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1931-1932 Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup Champions
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Season: 1931-1932 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division: 2nd, Canadian
Conference: N/A
Overall Record: 23–18–7
Home Record: 17–4–3
Away Record: 6–14–4
General Manager: Conn Smythe
Head Coach: Art Duncan (0–3–2)
Dick Irvin (23–15–5)
Captain: Hap Day
Team Leaders
Goals: Charlie Conacher (34)
Assists: Joe Primeau (37)
Points: Busher Jackson (53)
Penalty Minutes: Red Horner (97)
Wins: Lorne Chabot (22)
Goals Against Average: Lorne Chabot (2.36)


Regular Season - Playoffs - Main Discussion


The 1931-1932 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the Toronto-based franchise's fifteenth season in the National Hockey League, and fifth as the Maple Leafs. The team recorded its best season to date, as they set a team record in wins with 23, and tied a team record from the previous year in points with 53. The Maple Leafs would continue their regular season success into the playoffs, as they went on to win the Stanley Cup Championship in the NHL playoffs of 1932.

Regular SeasonEdit

Prior to the season, the NHL announced that the schedule would increase from 44 games to 48. Also, the Maple Leafs announced they were moving from Mutual Street Arena, which had been their home since entering the NHL in 1917, to the newly constructed Maple Leaf Gardens.

Toronto would start the season off slowly, going winless in their first 5 games, which cost head coach Art Duncan his job. The Maple Leafs would hire former Chicago Black Hawks head coach Dick Irvin as a replacement. The Maple Leafs responded well to the coaching change, as they recorded a 9–3–2 record in his first 14 games as coach. The Maple Leafs continued their strong play for the remainder of the season, finishing with a team record 23 victories, and tying the club record with 53 points. Toronto finished in second place in the Canadian Division, behind the Montreal Canadiens, and qualified for the playoffs for the second straight season.

The Leafs offense was led by Busher Jackson, who led the NHL with 53 points, as he scored 28 goals and added 25 assists in 48 games. Linemate Joe Primeau led the league with 37 assists, and finished second to Jackson in league scoring with 50 points. Charlie Conacher posted an NHL high 34 goals, and finished fourth in league scoring with 48 points. Defenceman King Clancy provided the offense from the back half, scoring 10 goals and 19 points, while Red Horner provided a physical presence on the team, receiving a club high 97 penalty minutes.

In goal, Lorne Chabot had another very solid season, winning a team high 22 games while posting a 2.36 goals against average, and earning 4 shutouts along the way.

Final StandingsEdit

GP W L T Pts GF GA
Montreal Canadiens 48 25 16 7 128 111 57
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 23 18 7 155 127 53
Montreal Maroons 48 19 22 7 142 139 45
New York Americans 48 16 24 8 95 142 40
GP=Games Played W=Wins L=Losses T=Ties PTS=Points GF=Goals For GA=Goals Against


Game LogEdit

     Wins      Losses      Ties

Game # Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 November 12 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–1–0 0
2 November 14 Montreal Canadiens 1–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–1–1 1
3 November 18 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–1–2 2
4 November 21 New York Rangers 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–2–2 2
5 November 26 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–3 Montreal Canadiens 0–3–2 2
6 November 28 Boston Bruins 5–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–3–2 4
7 December 1 New York Americans 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–3–3 5
8 December 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–8 Montreal Maroons 1–4–3 5
9 December 5 Montreal Maroons 0–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–4–3 7
10 December 8 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–2 New York Rangers 3–4–3 9
11 December 12 Detroit Falcons 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–4–3 11
12 December 15 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–2 New York Americans 4–4–4 12
13 December 19 Montreal Maroons 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–4–4 14
14 December 20 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–1 Chicago Black Hawks 5–5–4 14
15 December 22 New York Americans 3–9 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–5–4 16
16 December 24 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–1 Montreal Canadiens 7–5–4 18
17 December 26 Montreal Canadiens 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs 7–6–4 18
18 December 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–0 New York Americans 8–6–4 20
19 December 31 Montreal Maroons 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 9–6–4 22
20 January 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–3 Detroit Falcons 9–7–4 22
21 January 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–3 Boston Bruins 9–7–5 23
22 January 10 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–2 New York Rangers 9–8–5 23
23 January 12 Detroit Falcons 4–7 Toronto Maple Leafs 10–8–5 25
24 January 14 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–4 Montreal Maroons 11–8–5 27
25 January 17 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–4 New York Americans 11–9–5 27
26 January 19 New York Americans 3–11 Toronto Maple Leafs 12–9–5 29
27 January 21 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–3 Montreal Canadiens 12–10–5 29
28 January 23 Montreal Canadiens 0–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 13–10–5 31
29 January 30 New York Rangers 3–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 14–10–5 33
30 February 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–7 Chicago Black Hawks 14–11–5 33
31 February 6 Boston Bruins 0–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 15–11–5 35
32 February 7 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–3 Detroit Falcons 15–12–5 35
33 February 13 Montreal Maroons 0–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 16–12–5 37
34 February 16 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–3 Boston Bruins 16–13–5 37
35 February 18 New York Rangers 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs 17–13–5 39
36 February 20 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–3 Montreal Maroons 17–14–5 39
37 February 23 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–4 New York Americans 17–14–6 40
38 February 25 Detroit Falcons 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 17–15–6 40
39 February 27 Chicago Black Hawks 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 18–15–6 42
40 March 1 New York Americans 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 19–15–6 44
41 March 5 Montreal Canadiens 1–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 19–15–7 45
42 March 10 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–3 Montreal Maroons 19–16–7 45
43 March 12 Boston Bruins 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs 20–16–7 47
44 March 15 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–6 Boston Bruins 20–17–7 47
45 March 17 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–3 New York Rangers 21–17–7 49
46 March 19 Chicago Black Hawks 3–11 Toronto Maple Leafs 22–17–7 51
47 March 20 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2 Detroit Falcons 23–17–7 53
48 March 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–4 Montreal Canadiens 23–18–7 53


StatisticsEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Players
Busher Jackson 48 28 25 53 63
Joe Primeau 46 13 37 50 25
Charlie Conacher 44 34 14 48 66
Andrew Blair 48 9 14 23 35
Bob Gracie 48 13 8 21 29


Goaltenders
Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Lorne Chabot 44 2698 22 16 6 106 4 2.36
Benny Grant 5 320 1 2 1 18 1 3.38

PlayoffsEdit

The Maple Leafs would open the playoffs against the Chicago Black Hawks in a two game, total goal series. The Black Hawks had a record of 18–19–11, earning 47 points, and finished in second place in the American Division. The Maple Leafs dropped the opening game by a close 1–0 score at Chicago Stadium. However, after returning home for the second game, Toronto easily defeated the Black Hawks 6–1, and won the total goal series by a score of 6–2, advancing to the second round of the playoffs.


     Wins      Losses

Toronto Maple Leafs 6 - Chicago Black Hawks 2
Game # Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 27 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–1
2 March 29 Chicago Black Hawks 1–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–1
  • Toronto wins by total goal differential.


Toronto's next opponent was the Montreal Maroons in another two game, total goal series. The Maroons finished behind Toronto in the Canadian Division, as they finished with a 19–22–7 record, registering 43 points. The Maroons defeated the Detroit Falcons in the opening round of the playoffs. The series opened at the Montreal Forum, and the game ended in a 1–1 tie. The second game was played at Maple Leaf Gardens, and Toronto used home ice to their advantage, defeating the Maroons 3–2 in overtime to win the series 4–3, and move to the Stanley Cup finals.


     Wins      Losses      Ties

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 - Montreal Maroons 3
Game # Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 31 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–1 Montreal Maroons 0–0–1
2 April 2 Montreal Maroons 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–0–1
  • Toronto wins by total goal differential.


Stanley Cup FinalEdit

The Maple Leafs would play the New York Rangers in a best-of-five series to determine the winner of the 1932 Stanley Cup Finals. The Rangers finished in first place in the American Division with a 23–17–8 record, earning 54 points. They had defeated the Montreal Canadiens in four games to advance to the finals. The series opened at Madison Square Garden in New York, but it was the Maple Leafs who earned the first victory, defeating the Rangers 6–4. The second game of the series was moved from New York to the Boston Garden due to the circus having been booked for the Rangers home arena. Toronto took full advantage of this, and easily defeated the Rangers 6–2 to come within a victory of the Stanley Cup. The series moved to Toronto for the third game, and Toronto completed the sweep, defeating New York 6–4, and winning their third Stanley Cup in team history, and first since 1922, when they were still named the Toronto St. Patricks. The "Kid Line" of Jackson, Conacher, and Primeau combined for 8 goals in the 3 games.


     Wins      Losses

Toronto Maple Leafs 3 - New York Rangers 0
Game # Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–4 New York Rangers 1–0
2 April 7 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–2 New York Rangers 2–0
3 April 9 New York Rangers 4–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–0
  • Game 2 played in Boston




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