The 1940-41 NHL season was the 24th season of the National Hockey League. Seven teams each played 48 games. The Boston Bruins were the Stanley Cup winners as they swept the Detroit Red Wings four games to none in the final series.

Pre-Season Training CampsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The Montreal Canadiens had hit the bottom in 1939-40, and were in financial trouble. Frank Patrick decided to become an investor and governor for the team, and Tommy Gorman was hired as general manager. He hired recently released Toronto coach Dick Irvin to run the team. One of the first things Gorman and Irvin did was scout for players, and the Canadiens came up with Johnny Quilty, Joe Benoit, Elmer Lach and defenceman Ken Reardon. Bert Gardiner would be used in goal, replacing Claude Bourque and Wilf Cude. Murph Chamberlain was bought from Toronto to bolster the offence.

Quilty and Benoit came through, as did Toe Blake, but the Habs had a long way to go, finishing sixth. Quilty won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. In fact, before the season started, Coach Irvin handed a sealed envelope to a reporter of his guess who would win the Calder Trophy, and when the season ended, the reporter opened the envelope: Johnny Quilty was the choice Irvin made.

The Boston Bruins set a record 23 straight unbeaten games en route to a strong first place finish at the end of the schedule. The Rangers, stunningly, finished fourth after the previous year's Stanley Cup win and Dave Kerr wasn't up to his usual form in goal.

Final standingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Boston Bruins 48 27 8 13 67 168 102 246
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 28 14 6 62 145 99 306
Detroit Red Wings 48 21 16 11 53 112 102 337
New York Rangers 48 21 19 8 50 143 125 356
Chicago Black Hawks 48 16 25 7 39 112 139 335
Montreal Canadiens 48 16 26 6 38 121 147 435
New York Americans 48 8 29 11 27 99 186 231

Scoring leadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Bill Cowley Boston Bruins 46 17 45 62 16
Syl Apps Toronto Maple Leafs 41 20 24 44 6
Gord Drillon Toronto Maple Leafs 42 23 21 44 2
Bryan Hextall New York Rangers 48 26 18 44 16
Syd Howe Detroit Red Wings 48 20 24 44 8
Lynn Patrick New York Rangers 48 20 24 44 12

Stanley Cup playoffsEdit

see 1941 Stanley Cup Finals

Playoff bracketEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  1  Boston Bruins 4  
    2  Toronto Maple Leafs 3  
    1  Boston Bruins 4
  3  Detroit Red Wings 0
  3  Detroit Red Wings 2  
4  New York Rangers 1  
3  Detroit Red Wings 2
    5  Chicago Black Hawks 0  
5  Chicago Black Hawks 2

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NHL awardsEdit

O'Brien Trophy: Detroit Red Wings
Prince of Wales Trophy: Boston Bruins
Calder Memorial Trophy: Johnny Quilty, Montreal Canadiens
Hart Memorial Trophy: Bill Cowley, Boston Bruins
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Bobby Bauer, Boston Bruins
Vezina Trophy: Turk Broda, Toronto Maple Leafs

All-Star teamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Turk Broda, Toronto Maple Leafs G Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins
Dit Clapper, Boston Bruins D Earl Seibert, Chicago Black Hawks
Wally Stanowski, Toronto Maple Leafs D Ott Heller, New York Rangers
Bill Cowley, Boston Bruins C Syl Apps, Toronto Maple Leafs
Bryan Hextall, New York Rangers RW Bobby Bauer, Boston Bruins
Sweeney Schriner, Toronto Maple Leafs LW Woody Dumart, Boston Bruins
Cooney Weiland, Boston Bruins Coach Dick Irvin, Montreal Canadiens


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1940-41 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last gamesEdit

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1940-41 (listed with their last team):


  1. Toronto Maple Leafs: 293,749
  2. Chicago Blackhawks: 288,315
  3. Boston Bruins: 247,819
  4. New York Rangers: 203,958
  5. Detroit Red Wings: 173,659
  6. Montreal Canadiens: 169,629
  7. New York Americans: 145,507

Team PhotosEdit

See alsoEdit


NHL seasons

1936-37 | 1937-38 | 1938-39 | 1939-40 | 1940-41 | 1941-42 | 1942-43 | 1943-44 | 1944-45

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