Team Recap: 32nd-seeded ’37-’38 New York Americans

The 32nd-seeded '37-'38 New York Americans

The 32nd-seeded ’37-’38 New York Americans

  • Tom Anderson (LW)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Lorne Carr (RW)
    • 5 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -3   14 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Art Chapman (C)
    • 5 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -3   6 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Hap Day (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +1*   9 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • John Gallagher (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -12   11 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Joe Jerwa (D)
    • 5 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -14   16 S   0 GWG   6* PIM   0 Stars
  • Ching Johnson (D)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Joe Lamb (RW)
    • 5 GP   2 G   0 A   2 P   -7   10 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Allan Murray (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Earl Robertson (G)
    • 5 GP   5 GS   1-4-0   4.80 GAA   .892 SV%   0 SO   2 Stars
  • Sweeney Schriner (LW)
    • 5 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   -3   12 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Hooley Smith (C)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -5   8 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • John Sorrell (LW)
    • 5 GP   3* G   3* A   6* P   -5   29* S   1* GWG   0 PIM   3* Stars
  • Nels Stewart (C)
    • 5 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   -5   21 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Eddie Wiseman (RW)
    • 5 GP   0 G   3* A   3 P   -3   13 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 1-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 11
  • Goals/Game: 2.20
  • Goals Allowed: 24
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 4.80
  • Shots: 163
  • Shots Allowed: 222
  • Shots/Game: 32.6
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 44.4
  • # of PP’s: 6
  • PPG’s: 0 – 1 of 11 teams to not score a PPG in tournament
  • PP%: 0.0%
  • TSH: 6
  • PPGA: 0 – 1 of 6 teams to not allow a PPG in tournament
  • PK%: 100.0%
  • Penalties in minutes: 16

First off, 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.

This team is the third of eight teams in the tournament that are pre-Original Six. Expectations for this team or any of those eight teams were not high.

First Round:

Defeated by 33rd-seeded ’06-’07 Nashville Predators, 4-1

The ’37-’38 Americans were coached by Hall of Famer Red Dutton, who was inducted into the HHOF as a player in 1958. Under Dutton, the ’37-’38 Amerks posted a record of 19-18-11, which was good for 49 points and 2nd in the Canadian Division, behind the Toronto Maple Leafs. They were ranked fifth out of eight teams in goals for with 110 and were ranked third in goals against with 111. Hockey Reference ranked New York’s strength of schedule at fifth toughest in the league, and their SRS rating system had New York as the fourth best team in the league that year, so middle of the pack. In the Quarterfinals, the Amerks faced their neighbors, the New York Rangers, and took them down in a series-deciding Game Three to win two games to one. Then, in the Semifinals, they lost to the Chicago Black Hawks in three games.

It was a tight race to be the team’s point leader during the ’37-’38 season. Hall of Famer Sweeney Schriner led the team in points with 38 in 48 games played. Fellow Hall of Famer Nels Stewart was second on the team in points with 36 and Eddie Wiseman was third with 32. Schriner, Stewart and Wiseman were also the team’s three leaders in goals with 21, 19 and 18, respectively. Art Chapman led the team in assists with 27 in 45 games played. Tom Anderson was second on the team in assists with 21 and Schriner and Stewart were tied for third with 17. Goaltender Earl Robertson had a very good season with a 2.22 goals against average and six shutouts. He was even better in the playoffs when he posted a 1.52 GAA in the six games. Robertson, by far, had the highest Point Share for the Amerks at 9.3 while Schriner and Jerwa fought a close battle for second, at 5.3 and 5.1, respectively.

Up next are the 31st-seeded ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets!

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