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1944-1945 Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup Champions
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Season: 1944-1945 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division: 3rd
Conference: N/A
Overall Record: 24–22–4
Home Record: 13–9–3
Away Record: 11–13–1
General Manager: Conn Smythe
Head Coach: Hap Day
Captain: Bob Davidson
Team Leaders
Goals: Ted Kennedy (29)
Assists: Gus Bodnar (36)
Points: Ted Kennedy (54)
Penalty Minutes: Reg Hamilton (41)
Wins: Frank McCool (24)
Goals Against Average: Frank McCool (3.22)


Regular Season - Playoffs - Main Discussion


The 1944-1945 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the Toronto-based franchise's twenty-eighth season in the National Hockey League, and eighteenth as the Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs had a mediocre regular season, barely finishing above the .500 mark in wins with 24. Finishing third out of six, the Maple Leafs struggled to maintain any momentum during the season. However, after entering the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Maple Leafs began a streak of surprisingly solid play, eventually winning the NHL championship and the Stanley Cup with it.

Regular SeasonEdit

Toronto maintained a very inconsistent string of play during the 1944-1945 season, as they began the season by winning their first six games, and 10 of their first 14, before suffering a drop in play where they went 5-10-2 in their next 17 games. The Maple Leafs would continue to be an inconsistent club for the remainder of the year, which included a five game winning streak, and a seven game winless streak. Overall, the Maple Leafs managed to end the season with a 24–22–4 record, earning 52 points, and third place in the NHL standings.

The Maple Leafs offense was led by teenage superstar Ted Kennedy, who turned only 19 during the season, and had a club high 29 goals and 54 points. Gus Bodnar, who was also 19 years old, led the club with 36 assists, while Lorne Carr scored 21 goals and added 25 assists for 46 points. Sweeney Schriner, who only appeared in 26 games, managed to score 22 goals and 37 points. Babe Pratt led the Leafs defence, scoring 18 goals and 41 points, while fellow defenceman Reg Hamilton had 15 points, and a team-high 41 penalty minutes.

In goal, rookie Frank McCool played all 50 games for the Maple Leafs, winning 24 and posting a 3.22 goals against average, while earning 4 shutouts. McCool would win the Calder Memorial Trophy for his efforts.

Final StandingsEdit

GP W L T Pts GF GA
Montreal Canadiens 50 38 8 4 80 228 121
Detroit Red Wings 50 31 14 5 67 218 161
Toronto Maple Leafs 50 24 22 4 52 183 161
Boston Bruins 50 16 30 4 36 179 219
Chicago Black Hawks 50 13 30 7 33 141 194
New York Rangers 50 11 29 10 32 154 247
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 October 28 New York Rangers 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–0–0 2
2 October 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 11–5 Chicago Black Hawks 2–0–0 4
3 November 2 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 Montreal Canadiens 3–0–0 6
4 November 4 Boston Bruins 2–7 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–0–0 8
5 November 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–3 New York Rangers 5–0–0 10
6 November 11 Montreal Canadiens 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–0–0 12
7 November 12 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–4 Detroit Red Wings 6–1–0 12
8 November 15 Detroit Red Wings 8–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–2–0 12
9 November 18 Chicago Black Hawks 4–5 Toronto Maple Leafs 7–2–0 14
10 November 19 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks 8–2–0 16
11 November 23 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–5 Boston Bruins 8–3–0 16
12 November 25 Montreal Canadiens 0–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 9–3–0 18
13 November 26 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–4 Montreal Canadiens 9–4–0 18
14 December 2 New York Rangers 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 10–4–0 20
15 December 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–5 Boston Bruins 10–5–0 20
16 December 9 Boston Bruins 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 10–6–0 20
17 December 14 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–2 Montreal Canadiens 10–6–1 21
18 December 16 Detroit Red Wings 1–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 10–6–2 22
19 December 23 Detroit Red Wings 5–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 10–7–2 22
20 December 25 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–6 Detroit Red Wings 10–8–2 22
21 December 27 Toronto Maple Leafs 8–2 New York Rangers 11–8–2 24
22 December 30 Chicago Black Hawks 0–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 12–8–2 26
23 January 4 Montreal Canadiens 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 13–8–2 28
24 January 6 Detroit Red Wings 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 13–9–2 28
25 January 9 New York Rangers 5–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 13–10–2 28
26 January 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–7 Montreal Canadiens 13–11–2 28
27 January 13 Boston Bruins 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 14–11–2 30
28 January 14 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–3 Detroit Red Wings 14–12–2 30
29 January 16 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–5 Boston Bruins 14–13–2 30
30 January 20 Chicago Black Hawks 4–8 Toronto Maple Leafs 15–13–2 32
31 January 21 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–4 Chicago Black Hawks 15–14–2 32
32 January 27 New York Rangers 0–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 16–14–2 34
33 January 28 Toronto Maple Leafs 7–0 New York Rangers 17–14–2 36
34 February 3 Boston Bruins 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 17–15–2 36
35 February 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks 18–15–2 38
36 February 6 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–1 Boston Bruins 19–15–2 40
37 February 10 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 19–16–2 40
38 February 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 19–17–2 40
39 February 17 Montreal Canadiens 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 19–18–2 40
40 February 18 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–6 Detroit Red Wings 19–19–2 40
41 February 24 New York Rangers 4–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 19–19–3 41
42 February 25 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–5 Montreal Canadiens 19–20–3 41
43 February 27 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 19–20–4 42
44 March 3 Montreal Canadiens 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 20–20–4 44
45 March 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–3 New York Rangers 21–20–4 46
46 March 6 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–2 Boston Bruins 22–20–4 48
47 March 10 Boston Bruins 2–9 Toronto Maple Leafs 23–20–4 50
48 March 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2 Detroit Red Wings 24–20–4 52
49 March 17 Detroit Red Wings 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 24–21–4 52
50 March 18 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–6 New York Rangers 24–22–4 52


StatisticsEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Players
Ted Kennedy 49 29 25 54 14
Lorne Carr 47 21 25 46 7
Gus Bodnar 49 8 36 44 18
Babe Pratt 50 18 23 41 39
Sweeney Schriner 26 22 15 37 10


Goaltenders
Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Frank McCool 50 3000 24 22 4 161 4 3.22

PlayoffsEdit

The Maple Leafs would open the playoffs against the heavily favoured and defending Stanley Cup champions, the Montreal Canadiens, in a best of 7 series. The Canadiens dominated the league, as they had a record of 38–8–4, recording 80 points, 28 more than the Leafs earned in the season. Toronto stunned the Canadiens in the series opener at the Montreal Forum, as Frank McCool shut out the Habs in a 1–0 Maple Leafs victory. The Leafs then went up 2–0 in the series, winning a close game by a 3–2 score. The series shifted to Maple Leaf Gardens, where the Canadiens roared back, easily defeating Toronto 4–1 to cut the Maple Leafs series lead to 2–1. The fourth game was decided in overtime, and it was the Leafs who were victorious, winning 4–3, and taking a commanding 3–1 series lead. The series moved back to Montreal for the fifth game, and the Canadiens easily dismantled the Leafs, winning 10–3, and sending the series back to Toronto for the sixth game. The Maple Leafs would complete the upset, hanging on for a 4–3 win in the game, to win the series 4–2.


     Wins      Losses

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 - Montreal Canadiens 2
Game # Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 20 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–0 Montreal Canadiens 1–0
2 March 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2 Montreal Canadiens 2–0
3 March 24 Montreal Canadiens 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–1
4 March 27 Montreal Canadiens 3–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–1
5 March 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–10 Montreal Canadiens 3–2
6 March 31 Montreal Canadiens 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–2


Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

Toronto's opponent in the 1945 Stanley Cup Finals was the Detroit Red Wings, who finished the regular season with a 31–14–5 record, earning 67 points, which was 15 higher than the Maple Leafs. The Red Wings had defeated the Boston Bruins in seven games in the first round. Toronto, led by Frank McCool, would shutout the Red Wings in the first two games held at the Detroit Olympia, for an early series lead. The Maple Leafs returned home for the third game, and took a 3–0 series lead, as McCool would earn another shutout as Toronto won the game 1–0. The Red Wings managed to finally break McCool's shutout streak in the fourth game, winning 5–3 to avoid the sweep. Detroit goaltender Harry Lumley then shutout the Leafs in the fifth game by a score of 2–0. Lumley would once again earn a shutout in the sixth game, as Detroit won the game 1–0 in overtime to set up a seventh and deciding game. Toronto, led by goaltender Frank McCool and Babe Pratt, who scored the series winning goal, managed to hang on for a 2–1 victory in the seventh game to win the Stanley Cup for the fifth time in club history, and their first title in three years.


     Wins      Losses

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 - Detroit Red Wings 3
Game # Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 6 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–0 Detroit Red Wings 1–0
2 April 8 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–0 Detroit Red Wings 2–0
3 April 12 Detroit Red Wings 0–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–0
4 April 14 Detroit Red Wings 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–1
5 April 19 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–2 Detroit Red Wings 3–2
6 April 21 Detroit Red Wings 1–0 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–3
7 April 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–1 Detroit Red Wings 4–3


StatisticsEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Players
Ted Kennedy 13 7 2 9 2
Babe Pratt 13 2 4 6 8
Mel Hill 13 2 3 5 6
Sweeney Schriner 13 3 1 4 4
Gus Bodnar 13 3 1 4 4


Goaltenders
Player GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Frank McCool 13 807 8 5 30 4 2.23




Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Championships
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