Team Recap: 2nd-seeded ’44-’45 Toronto Maple Leafs

The 2nd-seeded '44-'45 Toronto Maple Leafs

The 2nd-seeded ’44-’45 Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Pete Backor (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -2   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gus Bodnar (C)
    • 6 GP   2 G   2 A   4 P   -1   13 S   1* GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars
  • Lorne Carr (RW)
    • 6 GP   3 G   4 A   7 P   -6   38 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Bob Davidson (LW)
    • 6 GP   2 G   0 A   2 P   -3   16 S   0 GWG   4* PIM   0 Stars
  • Reg Hamilton (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -10   11 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mel Hill (RW)
    • 6 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   -3   17 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Art Jackson (C)
    • 6 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   Even*   2 S   1* GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ross Johnstone (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -1   4 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ted Kennedy (C)
    • 6 GP   4* G   8* A   12* P   -11   62* S   0 GWG   2 PIM   5* Stars
  • Frank McCool (G)
    • 6 GP   6 GS   2-4-0   5.17 GAA   .888 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • John McCreedy (RW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   7 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Nick Metz (LW)
    • 6 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   -4   21 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Moe Morris (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   1 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Babe Pratt (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -11   20 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Sweeney Schriner (LW)
    • 6 GP   2 G   3 A   5 P   -7   27 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Wally Stanowski (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even*   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 2-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 19
  • Goals/Game: 3.17
  • Goals Allowed: 31
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 5.17
  • Shots: 250
  • Shots Allowed: 276
  • Shots/Game: 41.7
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 46.0
  • # of PP’s: 12
  • PPG’s: 2
  • PP%: 16.7%
  • TSH: 9
  • PPGA: 2
  • PK%: 77.8%
  • Penalties in minutes: 20

The Toronto Maple Leafs are the 2nd seed because they have the 2nd-most Stanley Cups. However, in the two Ultimate NHL Playoffs, they have now won a round. The ’44-’45 Maple Leafs were making their UNP debut and at least they won a game, unlike Toronto’s inaugural representative.

First Round:

Bye

Second Round:

Lost to 31st-seeded ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets in six games

The ’44-’45 Leafs were coached by legendary player and coach, Hap Day. However, they only posted a 24-22-4 record during the regular season as they posted multiple, long winning and losing streaks. That record was good for 52 points and third in the NHL, out of six teams, obviously. They were also third in the league in scoring, averaging 3.66 goals per game, while they were second in the league in defense, allowing 3.22 goals per game. Hockey Reference listed Toronto’s strength of schedule as fourth-toughest in the league while their SRS gave the Leafs a 0.37, which was third-best in the league. However, that 0.37 SRS isn’t even in the top 20 best ratings for a season in Maple Leafs history. They began the playoffs by eliminating the top-seeded Montreal Canadiens in a six game upset to reach the Stanley Cup Final. In said Final, they opened up a 3-0 series lead on the Detroit Red Wings, but needed a 2-1 win in Game 7 to win the Cup. This was the first time in Stanley Cup Final history that a home team lost a Game 7.

This team included three future Hall of Famers on its roster, including one that was born in Russia, before the Communist Revolution, Sweeney Schriner. However, it was teenager and future Hall of Famer Ted Kennedy who led the Maple Leafs offensively. He scored a team-high 29 goals and totaled a team-high 54 points in 49 games played. Lorne Carr was second in points with 46 while Schriner and Nick Metz were tied for second in goals behind Kennedy with 22. Fellow youngster Gus Bodnar led Toronto in helpers with 36 while Carr and Kennedy were tied for second with 25. Grizzled veteran and team captain Bob Davidson led them in penalties in minutes with 49 in 50 games while defenseman Reg Hamilton was a close second with 41. The Leafs had a rookie in net who would win the Calder Trophy for his efforts. Frank McCool played every second in net and posted a 3.22 goals against average with four shutouts. He also posted the team’s highest Point Share at 10.1. Future Hall of Fame defenseman Babe Pratt had the second-highest share at 7.9.

This wraps up both the Team Recap portion of the offseason and the offseason in general!!! There will be a short break and then action will kick back up as each team’s Qualifying Tournament begins for the 3rd Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff!!!

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