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1947–48 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Division 1st NHL
1947–48 record 32–15–13
Goals for 182
Goals against 143
General Manager Conn Smythe
Coach Hap Day
Captain Syl Apps
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team Leaders
Goals Syl Apps (26)
Assists Syl Apps (27)
Points Syl Apps (53)
Penalties in minutes Bill Barilko (147)
Wins Turk Broda (32)
Goals against average Turk Broda (2.38)
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1946–47 1948–49

The 1947–48 Toronto Maple Leafs season was Toronto's 31st season in the NHL. The Maple Leafs finished 1st in the league and won the 1948 Stanley Cup Finals over the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 0.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Toronto Maple Leafs 60 32 15 13 77 182 143
Detroit Red Wings 60 30 18 12 72 187 148
Boston Bruins 60 23 24 13 59 167 168
New York Rangers 60 21 26 13 55 176 201
Montreal Canadiens 60 20 29 11 51 147 169
Chicago Black Hawks 60 20 34 6 46 195 225

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]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 18 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 0–0–1
2 L October 19 0–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 0–1–1
3 W October 22 3–1 New York Rangers (1947–48) 1–1–1
4 W October 25 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 2–1–1
5 W October 29 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (1947–48) 3–1–1
6 T November 1 1–1 Boston Bruins (1947–48) 3–1–2
7 L November 2 4–7 @ New York Rangers (1947–48) 3–2–2
8 L November 6 0–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1947–48) 3–3–2
9 W November 8 7–2 New York Rangers (1947–48) 4–3–2
10 W November 9 6–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 5–3–2
11 L November 12 4–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 5–4–2
12 W November 15 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 6–4–2
13 W November 16 5–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 7–4–2
14 L November 19 2–7 @ Boston Bruins (1947–48) 7–5–2
15 W November 22 4–3 Boston Bruins (1947–48) 8–5–2
16 L November 27 0–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1947–48) 8–6–2
17 W November 29 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (1947–48) 9–6–2
18 T November 30 0–0 @ Boston Bruins (1947–48) 9–6–3
19 W December 3 4–1 @ New York Rangers (1947–48) 10–6–3
20 W December 6 12–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 11–6–3
21 W December 7 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 12–6–3
22 T December 10 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 12–6–4
23 L December 13 1–4 New York Rangers (1947–48) 12–7–4
24 T December 14 1–1 @ Boston Bruins (1947–48) 12–7–5
25 T December 20 4–4 Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 12–7–6
26 W December 21 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 13–7–6
27 W December 25 3–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1947–48) 14–7–6
28 W December 27 2–1 Boston Bruins (1947–48) 15–7–6
29 T December 28 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1947–48) 15–7–7
30 W January 1 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1947–48) 16–7–7
31 T January 3 5–5 New York Rangers (1947–48) 16–7–8
32 W January 10 6–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 17–7–8
33 T January 11 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 17–7–9
34 L January 15 4–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1947–48) 17–8–9
35 W January 17 4–1 Boston Bruins (1947–48) 18–8–9
36 T January 18 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1947–48) 18–8–10
37 L January 21 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1947–48) 18–9–10
38 W January 24 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 19–9–10
39 T January 25 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 19–9–11
40 T January 28 3–3 Montreal Canadiens (1947–48) 19–9–12
41 W January 31 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 20–9–12
42 L February 1 0–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 20–10–12
43 W February 4 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1947–48) 21–10–12
44 W February 7 3–0 New York Rangers (1947–48) 22–10–12
45 W February 14 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1947–48) 23–10–12
46 T February 15 4–4 @ New York Rangers (1947–48) 23–10–13
47 L February 19 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1947–48) 23–11–13
48 W February 21 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 24–11–13
49 W February 22 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 25–11–13
50 W February 25 4–2 Boston Bruins (1947–48) 26–11–13
51 W February 28 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 27–11–13
52 L March 2 0–1 @ New York Rangers (1947–48) 27–12–13
53 L March 3 2–3 Montreal Canadiens (1947–48) 27–13–13
54 W March 6 2–1 New York Rangers (1947–48) 28–13–13
55 L March 7 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1947–48) 28–14–13
56 L March 11 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1947–48) 28–15–13
57 W March 13 5–2 Boston Bruins (1947–48) 29–15–13
58 W March 14 3–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1947–48) 30–15–13
59 W March 20 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 31–15–13
60 W March 21 5–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1947–48) 32–15–13

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Boston Bruins 1[edit | edit source]

Having last met in the 1941 Stanley Cup Semi-finals where the Bruins defeated the Leafs 4 games to 3 on their way to their third Stanley Cup, the Leafs defeated the Bruins in a tight five game series where three games were decided by one goal, including an overtime game. Six goals by Ted Kennedy led the Leafs.

Pat Egan scores, Game 1 of the 1948 Semi-finals, March 24, 1948.

Game 1 at Maple Leaf Gardens was a cleanly played game in which the teams constantly traded goals. The Bruins Murray Henderson scored early in the first period but the Leafs Bill Ezinicki tied it up. In the second, Ed Harrison put the Bruins up 2-1 but Max Bentley evened the score. In the third period, Jimmy Peters blocked a Gus Mortson point shot, passed to Milt Schmidt who fed Pat Egan for a one-timer that made it 3-2 Bruins. Syl Apps evened the score and at 8:38, Kenny Smith put the Bruins ahead. A point shot by Jimmy Thomson at 15:34 sent the game into overtime. Late in the first OT, Nick Metz potted the winner from the edge of the crease and the Leafs took a 1-0 series lead.

Game 2 in Toronto was decided by power plays and the Leafs Ted Kennedy. An early penalty to the Bruins Fern Flaman saw Kennedy score his first on the PP. A slash by the Leafs Howie Meeker resulted in the Bruins Johnny Peirson score his first career playoff goal on the PP to tie it up. At 18:24, the Bruins Clare Martin took a tripping penalty and Kennedy scored his second on the PP. A minute into the second period, Meeker took another slashing penalty and Pete Babando tied it at 2-2 on the PP. Showing he didn't need a man advantage to score, Kennedy potted his third and then fourth goal of the game and the Leafs took a 4-2 lead into the third. Max Bentley put the Leafs up 5-2 before Milt Schmidt made it 5-3. The Leafs headed to Boston up 2-0 in the series.

Game 3 at the Boston Garden saw the Leafs dominate the Bruins throughout the game. By the end of the second period, the Bruins had only 5 shots on goal. Leafs goals by Meeker, Bill Barilko and Kennedy was responded to by Milt Schmidt on a rebound and the Leafs led 3-1. The third period got out of hand once Garth Boesch added another goal for the Leafs and a scrap broke out. A late goal by Nick Metz had the hometown crowd fuming and a fight occurred between Bruin fans and the Leafs Wally Stanowski. Stanowski's teammates came to his aid and the Leafs beat a hasty retreat to their dressing room with a 5-1 win and 3-0 stranglehold on the series.

Game 4 at Boston saw nearly 70 policemen posted to prevent a re-occurrence of Game 3's altercation with the fans. The game was cleanly played with the Bruins Ed Sandford scoring the only goal of the first period. Bill Ezinicki tied it up in the second before Johnny Peirson put the Bruins ahead again. At 13:24 of the third, Peirson scored again which would hold up as the winner when Apps scored with 4:52 left. The Leafs held a 3-1 series lead.

Game 5 in Toronto was a tight checking affair with the Bruins Jimmy Peters opening the scoring on the power play 5:20 into the game. Leafs third liners Vic Lynn and Murray Costello responded and the Leafs led 2-1 at the end of the first period. The Bruins Kenny Smith tied the game at 12:08 of the second. Both teams attempts to break the deadlock were stunted by Turk Broda and Frank Brimsek until Kennedy took a Meeker pass and picked the top corner over Brimsek's shoulder at 5:52 of the third. The Bruins couldn't counter and the Leafs took the series 4-1.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 24 Boston Bruins 4-5 (OT) Toronto Maple Leafs 0-1
2 March 27 Boston Bruins 3-5 Toronto Maple Leafs 0-2
3 March 30 Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 Boston Bruins 3-0
4 April 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 2-3 Boston Bruins 3-1
5 April 3 Boston Bruins 2-3 Toronto Maple Leafs 1-4

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Detroit Red Wings 0[edit | edit source]

This was the debut series for Detroit's Gordie Howe, and the last for Toronto's Syl Apps who retired after the series.

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 7 Detroit 3 Toronto 5
April 10 Detroit 2 Toronto 4
April 11 Toronto 2 Detroit 0
April 14 Toronto 7 Detroit 2

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Apps, SylSyl Apps 55 26 27 53 12
Bentley, MaxMax Bentley 53 23 25 48 10
Kennedy, TedTed Kennedy 60 25 21 46 32
Watson, HarryHarry Watson 57 21 20 41 16
Meeker, HowieHowie Meeker 58 14 20 34 62
Lynn, VicVic Lynn 60 12 22 34 53
Ezinicki, BillBill Ezinicki 60 11 20 31 97
Klukay, JoeJoe Klukay 59 15 15 30 28
Thomson, JimmyJimmy Thomson 59 0 29 29 82
Mortson, GusGus Mortson 58 7 11 18 118
Smith, SidSid Smith 31 7 10 17 10
Barilko, BillBill Barilko 57 5 9 14 147
Stanowski, WallyWally Stanowski 54 2 11 13 12
Metz, NickNick Metz 60 4 8 12 8
Metz, DonDon Metz 26 4 6 10 2
Boesch, GarthGarth Boesch 45 2 7 9 52
Thomas, CyCy Thomas 8 1 2 3 4
Poile, BudBud Poile 4 2 0 2 0
Stewart, GayeGaye Stewart 7 1 0 1 0
McCormack, JohnJohn McCormack 3 0 1 1 0
Sloan, TodTod Sloan 1 0 0 0 0
MacKell, FlemingFleming MacKell 3 0 0 0 2
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 60 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 3600 60 32 15 13 143 2.38 5
Team: 3600 60 32 15 13 143 2.38 5

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Kennedy, TedTed Kennedy 9 8 6 14 0
Bentley, MaxMax Bentley 9 4 7 11 0
Apps, SylSyl Apps 9 4 4 8 0
Watson, HarryHarry Watson 9 5 2 7 9
Lynn, VicVic Lynn 9 2 5 7 20
Meeker, HowieHowie Meeker 9 2 4 6 15
Ezinicki, BillBill Ezinicki 9 3 1 4 6
Costello, LesLes Costello 5 2 2 4 2
Boesch, GarthGarth Boesch 8 2 1 3 2
Mortson, GusGus Mortson 5 1 2 3 2
Metz, NickNick Metz 9 2 0 2 2
Klukay, JoeJoe Klukay 9 1 1 2 2
Thomson, JimmyJimmy Thomson 9 1 1 2 9
Stanowski, WallyWally Stanowski 9 0 2 2 2
Barilko, BillBill Barilko 9 1 0 1 17
Samis, PhilPhil Samis 5 0 1 1 2
Metz, DonDon Metz 2 0 0 0 2
Smith, SidSid Smith 2 0 0 0 0
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 9 0 0 0 10
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 557 9 8 1 20 2.15 1
Team: 557 9 8 1 20 2.15 1

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1948 Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Champions[edit | edit source]

Turk Broda, Garth Boesch, Gus Mortson, Jimmy Thomson, Wally Stanowski, Bill Barilko, Harry Watson, Phil Samis, Ted Kennedy, Syl Apps (captain), Don Metz, Nick Metz, Bill Ezinicki, Vic Lynn, Howie Meeker, Max Bentley, Joe Klukay, Les Costello, Sid Smith, Conn Smythe (manager), Hap Day (coach), Tim Daly (trainer)

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Over 14 minutes of clips (in reverse image) from the December 27, 1947 Bruins-Leafs game won 2-1 by Toronto. The first 2 minutes are in colour. Goals by Sid Smith, Vic Lynn and Pete Babando are shown.

Highlights of the February 28, 1948 game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Black Hawks at Maple Leaf Gardens. Goals by Gus Bodnar on Turk Broda as well as Max Bentley and Joe Klukay on Emile Francis are shown in the Leafs 4-3 victory.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1947–48 Toronto Maple Leafs Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
  2. 1947-48 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.
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