1955 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1955 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Montreal Canadiens, appearing in their fifth of ten straight Finals and the defending champion Detroit Red Wings, in the third Detroit-Montreal Final series of the 1950s and the second consecutively. The Wings won the series 4–3 to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup, fourth in six seasons, and seventh overall. Detroit, however, would not win the Cup again until 1997.

1955 Stanley Cup Finals
1234567 Total
Detroit Red Wings 4723533 4
Montreal Canadiens 2145161 3
Location(s)Detroit: Olympia Stadium (1, 2, 5, 7)
Montreal: Forum (3, 4, 6)
CoachesDetroit: Jimmy Skinner
Montreal: Dick Irvin
CaptainsDetroit: Ted Lindsay
Montreal: Emile Bouchard
DatesApril 3 – April 14
Series-winning goalGordie Howe (19:49, second)

Paths to the Finals

Montreal defeated the Boston Bruins in five games to reach the final. Detroit defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in four games to reach the final.

Game summaries

Prior to the playoffs, Montreal's Maurice Richard was suspended and would be missed by the Canadiens.[1]

In the second game, Ted Lindsay scored four goals to set a NHL record for most goals in one game in a Final series. The win was also the Wings' fifteenth consecutive, another NHL record.

Gordie Howe set two NHL records, amassing 12 points in this round, and surpassing former Canadiens player (and soon-to-be-coach) Toe Blake's point mark for the playoffs with 20 points in 11 games.

This was also the first final in which the home team won all seven games of the series, a feat that would be repeated only twice in the next 50 years, in 1965 (Montreal defeated the Chicago Black Hawks) and 2003 (the New Jersey Devils beat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim).

Detroit won series 4–3

Detroit Red Wings 1955 Stanley Cup champions


Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Larry Hillman became the youngest player to be engraved on the Stanley Cup at 18 years, 2 months, 9 days. Gaye Stewart held the previous record in 1942 at 18 years, 9 months, and 21 days.
  • Wally Crossman (Asst. Trainer/Stick Boy) was left off the Stanley Cup, and team picture.
  • Marguerite Norris was first women to win back to back Stanley Cups in 1953–54, 1954–55.
  • Jimmy Skinner was the 8th NHL rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup.

Members of Detroit Red Wings Dynasty 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955

Gordie Howe, Red Kelly, Ted Lindsay, Marty Pavelich, Marcel Pronovost, John Wilson (6 Players), Jack Adams, Carl Mattson, Fred Hubert Jr. (3 Non-players).

See also


  1. Cole, Stephen (2004). The Best of Hockey Night in Canada. Toronto: McArthur & Company. pp. 38–40. ISBN 1-55278-408-8.


  • 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
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens
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