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Detroit Red Wings - 1954 Stanley Cup Champions.

The 1954 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens, in their fourth-straight Finals. It was the third Detroit-Montreal Final series of the 1950s. The Wings won the series 4–3 to win their first Stanley Cup since 1952, and sixth-overall.

Paths to the Final

Montreal defeated the Boston Bruins 4–0 while Detroit defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 to reach the final.

The Series

Tony Leswick scored the series-winning goal at 4:29 of overtime in the seventh game, for only the second time in NHL history that a game seven was decided in overtime, and the last time an NHL game seven has gone to overtime.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

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

Detroit wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 3

Detroit Red Wings 1954 Stanley Cup Champions



  • 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 was injured.

Game Ads


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

Ten minutes of narrated highlights of all seven games of the 1954 Finals featuring nearly all goals.


  • NHL (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Dan Diamond & Associates. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books, 12, 50. ISBN 1–55168–261–3.
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Detroit Red Wings