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1941-42

• Even though they still played their home games at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, the New York Americans change their name to the Brooklyn Americans in an attempt to gain a following among hockey fans in the Flatbush area of New York City. It didn't work, and the team folded at season's end, setting the stage for the Original Six era.

• Believe it or not, the Montreal Canadiens nearly moved to Cleveland! Frank Patrick suffered a heart attack and had to sell his interest in the team. But Tommy Gorman stepped in and kept the team in Montreal. Love 'em or hate 'em, an NHL without the Montreal Canadiens is like New York without the Statue of Liberty. Perish the thought!

• The Toronto Maple Leafs stage a comeback for the ages, rebounding from a three games to none deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings in seven games to win the Stanley Cup. It would be the first time in the history of major American professional sports that a team rebounded from an 0-3 deficit to win a seven-game series.


Boston Bruins


Brooklyn Americans


Chicago Black Hawks


Detroit Red Wings


Montreal Canadiens


New York Rangers


Toronto Maple Leafs