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1947 Stanley Cup Finals

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Champion  Toronto Maple Leafs
Start date  April 8, 1947
Location(s)  Montreal, QC (Montreal Forum) (1,2,5) Toronto, ON (Maple Leaf Gardens) (3,4,6)
Coaches  Toronto: Hap Day Montreal: Dick Irvin
Captains  Toronto: Syl Apps Montreal: Toe Blake
Dates  April 8 to April 19, 1947
Series-winning goal  Ted Kennedy (14:39, third)
Similar  1918 Stanley Cup Finals, 1964 Stanley Cup Finals, 1933 Stanley Cup Finals, 1920 Stanley Cup Finals, 1929 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1947 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs would win the series four games to two. This was the first all-Canadian finals since 1935, when the since-folded Montreal Maroons defeated the Maple Leafs.


Paths to the final

Montreal defeated the Boston Bruins 4–1 to advance to the finals. Toronto defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4–1 to advance to the finals.

The series

Ted Kennedy was the leader with three goals including the Cup winner. Toronto had several new players in its lineup, including Howie Meeker, Bill Barilko and Bill Ezinicki, as Toronto sported the youngest NHL team to win the Cup to that time.

The series continued a competition that had gone on all season, with Montreal and Toronto finishing 1–2. Montreal coach Dick Irvin was mad at the beginning of the series, recalling a season-ending injury to Montreal forward Elmer Lach from a body check by Don Metz. Montreal started out strong in the series, defeating the Leafs 6–0 in the opener. Canadiens goaltender Bill Durnan reportedly asked "How did those guys get in the league?", although he denied saying those words later.

The second game was a rough game, with Maurice Richard knocking out Vic Lynn and Bill Ezinicki with high-sticks to the head. Richard earned himself over 20 minutes in penalties and a game misconduct and a suspension for game three. The Leafs took advantage of the power plays and defeated Montreal 4–0. Richard would earn himself a further $250 fine imposed by president Clarence Campbell.

Games three and four were played in Toronto, and Toronto won both to take a 3–1 series lead. Returning to the Forum for game five, Montreal won the game to extend the series. In the sixth game, Turk Broda showed outstanding goaltending, holding off Ken Reardon on a late breakaway, and the Leafs won 2–1 to win the Stanley Cup.

After the sixth game ended, the Cup was not presented to the Leafs. Clarence Campbell declined to present the Cup immediately, concerned over the spectre of fan violence.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4–2.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • †Joe Klukay name was removed by mistake from new version of 1947 Toronto's engraving created in 1957–58. (There is space where his name should have been included)
  • 1947 Toronto Maple Leafs were first Stanley Cup winning team to have the Captain(C), and Assistant Captain(A) marked on their sweaters on their Stanley Cup team picture.
  • When the Replica Cup was created in 1992–93 a new mistake happened. Robert J. Galloway's name was misspelled as P.J. Galloway with "P" instead of a "R". His name is spelled correctly the first 2 times 1947 Toronto members were engraved.
  • References

    1947 Stanley Cup Finals Wikipedia