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DICK IRVIN (1940-1955)

Dick
Irvin

1940 -
Date of birth July 19th, 1892
Place of birth Hamilton, ON, CAN
Deceased on May 15th, 1957
Seasons - MTL 15
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 896 431 313 152 0 1014
1940-1941 48 16 26 6 0 38
1941-1942 48 18 27 3 0 39
1942-1943 50 19 19 12 0 50
1943-1944 50 38 5 7 0 83
1944-1945 50 38 8 4 0 80
1945-1946 50 28 17 5 0 61
1946-1947 60 34 16 10 0 78
1947-1948 60 20 29 11 - 51
1948-1949 60 28 23 9 0 65
1949-1950 70 29 22 19 0 77
1950-1951 70 25 30 15 0 65
1951-1952 70 34 26 10 0 78
1952-1953 70 28 23 19 0 75
1953-1954 70 35 24 11 0 81
1954-1955 70 41 18 11 0 93
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
RESULT Result
TOTALS 115 62 53  
1940-1941 3 1 2 Quarterfinals
1941-1942 3 1 2 Quarterfinals
1942-1943 5 1 4 Semifinals
1943-1944 9 8 1 Stanley Cup Champions
1944-1945 6 2 4 Semifinals
1945-1946 9 8 1 Stanley Cup Champions
1946-1947 11 6 5 Final
1948-1949 7 3 4 Semifinals
1949-1950 5 1 4 Semifinals
1950-1951 11 5 6 Final
1951-1952 11 4 7 Final
1952-1953 12 8 4 Stanley Cup Champions
1953-1954 11 7 4 Final
1954-1955 12 7 5 Final

When he was named head coach of the Canadiens in 1940-41, Dick Irvin Sr. was already an accomplished NHL bench boss. Montreal, however, was where he reached new professional heights.

With 11 years of coaching experience on his résumé from his two seasons with the Blackhawks and nine campaigns with the Maple Leafs, Irvin was hired by Canadiens GM Tommy Gorman and given the mandate to reverse the team’s fortunes.

Inheriting a Habs squad in the midst of a lengthy Stanley Cup drought that saw the team miss the playoffs in two of the previous four seasons, Irvin was determined to return the Canadiens to glory. He did exactly that when, under his tenure, the Habs responded by winning three Stanley Cups, including triumphs in 1944, 1946 and 1953.

Never afraid to make tough decisions, Irvin surprised many when he decided to entrust the Habs’ crease to Gerry McNeil instead of regular starter Jacques Plante during the 1953 Stanley Cup Finals. The move paid off, as McNeil twice blanked the Bruins on his way to securing Cup No. 7 for the Canadiens.

During his time in Montreal, Irvin had the pleasure of welcoming a young Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau to the NHL, while he also played a pivotal role in the early mentoring of such other future Hall of Famers as Emile Bouchard, Doug Harvey, Dickie Moore and Bernard “Boom Boom” Geoffrion.

Irvin’s 15 seasons behind the Canadiens’ bench remain the longest tenure of any coach in franchise history.