With the suspension of the Americans, this was the inaugural season of the so-called Original Six era, with the NHL consisting of six teams (the Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. This arrangement would last until the 1966-67 season, after which the league doubled in size.
The afternoon session had just begun and NHL president Frank Calder had informed Red Dutton of the reserve status of his suspended franchise, when Toronto coach Hap Day noticed that Calder appeared to be in pain. Two league governors came up to his aid, but he assured them he was all right. Then Calder's face contracted as if he were in pain. He took a few steps and exclaimed "My God, there IS something wrong!" He was taken to his hotel room and a doctor diagnosed a heart attack. A specialist convinced him, despite his protests, to check into St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, where he suffered a second heart attack. In a week, Calder felt well enough to return to Montreal and checked into Montreal General Hospital. After eating a light breakfast surrounded by his family and friends, he was looking over the league books when he slipped back on the pillows of his bed and died of a third heart attack. He was 65 years old. Red Dutton had been chosen to fill in for him, and now it was a permanent arrangement.
Detroit was the team this year. They finished first and Johnny Mowers won the Vezina Trophy. During the season, Jimmy Orlando got into a stick-swinging incident with Toronto rookie Gaye Stewart and came out of it on the short end, badly cut in the face and bleeding profusely. Both players were suspended for the incident.
In contrast to 1941–42 season, the Rangers felt the full impact of World War II and lost Art Coulter, Alex Shibicky, the Colville brothers, and Bill Juzda to the Armed Forces. Only Ott Heller was left of their defence. Babe Pratt was traded to Toronto for Hank Goldup and Dudley "Red" Garrett. Garrett proved to be an excellent replacement for Pratt. However, he only played 21 games, then gave his life in the Armed Forces. Goaltending was the Rangers problem as Steve Buzinski, Jimmy Franks, and the old veteran Bill Beveridge all had to face lots of rubber as the Rangers went from first to worst.
Gaye Stewart won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie.
|National Hockey League||GP||W||L||T||Pts|
|Detroit Red Wings||14||11||1||2||24|
|New York Rangers||14||8||5||1||17|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||14||2||10||2||6|
|Chicago Black Hawks||14||2||11||1||5|
|Doug Bentley||Chicago Black Hawks||50||33||40||73||18|
|Bill Cowley||Boston Bruins||48||27||45||72||10|
|Max Bentley||Chicago Black Hawks||47||26||44||70||2|
|Lynn Patrick||New York Rangers||50||22||39||61||28|
|Lorne Carr||Toronto Maple Leafs||50||27||33||60||15|
|Billy Taylor||Toronto Maple Leafs||50||18||42||60||2|
The Mini Cup finals featured the Detroit Red Wings beating the New York Rangers
|Calder Memorial Trophy:||Gaye Stewart, Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Hart Memorial Trophy:||Bill Cowley, Boston Bruins|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:||Max Bentley, Chicago Black Hawks|
|O'Brien Cup:||Boston Bruins|
|Prince of Wales Trophy:||Detroit Red Wings|
|Vezina Trophy:||Johnny Mowers, Detroit Red Wings|
|First team||Position||Second team|
|Johnny Mowers, Detroit Red Wings||G||Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins|
|Earl Seibert, Chicago Black Hawks||D||Jack Crawford, Boston Bruins|
|Jack Stewart, Detroit Red Wings||D||Flash Hollett, Boston Bruins|
|Bill Cowley, Boston Bruins||C||Syl Apps, Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Lorne Carr, Toronto Maple Leafs||RW||Bryan Hextall, New York Rangers|
|Doug Bentley, Chicago Black Hawks||LW||Lynn Patrick, New York Rangers|
|Jack Adams, Detroit Red Wings||Coach||Art Ross, Boston Bruins|