1953 Stanley Cup Finals

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1953 Stanley Cup Finals
12345 Total
Montreal Canadiens 41371* 4
Boston Bruins 24030* 1
* indicates periods of overtime.
Location(s)Montreal: Montreal Forum (1, 2, 5)
Boston: Boston Garden (3, 4)
CoachesMontreal: Dick Irvin
Boston: Lynn Patrick
CaptainsMontreal: Emile Bouchard
Boston: Milt Schmidt
DatesApril 9 – April 16
Series-winning goalElmer Lach (1:22, OT)

The 1953 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins were appearing in the Final for the first time since 1946. The Canadiens, who were appearing in their third straight Final series, won the series four games to one, matching their previous Cup-winning performance (against Boston in 1946).

Paths to the Final[edit]

Montreal defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 4–3 to reach the final. Boston defeated the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 4–2 to reach the final.

The series[edit]

Jacques Plante would be pulled after the first two games in favour of Gerry McNeil. The move paid off as McNeil posted two shutouts in the last three games.

Montreal won series 4–1

Montreal Canadiens 1953 Stanley Cup champions[edit]



Coaching and administrative staff

  • Donat Raymond (President/Owner), Dalton Coleman (Vice President/Owner)
  • William Northey (Vice Presidents/Owners), Frank Selke Sr. (Manager)
  • Dick Irvin Sr. (Coach), Hector Dubois (Trainer), Gaston Bettez (Asst. Trainer)
  • Camile DesRoches^, Frank Selke Jr.^ (Publicity Directors)
  • &- Doug Anderson played 2 games in the Semi-Finals, qualified to be on the Stanley Cup, but name was still left off
  • ^- on the team picture, but missing from the Stanley Cup.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Eddie Maruz was misspelled EDDIE MARUZE, with an extra "E" on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93. His name was spelled correctly on the other two rings.
  • Mistake Gaston Bettez name was misspelled in 1953. Gettez was GOSTON BETTES on the original ring in 1953, G Bettes on the other two rings of 1953 Montreal.

See also[edit]



  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Toronto: Total Sports Canada. ISBN 978-1-892129-07-9.
Preceded by
Detroit Red Wings
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Detroit Red Wings