1972–73 NHL season

The 1972–73 NHL season was the 56th season of the National Hockey League. Sixteen teams each played 78 games. Two new teams, the New York Islanders and the Atlanta Flames, made their debuts. The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup by beating the Chicago Black Hawks four games to two in the Stanley Cup Final.

1972–73 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 7, 1972 – May 10, 1973
Number of games78
Number of teams16
TV partner(s)CBC, SRC (Canada)
NBC (United States)
Draft
Top draft pickBilly Harris
Picked byNew York Islanders
Regular season
Season championsMontreal Canadiens
Season MVPBobby Clarke (Flyers)
Top scorerPhil Esposito (Bruins)
Playoffs
Playoffs MVPYvan Cournoyer (Canadiens)
Stanley Cup
ChampionsMontreal Canadiens
  Runners-upChicago Black Hawks
NHL seasons

Pre-seasonEdit

Prior to the start of the season, the 1972 Summit Series took place. It was the first ever meeting between Soviet Union and NHL calibre Canadian ice hockey players. Canada expected to easily beat the Soviets, but were shocked to find themselves with a losing record of one win, two losses, and a tie after four games in Canada. In game four, which Canada lost 5–3, Vancouver fans echoed the rest of Canada's thoughts of Team Canada's poor performance by booing them off the ice. The final four games were played in the Soviet Union. Canada lost game five, but won the last three for a final record of four wins, three losses, and a tie.

For the first time since the collapse of the Western Hockey League in 1926, the National Hockey League had serious competition. A new professional hockey league, the World Hockey Association, made its season debut with 12 new teams, half of which were based in cities with existing NHL teams. Unlike the Western Hockey League, though, the new World Hockey Association would not challenge for the Stanley Cup. In response to the new league, the NHL hastily added two new teams in an unplanned expansion, the New York Islanders and Atlanta Flames, in an attempt to exclude the WHA from newly constructed arenas in those markets.

In February 1972, the Miami Screaming Eagles of the WHA signed Bernie Parent to a contract,[1] and when Bobby Hull was signed on June 27, 1972, to play with the Winnipeg Jets, the Chicago Black Hawks sued, claiming a violation of the reserve clause in NHL contracts. Others soon followed Hull to the WHA, including, J. C. Tremblay, Ted Green, Gerry Cheevers and Johnny McKenzie. In the expansion draft, the New York Islanders and Atlanta Flames made their picks and eleven Islander players skipped off to the WHA. The California Golden Seals, chafing under the unorthodox ownership of the unpopular Charlie Finley, were also a victim of the WHA, losing eight key players.

Regular seasonEdit

The Montreal Canadiens took over first place in the East Division and the league from the Boston Bruins while for the third consecutive season the Chicago Black Hawks dominated the West Division.

Final standingsEdit

East Division[2]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 78 52 10 16 329 184 +145 120
2 Boston Bruins 78 51 22 5 330 235 +95 107
3 New York Rangers 78 47 23 8 297 208 +89 102
4 Buffalo Sabres 78 37 27 14 257 219 +38 88
5 Detroit Red Wings 78 37 29 12 265 243 +22 86
6 Toronto Maple Leafs 78 27 41 10 247 279 −32 64
7 Vancouver Canucks 78 22 47 9 233 339 −106 53
8 New York Islanders 78 12 60 6 170 347 −177 30
West Division[2]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Chicago Black Hawks 78 42 27 9 284 225 +59 93
2 Philadelphia Flyers 78 37 30 11 296 256 +40 85
3 Minnesota North Stars 78 37 30 11 254 230 +24 85
4 St. Louis Blues 78 32 34 12 233 251 −18 76
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 78 32 37 9 257 265 −8 73
6 Los Angeles Kings 78 31 36 11 232 245 −13 73
7 Atlanta Flames 78 25 38 15 191 239 −48 65
8 California Golden Seals 78 16 46 16 213 323 −110 48


PlayoffsEdit

No teams in the playoffs swept their opponents, the last time this would happen until 1991, and no series required the maximum number of games, the last time this has happened to date. In addition, the Chicago Black Hawks reached the Stanley Cup Finals without a captain, the last time this would happen until 2014.

Playoff bracketEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Stanley Cup Finals
         
E1 Montreal 4
E4 Buffalo 2
E1 Montreal 4
W2 Philadelphia 1
W2 Philadelphia 4
W3 Minnesota 2
E1 Montreal 4
W1 Chicago 2
W1 Chicago 4
W4 St. Louis 1
W1 Chicago 4
E3 NY Rangers 1
E2 Boston 1
E3 NY Rangers 4

QuarterfinalsEdit

(E1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (E4) Buffalo SabresEdit

The Montreal Canadiens finished first in the league with 120 points. The Buffalo Sabres finished fourth with 88 points. This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. This was the Buffalo Sabres' first playoff appearance in their third season since entering the league in the 1970–71 NHL season. Montreal won the five-game regular season series earning six of ten points.


April 4 Buffalo Sabres 1–2 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Craig Ramsay (1) – 03:13 Second period 17:01 – Jacques Lemaire (1)
No scoring Third period 04:27 – ppYvan Cournoyer (1)
Dave Dryden Goalie stats Ken Dryden
April 5 Buffalo Sabres 3–7 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Gilbert Perreault (1) – 01:06
Richard Martin (1) – pp – 16:48
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 04:48 – Serge Savard (1)
06:07 – Yvan Cournoyer (2)
10:39 – Marc Tardif (1)
16:21 – ppGuy Lapointe (1)
17:29 – Jacques Lemaire (2)
Jim Schoenfeld (1) – 17:45 Third period 03:10 – Yvan Cournoyer (3)
15:31 – Yvan Cournoyer (4)
Dave Dryden Goalie stats Ken Dryden
April 7 Montreal Canadiens 5–2 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Recap  
Guy Lafleur (1) – pp – 16:56 First period No scoring
Peter Mahovlich (1) – pp – 08:44
Murray Wilson (1) – 09:00
Second period 01:13 – Larry Mickey (1)
Frank Mahovlich (1) – 12:15
Henri Richard (1) – 19:12
Third period 00:54 – ppRene Robert (1)
Ken Dryden Goalie stats Roger Crozier
April 8 Montreal Canadiens 1–5 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Recap  
Yvan Cournoyer (5) – 18:37 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 11:13 – Jim Schoenfeld (2)
14:29 – ppGilbert Perreault (2)
No scoring Third period 01:28 – Rene Robert (2)
19:19 – Don Luce (1)
19:41 – Gilbert Perreault (3)
Ken Dryden Goalie stats Roger Crozier
April 10 Buffalo Sabres 3–2 OT Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 16:22 – Frank Mahovlich (2)
Richard Martin (2) – 12:03
Rene Robert (3) – 13:11
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 12:46 – Guy Lapointe (2)
Rene Robert (4) – 09:18 First overtime period No scoring
Roger Crozier Goalie stats Ken Dryden
April 12 Montreal Canadiens 4–2 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Recap  
Serge Savard (2) – 01:32
Murray Wilson (2) – 07:33
Guy Lafleur (2) – 08:53
Guy Lapointe (3) – 16:03
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 11:41 – Rene Robert (5)
19:48 – ppRichard Martin (3)
Ken Dryden Goalie stats Roger Crozier
Montreal won series 4–2


(E2) Boston Bruins vs. (E3) New York RangersEdit

The Boston Bruins finished second in the East Division with 107 points. The New York Rangers finished third in the East Division with 102 points. This was the ninth playoff meeting between these two teams with Boston winning six of the eight previous series. They last met in the previous year's Stanley Cup Finals which Boston won in six games. The teams split this year's six-game regular season series.


April 4 New York Rangers 6–2 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Brad Park (1) – pp – 15:59 First period 14:21 – Doug Roberts (1)
Bruce MacGregor (1) – 07:25
Brad Park (2) – 08:53
Walt Tkaczuk (1) – 11:48
Walt Tkaczuk (2) – 15:55
Second period No scoring
Derek Sanderson (1) – 11:17 Third period 03:11 – Pete Stemkowski (1)
Ed Giacomin Goalie stats Jacques Plante
April 5 New York Rangers 4–2 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Steve Vickers (1) – 13:20 First period 07:55 – Wayne Cashman (1)
Ted Irvine (1) – pp – 09:47
Pete Stemkowski (2) – pp – 13:29
Second period 16:34 – Doug Roberts (2)
Walt Tkaczuk (3) – pp – 05:37 Third period No scoring
Ed Giacomin
Gilles Villemure
Goalie stats Jacques Plante
April 7 Boston Bruins 4–2 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Gregg Sheppard (1) – sh – 06:53 First period 18:35 – Pete Stemkowski (3)
Fred Stanfield (1) – 03:13 Second period No scoring
Gregg Sheppard (2) – 10:39
Mike Walton (1) – 19:08
Third period 06:12 – Jean Ratelle (1)
Ed Johnston Goalie stats Ed Giacomin
April 8 Boston Bruins 0–4 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 02:35 – Rod Gilbert (1)
16:30 – Pete Stemkowski (4)
No scoring Second period 11:22 – Bobby Rousseau (1)
19:15 – Steve Vickers (2)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Ed Johnston Goalie stats Ed Giacomin
April 10 New York Rangers 6–3 Boston Bruins Boston Garden Recap  
Steve Vickers (3) – 00:38
Steve Vickers (4) – 14:34
Bruce MacGregor (2) – 16:33
First period 01:54 – Bobby Orr (1)
12:45 – ppKen Hodge (1)
Walt Tkaczuk (4) – 18:59 Second period No scoring
Rod Gilbert (2) – 04:10
Steve Vickers (5) – 17:51
Third period 07:10 – Don Marcotte (1)
Ed Giacomin Goalie stats Ross Brooks
Ed Johnston
New York won series 4–1


(W1) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (W4) St. Louis BluesEdit

The Chicago Black Hawks finished first in the West Division with 93 points. The St. Louis Blues finished fourth in the West Division with 76 points. This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. The teams split this year's six-game regular season series.


April 4 St. Louis Blues 1–7 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period 15:02 – Dick Redmond (1)
15:20 – Dick Redmond (2)
No scoring Second period 02:13 – Dick Redmond (3)
09:38 – Jim Pappin (1)
10:32 – Pit Martin (1)
Phil Roberto (1) – 19:07 Third period 12:33 – pp – Pit Martin (2)
16:24 – pp – Pit Martin (3)
Wayne Stephenson Goalie stats Tony Esposito
April 5 St. Louis Blues 0–1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period 14:06 – Lou Angotti (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Jacques Caron Goalie stats Tony Esposito
April 7 Chicago Blackhawks 5–2 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Arena Recap  
Dennis Hull (1) – pp – 02:29
Ralph Backstrom (1) – 11:26
Jim Pappin (2) – 13:51
First period 05:52 – ppAb DeMarco Jr. (1)
10:26 – Pierre Plante (1)
Ralph Backstrom (2) – 03:10 Second period No scoring
Jim Pappin (3) – pp – 07:31 Third period No scoring
Tony Esposito Goalie stats Jacques Caron
April 8 Chicago Blackhawks 3–5 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Arena Recap  
Ralph Backstrom (3) – 06:33
Cliff Koroll (1) – 11:11
First period 16:48 – Pierre Plante (2)
No scoring Second period 14:03 – Phil Roberto (2)
15:31 – Fran Huck (1)
18:29 – Gary Sabourin (1)
Chico Maki (1) – 14:21 Third period 16:56 – Garry Unger (1)
Gary Smith Goalie stats Wayne Stephenson
April 10 St. Louis Blues 1–6 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period 01:14 – Jim Pappin (4)
14:52 – Stan Mikita (1)
Fran Huck (2) – pp – 04:20 Second period 00:30 – Cliff Koroll (2)
11:37 – Chico Maki (2)
No scoring Third period 15:32 – shRalph Backstrom (4)
17:41 – Lou Angotti (2)
Wayne Stephenson
Jacques Caron
Goalie stats Tony Esposito
Chicago won series 4–1


(W2) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (W3) Minnesota North StarsEdit

The Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota North Stars finished tied for second in the West Division each with 85 points (Philadelphia won the tiebreaker in total goals for 296–254). This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. Philadelphia won three of the five games in this year's regular season series.


April 4 Minnesota North Stars 3–0 Philadelphia Flyers The Spectrum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Dennis Hextall (1) – 09:21
Dennis O'Brien (1) – 19:45
Second period No scoring
Jude Drouin (1) – 09:17 Third period No scoring
Cesare Maniago Goalie stats Doug Favell
April 5 Minnesota North Stars 1–4 Philadelphia Flyers The Spectrum Recap  
No scoring First period 05:48 – Don Saleski (1)
No scoring Second period 01:08 – shBill Flett (1)
08:37 – Bill Barber (1)
18:46 – Terry Crisp (1)
Dean Prentice (1) – pp – 04:14 Third period No scoring
Gilles Gilbert Goalie stats Doug Favell
April 7 Philadelphia Flyers 0–5 Minnesota North Stars Met Center Recap  
No scoring First period 09:35 – Dennis Hextall (2)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 00:54 – ppBarry Gibbs (1)
09:36 – Lou Nanne (1)
09:54 – Danny Grant (1)
15:27 – Danny Grant (2)
Doug Favell
Michel Belhumeur
Goalie stats Cesare Maniago
April 8 Philadelphia Flyers 3–0 Minnesota North Stars Met Center Recap  
Bobby Clarke (1) – pp – 18:57 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Bill Barber (2) – 14:16
Ross Lonsberry (1) – 16:00
Third period No scoring
Doug Favell Goalie stats Cesare Maniago
April 10 Minnesota North Stars 2–3 OT Philadelphia Flyers The Spectrum Recap  
Danny Grant (3) – 10:48 First period 11:24 – ppRick MacLeish (1)
No scoring Second period 02:17 – pp – Rick MacLeish (2)
Bill Goldsworthy (1) – 13:00 Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 08:35 – Gary Dornhoefer (1)
Cesare Maniago Goalie stats Doug Favell
April 12 Philadelphia Flyers 4–1 Minnesota North Stars Met Center Recap  
No scoring First period 13:40 – ppBill Goldsworthy (2)
Terry Crisp (2) – pp – 04:10
Ross Lonsberry (2) – 16:42
Dave Schultz (1) – 18:01
Second period No scoring
Ross Lonsberry (3) – 19:48 Third period No scoring
Doug Favell Goalie stats Cesare Maniago
Philadelphia won series 4–2


SemifinalsEdit

(E1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (W3) Philadelphia FlyersEdit

This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. The teams split this year's five-game regular season series.


April 14 Philadelphia Flyers 5–4 OT Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Bill Barber (3) – 14:20 First period 04:48 – Yvan Cournoyer (6)
Simon Nolet (1) – 03:16 Second period 17:28 – ppGuy Lapointe (4)
Simon Nolet (2) – 10:18
Gary Dornhoefer (2) – 12:04
Third period 08:58 – Guy Lapointe (5)
15:25 – Jacques Lemaire (3)
Rick MacLeish (3) – 02:56 First overtime period No scoring
Doug Favell Goalie stats Ken Dryden
April 17 Philadelphia Flyers 3–4 OT Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Andre Dupont (1) – 05:50
Gary Dornhoefer (3) – pp – 08:12
First period 19:13 – ppGuy Lafleur (3)
Bill Flett (2) – 00:36 Second period 00:25 – Henri Richard (2)
No scoring Third period 11:50 – Yvan Cournoyer (7)
No scoring First overtime period 06:45 – Larry Robinson (1)
Doug Favell Goalie stats Ken Dryden
April 19 Montreal Canadiens 2–1 Philadelphia Flyers The Spectrum Recap  
Rejean Houle (1) – 06:34
Henri Richard (3) – 18:19
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 10:09 – Terry Crisp (3)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Ken Dryden Goalie stats Doug Favell
April 22 Montreal Canadiens 4–1 Philadelphia Flyers The Spectrum Recap  
No scoring First period 04:08 – ppBobby Clarke (2)
Rejean Houle (2) – 07:38
Marc Tardif (2) – pp – 14:07
Yvan Cournoyer (8) – pp – 16:01
Second period No scoring
Frank Mahovlich (3) – 19:27 Third period No scoring
Ken Dryden Goalie stats Doug Favell
April 24 Philadelphia Flyers 3–5 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Ross Lonsberry (4) – 08:57 First period 15:29 – Marc Tardif (3)
Simon Nolet (3) – 06:18 Second period 00:23 – ppJacques Lemaire (4)
Bill Flett (3) – 05:30 Third period 05:44 – Frank Mahovlich (4)
12:07 – Henri Richard (4)
13:42 – Yvan Cournoyer (9)
Doug Favell Goalie stats Ken Dryden
Montreal won series 4–1


(W1) Chicago Black Hawks vs. (E3) New York RangersEdit

This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams with Chicago winning three of the four previous series. They last met in the previous year's Stanley Cup Semifinals which New York won in a four-game sweep. The teams split this year's five-game regular season series.


April 12 New York Rangers 4–1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
Bobby Rousseau (2) – 14:09 First period 12:37 – Pit Martin (4)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Vic Hadfield (1) – 04:04
Walt Tkaczuk (5) – 17:45
Walt Tkaczuk (6) – 19:35
Third period No scoring
Ed Giacomin Goalie stats Tony Esposito
April 15 New York Rangers 4–5 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
Rod Gilbert (3) – 18:54 First period 05:32 – Pat Stapleton (1)
07:55 – pp – Pat Stapleton (2)
11:20 – Dennis Hull (2)
Jean Ratelle (2) – pp – 05:31
Bill Fairbairn (1) – 08:22
Rod Gilbert (4) – 17:26
Second period 12:02 – pp – Dennis Hull (3)
14:40 – Dick Redmond (4)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Ed Giacomin
Gilles Villemure
Goalie stats Tony Esposito
April 17 Chicago Blackhawks 2–1 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Jim Pappin (5) – 08:20 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 14:51 – Walt Tkaczuk (7)
Stan Mikita (2) – 06:16 Third period No scoring
Tony Esposito Goalie stats Ed Giacomin
April 19 Chicago Blackhawks 3–1 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Dennis Hull (4) – pp – 11:20 Second period No scoring
Pit Martin (5) – 14:11
Dennis Hull (5) – 16:56
Third period 02:16 – Vic Hadfield (2)
Tony Esposito Goalie stats Ed Giacomin
April 24 New York Rangers 1–4 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period 19:20 – ppStan Mikita (3)
Rod Gilbert (5) – 19:19 Second period 14:07 – Dennis Hull (6)
No scoring Third period 04:47 – Stan Mikita
08:15 – Cliff Koroll (3)
Ed Giacomin Goalie stats Tony Esposito
Chicago won series 4–1


Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

It was the 16th playoff meeting between these two teams. Montreal lead 10–5 in their previous meetings. This was a rematch of the 1971 Stanley Cup Finals, which Montreal won in seven games. Chicago won three of the five games in this year's regular season series.


April 29 Chicago Blackhawks 3–8 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Pit Martin (6) – 00:35
Ralph Backstrom (5) – 01:02
Pit Martin (7) – 12:07
First period 02:28 – Jacques Laperriere (1)
08:07 – Marc Tardif (7)
No scoring Second period 03:01 – Chuck Lefley (1)
16:23 – ppJacques Lemaire (5)
No scoring Third period 08:38 – pp – Jacques Lemaire (6)
12:36 – sh Peter Mahovlich (2)
13:34 – Frank Mahovlich (5)
14:35 – Chuck Lefley (2)
Tony Esposito
Gary Smith
Goalie stats Ken Dryden
May 1 Chicago Blackhawks 1–4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 05:36 – Pierre Bouchard (1)
Cliff Koroll (4) – 07:28 Second period 12:08 – Yvan Cournoyer (10)
No scoring Third period 05:01 – pp Yvan Cournoyer (11)
19:26 – Frank Mahovlich (6)
Tony Esposito Goalie stats Ken Dryden
May 3 Montreal Canadiens 4–7 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
No scoring First period 01:59 – ppDennis Hull (7)
11:44 – ppJ.P. Bordeleau (1)
13:20 – shBill White (1)
14:20 – shStan Mikita (5)
Frank Mahovlich (7) – 10:25 Second period 02:08 – ppJohn Marks (1)
Yvan Cournoyer (12) – 01:20
Guy Lapointe (6) – 07:15
Jacques Lemaire (7) – 08:01
Third period 19:29 – Dennis Hull (8)
19:49 – Jim Pappin (6)
Ken Dryden Goalie stats Tony Esposito
May 6 Montreal Canadiens 4–0 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
Marc Tardif (5) – 01:08 First period No scoring
Yvan Cournoyer (13) – 14:13
Chuck Lefley (3) – 15:43
Second period No scoring
Claude Larose (1) – 03:45 Third period No scoring
Ken Dryden Goalie stats Tony Esposito
May 8 Chicago Blackhawks 8–7 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Dennis Hull (9) – 09:34
Stan Mikita (6) – 11:24
First period 02:47 – Frank Mahovlich (8)
14:52 – ppPeter Mahovlich (3)
Dave Kryskow (1) – 03:10
Stan Mikita (7) – 06:21
Jim Pappin (7) – 11:24
Len Frig (1) – pp – 16:21
Jim Pappin (8) – 19:03
Second period 00:37 – Claude Larose (2)
04:23 – Claude Larose (3)
07:09 – Yvan Cournoyer (14)
Lou Angotti (3) – 04:06 Third period 01:15 – Serge Savard (3)
11:43 – Henri Richard (5)
Tony Esposito Goalie stats Ken Dryden
May 10 Montreal Canadiens 6–4 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Stadium Recap  
Henri Richard (6) – 19:48 First period 10:35 – Pit Martin (8)
11:31 – pp – Pit Martin (9)
Peter Mahovlich (4) – 05:05
Rejean Houle (3) – 06:37
Frank Mahovlich (9) – pp – 10:54
Second period 08:32 – Dave Kryskow (2)
17:05 – pp – Pit Martin (10)
Yvan Cournoyer (15) – 08:13
Marc Tardif (6) – pp – 12:42
Third period No scoring
Ken Dryden Goalie stats Tony Esposito
Montreal won series 4–2


AwardsEdit

1973 NHL awards
Prince of Wales Trophy:
(East Division champion, regular season)
Montreal Canadiens
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl:
(West Division champion, regular season)
Chicago Black Hawks
Art Ross Trophy:
(Top scorer, regular season)
Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:
(Perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication)
Lowell MacDonald, Pittsburgh Penguins
Calder Memorial Trophy:
(Top first-year player)
Steve Vickers, New York Rangers
Conn Smythe Trophy:
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Yvan Cournoyer, Montreal Canadiens
Hart Memorial Trophy:
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers
James Norris Memorial Trophy:
(Best defenceman)
Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo Sabres
Lester B. Pearson Award:
(Outstanding player, regular season)
Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers
Vezina Trophy:
(Goaltender(s) of team with best goaltending record)
Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens
Lester Patrick Trophy:
(Service to hockey in the U.S.)
Walter L. Bush, Jr.

All-Star teamsEdit

First team   Position   Second team
Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens G Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawks
Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins D Brad Park, New York Rangers
Guy Lapointe, Montreal Canadiens D Bill White, Chicago Black Hawks
Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins C Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers
Mickey Redmond, Detroit Red Wings RW Yvan Cournoyer, Montreal Canadiens
Frank Mahovlich, Montreal Canadiens LW Dennis Hull, Chicago Black Hawks

Player statisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Phil Esposito Boston Bruins 78 55 75 130 87
Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers 78 37 67 104 80
Bobby Orr Boston Bruins 63 29 72 101 99
Rick MacLeish Philadelphia Flyers 78 50 50 100 69
Jacques Lemaire Montreal Canadiens 77 44 51 95 16
Jean Ratelle New York Rangers 78 41 53 94 12
Mickey Redmond Detroit Red Wings 76 52 41 93 24
Johnny Bucyk Boston Bruins 78 40 53 93 12
Frank Mahovlich Montreal Canadiens 78 38 55 93 51
Jim Pappin Chicago Black Hawks 76 41 51 92 82

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
Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens 54 3165 119 2.26 33 7 13 6
Gilles Villemure New York Rangers 34 2040 78 2.29 20 12 2 3
Tony Esposito Chicago Black Hawks 56 3340 140 2.51 32 17 7 4
Roy Edwards Detroit Red Wings 52 3012 132 2.63 27 17 7 6
Dave Dryden Buffalo Sabres 37 2018 89 2.65 14 13 7 3
Roger Crozier Buffalo Sabres 49 2633 121 2.76 23 13 7 3
Doug Favell Philadelphia Flyers 44 2419 114 2.83 20 15 4 3
Rogie Vachon L.A. Kings 53 3120 148 2.85 22 20 10 4
Cesare Maniago Minnesota North Stars 47 2736 132 2.89 21 18 6 5
Jim Rutherford Pittsburgh Penguins 49 2660 129 2.91 20 22 5 3

Other statisticsEdit

CoachesEdit

EastEdit

WestEdit

DebutsEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1972–73 (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 1972–73 (listed with their last team):

NOTE: Plante, Stapleton, Backstrom, Howell and Balon would finish their major professional careers in the World Hockey Association.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • 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.
  • Dryden, Steve, ed. (2000). Century of hockey. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-4179-9.
  • 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.
Notes
  1. ^ Dunell, Milt (February 22, 1972). "Hockey's first 'Super Series' will be played in the courtrooms". Montreal Gazette. p. 31. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "1972–1973 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League.
  3. ^ Dinger 2011, p. 150.

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