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BACK IN TIME
DECEMBER 30, 1936
Seven General Motors Plants in Flint, MI were forced to close following sit down strikes idling 33,400 workers in a dispute over collective bargaining.
JANUARY 2, 1937
Andrew W. Mellon gave his $19 million art collection to the American public along with a $19 million National Gallery to house it.
JUNE 22, 1937
Detroiter Joe Louis defeated James J. Braddock and became the second African American world heavyweight boxing champion.


LEAGUE FINAL STANDINGS
RED WINGS REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
DIV GP W L T P
 1  Detroit Red Wings AMR 48 25 14 9 59
 2  Montreal Canadiens CDN 48 24 18 6 54
 3  Montreal Maroons CDN 48 22 17 9 53
 4  Boston Bruins AMR 48 23 18 7 53
 5  Toronto Maple Leafs CDN 48 22 21 5 49
 6  New York Rangers AMR 48 19 20 9 47
 7  Chicago Blackhawks AMR 48 14 27 7 35
 8  New York Americans CDN 48 15 29 4 34
Goals Larry Aurie (23)
Assists Marty Barry (27)
Points Marty Barry (44)
PIM Ebbie Goodfellow (43)
Wins Normie Smith (25)
GAA Normie Smith (2.05)
SO Normie Smith (6)


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1936-37 SEASON IN REVIEW


If there were any doubts of Detroit's supremacy on the NHL scene, the Red Wings acted quickly to remove them.

They opened in fine fashion Nov. 5 with a 3-1 win over Toronto, as Syd Howe and Larry Aurie scored goals a club-record seven seconds apart. The Wings never looked back and won the American Division title for the third time in four seasons, posting a 25-14-9 mark.

As the season drew to a close, it was apparent the Red Wings would need to build an addition to the club's trophy case. Detroit won the Prince of Wales Trophy as the NHL's top first-place team for the third time in four years. Center Marty Barry was the first Red Wing to earn the Lady Byng Trophy as the NHL's best combination of ability and sportsmanship and goalie Normie Smith copped the Vezina Trophy as the league's leading netminder, another Detroit first.

Smith, Barry, left wing Aurie, defenseman Ebbie Goodfellow and coach Jack Adams were all selected to the NHL's First All-Star Team.

Barry finished second in the NHL scoring chase with 44 points, one better than Aurie, who led the NHL with 23 goals and was in the hunt for the scoring title when his season was ended by a broken leg. The Wings also lost defensemen Orville Roulston and Doug Young, the team captain, to leg fractures during the season and Smith went out with torn ankle ligaments early in the playoffs.

A lesser team might have folded, but Detroit's fortitude showed. Forced to go the distance in both of their playoff rounds, the Red Wings doused the Montreal Canadiens with a 2-1 Game 5 verdict on Hec Kilrea's goal at 11:49 of the third overtime period.

In the finals against the New York Rangers, the Wings trailed the best-of-five set 2-1, but minor-league call-up Earl Robertson posted 1-0 and 3-0 shutouts and Detroit retained the Cup.

Afterwards, the stress of defending the title showed on the undermanned Wings. Adams passed out while leading the cheers in the dressing room. Meanwhile, sudden hero Robertson slumped in his seat. "I'll get some sleep now," Robertson said. "I haven't had any for a long time."
 

1936-37 ROSTER

Forwards Defenseman
6 Larry Aurie 16 Ralph Bowman
7 Marty Barry 2 John Gallagher
14 Mud Bruneteau 3 Bucko McDonald
5 Ebbie Goodfellow 2 Doug Young****
8 Syd Howe GOALIES
15 Pete Kelly 1 Jimmy Franks*
12 Hec Kilrea 1 Earl Robertson**
9 Wally Kilrea 1 Normie Smith
4 Herbie Lewis COACHES
17 Howie Mackie Jack adams (COACH)

*REPLACED NORMIE SMITH FOR 1 GAME IN PLAYOFFS
**REPLACED NORMIE SMITH IN PLAYOFFS
***SWITCHED FROM 16 TO 2, DID NOT PLAY IN PLAYOFFS
****DID NOT PLAY IN PLAYOFFS
11 Gord Pettinger
2 Rolly Roulston***
18 John Sherf
10 John Sorrell


WINGS ROAD TO THE CUP
SEMIfinals
STANLEY CUP finals
3/23 MONTREAL 0 - 4 DETROIT 4/06 DETROIT 1 - 5 NY RANGERS
3/25 MONTREAL 1 - 5 DETROIT 4/08 NY RANGERS 2 - 4 DETROIT
3/27 DETROIT 1 - 3 MONTREAL 4/11 NY RANGERS 1 - 0 DETROIT
3/30 DETROIT 1 - 3 MONTREAL 4/13 NY RANGERS 0 - 1 DETROIT
4/01 DETROIT 2 - 1* MONTREAL 4/15 NY RANGERS 0 - 3 DETROIT
det won best of five series 3-2 det won best of five series 3-2
*GAME WON IN triple OVERTIME   

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FEATURED ARTICLE: BACK-TO-BACK CUPS


Red Wings Celebrations
With all-stars Larry Aurie and Normie Smith, captain Doug Young and rookie defenseman Orville Roulston all injured, the Wings figured to be in tough against the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup final, but Detroit's character carried the day.

Down 2-1 in the series, center Marty Barry stepped forward, scoring the only goal in Detroit's Game 4 win, then netting two goals, including the Cup winner, in a 3-0 Game 5 verdict.

"That's one goal for each of the broken-legged guys," Aurie suggested after the clinching win. He was joined on crutches by Young and Roulston, while an elbow injury idled Smith.

"With three all-stars out with injuries, we beat those high-flying Rangers," Wings manager Jack Adams boasted.

Detroit became the first American-based team to win successive Stanley Cups by edging the Rangers and joined the Ottawa Senators (1919-20, 1920-21) as the only NHL teams to finish first and win the Cup in back-to-back seasons.
 

FEATURED ARTICLE: PINCH-HITTER ROBINSON WINS CUP

When all-star goaltender Normie Smith went down with torn elbow ligaments in the Stanley Cup semifinals, Montreal Canadiens manager Cecil Hart was ready to dance a jig. "I don't see any reason why we shouldn't win it," Hart suggested. Earl Robertson saw things differently. Called up to make his NHL debut in Game 4 of the best-of-five set against the Habs, Robertson was a 3-1 loser that night, but posted a 2-1 win in Game 5, moving Detroit to the final against the New York Rangers.

In another five-game set, Robertson posted shutouts in Games 4 and 5 to clinch the title. "They could take me out and shoot me now," Robertson said. "I'd die happy."

FEATURED ARTICLE: ASSEMBLY LINE

Manager Jack Adams took a different tack this season. Trader Jack stood virtually pat with his Stanley Cup-winning lineup, adding only defenseman John Gallagher from the New York Americans. Gallagher did a previous tour with the Wings from 1932-34. Rookies Orville (Rolly) Roulston and Jimmy Orlando also broke in on the blueline.

FEATURED ARTICLE: 1936-37 FINAL

The Rangers, turned away from Madison Square Garden once again by the incoming circus after game one, agreed to play the remainder of the series on Detroit’s home ice.

First year goaltender Earl Robertson became the first rookie netminder to post two shutouts in the Final, blanking the Rangers in the last two games of the series.

With their second straight Stanley Cup title, Detroit became the first U.S. based squad to repeat as champions.

1936-37 TROPHIES

TROPHY WINNER TROPHY WINNER
STANLEY CUP DETROIT RED WINGS 1ST TEAM ALL-STAR
LARRY AURIE
PRINCE OF WALES TROPHY
DETROIT RED WINGS 1ST TEAM ALL-STAR MARTY BARRY
VEZINA TROPHY NORMIE SMITH
1ST TEAM ALL-STAR EBBIE GOODFELLOW
LADY BYNG MEM. TROPHY
MARTY BARRY
1ST TEAM ALL-STAR NORMIE SMITH
1ST TEAM ALL-STAR JACK ADAMS

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