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CECIL HART (1926-1939)

Cecil
Hart

1926 -
Date of birth November 28th, 1883
Place of birth Bedford, QC, CAN
Seasons - MTL 9
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
TOTALS 394 196 125 73 0 467
1926-1927 44 28 14 2 0 58
1927-1928 44 26 11 7 0 59
1928-1929 44 22 7 15 0 59
1929-1930 44 21 14 9 0 51
1930-1931 44 26 10 8 0 60
1931-1932 48 25 16 7 0 57
1936-1937 48 24 18 6 0 54
1937-1938 48 18 17 13 0 49
1938-1939 30 6 18 6 - 20
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
RESULT Result
TOTALS 37 16 14 7  
1926-1927 4 1 1 2 Semifinals
1927-1928 2 0 1 1 Semifinals
1928-1929 3 0 0 3 Semifinals
1929-1930 6 5 0 1 Stanley Cup Champions
1930-1931 10 6 4 0 Stanley Cup Champions
1931-1932 4 1 3 0 Semifinals
1936-1937 5 2 3 0 Semifinals
1937-1938 3 1 2 0 Quarterfinals

Cecil Hart first coached the Canadiens from 1926 to 1932, and returned for a second stint behind the team’s bench from 1936 to 1938.

During his first tenure as the team’s coach, Hart won the Stanley Cup twice, first in 1930 against the Boston Bruins, and again in 1931, this time against the Chicago Blackhawks.

In 1932, he was fired after a falling out with Canadiens owner Leo Dandurand.

In 1936, after a difficult season for the team, new owner Ernest Savard rehired Hart as the team’s coach and general manager. Hart picked up where he left off, leading Montreal to a first place finish in the NHL’s Canadian Division.

That success led to his nomination as coach of the NHL’s Second All-Star Team.

Hart left the job for good during the 1938-39 season, replaced by Jules Dugal.

He maintained a regular season record of 196-125-73 with the Canadiens. Hart added 16 more victories in six playoff appearances.

Under his guidance, the Canadiens finished atop the NHL’s Canadian Division five times.

In 1960, his name was attached to the new Hart Trophy, which has been presented ever since to the league’s most valuable player. Bernie Geoffrion was the award’s first recipient at the end of the 1960-61 season.