Toronto Maple Leafs - 1951 Stanley Cup Champions.

Bill Barilko scores the Cup winning goal in overtime.

The 1951 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs won the series 4–1. It was the Toronto franchise's ninth Stanley Cup win and the last in a series of six wins starting in 1942. It was the first appearance in a string of ten consecutive appearances by the Canadiens.

Paths to the Final[edit | edit source]

Toronto defeated the Boston Bruins 4–1 while Montreal defeated the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 4–2 to reach the final.

The Series[edit | edit source]

Bob Dawes suffered a compound fracture during the last game of the 1951 Stanley Cup Finals, April 21, 1951.

Every game went into overtime in this series. Canadiens forward Bob Dawes played his only game of the 1951 playoffs in the last game of the Finals. He suffered a compound fracture of the right leg and never played in the NHL again.

Bill Barilko scored the Cup-winning goal, his last goal in the NHL as he would die in a plane crash during the summer.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 11 Montreal 2 Toronto 3 OT
April 14 Montreal 3 Toronto 2 OT
April 17 Toronto 2 Montreal 1 OT
April 19 Toronto 3 Montreal 2 OT
April 21 Montreal 2 Toronto 3 OT

Toronto wins best-of-seven series four games to one

Toronto Maple Leafs 1951 Stanley Cup champions[edit | edit source]

Roster

  Centers
  Wingers

Coach Joe Primeau with the Cup.

  Goaltenders


  Non-players
  • Conn Smythe (President/Manager/Owner), William MacBrien (Chairman/Owner)
  • Ed Bickle, Jack Bickell (Directors/Owners)
  • George McGillach, John Murdoch (Vice Presidents)
  • Clarence Hap Day (Ass't Manager), Joe Primeau (Coach)
  • George Walker (Chief Scout), Ed Fitkin (Publicity Director)
  • Tim Daly (Trainer)
  • Archie Campbell, Tom Nayler (Ass't Trainers)
  • Norman Delarue†, Robert Galloway†, Horance MacIntyre† (Team Doctors)

Stanley Cup Engraving

  • † Included on the original ring in 1951. There was no room left for the 3 team doctors the way that the Toronto Maple Leafs 1951 members were engraved on the new ring during the 1957–58 season.
  • A played 13 regular season games and B played 12 games. Neither played in the playoffs so they did shouldn't have qualified to have their names engraved on the Cup.

Engraving Mistakes[edit | edit source]

Several mistakes happened in the engraving of the names:

  • Gus Mortson's last name was misspelled WORTSON with a "W" instead a "M".
  • Danny Lewecki's last name was misspelled LEWESKI, with a "S" instead of a "C".
  • Ted Kennedy's name was misspelled KENNEDYY with an extra "Y". His position as Captain was also left off the Stanley Cup.
  • William A. H. MacBrien's last name was misspelled as McBrien.
  • Elwin "Al" Rollins' first name was misspelled ELVIN with a "V" instead a "W".

The Rollins mistake was not corrected on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93. The other 4 mistakes were corrected on the Replica Cup.

Members of Toronto Maple Leafs Dynasty that won 4 cups in 5 years (1947, 1948, 1949, 1951)[edit | edit source]

Bill Bariko, Turk Broda, Ted Kennedy†, Joe Klukay, Howie Meeker, Gus Mortson, Jimmy Thomson, Harry Watson (8 players),

Ed Bickle†, John Bickell†, Conn Smythe†, John Mordoch†, William MacBrien†, Hap Day†, Tim Daly†, George Walker, Ed Finkin, Horance McIntre (10 non-players).

† also won the Stanley Cup in 1945.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

21Apr1951-Barilko lauded.jpg
1951SCupTorontoGameAd.jpg
51SCupMontrealGameAd.jpg

Video[edit | edit source]

Highlights of Game 5 of the Finals including goals by Richard, the game tying goal with 32 seconds left by Tod Sloan and the overtime winner by Bill Barilko.

1951 Stanley Cup (Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens) - Archive News Reel
Preceded by
Detroit Red Wings
1950
Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup Champions

1951
Succeeded by
Detroit Red Wings
1952
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