1933–34 NHL season

The 1933–34 NHL season was the 17th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nine teams each played 48 games. The Chicago Black Hawks were the Stanley Cup winners as they beat the Detroit Red Wings three games to one.

1933–34 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationNovember 9, 1933 – April 10, 1934
Number of games48
Number of teams9
Regular season
Season championsToronto Maple Leafs
Season MVPAurel Joliat (Canadiens)
Top scorerCharlie Conacher (Maple Leafs)
Canadian Division championsToronto Maple Leafs
American Division championsDetroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup
ChampionsChicago Black Hawks
  Runners-upDetroit Red Wings

League business

The New York Americans introduce new sweaters. The team's home uniform uses the word 'Americans' across the front with white stars over a blue area around the shoulders with red and white stripes below the wording. The road uniform is white with a shield logo. There are sleeves and shoulders are blue with a horizontal red stripe at the bottom of the sweater. The team is the second NHL team to have two sets of uniforms, after the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Regular season

The Ottawa Senators, having enough problems, now had to deal with holdout Cooney Weiland. He was sold to Detroit, strengthening the Red Wings. The Senators continued to lose, but won a few games when they signed an amateur named Max Kaminsky to centre the Roche brothers Desse and Earl. A defenceman, Ralph "Scotty" Bowman, gave Ottawa fans a little to cheer about. But the handwriting was on the wall, and in the last NHL game to be played in Ottawa until the NHL returned to that city in 1992, the Senators let the New York Americans use goaltender Alex Connell when Roy Worters was hurt. He helped the Americans beat his club.

A major trade was a swap of goaltenders as Lorne Chabot was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for George Hainsworth. The Canadiens also loaned Wilf Cude to Detroit and he led the Red Wings to first place. Chabot did not do badly either, leading the Canadian Division in goaltending, helping the goal-strapped Canadiens to second place. Aurel Joliat of the Canadiens won the Hart Trophy.

Final standings

American Division
Detroit Red Wings482414101139858
Chicago Black Hawks48201711888351
New York Rangers482119812011350
Boston Bruins481825511113041
Canadian Division
Toronto Maple Leafs482613917411961
Montreal Canadiens48222069910150
Montreal Maroons4819181111712249
New York Americans4815231010413240
Ottawa Senators481329611514332

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

NHL All-Star Game

On February 14, 1934, the first NHL All-Star Game, albeit an unofficial one, was held to benefit Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ace Bailey, who suffered a career-ending injury. On December 12, 1933, near the end of the second period of a game between the Leafs and the Boston Bruins in the Boston Garden, Bailey was tripped from behind by Bruins defenceman Eddie Shore, in retaliation for a check that Toronto defenceman King Clancy had delivered to Shore. Bailey was not the intended target of the check; Shore wanted to hit Clancy instead. Bailey was badly hurt, unconscious and bleeding. The Leafs' Red Horner took offence to the hit, and subsequently knocked out Shore with a punch. Shore was forgiven after the game when both players regained consciousness, with Bailey saying that it was "all part of the game." However, Bailey passed out and lapse into convulsions. Bailey was not expected to live after a single night in the hospital after suffering from severe hemorrhaging. It was made well known that Shore would have been charged with manslaughter were Bailey to die. He gradually recovered, but his hockey career was over. For his actions, Shore received a 16-game suspension, a third of the 48-game schedule of the time, while Horner was suspended for the remainder of 1933.[1]

The game itself was proposed by Walter Gilhooley, the sports editor of the Journal in Montreal. This proposal became a reality on January 24, 1934, in a meeting of the NHL's Board of Governors in 1934. The game was held at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, during which Bailey's #6 uniform was retired by the Leafs. It was the first number to be retired in the NHL. The game saw the Leafs battle against an All-Star team made of players from the other eight teams, which the Leafs won 7–3. One of the more memorable moments before the game was when Bailey presented Shore with his All-Star jersey, showing to the public that Bailey had clearly forgiven him for his actions. Bailey also presented a trophy to NHL President Frank Calder before a game in the hope that the trophy would go to the winner of an annual All-Star Game for the benefit of injured players.[1]


Playoff bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Stanley Cup Finals
  C1 Toronto 2  
    A1 Detroit 3  
    A1 Detroit 1
  A2 Chicago 3
  C2 Mtl Canadiens 3G  
A2 Chicago 4G  
A2 Chicago 6G
    C3 Mtl Maroons 2G  
C3 Mtl Maroons 2G
  A3 NY Rangers 1G  


(A2) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (C2) Montreal Canadiens

Chicago won series on total goals 4–3

(A3) New York Rangers vs. (C3) Montreal Maroons

Montreal won series on total goals 2–1


(C1) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (A1) Detroit Red Wings

Detroit won series 3–2

(A2) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (C3) Montreal Maroons

Chicago won series on total goals 6–2

Stanley Cup Finals

The Chicago Black Hawks beat the Detroit Red Wings three games to one with the fourth game going into double overtime. After regulation time in the fourth game, Black Hawks star goaltender and two-time Vezina Trophy winner, Charlie Gardiner, left the game because he wasn't feeling well. He died two months later of a brain hemorrhage.

Chicago won series 3–1


Rookie of the Year:Russ Blinco, Montreal Maroons
Hart Trophy:
(Most valuable player)
Aurel Joliat, Montreal Canadiens
Lady Byng Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Frank Boucher, New York Rangers
O'Brien Cup:
(Canadian Division champion)
Toronto Maple Leafs
Prince of Wales Trophy:
(American Division champion)
Detroit Red Wings
Vezina Trophy:
(Fewest goals allowed)
Charlie Gardiner, Chicago Black Hawks

All-Star teams

First Team  Position  Second Team
Charlie Gardiner, Chicago Black Hawks G Roy Worters, New York Americans
King Clancy, Toronto Maple Leafs D Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins
Lionel Conacher, Chicago Black Hawks D Ching Johnson, New York Rangers
Frank Boucher, New York Rangers C Joe Primeau, Toronto Maple Leafs
Charlie Conacher, Toronto Maple Leafs RW Bill Cook, New York Rangers
Busher Jackson, Toronto Maple Leafs LW Aurel Joliat, Montreal Canadiens
Lester Patrick, New York Rangers Coach Dick Irvin, Toronto Maple Leafs

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A PTS PIM
Charlie ConacherToronto Maple Leafs4232205238
Joe PrimeauToronto Maple Leafs451432468
Frank BoucherNew York Rangers481430444
Marty BarryBoston Bruins4827123912
Nels StewartBoston Bruins4822173968
Cecil DillonNew York Rangers4813263910
Busher JacksonToronto Maple Leafs3820183838
Aurel JoliatMontreal Canadiens4822153727
Hooley SmithMontreal Maroons4718193758
Paul ThompsonChicago Black Hawks4820163617

Source: NHL.[2]

Leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; Mins = Minutes played; GA = Goals against; SO = Shut outs; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP Mins GA SO GAA
Wilf CudeMontreal, Detroit3019204751.47
Charlie GardinerChicago Black Hawks48305083101.63
Roy WortersNew York Americans3622407542.01
Lorne ChabotMontreal Canadiens47292810182.07
Andy AitkenheadNew York Rangers4829907672.27

Source: NHL.[3]


American Division

Canadian Division


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1933–34 (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 1933–34 (listed with their last team):

See also


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  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.
  • Dryden, Steve, ed. (2000). Century of hockey. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-4179-9.
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1.
  • McFarlane, Brian (1973). The Story of the National Hockey League. New York, NY: Pagurian Press. ISBN 0-684-13424-1.
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of the great tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-200058-X.
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