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Old 12-24-2016, 12:57 PM   #21
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1948-49

1948-49

OFFSEASON
Charlie Conacher officially announced his retirement although the Toronto legend had not played an NHL game in 3 seasons. The all-time leader in career goals with 341 and points with 788 played 662 regular season games, all with Toronto. A 9-time Stanley Cup champion, Conacher also won the Conn Smythe Award as playoff MVP twice. He led the NHL in scoring 3 times, was a 2-time MVP and named to the first all-star team on 6 occassions.

Toronto winger Nick Metz also retired after 14 seasons and 636 games in a Leafs uniform. Metz, who won 7 Cups with the Leafs, finished with 192 career goals and 476 points.

Some big name rookies coming in this year led by Jean Beliveau with Montreal, George Armstrong to Toronto along with Gump Worsley and Allan Stanley to the Rangers.

Just before training camp the Leafs dealt 25 year old winger Gaye Stewart to the Chicago Black Hawks in exchange for forwards George Gee and Max McNab. Stewart had a career high 66 points last season and has 313 career points in 302 NHL games, all with Toronto. Gee is a 26 year old center would has 221 points in 355 career games with Chicago. Last year Gee had 17 goals and 17 assists while appearing in all 60 games. McNab is a 24 year old center who has played 4 career NHL games.

The Leafs continued to shake things up by sending 27 year old defenseman Ernie Dickens to Detroit in exchange for Pentti Lund. Dickens has played 227 games over 7 years in Toronto including 44 a year ago. The 22 year old Lund had 32 points in 57 games with Detroit a year ago and added 8 points in the Wings Cup winning playoff run.

REGULAR SEASON
On November 13th Maurice Richard had a 5 goal game in Montreal's 8-3 victory over Boston. On the same night Elmer Lach picked up his 600th career point, an assist on one of Richard's goals. Boston teammates's Milt Schmidt and Bobby Bauer would also reach the 600 point plateau a little later in the season.

For the second year in a row Sid Abel suffered a serious injury. The 30 year old was limited to 11 games last season. This year he played 28 games for suffering a season ending injury. Boston's 32 year old winger Roy Conacher also missed substantial time with an injury. It was the second time in 3 years Conacher was sidelined for much of the season.

As the season started to wind down the league was closely watching Maurice Richard's pursuit of 50 goals. After 41 contests The Rocket had 41 goals. He came close to becoming the league's first 50 goal scorer two years ago but fell one short. In his 42nd game he suffered an injury that cost him 3 contests but did return to score 2 more goals before the end of February. With 9 games remaining in the season, Richard had 43 goals to his credit. With 3 games remaining Richard sat at 46 goals but he would be held off the scoresheet each of the final 3 games and would finish the season with 46 goals and claim the Art Ross Trophy for the second time in his career with 79 points.

The Canadiens would hold off the Detroit Red Wings for the best regular season record with Toronto and Boston claiming the other two post-season berths.

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		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	60 35 14 11   81
Detroit Red Wings 	60 33 15 12   78
Toronto	Maple Leafs	60 31 23  6   68
Boston Bruins		60 27 25  8   62
Chicago Black Hawks	60 15 38  7   37
New York Rangers	60 14 40  6   34

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Maurice Richard		MON  57 46 33  79
Ted Kennedy		TOR  60 30 38  68
Milt Schmidt		BOS  60 32 35  67
Elmer Lach		MON  60 18 47  65
Syl Apps		TOR  58 20 39  59
Woody Dumart		BOS  60 24 28  52
Kenny Reardon	        MON  60  9 42  51
Ted Lindsay		DET  59 27 23  50
Bep Guidolin		BOS  60 18 31  49
Jim Conacher		DET  60 21 27  48
PLAYOFFS
With Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay both sidelined for the opening round of the playoffs the Montreal Canadiens had an easy time sweeping the series in 4 games. Toronto also earned a 4 game sweep of Boston in the other series.

Toronto took Game One of the series on the road by a 3-2 score despite Maurice Richard getting both of the Montreal markers. Off-season pickup George Gee was the hero for the Leafs, scoring with less than 5 minutes remaining in regulation to snap the tie.

Two wasn't enough so Richard scored 3 times in Game Two and gave the Canadiens a 3-2 victory to even the series. Toe Blake and Elmer Lach each earned 2 assists. Richard scored twice in the final 13 minutes to erase a 2-1 Toronto lead entering the third period.

Richard did not score in Game Three but he did assist on Toe Blake's insurance goal in a 2-0 Montreal win. Butch Bouchard also scored for the Habs while Turk Broda made 20 saves for the shutout. Leaf goaltender Frank McCool faced 31 Montreal shots.

Red Kelly set up Joe Klukay 6 minutes into overtime to give the Leafs a 3-2 win and even the series at 2 games apiece. Richard and Buddy O'Connor had staked Montreal to an early 2-0 lead but Ted Kennedy scored late in the first and Billy Taylor tied the game early in the third period.

Five different players scored for Toronto as the Leafs took the series lead with a 5-2 victory in Game Five and Toronto would continue the offensive outburst at home in Game Six as the Leafs took the Cup with an 8-4 victory. Ted Kennedy scored twice while Red Kelly had 3 points in the decisive victory.

Kelly, with 4 goals and 6 assists in 10 games was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy. Montreal defenseman Kenny Reardon led all playoff performers with 12 points, including 10 assists while Richard was the goal scoring leader with 9 in 10 games. The win was the 11th Cup Title in the sim for Toronto. Boston and Montreal each have 3 and Detroit has the only other one.

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Ted Lindsay Detroit (59GP 27-23-50)

VEZINA TROPHY: Turk Broda Montreal (32-14-8, 2.16)

NORRIS TROPHY: Ken Reardon Montreal (60 GP,9-42-51)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Maurice Richard Montreal (57 GP 46-33-79)

CALDER TROPHY: Allan Stanley New York Rangers (60 GP 3-21-24)


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Frank McCool     Toronto	Turk Broda	 Montreal
D   Ken Reardon      Montreal	Bill Barilko	 Toronto
D   Doug Harvey	     Montreal	Jack Stewart     Detroit	
C   Elmer Lach	     Montreal	Milt Schmidt	 Boston  
LW  Ted Lindsay	     Detroit    Woody Dumart     Boston      	 
RW  Maurice Richard  Montreal   Ted Kennedy	 Toronto
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Question : why is the first round of the playoffs 1 vs 2, and 3 vs 4?
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Question : why is the first round of the playoffs 1 vs 2, and 3 vs 4?
Game issue. Not sure why it is set that way. Should be 1 vs 3 and 2 vs 4.
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1949-50

OFFSEASON
On May 5th the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired 19 year old goaltender Terry Sawchuk from Detroit. Sawchuk played 5 games for the Wings in 1948-49, posting a 2.56 GAA. The Wings felt comfortable dealing the highly touted youngster because they had 29 year old Chuck Rayner with 22 year old Emile Francis waiting in the wings along with 17 year old rookie Glenn Hall. In return Detroit added two proven NHLers in 25 year old winger Bud Poile (10-24-34) and 22 year okld defenseman Jim Thomson (5-10-15).

The Montreal crease gets even more crowded as 20 year old Jacques Plante highlights the new crop of rookies. it also includes goaltender Glenn Hall, defenseman Al Arbour and center Bronco Horvath with Detroit along with Harry Howell and Andy Bathgate joining the Rangers organization.

This might finally be the season Gordie Howe emerges as a star with the Detroit Red Wings. Now 21 years old Howe played in 41 games last season, recording 10 goals and 4 asssits. The previous year he made his NHL debut and appeared in 17 games with the Wings, earning 5 points.

REGULAR SEASON
The NHL expanded its schedule from 60 to 70 games.

A number of milestones were hit this year led by both Toe Blake and Maurice Richard surpassing the 300 career goal plateau. Blake ended the season 4th all-time with 318 while Richard is 5th with 313 goals. Richard took just 401 games to reach the 300 mark while each of those above him have played substantially more
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CAREER GOAL SCORING LEADERS
		   GP  GOALS
Charlie Conacher  662  341
Milt Schmidt	  678  324*
Syl Apps	  681  322*
Toe Blake	  703  318*
Maurice Richard   415  313*
Howie Morenz	  559  305
Woody Dumart	  754  272*
Aurel Joliat	  608  271
*active player
Meanwhile Montreal's Elmer Lach became just the third player to record 500 career assists. Syl Apps is the leader with 554, Lach has 502 and the retired Dit Clapper ended up with 501. Lach also notched his 700th career point, becoming just the 5th player in history to surpass that mark.

Turk Broda became the NHL's all-time leader in games played by a goaltender. The 35 year old Montreal Canadiens legend has now played in 801 career regular season games, compiling a 429-263-100 record.

The Canadiens, led by another big season from the line of Blake, Richard and Lach, again finished in first place marking 7 straight years Montreal had the best regular season record. The big race was for the final playoff spot which went to the New York Rangers after the Boston Bruins ended the season on a 5 game losing skid.

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		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	70 42 21  7   91
Detroit Red Wings 	70 39 23  8   86
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 36 31  3   75
New York Rangers	70 26 37  7   59
Boston Bruins		70 24 35 11   59
Chicago Black Hawks	70 22 42  6   50

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Maurice Richard		MON  70 42 45   87
Ted Lindsay		DET  70 35 49   84
Elmer Lach		MON  70 23 56   79
Ted Kennedy		TOR  70 30 44   74
Toe Blake		MON  70 29 39   68
Sid Abel		DET  64 17 45   62
Jim Conacher		DET  70 28 31   59
Roy Conacher		BOS  70 22 37   59
Fleming Mackell		TOR  69 29 28   57
Jack Stewart		DET  70 17 40   57
PLAYOFFS
The third place Toronto Maple Leafs had little trouble with New York in the opening round of the playoffs as the defending Cup Champions prevailed in 5 games. The line of Flemming Mackell, Ted Kennedy and ex-Black Hawk Doug Bentley combined for 7 goals and 26 points in the 5 games.

The other semi-final was much tighter as the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings needed overtime in Game Seven to determine a winner. It was the Canadiens that came out on top, winning the deciding contest 4-3 on a goal from Pentti Lund - the former Detroit Red Wing.

The Stanley Cup Final was a rematch of last season and the first place Canadiens opened the series on a positive note with a 4-1 victory. Maurice Richard had a goal and an assist to pace the Habs while Elmer Lach and Doug Harvey each added two assists.

Despite three assists from Ted Kennedy the Toronto Maple Leafs fell behind 2 games to none as the Canadiens took the second contest by a 4-3 score. Montreal's 18 year old rookie Jean Beliveau scored his first career playoff goal in the Habs win.

Toronto held a 1-0 lead for most of game three thanks to an early goal from Kennedy, but the Canadiens tied the contest on a Pete Langelle goal with 2:09 remaining in regulation and won it in overtime thanks to Pat Lundy's goal. With a 3-0 series lead the Habs are just one win away from the Cup.

Montreal completes the sweep and claims the Cup with a 3-2 victory in Game Four. Maurice Richard got the winning goal midway through the third period. Richard led all Montreal players with 12 points, 2 shy of Toronto's Fleming Mackell, who led the playoffs in scoring as a rookie.

For the second time in his career Richard was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Ted Lindsay Detroit (70GP 35-49-84)

VEZINA TROPHY: Turk Broda Montreal (42-21-7, 2.12)

NORRIS TROPHY: Jack Stewart Detroit (70 GP,17-40-57)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Maurice Richard Montreal (70 GP 42-45-87)

CALDER TROPHY: Fleming Mackell Toronto (69 GP 29-28-57)


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Turk Broda	     Montreal   Chuck Rayner	 Detroit
D   Jack Stewart     Detroit	Red Kelly	 Toronto
D   Doug Harvey	     Montreal	Bill Quackenbush Detroit	
C   Elmer Lach	     Montreal	Sid Abel	 Detroit  
LW  Ted Lindsay	     Detroit    Roy Conacher     Boston      	 
RW  Maurice Richard  Montreal   Ted Kennedy	 Toronto
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1950-51

OFF-SEASON
A number of veteran goaltenders were cast adrift as Frank Brimsek, Bill Durnan and Frank McCool were all released by their teams. None of the three played much last season so it is expected that all have played their final NHL games.

McCool played 269 contests for the Leafs, going 137-95-34 and winning two Stanley Cups. He was a first team all-star selection in 1948-49. Durnan was stuck behind Turk Broda in Montreal and the 34 year old only played 19 career NHL games.

Brimsek played just 7 games last season for the Bruins as Harry Lumley took over the starting job. A veteran of 480 NHL games, Brimsek is a 3 time winner of the Vezina Trophy and helped Boston to 3 Stanley Cup titles.

Confirmed retirements include Herb Cain hanging up the skates after 774 NHL games with the Maroons and Boston. He had 9 goals and 24 points last season giving the 37 year old 256 goals and 522 points in his NHL career. He was rookie of the year in 1935-36 and a member of 3 Cup winning teams in Boston.

Wally Stanowski also retired after 3 injury filled seasons. The 30 year old played for the New York Americans, Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings in his 11 year career that spanned 528 games. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy while with Montreal in 1945-46 and was on 3 Cup Winning Canadiens teams.

A number of good young players joining the league highlighted by Bernie Geoffrion in Montreal, Alex Delvecchio in Detroit and Dean Prentice with the New York Rangers.

REGULAR SEASON

A number of major milestones were achieved this year. First, a pair of Montreal teammates became just the second and third players in history to record 800 career points. The now 38 year old Toe Blake had 44 points in 70 games this season to bring his total to 807 career points in 773 games. His teammate Elmer Lach had 86 points this year and the 33 year old now has 808 career points in 585 games. The only player with more is 36 year old Toronto Maple Leaf Syl Apps who is the NHL's all-time leader with 898 points in 774 career games.

In just his 9th NHL season Montreal's Maurice Richard surpassed Charlie Conacher to become the NHL's all-time goal scoring leader. The 29 year old Rocket scored 49 this season, equalling his single season record of 1946-47, and now has 362 in his 485 game career. Richard beat Boston's Harry Lumley in a game on January 12th for the 332nd of his career, one more than Conacher scored in his 662 game career. On the final day of the season Richard's teammate Toe Blake equalled Conacher with his 341st goal.

Finally, Boston Bruin Woody Dumart moved past the 800 career game mark and has now played 821 in his 16 year NHL career, good for second all-time behind former teammate Dit Clapper, who appeared in 896 NHL games between 1927-28 and 46-47.

The league itself was a two-horse race between Montreal and Toronto with the Canadiens winning yet another regular season title and setting a record with 105 points. Detroit had an easy time holding on to third place while the Bruins claimed the final playoff spot after holding off a charge from the New York Rangers.

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		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	70 49 14  7  105
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 45 15 10  100
Detroit Red Wings 	70 33 22 15   81
Boston Bruins		70 21 33 16   58
New York Rangers	70 22 40  8   52
Chicago Black Hawks	70 10 56  4   24

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Maurice Richard		MON  70 49 51  100
Ted Kennedy		TOR  70 44 46   90
Elmer Lach		MON  70 23 63   86
Dickie Moore		MON  70 31 49   80
Sid Abel		DET  70 28 52   80
Ted Lindsay		DET  70 33 45   78
Fleming Mackell		TOR  69 22 56   78
George Gee		TOR  70 24 46   70
Edgar Laprade		NYR  70 28 37   65
Red Kelly		TOR  70 17 48   65
PLAYOFFS
The Montreal Canadiens made the finals in 9 out of the last 10 seasons but this year the defending Cup champs went out meekly in the semi's, falling 4 straight to Ted Kennedy and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Defenseman Red Kelly led the Leafs offense with 6 points in the opening round while Terry Sawchuk was outstanding in the Toronto net.

In the other semi-final Detroit beat Boston in 6 games behind 5 goals from Ted Lindsay. Bobby Bauer replied with 5 for the Bruins in the series. Veteran goaltender Chuck Rayner had a very strong series for the Red Wings.

Game One of the finals was the Fleming Mackell show as the 21 year old center scored three times to pace Toronto to a 4-2 victory. The Wings would even the series two nights later as Sid Abel scored at 4:39 of overtime to earn Detroit a 4-3 win.

The Leafs would then win the next two games in Detroit to take a 3 games to one lead. In Game Three Ted Kennedy scored in overtime as Toronto won 4-3. Game Four was a blowout as Tod Sloan and Sid Smith each scored a pair in an 8-4 Leafs win.

The Wings stayed alive with a 5-3 win in Game Five thanks to a 2-goal, 1 assist performance from Sid Abel but the Leafs would win the Cup two days later as Sid Smith again scored two goals in a 4-2 Toronto victory.

It would be the 12th Cup win for Toronto since the sim started and for the second time in 3 years the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP went to Leafs rearguard Red Kelly. Kelly had 2 goals and 12 assists in the post-season, finishing fourth in playoff scoring behind Ted Lindsay (10-6-16), Fleming Mackell (8-8-16) and Sid Abel (6-8-14).

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Ted Lindsay Detroit (70GP 33-45-78)

VEZINA TROPHY: Turk Broda Montreal (48-13-4, 1.99)

NORRIS TROPHY: Butch Bouchard Montreal (64 GP,9-38-47)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Maurice Richard Montreal (70 GP 49-51-100)

CALDER TROPHY: Dickie Moore Montreal (70 GP 31-49-80)


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Turk Broda	     Montreal   Terry Sawchuk	 Toronto
D   Red Kelly	     Toronto	Bob Goldham	 Chicago
D   Butch Bouchard   Montreal	Gus Mortson	 Toronto	
C   Elmer Lach	     Montreal	Sid Abel	 Detroit  
LW  Ted Lindsay	     Detroit    Dickie Moore	 Montreal      	 
RW  Maurice Richard  Montreal   Ted Kennedy	 Toronto
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1951-52

OFF-SEASON
A few notable retirements led by Bobby Bauer and Doug Bentley. The 36 year old Bauer played 700 NHL games, all with the Boston Bruins. He had 270 goals and 610 points in his career. Last season Bauer appeared in just 13 games and had 2 goals and 2 assists. A 3-time first team all-star, Bauer played a key role on each of the Bruins 3 Stanley Cup winning teams.

Bentley endured some very bad Chicago teams as he suited up for the Black Hawks for 9 1/2 seasons before being dealt to the Leafs in 1948-49. He would play his first career playoff game that spring and win 2 Stanley Cups in his 3 years with the Leafs including this past season when he had a goal and 5 assists in 10 playoff games. In 636 career regular season games, Bentley scored 196 goals and had 529 career points. He was named NHL rookie of the year in 1942-43 when he had 57 points in 50 games for the Black Hawks.

Another Cup winning Leaf retired as 32 year old Billy Reay decided to call it a career. Reay played 506 career NHL games with Detroit and Toronto, scoring 135 times and recording 312 points. Injuries over the past 3 seasons greatly hindered Reay's career numbers.

The latest example as to why the Chicago Black Hawks have been so bad is this off-season trade. Chicago dealt 29 year old Bob Goldham, who anchored the Hawks blueline and was named a second team all-star this past season after scoring 8 goals and adding 24 assists, to the Detroit Red Wings. In return the Hawks get 22 year old Johnny Wilson. The third year pro had 19 goals and 37 points in 68 games this season - his third in the NHL. Goldham will replace the rapidly aging Jack Stewart on the Wings top defense pair with Bill Quackenbush. Wilson will challenge for first line minutes with the Black Hawks but Chicago really could have used Goldham to tutor youngsters Bill Gadsby and Pierre Pilote on their blueline.

Not a lot of big names entering the league this season. The best known are Claude Provost with Montreal, Don McKenney in Boston and goaltender Les Binkley with the Black Hawks.

REGULAR SEASON
All time scoring leader Syl Apps reached the 900 career point mark with an assist in a Leafs win over Detroit on November 5th. It was also his 750th career game. The 37 year old played just 37 games in the season and finished with 13 points, giving him 911 in his career.

Maurice Richard became the first to reach the 400 carere goal mark. His 400th came February 18th against Sugar Jim Henry and the New York Rangers. The Rocket finished the season with 46 goals, giving him 408 in 552 career games.

Injuries had a big impact as Detroit's Sid Abel suffered a knee injury in January that will sideline him for 12 months. The injury came just days after Abel recorded his 500th career assist. Abel ended up playing just 41 games during the season and finished with 50 points. The Wings also were without Ted Lindsay for much of the season as injuries limited the reigning Hart Trophy winner to 35 games.

Boston lost veteran Woody Dumart indefinately with a concussion that is possibly career ending. In 861 career games the 35 year old has 293 goals and 679 career points. Meanwhile, Montreal had to endure serious injuries late in the season to Elmer Lach and young Jean Beliveau.

Despite the injuries the Habs still finished with a record 117 points. With youngsters Jean Beliveau (28-35-63), Dickie Moore (42-61-103) and Bernie Geoffrion (28-41-69) joining an offense that already had veterans Maurice Richard (46-44-90), Toe Blake (22-38-60) and Elmer Lach (17-64-81) the Canadiens were unstoppable. Meanwhile, Jacques Plante (50-9-2, 2.05) took over from Turk Broda in the Montreal crease.

The Leafs and Detroit again finished second and third while the surprising Chicago Black Hawks earned their first playoff berth in 21 years. Goaltender Glenn Hall, just 20 years old, had a great season in the Chicago net.

Code:
   
		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	70 57 10  3  117
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 41 20  9   91
Detroit Red Wings 	70 32 28 10   74
Chicago Black Hawks	70 21 36 13   55
Boston Bruins		70 17 45  8   42
New York Rangers	70 15 44 11   41

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Dickie Moore		MON  70 42 61  103
Maurice Richard		MON  70 46 44   90
Elmer Lach		MON  65 17 64   81
Ted Kennedy		TOR  70 31 46   77
Bernie Geoffrion        MON  62 28 41   69
Fleming Mackell		TOR  67 23 45   68
Jean Beliveau		MON  56 28 35   63
Red Kelly		TOR  70 17 46   63
Toe Blake		MON  70 22 38   60
Tod Sloan		TOR  70 27 32   59
PLAYOFFS
Injuries to Montreal's top two centres in Jean Beliveau and Elmer Lach made the playoff series with Toronto much closer than would have been expected when comparing their regular season records. The two clubs split the first six games setting the stage for Game Seven. After a scoreless opening frame regular season scoring leader Dickie Moore got the Habs on the board early in the second period but Sid Smith tied the game for Toronto 8 minutes later. 1-1 entering the third the Habs finally blew the game open with goals from Red Abbott and Pat Lundy 2 minutes apart midway through the stanza. Rocket Richard would seal the victory with an empty net goal. The 21 year old Moore, who was rookie of the year last season, led the Habs with 7 goals and 10 points in the series.

Glenn Hall would keep the Black Hawks in the other semi-final but eventually Detroit prevailed in 6 games.

Moore and Bernie Geoffrion scored for the Habs as Montreal took Game One of the finals by a 2-1 score. Chuck Rayner made 38 saves in the Detroit cage while rookie Jacques Plante stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced.

Moore was the hero of Game Two as he scored in overtime to give Montreal a 5-4 victory. Detroit rebounded with a 4-1 win in Game Three that featured 2 goals from Gordie Howe for the Wings. The now 23 year old Howe has been very slow to develop but did have a career best 14 goals and 35 points this season.

Moore continued to dominate the playoffs as he scored 3 times and added an assist in a 6-2 Game Four victory for the Canadiens. Montreal returns home leading the series 3 games to one.

The Canadiens would wrap up the series on home ice with a 5-3 victory in Game Five. Defeseman Doug Harvey and third line winger Floyd Curry each had a goal and an assist to pace Montreal to the win which would b the Canadiens 5th Cup title since the sim started.

With 12 goals and 6 assists for 18 points in 12 games Dickie Moore was the easy choice as the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Doug Harvey Montreal (70GP 18-36-54)

VEZINA TROPHY: Terry Sawchuk Toronto (41-20-9, 2.31)

NORRIS TROPHY: Doug Harvey Montreal (70GP 18-36-54)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Dickie Moore Montreal (70 GP 42-61-103)

CALDER TROPHY: Jacques Plante Montreal (50-9-2, 2.05)


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Jacques Plante   Montreal   Terry Sawchuk	 Toronto
D   Red Kelly	     Toronto	Bob Goldham	 Chicago
D   Doug Harvey      Montreal	Bill Barilko	 Toronto	
C   Fleming Mackell  Toronto    Elmer Lach	 Montreal	  
LW  Dickie Moore     Montreal   Sid Smith        Toronto   	 
RW  Maurice Richard  Montreal   Ted Kennedy	 Toronto
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1952-53

OFF-SEASON
As expected the concussion suffered during the season by Woody Dumart meant the end of the line for the Boston veteran winger. The 35 year old announced his retirement after 861 career games and 679 points.

Among the new players entering the league are Johnny Bucyk and Norm Ullman as 17 year olds with Detroit. Toronto gets 16 year old Billy Harris while 19 year old defenseman Jean-Guy Talbot joins the Montreal system.

REGULAR SEASON
For the 10th year in a row the Montreal Canadiens finished with the best regular season record in the NHL. Jacques Plante, now in his second full year as the Habs number one goaltender after replacing the great Turk Broda, set a single season record with 53 victories this season. The line of Elmer Lach, Toe Blake and Maurice Richard is still productive but clearly the Canadiens second line as young stars Jean Beliveau, Bernie Geoffrion and Dickie Moore take over more and more of the offensive responsibility. Beliveau would lead the league in scoring with 90 points while Geoffrion would tie Rocket Richard's record of 49 goals in a season.

Geoffrion had a 5 goal game on December 9th in the Habs 15-0 blasting of the Chicago Black Hawks. Geoffrion also recorded an assist in the win while teammate Eddie Kullman had 3 goals and 2 assists in the contest.

Despite the fact Toronto's defense spent much of the year without Red Kelly and Bill Barilko the Leafs once again finished second. Ted Kennedy, in his prime at the age of 28, continues to be the offensive spark for Toronto while 23 year old Terry Sawchuk is rivalling Plante for top goaltender consideration.

Detroit finished third but the Production Line has never been a story in Motown. Sid Abel is now 35 years old and spent the entire year on the injured list and after 647 games and 805 points his career may be over. Ted Lindsay is going strong at age 27 and record 77 points this season including 36 goals. 24 year old Gordie Howe is on the verge of being considered a bust. Howe did play the full 70 games for just the second time in his career but managed just 7 goals and 24 points.

8-time Norris Trophy winning defenseman Jack Stewart set a milestone by playing in his 750th career game and he reached the 600 career point plateau during the season. The 35 year old has spent his entire career with the Detroit Red Wings.

Despite a rash of injuries all season the Boston Bruins claimed the final playoff berth. Goaltender Harry Lumley, now 26 years old and in his 5th year as the Bruins starter, had another outstanding season.

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		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	70 53  8  9  115
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 39 18 13   91
Detroit Red Wings 	70 33 25 12   78
Boston Bruins		70 23 41  6   52
Chicago Black Hawks	70 18 45  7   43
New York Rangers	70 16 45  9   41

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Jean Beliveau		MON  70 38 52   90
Bernie Geoffrion        MON  70 49 39   88
Ted Kennedy		TOR  70 40 39   79
Ted Lindsay		DET  70 38 41   77
Maurice Richard		MON  69 34 39   73
Dickie Moore		MON  70 21 51   72
Elmer Lach		MON  70 21 50   71
Tod Sloan		TOR  66 27 39   66
Sid Smith		TOR  70 31 33   64
Marty Pavelich		DET  63 28 32   60

PLAYOFFS
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens squared off in another tough semi-final series. Injuries would take their toll on the Habs and likely cost them the series as Toronto prevailed in 6 tight games. Montreal lost defenseman Tom Johnson for the series in Game One, veteran Elmer Lach in Game Two and Dickie Moore in Game Four.

Detroit beat Boston in 5 games in the other semi-final led by a 9 point series from Ted Lindsay. While the Leafs were completely healthy heading into the finals the Wings limped in without defenseman Bill Quackenbush and forwards Bud Poile and Fred Glover in addition to Sid Abel, who missed the entire year. The Wings had lost in the finals each of the past two seasons and had been on the losing end 6 out of 7 appearances in the final, with their only Cup win coming in 1947-48.

Led by a 27 save performance from Terry Sawchuk and a goal and an assist from Joe Klukay, the Leafs took the series opener on home ice by a 3-1 score. Game Two would also end 3-1 but in Detroit's favour thanks to a 2 point night from Ted Lindsay and a 36 save effort from Chuck Rayner.

First period goals from Bill Barilko and George Armstrong stood up as Toronto took the third game 2-1. Game Four was also 2-1 but once again Detroit evened the series with the victory. Lindsay set up defenseman Hy Buller with the game winning goal midway through the third period.

The Leafs moved to within 1 victory of the Cup with a 2-1 victory in Game Five. Tod Sloan and Max McNab scored in the first 5 minutes of the game and Sawchuk did the rest, making 26 saves for the win. Lindsay got the only Detroit tally late in the opening period.

A third straight 2-1 game as Toronto clinched the Stanley Cup with an overtime goal from Ted Kennedy. Ted Lindsay had given the Wings a 1-0 lead early in the second period but Red Kelly's point shot with 2:21 remaining in the second stanza tied the contest. Toronto defenseman Bill Barilko assisted on both goals giving him 11 points in 12 playoff games, trailing only Lindsay who led with 15 points including a playoff high 7 goals. Barilko was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. The win marked the 13th Cup for the Leafs since the sim began.

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CUP WINS DURING SIM
TORONTO		13
MONTREAL	 5
BOSTON		 3
DETROIT		 1
Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Jean Beliveau Montreal (70GP 38-52-90)

VEZINA TROPHY: Jacques Plante Montreal (53-8-9, 1.52)

NORRIS TROPHY: Doug Harvey Montreal (65GP 13-44-57)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Jean Beliveau Montreal (70GP 38-52-90)

CALDER TROPHY: Danny Lewicki Toronto (70 GP 11-16-27)


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Jacques Plante   Montreal   Terry Sawchuk	 Toronto
D   Gus Mortson	     Toronto	Tom Johnson	 Montreal
D   Doug Harvey      Montreal	Hy Buller	 Detroit	
C   Jean Beliveau    Montreal   Elmer Lach	 Montreal	  
LW  Ted Lindsay	     Detroit    Dickie Moore     Montreal     	 
RW  Bernie Geoffrion Montreal   Ted Kennedy	 Toronto
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1953-54

1953-54

OFF-SEASON
Plenty of retirement news led by the decision of Toe Blake to end his 18 year career at the age of 40. Blake retires 3rd all-time in career points with 890 in 883 NHL games. Often overshadowed by linemates Elmer Lach and Maurice Richard, Blake was a key piece of 5 Stanley Cup winning teams in Montreal and recorded 147 points in 150 career playoff games. He was a 4 time first team all-star. After beginning his career with the Montreal Maroons in 1936-37, Blake joined the Habs when the Maroons folded in 1938.

Another key Montreal Canadien is also at the end of his career. While he has not officially announced his retirement, goaltender Turk Broda has been released by the Canadiens after not playing a game last season. Perhaps the greatest goaltender to ever play the game, Broda won the Vezina Trophy 10 times and his 484 career regular season victories are 163 more than the next player on the list. Broda played a record 876 NHL regular season games with all but 48 of them for the Habs. He began his career in 1934-35 at the age of 20 with Detroit but was dealt to Montreal that off-season. He won 69 playoff games and 5 Stanley Cups with Montreal - 4 as a starter and 2 seasons ago as Jacques Plante's backup.

Like Broda, Syl Apps has not officially retired but the 38 year old has been released by the Toronto Maple Leafs. His 911 career points are second all-time behind only Elmer Lach and Apps also ranks 5th alltime in goals with 331. Apps led the NHL in scoring on 4 occassions and won the Hart Trophy as MVP 6 times. He also won 7 Stanley Cups and was named playoff MVP in 1938.

Bill Mosienko has retired at the age of 31. The Winnipeg native spent 13 years in the National Hockey League with the Chicago Black Hawks, scoring 272 goals and 548 points in 731 career games. Mosienko never appeared in a playoff game because the Hawks were so bad during most of his career.

Newcomers joining the league this season include 17 year old Henri Richard in Montreal, Bobby Baun, Dick Duff and Bob Pulford in Toronto along with Johnny Bower going to New York. The addition of the 28 year old Bower prompted the Rangers to deal 23 year old Gump Worsley to Detroit. Worsley had played just 23 games over his 5 year career with New York and could not wrestle the starting job from 21 year old Glenn Hall. Worsley's stay in Detroit was short-lived as the Wings would move him to Chicago at the trading deadline.

A couple of serious injuries occurred in the preseason. The Rangers will be without 20 year old defenseman Harry Howell for the entire season. Howell played all 70 games last season and picked up 8 points. Meanwhile, veteran Detroit center Sid Abel suffered another concussion and will be sidelined until March. The 35 year old has 805 career points in 647 games.


REGULAR SEASON
In early January the Montreal Canadiens lost defenseman Doug Harvey for the season with an injury. The 29 year old two-time Norris Trophy winner had 35 points in 40 games before being sidelined. A week later Dickie Moore went down for the season after scoring 45 points in 47 games. The loss of Harvey and Moore was a big part of the reason why the Canadiens 10 year hold on first place came to an end this season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed top spot, finishing 3 points ahead of the Habs with Detroit once again solidly in third place. Toronto had injury troubles of it's own as the Leafs lost their top defenseman Red Kelly for the playoffs after Kelly was injured late in the season.

Rocket Richard passed the 900 career point mark and finished second in the league in goals with 40. Richard increased his career point total to 927, trailing only teammate Elmer Lach who has 996. The end of the road is likely here for the 36 year old Lach, who played just 36 games this season but still managed to pick up 36 points.

Code:
   
		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 44 16 10   98
Montreal Canadiens	70 43 18  9   95
Detroit Red Wings 	70 39 21 10   88
Boston Bruins		70 24 32 14   62
Chicago Black Hawks	70 17 46  7   41
New York Rangers	70 14 48  8   36

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Jean Beliveau		MON  68 36 46   82
Tod Sloan		TOR  70 48 33   81
Ted Lindsay		DET  70 32 48   80
Bernie Geoffrion        MON  70 22 50   72
Maurice Richard		MON  61 40 27   67
Fleming Mackell		TOR  68 20 43   63
Ted Kennedy		TOR  70 25 36   61
Sid Smith		TOR  70 30 28   58
Cal Gardner		DET  70 27 31   58
Marty Pavelich		DET  70 27 28   55
PLAYOFFS
Detroit had no trouble with Boston, sweeping the Bruins four straight behind a 7 point series from Ted Lindsay and tremendous goaltending from Chuck Rayner. The Leafs beat the injury riddled Canadiens in 6 games. 21 year old Ron Stewart had a big series for Toronto, leading playoff scorers with 9 points.

The Red Wings make their 4th straight appearance in the finals but have dropped each of the previous three, including two to the Leafs.

Toronto wins Game One 3-2 as defenseman Bill Barilko sets up third period goals from George Armstrong and Fleming Mackell to give the Leafs the comeback win. The Wings outshot Toronto 29-18 but Leafs goaltender Terry Sawchuk gave Detroit shooters more than they could handle.

Fleming Mackell had 4 assists to lead Toronto to a 5-2 win in Game Two. Winger Tod Sloan, who scored 48 times in the regular season, had two goals in the victory.

Detroit rebounded with a 5-1 win in Game Three as Marty Pavelich and Gordie Howe each had a goal and two assists. Howe continues to develop very slowly as the now 25 year old winger scored just 9 goals and 25 points in the regular season and has just 130 points in 377 career NHL games.

Defenseman Hy Buller is the hero as his point shot 9 minutes into overtime lifts Detroit to a 2-1 victory and evens the series after four games. Gordie Howe had the other Detroit goal.

The trend of the home team winning continues as Toronto takes a 3-2 victory in Game Five. Tod Sloan got the game winner with Fleming Mackell earning two assists.

Another Cup for the Leafs after a 2-1 victory in Game Six. All the scoring came in the second period as Fleming Mackell set up Danny Lewicki and Sid Smith for the Leaf goals while Alex Delvecchio replied for Detroit.

With 14 points including 5 goals in the playoffs Toronto center Fleming Mackell was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Ted Lindsay was next in scoring with 12 points.

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Bernie Geoffrion Montreal (70GP 22-50-72)

VEZINA TROPHY: Jacques Plante Montreal (38-15-8, 1.92)

NORRIS TROPHY: Gus Mortson Toronto (70GP 13-39-52)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Jean Beliveau Montreal (68GP 36-46-82)

CALDER TROPHY: Leo Labine Boston (70 GP 17-20-37)


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Jacques Plante   Montreal   Harry Lumley     Boston
D   Gus Mortson	     Toronto	Bill Barilko     Toronto
D   Tom Johnson      Montreal	Hy Buller	 Detroit	
C   Jean Beliveau    Montreal   Fleming Mackell  Toronto  
LW  Ted Lindsay	     Detroit    Sid Smith	 Toronto     	 
RW  Bernie Geoffrion Montreal   Tod Sloan	 Toronto
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1954-55

OFF-SEASON
A huge year for retirements as Milt Schmidt, Jack Stewart, Syl Apps and Turk Broda all officially announced the end of their careers.

Schmidt was the last active member of Boston's Kraut Line featuring wingers Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer. The three of them combined to lead the Bruins to 3 Cup titles. Schmidt played 895 career games, all with Bosotn, and finished with 363 goals and 786 points. He was named a first team all-star in 1942-43. Schmidt choose to retire rather than report to Chicago as the Bruins had traded his rights to the Black Hawks during the off-season.

Stewart will go down as the best defenseman of his era and possibly all-time after winning 8 Norris Trophy's and 9 first-team all-star selections. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy in the only year Detroit won the Stanley Cup. His entire 826 game career was spent with the Red Wings and he earned 653 career points.

Neither Broda or Apps has played in recent years. Apps last game was in 1951-52 and he retires with 911 career points in 781 games. Broda played one season with Detroit before being traded to Montreal where he became simply the best goalie in league history - going 484-277-105 and winning 10 straight Vezina Trophy's and 5 Stanley Cups.

Some interesting trades as well led by Montreal's acquisition of 34 year old Max Bentley from the Chicago Black Hawks in exchange for Floyd Curry and Orval Tessier. Bentley played 756 games in obscurity with the generally awful Black Hawks but did tally 664 career points including 251 goals. Last season he had 12 goals and 30 points in 70 games.

The Red Wings did a bit of a housecleaning, dealing goaltender Chuck Rayner to the Rangers and defenseman Bill Quackenbush to Chicago. Rayner started his career in New York but has been the Wings number one goaltender for over a decade. The move for the Wings means Gump Worsley will likely finally get a chance to be a starter at the age of 25. Quackenbush had spent over a decade on the Detroit blueline, playing in 660 career games. Detroit got Floyd Curry, who had just been dealt from Montreal to Chicago, in return for Quackenbush.

Newcomers this season include Ralph Backstrom with Montreal, Eddie Shack to New York, Murray Oliver with Detroit and John McKenzie to Chicago.

REGULAR SEASON
The Montreal Canadiens rewrote the record book as they established a new single season record for points en route to finish 36 points ahead of second place Toronto. Dickie Moore, after missing much of last season with an injury, returned with a vengence. The 24 year old set a new single season record for goals with 56 and points with 117. Linemate Jean Beliveau finished with 111 points, including a record 77 assists. Jacques Plante played all but 14 minutes of the season in the Montreal net and set a new record for goaltenders with 56 victories.

On December 18th Maurice Richard became the first player to score 500 NHL goals. The milestone goal came in 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Doug Bentley drew the lone assist on the play while the opposing goaltender was Johnny Bower, who was recently acquired by Detroit from the Rangers but would be moved to Chicago before the seasons end.

Speaking of milestones Elmer Lach became the first player to reach the 1000 point plateau with an assist in a 3-0 win over Boston on November 6th.


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		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	70 56  8  6  118
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 37 25  8   82
Boston Bruins		70 29 33  8   66
Detroit Red Wings 	70 24 34 12   60
Chicago Black Hawks	70 19 41 10   48
New York Rangers	70 18 42 10   46

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Dickie Moore		MON  70 56 61  117
Jean Beliveau		MON  70 34 77  111
Bernie Geoffrion        MON  68 38 59   97
Tod Sloan		TOR  63 40 33   73
Fleming Mackell		TOR  63 22 46   68
Red Kelly		TOR  70 17 51   68
Marty Pavelich		DET  70 28 32   60
Real Chevrefils		BOS  70 27 33   60
Don McKenney		BOS  68 23 37   60
Ted Lindsay		DET  68 22 37   59
PLAYOFFS
The Canadiens powerhouse had no trouble eliminating Toronto in 4 straight games. Bernie Geoffrion led the way with 4 goals and 11 points in those contests while Jean Beliveau and Maurice Richard each had 6 points.

Boston and Detroit played a thrilling 7 game series. The Red Wings won 3 of the first four contests before Boston roared back with 3 straight victories, including an overtime winner in Game Seven, to take the series.

The finals opened with a 4-2 Montreal victory as Beliveau and Dickie Moore each had a 3 point night in the victory while the third member of that line - Bernie Geoffrion - added two assists.

Montreal needed an overtime goal from Doug Harvey to win Game Two by a 3-2 score. It was Harvey's second goal of the game.

Boston got first period goals from Jerry Toppazzini, Roy Conacher and Red Sullivan and then held on to win Game Three by a 3-1 score. The Habs fired 42 shots at Boston goaltender Harry Lumley but only Geoffrion's first period marker got by the Boston netminder.

Boston was badly outshot again in Game Four but Lumley had another big game and the Bruins prevailed 3-2 to even the series.

Lumley's luck ran out in Game Five as he was chased from the crease in the second period of a 10-2 Canadiens victory. Montreal outshot the Bruins 50-11 in the contest. Maurice Richard had a hat trick while Dickie Moore had a goal and 4 assists in the win.

It was more of the same the next game as the Canadiens clinched the Cup with a 6-1 victory, outshooting Lumley and the Bruins 47-12. Dickie Moore had 2 goals and 2 assists to lead the way to give him 19 points in 10 playoff games, one more than linemate Geoffrion. The two teammates tied for the goal lead with 8 each while Beliveau and Richard each scored 6 goals.

Moore was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy for the second time in his career.

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Jean Beliveau Montreal (70GP 34-77-111)

VEZINA TROPHY: Jacques Plante Montreal (56-8-6, 1.64)

NORRIS TROPHY: Tom Johnson Montreal (61GP 7-43-50)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Dickie Moore Montreal (70GP 56-61-117)

CALDER TROPHY: Larry Popein New York (65 GP 5-14-19)


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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Jacques Plante   Montreal   Terry Sawchuk	 Toronto
D   Red Kelly        Toronto	Bill Barilko     Toronto
D   Tom Johnson      Montreal	Doug Harvey	 Montreal	
C   Jean Beliveau    Montreal   Fleming Mackell  Toronto  
LW  Dickie Moore     Montreal   Ted Lindsay	 Detroit     	 
RW  Bernie Geoffrion Montreal   Maurice Richard  Montreal
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1955-56

OFF-SEASON
The Chicago Black Hawks dealt goaltender Sugar Jim Henry to the New York Rangers in exchange for winger Wally Hergesheimer. The 34 year old Henry has played 830 career NHL games including 11 seasons with the Rangers before moving to Chicago 3 years ago. He appeared in all 70 games for the Black Hawks last year, going 19-41-10 with a 3.17 GAA. The Hawks appear to be looking at 30 year old Johnny Bower as their starter this season.

Boston's Roy Conacher highlights the list of players retiring. The 38 year old spent 17 seasons with Bruins, playing in 823 games while amassing 797 career points. He was the rookie of the year in 1939 and led the league in scoring in 1942-43. A three time first team all-star, Conacher helped lead the Bruins to 3 Stanley Cup titles.

The Bruins also lost defenseman Jack Crawford, a veteran of 887 games, and forward Don Gallinger, who played in 545 career games to retirement.

Montreal says good bye to a pair of blueliners in Butch Bouchard and Ken Reardon. The 34 year old Bouchard was a 2 time Norris Trophy winner and had 465 points in 845 games with the Habs. Reardon is also 34 and won 1 Norris Trophy as well as a Conn Smythe. They each were a part of 6 Stanley Cup championships.

The final retirement of note is that of Chuck Rayner. The 34 year old goaltender played in 698 career NHL games with the Rangers and Detroit. He was 353-230-105 in his career and also played in 95 playoff games, winning his only Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 1948. He was overshadowed much of his career by Turk Broda and later Jacques Plante in Montreal.

Notable newcomers this year include Frank Mahovlich and Bob Nevin, both 17 years old, along with 16 year old Carl Brewer. All 3 join the Leafs organization.

REGULAR SEASON
Another dominant regular season for the Montreal Canadiens as the line of Dickie Moore, Jean Beliveau and Bernie Geoffrion continued to be the best in the league. Beliveau missed 21 games with injury but still finished 5th in league scoring while his linemates were 1-2.

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		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	70 49  9 12  110
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 32 31  7   71
Detroit Red Wings 	70 31 30  9   71
Chicago Black Hawks	70 30 33  7   67
Boston Bruins		70 24 31 15   63
New York Rangers	70 15 47  8   38

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Dickie Moore		MON  70 44 38   82
Bernie Geoffrion	MON  70 32 46   78
Bronco Horvath		CHI  70 32 37   69
Tod Sloan		TOR  70 24 45   69
Jean Beliveau		MON  49 22 45   67
Pete Conacher		CHI  70 21 41   62
Don McKenney		BOS  70 29 31   60
Ron Stewart		TOR  69 25 35   60
Ted Lindsay		DET  70 18 39   57
Doug Harvey		MON  70 20 35   55
PLAYOFFS
Montreal swept Toronto in 4 straight games with Habs goaltender Jacques Plante earning shutouts in three of the contests. The line of Beliveau, Geoffrion and Moore combined for 8 goals and 17 points in the series.

Meanwhile the Chicago Black Hawks, making just their second playoff appearance since 1931, pushed Detroit to the brink but came up just short of winning their first playoff series in franchise history. The Hawks blew a 3 games to one lead and a 3-1 lead in the second period of Game Seven before falling 4-3 in overtime. Gordie Howe, who still has done very little in his career, came up big in the series with the overtime winner.

Game One of the finals was the Jean Beliveau show as the Montreal pivot scored 4 times in a 5-2 Canadiens victory. A 37 save performance from Detroit goaltender Gump Worsley in Game Two allowed Detroit to claim a 2-1 victory and leave Montreal with the series tied.

Jacques Plante responded with a 27 save shutout in Game Three as Montreal won 5-0. Maurice Richard scored twice to lead the Habs. Once again the Wings responded as Detroit scored three times in the final five minutes of Game Four to earn a 4-3 victory and knot the series at 2 games apiece.

Montreal took Game Five by a 4-2 score as Dickie Moore had a goal and 2 assists while Jean Beliveau added 3 helpers.

The Canadiens won the Stanley Cup two days later with a 2-0 victory in Game Six. Jacques Plante got his second shutout of the finals and 5th of this playoff but the big story was Gump Worsley in the Detroit cage as he made 41 saves in this game. Kenny Mosdell got the Habs on the board midway through the first period and Claude Provost added an insurance marker midway through the second to give Montreal their second straight Cup and 7th since the sim began. For Detroit it was yet another year of disappointment as the Wings have been to the finals 5 times in the last 6 years and lost every one of them. Since the sim began Detroit is 1-9 in Stanley Cup final series.

Jean Beliveau led all players with 18 points including 7 goals and was rewarded with the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Linemate Dickie Moore tied Beliveau for the playoff goal lead with 7 and finished second in scoring with 13 points, the same number as Detroit's Red Sullivan.

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Dickie Moore Montreal (70GP 44-38-82)

VEZINA TROPHY: Jacques Plante Montreal (49-9-12, 1.44)

NORRIS TROPHY: Doug Harvey Montreal (70GP 20-35-55)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Dickie Moore Montreal (70GP 44-38-82)

CALDER TROPHY: Dick Duff Toronto (66 GP 9-20-29)


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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Jacques Plante   Montreal   Terry Sawchuk	 Toronto
D   Doug Harvey	     Montreal	Bill Barilko     Toronto
D   Bill Gadsby      Chicago    Pierre Pilote    Chicago		
C   Jean Beliveau    Montreal   Bronco Horvath   Chicago  
LW  Dickie Moore     Montreal   Ted Lindsay	 Detroit     	 
RW  Bernie Geoffrion Montreal   Tod Sloan        Toronto
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1956-57

OFFSEASON
The big news this off-season is the entrance of Bobby Hull into the game. The 17 year old Golden Jet joins Chicago along with 16 year old Chico Maki. Other newcomers of note include Barry Ashbee to Boston, Gilles Tremblay in Montreal and Bill White to Toronto.

Johnny Bower's travels continue as his nickname in this sim clearly should be 'Suitcase'. Bower was dealt from the Rangers to Detroit in exchange for tough guy Lou Fontinato. It is the 4th time in the past 3 years that Bower has been dealt and the second time he went from New York to Detroit. Bower broke in with the Rangers and played 6 games for them in 1953-54 at the age of 29. He was dealt to Detroit prior to the 54-55 campaign and played 27 games for the Wings before being moved to Chicago at the trade deadline. Last season he played 50 games for the Hawks but was dealt back to the Rangers and the trade dealine. Now 31 years old, Bower is 31-38-8 in 83 NHL appearances with a 2.80 GAA.

Only two retirements of much significance. Joe Klukay calls it a career after 569 games in a Leafs uniform. The 33 year old had 283 career points and won 5 Stanley Cups in Toronto. George Gee also retires from Toronto after 870 career games and 480 points. The 34 year old spent seven seasons in Chicago before being dealt to the Leafs in the summer of 1948. He was on 4 Cup winning Leaf teams. Neither played a big role with the Leafs last season.

REGULAR SEASON

Montreal's Dickie Moore made NHL history on March 19th when he scored all 7 goals in the Habs 7-2 victory over Toronto. He becomes the first player to score 7 in a game, breaking the record of 6 establish by Detroit's Carl Liscombe. The 7th goal was Moore's 50th of the season and he would finish the year with 51 goals. Moore is the only player to score 50 or more in a season. He got 56 goals two years ago.

Another dominant regular season for the Montreal Canadiens as they tied the team record for wins in a season they set in 1951-52 with 57 and finished 2 points shy of the record 118 the Habs recorded in 1954-55. Led by Jean Beliveau (31-76-107) Canadiens players held down the top 4 spots in the scoring race and Jacques Plante's 1.41 goals against average was the lowest in the history of this sim.

Maurice Richard moved into first place all time in points with 45 points this season giving the Rocket a total of 1076 points in 887 career games. Included in the 35 year old Richard's total are an NHL record 553 goals. Richard passed teammate Elmer Lach after Lach had just 6 points in 26 games this season giving him 1050 for his 912 game career.

Code:
   
		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	70 57 11  2  116
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 37 23 10   84
Detroit Red Wings 	70 30 30 10   70
Boston Bruins		70 26 35  9   61
Chicago Black Hawks	70 24 38  8   56
New York Rangers	70 12 49  9   33

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Jean Beliveau		MON  70 31 76  107
Dickie Moore		MON  70 51 38   89
Bernie Geoffrion	MON  70 47 40   87
Doug Harvey		MON  70 17 43   60
Tod Sloan		TOR  69 39 20   59
Alex Delvecchio		DET  70 29 29   58
Fleming Mackell		TOR  70 26 30   56
Ron Stewart		TOR  70 16 39   55
Red Kelly		TOR  63  8 46   54
Red Sullivan		DET  63 15 38   53
PLAYOFFS
The Stanley Cup finals will feature Montreal vs Detroit for the second straight year. The Canadiens again eliminated second place Toronto 4 straight in one semi-final while Detroit needed 5 games to oust Boston.

Montreal outshot Detroit 69-19 in Game One as the Habs hammered the Wings 5-0. The score could have been much worse had it not been for outstanding goaltending from Gump Worsley, who faced 31 shots in the first period alone. Maurice Richard had a goal and an assist for the winners while his little brother Henri picked up 3 assists in the contest.

Henri Richard had 2 goals and an assist in Game Two while Dickie Moore also had 3 points as Montreal won 5-2.

Game Three was another Montreal rout as the Habs won 8-1 behind 3 goals and an assist from Bernie Geoffrion. Don Marshall had 4 assists in the win while Jean Beliveau scored twice and Henri Richard picked up 3 helpers.

The Wings avoided the sweep with a 1-0 victory in Game Four as Worsley made 31 saves for the shutout. Ted Lindsay set up rookie Gord Straite for the only goal 11 minutes into the first period.

Despite another great effort from Worsley the Wings lost game five by a 2-1 score giving the Canadiens their third straight Stanley Cup. Worsley made 44 saves in the loss as Tom Johnson set up both Montreal goals, which each came in the third period. Ed Litzenberger had the first one with Dickie Moore getting the Cup winner at 16:21 of the third period.

Montreal defenseman Tom Johnson was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner. He had 1 goal and 6 assists in 9 playoff games. Henri Richard led all playoff scorers with 11 points, one more than Dickie Moore. If I was presenting the Conn Smythe it would have gone to Detroit's Gump Worsley, who had a .931 save percentage despite being peppered every night by the Habs.

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Jean Beliveau Montreal (70GP 31-76-107)

VEZINA TROPHY: Jacques Plante Montreal (53-9-2, 1.41)

NORRIS TROPHY: Doug Harvey Montreal (70GP 17-43-60)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Jean Beliveau Montreal (70GP 31-76-107)

CALDER TROPHY: Bob Turner Montreal (61 GP 5-15-20)


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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Jacques Plante   Montreal   Gump Worsley	 Detroit
D   Doug Harvey	     Montreal	Tom Johnson	 Montreal
D   Red Kelly	     Toronto    Pierre Pilote    Chicago		
C   Jean Beliveau    Montreal   Fleming Mackell  Toronto 
LW  Dickie Moore     Montreal   Dick Duff	 Toronto 
RW  Bernie Geoffrion Montreal   Alex Delvecchio  Detroit
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1957-58

OFF-SEASON
A large number of prolific new players join the game this season including Stan Mikita in Chicago, Bobby Rousseau and JC Tremblay with Montreal, Dave Keon and Gerry Cheevers in Toronto, Orland Kurtenbach to the Rangers and Boston adds Ed Westfall.

Montreal made a couple of trades this off-season adding 23 year old winger Kenny Wharren from Chicago in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers and veteran Sid Abel from Detroit. Wharren had 14 points in 70 games with the Hawks last year. Abel is 39 and clearly near the end of his career after scoring just 17 points in 63 games last season. The price for him was not steep as Montreal only had to part with minor league goaltender Marv Edwards.

There were no retirements of any significance this off-season.

REGULAR SEASON
Another dominant season for the Montreal Canadiens as the big line of Jean Beliveau, Dickie Moore and Bernie Geoffrion again finished 1-2-3 in scoring. A scary late season incident broke up the line for the rest of this season and possible all of next year as Beliveau was clipped in the eye by a high stick in early March and is out indefinately.

Injuries limited Maurice Richard to just 35 games but the 36 year old did pick up 23 points to leave him 1 shy of 1100 for his career. Richard also leads in goals with 564 in his career, including 11 this past season. Detroit's Ted Lindsay passed the retired Toe Blake to move into second all-time in goals with 375.


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		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	70 54  9  7  115
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 42 21  7   91
Detroit Red Wings 	70 27 37  6   60
Boston Bruins		70 26 37  7   59
Chicago Black Hawks	70 21 39 10   52
New York Rangers	70 18 45  7   43

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Dickie Moore		MON  70 41 46   87
Bernie Geoffrion	MON  70 38 45   83
Jean Beliveau		MON  61 23 54   77
Ron Stewart		TOR  70 34 37   71
Tod Sloan		TOR  70 26 35   61
Don McKenney		BOS  70 29 31   60
Donnie Marshall		MON  63 21 38   59
Henri Richard		MON  58 25 33   58
Doug Harvey		MON  65 14 42   56
Red Kelly		TOR  68 11 45   56
PLAYOFFS
Even without the injured Beliveau Montreal had far too much offense for Toronto and the Canadiens again swept their semi-final series in 4 straight games. It marked the fourth year in a row Montreal had eliminated Toronto 4 straight in the semi-finals.

Detroit and Boston usually provide excitement in their semi-final matchups and this year was no different. The Red Wings overcame a 3 games to one deficit and beat Boston in 7 games to set up the third straight Montreal-Detroit final.

Game One of the finals was a 3-0 Montreal victory as Habs goaltender Jacques Plante made 27 saves for the 10th playoff shutout of his career. Dickie Moore and Claude Provost each had a goal and an assit for Montreal.

Another shutout for Plante in Game Two but he was hardly tested as Detroit managed just 14 shots on goal and lost 6-0 to the Habs. Bernie Geoffrion paced the Montreal offense with a goal and 2 assists. Maurice Richard, Henri Richard, Kenny Mosdell, Andre Pronovost and Ed Litzenberger also scored for the Canadiens.

The Canadiens go up 3 games in the series with a 3-1 victory in Game Three. Red Sullivan of the Wings finally broke Plante's shutout streak after 167:10 as he scored in the third period after Litzenberger, Maurice Richard and Provost had already scored for Montreal.

The Wings stay alive as 21 year old defenseman John Hendrickson gets the only goal of the game in a 1-0 Detroit victory. Red Wings goaltender Gump Worsley and the Habs Plante each faced 24 shots in the contest.

The series returns to Montreal for Game Five and the Red Wings give Montreal a game but the Habs claim their fourth straight Stanley Cup with a 3-2 overtime victory. Bernie Geoffrion scored twice, including the overtime winner, to pace the Montreal offense. Montreal defenseman Tom Johnson had two assists and his 8 points in 9 playoff games earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for the second straight year.

Alex Delvecchio had one of the Detroit goals in the final game and finished with a playoff leading 11 points, one more than Bernie Geoffrion and Dickie Moore of the Habs as well as Red Wing Eddie Litzenberger.

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Don McKenney Boston (70GP 29-31-60)

VEZINA TROPHY: Jacques Plante Montreal (54-9-7, 1.65)

NORRIS TROPHY
: Doug Harvey Montreal (65GP 14-42-56)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Dickie Moore Montreal (70GP 41-46-87)

CALDER TROPHY: Eddie Johnston Chicago (20-35-10, 2.68)


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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Jacques Plante   Montreal   Glenn Hall	 New York
D   Doug Harvey	     Montreal	Tom Johnson	 Montreal
D   Bill Gadsby      Chicago    Red Kelly        Toronto		
C   Jean Beliveau    Montreal   Ron Stewart      Toronto 
LW  Dickie Moore     Montreal   Don Marshall	 Montreal
RW  Bernie Geoffrion Montreal   Alex Delvecchio  Detroit
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1958-59

OFF-SEASON
Three big name offensive stars have left the game as Sid Abel, Ted Kennedy and Elmer Lach have all decided to retire.

Lach retires at the age of 40 after a 17 year career with Montreal that saw him finish as the NHL's all-time assist leader with 750 and second only to his longtime linemate Maurice Richard in career points with 1055. A veteran of 930 regular season games Lach led the NHL in scoring twice, won a Hart Trophy, a Calder Trophy and a Conn Smythe in his career. He was a four-time first team all-star and won 9 Stanley Cups in his career. Only Bob Goldham and Kenny Mosdell have played more NHL games than Lach.

Abel finished his career with 25 games in Montreal this season after playing 13 years and 865 games for Detroit. He is third all-time in assists with 555 and 5th with 871 career points. He was named NHL MVP 4 times in his career and led the league in scoring once. He had 20 points in 13 games and was a big reason the Wings won their only Stanley Cup in 47-48. The four time first team all-star would also win a Cup in his final season with Montreal despite being held pointless in 9 playoff games.

Ted Kennedy retires at the age of 32 after 14 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He won 5 Stanley Cups with Toronto and was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1946-47. Kennedy led the NHL in scoring in 1947-48 and finished with 779 career points in 886 games. His 337 goals are 6th most all-time.

New players entering the league this season include Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert with the Rangers, Jacques Laperriere to Montreal, Vic Hadfield and Pat Stapleton with Chicago and Jim Pappin in Toronto.


REGULAR SEASON
Montreal still finished with the league's best record but the Habs dominance of the past few years was no where near as pronounced this time. Of course a big reason why was the absence of Jean Beliveau and Dickie Moore. Moore was hurt 7 games into the year when he suffered a serious arm injury that ended his season. Beliveau returned from an eye injury in February, scored 9 points in 7 games before breaking his elbow and ending his season. The third member of the big line, Bernie Geoffrion, carried the offense with help from Henri Richard and Claude Provost. Norris Trophy winning defenseman Doug Harvey also missed substantial time. Jacques Plante was his usual outstanding self in net.

Detroit finally found the Production Line as Gordie Howe had a career year at the age of 30, scoring 30 goals as he played center on a line with veteran Ted Lindsay and 26 year old Alex Delvecchio - who led the NHL in scoring with 76 points.

Chicago, led by 29 year old Bronco Horvath (32-34-66) and 19 goals from 20 year old rookie Bobby Hull, found it's way back in to the playoffs after a 3 year absence.

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		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	70 43 15 12   98
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 39 22  9   87
Detroit Red Wings 	70 32 24 14   78
Chicago Black Hawks	70 24 30 16   64
New York Rangers	70 17 38 15   49
Boston Bruins		70 17 43 10   44

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Alex Delvecchio		DET  70 26 50   76
Bernie Geoffrion	MON  67 38 37   75
Henri Richard		MON  70 35 38   73
Gordie Howe		DET  70 35 35   70
Claude Provost		MON  70 30 37   67
Bronco Horvath		CHI  70 32 34   66
Ted Lindsay		DET  70 23 41   64
Don McKenney		BOS  70 27 32   59
Fleming Mackell		TOR  70 16 39   55
Andy Bathgate		NYR  70 19 33   52
PLAYOFFS
Despite being without Jean Beliveau and Dickie Moore the Canadiens had little trouble beating Toronto for the fifth straight season in the semi-finals. Montreal prevailed in 5 games led by 7 points from Donnie Marshall.

Detroit would win it's fourth straight semi-final series as the Red Wings beat Chicago behind 6 goals from Gordie Howe in a 6 game series. Howe is now 31 and had a very slow start to his career. In 727 career regular season games he has 156 goals and 350 points.

For the fourth straight season Montreal and Detroit meet in the finals and for the first time the Wings draw first blood as Detroit takes Game One on the road by a 4-3 score. Red Wings defenseman Harry Howell led the Wings with a pair of goals in the contest.

Montreal rebounded with a 2-1 victory in Game Two as Claude Provost had a goal and an assist while Donnie Marshall had two helpers. Gordie Howe was the only Red Wing to beat Jacques Plante, who made 31 saves in the game.

The Red Wings return to The Olympia for Game Three and emerge with a 4-1 victory led by a 30 save performance from Detroit netminder Gump Worsley.

Worsley is again the story in Game Four as he and his Red Wings teammates shutout Montreal 1-0 to take a 3 games to one lead in the series. Red Sullivan's first period power play goal accounts for all of the scoring in the contest.

Montreal's run of 4 straight Stanley Cup titles is not over yet as the Habs win Game Five 2-1. Both Plante and Worsley are tremendous in net. Fred Burchill gets the Detroit goal early in the second period but before the period ends Bernie Geoffrion and Phil Goyette have Montreal in the lead. Claude Provost assisted on both Habs markers.

The series goes back to Detroit for Game Six with the Wings looking for their second Stanley Cup title in franchise history. Donnie Marshall gives Montreal and early lead but before the first period is over Detroit scores twice as Ted Lindsay and Red Sullivan beat Plante. Gordie Howe gives Detroit some insurance with the only goal of the second period and the Wings lead is 3-1 with just 20 minutes seperating them from the Stanley Cup.

Ted Lindsay makes it 4-1 Detroit with assists to Howe and Alex Delvecchio at the 12 minute mark. However two quick goals from Marshall and Claude Provost cuts the Wings lead to 1 with just over a minute remaining in regulation. Montreal pulls it's goalie and gets a couple of good chances but Gump Worsley is equal to the task and the Wings hang on for a 4-3 victory.

The Red Wings win the Stanley Cup for just the second time in team history and end a run of 3 straight losses to Montreal in the finals. Detroit has reached the finals 13 times in franchise history, but ended up on the losing end 11 times.

Gordie Howe led all playoff scorers with 8 goals and tied Montreal's Donnie Marshall for the point lead with 12 but the Conn Smythe Trophy went to Red Wing rearguard Harry Howell. The 26 year old had 5 goals and 11 points in 12 playoff games.

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Pierre Pilote Chicago (70GP 14-32-46)

VEZINA TROPHY: Jacques Plante Montreal (39-14-9, 2.04)

NORRIS TROPHY: Tom Johnson Montreal (70GP 7-44-51)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Alex Delvecchio Detroit (70GP 26-50-76)

CALDER TROPHY: Gerry James Detroit (72GP 14-12-26)

Red Wing 24 year old rookie Gerry James wins the Calder Trophy and also sets an unofficial record for games played in a season as he appeared in 72 because he was traded mid-season from Boston to Detroit.


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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Terry Sawchuk    Toronto    Jacques Plante   Montreal   
D   Tom Johnson	     Montreal   Bill Gadsby      Chicago
D   Pierre Pilote    Chicago    Red Kelly        Toronto		
C   Gordie Howe	     Detroit	Henri Richard    Montreal 
LW  Ted Lindsay	     Detroit    Don Marshall	 Montreal
RW  Bernie Geoffrion Montreal   Alex Delvecchio  Detroit
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1959-60

OFF-SEASON
Newcomers joining the league this season include goaltenders Ed Giacomin with the Rangers and Roger Crozier with Chicago.

The only retirement of note was that of 37 year old Bob Goldham. The much travelled defenseman played for 4 different teams in his 18 year career that lasted 1020 games. He is one of just 2 players (Ken Mosdell 1024) to appear in over 1000 regular season games. Goldham broke in with Toronto in 1941 at the age of 19 and played nearly 8 seasons with the Leafs before being moved to Chicago. After two years with the Black Hawks he joined Detroit for 7 seasons before ending his career with 42 games for Boston last year. He won a Stanley Cup with Toronto in 1946-47 and while he was never named a first team all-star he was one of the best defensemen in the league for most of his career.

REGULAR SEASON
A couple of exciting races starting for first place where the Toronto Maple Leafs won their last 5 games including a 5-4 win over Montreal but were unable to overtake the Habs for first place. The two clubs finished tied with 97 points but Montreal claimed the top spot for the 6th straight season on the basis of more victories. Detroit, led by another big season from Alex Delvecchio and Gordie Howe's league best 44 goals, was also in the mix and finished a close third.

There was a huge gap to fourth place but the final playoff spot battle went down to the final night of the regular season when Boston beat the Black Hawks in Chicago 2-1 to claim fourth by a single point. The Rangers seemed in control of fourth and set to make their first playoff appearance in a decade but they collapsed, losing their last 8 games of the season and finished 3 points behind the fourth place Bruins.

Some individual accomplishments:
Leafs winger Tod Sloan had a 5 goal game in a 9-3 win over Detroit in December.

Toronto's Bob Pulford set a record with 6 assists in an 8-1 Leaf win over Detroit in March.

Montreal's Maurice Richard and Detroit's Ted Lindsay each played their 1000th career game. Richard ended the season with an all-time record of 1062 career games played. Lindsay is 4th with 1001.

Lindsay also surpassed the 400 goal mark early in the season, finishing with 419 which is second most all-time behind Maurice Richard's 595 and counting.

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		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	70 45 18  7   97
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 42 15 13   97
Detroit Red Wings 	70 43 21  6   92
Boston Bruins		70 21 45  4   46
Chicago Black Hawks	70 18 43  9   45
New York Rangers	70 19 46  5   43

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Alex Delvecchio		DET  70 33 65   98
Gordie Howe		DET  70 44 45   89
Dickie Moore		MON  70 36 59   85
Jean Beliveau		MON  70 26 59   85
Ted Lindsay		DET  70 21 60   81
Andy Bathgate		NYR  70 36 37   73
Norm Ullman		NYR  70 23 49   72
Ron Stewart		TOR  70 29 40   69
Bernie Geoffrion	MON  70 27 34   61
Dick Duff		TOR  70 26 35   61
Henri Richard		MON  70 25 36   61
PLAYOFFS
Boston shocked the defending Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in the semi-finals as the Bruins won the series in 6 games despite finishing the regular season with half as many points as Detroit.

Like their regular season battle for first place the series between Toronto and Montreal was a tightly contested affair. Montreal took 3 of the first four games but the Leafs rallied to win games five and six. The seventh game was a defensive struggle as Maurice Richard's first period goal looked to be all the scoring that would occur. Toronto pressed and had several good chances in the final minutes but the Leafs were turned away by Montreal goaltender Jacques Plante. Doug Harvey ended the tension with an empty net goal to make it 2-0 Montreal with 17 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Canadiens dominated Game One of the finals as Tom Johnson had 3 assists in a 5-1 win over Boston in the series opener. Montreal outshot the Bruins 44-13 in the game.

Game Two was more of the same as Plante stopped all 19 shots he faced and the Canadiens won 3-0. Johnson, who already has 2 Conn Smythe's to his credit, appears to be well on his way to a third after the Montreal rearguard had a goal and an assist in this contest, giving him 10 points in 9 playoff games trailing only teammate Jean Beliveau who had 14 points.

Game Three was closer as the Habs needed a Jean Beliveau overtime goal to beat Boston 2-1 and take a 3 games to none lead in the series. Beliveau also assisted on Henri Richard's goal while Johnson earned a helper on each goal.

Montreal completes the sweep with a 3-0 victory in Game Four as Jacques Plante earns his third shutout this playoff year. Bernie Geoffrion led the offense with 2 goals and an assist as the Canadiens claim their fifth Stanley Cup in the past six years and 10th of the sim.

With a playoff leading 17 points Montreal centre Jean Beliveau is named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy for the second time in his career. Beliveau had 5 goals and a playoff high 12 assists. Defenseman Tom Johnson was second in scoring with 12 points including 11 assists while Montreal's Henri Richard was the playoff goal leader with 7.

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Jean Beliveau Montreal (70GP 26-59-85)

VEZINA TROPHY: Jacques Plante Montreal (44-18-5, 2.04)

NORRIS TROPHY: Tom Johnson Montreal (70GP 10-37-47)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Alex Delvecchio Detroit (70GP 33-65-98)

CALDER TROPHY: John Hanna Boston (64GP 6-11-17)



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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Jacques Plante   Montreal   Gump Worsley	 Detroit
D   Doug Harvey	     Montreal	Tom Johnson	 Montreal
D   Red Kelly        Toronto	Pierre Pilote    Chicago    		
C   Gordie Howe	     Detroit	Jean Beliveau    Montreal		
LW  Dickie Moore     Montreal   Ted Lindsay      Detroit    	
RW  Alex Delvecchio  Detroit    Andy Bathgate	 New York
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1960-61

OFF-SEASON
Maurice Richard has decided to retire from the game. The 38 year old leaves the sport as the NHL's all-time leader in goals (595), points (1173) and games played (1062). Richard made his debut in 1942-43 at the age of 21 and was named the rookie of year after scoring 26 goals and 53 points in 41 games. He would lead the league in points on 4 occassions, be an 8-time first team all-star and win 2 Conn Smythe Trophy's but he never claimed the Hart as regular season MVP. Richard would win 10 Stanley Cups and play 162 post-season games, scoring 79 goals and 155 points. He had 4 goals and an assist in 11 playoff games last year.

Long-time Boston Bruin Fern Flaman also retired. The 33 year old defenseman played 849 career NHL games, scored 108 goals and 346 points. As did Bert Olmstead, who played 893 games and amassed 385 points with the Chicago Black Hawks.

The big off-season trade was Toronto's decision to deal 31 year old centre Fleming Mackell to the New York Rangers in exchange for 28 year old goaltender Don Simmons. Mackell has played 12 seasons for Toronto including last year when he had 11 goals and 45 points in 57 games. He was rookie of the year in 1949-50 and won a Conn Smythe Trophy in 1954. Mackell has won 4 Stanley Cups. Simmons has only played in 7 career NHL games and made his debut with Boston 3 years ago. He is expected to replace Sugar Jim Henry as the backup to Terry Sawchuk in Toronto. The Leafs also have 21 year old Cesare Maniago and 19 year old Gerry Cheevers in their organization.

Newcomers to the league this year include Pat Quinn, Pit Martin and Paul Henderson with Detroit. Also Daw Awrey and Ted Green join Boston, Montreal adds Terry Harper and Chicago brings in Ed Van Impe.


REGULAR SEASON
Behind a huge season from Jean Beliveau the Montreal Canadiens had an easy time finishing first in the regular season yet again. However, the Habs dynasty that has won 5 Cups in the past six year may be nearing the end as young talent is starting to pop up on other teams. Chicago may still be a couple of years away but Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita both finished in the top 10 in league scoring. Toronto is retooling with youngsters like Frank Mahovlich and Dave Keon. Even the consistently awful New York Rangers finally have a ray of hope with the addition of young rookies Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert.

Gordie Howe had a 5 goal game in Detroit's 10-2 win over Montreal on January 27th. Howe also picked up an assist in the contest while linemate Alex Delvecchio finished one shy of the NHL record for assists in the game with 5 helpers.

Jean Beliveau had a 19 game point streak during the season. It is a far cry from Maurice Richard's record 44 game point streak set in 1943-44 but still the second longest in league history.

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		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	70 47 17  6  100
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 40 22  8   88
Detroit Red Wings 	70 29 32  9   67
Chicago Black Hawks	70 29 35  6   64
Boston Bruins		70 25 37  8   58
New York Rangers	70 19 46  5   43

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Jean Beliveau		MON  70 42 66  108
Henri Richard		MON  70 40 38   78
Bobby Hull		CHI  70 31 46   77
Don McKenney		BOS  69 28 47   75
Ron Stewart		TOR  70 32 42   74
Alex Delvecchio		DET  67 27 47   74
Gordie Howe		DET  70 35 38   73
Stan Mikita		CHI  59 25 46   71
Frank Mahovlich		TOR  70 31 38   69
Dean Prentice		BOS  70 23 43   66
PLAYOFFS
The Chicago Black Hawks won a playoff series for the first time in sim history as they upset Detroit in 5 games. Stan Mikita (3-8-11) and Bobby Hull (5-5-10) led the Hawks to the win. Chicago will meet Montreal in the finals after the Canadiens swept Toronto 4 straight in the other semi-final. 22 year old winger Gilles Tremblay scored 6 goals in the four games to pace the Montreal offense.

Chicago's first ever Stanley Cup final game did not go well as the Hawks were outshot 42-10 and only the tremendous goaltending of Ed Johnston in the Black Hawks net kept the score a respectable 2-0 Montreal. Dickie Moore set up both Montreal goals - one by Bernie Geoffrion and the other from defenseman Jean-Guy Talbot.

Johnston did not have the magic in Game Two as Montreal pounded Chicago 7-2 behind 4 goals from Claude Provost and a five point night from Jean Beliveau.

Game Three ended 6-2 Montreal as Beliveau had 4 more assists giving him 9 points in the past two games. Henri Richard scored twice for Montreal while Phil Goyette and Don Marshall each had 2 points.

One of the most lobsided finals in history comes to an end as Montreal takes Game Four by a 4-1 score. Ralph Backstrom scores twice for the Habs with Henri Richard and Doug Harvey adding singles.

With 16 points in 7 games Jean Beliveau is named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Stan Mikita finished second in scoring with 14 points while Bobby Hull had 13. The playoff MVP award for Beliveau was his second straight and he becomes the first 3 time winner of the award.

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Jean Beliveau Montreal (70GP 42-66-108)

VEZINA TROPHY: Jacques Plante Montreal (47-17-6, 2.03)

NORRIS TROPHY: Tom Johnson Montreal (70GP 8-55-63)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Jean Beliveau Montreal (70GP 42-66-108)

CALDER TROPHY: Dave Keon Toronto (62GP 7-11-18)



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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Terry Sawchuk    Toronto    Jacques Plante   Montreal  
D   Tom Johnson	     Montreal   Bill Gadsby      Chicago
D   Red Kelly        Toronto	Pierre Pilote    Chicago    		
C   Jean Beliveau    Montreal	Gordie Howe      Detroit	
LW  Bobby Hull       Chicago    Donnie Marshall  Montreal   	
RW  Henri Richard    Montreal   Alex Delvecchio  Detroit
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1961-62

OFF-SEASON
Biggest retirement of the off-season was Marty Pavelich. The 33 year old played 904 career games with Detroit and Boston. He scored 275 goals and recorded 615 career points. Pavelich was named NHL rookie of the year with the Red Wings in 1945-46. He spent 14 years with the Wings before being dealt to Boston for Don Cherry two years ago. He won 2 Stanley Cups with Detroit.

Some big name youngsters joining the league highlighted by 19 year old Phil Esposito in Chicago. Fred Stanfield, Ken Hodge, Dennis Hull and Doug Jarry are four other teens being welcomed to the Black Hawks organization. Montreal adds Yvan Cournoyer and Red Berenson while Boston gets Gary Dornhoefer, JP Parise and Ron Schock.

REGULAR SEASON
So much for the thinking the influx of young talent around the league would help teams close the gap on Montreal. The Canadiens high flying offense completely dominated the league finishing with 115 points and scoring 301 goals - 68 more than the next closest team. Montreal's goal differential was 178. Only second place Toronto with 76 finished in the positive in that category. The Canadiens run was even more impressive considering that Tom Johnson, who had won the last 3 Norris Trophies, missed more than half the season with an injury.

It wasn't just Montreal that lost a key defenseman. The Black Hawks failed to make the playoffs and a big reason why was the October injury to Bill Gadsby that ended his season.


Milestones include Toronto defenseman Gus Mortson reaching the 1000 game mark. The 37 year old becomes just the 5th player in league history to play 1000 regular season games. The 1954 Norris Trophy winner has 550 points and finished the season with 1014 games under his belt.

Ted Lindsay, who is now the all-time games played leader with 1141, moved into second place in points by passing the 1100 mark. He finished the season with 58 points giving him 1112 for his career, second only to Maurice Richard's 1173.

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		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	70 53  8  9  115
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 42 19  9   93
Detroit Red Wings 	70 27 30 13   67
Boston Bruins		70 24 36 10   58
Chicago Black Hawks	70 21 40  9   51
New York Rangers	70 13 47 10   36

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Jean Beliveau		MON  70 49 66  115
Henri Richard		MON  70 38 57   95
Alex Delvecchio		DET  70 35 50   85
Gilles Tremblay		MON  66 34 44   78
Frank Mahovlich		TOR  70 41 35   76
Dick Duff		TOR  70 22 53   75
Doug Harvey		MON  70 19 52   71
Claude Provost		MON  70 34 35   69
Norm Ullman		NYR  70 24 45   69
Don McKenney		BOS  70 21 45   66
Bobby Hull		CHI  64 35 30   65

PLAYOFFS
Toronto shocked Montreal by winning 4 straight 1-goal games in the semi-finals to eliminate the Canadiens. It marks the first time since 1953-54 Montreal did not make the finals and it is the Leafs first trip to the championship series since the same year. Frank Mahovlich paced the Leaf offense with 4 goals including 3 game-winners while Terry Sawchuk was outstanding in the Leaf net.

As is often the case the Detroit-Boston semi-final series went the full seven games. The Wings won the deciding contest on home ice by a 3-1 score as Gordie Howe got the game winner with Johnny Bucyk adding an empty-netter to seal the win.

Game One of the finals was a 4-1 victory for Toronto as Ron Stewart scored twice and Dick Duff added 3 assists for the Leafs.

Five second period goals led Toronto to a 6-3 victory in Game Two. Defenseman Tim Horton led the Leafs with a goal and 3 assists while Frank Mahovlich scored twice. Alex Delvecchio had two for Detroit in a losing cause.

Frank Mahovlich, Bill White and Bill McCreary scored for Toronto in a 3-1 Leafs victory. Terry Sawchuk was again solid in the Toronto cage, turning aside 24 of the 25 shots he faced.

Three first period goals send Toronto on it's way to a celebration and the Leafs complete the sweep with a 4-3 victory over Detroit despite a pair of Red Wing goals in the third period from Ted Lindsay. Mahovlich, Dick Duff, Bob Pulford and Bob Nevin are the Leaf goal scorers.

Detroit's Gordie Howe leads all playoff performers with 12 points including 4 goals in 11 games. Alex Delvecchio is second with 11 points. Toronto's Frank Mahovlich is the goal scoring leader with 8 in 8 games but the Conn Smythe Trophy goes to Leafs netminder Terry Sawchuk, who almost singlehandedly won the semi-final series over Montreal. Sawchuk, who had a .936 save percentage and 1.51 GAA in 8 playoff games, becomes the first goaltender to win the playoff MVP award.

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Jean Beliveau Montreal (70GP 49-66-115)

VEZINA TROPHY: Jacques Plante Montreal (53-8-8, 1.76)

NORRIS TROPHY: Doug Harvey Montreal (70GP 19-52-71)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Jean Beliveau Montreal (70GP 49-66-115)

CALDER TROPHY: Bill White Toronto (44GP 6-18-24)



The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Jacques Plante   Montreal	Terry Sawchuk    Toronto      
D   Doug Harvey	     Montreal   Marcel Pronovost Detroit
D   Red Kelly        Toronto	Pierre Pilote    Chicago    		
C   Jean Beliveau    Montreal	Norm Ullman	 New York	
LW  Gilles Tremblay  Montreal   Bobby Hull       Chicago    	
RW  Henri Richard    Montreal   Alex Delvecchio  Detroit
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After surpassing the 1000 game mark and winning his 6th Stanley Cup longtime Toronto Maple Leaf defenseman Gus Mortson announced his retirement. Injuries limited the 37 year old to just 28 games this past season so he finishes his career 1014 career games played and 550 points. He won the Norris Trophy as best defenseman in 1953-54 and was a two-time first team all-star.

After three injury plagued seasons that limited him to just 26 games over the past three years Montreal's Kenny Mosdell has retired. He began his career with the Brooklyn Americans in 1941 but joined the Habs the following season when the Americans franchise folded. In 1050 career NHL games Mosdell scored 305 goals and 750 points. He won 10 Stanley Cups with the Canadiens (11 if you count 1960-61 when he was on the roster but did not play).

Montreal also lost 29 year old Jean-Guy Talbot to retirement. Talbot played 66 games last season on the Habs blueline, scoring 22 points. His career began in 1954-55 and he played 509 games, scoring 41 goals and 143 points. His name is etched on the Stanley Cup five times.

Final retirement of note is 33 year old Johnny Wilson who played 880 games with the Red Wings and Black Hawks. Wilson scored 498 career points including 25 in 67 games last season. Wilson is a veteran of 84 playoff games but he never won a Cup.

New players entering the game this season include Wayne Cashman, Bill Goldsworthy and Gilles Marotte joining the Bruins organization. Ron Ellis, Mike Walton and Pete Stemkowski to Toronto. Nick Libett in Detroit and Bobby Schmautz with Chicago.

Looks like Jean Beliveau is picking up where he left off last season. Beliveau had 7 points including 4 goals in Montreal's 9-1 preseason thrashing of Toronto.

This was supposed to be a breakout year for Detroit's Bruce MacGregor, who had 10 goals and 17 points in 47 games as a rookie last season. Instead MacGregor will spend the year on the mend as he will miss most of the season with a torn rotator cuff suffered in a preseason game.

REGULAR SEASON
Montreal's dominance was no where near as pronounced as it was last season but the Canadiens still surpassed the 100 point mark and finished first for the 9th straight season and 19th time in the past 20 years. The line of Jean Beliveau between Henri Richard and Gilles Tremblay still carried the Montreal offense but Beliveau lost his two year hold on the Art Ross Trophy as Detroit's Alex Delvecchio led the league in scoring for the third time in 5 years.

Delvecchio's accomplishment was more impressive considering a fractured wrist cost his linemate Gordie Howe a good chunk of the season. Howe was limited to 50 games but still managed to pick up 52 points on the year.

Chicago defenseman Bill Gadsby had what might be the longest point streak for a defenseman as he earned points in 15 straight games. The 35 year old finished the season with 56 points including 24 goals while appearing in all 70 games this year after being limited to just 9 games last season due to injury. The Hawks finished in the final playoff spot thanks to Gadsby and forwards Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita along with strong goaltending from Eddie Johnston.

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		    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	70 46 14 10  102
Toronto	Maple Leafs	70 41 15 14   96
Detroit Red Wings 	70 30 28 12   72
Chicago Black Hawks	70 22 37 11   55
Boston Bruins		70 19 41 10   48
New York Rangers	70 17 40 13   47

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G  A  PTS
Alex Delvecchio		DET  70 40 47   87
Jean Beliveau		MON  69 37 46   83
Bobby Hull		CHI  70 31 49   80
Stan Mikita		CHI  70 19 54   73
Gilles Tremblay		MON  69 28 44   72
Henri Richard		MON  70 35 34   69
Norm Ullman		NYR  69 15 54   69
Andy Bathgate		NYR  70 30 35   65
Parker MacDonald	TOR  64 25 40   65
Don McKenney		BOS  67 25 37   62
PLAYOFFS
Montreal swept Toronto in one semi-final while the Chicago Black Hawks had little trouble with Detroit, sweeping the Red Wings in the other semi-final to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in three years.

The Finals opened with Montreal hanging on for a 5-4 victory in Game One. The Canadiens, led by 2 goals from Claude Provost, built a 5-1 lead early in the second period before Chicago stormed back with 3 third period goals. The Black Hawks were unable to get the equalizer past Jacques Plante as the Habs hung on for the win.

Chicago did have a successful comeback in Game Two as Montreal built a 2-0 lead on a pair of Jean Beliveau goals before Pierre Pilote got the Hawks on the board late in the second period. Bill Gadsby and Bob Armstrong scored the only goals of the third period and the Hawks won a Stanley Cup final game for the first time in franchise history, beating Montreal 3-2 and evening the series.

Montreal outshot Chicago 49-12 but the Habs needed a late goal from Henri Richard to claim a 3-2 win. Beliveau had 2 assists for Montreal while Bobby Hull assisted on both Chicago goals but the big story was the outstanding job Eddie Johnston did in the Chicago net.

It looked like the Hawks might even the series as Johnston was again outstanding, stopping all 23 shots he faced in the first two periods and Chicago led 1-0 after 40 minutes. However Montreal pulled out the 2-1 victory on powerplay goals from Jean Beliveau and Tom Johnson.

Montreal would wrap up the series at home with a 4-1 victory in Game Five. Phil Goyette had a goal and an assist to pace the Canadiens in the game helping Montreal win it's 12th Stanley Cup in the sim and 7th in the last 9 years.

For the fourth time Montreal captain Jean Beliveau was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Beliveau led all playoff perfomers with 14 points including 6 goals in 9 games. Chicago defenseman Bill Gadsby was second with 13 points while Habs winger Gilles Tremblay led the playoffs in goals with 7.

Other Award winners:

HART TROPHY: Jean Beliveau Montreal (69GP 37-46-83)

VEZINA TROPHY: Jacques Plante Montreal (46-14-10, 1.68)

NORRIS TROPHY: Jacques Laperriere Montreal (70GP 13-37-50)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Alex Delvecchio Detroit (70GP 40-47-87)

CALDER TROPHY: Jean Gauthier Boston (1GP 0-0-0)
Have no idea why Gauthier won the award playing in just one game. There were not a lot of rookies this season but Detroit's Ron Harris had 14 points and played all 70 games on the Red Wings blueline or Paul Henderson with 15 points in 57 games are much better choices.

The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Terry Sawchuk    Toronto	Jacques Plante   Montreal	      
D   Bill Gadsby	     Chicago	Tim Horton	 Toronto
D   J Laperriere     Montreal   Doug Harvey      Montreal 		
C   Jean Beliveau    Montreal	Stan Mikita      Chicago	
LW  Bobby Hull       Chicago    Gilles Tremblay  Montreal      	
RW  Alex Delvecchio  Detroit    Andy Bathgate    New York
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The Howe trajectory has been strange and now he misses time with an injury as he is finally taking off. Enjoying this greatly.
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