1947–48 NHL season

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1947–48 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
DurationOctober 15, 1947 – April 14, 1948
Number of games60
Number of teams6
Regular season
Season champion Toronto Maple Leafs
Season MVP Bud O'Connor (Rangers)
Top scorer Elmer Lach (Canadiens)
Stanley Cup
Champions Toronto Maple Leafs
  Runners-up Detroit Red Wings
NHL seasons

The 1947–48 NHL season was the 31st season of the National Hockey League. Six teams each played 60 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs were the Stanley Cup winners. They defeated the Detroit Red Wings four games to none. This season saw the introduction of a new trophy – Art Ross Trophy – that would be handed out to the player who scored the most points during the regular season.

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Regular season

The season saw the return of the National Hockey League All-Star Game, an idea that, although proposed in the previous season, came into fruition this year. The all-star game, however, saw a bad ankle injury to Chicago Black Hawks forward Bill Mosienko that nearly ended his career. Other stars would retire, ending both the Montreal Canadiens' Punch line and the Boston Bruins' Kraut line. However, this season saw the creation of the Detroit Red Wings' Production Line. The policy of having players raise their hockey sticks to signify that a goal was scored was also initiated in this season, at the suggestion of Frank Patrick, with Habs forward Billy Reay being the first to do on November 13, 1947. The season also saw Boston's Don Gallinger suspended indefinitely pending an investigation of gambling activities and the New York Rangers' Billy "The Kid" Taylor being expelled for life for gambling.

Seven games into the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Black Hawks made, at that time, the biggest trade in NHL history. The Maple Leafs sent five players to the Black Hawks in trade for Max Bentley and rookie winger Cy Thomas. Thomas only played eight games that year but Bentley handed to the Leafs a much-needed offensive boost that helped propel the team to first overall and an eventual Stanley Cup.

The New York Rangers decided to make a trade to improve their fortunes and sent Hal Laycoe, Joe Bell, and George Robertson to Montreal in exchange for Buddy O'Connor and defenceman Frank Eddolls. Montreal missed O'Connor, as their goal-scoring plummeted. Ken Mosdell was out from the start of the season with a broken arm, Rocket Richard had trouble with a bad knee and Murph Chamberlain broke his leg. In an attempt to boost the goal-scoring, Montreal traded Jimmy Peters and Johnny Quilty to Boston in exchange for Joe Carveth, but the rot continued. However, the worst occurred on January 11, 1948, when the Canadiens played the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Habs lost more than a game when Bill Juzda checked captain Toe Blake into the boards, breaking Blake's ankle and ending his career. It was also the end of the famed "Punch Line". (Ironically, that same night, Johnny Quilty's career was ended with a compound fracture of the leg). The Canadiens missed the playoffs for the first time since 1940, and Bill Durnan, for the only time in his career, failed to win the Vezina Trophy. This season was also the last season in which a goaltender was allowed to be named captain of their team. Bill Durnan was the last goaltender in NHL history to be captain. Toronto's Turk Broda won the Vezina this season.

Final standings

National Hockey League [1]
GPWLTGFGADIFFPts
1 Toronto Maple Leafs 60321513182143+3977
2 Detroit Red Wings 60301812187148+3972
3 Boston Bruins 60232413167168−159
4 New York Rangers 60212613176201−2555
5 Montreal Canadiens 60202911147169−2251
6 Chicago Black Hawks 6020346195225−3046

Playoffs

Playoff bracket

Semifinals Stanley Cup Finals
      
1Toronto4
3 Boston 1
1Toronto4
2 Detroit 0
2Detroit4
4 New York 2

Semifinals

(1) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (3) Boston Bruins

Toronto defeated Boston four games to one, although Boston kept it closer than the series tally would indicate. Three of the five games were decided by a single goal.

March 24Boston Bruins4–5OTToronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Murray Henderson (1) – 01:18First period11:29 – Bill Ezinicki (1)
Ed Harrison (1) – 08:39Second period17:33 – Max Bentley (1)
Pat Egan (1) – 02:35
Ken Smith (1) – 08:38
Third period12:03 – Syl Apps (1)
15:34 – Jimmy Thomson (1)
No scoringFirst overtime period17:03 – Nick Metz (1)
Frank Brimsek Goalie stats Turk Broda
March 27Boston Bruins3–5Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Johnny Peirson (1) – pp – 08:39First period05:41 – Ted Kennedy (1)
19:54 – pp – Ted Kennedy (2)
Pete Babando (1) – pp – 02:16Second period06:34 – Ted Kennedy (3)
12:24 – Ted Kennedy (4)
Milt Schmidt (1) – 10:43Third period07:37 – Max Bentley (2)
Frank Brimsek Goalie stats Turk Broda
March 30Toronto Maple Leafs5–1Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Howie Meeker (1) – 03:40
Bill Barilko (1) – 12:28
First periodNo scoring
Ted Kennedy (5) – 09:24Second period01:10 – Milt Schmidt (2)
Garth Boesch (1) – 07:00
Nick Metz (2) – 17:49
Third periodNo scoring
Turk Broda Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
April 1Toronto Maple Leafs2–3Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoringFirst period02:47 – Ed Sandford (1)
Bill Ezinicki (2) – 01:36Second period07:31 – Johnny Peirson (2)
Syl Apps (2) – 15:08Third period13:24 – Johnny Peirson (3)
Turk Broda Goalie stats Frank Brimsek
April 3Boston Bruins2–3Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Jimmy Peters (1) – pp – 05:20First period08:41 – Vic Lynn (1)
16:13 – Les Costello (1)
Ken Smith (2) – 12:08Second periodNo scoring
No scoringThird period05:52 – Ted Kennedy (6)
Frank Brimsek Goalie stats Turk Broda
Toronto won series 4–1

(2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (4) New York Rangers

It looked initially to be a close series as, after the Blueshirts lost the first two games, the Rangers won the next two to tie the series. Detroit then took the next two to win the series in six games to qualify for the Finals.

March 24New York Rangers1–2Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
No scoringFirst period15:04 – Ted Lindsay (1)
19:06 – ppJim Conacher (1)
No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
Tony Leswick (1) – 03:35Third periodNo scoring
Chuck Rayner Goalie stats Harry Lumley
March 26New York Rangers2–5Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
Edgar Laprade (1) – 14:53First period04:00 – Jim McFadden (1)
No scoringSecond period04:57 – Jim McFadden (2)
08:18 – ppMarty Pavelich (1)
Neil Colville (1) – 10:51Third period10:04 – Leo Reise (1)
14:49 – Marty Pavelich (2)
Chuck Rayner Goalie stats Harry Lumley
March 28Detroit Red Wings2–3New York Rangers Madison Square Garden III Recap  
No scoringFirst period03:32 – Phil Watson (1)
10:35 – Phil Watson (2)
Ted Lindsay (2) – 19:40Second periodNo scoring
Jack Stewart (1) – 16:03Third period09:02 – Tony Leswick (2)
Harry Lumley Goalie stats Chuck Rayner
March 30Detroit Red Wings1–3New York Rangers Madison Square Garden III Recap  
Jim McFadden (3) – 03:41First periodNo scoring
No scoringSecond period10:08 – ppBryan Hextall (1)
10:41 – Eddie Kullman (1)
No scoringThird period13:32 – Tony Leswick (3)
Harry Lumley Goalie stats Chuck Rayner
April 1New York Rangers1–3Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
No scoringFirst period04:02 – ppRed Kelly (1)
No scoringSecond period14:13 – ppPete Horeck (1)
Buddy O'Connor (1) – 12:49Third period13:55 – Red Kelly (2)
Chuck Rayner Goalie stats Harry Lumley
April 4Detroit Red Wings4–2New York Rangers Madison Square Garden III Recap  
Red Kelly (3) – pp – 13:46
Gordie Howe (1) – pp – 14:30
Pat Lundy (1) – 17:51
First periodNo scoring
No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
Jim McFadden (4) – 10:49Third period12:49 – Don Raleigh (1)
19:08 – Don Raleigh (2)
Harry Lumley Goalie stats Chuck Rayner
Detroit won series 4–2

Stanley Cup Finals

April 7Detroit Red Wings3–5Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Jim McFadden (5) – 07:20First period08:21 – Harry Watson (1)
09:04 – Joe Klukay (1)
18:24 – Syl Apps (3)
No scoringSecond period14:31 – Gus Mortson (1)
19:21 – Howie Meeker (2)
Jim Conacher (2) – 04:28
Ted Lindsay (3) – 05:25
Third periodNo scoring
Harry Lumley Goalie stats Turk Broda
April 10Detroit Red Wings2–4Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoringFirst period13:31 – Max Bentley (3)
Pete Horeck (2) – 18:18Second period03:38 – ppBill Ezinicki (3)
17:16 – pp – Max Bentley (4)
18:50 – Harry Watson (2)
Fern Gauthier (1) – pp – 17:18Third periodNo scoring
Harry Lumley Goalie stats Turk Broda
April 11Toronto Maple Leafs2–0Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
Harry Watson (3) – 19:42Second periodNo scoring
Vic Lynn (2) – 15:16Third periodNo scoring
Turk Broda Goalie stats Harry Lumley
April 14Toronto Maple Leafs7–2Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
Ted Kennedy (7) – pp – 02:51
Garth Boesch (2) – sh – 05:03
Harry Watson (4) – 11:13
First periodNo scoring
Syl Apps (4) – 04:26
Ted Kennedy (8) – 09:42
Harry Watson (5) – sh – 11:38
Second period02:41 – Leo Reise (2)
Les Costello (2) – pp – 14:37Third period18:48 – Pete Horeck (3)
Turk Broda Goalie stats Harry Lumley
Toronto won series 4–0

Awards

Turk Broda with the Stanley Cup and the Vezina Trophy Turk Broda Stanley Cup-Vezina Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender.jpg
Turk Broda with the Stanley Cup and the Vezina Trophy
O'Brien Cup:
(Stanley Cup runner-up)
Detroit Red Wings
Prince of Wales Trophy:
(Top regular season record)
Toronto Maple Leafs
Art Ross Trophy:
(Top scorer)
Elmer Lach, Montreal Canadiens
Calder Memorial Trophy:
(Top first-year player)
Jim McFadden, Detroit Red Wings
Hart Trophy:
(Most valuable player)
Bud O'Connor, New York Rangers
Lady Byng Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Bud O'Connor, New York Rangers
Vezina Trophy:
(Goaltender of team with lowest GAA)
Turk Broda, Toronto Maple Leafs

All-Star teams

First team  Position  Second team
Turk Broda, Toronto Maple Leafs G Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins
Bill Quackenbush, Detroit Red Wings D Ken Reardon, Montreal Canadiens
Jack Stewart, Detroit Red Wings D Neil Colville, New York Rangers
Elmer Lach, Montreal Canadiens C Buddy O'Connor, New York Rangers
Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens RW Bud Poile, Chicago Black Hawks
Ted Lindsay, Detroit Red Wings LW Gaye Stewart, Chicago Black Hawks

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Elmer Lach Montreal Canadiens60303161
Buddy O'Connor New York Rangers60243660
Doug Bentley Chicago Black Hawks60203757
Gaye Stewart Toronto Maple Leafs / Chicago Black Hawks61272956
Max Bentley Black Hawks / Toronto Maple Leafs59262854
Bud Poile Toronto Maple Leafs / Chicago Black Hawks58252954
Maurice Richard Montreal Canadiens53282553
Syl Apps Toronto Maple Leafs55262753
Ted Lindsay Detroit Red Wings60331952
Roy Conacher Chicago Black Hawks52222749

Source: NHL [2]

Leading goaltenders

GP = Games Played, TOI = Time On Ice (minutes), GA = Goals Against, SO = Shutouts, GAA = Goals Against Average

PlayerTeamGPTOIGASOGAA
Turk Broda Toronto Maple Leafs60360014352.38
Harry Lumley Detroit Red Wings60359214772.46
Bill Durnan Montreal Canadiens59350516252.77
Frank Brimsek Boston Bruins60360016832.80
Jim Henry New York Rangers48280015323.19
Emile Francis Chicago Black Hawks54324018313.39

Coaches

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1947–48 (listed with their first team):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1947–48 (listed with their last team):

See also

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