1932–33 NHL season
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||November 10, 1932 - April 13, 1933|
|Number of games||48|
|Number of teams||9|
|Season champions||Boston Bruins|
|Season MVP||Eddie Shore (Boston Bruins)|
|Top scorer||Bill Cook (New York Rangers)|
|Canadian Division champions||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|American Division champions||Boston Bruins|
|Stanley Cup champions||New York Rangers|
|Runners-up||Toronto Maple Leafs|
The 1932–33 NHL season was the 16th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nine teams each played 48 games. The New York Rangers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs three games to one for the Stanley Cup.
Detroit Falcons renamed the Detroit Red Wings
Although the Montreal Maroons had Flat Walsh, Dave Kerr and Normie Smith for goal, they were very taken by Chuck Gardiner of Chicago. James Strachan offered $10,000 plus one of his goalkeepers, but there was no deal.
Billy Coutu, expelled from the NHL in 1927, was reinstated to the NHL, but never returned.
This season, the NHL started allowing a substitute to serve penalties for goaltender's penalties.1
The NHL now required a captain or alternate captain to be on the ice at all times.
There was a record number four goaltenders who served as captains for their teams: George Hainsworth, Roy Worters, Charlie Gardiner, and Alex Connell.2 The Red Wings and Boston Bruins tied for the best overall record with 58 points apiece, but it was Boston that was awarded first overall due to a better head-to-head record. Ottawa started the season up in second place in the Canadian Division near the .500 mark at mid season, but collapsed in the second half and finished last. President Ahearn instructed coach Cy Denneny to fine players who displayed indifferent hockey. At the same time, he stated that Hector Kilrea was not for sale. Toronto manager Conn Smythe offered Andy Blair, Ken Doraty, and Baldy Cotton for Kilrea which drew a snort of disdain from Ahearn.
The Montreal Canadiens, surprisingly, under new coach Newsy Lalonde, spent much of the season in last place, but managed to make the playoffs when they rallied to finished third. Toronto, with its Kid line, finished first for the first time as the Maple Leafs. Led by the great play of Eddie Shore, the Boston Bruins finished first in the American Division.
|Detroit Red Wings||48||25||15||8||111||93||58|
|New York Rangers||48||23||17||8||135||107||54|
|Chicago Black Hawks||48||16||20||12||88||101||44|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||48||24||18||6||119||111||54|
|New York Americans||48||15||22||11||91||118||41|
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
|Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Stanley Cup Final|
|C1||Toronto Maple Leafs||3|
|C1||Toronto Maple Leafs||1|
|A3||New York Rangers||3|
|A2||Detroit Red Wings||5G|
|A2||Detroit Red Wings||3G|
|A3||New York Rangers||6G|
|A3||New York Rangers||8G|
It was the first season that league president Frank Calder named the best rookie of the year. The first winner was Carl Voss of the Detroit Red Wings (formerly the Detroit Falcons).3 Although Tiny Thompson was named 'most valuable goaltender', he was not named to the NHL All-Star team.
|Rookie of the Year:
(Best first-year player)
|Carl Voss, Detroit Red Wings|
(Most valuable player)
|Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins|
|Lady Byng Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
|Frank Boucher, New York Rangers|
(Canadian Division champions)
|Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Prince of Wales Trophy:
(American Division champions)
|Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins|
Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|Bill Cook||New York Rangers||48||28||22||50||51|
|Busher Jackson||Toronto Maple Leafs||48||27||17||44||43|
|Baldy Northcott||Montreal Maroons||48||22||21||43||30|
|Hooley Smith||Montreal Maroons||48||20||21||41||66|
|Paul Haynes||Montreal Maroons||48||16||25||41||18|
|Aurel Joliat||Montreal Canadiens||48||18||21||39||53|
|Marty Barry||Boston Bruins||48||24||13||37||40|
|Bun Cook||New York Rangers||48||22||15||37||35|
|Nels Stewart||Boston Bruins||47||18||18||36||62|
|Howie Morenz||Montreal Canadiens||46||14||21||35||32|
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The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1932–33 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
- Art Wiebe, Chicago Black Hawks
- Eddie Wiseman, Detroit Red Wings
- Charlie Sands, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Buzz Boll*, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Bill Thoms, Toronto Maple Leafs
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1932–33 (listed with their last team):
- George Owen, Boston Bruins
- Billy Burch, Chicago Black Hawks
- Reg Noble, Montreal Maroons
- Hib Milks, Ottawa Senators
- Norman Gainor, Ottawa Senators
- Harold Darragh, Toronto Maple Leafs
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