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Chicago Black Hawks - 1938 Stanley Cup Champions.

The 1938 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-five series between the Chicago Black Hawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Chicago would win the series 3–1 to win their second Stanley Cup.

Paths to the Final

Toronto defeated the Boston Bruins in a best-of-five 3–0 to advance to the Finals. The Black Hawks had to play two best-of three series; winning 2–1 against Montreal Canadiens and 2–1 against the New York Americans.

The Series

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

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.

The Black Hawks set a record with eight Americans on their roster and also set a record for attendance with 18,497 in Game 4. It was the last time that a Chicago team would win a championship at Chicago Stadium until the Chicago Bulls won their second straight NBA championship in 1992.

# 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

Chicago Black Hawks 1938 Stanley Cup Champions



  • †Bill Stewart was the first American-born coach to win the Stanley Cup. Bob Johnson would be the second American born to coach win the Stanley Cup 1991, 53 years later.
  • When the cup was redesigned during the 1957–58 season Pete Palangio's name was engraved twice, firstly as PALAGO, secondly as PETE PALANGIO.
  • *Six names were left off the cup, four were on the original ring - Virgil Johnson, Paul Goodman, Alfie Moore (players), and Ed Froelich (Trainer) name were engraved on the cup in 1938. When the Stanley Cup was redone during the 1957-58 season their names were left off the new ring. Players Hal Jackson, and Bert Connelly qualified to be engraved on the Stanley Cup, but their names were not included on any version of the 1938 Chicago team's engravings. There was room on the Stanley Cup for all six missing names.



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  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books, 12, 50. ISBN 1–55168–261–3
Preceded by
Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Black Hawks
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Boston Bruins
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