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The 1961-62 NHL season was the 45th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). Six teams each played 70 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Chicago Black Hawks four games to two.

A big trade took place between the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers with Doug Harvey and Albert "Junior" Langlois going to the Rangers for Lou Fontinato. Harvey was named player-coach of the Rangers.

In an exhibition game in Trail, British Columbia, Jean Beliveau tore knee ligaments and would be unavailable for some time. This followed a knee injury to Dickie Moore.

Several holdouts on the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Black Hawks were reported. Stan Mikita, Reg Fleming, and Dollard St. Laurent refused to sign their contracts, but they eventually came to terms.

League BusinessEdit

At a meeting of the owners and governors, Conn Smythe rendered his resignation as Toronto's governor, to be replaced by his son, Stafford Smythe. Thereupon, Conn Smythe was appointed honorary governor.

Regular seasonEdit

Glenn Hall got one of the greatest standing ovations in NHL history just before the NHL All-star game began. He had difficulty suppressing his emotions at the tremendous welcome he received. The All-stars defeated the Black Hawks 3-1.

Doug Harvey scored a goal in his debut as player-coach of the Rangers when they trounced the Boston Bruins 6-2 right at Boston Garden. The Rangers downed the Bruins again at Madison Square Garden 6-3 as Andy Bathgate had the hat trick and Camille Henry had two goals.

Montreal downed the Rangers 3-1 in their home opener as Henri Richard led the way with two goals playing with Beliveau and Moore, two cripples who were not expected to play. Doug Harvey was given an ovation by the crowd as he skated out in a Ranger uniform. The new defence pair of Al MacNeil and Lou Fontinato turned in a good game.

Earl Ingarfield had a hat trick November 19th as the Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 5-3. The Broadway Blueshirts were showing some power, and three nights later, Doug Harvey picked up three assists and Gump Worsley picked up a shutout as the Rangers blanked the Red Wings 4-0. The win put the Rangers into first place and the following night they beat the Bruins 4-3 as Harvey scored the winner.

Ab McDonald had the hat trick December 6th, as Chicago drubbed the Rangers 8-3 right at Madison Square Garden. Red Hay had four assists for the Black Hawks.

Toronto took over first place January 10th when they beat the Bruins 7-5. Frank Mahovlich scored two goals on his 24th birthday and Dave Keon also had two goals.

Glenn Hall played his 500th consecutive game January 17th, but was beaten 7-3 by Montreal. In a losing cause, Bobby Hull scored two goals, including his 20th of the season. Glenn Hall received a car from James D. Norris, president of the Black Hawks.

Percy LeSueur, famous Ottawa goaltender in the old NHA, died January 28th at age 79.

Bobby Hull scored four goals February 1st as the Black Hawks defeated Detroit 7-4.

The Rangers defeated the Red Wings 3-2 at home March 14th, but the two highlights were Gordie Howe's 500th goal on Gump Worsley and a penalty shot for the Rangers Andy Bathgate. Howe took a pass from Alex Delvecchio and made a nice move to get by Doug Harvey. Howe switched to a left-handed shot and beat Worsley with a backhander for the 500th goal. Midway through the third period, Dean Prentice had a breakaway and was skating toward the Detroit goal, when Hank Bassen, the Detroit goalkeeper, slid his stick to break up the play. Referee Eddie Powers awarded a penalty shot, but somehow forgot that the rules had been changed that season to read that the offended player must take the shot, not one of his teammates, and Powers permitted Andy Bathgate to take the shot. Bathgate gave Bassen some of his slick dekes and Bassen flopped on his face, allowing Bathgate to fire the puck into the open net for the winning goal. From there, the Rangers held on and made the playoffs for the first time since 1958.

Bobby Hull joined the 50 goal club when he scored his 50th goal at about the five minute mark of the first period as the Chicago Black Hawks beat the New York Rangers 4-1 right at Madison Square Garden in the final game of the season.

The first 43 seasons saw only one 50 goal scorer, Maurice "Rocket" Richard. Then last season, 1960-61, Bernie Geoffrion scored 50. This season saw another 50 goal scorer in Bobby Hull of the Chicago Black Hawks. From this point onwards, far more seasons than not would see at least one player score fifty in a season.

Final standingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 70 42 14 14 98 259 166 818
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 37 22 11 85 232 180 762
Chicago Black Hawks 70 31 26 13 75 217 186 894
New York Rangers 70 26 32 12 64 195 207 668
Detroit Red Wings 70 23 33 14 60 184 219 684
Boston Bruins 70 15 47 8 38 177 306 712

Scoring leadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player Team GP G A PTS PIM
Bobby Hull Chicago Black Hawks 70 50 34 84 35
Andy Bathgate New York Rangers 70 28 56 84 44
Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings 70 33 44 77 54
Stan Mikita Chicago Black Hawks 70 25 52 77 97
Frank Mahovlich Toronto Maple Leafs 70 33 38 71 87

Stanley Cup playoffsEdit

see 1962 Stanley Cup Finals

Playoff bracketEdit

  Semifinals Finals
                 
1 Montreal Canadiens 2  
3 Chicago Black Hawks 4  
    3 Chicago Black Hawks 2
  2 Toronto Maple Leafs 4
2 Toronto Maple Leafs 4
4 New York Rangers 2  
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NHL awardsEdit

1961-62 NHL awards
Prince of Wales Trophy: Montreal Canadiens
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
Calder Memorial Trophy: Bobby Rousseau, Montreal Canadiens
Hart Memorial Trophy: Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Doug Harvey, New York Rangers
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Dave Keon, Toronto Maple Leafs
Vezina Trophy: Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens

All-Star teamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens G Glenn Hall, Chicago Blackhawks
Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens D Carl Brewer, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jean-Guy Talbot, Montreal Canadiens D Pierre Pilote, Chicago Blackhawks
Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks C Dave Keon, Toronto Maple Leafs
Andy Bathgate, New York Rangers RW Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
Bobby Hull, Chicago Blackhawks LW Frank Mahovlich, Toronto Maple Leafs

DebutsEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1961-62 (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 1961-62 (listed with their last team):

See also Edit


ReferencesEdit


NHL seasons

1957-58 | 1958-59 | 1959-60 | 1960-61 | 1961-62 | 1962-63 | 1963-64 | 1964-65 | 1965-66

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