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Detroit Red Wings - 1952 Stanley Cup Champions.

The 1952 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens in the first of the four Detroit-Montreal Final series of the 1950s. The Canadiens were appearing in their second straight Finals series, while Detroit was returning after winning the 1950 Final. The Red Wings won the series 4–0, shutting out the Canadiens twice and allowing one goal in each of the other two games.

Paths to the Final

Detroit defeated the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs 4–0 while Montreal defeated the Boston Bruins 4–3 to reach the Final.

The Series

Terry Sawchuk posted two shutouts in his Cup Finals debut while Gordie Howe scored two goals in his Cup Finals debut. The Red Wings would go through the playoffs undefeated. This gave birth to the Legend of the Octopus which is still part of the Red Wings' game rituals.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score
April 10 Detroit 3 Montreal 1
April 12 Detroit 2 Montreal 1
April 13 Montreal 0 Detroit 3
April 15 Montreal 0 Detroit 3

Detroit wins best-of-seven series 4 games to none

Detroit Red Wings 1952 Stanley Cup Champions



  • 3 players were engraved on the Stanley Cup, but did not play for Detroit. Glenn Hall played his first NHL game in 1952–53 Season. Bill Tibb never played in the NHL. Hugh Colfin never played for Detroit. Coflin's only NHL Season was 1950–51 when he played 31 games for the Chicago Blackhawks.


Stanley Cup Engraving

  • Glenn Hall was listed as GLEN HALL on the original engraving in 1952. When the cup was redone in 1957–58, Hall was engraved on the Stanley Cup as GLIN HALL Mistake was repeated on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93. He was engraved before he played in first NHL game in 1952–53 season. Glenn Hall went on to play a record 502 consecutive complete games.
  • Enio Sclisizzi name was removed when cup was redone in 1957–58. He played only 9 games, and did not play in the playoffs. Tibbs, Coflin, and Hall who did not play for Detroit in 1952 were still included on the new version of the Stanley Cup. Coflin's name was not included on the Replica Stanley Cup created in 1993.



Over 17 minutes of highlights with commentary from all four games of the Finals. Though blurry, nearly all goals are shown.

Preceded by
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens
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