Here is a little description of each team in the tourney:
- ’35-’36 New York Americans (16-25-7, 39 points (3rd in Canadian Division), Lost in Semifinal)
- ’37-’38 New York Americans (19-18-11, 49 points (2nd in Canadian Division), Lost in Semifinal)
- ’39-’40 New York Americans (15-29-4, 34 points (6th), Lost in Quarterfinal)
- ’28-’29 New York Americans (19-13-12, 50 points (2nd in Canadian Division), Lost in Quarterfinal)
- ’38-’39 New York Americans (17-21-10, 44 points (4th), Lost in Quarterfinal)
- ’30-’31 New York Americans (18-16-10, 46 points (4th in Canadian Division), DNQ for Playoffs)
- ’32-’33 New York Americans (15-22-11, 41 points (4th in Canadian Division), DNQ for Playoffs)
- ’31-’32 New York Americans (16-24-8, 40 points (4th in Canadian Division), DNQ for Playoffs)
We’re taking a quick detour from relatively recent franchises that are extinct to a franchise that has been extinct for quite a while. The New York Americans, or the “Amerks,” were an NHL franchise from 1925-1942, but they were known as the Brooklyn Americans during the 1941-1942 season. They were the third expansion team in NHL history and the second to play in the United States. They were New York City’s first NHL franchise. During WWII, they suspended operations while they were struggling financially and they eventually folded in 1946. However, when they suspended operations, it officially marked the beginning of the NHL’s Original Six era.
The ’37-’38 New York Americans were the 34th-seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff. They were swept in the 1st Round of the inaugural UNP by the 33rd-seeded Quebec Nordiques.
Players to Watch:
- LW – Sweeney Schriner – Actually born in 1911 in Saratov, Russia, the Hall of Famer was a 3x All-Star during his 11-year NHL career. He posted the two highest point totals for a single season in back-to-back years with the Amerks.
- G – Roy Worters – The Hall of Fame netminder spent nine plus years with the Amerks. He was a 2x All-Star, as well as a Hart and Vezina Trophy award winner during his time in New York.
- C – Nels Stewart – Known most for his tenure as a member of the Montreal Maroons, the Hall of Famer finished out the twilight years of his career as a member of the Amerks.
The tournament begins today! The 1st Round will carry over into Wednesday and the Semifinal will take place on Thursday with the Final on Friday.