Montreal Royals hockey club

This article is about the senior team. For the article about the junior team of the same name, please see Montreal Junior Royals.

History[edit | edit source]

The Royals' Razzle Dazzle Line in 1939.

A crowd of 6218 saw the team's last game on March 19, 1961.


The Montreal Royals were formed in 1932-33 when the hockey club of the Montreal AAA was split off.

They played in the Montreal Senior Group, Quebec Senior Hockey League, Quebec Senior Hockey League (Major), and the Quebec Hockey League until the latter folded in 1958-59, They then joined the Eastern Professional Hockey League for two seasons until finally folding in 1961.

The Royals won only one Allan Cup in 1946-47. They also lost the Allan Cup final in 1938-39. But they were a powerhouse for many years, winning their league title in 1934-35, 1935-36, 1936-37, 1938-39, 1939-40, 1940-41, and 1945-46 (as well as 1946-47).

During the late 1930's they outdrew the NHL's Montreal Canadiens and were partially responsible for almost driving them out of town. Later they would become a Canadiens farm team.

In the 1950's there was talk of admitting the Royals to the National Hockey League.

When the Quebec Hockey League folded in 1959, the Royals tried to get into the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Quebec Aces. While the Aces were admitted, the Royals were refused. The AHL did not want a team in a National Hockey League city. The Royals then joined the newly-formed Eastern Professional Hockey League.

By this time the Canadiens were a powerhouse themselves and drawing very, very well. There was no room in Montreal for a minor pro team. The Royals folded in 1961.



Season-by-Season Records[edit | edit source]

Montreal Senior Group[edit | edit source]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Playoffs
1932-33 12 6 5 1 13 30 25 3rd Won Final & Quebec, Lost East Semi Final
1933-34 16 10 4 2 23 51 32 2nd Lost Semi Final
1934-35 20 12 5 3 33 74 56 1st Won Final & Quebec, Lost East Final
1935-36 22 14 4 4 36 93 61 1st Won Final & Quebec, Lost East Semi Final
1936-37 22 17 3 2 38 61 30 1st Lost Final

Quebec Senior Hockey League[edit | edit source]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Playoffs
1937-38 22 7 11 4 21 63 65 6th out of playoffs
1938-39 22 12 4 6 34 - - 1st Won Final, Quebec, East, Lost Allan Cup
1939-40 30 13 8 9 35 119 91 1st Won Final & Quebec, Lost Eastern Final
1940-41 35 21 12 2 44 151 113 2nd Won Final & Quebec, Lost Eastern Final
1941-42 40 13 19 8 34 126 152 5th out of playoffs
1942-43 34 11 18 5 27 114 145 6th Lost Quarter Final
1943-44 15 7 6 2 16 80 78 2nd Lost Final
1944-45 24 18 5 1 37 161 48 1st Lost Final
1945-46 40 30 8 2 62 209 131 1st Won Final & Quebec, Lost East Final
1946-47 40 25 13 2 52 173 124 2nd Won Final & Quebec & East & Allan Cup
1947-48 48 34 14 0 68 - - 2nd Lost Quarter Final
1948-49 59 35 19 5 75 217 178 3rd Lost Semi Final
1949-50 60 27 24 9 63 206 188 4th Lost Semi Final


Quebec Senior Hockey League (Major)[edit | edit source]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Playoffs
1950-51 60 28 29 3 59 200 203 4th Lost Semi Final
1951-52 60 30 24 6 66 219 204 2nd Lost Quarter Final
1952-53 60 32 22 6 70 201 162 2nd Lost Semi Final



Quebec Hockey League[edit | edit source]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Playoffs
1953-54 72 40 25 7 87 261 197 2nd Lost Semi Final
1954-55 62 30 28 4 64 232 207 3rd Lost Final
1955-56 64 34 23 7 75 191 162 2nd Won Final Lost Edinburgh Trophy
1956-57 68 28 34 6 64 191 211 4th Lost Semi Final
1957-58 64 29 30 5 63 227 219 3rd Lost Semi Final
1958-59 62 34 22 6 74 206 162 1st Won Final

Eastern Professional Hockey League[edit | edit source]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Playoffs
1959-60 70 30 26 14 74 265 198 2nd Won Final
1960-61 70 19 37 14 52 167 224 6th Out of Playoffs

Montreal Royals who played in the NHL[edit | edit source]


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