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1953–54 Detroit Red Wings · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Division 1st NHL
1953–54 record 37–19–14
Goals for 191
Goals against 132
General Manager Jack Adams
Coach Tommy Ivan
Captain Ted Lindsay
Alternate captains Red Kelly
Bob Goldham
Marty Pavelich
Arena Olympia Stadium
Team Leaders
Goals Gordie Howe (33)
Assists Gordie Howe (48)
Points Gordie Howe (81)
Penalties in minutes Ted Lindsay (110)
Wins Terry Sawchuk (35)
Goals against average Terry Sawchuk (1.93)
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1952–53 1954–55

The 1953–54 Detroit Red Wings season was the Red Wings' 28th season. The Red Wings finished 1st in the league and defeated the Montreal Canadiens in the 1954 Stanley Cup Finals 4 games to 3.

Regular Season[]

Dave Gatherum held the record for longest shutout streak to start an NHL career until 2011.

In October, 1953, Dave Gatherum was called up by the Detroit Red Wings to replace the injured Terry Sawchuk in goal. In his first game, Gatherum shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 on October 11, 1953. He then held the Chicago Black Hawks scoreless until early in the third period of the 2-2 tie game on October 16. He ended up with a 2-0-1 record in three games but was never recalled to the NHL. His name was put on the Stanley Cup as the Wings won it in 1953-54. Gatherum held the record for longest shutout streak to start an NHL career (100.21 minutes) until the 2011–12 NHL season when it was surpassed by Matt Hackett.


Detroit Red Wings Prison Game[]

The Red Wings take to the ice at Marquette Prison, February 2, 1954.

On February 2, 1954 the Red Wings played an exhibition game outdoors at the Marquette Branch Prison. Invited by the warden, they played a team of convicts called the "Marquette Prison Pirates." It was the first ever outdoor game played by the Detroit Red Wings. After the first period the Red Wings were winning 18–0, and the scores for the remainder of the match were not kept. To make things interesting, the Wings swapped a few players, trading goalie Terry Sawchuk, among others, and exchanged one set of defensemen. Ted Lindsay, skated on the opposite wing as Gordie Howe with an inmate as their centerman. Howe then skated the second half of the game with the prisoners, wearing a #16 Pirates jersey. Jack Adams presented a "trophy" (a bucket) at the end of the game.

Final Standings[]

National Hockey League
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Detroit Red Wings 70 37 19 14 88 191 132
Montreal Canadiens 70 35 24 11 81 195 141
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 32 24 14 78 152 131
Boston Bruins 70 32 28 10 74 177 181
New York Rangers 70 29 31 10 68 161 182
Chicago Black Hawks 70 12 51 7 31 133 242

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[]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 8, 1953 4–1 New York Rangers (1953–54) 1–0–0
2 L October 10, 1953 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 1–1–0
3 W October 11, 1953 4–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 2–1–0
4 T October 16, 1953 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 2–1–1
5 W October 17, 1953 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 3–1–1
6 W October 18, 1953 4–0 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 4–1–1
7 T October 21, 1953 1–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 4–1–2
8 L October 24, 1953 0–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 4–2–2
9 W October 25, 1953 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 5–2–2
10 L October 31, 1953 1–3 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 5–3–2
11 W November 1, 1953 5–1 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 6–3–2
12 T November 7, 1953 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 6–3–3
13 T November 8, 1953 2–2 New York Rangers (1953–54) 6–3–4
14 T November 11, 1953 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 6–3–5
15 W November 14, 1953 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 7–3–5
16 W November 15, 1953 4–1 New York Rangers (1953–54) 8–3–5
17 W November 19, 1953 3–2 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 9–3–5
18 L November 21, 1953 0–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 9–4–5
19 W November 22, 1953 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 10–4–5
20 W November 26, 1953 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 11–4–5
21 W November 28, 1953 9–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 12–4–5
22 W November 29, 1953 9–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 13–4–5
23 W December 3, 1953 4–0 New York Rangers (1953–54) 14–4–5
24 L December 5, 1953 0–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 14–5–5
25 L December 6, 1953 0–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 14–6–5
26 T December 9, 1953 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 14–6–6
27 L December 10, 1953 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 14–7–6
28 W December 12, 1953 7–1 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 15–7–6
29 W December 13, 1953 4–3 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 16–7–6
30 W December 17, 1953 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 17–7–6
31 W December 18, 1953 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 18–7–6
32 W December 20, 1953 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 19–7–6
33 L December 23, 1953 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 19–8–6
34 L December 26, 1953 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 19–9–6
35 W December 27, 1953 2–1 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 20–9–6
36 T December 31, 1953 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 20–9–7
37 L January 1, 1954 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 20–10–7
38 T January 3, 1954 0–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 20–10–8
39 W January 7, 1954 3–1 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 21–10–8
40 W January 10, 1954 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 22–10–8
41 W January 13, 1954 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 23–10–8
42 W January 14, 1954 2–1 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 24–10–8
43 L January 17, 1954 2–3 New York Rangers (1953–54) 24–11–8
44 W January 21, 1954 1–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 25–11–8
45 L January 23, 1954 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 25–12–8
46 W January 24, 1954 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 26–12–8
47 T January 28, 1954 3–3 New York Rangers (1953–54) 26–12–9
48 W January 30, 1954 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 27–12–9
49 W January 31, 1954 5–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 28–12–9
50 W February 4, 1954 5–0 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 29–12–9
51 W February 6, 1954 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 30–12–9
52 T February 7, 1954 1–1 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 30–12–10
53 L February 10, 1954 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 30–13–10
54 W February 14, 1954 5–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 31–13–10
55 W February 15, 1954 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 32–13–10
56 T February 17, 1954 0–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 32–13–11
57 L February 18, 1954 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 32–14–11
58 L February 20, 1954 0–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 32–15–11
59 W February 22, 1954 3–0 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 33–15–11
60 W February 25, 1954 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 34–15–11
61 T March 4, 1954 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 34–15–12
62 W March 6, 1954 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 35–15–12
63 T March 7, 1954 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 35–15–13
64 W March 11, 1954 6–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1953–54) 36–15–13
65 L March 13, 1954 2–5 New York Rangers (1953–54) 36–16–13
66 L March 14, 1954 0–2 @ New York Rangers (1953–54) 36–17–13
67 L March 16, 1954 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1953–54) 36–18–13
68 T March 18, 1954 3–3 Boston Bruins (1953–54) 36–18–14
69 L March 20, 1954 1–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1953–54) 36–19–14
70 W March 21, 1954 6–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1953–54) 37–19–14

Playoffs[]

Detroit Red Wings 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 1[]

Ted Lindsay scored the series winning goal in overtime in Game 5.

Detroit Red Wings 4, Montreal Canadiens 3[]

Tony Leswick scored the Cup winning goal in overtime in Game 7.
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 4 Montreal 1 Detroit 3
April 6 Montreal 3 Detroit 1
April 8 Detroit 5 Montreal 2
April 10 Detroit 2 Montreal 0
April 11 Montreal 1 Detroit 0 OT
April 13 Detroit 1 Montreal 4
April 16 Montreal 1 Detroit 2 OT

Player Stats[]

Regular Season[]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 70 33 48 81 109
Lindsay, TedTed Lindsay LW 70 26 36 62 110
Kelly, RedRed Kelly D/C 62 16 33 49 18
Reibel, DutchDutch Reibel C 69 15 33 48 18
Wilson, JohnnyJohnny Wilson LW 70 17 17 34 22
Delvecchio, AlexAlex Delvecchio C/LW 69 11 18 29 34
Pavelich, MartyMarty Pavelich LW 65 9 20 29 57
Skov, GlenGlen Skov C/LW 70 17 10 27 95
Prystai, MetroMetro Prystai C 70 12 15 27 26
Dineen, BillBill Dineen RW 70 17 8 25 34
Leswick, TonyTony Leswick W 70 6 18 24 90
Pronovost, MarcelMarcel Pronovost D 57 6 12 18 50
Goldham, BobBob Goldham D 69 1 15 16 50
Stasiuk, VicVic Stasiuk LW 42 5 2 7 4
Allen, KeithKeith Allen D 10 0 4 4 2
Peters, JimmyJimmy Peters RW 25 0 4 4 10
Woit, BennyBenny Woit RW/D 70 0 2 2 38
Arbour, AlAl Arbour D 36 0 1 1 18
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk G 67 0 1 1 31
Bonin, MarcelMarcel Bonin W 1 0 0 0 0
Johnson, EarlEarl Johnson LW 1 0 0 0 0
Stankiewicz, EdEd Stankiewicz C 1 0 0 0 2
Hay, JimJim Hay D 12 0 0 0 0
Wilson, LeftyLefty Wilson G 1 0 0 0 0
Gatherum, DaveDave Gatherum G 3 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk 4004 67 35 19 13 129 1.93 12
Gatherum, DaveDave Gatherum 180 3 2 0 1 3 1.00 1
Wilson, LeftyLefty Wilson 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0
Team: 4200 70 37 19 14 132 1.89 13

Playoffs[]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 12 4 5 9 31
Delvecchio, AlexAlex Delvecchio C/LW 12 2 7 9 7
Lindsay, TedTed Lindsay LW 12 4 4 8 14
Kelly, RedRed Kelly D/C 12 5 1 6 0
Pronovost, MarcelMarcel Pronovost D 12 2 3 5 12
Prystai, MetroMetro Prystai C 12 2 3 5 0
Leswick, TonyTony Leswick W 12 3 1 4 18
Pavelich, MartyMarty Pavelich LW 12 2 2 4 4
Reibel, DutchDutch Reibel C 9 1 3 4 0
Wilson, JohnnyJohnny Wilson LW 12 3 0 3 0
Skov, GlenGlen Skov C/LW 12 1 2 3 16
Goldham, BobBob Goldham D 12 0 2 2 2
Woit, BennyBenny Woit RW/D 12 0 1 1 8
Dube, GillesGilles Dube LW 2 0 0 0 0
Allen, KeithKeith Allen D 5 0 0 0 0
Peters, JimmyJimmy Peters RW 10 0 0 0 0
Dineen, BillBill Dineen RW 12 0 0 0 2
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk G 12 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk 751 12 8 4 20 1.60 2
Team: 751 12 8 4 20 1.60 2

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals

MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts

Detroit Red Wings 1954 Stanley Cup Champions[]

Roster

  Defensemen
  Goaltenders


  Non-players
  • Marguerite Norris (President/Owner), Jack Adams (Manager)
  • Bruce Norris (Vice Presidents/Owners), Tommy Ivan (Coach)
  • John Mitchell (Chief Scout), Fred Huber Jr. (Publicity Director)
  • Carl Mattson (Trainer), Wally Crossman (Ass't Trainer/Stick Boy)

Stanley Cup Engraving

  • Earl Johnson name was engraved on the Stanley Cup, even though he only played 1 Regular Season game. Johnson spent the rest of the year in the minors
  • Vic Stasiuk& played 43 games, but was sent to minors. His name was left off the Cup, because he played in the minors, during the playoffs.
  • Jim Hay&& was played 12 games for Detroit, but did not play in the playoffs. He was included on team picture. Gilles Dube was listed by Ed Dube by mistake on the team picture.
  • Marguerite Norris was first woman to be engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1954.
  • Tommy Ivan was misspelled as THOMAS NIVAN COACH instead of Thomas N. Ivan when cup was redone in 1957–58. His name was spelled THOMAS IVAN COACH on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.
  • Alex Delvecchio was misspelled ALEX BELVECCHIO with a "B" instead an "D". Mistake was corrected on the Replica Cup.
  • Tony Leswisk was misspelled TONY LESWICH with a "H" instead of a "K". Mistake was corrected on the Replica Cup.
  • When cup was redone in 1957–58, the names of Earl Johnson†, and Ross Wilson† were removed from the new version of 1954 Detroit. Ross Wilson also played goal on October 10, 1953 for 16 minutes when Terry Sawchuk got injured.


Awards and Records[]

Gallery[]

Video[]

Nearly 25 minutes of highlights featuring all goals and many penalties from all seven games of the 1954 Finals.

Narrated highlights of all seven games of the 1954 Finals featuring nearly all goals.

References[]

  1. 1953-54 Detroit Red Wings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
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