The 1941-42 NHL season was the 25th season of the National Hockey League. Seven teams played 48 games each. This season was the last season for the storied franchise of the Quebec Bulldogs/Hamilton Tigers/New York Americans/Brooklyn Americans whose roots began in 1888 in the Amateur Hockey Association (AHA). The Bulldogs won two Stanley Cups while playing in the National Hockey Association (NHA) in 1912 and 1913. This season also marks the last season of the pre-modern NHL. The next season, 1942-43, is the first season of the Original six and the start of the modern era of NHL hockey.

Iconic momentEdit

Woody Dumart carried off ice

Woody Dumart being carried of the ice by members of the Montreal Canadiens after playing his last game with the Bruins prior to joining the RCAF.

On of the most remembered moments was when after a February 10, 1942 game when the members of the Boston Bruins Kraut Line were carried off the ice by members of both the Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens as the three members of the Kraut Line had all enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Pre-Season Training CampsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The New York Americans changed their name to the Brooklyn Americans in an attempt to build a civic relationship with those from Flatbush, but they finished last again. Harvey "Busher" Jackson became one of the longest holdouts on record when he refused to sign. He was then sold to Boston. But the Amerks had two positive notes: two defencemen, Tommy Anderson and Pat Egan, were now All-Star calibre. That didn't prevent them from finishing last, though.

Frank Patrick suffered a heart attack and had to sell his interest in the Montreal Canadiens, and the Habs almost had to move to Cleveland. But Tommy Gorman kept the team alive. They added Emile "Butch" Bouchard to start his great career on defence and another very good player, Buddy O'Connor, at centre. Montreal had goaltending problems as Bert Gardiner slumped, and rookie Paul Bibeault replaced him. He showed flashes of brilliance, but his inexperience showed. Joe Benoit starred with 20 goals, the first Canadien to do that since 1938-39, when Toe Blake did it.

The New York Rangers had a new goaltender as Sugar Jim Henry replaced the retired Dave Kerr. Henry was one of the reasons the Rangers finished first, something they would not again do for the next 50 years.

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
New York Rangers 48 29 17 2 60 177 143 400
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 27 18 3 57 158 136 341
Boston Bruins 48 25 17 6 56 160 118 349
Chicago Black Hawks 48 22 23 3 47 145 155 365
Detroit Red Wings 48 19 25 4 42 140 147 440
Montreal Canadiens 48 18 27 3 39 134 173 504
Brooklyn Americans 48 16 29 3 35 133 175 425

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Bryan Hextall New York Rangers 48 24 32 56 30
Lynn Patrick New York Rangers 47 32 22 54 18
Don Grosso Detroit Red Wings 45 23 30 53 13
Phil Watson New York Rangers 48 15 37 52 58
Sid Abel Detroit Red Wings 48 18 31 49 45

Stanley Cup playoffsEdit

Note: all dates in 1942

Playoff bracketEdit

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

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Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Black Hawks

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 22 Boston 2 Chicago 1 OT
March 24 Chicago 4 Boston 0
March 26 Chicago 2 Boston 3

Boston wins best-of-three series 2-1

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 22 Montreal 1 Detroit 2
March 24 Detroit 0 Montreal 5
March 26 Montreal 2 Detroit 6

Detroit wins best-of-three series 2-1


New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 21 New York 1 Toronto 3
March 22 Toronto 4 New York 2
March 24 Toronto 0 New York 3
March 28 New York1 Toronto 2
March 29 Toronto 1 New York 3
March 31 New York 2 Toronto 3

Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4-2

Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 29 Detroit 6 Boston 4
March 31 Boston 1 Detroit 3

Detroit wins best-of-three series 2-0


Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 4 Detroit 3 Toronto 2
April 7 Detroit 4 Toronto 2
April 9 Toronto 2 Detroit 5
April 12 Toronto 4 Detroit 3
April 14 Detroit 3 Toronto 9
April 16 Toronto 3 Detroit 0
April 18 Detroit 1 Toronto 3

Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4-3

NHL awardsEdit

O'Brien Trophy: Detroit Red Wings
Prince of Wales Trophy: New York Rangers
Calder Memorial Trophy: Grant Warwick, New York Rangers
Hart Memorial Trophy: Tommy Anderson, Brooklyn Americans
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Syl Apps, Toronto Maple Leafs
Vezina Trophy: Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins

All-Star teamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins G Turk Broda, Toronto Maple Leafs
Earl Seibert, Chicago Black Hawks D Pat Egan, Brooklyn Americans
Tommy Anderson, Brooklyn Americans D Bucko McDonald, Toronto Maple Leafs
Syl Apps, Toronto Maple Leafs C Phil Watson, New York Rangers
Bryan Hextall, New York Rangers RW Gordie Drillon, Toronto Maple Leafs
Lynn Patrick, New York Rangers LW Sid Abel, Detroit Red Wings
Frank Boucher, New York Rangers Coach Paul Thompson, Chicago Black Hawks


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1941-42 (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 1941-42 (listed with their last team):

See alsoEdit


NHL seasons

1937-38 | 1938-39 | 1939-40 | 1940-41 | 1941-42 | 1942-43 | 1943-44 | 1944-45 | 1945-46

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