1952–53 NHL season

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1952–53 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
DurationOctober 9, 1952 – April 16, 1953
Number of games70
Number of teams6
Regular season
Season champion Detroit Red Wings
Season MVP Gordie Howe (Red Wings)
Top scorer Gordie Howe (Red Wings)
Stanley Cup
Champions Montreal Canadiens
  Runners-up Boston Bruins
NHL seasons

The 1952–53 NHL season was the 36th season of the National Hockey League. The Montreal Canadiens were the Stanley Cup winners as they beat the Boston Bruins four games to one in the final series.

Contents

League business

The NHL almost had a seventh franchise, as the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League applied for a franchise. They were accepted with the proviso that they deposit $425,000 to show good faith, and prove they had sufficient working capital to consort with the other NHL teams. They could not come up with the working capital and transfer of applicants stock to Cleveland residents. As a result, the Barons were told to apply at a later date.

A big deal was made between Toronto and Chicago as the Maple Leafs shipped Al Rollins, Gus Mortson, and Cal Gardner for goaltender Harry Lumley.

Sid Abel was signed by Chicago to be player-coach.

What was rumoured became fact in September when Arthur M. Wirtz and James D. Norris became the new owners of the near bankrupt Chicago Black Hawks.

James E. Norris, owner of the Detroit Red Wings since 1932 and father of James D. Norris, Chicago owner, died of a heart attack on December 4, 1952, and his daughter Marguerite became the owner. She became the first female owner of an NHL franchise since Ida Querrie owned the Toronto St. Patricks in 1923 when her husband Charlie transferred his stock in the team to her to avoid paying Eddie Livingstone any money in Livingstone's lawsuit against him.

NHL on-ice officials changed to orange-coloured uniforms in March 1953. The officials had worn cream-coloured uniforms which were not distinguishable from some team's home-ice uniforms.

Regular season

For the fifth straight season, the Detroit Red Wings lead the league in points. Gordie Howe won the Hart Trophy over Al Rollins, but on the strength of Rollins' goaltending, Chicago made the playoffs for the first time since 1946.

The first television broadcast in Canada of an NHL game occurred on October 11, 1952. It was a French language broadcast of a game between the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings with the Canadiens winning 2–1. [1] The French language telecast was produced by 24-year-old Gerald Renaud. On November 1, the first English language broadcast aired, with Foster Hewitt calling the action, starting in the second period because Conn Smythe was concerned that it would cut into the crowds at the arena. [2] Smythe, the Leafs' managing director, sold the Leafs' television rights for a paltry $100 per game.[ citation needed ]

Highlights

Gump Worsley made his NHL debut October 9, 1952, in goal for the New York Rangers at the Detroit Olympia and lost 5–3, as Ted Lindsay scored in a tip-in on the power play for Worsley's first goal against him. The Production line scored 3 goals that night as Alex Delvecchio and Gordie Howe also had goals. Marty Pavelich scored what proved to be the winning goal.

On November 8, 14,562 fans were in attendance at the Montreal Forum when the Canadiens beat Chicago 6–4. Elmer Lach scored his 200th career goal. Fifty seconds later, after Emile "Butch" Bouchard fed him the puck, Rocket Richard rifled a puck past Al Rollins for his 325th goal, breaking Nels Stewart's record for career goals. [2] It was ten years to the day since Richard had scored his first NHL goal. [2] "Old Poison" sent the following telegram: "Congratulations on breaking record. Hope you will hold it for many seasons. Best of luck to you and rest of team."

When Terry Sawchuk was injured in practice, the Red Wings brought up Glenn Hall and he made his NHL debut on December 27 and played well in a 2–2 tie with Montreal. Hall then picked up his first career shutout January 7, blanking Boston 4–0.

Red Wings General Manager Jack Adams got into some trouble on January 18 when, after a 3–2 loss to Montreal, he entered the officials room and argued with referee Red Storey. Dick Irvin, coach of Montreal, was very upset over this and NHL president Clarence Campbell agreed, fining Adams $500.

Gump Worsley got his first career shutout January 11 when the New York Rangers defeated the Canadiens 7–0 in Montreal.

Butch Bouchard Night was held on February 28 and he was presented with a car and a TV set. Detroit spoiled the night with a 4–3 victory.[ citation needed ]

There was consternation in Toronto when Max Bentley suddenly vanished and was reported back at his home in Delisle, Saskatchewan. Conn Smythe convinced him to return and he did, playing the remaining games of the schedule.[ citation needed ]

Ted Lindsay scored 4 goals on March 2 as Detroit pummeled Boston by a score of 10–2.

Gordie Howe scored 49 goals to nearly tie Rocket Richard's record. Howe was held off the scoresheet in the final game of the season by Richard's Canadiens. Howe set a new points record for the season with 95 points and won the Art Ross and Hart trophies. [2]

Final standings

National Hockey League [3]
GPWLTGFGADIFFPts
1 Detroit Red Wings 70361618222133+8990
2 Montreal Canadiens 70282319155148+775
3 Boston Bruins 70282913152172−2069
4 Chicago Black Hawks 70272815169175−669
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 70273013156167−1167
6 New York Rangers 70173716152211−5950

Playoffs

In a major upset, first-place Detroit was defeated in the semifinal by the Boston Bruins in six games. In the other semifinal, the fourth-place Chicago Black Hawks, making their first playoff appearance in seven years, took a 3–2 series lead after losing the first two games to the second-place Montreal Canadiens, but could not finish the job, losing in seven games.

Playoff bracket

Semifinals Stanley Cup Finals
      
1 Detroit 2
3Boston4
3 Boston 1
2Montreal4
2Montreal4
4 Chicago 3

Semifinals

(1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (3) Boston Bruins

March 24Boston Bruins0–7Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
No scoringFirst period02:39 – Marty Pavelich (1)
08:45 – Ted Lindsay (1)
09:16 – Marty Pavelich (2)
No scoringSecond period08:52 – Alex Delvecchio (1)
No scoringThird period05:54 – Metro Prystai (1)
06:53 – Johnny Wilson (1)
16:04 – Ted Lindsay (2)
Jim Henry Goalie stats Terry Sawchuck
March 26Boston Bruins5–3Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
Fleming MacKell (1) – 07:56
Dave Creighton (1) – 14:09
First period08:54 – ppGordie Howe (1)
Joe Klukay (1) – 02:10Second periodNo scoring
Johnny Peirson (1) – 10:04
Dave Creighton (2) – 12:58
Third period17:38 – Metro Prystai (2)
18:08 – Metro Prystai (3)
Jim Henry Goalie stats Terry Sawchuck
March 29Detroit Red Wings1–2OTBoston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoringFirst period11:27 – Ed Sandford (1)
Tony Leswick (1) – 10:54Second periodNo scoring
No scoringThird periodNo scoring
No scoringFirst overtime period12:29 – Jack McIntyre (1)
Terry Sawchuck Goalie stats Jim Henry
March 31Detroit Red Wings2–6Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoringFirst period02:45 – Ed Sandford (2)
13:12 – Jack McIntyre (2)
Metro Prystai (4) – 14:27
Alex Delvecchio (2) – 15:48
Second period06:05 – ppMilt Schmidt (1)
10:37 – Jack McIntyre (3)
11:22 – Dave Creighton (3)
No scoringThird period12:55 – Ed Sandford (3)
Terry Sawchuck Goalie stats Jim Henry
April 2Boston Bruins4–6Detroit Red Wings Olympia Stadium Recap  
No scoringFirst period00:23 – Ted Lindsay (3)
00:55 – Bob Goldham (1)
03:45 – Benny Woit (1)
Ed Sandford (4) – 09:02Second period08:42 – Gordie Howe (2)
11:32 – Johnny Wilson (2)
Ed Sandford (5) – 01:54
Milt Schmidt (2) – 11:57
Milt Schmidt (3) – pp – 16:46
Third period09:54 – Glen Skov (1)
Jim Henry Goalie stats Terry Sawchuck
April 5Detroit Red Wings2–4Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
No scoringFirst period03:41 – ppEd Sandford (6)
Reg Sinclair (1) – 18:05Second period11:36 – Johnny Peirson (2)
Ted Lindsay (4) – 13:27Third period11:19 – Fleming MacKell (2)
17:36 – Leo Labine (1)
Terry Sawchuck Goalie stats Jim Henry
Boston won series 4–2

(2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (4) Chicago Black Hawks

March 24Chicago Black Hawks1–3Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
Gerry Couture (1) – 13:34Second period14:55 – Bernie Geoffrion (1)
No scoringThird period04:29 – Butch Bouchard (1)
17:54 – Paul Meger (1)
Al Rollins Goalie stats Gerry McNeil
March 26Chicago Black Hawks3–4Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Jim McFadden (1) – 02:35
George Gee (1) – 05:29
Jim McFadden (2) – 06:58
First period05:17 – Floyd Curry (1)
No scoringSecond period12:32 – Dickie Moore (1)
18:08 – Bernie Geoffrion (2)
19:02 – Dick Gamble (1)
No scoringThird periodNo scoring
Al Rollins Goalie stats Gerry McNeil
March 29Montreal Canadiens1–2OTChicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
Bernie Geoffrion (3) – 14:53Second periodNo scoring
No scoringThird period18:03 – Bill Mosienko (1)
No scoringFirst overtime period05:18 – Al Dewsbury (1)
Gerry McNeil Goalie stats Al Rollins
March 31Montreal Canadiens1–3Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
Bert Olmstead (1) – pp – 11:12First periodNo scoring
No scoringSecond period02:57 – Bill Mosienko (2)
No scoringThird period12:28 – Vic Lynn (1)
19:56 – Jim McFadden (3)
Gerry McNeil Goalie stats Al Rollins
April 2Chicago Black Hawks4–2Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Fred Hucul (1) – pp – 04:00
Bill Mosienko (3) – 06:59
Gus Bodnar (1) – 11:26
First periodNo scoring
Gus Mortson (1) – 18:48Second period04:53 – Maurice Richard (1)
No scoringThird period14:36 – Tom Johnson (1)
Al Rollins Goalie stats Gerry McNeil
April 4Montreal Canadiens3–0Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
Bernie Geoffrion (4) – 05:59First periodNo scoring
Maurice Richard (2) – 03:23
Ken Mosdell (1) – 16:20
Second periodNo scoring
No scoringThird periodNo scoring
Gerry McNeil Goalie stats Al Rollins
April 7Chicago Black Hawks1–4Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoringFirst period01:38 – ppBernie Geoffrion (5)
Bill Mosienko (4) – 14:16Second period15:36 – Eddie Mazur (1)
No scoringThird period04:51 – ppMaurice Richard (3)
13:55 – Eddie Mazur (2)
Al Rollins Goalie stats Jacques Plante
Montreal won series 4–3

Stanley Cup Finals

In the Finals, the Bruins could not continue their winning ways, and lost to Montreal in five games.

After the Finals, the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League applied to play a Stanley Cup challenge. The NHL governors turned down the challenge, stating that the Cleveland club operated in a league of lower standing. [4] [2]

April 9Boston Bruins2–4Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Bob Armstrong (1) – pp – 02:08First period13:42 – Dickie Moore (2)
No scoringSecond period02:37 – Ken Mosdell (2)
16:05 – Floyd Curry (2)
Johnny Peirson (3) – pp – 10:11Third period11:12 – Maurice Richard (4)
Jim Henry, Gord Henry Goalie stats Jacques Plante
April 11Boston Bruins4–1Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Leo Labine (2) – 03:53
Ed Sandford (7) – 18:13
First periodNo scoring
Ed Sandford (8) – 07:26Second period01:36 – Bert Olmstead (2)
Milt Schmidt (4) – 15:43Third periodNo scoring
Gord Henry Goalie stats Gerry McNeil
April 12Montreal Canadiens3–0Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Tom Johnson (2) – 11:53First periodNo scoring
Paul Masnick (1) – 06:30Second periodNo scoring
Ken Mosdell (3) – pp – 11:27Third periodNo scoring
Gerry McNeil Goalie stats Gord Henry
April 14Montreal Canadiens7–3Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Lorne Davis (1) – 03:23
Maurice Richard (5) – 10:58
Dickie Moore (3) – 16:40
First period18:22 – Dave Creighton (4)
Bernie Geoffrion (6) – pp – 18:56Second periodNo scoring
Maurice Richard (6) – 05:33
Calum MacKay (1) – 17:59
Maurice Richard (7) – 18:27
Third period07:23 – Milt Schmidt (5)
16:25 – Jack McIntyre (4)
Gerry McNeil Goalie stats Gord Henry
April 16Boston Bruins0–1OTMontreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
No scoringThird periodNo scoring
No scoringFirst overtime period01:22 – Elmer Lach (1)
Jim Henry Goalie stats Gerry McNeil
Montreal won series 4–1

Awards

Prince of Wales Trophy:
(Best regular-season record)
Detroit Red Wings
Art Ross Trophy:
(Top scorer)
Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
Calder Memorial Trophy:
(Top first-year player)
Lorne "Gump" Worsley, New York Rangers
Hart Trophy:
(Most valuable player)
Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Red Kelly, Detroit Red Wings
Vezina Trophy:
(Goaltender of team with best goals-against record)
Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings

All-Star teams

First team  Position  Second team
Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings G Gerry McNeil, Montreal Canadiens
Red Kelly, Detroit Red Wings D Bill Quackenbush, Boston Bruins
Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens D Bill Gadsby, Chicago Black Hawks
Fleming MacKell, Boston Bruins C Alex Delvecchio, Detroit Red Wings
Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings RW Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens
Ted Lindsay, Detroit Red Wings LW Bert Olmstead, Montreal Canadiens

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

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

PlayerTeamGPGAPTSPIM
Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings7049469557
Ted Lindsay Detroit Red Wings70323971111
Maurice Richard Montreal Canadiens70283361112
Wally Hergesheimer New York Rangers7030295910
Alex Delvecchio Detroit Red Wings7016435928
Paul Ronty New York Rangers7016385420
Metro Prystai Detroit Red Wings7016345012
Red Kelly Detroit Red Wings701927468
Bert Olmstead Montreal Canadiens6917284583
Fleming Mackell Boston Bruins6527174463

[5]

Leading goaltenders

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

PlayerTeamGPMINGAGAAWLTSO
Terry Sawchuk Detroit Red Wings6337801201.903215169
Gerry McNeil Montreal Canadiens6639601402.1225231810
Harry Lumley Toronto Maple Leafs7042001672.3927301310
Jim Henry Boston Bruins7042001422.462829137
Al Rollins Chicago Black Hawks7042001752.502728156
Chuck Rayner New York Rangers201200582.904881
Lorne Worsley New York Rangers5030001533.06132982

Coaches

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1952–53 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1952–53 (listed with their last team):

See also

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References

Notes
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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Dryden 2000, p. 55.
  3. "Standings: 1952–1953". National Hockey League. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  4. Mouton(1987), p. 117
  5. Dinger 2011, p. 149.