1936 Stanley Cup Finals

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1936 Stanley Cup Finals
1234 Total
Detroit Red Wings 393*3 3
Toronto Maple Leafs 144*2 1
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location(s)Detroit: Olympia Stadium (1, 2)
Toronto: Maple Leaf Gardens (3, 4)
CoachesDetroit: Jack Adams
Toronto: Dick Irvin
CaptainsDetroit: Doug Young
Toronto: Hap Day
DatesApril 5 to April 11, 1936
Series-winning goalPete Kelly (9:45, third, G4)

The 1936 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. This was Detroit's second appearance in the Final and Toronto's sixth. Detroit would win the series 3–1 to win their first Stanley Cup.

Path to the Final[edit]

Detroit defeated the defending champion Montreal Maroons in a best-of-five 3–0 to advance to the final. The Leafs had to play a total-goals series; 8–6 against Boston Bruins, and win a best-of-three 2–1 against the New York Americans.

Game summaries[edit]

Detroit won the series 3–1

Detroit Red Wings 1936 Stanley Cup champions[edit]



Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • 4 members were included on team picture, but left off the Stanley Cup, Wilfie Starr†, Art Giroux†, Les Tooke†, Carl Mattson† (Ass't Trainer). Les Took was a spare goalie who never played in the NHL.
  • Detroit included all the playoff scores on the Stanley Cup. In first game of the playoffs (Semi-Finals) Detroit defeated Montreal Maroons 1-0 (in 116 min, 30 sec OT). It is still longest playoff game in NHL history, almost six periods of overtime. Detroit included time played for this overtime game. Game three of Stanley Cup Finals was won by Toronto in overtime. No time played was included.

Detroit: "City of Champions"[edit]

When the Red Wings won the 1936 Stanley Cup, the City of Detroit was mired in the Great Depression, which had hit Detroit and its industries particularly hard. But with the success of the Red Wings and other Detroit teams and athletes in the 1935/36 sports season, Detroit's luck appeared to be changing, as the city was dubbed the "City of Champions". The Detroit Tigers started the winning streak by winning the 1935 World Series, and the Detroit Lions continued the process by capturing the 1935 NFL Championship Game. When the Red Wings completed their own championship drive, the city had seen three major sporting league championships in less than a year. Detroit's "champions" also included Detroit's "Brown Bomber", Joe Louis, the heavyweight boxing champion; native Detroiter Gar Wood, who was the champion of unlimited powerboat racing and the first man to go 100 miles per hour on water; and Eddie "the Midnight Express" Tolan, a black Detroiter who won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter races at the 1932 Summer Olympics.

See also[edit]



  • NHL (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Dan Diamond & Associates.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7
Preceded by
Montreal Maroons
Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Detroit Red Wings