Five Overtimes

The Habs and the Leafs in the 1951 Stanley Cup Finals

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About the Book

The quarter century comprising the “Original Six” years of the National Hockey League is often fondly discussed by the sport’s scholarly fans. However, one surprisingly underappreciated jewel from that era is the 1951 Stanley Cup final series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. It provided something that had never been seen before in the history of the NHL and has not been seen since: every one of the five games required a dramatic sudden-death overtime period to determine a winner.
This book takes an in-depth look at this entertaining and exciting conclusion to the 1950–51 NHL season, as well as an examination of the two playoff semifinal series, and a general overview of the goings-on from the 210–game regular season featuring many amusing anecdotes. As an added bonus, a special chapter discusses the short life, baffling disappearance, and untimely death of Toronto defenseman Bill Barilko just four months after he notched the Cup-winning tally in April. Also examined is the recent controversy about who really possesses the historic puck with which Barilko scored his famous goal.

About the Author(s)

John G. Robertson is a private tutor and sports historian who lives in Cambridge, Ontario. He is the author of numerous books on baseball, hockey and boxing history.
Carl T. Madden has collaborated on many sports history books. He lives in Welland, Ontario and operates an Escape Room in Brantford.

Bibliographic Details

John G. Robertson and Carl T. Madden
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9520-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5254-2
Imprint: McFarland