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LÉO DANDURAND (1921-1935)

Léo
Dandurand

1921 -
Date of birth July 9th, 1889
Place of birth Bourbonnais, IL, CAN
Deceased on June 26th, 1964
Seasons - MTL 6
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 163 78 76 9 0 165
1921-1922 17 10 6 1 - 21
1922-1923 24 13 9 2 0 28
1923-1924 24 13 11 0 0 26
1924-1925 30 17 11 2 0 36
1925-1926 36 11 24 1 - 23
1934-1935 32 14 15 3 0 31
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 16 10 6  
1922-1923 2 1 1 NHL Finals
1923-1924 6 6 0 Stanley Cup Champions
1924-1925 6 3 3 Final
1934-1935 2 0 2 Quarterfinals

Businessman and promoter Joseph Viateur “Leo” Dandurand purchased the Montreal Canadiens on November 2, 1921, along with his partners, Joseph Cattarinich and Louis A. Letourneau, and acted as the team’s coach for four seasons, from 1922 to 1926.

Born in Illinois in 1889, Dandurand moved from the United States to Canada with his family at the age of 16. Always attracted to hockey, Dandurand was very involved in minor hockey in Montreal before becoming an NHL referee.

Following the 1922 trade that sent player-coach Newsy Lalonde to Saskatoon in exchange for Aurele Joliat, Dandurand took over behind the Canadiens’ bench.

In his first season as the team’s coach, Dandurand led the Canadiens to the playoffs, where they were unable to move beyond the first round.

The following season, the arrival of the great Howie Morenz, combined with Joliat’s rising star and Georges Vezina’s brilliance in goal, allowed Dandurand to take part in his first Stanley Cup win, the second in the Montreal team’s history, as the Canadiens beat the Calgary Tigers in the 1924 final.

Between 1922 and 1926, the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup once during Dandurand’s tenure, while participating in the final twice and qualifying for the playoffs three times.

Upon turning over the coaching reins to Cecil Hart in 1926, Dandurand had accumulated an overall record of 54-55-5 as the Canadiens’ coach. He continued in his role as the team’s general manager through 1935.

Dandurand was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1963.