1940-41 North American Hockey Confederation Season Recap

The 1940-41 North American Hockey Confederation (NAHC) season was marked by fierce competition, thrilling performances, and memorable achievements. Here's a recap of the season's highlights, including team standings, individual leaders, award winners, and playoff results:

Team Standings: The Boston Bees dominated the regular season, securing the top spot with an impressive record of 32 wins, 10 losses, and 6 ties, accumulating 70 points. Their formidable offense, led by Tommy Hart, propelled them to a significant goal differential of +66. The Toronto Dukes closely trailed the Bees, finishing second with 69 points. The Detroit Motors, New York Shamrocks, Montreal Valiants, Chicago Packers, and Brooklyn Eagles rounded out the standings.


Bill Yeadon, the brother of the NAHC President and like his brother, a legendary player, was also the owner, General Manager and coach of the New York Eagles. While nearly everyone in the hockey community had nothing but the utmost respect for Bill, his team's finances were a mess. A mess partially due to the exorbitant rent the team paid the Bigsby Management Company, which owned and operated the Bigsby Gardens and the Eagles' main rival, the New York Shamrocks. The franchise had been saved several years ago when Detroit owner John Connolly Jr had purchased the club's debt in return for the right to swap rosters. But the Eagles' struggles continued and things came to another crucial juncture in 1939. And this time, it seemed there was no one to rescue the squad.

The Eagles' final season in New York was a poor one - they won just eight games and garnered just 26 points, though they did allow fewer goals than the Montreal Valiants, and scored one more than Montreal as well. Montreal finished five points ahead of the Eagles. The top of the standings was a near-perfect match to those of the previous season with the Bees winning the regular season title with a 33-7-8, 74-point season. Detroit was second (again) and Toronto third (ditto) though the Shamrocks leaped over the Chicago Packers into fourth.