1940 Stanley Cup Finals

1940 Stanley Cup Finals
1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
New York Rangers 2* 6 1 0 2** 3* 4
Toronto Maple Leafs 1* 2 2 3 1** 2* 2
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location(s) New York City: Madison Square Garden (1, 2)
Toronto: Maple Leaf Gardens (3–6)
Coaches New York: Frank Boucher
Toronto: Dick Irvin
Captains New York: Art Coulter
Toronto: Red Horner
Dates April 2 to April 13, 1940
Series-winning goal Bryan Hextall (2:07, OT)

The 1940 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven series between the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs. New York would win the series 4–2 to win their third Stanley Cup. The Rangers would not win another for 54 years.

Paths to the Finals

New York defeated the Boston Bruins in a best-of-seven 4–2 to advance to the Finals. The Maple Leafs had to play two best-of three series; winning 2–0 against the Chicago Black Hawks, and 2–0 against the Detroit Red Wings to advance to the Finals.

Game summaries

The Finals series between the Rangers and the Maple Leafs was an exciting one that went back and forth with three overtime games. The Rangers took the first two at home and the Leafs took the next two in Toronto. The circus forced the Rangers to vacate Madison Square Garden after the first two games. The Rangers would score three game-winning goals in overtime including the Cup winner. Lynn and Murray Patrick played for the Rangers to be the third and fourth members of the Patrick family to win the Stanley Cup.

New York won series 4–2

Stanley Cup engraving

The 1940 Stanley Cup was presented to Rangers captain Art Coulter by NHL President Frank Calder following the Rangers 3–2 overtime win over the Maple Leafs in game seven.

The following Rangers players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup

1940 New York Rangers


Stanley Cup engraving

a Missing from the Stanley Cup, but qualified to be on it.

  • Frank Boucher was 6th NHL rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup.
  • Lester Patrick and Frank Boucher became the first (and to this date, the only) duo to win the Stanley Cup together as players and then as a coach-managerial team, having won as players on the Rangers in 1928.[1]
  • A new ring was added to the Stanley Cup. This large ring had room to hold 7 winning Stanley Cup teams.

See also

References and notes


  1. ^ Branch, John (June 1, 2006). "New York Is Edmonton's Home Away From Home". The New York Times. p. D7. If the Oilers win the Stanley Cup, Lowe and MacTavish will be the second twosome in NHL history to win as teammates, and as general manager and coach. Lester Patrick was the Rangers' general manager and Frank Boucher was the coach when they won the championship in 1940. They played together when the Rangers won the Cup in 1928.


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