The 1957-58 NHL season was the 41st season of the National Hockey League. Six teams each played 70 games. The Montreal Canadiens were the Stanley Cup champions, defeating the Boston Bruins four games to two in the best-of-seven final series.

League Business[edit | edit source]

It was announced in September that Senator Hartland Molson had purchased 60% stock from the Canadian Arena Company and the Montreal Canadiens from Senator Donat Raymond.

Player's Association[edit | edit source]

Doug Harvey and Ted Lindsay tried to get a players association going, and sued the NHL over the issue of player pensions. Lindsay was traded to Chicago because of his efforts.

After the NHL declined to negotiate with the players over benefits and would not open the books on the pension plan, the player's association filed an anti-trust lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged the monopolization of the professional hockey industry since 1926. At this time, the Toronto Maple Leafs players voted unanimuously to certify the union.

The NHL started to fight back. First, they traded Lindsay to Chicago to separate him from the Red Wings, who the NHLPA targeted for a union vote. Next, Jack Adams spread false stories in the press alleging various slanders had been made by Lindsay against the Red Wings players, and produced a fake contract to the press showing an over-inflated salary value for Lindsay, greater than Gordie Howe. The ruse worked and the Red Wings players voted to dis-associate themselves from the organizing.[1]

Despite this, the anti-trust lawsuit placed the NHLPA in a strong position. In an out-of-court settlement on February 5, 1958, the NHL promised:[2]

  • a $7000 minimum wage,
  • an increase in pension benefits,
  • increased hospitalization benefits,
  • a limit on the number of exhibition games,
  • the player shall be the sole judge of his physical fitness to play after injury.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The "Uke Line" of Vic Stasiuk, Bronco Horvath and John Bucyk would power the Bruins offense from 1957-60.

This season saw the Montreal Canadiens regain first place overall, while the previous season's leader, the Detroit Red Wings, slipped to third. Montreal's Maurice "Rocket" Richard became the first NHL player to score 500 career goals, Jacques Plante won his third straight Vezina Trophy, and Doug Harvey his fourth straight Norris Trophy.

The "Uke Line" debuted in the Bruins first game of the season on October 12, 1957 versus the Chicago Black Hawks. They produced immediately with Vic Stasiuk scoring, assisted by John Bucyk and Bronco Horvath in a 3-1 win. Along with the line of Don McKenney, Fleming Mackell and Jerry Toppazzini, the Bruins had two high scoring lines. Horvath, McKenney and Mackell all finished in top 10 of league scoring while all six members of the two lines had 20 or more goals with Horvath potting 30. The Bruins trailed only the Canadiens in goal scoring.

Glenn Hall, after two playoff years in which the Wings were eliminated, was traded along with Ted Lindsay to the sad-sack Chicago Black Hawks and Terry Sawchuk was brought back to Detroit in a very bad deal that saw Larry Hillman and Johnny Bucyk go to Boston. Chicago almost made the playoffs, and Hall's great goaltending, including 7 shutouts, one of which was in his debut with the Hawks, made him a contender for the Hart Memorial Trophy.

On October 19th, 1957, Rocket Richard scored on Glenn Hall and became the first player to score 500 career goals during a 3-1 win over Chicago. He immediately dedicated it to his old coach Dick Irvin. Irvin had died on May 15, 1957 after a long bout with bone cancer.

When Marcel Paille was brought up to the Rangers from Providence of the AHL for the ailing Gump Worsley, he sparkled, and Worsley was sent down to Providence. Then Paille went sour and the Gumper was recalled. Worsley got hot and the Rangers started winning. Worsley had his finest campaign up to this point with a 2.32 goals-against average and 4 shutouts and the Rangers finished second — their highest finish since 1941-42.

Willie O'Ree with Fleming Mackell after playing his first two NHL games, January 21, 1958.

Two contenders for the Calder Memorial Trophy, Chicago's Bobby Hull and the Toronto Maple Leafs' Frank Mahovlich, battled all season for rookie honours. Mahovlich prevailed and won the trophy, although the Maple Leafs finished last in the NHL.

This season also saw the first black man play in the league. Willie O'Ree suited up for the Boston Bruins on January 18, 1958 in a game against the Canadiens in Montreal. He played again the next night before being sent down to the minors. O'Ree would return for the 1960-61 season and play 43 more games for the Bruins.

Bronco Horvath scores on Boston's practice goalie John Aiken, March 13, 1958.

During the second period of the March 13 game at home versus Montreal, Habs Doug Harvey knocked Vic Stasiuk into goalie Jacques Plante. Plante's head hit the crossbar, resulting in a gash and a concussion. Harvey was given a misconduct and Plante couldn't continue playing. With no backup goalie, Boston's practice goalie, John Aiken, was called in to play his only NHL game. The score was 1-0 Bruins but Aiken wasn't up to the task as the Bruins pumped 4 goals past him in less than five minutes to make it 5-0. Montreal scored once before John Bucyk potted his 20th of the season making it 6-1 Boston. Aiken had a better third period and only let in one but the game ended in a 7-3 Bruins win.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Montreal Canadiens 70 43 17 10 96 250 158
New York Rangers 70 32 25 13 77 195 188
Detroit Red Wings 70 29 29 12 70 176 207
Boston Bruins 70 27 28 15 69 199 194
Chicago Black Hawks 70 24 39 7 55 163 202
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 21 38 11 53 192 226

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Teams that qualify for the playoffs are indicated in bold.

Scoring Leaders[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player Team GP G A PTS PIM
Dickie Moore Montreal Canadiens 70 36 48 84 65
Henri Richard Montreal Canadiens 67 28 52 80 56
Andy Bathgate New York Rangers 65 30 48 78 42
Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings 64 33 44 77 40
Bronco Horvath Boston Bruins 67 30 36 66 71

Leading Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; Min – Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP MIN GA GAA W L T SO
Jacques Plante Montreal Canadiens 57 3386 119 2.11 34 14 8 9
Gump Worsley New York Rangers 37 2220 86 2.32 21 10 6 4
Don Simmons Boston Bruins 39 2288 92 2.41 15 14 9 5
Harry Lumley Boston Bruins 24 1500 71 2.84 11 10 3 3
Glenn Hall Chicago Black Hawks 70 4200 200 2.86 24 39 7 7
Terry Sawchuk Detroit Red Wings 70 4200 205 2.94 29 29 12 3
Marcel Paille New York Rangers 33 1980 102 3.09 11 15 7 1
Ed Chadwick Toronto Maple Leafs 70 4200 223 3.19 21 38 11 4

Stanley Cup Playoffs[edit | edit source]

see 1958 Stanley Cup Finals

Playoff Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Semifinals Finals
                 
1 Montreal Canadiens 4  
3 Detroit Red Wings 0  
    1 Montreal Canadiens 4
  4 Boston Bruins 2
2 New York Rangers 2
4 Boston Bruins 4  

Boston Bruins 4, New York Rangers 2[edit | edit source]

The Bruins and Rangers last met in the 1940 Semi-finals where New York prevailed 4 games to 2 on their way to winning in the 1940 Stanley Cup Finals. Due to the circus performing at Madison Square Garden, after Game 2, the remaining games were played in Boston. The line of Fleming Mackell (4 goals, 14 points), Jerry Toppazzini (8 goals, 10 points) and Don McKenney (5 goals, 12 points) powered the Bruins to a 4 games to 2 triumph.

Game 1 at Madison Square Garden saw Harry Lumley play his only game of the 1958 playoffs in goal for the Bruins. After Fleming Mackell put Boston up 1-0 in the first minute of the game, the Rangers Larry Popein tied it up at 4:40. Jerry Toppazzini countered three minutes later but then the Rangers special teams took over the game. With Jean-Guy Gendron in the box for charging, Andy Hebenton scored a Shorthanded goal to tie it 2-2. Later in the period, Vic Stasiuk was sent off for hooking and Camille Henry scored on the Power play for a 3-2 Rangers lead at the end of the first. Former Bruins Dave Creighton scored another power goal in the second period, countered by Bronco Horvath. Creighton scored again in the third as Gump Worsley earned the 5-3 Rangers win.

Game 2 at New York had Don Simmons in net for the Bruins. In the first period, Doug Mohns scored on a point shot but Andy Bathgate responded with 2 goals. Don McKenney tied it up late in the period on a solo rush. Cutting to the left of a Ranger defenseman, he shot against the grain and beat Worsley to the top right corner. The Rangers Jean-Guy Gendron scored the only goal of the second period. The Bruins pressed in the third period. At 11:13, Mackell took the puck into the Rangers right corner and passed to Mohns at the left point. He quickly passed to McKenney who was to the left of the net. McKenney slid a backhand shot through Worsley's legs to send the game into overtime. Fleming Mackell sent Jerry Toppazzini in for the winner which he celebrated with a Bronx salute (see Gallery). Mackell's 3 assists led the Bruins to a 4-3 victory.

Game 3 at Boston Garden was dominated by the Bruins. They pumped 36 shots on Gump Worsley and the Rangers took nine penalties. In the first period, the Bruins scored 3 power plays by Doug Mohns and two by Don McKenney to take a 3-0 lead. Carl "Buddy" Boone added an even strength goal in the second period before Norm Johnson scored the first playoff goal of his career, shorthanded. Simmons earned the shutout as the Bruins romped to a 5-0 win.

Game 4 at Boston saw the Bruins again out shoot the Rangers, sending 41 shots on Worsley and force the Rangers into taking eight penalties. However, the Rangers would open the scoring with a shorthanded goal by Dean Prentice and then Dave Creighton would add a power play goal for a 2-0 Ranger lead at the end of the first period. In the second period, Jerry Toppazzini cut the lead to 2-1 on the power play but Andy Hebenton countered at 10:17. Andy Bathgate then scored the Rangers second shorthanded goal of the game to make it 4-1. In the third period, Toppazzini scored shorthanded but another Bathgate goal saw the Rangers win 5-2 and tie the series at two games apiece.

Jerry Toppazzini makes it 6-1 Bruins, Game 5 of the 1958 Semi-finals, April 3, 1958.

Game 5 at Boston was a Bruins romp where Worsley was peppered with 42 shots. After first period goals by Fleming Mackell, Bronco Horvath and Don McKenney, Leo Boivin took a tripping penalty at 3:18 of the second period. Toppazzini and Mackell outworked three Rangers behind Worsley's net, resulting in a Mackell shot from the right side which Worsley kicked out. Fern Flaman slammed in the rebound for a 4-0 Bruins lead. Five minutes later, a John Bucyk pass from the left corner back to Flaman at the right point saw his shot hit the skate of Rangers Bill Gadsby and trickle in for a 5-0 lead. Two minutes later, Parker MacDonald got the Rangers on the board as he flipped a rebound over Simmons. In the third period, on a 5-3 power play, Toppazzini ripped home a shot from the point for a 6-1 Bruins win and a 3-2 series lead.

Game 6 at Boston saw Worsley face more than 40 shots for the third straight game. A power play goal by Larry Regan in the game's first minute, followed by a shorthanded goal by Toppazzini and another man advantage goal by Norm Johnson staked the Bruins to a 3-0 lead. Harry Howell responded at 14:33 but Fleming Mackell countered three minutes later putting the Bruins up 4-1. In the second period, Andy Bathgate and Doug Mohns traded goals. In the third period, a goal by Mackell and two by Toppazzini for the Hat trick saw the Bruins cruise to a 8-2 win and a series victory.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 25 Boston Bruins 3-5 New York Rangers 0-1
2 March 27 Boston Bruins 4-3 (OT) New York Rangers 1-1
3 March 29 New York Rangers 0-5 Boston Bruins 1-2
4 April 1 New York Rangers 5-2 Boston Bruins 2-2
5 April 3 New York Rangers 1-6 Boston Bruins 2-3
6 April 5 New York Rangers 2-8 Boston Bruins 2-4


First Half All-Star Teams[edit | edit source]

First Team   Position   Second Team
Glenn Hall, Chicago Black Hawks G Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens
Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens D Bill Gadsby, New York Rangers
Fern Flaman, Boston Bruins D Marcel Pronovost, Detroit Red Wings
Henri Richard, Montreal Canadiens C Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens
Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings RW Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens
Dickie Moore, Montreal Canadiens LW Fleming Mackell, Boston Bruins

NHL Awards[edit | edit source]

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1957-58 NHL Awards
Prince of Wales Trophy: Montreal Canadiens
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Dickie Moore, Montreal Canadiens
Calder Memorial Trophy: Frank Mahovlich, Toronto Maple Leafs
Hart Memorial Trophy: Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Camille Henry, New York Rangers
Vezina Trophy: Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens

All-Star Teams[edit | edit source]

First Team   Position   Second Team
Glenn Hall, Chicago Black Hawks G Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens
Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens D Fern Flaman, Boston Bruins
Bill Gadsby, New York Rangers D Marcel Pronovost, Detroit Red Wings
Henri Richard, Montreal Canadiens C Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens
Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings RW Andy Bathgate, New York Rangers
Dickie Moore, Montreal Canadiens LW Camille Henry, New York Rangers

Debuts[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1957-58 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last Games[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1957-58 (listed with their last team):

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

One minute clip of Marc Reaume hitting Don McKenney resulting in Reaume being knocked out, November 30, 1957.

A minute of silent highlights of Game 5 of the 1958 Semi-finals between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers on April 3, 1958. The last four goals of the game are shown including two second period goals by the Bruins Fern Flaman, a goal by the Rangers Parker MacDonald and a third period goal by Jerry Toppazzini in the Bruins 6-1 win.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. [Cruise], pgs. 78-112.
  2. [Coleman], pg. 334-335
  • Coleman, Charles (1969). Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol 2., 1947-1967. 
  • Cruise, David (1991). Net Worth: Exploding the Myths of Pro Hockey. 
NHL Seasons

1953-54 | 1954-55 | 1955-56 | 1956-57 | 1957-58 | 1958-59 | 1959-60 | 1960-61 | 1961-62

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