1935–36 NHL season

The 1935–36 NHL season was the 19th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). The St. Louis Eagles dropped out of the league, leaving eight teams. The Detroit Red Wings were the Stanley Cup winners as they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs three games to one in the final series.

1935–36 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationNovember 7, 1935 – April 11, 1936
Number of games48
Number of teams8
Regular season
Season championsDetroit Red Wings
Season MVPEddie Shore (Bruins)
Top scorerSweeney Schriner (Americans)
Canadian Division championsMontreal Maroons
American Division championsDetroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup
ChampionsDetroit Red Wings
  Runners-upToronto Maple Leafs

League business

Prior to the season, the St. Louis Eagles franchise owners asked the league for permission to suspend operations for a year and then relocate back to Ottawa, however the league denied the requests. On October 15, 1935, the NHL bought back the franchise and players contracts for $40,000 and suspended operations.[1] Chicago would not participate in the dispersal draft, while St. Louis would not have another NHL team until 1967.

During the season, the New York Americans were reported in financial trouble and were up for sale. Leo Dandurand, who had sold his interest in the Montreal Canadiens, was interested as was Joseph Cattarinich. Cattarinich said he would buy the team if the price was right. Later it was announced there would be no deal.

Regular season

Howie Morenz played badly for Chicago and incurred the wrath of Chicago owner Frederic McLaughlin. He was subsequently traded to the New York Rangers.

This was the year of Detroit. They finished first in the American Division. The Montreal Maroons finished first in the Canadian Division, but fans were starting to stay away from games they played, which worried now team president, manager and coach Tommy Gorman. At one point, Lionel Conacher had to run the team when Gorman experienced health and nervous problems. At .500 at mid-season, they traded Toe Blake for Lorne Chabot, owned by the Canadiens after being suspended by Chicago and refusing demotion to the minors, and the team began to win with Chabot in the net.

Final standings

American Division
Detroit Red Wings482416812410356
Boston Bruins4822206928350
Chicago Black Hawks4821198939250
New York Rangers48191712919650
Canadian Division
Montreal Maroons4822161011410654
Toronto Maple Leafs482319612610652
New York Americans481625710912239
Montreal Canadiens481126118212333

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.


Playoff bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Stanley Cup Finals
  C1 Mtl Maroons 0  
    A1 Detroit 3  
    A1 Detroit 3
  C2 Toronto 1
  C2 Toronto 8G  
A2 Boston 6G  
C2 Toronto 2
    C3 NY Americans 1  
C3 NY Americans 7G
  A3 Chicago 5G  


This was the final year that the league used a two-game total-goals series.

(C2) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (A2) Boston Bruins

Toronto won series on total goals 8–6

(A3) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (C3) New York Americans

New York won series on total goals 7–5


(A1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (C1) Montreal Maroons

The first game of the Maroons-Red Wings series set a record for the longest game in Stanley Cup playoff history, as well as the longest ice hockey game ever played. The game began at 8:30 p.m. at the Forum in Montreal, and ended at 2:25 a.m. The game was scoreless until the sixth overtime, when Mud Bruneteau scored on Maroon goaltender Lorne Chabot to win the game. Normie Smith shut out the Maroons in the next game, and the Red Wings then beat the Maroons to win the series.

Detroit won series 3–0

(C2) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (C3) New York Americans

Toronto won series 2–1

Stanley Cup Finals

Detroit won series 3–1


Eddie Shore won his second consecutive Hart trophy. Frank Boucher's run of seven Lady Byng trophy awards came to an end as Doc Romnes won the award. Tiny Thompson won the Vezina trophy for the third time in his career.

Hart Trophy:
(Most valuable player)
Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins
Lady Byng Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Doc Romnes, Chicago Black Hawks
O'Brien Cup:
(Canadian Division champion)
Montreal Maroons
Prince of Wales Trophy:
(American Division champion)
Detroit Red Wings
Rookie of the Year:
(Best first-year player)
Mike Karakas, Chicago Black Hawks
Vezina Trophy::
(Fewest goals allowed)
Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins

All-Star teams

First Team  Position  Second Team
Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins G Wilf Cude, Montreal Canadiens
Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins D Earl Seibert, Chicago Black Hawks
Babe Siebert, Boston Bruins D Ebbie Goodfellow, Detroit Red Wings
Hooley Smith, Montreal Maroons C Bill Thoms, Toronto Maple Leafs
Charlie Conacher, Toronto Maple Leafs RW Cecil Dillon, New York Rangers
Sweeney Schriner, New York Americans LW Paul Thompson, Chicago Black Hawks
Lester Patrick, New York Rangers Coach Tommy Gorman, Montreal Maroons

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
Sweeney SchrinerNew York Americans481926458
Marty BarryDetroit Red Wings4821194016
Paul ThompsonChicago Black Hawks4517234019
Charlie ConacherToronto Maple Leafs4423153874
Bill ThomsToronto Maple Leafs4823153829
Hooley SmithMontreal Maroons4719193875
Doc RomnesChicago Black Hawks481325386
Art ChapmanNew York Americans4710283814
Herbie LewisDetroit Red Wings4514233725
Baldy NorthcottMontreal Maroons4815213641

Source: NHL.[2]

Leading goaltenders


American Division

Canadian Division


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1935–36 (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 1935–36 (listed with their last team):

See also


  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Hockey. Total Sports. ISBN 1-892129-85-X.
  • 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.
  1. "Ottawa Interests Through;NHL Purchases Franchise", Toronto Star, October 16, 1935
  2. Dinger 2011, p. 147.
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