1954 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1954 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens, in their fourth straight Finals. It was the second Detroit–Montreal Final series of the 1950s. The Wings won the series 4–3 to win their second Stanley Cup in four years and sixth overall.

1954 Stanley Cup Finals
1234567 Total
Detroit Red Wings 31520*12* 4
Montreal Canadiens 13201*41* 3
* indicates periods of overtime.
Location(s)Detroit: Olympia Stadium (1, 2, 5, 7)
Montreal: Montreal Forum (3, 4, 6)
CoachesDetroit: Tommy Ivan
Montreal: Dick Irvin
CaptainsDetroit: Ted Lindsay
Montreal: Emile Bouchard
DatesApril 4 – April 16
Series-winning goalTony Leswick (4:29, OT)

Paths to the Finals

Montreal defeated the Boston Bruins 4–0 to reach the final. Detroit defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 to reach the final.

Game summaries

Tony Leswick scored the series-winning goal at 4:29 of overtime in the seventh game. In fact, Leswick's goal was one of the strangest Stanley Cup-winning goals in history, as Leswick's shot was deflected off the glove of Montreal's Doug Harvey and into the net.[1] The Canadiens immediately skated off the ice without shaking hands with the Red Wings.[2] This was the second time in NHL history that a Stanley Cup Final Game Seven was decided in overtime; the previous time it happened, in 1950, Detroit beat the New York Rangers in the Finals. As of 2019, it is the most recent time that the Cup Final Game Seven has gone to overtime.

Detroit won series 4–3


CBC's coverage of games 3-5 were joined in progress at 9:30 p.m. (approximately one hour after start time). Meanwhile, CBC joined game six in at 10 p.m. (again, one hour after start time). Game seven was carried nationwide from opening the face off at 9 p.m. Since game seven was played on Good Friday night, there were no commercials (Imperial Oil was the sponsor).

Detroit Red Wings 1954 Stanley Cup champions



Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Earl Johnson name was engraved on the Stanley Cup, even though he only played 1 regular season game. Johnson spent the rest of hockey career in the minors†
  • Dave Gatherum played Oct 11, 16, 17 for injured Terry Sawchuk. He recorded 1 win, 1 tie and 1 lose. Gatherum went on to set an NHL for the longest shutout sequence by a goaltender to start a career 100.21 min Oct 11-16, 1953. The record stood until 2011. Gatherum was recalled for the playoffs as a spare goalie. Gatherum never played in the NHL again after losing his first NHL game. Detroit still honour him by including Dave Gatherum name on the Stanley Cup in 1954.^
  • #19 Vic Stasiuk& played 43 games, but was sent to minors. His name was left off the cup, because he played in the minors, during the playoffs.
  • #21 Jim Hay& had played 12 games for Detroit, but did not play in the playoffs. He was included on team picture. Gilles Dube was listed as Ed Dube by mistake on the team picture.
  • Marguerite Norris was first woman to be engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1954.
  • Tommy Ivan was misspelled as THOMAS NIVAN COACH instead of Thomas N. Ivan when cup was redone in 1957–58. His name was spelled THOMAS IVAN COACH on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.
  • Alex Delvecchio was misspelled ALEX BELVECCHIO with a "B" instead of a "D". Mistake was corrected on the Replica Cup.
  • Tony Leswick was misspelled TONY LESWICH with a "H" instead of a "K". Mistake was corrected on the Replica Cup.
  • When cup was redone in 1957–58, the names of Earl Johnson†, and Ross Wilson† were removed from the new version of 1954 Detroit. Ross Wilson also played goal on October 10, 1953, for 16 minutes when Terry Sawchuk got injured.

&-Name was left off the Stanley Cup.

See also


  1. "Top 10 Game 7 Stanley Cup Final matches". Archived from the original on 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
  2. Weekes, Don & Banks, Kerry, The Unofficial Guide to Even More of Hockey's Most Unusual Records, Greystone Books, 2004


  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7
  • "All-Time NHL Results".
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Detroit Red Wings
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