10–7–2
20 W January 2, 1937 5–1 New York Americans (1936–37) 11–7–2
21 W January 3, 1937 4–2 @ New York Americans (1936–37) 12–7–2
22 L January 5, 1937 2–4 @ Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 12–8–2
23 W January 7, 1937 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 13–8–2
24 L January 9, 1937 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 13–9–2
25 W January 12, 1937 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 14–9–2
26 W January 16, 1937 5–0 Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 15–9–2
27 T January 19, 1937 1–1 OT @ New York Rangers (1936–37) 15–9–3
28 W January 24, 1937 4–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 16–9–3
29 W January 26, 1937 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 17–9–3
30 W January 28, 1937 6–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 18–9–3
31 L January 30, 1937 0–4 New York Americans (1936–37) 18–10–3
32 W January 31, 1937 3–2 OT @ New York Americans (1936–37) 19–10–3
33 W February 2, 1937 1–0 @ Boston Bruins (1936–37) 20–10–3
34 L February 4, 1937 2–6 Boston Bruins (1936–37) 20–11–3
35 W February 11, 1937 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 21–11–3
36 L February 13, 1937 1–5 Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 21–12–3
37 W February 16, 1937 2–1 @ New York Americans (1936–37) 22–12–3
38 T February 21, 1937 2–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (1936–37) 22–12–4
39 L February 25, 1937 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 22–13–4
40 W February 27, 1937 3–2 OT New York Americans (1936–37) 23–13–4
41 T February 28, 1937 0–0 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 23–13–5
42 L March 4, 1937 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 23–14–5
43 L March 6, 1937 1–3 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 23–15–5
44 L March 9, 1937 1–4 Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 23–16–5
45 W March 13, 1937 1–0 New York Rangers (1936–37) 24–16–5
46 T March 16, 1937 1–1 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 24–16–6
47 L March 18, 1937 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 24–17–6
48 L March 21, 1937 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1936–37) 24–18–6

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Detroit Red Wings 3, Montreal Canadiens 1[edit | edit source]

As champions of the Canadian division, the Canadiens proceeded directly to the Semi-finals against the Detroit Red Wings. Montreal lost the best-of-five series 3–1.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Gagnon, JohnnyJohnny Gagnon RW 48 20 16 36 38
Joliat, AurelAurel Joliat LW 47 17 15 32 30
Siebert, BabeBabe Siebert LW/D 44 8 20 28 38
Mantha, GeorgesGeorges Mantha D/LW 47 13 14 27 17
Haynes, PaulPaul Haynes C 47 8 18 26 24
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 43 10 12 22 12
Morenz, HowieHowie Morenz C 30 4 16 20 12
Desilets, JoffreJoffre Desilets RW 48 7 12 19 17
Lepine, PitPit Lepine C 34 7 8 15 15
Brown, GeorgeGeorge Brown C 27 4 6 10 10
Lorrain, RodRod Lorrain RW 47 3 6 9 8
McGill, JackJack McGill LW 44 5 2 7 9
MacKenzie, BillBill MacKenzie D 39 4 3 7 22
Miller, BillBill Miller C/D 48 3 1 4 12
Buswell, WaltWalt Buswell D 44 0 4 4 30
Mondou, ArmandArmand Mondou LW 7 1 1 2 0
Runge, PaulPaul Runge C/LW 4 1 0 1 2
Drouin, PollyPolly Drouin LW 4 0 0 0 0
Goupille, RedRed Goupille D 4 0 0 0 0
Jenkins, RogerRoger Jenkins RW/D 10 0 0 0 8
Hainsworth, GeorgeGeorge Hainsworth G 4 0 0 0 0
Cude, WilfWilf Cude G 44 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Cude, WilfWilf Cude 2730 44 22 17 5 99 2.18 5
Hainsworth, GeorgeGeorge Hainsworth 270 4 2 1 1 12 2.67 0
Team: 3000 48 24 18 6 111 2.22 5

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Haynes, PaulPaul Haynes C 5 2 3 5 0
Gagnon, JohnnyJohnny Gagnon RW 5 2 1 3 9
Siebert, BabeBabe Siebert LW/D 5 1 2 3 2
Joliat, AurelAurel Joliat LW 5 0 3 3 2
Blake, ToeToe Blake LW 5 1 0 1 0
Desilets, JoffreJoffre Desilets RW 5 1 0 1 0
MacKenzie, BillBill MacKenzie D 5 1 0 1 0
Lepine, PitPit Lepine C 5 0 1 1 0
McGill, JackJack McGill LW 1 0 0 0 0
Brown, GeorgeGeorge Brown C 4 0 0 0 0
Buswell, WaltWalt Buswell D 5 0 0 0 2
Lorrain, RodRod Lorrain RW 5 0 0 0 0
Mantha, GeorgesGeorges Mantha D/LW 5 0 0 0 0
Miller, BillBill Miller C/D 5 0 0 0 0
Mondou, ArmandArmand Mondou LW 5 0 0 0 0
Cude, WilfWilf Cude G 5 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Cude, WilfWilf Cude 352 5 2 3 13 2.22 0
Team: 352 5 2 3 13 2.22 0

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals

MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Game Ads[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Fascinating video of December 20, 1936 game between the Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens. After a goalless first period, goals by Joffre Desilets and Aurel Joliat put the Habs up 2-0 going into the third. One of two Lynn Patrick goals that tied the game up in the third period is shown. The game went into overtime which was not sudden death. The Rangers scored three times, with the final goal by Frank Boucher shown. Toe Blake added a consolation goal and the Rangers won 5-3 (OT).

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1969). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol.2 1927–1946 inc.. National Hockey League, 263–265. 
  • Jenish, D'Arcy (2008). The Montreal Canadiens: 100 years of glory. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 9780385663243. 
  • Mouton, Claude (1987). The Montreal Canadiens. Toronto, Ontario: Key Porter Books. ISBN 155013051X. 
Notes
  1. 1936–37 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  2. 1936-37 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-05.
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