April 26, 2016

Stanley Cup Flashbacks: 1932: Maple Leafs' First Stanley Cup

The year is 1932. The Toronto Maple Leafs, comfortable in their new $1.5 million Maple Leaf Gardens, are challenging the New York Rangers for the Stanley Cup championship. Because the circus is in Madison Square Gardens, the Rangers second home game of the series (game 2) was played in Toronto.

The Leafs are led by nicknamed superstars like Busher Jackson, the Big Bomber Charlie Conacher, Gentleman Joe Primeau, King Clancy, Red Horner, Ace Bailey and Baldy Cotton.

The Rangers counter with the best line in hockey - Frank Boucher centering brothers Bill Cook and Bun Cook.

But the Kid Line of Primeau, Conacher and Jackson prove to be too much, sweeping the Rangers in three straight games. The Kid Line combined for 8 goals and 16 points, with the Big Bomber leading the way. Conacher finished the playoffs with 6 goals and 2 assists in seven games.

Leafs coach Dick Irvin was coaching in his second consecutive Stanley Cup finals, having taken Chicago on an unsuccessful Cup bid in 1931. However championship celebrations were non-existent for the coach, who had to rush back to western Canada where his infant son, future hockey broadcaster Dick Irvin, Jr., was seriously ill.

You can watch a rare video clip of the 1932 Stanley Cup playoffs here.

2 comments:

axl said...

That's my great uncle, Lorne Chabot in goal for leafs. - Alex Mc Carty, Vancouver.
Lost relatives please contact me: edgewords@gmail.com

Big C said...

My Dad played in the Juniors with "Toe" Blake but after his leg was crushed in a job accident he was given a signed hockey stick from the 1932 Stanley Cup finals. Signatures include "Ace" Bailey. I am seeking information about my Dad's team. His name; Rupert Stanton Culver, a winger who also played in Hamilton. Tnx. prancing67@yahoo.com

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