|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
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1936-37 SEASON IN REVIEW
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."
|6||Larry Aurie||16||Ralph Bowman|
|7||Marty Barry||2||John Gallagher|
|14||Mud Bruneteau||3||Bucko McDonald|
|5||Ebbie Goodfellow||2||Doug Young****|
|15||Pete Kelly||1||Jimmy Franks*|
|12||Hec Kilrea||1||Earl Robertson**|
|9||Wally Kilrea||1||Normie Smith|
|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
|WINGS ROAD TO THE CUP
||STANLEY CUP finals
|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
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.
|STANLEY CUP||DETROIT RED WINGS||1ST TEAM ALL-STAR
|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
||1ST TEAM ALL-STAR||NORMIE SMITH|
|1ST TEAM ALL-STAR||JACK ADAMS