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1944 Stanley Cup Finals

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Series-winning goal  Toe Blake (9:12, OT)
Start date  April 4, 1944
Champion  Montreal Canadiens
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Location(s)  Montreal, QC (Forum) (1,4) Chicago, IL (Chicago Stadium) (2,3)
Coaches  Montreal: Dick Irvin Chicago: Paul Thompson
Captains  Montreal: Toe Blake Chicago: Doug Bentley
Dates  April 4 to April 13, 1944
Similar  1931 Stanley Cup Finals, 1924 Stanley Cup Finals, 1959 Stanley Cup Finals, 1969 Stanley Cup Finals, 1960 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1944 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Chicago Black Hawks and the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens would win the series 4–0 to win their first Stanley Cup since they defeated Chicago in 1931.

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Paths to the final

Chicago defeated the defending champion Detroit Red Wings in a best-of-seven 4–1 to advance to the finals. Montreal defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best-of-seven 4–1 to advance.

The series

Maurice "Rocket" Richard made his Stanley Cup debut with a five-goal performance in the series, including a hat trick in game two. The Punch Line of Richard, Elmer Lach and Toe Blake scored ten of the Canadiens' 16 goals. Blake scored the Cup winner in overtime. In the same overtime, Bill Durnan stopped the first penalty shot awarded in the finals, awarded to Virgil Johnson.

Chicago Black Hawks vs. Montreal Canadiens

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4–0.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Trainer Ernie Cook and Hector Dubois were included on the team picture in 1944, 1946. However, their names were not engraved on the Cup. When the Stanley Cup was redesigned during the 1957–58 season Cook was added to cup in 1944, but not to 1946 team. Dubois was not added to 1944, 1946 team. Dubois would later have his name on the Stanley Cup 6 times 1953–56–57–58–59–60.
  • In 1944 Tommy Gorman became the only Manager to win 4 Stanley Cup with 4 different teams. 1920–21–23 Ottawa Senators, 1934 Chicago Black Hawks, 1935 Montreal Maroons and 1944 Montreal Canadiens. He would retire as a champion, after winning one more cup with the Canadiens in 1946.
  • Spelling mistakes
  • Bill Durnan's name was misspelled as BILL DURMAN. The first "N" was engraved as a "M". The mistake was corrected in 1992–93 when the Replica Cup was created.
  • Gerald "Gerry" Heffernan won only 1 Stanley Cup in his career in 1944. However, his name is spelled differently on each of the 3 rings that included the 1944 Montreal Canadiens.
  • On the original ring in 1944 as GERALD HEFFERNAN
  • On the Redesigned ring created during 1957–58 season as JERRY HEFFERNAN
  • On the Replica ring created in 1992–93 as GERRY HEFFERNAN
  • References

    1944 Stanley Cup Finals Wikipedia


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