Charlie Conacher decided to play coy this year and Conn Smythe had trouble signing him. With Harvey Jackson out, it looked as though only Joe Primeau would be the only member of the Kid line in action for Toronto. However, he did finally sign. Conacher responded with his best season, scoring 36 goals and leading the league in scoring.
A bombshell trade was made with Howie Morenz, Lorne Chabot, and Marty Burke going to Chicago for Leroy Goldsworthy, Roger Jenkins, and Lionel Conacher. The Canadiens then traded Lionel Conacher and Herb Cain to the Maroons for Nels Crutchfield. The trades did not help and the Canadiens lost some fans.
Meanwhile, Tommy Gorman bought a share of the Montreal Maroons from James Strachan and when he picked up Alex Connell, he had another winner. Although Morenz wasn't his old self, he did help Chicago, who finished second in the American Division, just falling short of Boston by only one point.
The playoffs continued to elude the New York Americans, but they added two important additions, left wing Dave "Sweeney" Schriner and right wing Lorne Carr. Teamed with centre Art Chapman, the Americans were on the way up.
|Toronto Maple Leafs||48||30||14||4||64||157||111||444|
|New York Americans||48||12||27||9||33||100||142||250|
|St. Louis Eagles||48||11||31||6||28||86||144||385|
|Chicago Black Hawks||48||26||17||5||57||118||88||375|
|New York Rangers||48||22||20||6||50||137||139||334|
|Detroit Red Wings||48||19||22||7||45||127||114||305|
|Charlie Conacher||Toronto Maple Leafs||47||36||21||57||24|
|Syd Howe||St. Louis Eagles/Detroit Red Wings||50||22||25||47||34|
|Larry Aurie||Detroit Red Wings||48||17||29||46||24|
|Frank Boucher||New York Rangers||48||13||32||45||2|
|Busher Jackson||Toronto Maple Leafs||42||22||22||44||27|
Toronto's goaltender George Hainsworth got hot and eliminated the Bruins, while the Rangers outlasted the Montreal Canadiens on Bill Cook's goal in the deciding game. He'd been knocked goofy by the Canadiens Nels Crutchfield, but wasn't too groggy to win the series for the Rangers. George Hainsworth continued hot and the Leafs beat the Bruins to advance to the finals.
|1934–35 NHL awards|
|Calder Memorial Trophy:||Sweeney Schriner, New York Americans|
|Hart Memorial Trophy:||Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:||Frank Boucher, New York Rangers|
|O'Brien Cup:||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Prince of Wales Trophy:||Boston Bruins|
|Vezina Trophy:||Lorne Chabot, Chicago Black Hawks|
|First Team||Position||Second Team|
|Lorne Chabot, Chicago Black Hawks||G||Tiny Thompson, Boston Bruins|
|Eddie Shore, Boston Bruins||D||Cy Wentworth, Montreal Maroons|
|Earl Seibert, New York Rangers||D||Art Coulter, Chicago Black Hawks|
|Frank Boucher, New York Rangers||C||Cooney Weiland, Detroit Red Wings|
|Charlie Conacher, Toronto Maple Leafs||RW||Dit Clapper, Boston Bruins|
|Busher Jackson, Toronto Maple Leafs||LW||Aurel Joliat, Montreal Canadiens|
|Lester Patrick, New York Rangers||Coach||Dick Irvin, Toronto Maple Leafs|