NHL President Calder presenting the Cup to Conn Smythe and Leafs Captain Syl Apps.

The 1942 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings. After losing the first three games, the Maple Leafs won the next four to win the series 4–3, winning their fourth Stanley Cup.

Paths to the Final[edit | edit source]

Toronto defeated the New York Rangers in a best-of-seven 4–2 to advance to the finals. The Red Wings had to play two best-of three series; winning 3–1 against the Montreal Canadiens, and 2–0 against the Boston Bruins.

The Series[edit | edit source]

This was the series of the remarkable comeback. Toronto came back from a 3–0 deficit to win the best-of-seven series (the only such occurrence in a Stanley Cup Final series as of 2019). Game seven in Toronto was the first time a crowd of over 16,000 attended a hockey game in Canada.

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.

Toronto Maple Leafs 1942 Stanley Cup Champions[edit | edit source]



  • *Conn Smythe spent most of the year overseas serving in World War II. Frank Selke Sr. was the acting Manager while Smythe was away. Smythe returned for the Finals to help Toronto win the Stanley Cup. When the Cup was redone during 1957–58, Walter "Turk" Broda was included on the Cup twice with 1942 Toronto, once as WALTER BRODA, other as TURK BRODA.
  • Gaye Stewart was 18 years, 9 months and 21 days when he won his first Stanley Cup.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

18Apr1942-Langelle winner.jpg

References[edit | edit source]

  • NHL (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Dan Diamond & Associates. 
Preceded by
Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Detroit Red Wings
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