1966–67 NHL season

The 1966–67 NHL season was the 50th season of the National Hockey League. This was the last season of only six teams in the NHL, as six more teams were added for the 1967–68 season. This season saw the debut of one of the greatest players in hockey history, defenceman Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins. The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens four games to two in the 1967 Stanley Cup Finals to win their thirteenth Stanley Cup in franchise history; to date this was the Leafs' last Stanley Cup victory.

1966–67 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 19, 1966 – May 2, 1967
Number of games70
Number of teams6
Draft
Top draft pickBarry Gibbs
Picked byBoston Bruins
Regular season
Season championChicago Black Hawks
Season MVPStan Mikita (Black Hawks)
Top scorerStan Mikita (Black Hawks)
Playoffs
Playoffs MVPDave Keon (Maple Leafs)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsToronto Maple Leafs
  Runners-upMontreal Canadiens
NHL seasons

League businessEdit

President David Molson of the Canadian Arena Company announced that the Montreal Forum would undergo major alterations in a $5 million work program commencing in April 1968.

NHL president Clarence Campbell and Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) president Fred Page announced a new five-year professional-agreement effective on July 1, 1967. The direct sponsorship of junior ice hockey teams by the NHL was to be phased out in the upcoming year, and no new sponsored players could be registered or be required to sign a contract restricting movement between teams.[1] The agreement eliminated the A, B and C forms, which had angered the parents of amateur players and were the source of legal action threats when the professional team refused to release a player.[2] Page succeeded in getting junior-aged players to be eligible for the NHL Amateur Draft once they graduate from junior hockey, or to be signed as a free agent in the year the player reaches his 20th birthday. The NHL agreed to pay development fees to the CAHA for the drafted players, and it allowed the CAHA to distribute the fees. The new agreement came at a time that also leveled the playing field for new NHL clubs in the 1967 NHL expansion.[1]

Regular seasonEdit

Bobby Orr made his NHL debut on October 19, with an assist in a 6–2 win over Detroit.

Terry Sawchuk got his 99th shutout when Toronto blanked Detroit 4–0 on February 25. He got his 100th career shutout on March 4, when Toronto defeated Chicago 4–0.

Bobby Hull scored his 50th goal of the season when Chicago lost to Toronto 9–5 on March 18 at Maple Leaf Gardens. Another superlative for the Black Hawks was Stan Mikita, who tied the league scoring record with 97 points in claiming the Art Ross Trophy for the third time. Mikita was also awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as most valuable player.

The Chicago Black Hawks, who had won three Stanley Cups, finished first overall in the standings for the first time in their history, a full seventeen points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens and nineteen ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Boston Bruins missed the playoffs, their last time before their record 29-season playoff streak.

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Chicago Black Hawks 70 41 17 12 264 170 +94 94
2 Montreal Canadiens 70 32 25 13 202 188 +14 77
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 32 27 11 204 211 −7 75
4 New York Rangers 70 30 28 12 188 189 −1 72
5 Detroit Red Wings 70 27 39 4 212 241 −29 58
6 Boston Bruins 70 17 43 10 182 253 −71 44

PlayoffsEdit

Playoff bracketEdit

Semifinals Stanley Cup Finals
      
1 Chicago 2
3 Toronto 4
3 Toronto 4
2 Montreal 2
2 Montreal 4
4 New York 0

SemifinalsEdit

(1) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (3) Toronto Maple LeafsEdit

Despite Chicago's impressive regular season marks, it was the third seed Toronto Maple Leafs who beat the Black Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.


April 6 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
Frank Mahovlich (1) – pp – 07:12 First period 05:21 – ppKenny Wharram (1)
11:49 – Pierre Pilote (1)
No scoring Second period 01:57 – ppBobby Hull (1)
13:44 – Stan Mikita (1)
Jim Pappin (1) – pp – 19:52 Third period 09:41 – Lou Angotti (1)
Terry Sawchuck Goalie stats Denis DeJordy
April 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
Pete Stemkowski (1) – 08:07
Dave Keon (1) – sh – 18:33
First period No scoring
George Armstrong (1) – pp – 08:24 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 08:45 – Stan Mikita (2)
Terry Sawchuck Goalie stats Denis DeJordy
April 11 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period 11:10 – Ron Ellis (1)
No scoring Second period 10:22 – ppFrank Mahovlich (2)
19:15 – Jim Pappin (2)
Bobby Hull (2) – pp – 16:30 Third period No scoring
Glenn Hall Goalie stats Terry Sawchuck
April 13 Chicago Black Hawks 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Kenny Wharram (2) – 00:09
Pierre Pilote (2) – 08:32
First period 03:42 – Dave Keon (2)
10:14 – ppTim Horton (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Mike Walton (1) – 17:37 Third period 02:31 – Eric Nesterenko (1)
08:42 – Bobby Hull (3)
Glenn Hall
Denis DeJordy
Goalie stats Terry Sawchuck
April 15 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
Mike Walton (2) – pp – 06:16
Frank Mahovlich (3) – pp – 14:14
First period 09:31 – Lou Angotti (2)
11:01 – Bobby Hull (4)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Pete Stemkowski (2) – 02:11
Jim Pappin (3) – 17:14
Third period No scoring
Terry Sawchuck
Johnny Bower
Goalie stats Denis DeJordy
April 18 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Pat Stapleton (1) – sh – 14:38 First period 05:06 – Brian Conacher (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 04:47 – Brian Conacher (2)
13:06 – Pete Stemkowski (3)
Glenn Hall Goalie stats Terry Sawchuck
Toronto won series 4–2


(2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (4) New York RangersEdit

Montreal swept the Rangers in four games.


April 6 New York Rangers 4–6 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Bernie Geoffrion (1) – pp – 03:46
Rod Gilbert (1) – pp – 16:06
Second period 09:34 – Ralph Backstrom (1)
Rod Gilbert (2) – pp – 01:49
Vic Hadfield (1) – 05:18
Third period 09:12 – Claude Provost (1)
09:34 – J.C. Tremblay (1)
11:03 – John Ferguson (1)
14:55 – Ralph Backstrom (2)
18:07 – Jean Beliveau (1)
Ed Giacomin Goalie stats Rogie Vachon
April 8 New York Rangers 1–3 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 08:55 – ppDick Duff (1)
Bernie Geoffrion (2) – pp – 12:03 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 07:46 – ppJohn Ferguson (2)
13:25 – Ralph Backstrom (3)
Ed Giacomin Goalie stats Rogie Vachon
April 11 Montreal Canadiens 3–2 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden III Recap  
Claude Larose (1) – 00:13
Jean Beliveau (2) – 03:09
First period 15:51 – ppJim Neilson (1)
Bobby Rousseau (1) – pp – 02:05 Second period 04:34 – Earl Ingarfield (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Rogie Vachon Goalie stats Ed Giacomin
April 13 Montreal Canadiens 2–1 OT New York Rangers Madison Square Garden III Recap  
J.C. Tremblay (2) – 10:46 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 17:56 – ppPhil Goyette (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
John Ferguson (3) – 06:28 First overtime period No scoring
Rogie Vachon Goalie stats Ed Giacomin
Montreal won series 4–0


Stanley Cup FinalsEdit


April 20 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–6 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Larry Hillman (1) – 06:40 First period 06:25 – ppYvan Cournoyer (1)
11:19 – Henri Richard (1)
Jim Pappin (4) – pp – 12:59 Second period 05:03 – ppYvan Cournoyer (2)
06:36 – Jean Beliveau (3)
No scoring Third period 04:53 – Henri Richard (2)
08:21 – Henri Richard (3)
Terry Sawchuck
Johnny Bower
Goalie stats Rogie Vachon
April 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–0 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Pete Stemkowski (4) – pp – 12:14 First period No scoring
Mike Walton (3) – pp – 09:12
Tim Horton (2) – 16:57
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Johnny Bower Goalie stats Rogie Vachon
April 25 Montreal Canadiens 2–3 2OT Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Jean Beliveau (4) – pp – 02:27 First period 08:39 – ppPete Stemkowski (5)
John Ferguson (4) – 19:10 Second period 10:34 – Jim Pappin (5)
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring Second overtime period 08:26 – Bob Pulford (1)
Rogie Vachon Goalie stats Johnny Bower
April 27 Montreal Canadiens 6–2 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Ralph Backstrom (4) – 12:25
Jean Beliveau (5) – pp – 13:08
First period No scoring
Henri Richard (4) – 02:26
Jean Beliveau (6) – 13:41
Ralph Backstrom (5) – 15:58
Second period 02:09 – ppMike Walton (4)
12:16 – Tim Horton (3)
Jimmy Roberts (1) – 15:17 Third period No scoring
Rogie Vachon Goalie stats Johnny Bower
April 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Jim Pappin (6) – pp – 15:06 First period 06:03 – Leon Rochefort (1)
Brian Conacher (3) – 03:07
Marcel Pronovost (1) – sh – 12:02
Dave Keon (3) – 19:27
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Johnny Bower Goalie stats Rogie Vachon
Gump Worsley
May 2 Montreal Canadiens 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 06:25 – Ron Ellis (2)
19:24 – Jim Pappin (7)
Dick Duff (2) – 05:28 Third period 19:13 – George Armstrong (2)
Gump Worsley Goalie stats Terry Sawchuk
Toronto won series 4–2


AwardsEdit

1966–1967 NHL awards
Prince of Wales Trophy:
(Regular season champion)
Chicago Black Hawks
Art Ross Trophy:
(Top scorer)
Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
Calder Memorial Trophy:
(Best first-year player)
Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Conn Smythe Trophy:
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Dave Keon, Toronto Maple Leafs
Hart Trophy:
(Most valuable player, season)
Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
James Norris Memorial Trophy:
(Best defenceman)
Harry Howell, New York Rangers
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
Vezina Trophy:
(Goaltender(s) of team with the best goals-against average)
Glenn Hall & Denis DeJordy, Chicago Black Hawks
Lester Patrick Trophy:
(Outstanding service to U.S. hockey)
Gordon Howe, Charles F. Adams, James E. Norris

All-Star teamsEdit

Ed Giacomin, New York Rangers G Glenn Hall, Chicago Black Hawks
Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks D Tim Horton, Toronto Maple Leafs
Harry Howell, New York Rangers D Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks C Norm Ullman, Detroit Red Wings
Kenny Wharram, Chicago Black Hawks RW Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks LW Don Marshall, New York Rangers

Player statisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Stan Mikita Chicago Black Hawks 70 35 62 97 12
Bobby Hull Chicago Black Hawks 66 52 28 80 52
Norm Ullman Detroit Red Wings 68 26 44 70 26
Ken Wharram Chicago Black Hawks 70 31 34 65 21
Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings 69 25 40 65 53
Bobby Rousseau Montreal Canadiens 68 19 44 63 58
Phil Esposito Chicago Black Hawks 69 21 40 61 40
Phil Goyette New York Rangers 70 12 49 61 6
Doug Mohns Chicago Black Hawks 61 25 35 60 58
Henri Richard Montreal Canadiens 65 21 34 55 28
Alex Delvecchio Detroit Red Wings 70 17 38 55 10

Source: NHL.[3]

Leading goaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; Min – Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP MIN GA GAA W L T SO
Glenn Hall Chicago Black Hawks 32 1664 66 2.38 19 5 5 2
Denis DeJordy Chicago Black Hawks 44 2536 104 2.46 22 12 7 4
Charlie Hodge Montreal Canadiens 37 2055 88 2.60 11 15 7 3
Ed Giacomin New York Rangers 68 3981 173 2.61 30 27 11 9
Johnny Bower Toronto Maple Leafs 27 1431 63 2.64 12 9 3 2
Terry Sawchuk Toronto Maple Leafs 28 1409 66 2.81 15 5 4 2
Roger Crozier Detroit Red Wings 58 3256 182 3.35 22 29 4 4
Eddie Johnston Boston Bruins 34 1880 116 3.70 8 21 2 0

CoachesEdit

DebutsEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1966–67 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last gamesEdit

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1966–67 (listed with their last team):

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (1994). Years of glory, 1942–1967: the National Hockey League's official book of the six-team era. Toronto, ON: McClelland and Stewart. ISBN 0-7710-2817-2.
  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Hockey. Kingston, NY: Total Sports. ISBN 1-892129-85-X.
  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.CS1 maint: ref duplicates default (link)
  • Dryden, Steve, ed. (2000). Century of hockey. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-4179-9.CS1 maint: ref duplicates default (link)
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1.
  • McFarlane, Brian (1973). The Story of the National Hockey League. New York, NY: Pagurian Press. ISBN 0-684-13424-1.
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Sweeping Changes In Pro-Am Hockey Pact". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. August 19, 1966. p. 22. 
  2. ^ Gross, George (August 30, 1966). "CAHA Becomes Bonus Baby Sitter". Brandon Sun. Brandon, Manitoba. p. 8. 
  3. ^ Dinger 2011, p. 150.

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