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GMs

FRANK SELKE (1946-1964)

Frank
Selke

1946 -
Date of birth May 7th, 1883
Place of birth Berlin, ON, CAN
Deceased on July 3rd, 1985
Seasons - MTL 18
Seasons - NHL 35
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 1230 623 375 232 0 1478
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
1955-1956 70 45 15 10 0 100
1956-1957 70 35 23 12 0 82
1957-1958 70 43 17 10 0 96
1958-1959 70 39 18 13 0 91
1959-1960 70 40 18 12 0 92
1960-1961 70 41 19 10 0 92
1961-1962 70 42 14 14 0 98
1962-1963 70 28 19 23 0 79
1963-1964 70 36 21 13 0 85
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 153 89 64  
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
1955-1956 10 8 2 Stanley Cup Champions
1956-1957 10 8 2 Stanley Cup Champions
1957-1958 10 8 2 Stanley Cup Champions
1958-1959 11 8 3 Stanley Cup Champions
1959-1960 8 8 0 Stanley Cup Champions
1960-1961 6 2 4 Semifinals
1961-1962 6 2 4 Semifinals
1962-1963 5 1 4 Semifinals
1963-1964 7 3 4 Semifinals
Given he began life as a hockey executive at age 14 and learned from the legendary Conn Smythe, Frank Selke was clearly destined for a brilliant career. After managing the Iroquois Bantams in Kitchener, ON, as a teenager and cutting his teeth as Smythe’s right-hand man in Toronto during a two-decade stint within the Maple Leafs organization, Selke joined the Canadiens prior to the 1946-47 season.

At the helm of the club for the 18 years that followed, he would establish the foundation of what would become the greatest dynasty in NHL history. When the Canadiens marked a six-year run without a championship, Selke went to extremes to ensure a turnaround. As word spread about a young kid from Trois-Rivieres who was setting the province ablaze, Selke grew determined to see Jean Beliveau in a Canadiens sweater by any means necessary.

With the ever-loyal Beliveau committed to Quebec Aces, Selke bought the entire Quebec Hockey League in 1953 just to guarantee the big centerman would play for the Canadiens the following season. With Beliveau signed, sealed and delivered, Selke then made one of the smartest moves of his career – he hired Toe Blake as his head coach in 1955. Having seen what the longtime captain could do for the Canadiens on the ice, Selke was convinced Blake could deliver as a leader from behind the bench.

His instinct was brilliant, and the result was a league-record five straight Stanley Cups from 1956 through 1960 with Beliveau, Maurice Richard, and Jacques Plante leading the way. Selke paved the way to six Stanley Cups over the course of his near two-decade reign as Canadiens GM, cementing his place among the sharpest hockey minds in league history.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders category in 1960. His legacy lives on through the Frank Selke Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL’s top defensive forward since 1978.