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1938–39 New York Americans · NHL
Division 4th NHL
1938–39 record 17–21–10
Goals for 119
Goals against 157
General Manager Red Dutton
Coach Red Dutton
Captain Sweeney Schriner
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Lorne Carr (19)
Assists Sweeney Schriner (31)
Points Sweeney Schriner (44)
Penalties in minutes Joe Jerwa (52)
Wins Earl Robertson (17)
Goals against average Roy Worters (2.86)
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1937–38 1939–40

The 1938–39 New York Americans season was the Americans' 14th season of play. The Americans finished 4th in the league and lost in the Quarter-finals to the Toronto Maple Leafs 2 games to 0.

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

The Americans played a four game series against the New York Rangers in Western Canada:

  • Thursday, October 20 Rangers 2 Americans 1 @ Winnipeg
  • Saturday, October 22 Rangers 3 Americans 2 @ Saskatoon
  • Tuesday, October 25 Rangers 7 Americans 0 @ Saskatoon
  • Thursday, October 27 Rangers 8 Americans 4 @ Edmonton

The Rangers swept the series 4 to 0.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Bruins-Americans action, November 13, 1938.

Tiny Thompson returned to the nets during the November 13, 1938 game against the Americans. In the second period with the Amerks up 1-0 on a power play goal by Lorne Carr, Woody Dumart missed on a penalty shot. Shortly after, Milt Schmidt took a penalty and Eddie Wiseman made it 2-0. In the third period, Flash Hollett beat Earl Robertson with a long, low shot to break his shutout bid but afterwards, the Americans continually iced the puck and the game ended in a 2-1 Bruins loss. Art Ross took notice of Wiseman's prowess and would acquire him the next season.

Earl Robertson makes a save while #4 Wilf Field looks on, January 26, 1939.

The Americans were in third place at mid-season but proceeded to fall into a big slump in the second half and though they finished 4th, they were below .500 and had the worst defence in the league. Part of the problem was the retirements of Ching Johnson and Hap Day on defence. Al Murray was also out of action for quite a time. Still, goaltender Earl Robertson was voted to the Second All-Star Team.

Nels Stewart-Flash Hollett melee, January 29, 1939.

Back in the line-up for the January 29 Bruins away game against the Americans, Cooney Weiland opened the scoring on a breakaway while the "B's" were shorthanded. After future Bruin Eddie Wiseman tied it up, Eddie Shore scored on the power play but the goal was initially disallowed by referee Norm Lamport. After he consulted with the goal judge, who declared the puck went in and hit the back bar, Lamport allowed the goal. Amerks GM/coach Red Dutton was furious and physically removed the judge. In the second period, Nels Stewart and Flash Hollett fought, which turned into a melee. Both players were ejected from the game. Roy Conacher scored the winner in the third frame while the teams were each a man short. After Woody Dumart missed a penalty shot, Hooley Smith cut the Bruins lead but they hung on for a 3-2 win.[1]

Unfortunately, Earl Robertson was injured during the last game of the regular season on March 16, 1939 against the New York Rangers. Defenseman Roger Jenkins played the last half of the game and let in seven goals as the Americans lost 11-5. Robertson was unavailable for the playoffs and was replaced with Alfie Moore. Moore had played twice during the season, on February 2 and 5, 1939 and had let in seven goals in each game.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Boston Bruins 48 36 10 2 156 76 74
New York Rangers 48 26 16 6 149 105 58
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 19 20 9 114 107 47
New York Americans 48 17 21 10 119 157 44
Detroit Red Wings 48 18 24 6 107 128 42
Montreal Canadiens 48 15 24 9 115 146 39
Chicago Black Hawks 48 12 28 8 91 132 32

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
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 L November 3, 1938 1–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1938–39) 0–1–0
2 W November 10, 1938 2–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1938–39) 1–1–0
3 W November 13, 1938 2–1 Boston Bruins (1938–39) 2–1–0
4 L November 17, 1938 0–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1938–39) 2–2–0
5 W November 19, 1938 2–1 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1938–39) 3–2–0
6 W November 22, 1938 7–3 Montreal Canadiens (1938–39) 4–2–0
7 T November 24, 1938 2–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1938–39) 4–2–1
8 W November 26, 1938 6–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1938–39) 5–2–1
9 L November 27, 1938 2–8 @ Boston Bruins (1938–39) 5–3–1
10 L December 4, 1938 1–6 New York Rangers (1938–39) 5–4–1
11 T December 8, 1938 1–1 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1938–39) 5–4–2
12 L December 11, 1938 0–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1938–39) 5–5–2
13 W December 13, 1938 5–1 Detroit Red Wings (1938–39) 6–5–2
14 T December 15, 1938 1–1 OT @ New York Rangers (1938–39) 6–5–3
15 W December 18, 1938 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1938–39) 7–5–3
16 L December 20, 1938 0–3 @ Boston Bruins (1938–39) 7–6–3
17 W December 25, 1938 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1938–39) 8–6–3
18 W December 29, 1938 4–2 Boston Bruins (1938–39) 9–6–3
19 W December 31, 1938 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1938–39) 10–6–3
20 W January 1, 1939 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1938–39) 11–6–3
21 L January 3, 1939 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1938–39) 11–7–3
22 T January 5, 1939 6–6 OT Detroit Red Wings (1938–39) 11–7–4
23 L January 8, 1939 2–5 @ New York Rangers (1938–39) 11–8–4
24 W January 10, 1939 1–0 OT New York Rangers (1938–39) 12–8–4
25 T January 14, 1939 1–1 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1938–39) 12–8–5
26 T January 15, 1939 1–1 OT Montreal Canadiens (1938–39) 12–8–6
27 L January 21, 1939 2–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1938–39) 12–9–6
28 T January 22, 1939 1–1 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1938–39) 12–9–7
29 W January 24, 1939 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1938–39) 13–9–7
30 W January 26, 1939 1–0 @ New York Rangers (1938–39) 14–9–7
31 L January 29, 1939 2–3 Boston Bruins (1938–39) 14–10–7
32 T January 31, 1939 2–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (1938–39) 14–10–8
33 L February 2, 1939 0–7 New York Rangers (1938–39) 14–11–8
34 L February 5, 1939 3–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1938–39) 14–12–8
35 T February 7, 1939 2–2 OT Chicago Black Hawks (1938–39) 14–12–9
36 L February 9, 1939 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1938–39) 14–13–9
37 W February 12, 1939 1–0 Detroit Red Wings (1938–39) 15–13–9
38 L February 16, 1939 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1938–39) 15–14–9
39 L February 18, 1939 2–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1938–39) 15–15–9
40 L February 19, 1939 4–5 Montreal Canadiens (1938–39) 15–16–9
41 W February 23, 1939 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1938–39) 16–16–9
42 T February 28, 1939 1–1 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1938–39) 16–16–10
43 L March 2, 1939 3–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1938–39) 16–17–10
44 L March 5, 1939 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1938–39) 16–18–10
45 L March 9, 1939 6–9 Boston Bruins (1938–39) 16–19–10
46 W March 12, 1939 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1938–39) 17–19–10
47 L March 14, 1939 3–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1938–39) 17–20–10
48 L March 16, 1939 5–11 New York Rangers (1938–39) 17–21–10

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Toronto Maple Leafs 2, New York Americans 0[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player GP G A Pts PIM
11 Sweeney Schriner 48 13 31 44 20
8 Tommy Anderson 47 13 27 40 14
9 Lorne Carr 46 19 18 37 16
6 Nels Stewart 46 16 19 35 43
10 Eddie Wiseman 47 12 21 33 8
16 Art Jackson 48 12 13 25 15
14 John Sorrell 48 13 9 22 10
7 Art Chapman 45 3 19 22 2
17 Hooley Smith 48 8 11 19 18
2 Joe Jerwa 47 4 12 16 52
15 Leroy Goldsworthy 48 3 11 14 10
5 John Gallagher 43 1 5 6 22
4 Wilf Field 47 1 3 4 37
18 Roger Jenkins 27 1 1 2 4
12 Red Beattie 17 0 0 0 5
3 Al Murray 18 0 0 0 8
1 Alfie Moore 2 0 0 0 0
1 Earl Robertson 46 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SO
Earl Robertson 2850 46 17 18 10 136 2.86 3
Roger Jenkins 30 1 0 1 0 7 14.00 0
Alfie Moore 120 2 0 2 0 14 7.00 0
Team: 3000 48 17 21 10 157 3.14 3

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Tommy Anderson 2 0 0 0 0
Lorne Carr 2 0 0 0 0
Art Chapman 2 0 0 0 0
Wilf Field 2 0 0 0 2
John Gallagher 2 0 0 0 0
Leroy Goldsworthy 2 0 0 0 0
Art Jackson 2 0 0 0 2
Joe Jerwa 2 0 0 0 2
Alfie Moore 2 0 0 0 0
Sweeney Schriner 2 0 0 0 30
Hooley Smith 2 0 0 0 14
John Sorrell 2 0 0 0 0
Nels Stewart 2 0 0 0 0
Jack Tomson 2 0 0 0 0
Eddie Wiseman 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Alfie Moore 120 2 0 2 6 3.00 0
Team: 120 2 0 2 6 3.00 0

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Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

A minute worth of footage from the home opener of the Chicago Black Hawks which they won over the Americans 6-1. First period goals by Cully Dahlstrom and Johnny Gottselig are shown.

A minute worth of footage from the Americans home opener on November 13, 1938 in which they defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1. The Americans goals by #9 Lorne Carr and #10 Eddie Wiseman are shown. Both teams play in white jerseys making it a challenge to distinguish between them at times. The end of the clip shows Milt Schmidt setting up Bobby Bauer who nearly scores. Schmidt then bodychecks an American player and appears hurt.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Boston Globe, p.8, January 30, 1939.
  2. 1938-39 New York Americans Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-26.
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