1932–33 NHL season

1932–33 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration November 10, 1932 – April 13, 1933
Number of games 48
Number of teams 9
Regular season
Season champions Boston Bruins
Season MVP Eddie Shore (Bruins)
Top scorer Bill Cook (Rangers)
Canadian Division champions Toronto Maple Leafs
American Division champions Boston Bruins
Stanley Cup
Champions New York Rangers
  Runners-up Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL seasons

The 1932–33 NHL season was the 16th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nine teams each played 48 games. The New York Rangers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs three games to one for the Stanley Cup.

League business

After sitting out for a season due to financial difficulties, the Ottawa Senators rejoined the NHL.[1] The Philadelphia Quakers never rejoined the NHL after sitting out the 1931–32 season.

Detroit Falcons were renamed as the Detroit Red Wings.

Although the Montreal Maroons had Flat Walsh, Dave Kerr and Normie Smith for goal, they were interested in acquiring Chuck Gardiner of Chicago. James Strachan offered $10,000 plus one of his goalkeepers, but there was no deal.

Billy Coutu, expelled from the NHL in 1927, was reinstated to the NHL, but never returned.

Rule changes

This season, the NHL started allowing a substitute to serve penalties for goaltender's penalties.[1]

The NHL now required a captain or alternate captain to be on the ice at all times.

Regular season

There was a record number of four goaltenders who served as captains for their teams: George Hainsworth, Roy Worters, Charlie Gardiner, and Alex Connell.[2] The Red Wings and Boston Bruins tied for the best overall record with 58 points apiece, but it was Boston that was awarded first overall due to a better head-to-head record. Ottawa started the season up in second place in the Canadian Division near the .500 mark at mid season, but collapsed in the second half and finished last. President Ahearn instructed coach Cy Denneny to fine players who displayed indifferent hockey. At the same time, he stated that Hector Kilrea was not for sale. Toronto manager Conn Smythe offered Andy Blair, Ken Doraty, and Baldy Cotton for Kilrea, which drew a snort of disdain from Ahearn.[citation needed]

The Montreal Canadiens, under new coach Newsy Lalonde, spent much of the season in last place, but made the playoffs when they rallied to finish third. Toronto, with its Kid line, finished first for the first time as the Maple Leafs. Led by the play of Eddie Shore, the Boston Bruins finished first in the American Division.

The first forfeit in NHL history occurred during a Black Hawks-Bruins game at Boston Garden on March 14, 1933. Chicago coach Tommy Gorman punched referee Bill Stewart following a disputed overtime goal by Boston's Marty Barry. Stewart threw several punches at Gorman before summoning the police to remove Gorman from the visitors' bench. The Hawks refused to continue the game without their coach. The puck was placed at center ice by Stewart. Boston's Cooney Weiland scored without any Hawks on the ice--at which point the game was forfeited to Boston. Ironically, referee Stewart would coach the Black Hawks to the Stanley Cup in 1937-1938.

Final standings

American Division
Boston Bruins 48 25 15 8 124 88 58
Detroit Red Wings 48 25 15 8 111 93 58
New York Rangers 48 23 17 8 135 107 54
Chicago Black Hawks 48 16 20 12 88 101 44
Canadian Division
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 24 18 6 119 111 54
Montreal Maroons 48 22 20 6 135 119 50
Montreal Canadiens 48 18 25 5 92 115 41
New York Americans 48 15 22 11 91 118 41
Ottawa Senators 48 11 27 10 88 131 32

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Playoff bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Stanley Cup Finals
  C1 Toronto 3  
    A1 Boston 2  
    C1 Toronto 1
  A3 NY Rangers 3
  C2 Mtl Maroons 2G  
A2 Detroit 5G  
A2 Detroit 3G
    A3 NY Rangers 6G  
C3 Mtl Canadiens 5G
  A3 NY Rangers 8G  


Detroit won series on total goals 5–2

New York won series on total goals 8–5


Game five of this series is the second longest game in NHL history, it was the longest at the time.

Toronto won series 3–2

New York won series on total goals 6–3

Stanley Cup Finals

New York won series 3–1


It was the first season that league president Frank Calder named the best rookie of the year. The first winner was Carl Voss of the Detroit Red Wings.[3] Although Tiny Thompson was named 'most valuable goaltender', he was not named to the NHL All-Star team.

Rookie of the Year:
(Best first-year player)
Carl Voss, Detroit Red Wings
Hart Trophy:
(Most valuable player)
Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins
Lady Byng Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Frank Boucher, New York Rangers
O'Brien Cup:
(Canadian Division champions)
Toronto Maple Leafs
Prince of Wales Trophy:
(American Division champions)
Boston Bruins
Vezina Trophy:
(Top goaltender)
Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins

All-Star teams

Player statistics

Leading scorers

Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Bill Cook New York Rangers 48 28 22 50 51
Busher Jackson Toronto Maple Leafs 48 27 17 44 43
Baldy Northcott Montreal Maroons 48 22 21 43 30
Hooley Smith Montreal Maroons 48 20 21 41 66
Paul Haynes Montreal Maroons 48 16 25 41 18
Aurel Joliat Montreal Canadiens 48 18 21 39 53
Marty Barry Boston Bruins 48 24 13 37 40
Bun Cook New York Rangers 48 22 15 37 35
Nels Stewart Boston Bruins 47 18 18 36 62
Howie Morenz Montreal Canadiens 46 14 21 35 32

Source: NHL.[4]

Leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; Mins = Minutes played; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP W L T Mins GA SO GAA
Tiny Thompson Boston Bruins 48 25 15 8 3000 88 11 1.76
John Ross Roach Detroit Red Wings 48 25 15 8 2970 93 10 1.88
Charlie Gardiner Chicago Black Hawks 48 16 20 12 3010 101 5 2.01
Andy Aitkenhead New York Rangers 48 23 17 8 2970 107 3 2.16
Lorne Chabot Toronto Maple Leafs 48 24 18 6 2946 111 5 2.26
Dave Kerr Montreal Maroons 25 14 8 3 1520 58 4 2.29

Source: NHL.[5]


American Division

Canadian Division


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1932–33 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1932–33 (listed with their last team):

See also


  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Hockey. Total Sports. ISBN 1-892129-85-X.
  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.
  • Dryden, Steve, ed. (2000). Century of hockey. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-4179-9.
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1.
  • McFarlane, Brian (1973). The Story of the National Hockey League. New York, NY: Pagurian Press. ISBN 0-684-13424-1.
  1. ^ a b Fischler et al. 2003, p. 90.
  2. ^ Hockey's Book of Firsts, p. 13, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  3. ^ Fischler et al. 2003, p. 92.
  4. ^ Dinger 2011, p. 147.
  5. ^ "1932–1933 – Regular Season – Goalie – Goalie Season Stats Leaders – Goals Against Average". nhl.com. Retrieved March 26, 2015.

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