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1961 Stanley Cup Finals
Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 Games
Chicago Blackhawks  3 1 3 1 6 5 4
Detroit Red Wings  2 3 1 2 2 1 2
Location: Chicago, IL (Chicago Stadium) (1,3,5)
Detroit, MI (Detroit Olympia) (2,4,6)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Chicago: Rudy Pilous
Detroit: Sid Abel
Captains: Chicago: Ed Litzenberger
Detroit: Gordie Howe
Dates: April 6 to April 16, 1961
Ab McDonald (18:49, second, G6)
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The 1961 Stanley Cup Final was played by the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago had not been in the Final since 1944, and Detroit had last played in the Final in 1956. The Blackhawks won the best-of-seven series four games to two, winning their third Stanley Cup. This ended up being the last time Chicago won the Cup until 2010, a 49-year drought.

The series

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
April 6 Detroit 2 Chicago 3
April 8 Chicago 1 Detroit 3
April 10 Detroit 1 Chicago 3
April 12 Chicago 1 Detroit 2
April 14 Detroit 2 Chicago 6
April 16 Chicago 5 Detroit 1

Chicago Blackhawks 1961 Stanley Cup Champions



  • Arthur Wirtz Sr. (President/Owner), Arthur Wirtz Jr. (Vice President/Owner)
  • James D. Norris Jr. (Chairman/Owner), Tommy Ivan (Manager)
  • Rudy Pilous (Coach), Nick Garen (Trainer),
  • Walter Humenick (Ass’t Trainer), Michael Wirtz (Vice President)†
  • John Gottselig (Publicity Director)†

† Left off the cup, but included on the team picture.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Allan Roy Edwards was engraved as Allan R. Edwards. He never played for Chicago. Roy Edwards first NHL game was during the 1967–68 season with Detroit.
  • Denis DeJordy first NHL game was during the 1962–63 season, when he replaced Glenn Hall. This ended Hall's record of 502 consecutive complete games.
  • Ronald Robert Murphy was engraved as Robert Murphy.
  • Tod Aloysius Martin Sloan was engraved as Martin A. Sloan. He was engraved on the cup was Tod Sloan in 1951 with Toronto.

  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN: 978-1-55168-261-7
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