Team Recap: 14th-seeded ’34-’35 Montreal Maroons

The 14th-seeded '34-'35 Montreal Maroons

The 14th-seeded ’34-’35 Montreal Maroons

  • Russ Blinco (C)
    • 11 GP   6 G   3 A   9 P   -2   58 S   1* GWG   2 PIM   4 Stars
  • Herb Cain (LW)
    • 11 GP   6 G   6* A   12 P   +2   61* S   0 GWG   2 PIM   5 Stars
  • Lionel Conacher (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -6   15 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Alec Connell (G)
    • 11 GP   11 GS   4-7-0   2.91 GAA   .920 SV%   0 SO   10* Stars
  • Stewart Evans (D)
    • 11 GP   1 G   6* A   7 P   -1   41 S   1* GWG   6* PIM   2 Stars
  • Bob Gracie (C)
    • 11 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -9   32 S   1* GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Paul Haynes (C)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gus Marker (RW)
    • 11 GP   2 G   2 A   4 P   Even   17 S   1* GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Sammy McManus (LW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   Even   2 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Baldy Northcott (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -6   32 S   0 GWG   6* PIM   0 Stars
  • Earl Robinson (RW)
    • 11 GP   8* G   6* A   14* P   +2   61* S   0 GWG   6* PIM   5 Stars
  • Al Shields (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   24 S   0 GWG   6* PIM   0 Stars
  • Hooley Smith (C)
    • 11 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +5*   27 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dave Trottier (LW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -9   23 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jimmy Ward (RW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -9   15 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Cy Wentworth (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   4 A   4 P   -2   16 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 4-7-0
  • Goals Scored: 24
  • Goals/Game: 2.18 – 2nd-worst for a team that won at least one series
  • Goals Allowed: 32
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.91
  • Shots: 424
  • Shots Allowed: 400
  • Shots/Game: 38.5
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 36.4
  • # of PP’s: 13
  • PPG’s: 2
  • PP%: 15.4%
  • TSH: 17
  • PPGA: 3
  • PK%: 82.4%
  • Penalties in minutes: 40

The ’34-’35 Montreal Maroons are back for the second time as they have represented the extinct Montreal franchise in both Ultimate NHL Playoffs. Here in their second trip, they won their first ever series in the UNP.

First Round:

Bye

Second Round:

Came back from 3-2 series deficit to defeat 19th-seeded ’10-’11 Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3

Third Round:

Swept by 3rd-seeded ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings, 4-0

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 (123/2.56 per game) and 2nd in goals against (92/1.92 per game). 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. That same SRS of 0.57 is the best on Maroons’ history. 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 Alec 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. He also posted the highest Point Share, by far, for the Maroons at 11.2 while Wentworth was a distant second at 5.6.

Up next are the 13th-seeded ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kinga!

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