1960 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1960 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1959–60 season, and the culmination of the 1960 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the four-time defending champion Montreal Canadiens, appearing in their tenth consecutive finals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs; it was a rematch of the previous year's finals. The Canadiens won the series, four games to none, for their fifth straight Cup victory, which stands as an NHL record.

1960 Stanley Cup Finals
1234 Total
Montreal Canadiens 4254 4
Toronto Maple Leafs 2120 0
Location(s)Montreal: Montreal Forum (1, 2)
Toronto: Maple Leaf Gardens (3, 4)
CoachesMontreal: Toe Blake
Toronto: Punch Imlach
CaptainsMontreal: Maurice Richard
Toronto: George Armstrong
DatesApril 7 – April 14
Series-winning goalJean Beliveau (8:16, first)

Paths to the finalsEdit

Montreal swept the Chicago Black Hawks in four games to reach the Final. In the other semi-final, Toronto defeated the Detroit Red Wings four games to two.

Game summariesEdit

Montreal swept the Maple Leafs, outscoring them 15–5, en route to being the first team since the 1952 Detroit Red Wings to go without a loss in the playoffs, with Jean Beliveau scoring the game-winning goal in three of the matches. The Red Wings beat both the Leafs and Habs in the 1952 playoffs to set the record.

After the series Rocket Richard retired. He went out with style, finishing with his 34th final-series goal in the third game.

As of 2020, this is the last time a team from Toronto has lost a championship series in any of the "big four" major professional sports leagues. The Leafs would go on to appear in and win four Stanley Cup Finals in the 1960s, these being 1962, 1963, 1964 and their most recent Finals appearance and win in 1967. Since then, the Toronto Blue Jays (who joined Major League Baseball in 1977) have appeared in and won the World Series in 1992 and 1993, while the Toronto Raptors (who joined the National Basketball Association in 1995) appeared in and won the NBA Finals in 2019.


April 7 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 2:27 - pp - Dickie Moore (5)
8:55 - Doug Harvey (2)
11:56 - Jean Beliveau (2)
Bob Baun (1) - 5:23
Bert Olmstead (2) - 17:35
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 1:30 - Henri Richard (1)
Johnny Bower Goalie stats Jacques Plante
April 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Larry Regan (3) - 19:32 First period 1:26 - Dickie Moore (6)
5:56 - Jean Beliveau (3)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Johnny Bower Goalie stats Jacques Plante
April 12 Montreal Canadiens 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Don Marshall (2) - 13:54 First period No scoring
Phil Goyette (1) - 00:21
Henri Richard (2) - 15:27
Second period 16:19 - Johnny Wilson (1)
Phil Goyette (2) - 8:57
Maurice Richard (1) - 10:07
Third period 19:47 - pp - Bert Olmstead (3)
Jacques Plante Goalie stats Johnny Bower
April 14 Montreal Canadiens 4–0 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Jean Beliveau (4) - 8:16
Doug Harvey (3) - 8:45
First period No scoring
Henri Richard (3) - 16:40 Second period No scoring
Jean Beliveau (5) - 1:21 Third period No scoring
Jacques Plante Goalie stats Johnny Bower
Montreal won series 4–0


Stanley Cup engravingEdit

The 1960 Stanley Cup was presented to Canadiens captain Maurice Richard by NHL President Clarence Campbell following the Canadiens 4–0 win over the Maple Leafs in game four.

The following Canadiens players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup

1959–60 Montreal Canadiens

Players

Coaching and administrative staff

  • Hartland Molson (President/Owner)
  • Frank Selke Sr. (Manager), Ken Reardon (Vice President)
  • Sam Pollock (Personnel Director), Toe Blake (Coach)
  • Hector Dubois (Trainer)
  • Larry Aubut (Asst. Trainer)
  • Camile DesRoches^, Frank Selke Jr.^ (Publicity Directors)
  • ^- on the team picture, but missing from the Stanley Cup.


Stanley Cup engravingEdit

  • Camile DesRoches, Frank Selke Jr. (Publicity Directors) are part of all six team winning pictures 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960. However, their names do not appear on the Stanley Cup.
  • Dickie Moore won six Stanley Cups. His name was spelled differently 5 times. 1953, 1957 as Dickie MOORE, 1956 D MOORE, 1958 R MOORE, 1959 RICHARD MOORE, 1960 RICH MOORE. On the Replica Cup, Moore's name appears as DICKIE MOORE in 1953, 1957, 1959, 1960, D. MOORE in 1956, and R. Moore in 1958.
  • Jacques Plante won six Stanley Cups. His name was spelled differently 4 times. 1953, 1957, 1960 Jacques Plante, 1956 J Plante, 1958 Jac Plante, 1959 Jacq Plante. On the Replica Cup Plante's name appears as JACQUES PLANTE in 1953, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, and J. PLANTE in 1956.
  • In 1959, the Montreal Canadiens engraved 29 names on the Stanley Cup; only 27 names were engraved on the Cup in 1960. Every person engraved on the Cup in 1960 was included on the Cup with Montreal in 1959. The only changes in the lineup where with Ian Cushnan and Ken Mosdell were no longer with the team, but were playing in the minors. The only other time in Stanley Cup history that no member engraved on the Cup was a first-time winner was in 1972.

Members of Montreal Canadiens Five Straight Dynasty 1956 to 1960Edit

Jean Beliveau, Bernie Geoffrion*, Doug Harvey*, Tom Johnson*, Don Marshall, Dickie Moore*, Jacques Plante*, Claude Provost, Henri Richard, Maurice Richard*, Jean-Guy Talbot, Bob Turner (twelve players), Frank Selke Sr*, Ken Reardon, Toe Blake, Hector Dubois* (four non-players).

  • *-Also won the Stanley Cup in 1953. Bernie Geoffrion is the only player who appeared in every game of the Stanley Cup Finals from 1951 to 1960.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • "All-Time NHL Results".
  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Toronto: Total Sports Canada. ISBN 978-1-892129-07-9.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7
Preceded by Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

1960
Succeeded by