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season card
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
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
Montreal Canadiens 48 24 18 6 54 115 111
Montreal Maroons 48 22 17 9 53 126 110
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 22 21 5 49 119 115
New York Americans 48 15 29 4 34 122 161
Season's leaders see the complete stats
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
14 Johnny Gagnon 48 20 16 36
4 Aurèle Joliat 47 17 15 32
1 Albert Siebert 44 8 20 28
6 Georges Mantha 47 13 14 27
10 Paul Haynes 47 8 18 26
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
RECORD Record - Goalie record (W-L-T)
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
1 Wilf Cude 44 22-17-5 5 2.18
Season results


It’s back to the future for the 1936-37 season, as Cecil Hart returns behind the bench after a slew of predecessors coached the Canadiens during his four-year absence.

On September 1, a few weeks before the beginning of the season, the Canadiens also bring back their former star, Howie Morenz. After two years with Chicago and the New York Rangers, he is back with Aurele Joliat and Johnny Gagnon and the Habs’ top line is reunited. While he is no longer the player he once was when he dominated the league, Morenz remains a fan favorite in Montreal.

Ten days later, Babe Siebert joins the Canadiens in a three-player trade and is named team captain. The moves clearly give the team’s fans hopes of brighter things to come.

After fashioning a solid 13-9-2 record in the first half of the season, the Canadiens suffer a swoon that begins on January 28 as Morenz suffers a broken left leg when his skate gets stuck in the boards and an opposing player falls on him.

Hospitalized for weeks with his left leg in traction, Morenz’s health takes a turn for the worse. On March 8, Montrealers are stunned to learn of Morenz’s death from complications that remain a mystery.

The Canadiens hold an open casket vigil at the Forum and more than 200,000 people mourn the death of their hero during his funeral procession three days later.

With a 10-point lead over the Maroons atop the Canadian Division at the time of Morenz’s injury, the Canadiens struggle the rest of the way and win just six of their final 18 games. They go 1-5-2 in the wake of Morenz’s death yet still manage to finish one point ahead of the rival Maroons.

Gagnon leads the team in scoring with 36 points, four ahead of Joliat. Newcomer Siebert, with 28 points as a converted defenseman, wins the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player.


Thanks to their Canadian Division title, the Habs earn a bye directly to the semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings, who they went 4-1-1 against during the regular season.

Still devastated by Morenz’s death, the Canadiens offer little fight in their first two games of the series and Detroit wins both by a four-goal margin. With their backs to the wall, the Habs summon their pride and even the series with a pair of 3-1 victories.

In the fifth and deciding game, Red Wings forward Hec Kilrea dashes the Montreal fans’ hopes by eliminating the Canadiens with the series-winning goal nearly 10 minutes into the third overtime period.

Paul Haynes leads the team in scoring with five points in five games. Siebert, Gagnon and Joliat follow with three points apiece.

The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Detroit Red Wings
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 23rd, 1937 MTL 0 DET 4  
March 25th, 1937 MTL 1 DET 5  
March 27th, 1937 DET 1 MTL 3  
March 30th, 1937 DET 1 MTL 3  
April 1st, 1937 DET 2 MTL 1  
Detroit won best-of-five series 3-2