Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Detroit Red Wings DetroitRedWings.com presented by AT&T
Stay Connected to the Detroit Red Wings
Email Updates App Text/SMS Updates Twitter Facebook Red Wings TV RSS Feeds
 

 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

2008 |  2002 |  1998 |  1997 |  1955 |  1954 |  1952 |  1950 |  1943 |  1937 |  1936

BACK IN TIME
DECEMBER 2, 1942
The first controlled nuclear chain reaction was achieved by Enrico Fermi and his group of scientists, paving the way for the creation of an atomic bomb.
FEBRUARY 7, 1943
Shoe rationing began limiting American civilians to three pair per year, followed by the rationing of canned goods, which began March 1, 1943.
JUNE 22, 1943
Federal troops moved into Detroit to help restore order following a race riot in which 29 people were killed and hundreds injured.


LEAGUE FINAL STANDINGS
RED WINGS REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
GP W L T P
 1  Detroit 50 25 14 11 61
 2  Boston 50 24 17 9 57
 3  Toronto 50 22 19 9 53
 4  Montreal 50 19 19 12 50
 5  Chicago 50 17 18 15 49
 6  New York 50 11 31 8 30
Goals Mud Bruneteau (23)
Assists Syd Howe (35)
Points Syd Howe (55)
PIM Jimmy Orlando (99)
Wins Johnny Mowers (25)
GAA Johnny Mowers (2.48)
SO Johnny Mowers (6)


CLICK TITLE TO VIEW CONTENT

1942-43 SEASON IN REVIEW


1942-43 Detroit Red Wings
Two trips to the Stanley Cup finals which ended in heartbreak only served to fuel the fire inside the bellies of Red Wings players as they entered the dawning of the NHL's six-team era, created when the Brooklyn Americans ceased operations prior to the start of the 1942-43 season.

Signs of Detroit's single-minded determination emerged quickly, as the Wings rolled to a 25-14-11 first-place finish. In the season opener, goalie Johnny Mowers blanked Boston 3-0. Four nights later on Nov. 5, Detroit swamped the New York Rangers 12-5, establishing team and individual marks on several fronts.

The dozen goals were a Red Wings record and the most registered by an NHL team in a single game since the Montreal Canadiens blasted the Quebec Athletics 16-3 on March 3, 1920.

Left-winger Carlk Liscombe led the assault with three goals and four assists, establishing a club mark for points in a game which has never been bettered. At the time, it also tied the NHL standard in this category.

The Wings tallied six power-play goals in this contest, four of them in one period, to establish two more club records.

Detroit kept rolling and there were signs that this would be the year the Wings got the breaks. Take, for instance, a 2-2 tie Jan. 17 at Chicago, which saw Detroit captain Sid Abel net the tying goal at 19:59 of the third period.

In goal, Mowers was dominant. His six shutouts were one more than the other five NHL teams managed to gather collectively, helping the third-year netminder earn his first Vezina Trophy, as well as selection to the NHL's First All-Star Team. On defense, (Black) Jack Stewart's preeminence as the NHL's most terrifying bodychecker was recognized when he was also made a First All-Star Team choice.

Offensively, balance was the story of Detroit's attack. No Detroit player cracked the top 10 in scoring, as only the Rangers (161) scored fewer goals than the 165 registered by the Wings. However, Detroit's Syd Howe set a club record with 55 points and eight players reached double-digits in goals. Familiar foes provided playoff opposition. Toronto was doused in a six-game semifinal series, with Adam Brown's overtime goal giving Detroit a 3-2 verdict in the deciding game.

Afterwards, Toronto captain Syl Apps criticized the Wings for playing scrambly hockey, insisting it was, "The only way they could beat clubs better than themselves."

NHL president Red Dutton took issue with Apps criticism, describing Detroit as, "The best-coached team in hockey."

Boston, the team responsible for sweeping Detroit in the 1941 final, found itself on the business end of the broom this time, as the Wings swept to their first title since 1937.
 

1942-43 ROSTER

Forwards Defenseman
12 SID ABEL
5 Harold Jackson
16 Adam Brown 4 Jimmy Orlando
16 Connie Brown 15 Cully Simon
9 Mud Bruneteau 2 Jack Stewart
4 Joe Carveth 11 Eddie Wares
18 Les Douglas GOALIES
17 Joe Fisher* 1 Johnny Mowers
5 Ebbie Goodfellow (Playing Coach)** COACHES
10 Don Grosso Jack adams (manager)
Ebbie Goodfellow (Playing Coach)**

*Wore 17 for one play-off game, wore 16 in regular season

**DID NOT PLAY IN PLAYOFFS
8 Syd Howe
7 Carl Liscombe
3 Alex Motter
17 Harry Waston


WINGS ROAD TO THE CUP
SEMIfinals
STANLEY CUP finals
3/21 TORONTO 2 - 4 DETROIT 4/01 BOSTON 2 - 6 DETROIT
3/23 TORONTO 3 - 2** DETROIT 4/04 BOSTON 3 - 4 DETROIT
3/25 DETROIT 4 - 2 TORONTO 4/07 DETROIT 4 - 0 BOSTON
3/27 DETROIT 3 - 6 TORONTO 4/08 DETROIT 2 - 0 BOSTON
3/28 TORONTO 2 - 4 DETROIT det won series 4-0
3/30 DETROIT 3 - 2* TORONTO
det won series 4-2
*GAME WON IN OVERTIME     **quadruple OVERTIME

CLICK TITLE TO VIEW CONTENT

FEATURED ARTICLE: WINGS win 3RD stanley cup


Call it third-time lucky. Detroit finally found Stanley Cup success in its third consecutive trip to the finals, whipping Boston in the minimum four games.

Mud Bruneteau, always a strong playoff performer, fired a hat-trick in Detroit's 6-2 victory in the series opener. Don Grosso had a three-goal night and Mowers posted a shutout for a 4-0 verdict in Game 3. Mowers also kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 decision in Game 4. Joe Carveth tallied the Cup winner and Carl Liscombe's goal was his 14th point of the playoffs, equaling the post-season scoring mark shared by Grosso and Boston's Bill Cowley.

The only disappointments came during the playoffs. Detroit defenseman Jimmy Orlando was arrested by the FBI and charged with draft evasion, accused of falsifying documents suggesting he held an essential war job and was therefore exempt from military service. Convicted, Orlando avoided jail time by enlisting in the Canadian armed forces.

Meanwhile, in the midst of Detroit's Stanley Cup celebration party, manager Jack Adams was informed that his mother had passed away.
 

FEATURED ARTICLE: MOWERS CAPTURES THE VEZINA TROPHY

Left-winger Ted Lindsay nearly turned an astonishing hockey double when he won the Art Ross Trophy as Detroit's first NHL scoring champion. Lindsay set club records with 55 assists and 141 penalty minutes. His 78-point total earned him the scoring title ahead of Production Line mates Sid Abel (69) and Gordie Howe (68), the only time in NHL history three members of a Stanley Cup-winning team finished 1-2-3 in regular-season scoring.

Lindsay also finished three minutes behind Toronto's Bill Ezinicki for the penalty-minute crown. Lindsay did top the NHL penalty parade in 1958-59 and he and fellow Hall of Famer Nels Stewart are the only players to have led the league in scoring and penalty minutes during their careers.

FEATURED ARTICLE: ASSEMBLY LINE

Detroit selected forwards Harry Watson and Murray Armstrong and defenseman Pat Egan in a dispersal draft of the defunct Brooklyn Americans roster. Rookies making the grade included deenseman Cully Simon and forwards Les Douglas and Johnny Holota.

FEATURED ARTICLE: 1942-43 FINAL


A new era in hockey history was ushered in with the 1942-43 season. The departure of the New York Americans franchise left the NHL with the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadians – the so-called “Original Six.”

After losing the Stanley Cup Final in 1941 and 1942, the Red Wings’ third straight trip to the Final proved to be the charm as they swept the Bruins, avenging the similar treatment they had received from Boston two years before. Goaltender Johnny Mowers blanked the Bruins at Boston Garden in the last two games to ice the championship.


 

1942-43 TROPHIES

TROPHY WINNER TROPHY WINNER
STANLEY CUP DETROIT RED WINGS 1ST TEAM ALL-STAR
JOHNNY MOWERS
PRINCE OF WALES TROPHY
DETROIT RED WINGS 1ST TEAM ALL-STAR JACK STEWART
VEZINA TROPHY JOHNNY MOWERS

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

DetroitRedWings.com is the official Web site of the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings and DetroitRedWings.com are trademarks of the Detroit Red Wings. NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and Original Six is a trademark of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.
© NHL 2013. All Rights Reserved.

 
Advertise/SponsorshipsOlympia Entertainment | Code of Conduct | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Employment | Contact Us | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map