The Three Stars:
Maple Leafs Three-Peat: Even though Nick Metz and captain Syl Apps retired before the season started, the Toronto Maple Leafs become the first NHL team to three-peat as Stanley Cup champions. They stumbled through the regular season with a 22-25-13 record, finishing 4th. But then they oust Boston in five games and sweep Detroit in the Final.
|Bill Durnan with Turk Broda|
Brick Wall Named Durnan: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Bill Durnan sets a modern day record (since broken) for shutout streak at 309 minutes and 21 seconds. The streak included 4 consecutive shutouts.
- Bill Durnan also has a new rule change unofficially named after him. The 'Durnan Rule' states goaltenders can not wear a C or an A as a team captain.
- Detroit defenseman Bill Quackenbush becomes the first defenseman to win the Lady Byng trophy. He went penalty free in 60 games.
- Conn Smythe tries to "buy" Maurice Richard and lure him away from Montreal.
- A vicious stick fight between Montreal's Ken Reardon and Toronto's Cal Gardner leaves a black mark on the game.
- Sid Abel surprises with a lead-leaguing 28 goals and finishes third in league scoring. He is named the winner of the Hart Trophy as MVP.
- A pair of Conacher brothers finish as runners up to Abel with 26 goals apiece. Chicago's Roy Conacher is joined by brother Jim thanks to a trade from Detroit after just 4 games in the season season. Roy wins the Art Ross as league scoring champ.
- The New York Rangers tried something new by bringing in a rookie named Pentti Lund, a rare player born in Finland. He actually grew up in Ontario. Regardless, he won the Calder Trophy as top first year player.