Here is a little description of each team in the tourney:
- ’34-’35 Montreal Maroons (24-19-5, 53 points (2nd in Canadian Division), Won Stanley Cup)
- ’25-’26 Montreal Maroons (20-11-5, 45 points (2nd in NHL), Won Stanley Cup)
- ’27-’28 Montreal Maroons (24-14-6, 54 points (2nd in Canadian Division), Lost in Stanley Cup Final)
- ’35-’36 Montreal Maroons (22-16-10, 54 points (1st in Canadian Division), Lost in Semifinal)
- ’29-’30 Montreal Maroons (23-16-5, 51 points (1st in Canadian Division), Lost in Semifinal)
- ’33-’34 Montreal Maroons (19-18-11, 49 points (3rd in Canadian Division), Lost in Semifinal)
- ’31-’32 Montreal Maroons (19-22-7, 45 points (3rd in Canadian Division), Lost in Semifinal)
- ’36-’37 Montreal Maroons (22-17-9, 53 points (2nd in Canadian Division), Lost in Semifinal)
The Montreal Maroons were founded in 1924 as the city of Montreal’s first “second” hockey team since 1918 when the Montreal Wanderers folded. They were founded as a team for the English community in the city. The team won the Stanley Cup in 1926 and 1935. When they won it in 1935, they were the last non-Original Six team to win the Cup until the expansion-era Philadelphia Flyers won it in 1974. The franchise had even players and five coaches that would later be voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Due to the Great Depression, the Maroons suspended play in 1938 and eventually the franchise was cancelled in 1947.
The ’34-’35 Montreal Maroons were the 13th seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff. They were defeated by the 20th-seeded ’02-’03 Dallas Stars in the 2nd Round.
Players to Watch:
- C – Nels Stewart – A member of the 1952 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Stewart is the Maroons’ all-time leading goal scorer with 185 goals in 288 games played. He’s also a two-time Hart Trophy winner. His adjusted point shares line up with some of the best scorers in the history of the game, such as Teemu Selanne, Gordie Howe and Guy Lafleur.
- C – Hooley Smith – Smith enjoyed a 17-year NHL career and played for four teams during that span. A two-time All-Star as a member of the Maroons, Smith is the all-time leading goal-scorer in Maroons history with 281 points in 388 games played. He was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972, which unfortunately was done posthumously as he passed away at the age of 60 in 1963.
- G – Clint Benedict – Voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965, Benedict spent six seasons as a member of the Maroons after spending seven years with the original Ottawa Senators. He posted career highs in games played, wins, goals against average and goalie point shares during his time as a Maroon.
The tournament begins tomorrow! The 1st Round will carry over into Thursday and the Semifinal will take place on Friday with the Final on Monday.