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CECIL HART (1936-1939)

Cecil
Hart

1936 -
Date of birth November 28th, 1883
Place of birth Bedford, QC, CAN
Deceased on July 1st, 1940
Seasons - MTL 3
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 144 57 59 28 0 142
1936-1937 48 24 18 6 0 54
1937-1938 48 18 17 13 0 49
1938-1939 48 15 24 9 0 39
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 11 4 7  
1936-1937 5 2 3 Semifinals
1937-1938 3 1 2 Quarterfinals
1938-1939 3 1 2 Quarterfinals
Cecil Hart first helped the Habs win the Stanley Cup as the team’s coach in 1930, and again in 1931. He was fired in 1932, following an argument with Canadiens owner Leo Dandurand. In 1936, new team owner Ernest Savard rehired Hart as the team’s coach and general manager, though Hart made reacquiring Howie Morenz from the New York Rangers a condition of his hiring. The trade was made, though misfortune struck suddenly when Morenz broke his leg in a game against Chicago and died as a result of complications caused by blood clots in his injured leg on March 8, 1937. Despite Morenz’s death, Hart led the Canadiens to first place in the NHL’s Canadian Division with 54 points in 48 games. The Canadiens, however, were eliminated three games to one in their semifinal against the regular season champion, Detroit Red Wings. Montreal struggled afterwards to regain its stride as a number of key players such as Aurele Joliat, Pit Lepine and Albert "Babe" Siebert subsequently retired. During the 1938-39 season, Hart resigned as both the team’s coach and general manager. The Hart Trophy, donated to the NHL in 1923 by Hart’s father, David Hart, was retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960. It was replaced by a new Hart Trophy, dedicated to the memory of Cecil Hart, which has been awarded annually ever since to the league’s most valuable player.