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1947 Stanley Cup Final
Teams 1 2 3 4* 5 6 Games
Toronto Maple Leafs  0 4 4 2 1 2 4
Montreal Canadiens  6 0 2 1 3 1 2
* - Denotes overtime period(s)
Location: Montreal, Quebec (Montreal Forum) (1,2,5)
Toronto, Ontario (Maple Leaf Gardens) (3,4,6)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Toronto: Hap Day
Montreal: Dick Irvin
Captains: Toronto: Ted Kennedy
Montreal: Toe Blake
Dates: April 8 to April 19, 1947
Ted Kennedy (14:39, third)
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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 in 12 years.


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 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. Bill Durnan of the Canadiens reputedly said "How did those guys get in the league?", although he denied saying those words later.[1]

The second game was a rough game, with Rocket Richard knocking two Leafs out 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.[1]

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 break-away and the Leafs won 2-1 to win the Stanley Cup.[2]

After the sixth game, the Cup was not presented after the game to the Leafs. Campbell declined to present the Cup immediately, concerned over the spectre of fan violence.[3]

Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 8 Toronto 0 Montreal 6
April 10 Toronto 4 Montreal 0
April 12 Montreal 2 Toronto 4
April 15 Montreal 1 Toronto 2 OT
April 17 Toronto 1 Montreal 3
April 19 Montreal 1 Toronto 2

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

Toronto Maple Leafs 1947 Stanley Cup champions




1 Walter Turk Broda

  • Ed Bickle (President/Owner), William MacBrien (Vice President/Owner)
  • Jack Bickell (Director/Owner), John Murdoch (Vice President)
  • Conn Smythe (Manager/Owner), Clarence Hap Day (Coach)
  • Tim Daly (Trainer), Clifford Keyland (Ass't Trainer)
  • Robert Galloway, Horance MacIntyre (Team Doctors)
  • George Walker (Chief Scout)

Stanley Cup engraving

†Joe Klukay name was removed by mistake from new version of 1947 Toronto's engraving created in 1957–58. There is more than enough room to add his name. He played in finals and qualified to be on the cup.

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.

See also

References and notes

  1. ^ a b McFarlane, p. 96
  2. ^ McFarlane, p. 97
  3. ^ McFarlane, pp. 97-98
  • NHL (2000). Diamond, Dan. ed. Total Stanley Cup. Dan Diamond & Associates.  
  • McFarlane, Brian (1996). The Leafs. Stoddart Publishing. ISBN 0773758437.  
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1–55168–261–3.  
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Toronto Maple Leafs


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