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1948–49 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Division 4th NHL
1948–49 record 22–25–13
Goals for 147
Goals against 161
General Manager Conn Smythe
Coach Hap Day
Captain Ted Kennedy
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team Leaders
Goals Harry Watson (26)
Assists Max Bentley
Cal Gardner (22)
Points Harry Watson (45)
Penalties in minutes Bill Ezinicki (145)
Wins Turk Broda (22)
Goals against average Turk Broda (2.68)
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1947–48 1949–50

The 1948–49 Toronto Maple Leafs season was Toronto's 32nd season in the NHL. The Maple Leafs finished 4th in the league and won the 1949 Stanley Cup Finals over the Detroit Red Wings by 4 games to 0.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

A league record of ten major penalties was set November 25, 1948 when 11,000 fans at the Montreal Forum witnessed a donnybrook. It started when the Habs' Ken Mosdell elbowed Maple Leaf Gus Mortson. Mortson retaliated by knocking Elliot de Grey down with his stick. Montreal's Maurice Richard then sprang onto Mortson's back, they fought and then all hands joined in. Mortson, Richard, Toronto's Howie Meeker and Mosdell were assessed major penalties. Play had scarcely resumed when the Habs Ken Reardon and the Leafs Joe Klukay began fencing. Bill Barilko went at Reardon, while Klukay got into it with Billy Reay, and in another fight, Hal Laycoe got into it with Garth Boesch. Turk Broda quietly picked up his first shutout of the year as the Leafs beat the Canadiens 2-0.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Detroit Red Wings 60 34 19 7 75 195 145
Boston Bruins 60 29 23 8 66 178 163
Montreal Canadiens 60 28 23 9 65 152 126
Toronto Maple Leafs 60 22 25 13 57 147 161
Chicago Black Hawks 60 21 31 8 50 173 211
New York Rangers 60 18 31 11 47 133 172

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 L October 16 1–4 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 0–1–0
2 L October 21 0–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 0–2–0
3 W October 23 6–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 1–2–0
4 L October 24 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 1–3–0
5 W October 27 3–2 Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 2–3–0
6 W October 30 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 3–3–0
7 L October 31 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 3–4–0
8 T November 6 3–3 New York Rangers (1948–49) 3–4–1
9 L November 13 3–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 3–5–1
10 T November 14 4–4 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 3–5–2
11 L November 17 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 3–6–2
12 T November 20 2–2 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 3–6–3
13 T November 21 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 3–6–4
14 T November 24 3–3 Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 3–6–5
15 W November 25 2–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 4–6–5
16 W November 27 3–0 New York Rangers (1948–49) 5–6–5
17 L November 28 2–6 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 5–7–5
18 L December 1 3–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 5–8–5
19 L December 4 4–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 5–9–5
20 W December 5 2–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 6–9–5
21 L December 8 3–4 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 6–10–5
22 W December 11 3–2 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 7–10–5
23 W December 12 4–3 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 8–10–5
24 L December 15 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 8–11–5
25 T December 18 3–3 New York Rangers (1948–49) 8–11–6
26 L December 19 1–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 8–12–6
27 W December 25 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 9–12–6
28 L December 30 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 9–13–6
29 W January 1 5–3 Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 10–13–6
30 L January 2 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 10–14–6
31 W January 5 4–0 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 11–14–6
32 T January 8 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 11–14–7
33 T January 9 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 11–14–8
34 W January 15 2–1 New York Rangers (1948–49) 12–14–8
35 L January 16 0–4 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 12–15–8
36 L January 19 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 12–16–8
37 T January 22 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 12–16–9
38 L January 23 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 12–17–9
39 W January 26 3–1 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 13–17–9
40 T January 29 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 13–17–10
41 L January 30 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 13–18–10
42 W February 3 4–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 14–18–10
43 T February 5 1–1 New York Rangers (1948–49) 14–18–11
44 W February 6 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 15–18–11
45 T February 9 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 15–18–12
46 W February 12 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 16–18–12
47 W February 13 3–0 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 17–18–12
48 L February 17 0–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 17–19–12
49 W February 19 5–2 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 18–19–12
50 W February 20 4–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 19–19–12
51 T February 26 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 19–19–13
52 L March 2 0–2 Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 19–20–13
53 W March 5 7–1 New York Rangers (1948–49) 20–20–13
54 W March 6 4–3 @ New York Rangers (1948–49) 21–20–13
55 L March 9 0–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 21–21–13
56 L March 12 1–2 Boston Bruins (1948–49) 21–22–13
57 W March 13 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1948–49) 22–22–13
58 L March 17 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1948–49) 22–23–13
59 L March 19 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1948–49) 22–24–13
60 L March 20 2–7 @ Boston Bruins (1948–49) 22–25–13

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

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

Having met the year before in the 1948 Semi-finals, the Leafs dispatched the Bruins again by the same 4-1 series score.

Game 1 at Maple Leaf Gardens saw Turk Broda earn a shutout. A Power play goal by the Leafs Harry Watson at 5:15 of the first with the Bruins Pat Egan in the box opened the scoring. Watson potted his second goal in the second frame while Max Bentley completed the 3-0 win with his goal in the third period.

Game 2 in Toronto was a closer match with the Leafs Ray Timgren scoring on the power play at 3:36 of the first with the Bruins Pat Egan again in the box. Woody Dumart scored a Shorthanded goal on the same Leafs PP to even the score. Late in the second period, the Bruins Paul Ronty scored his first playoff goal to put the Bruins up 2-1. Harry Watson was once again the hero, scoring twice in the third period to win it 3-2 for the Leafs.

Game 3 at the Boston Garden saw the Leafs open the scoring for the third consecutive game when Ted Kennedy scored at 8:46. The Bruins Grant Warwick tied it up and Dumart's 2nd of the playoffs had the Bruins up 2-1 at the end of the first period. The Leafs Bill Barilko took a tripping penalty in the second and Johnny Peirson extended the Bruins lead on the power play. However, the Leafs Gus Mortson scored a shorthanded goal on the same PP and then Joe Klukay tied it at 3-3 with 3 seconds left in the second period. Ed Sandford and Fleming Mackell traded goals in the third and the game went into overtime. Just after 17:00, a face-off in the Leafs zone saw Sandford win it against Ted Kennedy and get the puck to Dumart whose one-timer beat Broda for a 5-4 win for home team. Bruins all-star defenseman Jack Crawford had to leave the game with a rib injury and would miss game 4.

Game 4 in Boston saw Fleming Mackell opening the scoring for the Leafs for the 4th consecutive game. Johnny Peirson tied it up on the power play and the already playing without Crawford, the Bruins lost Jimmy Peters with an injured shoulder after he took a check from Bill Juzda. In the second period, after the Bruins Milt Schmidt left the game with an injury, the shorthanded Bruins couldn't hold off the Leafs who took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Sid Smith. In the third period, a slashing penalty to the Bruins Murray Henderson with 5 minutes left resulted in Smith scoring on the PP for a 3-1 Leafs win and a 3-1 stranglehold in the series.

Game 5 in Toronto again saw the Leafs score first when Cal Gardner scored on the PP. Playing without Crawford, Peters and Schmidt, the Bruins Grant Warwick tied it up, also on the PP, until Ray Timgren's trickler made it past Frank Brimsek to put the Leafs up 2-1 at the end of the first period. Six minor penalties were called in the second period but Max Bentley's second of the series was the only goal, putting the Leafs up 3-1. Desperate, the Bruins poured it on in the third but when Fern Flaman was called for boarding at 9:29, the fans littered the ice, causing a 15 minute delay before play started again. Johnny Peirson made it close with less than a minute left but the Leafs held on for a 3-2 win to take the series in 5 games.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 22 Boston Bruins 0-3 Toronto Maple Leafs 0-1
2 March 24 Boston Bruins 2-3 Toronto Maple Leafs 0-2
3 March 26 Toronto Maple Leafs 4-5 (OT) Boston Bruins 2-1
4 March 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 Boston Bruins 3-1
5 March 30 Boston Bruins 2-3 Toronto Maple Leafs 1-4

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

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 8 Toronto 3 Detroit 2 OT
April 10 Toronto 3 Detroit 1
April 13 Detroit 1 Toronto 3
April 16 Detroit 1 Toronto 3

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Watson, HarryHarry Watson 60 26 19 45 0
Bentley, MaxMax Bentley 60 19 22 41 18
Kennedy, TedTed Kennedy 59 18 21 39 25
Gardner, CalCal Gardner 53 13 22 35 35
Ezinicki, BillBill Ezinicki 52 13 15 28 145
Klukay, JoeJoe Klukay 45 11 10 21 11
Thomson, JimmyJimmy Thomson 60 4 16 20 56
Lynn, VicVic Lynn 52 7 9 16 36
Timgren, RayRay Timgren 36 3 12 15 9
Mortson, GusGus Mortson 60 2 13 15 85
Meeker, HowieHowie Meeker 30 7 7 14 56
Taylor, HarryHarry Taylor 42 4 7 11 30
Boesch, GarthGarth Boesch 59 1 10 11 43
Metz, DonDon Metz 33 4 6 10 12
Barilko, BillBill Barilko 60 5 4 9 95
Sloan, TodTod Sloan 29 3 4 7 0
Costello, LesLes Costello 15 2 3 5 11
Mathers, FrankFrank Mathers 15 1 2 3 2
Juzda, BillBill Juzda 38 1 2 3 23
Mackell, FlemingFleming MacKell 11 1 1 2 6
Ceresino, RayRay Ceresino 12 1 1 2 2
Dawes, BobBob Dawes 5 1 0 1 0
Buchanan, AlAl Buchanan 3 0 1 1 2
Blair, ChuckChuck Blair 1 0 0 0 0
Kemp, StanStan Kemp 1 0 0 0 2
Mccormack, JohnJohn McCormack 1 0 0 0 0
Smith, SidSid Smith 1 0 0 0 0
Hannigan, RayRay Hannigan 3 0 0 0 2
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 60 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 3600 60 22 25 13 161 2.68 5
Team: 3600 60 22 25 13 161 2.68 5

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Kennedy, TedTed Kennedy 9 2 6 8 2
Smith, SidSid Smith 6 5 2 7 0
Bentley, MaxMax Bentley 9 4 3 7 2
Gardner, CalCal Gardner 9 2 5 7 0
Watson, HarryHarry Watson 9 4 2 6 2
Timgren, RayRay Timgren 9 3 3 6 2
Mackell, FlemingFleming MacKell 9 2 4 6 4
Thomson, JimmyJimmy Thomson 9 1 5 6 10
Klukay, JoeJoe Klukay 9 2 3 5 4
Ezinicki, BillBill Ezinicki 9 1 4 5 20
Mortson, GusGus Mortson 9 2 1 3 8
Boesch, GarthGarth Boesch 9 0 2 2 6
Juzda, BillBill Juzda 9 0 2 2 8
Lynn, VicVic Lynn 8 0 1 1 2
Barilko, BillBill Barilko 9 0 1 1 20
Taylor, HarryHarry Taylor 1 0 0 0 0
Metz, DonDon Metz 3 0 0 0 0
Dawes, BobBob Dawes 9 0 0 0 2
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 9 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Broda, TurkTurk Broda 574 9 8 1 15 1.57 1
Team: 574 9 8 1 15 1.57 1

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Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Maple Leafs became the first team in NHL history to win three consecutive Stanley Cups. [3]
  • The Maple Leafs won no awards this season.

1949 Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Champions[edit | edit source]

Turk Broda, Garth Boesch, Gus Mortson, Jimmy Thomson, Bill Juzda, Bill Barilko, Harry Watson, Ted Kennedy, Don Metz, Fleming MacKell, Bill Ezinicki, Vic Lynn, Howie Meeker, Max Bentley, Joe Klukay, Sid Smith, Harry Taylor, Bob Dawes, Tod Sloan, Conn Smythe (manager), Hap Day (coach), Tim Daly (trainer).

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Highlights of Game 4 of the 1949 Stanley Cup Finals in which the Leafs win the Cup with a 3-1 victory. Goals by Ray Timgren and Max Bentley are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1948–49 Toronto Maple Leafs Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
  2. 1948-49 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.
  3. Numbelivable!, p.95, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0
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