Team Recap: 13th-Seeded ’34-’35 Montreal Maroons

The #13 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '34-'35 Montreal Maroons.

The #13 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’34-’35 Montreal Maroons.

  • Russ Blinco (C)
    • 6 GP   2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   11 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Herb Cain (LW)
    • 6 GP   2 G   3 A   5 P   -4   32 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Lionel Conacher (D)
    • 6 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -2   8 S   1 GWG   10 PIM   0 Stars
  • Alec Connell (G)
    • 6 GP   2-4-0   3.00 GAA   .926 SV%   0 SO   4 Stars
  • Stewart Evans (D)
    • 6 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -1   14 S   0 GWG   12 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dutch Gainor (C)
    • 6 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -2   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bob Gracie (C)
    • 6 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -2   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gus Marker (RW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +1   11 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Sammy McManus (LW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   +1   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Baldy Northcott (D)
    • 6 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -4   22 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Earl Robinson (RW)
    • 6 GP   3 G   2 A   5 P   -2   15 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   4 Stars
  • Al Shields (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -3   3 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Hooley Smith (C)
    • 6 GP   0 G   5 A   5 P   -1   18 S   0 GWG   8 PIM   2 Stars
  • Dave Trottier (LW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   Even   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jimmy Ward (RW)
    • 6 GP   2 G   0 A   2 P   -1   9 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   3 Stars
  • Cy Wentworth (D)
    • 6 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   +5   7 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   2 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 2-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 13
  • Goals/Game: 2.17
  • Goals Allowed: 18
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.00
  • Shots: 167
  • Shots Allowed: 243
  • Shots/Game: 27.8
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 40.5
  • # of PP’s: 13
  • PPG’s: 1
  • PP%: 7.7%
  • TSH: 17
  • PPGA: 4
  • PK%: 76.5%
  • Penalties in minutes: 48

My expectations for this team were not very high. Despite how successful the Maroon franchise was and how successful this team was, in a tournament like this, they are simply outmatched. They received a first round bye in this tournament because of their Cup from the ’34-’35 season.

1st Round:

Bye

2nd Round:

Lost to 20th-seeded ’02-’03 Dallas Stars, 4-2

The ’34-’35 edition of the Montreal Maroons was yet another winner in franchise history. The franchise existed for 14 years and made the playoffs 11 times. They reached at least the Semifinals eight times. The Maroons finished the ’34-’35 regular season with a record of 24-19-5, which was good for 53 points and 2nd in the Canadian division, which included the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Americans and the St. Louis Eagles. The Maroons were ranked 5th out of nine teams in goals for (123) and 2nd in goals against (92). They were 8th in strength of schedule and were rated the 2nd-best team in the league that season by Hockey Reference’s SRS calculations. Under the command of Hall of Famer Tommy Gorman, the ’34-’35 Maroons defeated the Chicago Black Hawks in the Quarterfinals and the New York Rangers in the Semifinals. This was back when the Quarters and Semis were just one games to decide the winner. The Maroons then went on to sweep the Maple Leafs in the Final in three games to win the franchises second championship.

Earl Robinson was the leader on offense with his 17 goals and 18 assists for a team-leading 35 points in 48 games played. Herb Cain, Russ Blinco and Hooley Smith were all tied for 2nd on the team in points with 27. Cain scored the most goals for the Maroons with 20 in 44 games played. Smith led the Maroons in assists with 22 in 46 games played. Robinson was 2nd on the team in both goals and assists. Defensemen Stewart Evans, Al Shields and Lionel Conacher were the top three on the team in PIMs, with 54, 45 and 44 respectively. The blueline for the ’34-’35 Maroons did not contribute much offense. Baldy Northcott finished with 23 points, but he split time as a defenseman and a winger. Cy Wentworth led all full-time defensemen in points with 13. However, Wentworth was tied for the team lead in points in the playoffs with five. Goaltender Alex Connell had a stellar season by posting a 1.86 goals against average along with nine shutouts. Connell was even better in the playoffs when he allowed just eight goals in seven games for a 1.12 goals against average.

Up next is the #14 seed, the ’13-’14 Los Angeles Kings!

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