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1937–38 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
O'Brien Trophy Winners
Division 1st Canadian
1937–38 record 24–15–9
Goals for 151
Goals against 127
General Manager Conn Smythe
Coach Dick Irvin
Captain Charlie Conacher
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team Leaders
Goals Gordie Drillon (26)
Assists Syl Apps (29)
Points Gordie Drillon (52)
Penalties in minutes Red Horner (82)
Wins Turk Broda (24)
Goals against average Turk Broda (2.56)
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1936–37 1938–39

The 1937–38 Toronto Maple Leafs season was Toronto's 21st season in the NHL. The Maple Leafs finished 1st in the Canadian Division and lost in the 1938 Stanley Cup Finals to the Chicago Black Hawks 3 games to 1.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Canadian Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 24 15 9 151 127 57
New York Americans 48 19 18 11 110 111 49
Montreal Canadiens 48 18 17 13 123 128 49
Montreal Maroons 48 12 30 6 101 149 30

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 T November 4, 1937 2–2 OT Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 0–0–1
2 W November 6, 1937 6–3 New York Americans (1937–38) 1–0–1
3 W November 13, 1937 7–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 2–0–1
4 T November 14, 1937 3–3 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 2–0–2
5 T November 18, 1937 6–6 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 2–0–3
6 L November 20, 1937 2–3 Boston Bruins (1937–38) 2–1–3
7 W November 21, 1937 5–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 3–1–3
8 L November 23, 1937 1–2 @ Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 3–2–3
9 W November 25, 1937 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1937–38) 4–2–3
10 W November 27, 1937 4–0 Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 5–2–3
11 T December 4, 1937 3–3 OT Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 5–2–4
12 L December 11, 1937 3–6 New York Rangers (1937–38) 5–3–4
13 L December 14, 1937 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1937–38) 5–4–4
14 W December 16, 1937 4–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 6–4–4
15 W December 18, 1937 3–2 New York Americans (1937–38) 7–4–4
16 T December 25, 1937 1–1 OT Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 7–4–5
17 W December 26, 1937 3–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 8–4–5
18 W December 28, 1937 3–0 @ New York Americans (1937–38) 9–4–5
19 W January 1, 1938 6–4 Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 10–4–5
20 L January 4, 1938 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1937–38) 10–5–5
21 L January 6, 1938 3–6 @ Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 10–6–5
22 W January 8, 1938 3–2 New York Rangers (1937–38) 11–6–5
23 W January 13, 1938 3–2 Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 12–6–5
24 T January 15, 1938 4–4 OT Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 12–6–6
25 W January 16, 1938 7–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 13–6–6
26 T January 20, 1938 1–1 OT @ New York Americans (1937–38) 13–6–7
27 L January 22, 1938 1–9 Boston Bruins (1937–38) 13–7–7
28 W January 29, 1938 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 14–7–7
29 L February 1, 1938 1–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 14–8–7
30 W February 3, 1938 3–0 Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 15–8–7
31 W February 5, 1938 3–1 Boston Bruins (1937–38) 16–8–7
32 L February 6, 1938 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1937–38) 16–9–7
33 W February 10, 1938 3–0 OT Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 17–9–7
34 L February 12, 1938 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 17–10–7
35 T February 13, 1938 1–1 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1937–38) 17–10–8
36 W February 17, 1938 2–1 @ Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 18–10–8
37 L February 19, 1938 0–4 New York Americans (1937–38) 18–11–8
38 W February 20, 1938 3–2 @ New York Americans (1937–38) 19–11–8
39 L February 22, 1938 0–2 @ Boston Bruins (1937–38) 19–12–8
40 L February 26, 1938 2–4 New York Rangers (1937–38) 19–13–8
41 W March 1, 1938 5–3 @ Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 20–13–8
42 W March 5, 1938 2–0 Montreal Maroons (1937–38) 21–13–8
43 W March 6, 1938 6–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 22–13–8
44 L March 8, 1938 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1937–38) 22–14–8
45 T March 12, 1938 3–3 OT Montreal Canadiens (1937–38) 22–14–9
46 W March 17, 1938 7–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1937–38) 23–14–9
47 W March 19, 1938 8–5 New York Americans (1937–38) 24–14–9
48 L March 20, 1938 2–4 @ New York Americans (1937–38) 24–15–9

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Boston Bruins 0[edit | edit source]

Game 1 cartoon, March 24, 1938.

The Maple Leafs and Bruins met for the fourth time in playoffs in the 1930's. The Leafs won the three previous series but the Bruins were heavy favorites, having won the season series convincingly. Turk Broda and Tiny Thompson played every minute in goal. Toronto effectively checked the Kraut Line, keeping them off the scoresheet in the series.

Game 1 at Maple Leaf Gardens was a close checking, rough affair and scoreless through regulation. The Bruins killed off a penalty to Ray Getliffe in the first overtime period. In the second OT, in front of Toronto's net, Milt Schmidt missed a pass which sprang Nick Metz and rookie George Parsons on a 2 on 1. Metz's pass to Parsons was perfect and he fired a shot over Thompson's pad at 1:31 for the game winner.

Game 2 at Toronto had the Bruins vowing to not match the Leafs defensive style and to forecheck more. Good to their word, the Bruins pressed hard and 70% of the game was spent in Toronto's zone.[1] After a scoreless first period, the turning point came when league scoring champion Gordie Drillon, who was being effectively shadowed by Ray Getliffe, kicked Getliffe in the skate, cutting his foot deeply and knocking him out of the game. The Leafs went in front 1-0 on a second period goal by "Pep" Kelly until Charlie Sands tied it up at 7:37 of the third period. Ex-Leaf Art Jackson was assigned to cover Drillon but wasn't up to the task as Drillon scored and the Leafs won 2-1. The Leafs Conn Smythe acknowledged his club was lucky to come out ahead, praised the many rushes made by Eddie Shore and indicated the Bruins lack of finishing off chances was their downfall. Smythe had attendants at each corner of the rink with sticks, so if a Leaf broke his, he wouldn't have to skate back to the bench for a replacement.[2]

Cartoon lampooning the underdogs winning all three series, March 29, 1938.

Game 3 at Boston Garden saw several line-up changes. Ray Getliffe played but Mel Hill was recalled from the minors and spelled him off. Robert "Red" Hamill and Frank Brimsek were also recalled but not used. Toronto was without Busher Jackson who suffered torn hand ligaments. In a repeat of Game 2, the Bruins held a wide edge in chances while the Leafs played defensive hockey and waited for breaks. Drillon opened the scoring in the second period before Bill Cowley (playing with a broken nose) tied it up early in the third. Pep Kelly and Cowley traded goals and late in the period, Jack Portland, who'd played an outstanding defensive game for the Bruins, missed an open net. Drillon scored on a 50 foot screen shot at 10:04 of the first OT to win the series for the Leafs. Hockey columnists noted that the underdogs won every series.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 24 Boston Bruins 0-1 (2OT) Toronto Maple Leafs 0-1
2 March 26 Boston Bruins 1-2 Toronto Maple Leafs 0-2
3 March 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 (OT) Boston Bruins 3-0

Chicago Black Hawks 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1[edit | edit source]

Earl Seibert, Gordie Drillon, Alfie Moore, Game 1 of the 1938 Stanley Cup Finals, April 5, 1938.

The Maple Leafs opponent would be the Chicago Black Hawks, who had beaten the Montreal Canadiens and New York Americans to reach the Finals.

Due to a broken toe suffered by goaltender Mike Karakas in the Semi-finals, the Black Hawks got permission from the Maple Leafs to use goaltender Alfie Moore in Game 1. Moore spent the season with the Maple Leafs farm team the Pittsburgh Hornets of the IAHL. He responded by helping the Black Hawks win the game 3–1.

Moore was declared ineligible by NHL President Frank Calder for Game 2 and as Karakas was still unavailable, Chicago called up Paul Goodman from the Wichita Skyhawks of the AHA. The Maple Leafs would even up the series with a 5–1 victory. The Black Hawks would get Karakas back into the lineup for Game 3 (wearing a steel-toed skate to protect his broken toe), and he helped the Hawks to a 2–1 victory.

Chicago wrapped up the series in Game 4, winning by a score of 4–1 to earn its 2nd Stanley Cup in team history, shocking the hockey world. So improbable was the Black Hawks' victory that NHL President Frank Calder didn't arrange for the Stanley Cup to be sent to Chicago for Game 4, having it remain in Toronto, resulting in no presentation ceremony after Chicago's win.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 5 Chicago Black Hawks 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–0
2 April 7 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–1
3 April 10 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1
4 April 12 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks 3–1

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Drillon, GordieGordie Drillon RW 48 26 26 52 4
Apps, SylSyl Apps C 47 21 29 50 9
Thoms, BillBill Thoms C 48 14 24 38 14
Jackson, BusherBusher Jackson LW 48 17 17 34 18
Boll, BuzzBuzz Boll LW 44 14 11 25 18
Horner, RedRed Horner D 47 4 20 24 82
Metz, NickNick Metz LW 48 15 7 22 12
Fowler, JimmyJimmy Fowler D 48 10 12 22 8
Davidson, BobBob Davidson LW 48 3 17 20 52
Kelly, PepPep Kelly RW 43 9 10 19 25
Conacher, CharlieCharlie Conacher RW 19 7 9 16 6
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 43 4 12 16 51
Parsons, GeorgeGeorge Parsons LW 30 5 6 11 6
Hamilton, RegReg Hamilton D 45 1 4 5 43
Kampman, BingoBingo Kampman D 32 1 2 3 56
Armstrong, MurrayMurray Armstrong C 9 0 0 0 0
Broda, TurkTurk Broda G 48 0 0 0 0
Corrigan, ChuckChuck Corrigan RW 3 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 2980 48 24 15 9 127 2.56 6
Team: 2980 48 24 15 9 127 2.56 6

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Drillon, GordieGordie Drillon RW 7 7 1 8 2
Parsons, GeorgeGeorge Parsons LW 7 3 2 5 11
Apps, SylSyl Apps C 7 1 4 5 0
Kelly, PepPep Kelly RW 7 2 2 4 2
Davidson, BobBob Davidson LW 4 0 2 2 7
Fowler, JimmyJimmy Fowler D 7 0 2 2 0
Metz, NickNick Metz LW 7 0 2 2 0
Jackson, BusherBusher Jackson LW 6 1 0 1 8
Hamilton, RegReg Hamilton D 7 0 1 1 2
Horner, RedRed Horner D 7 0 1 1 14
Kampman, BingoBingo Kampman D 7 0 1 1 6
Thoms, BillBill Thoms C 7 0 1 1 0
Armstrong, MurrayMurray Armstrong C 3 0 0 0 0
Boll, BuzzBuzz Boll LW 7 0 0 0 2
Broda, TurkTurk Broda G 7 0 0 0 0
Chamberlain, MurphMurph Chamberlain LW 5 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 452 7 4 3 13 1.73 1
Team: 452 7 4 3 13 1.73 1

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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]

Farm Team[edit | edit source]

Game Ads[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Boston Globe, p.8, March 28, 1938.
  2. Boston Globe, p.9, March 29, 1938.
  3. 1937-38 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.

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