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1963–64 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
1963–64 record 36-21-13
Goals for 209
Goals against 167
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Toe Blake
Captain Jean Beliveau
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Jean Beliveau (28)
Assists Jean Beliveau (50)
Points Jean Beliveau (78)
Penalties in minutes Terry Harper (149)
Wins Charlie Hodge (33)
Goals against average Charlie Hodge (2.26)
The 1963–64 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 55th season of play. The team placed first in the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens would lose to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the semi final.

The Canadiens were coming off what was for them a very poor season. The team finished third in the 1962-63 NHL season and lost the semi final in a very poorly played 5 games to the Toronto Maple Leafs].

Lou Fontinato suffered a career-ending injury in that year and veterans Tom Johnson and Dickie Moore also missed a lot of time due to injuries. Goaltender Jacques Plante played his worst season in a Canadiens' uniform.

Moore retired, Johnson went to the Boston Bruins, and Phil Goyette, Don Marshall, and Plante were traded to the New York Rangers. To replace them the Canadiens obtained Gump Worsley and Dave Balon from the Rangers and got the tough enforcer John Ferguson from the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League. Rookies Jacques Laperriere and Terry Harper reinforced the defence. With the exception of Worsley, all the new players played beyond expectations.

Worlsey was injured in the eighth game of the season. To replace him the Canadiens brought up Charlie Hodge from the Quebec Aces. Hodge had been the team's second-string goalie for years behind Jacques Plante. Given the chance, Hodge blossomed into a fine first-string goalie and won the Vezina Trophy.

Jean Béliveau came off of a so-so 1962-63 season to finish third in the league scoring race and win the Hart Memorial Trophy. Laperriere won the Calder Memorial Trophy ahead of teammates Ferguson and Harper. Bobby Rousseau scored five goals in one game against the Detroit Red Wings as part of a fine 25 goal season.

The Leafs, strengthened by superstar Andy Bathgate upset the Canadiens in the semi final - but a dynasty was born. The Canadiens would win four of the next five Stanley Cups, narrowly missing winning the 1967 Stanley Cup Finals.

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

National Hockey League
GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
Montreal Canadiens 70 36 21 13 209 167 982 85
Chicago Black Hawks 70 36 22 12 218 169 1116 84
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 33 25 12 192 172 928 78
Detroit Red Wings 70 30 29 11 191 204 771 71
New York Rangers 70 22 38 10 186 242 715 54
Boston Bruins 70 18 40 12 170 212 858 48

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Teams that qualified for playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game logEdit

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 8, 19634–4 @ Boston Bruins0–0–1
2WOctober 12, 19636–2 New York Rangers1–0–1
3LOctober 16, 19632–4 Toronto Maple Leafs1–1–1
4WOctober 19, 19632–0 Boston Bruins2–1–1
5LOctober 20, 19633–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks2–2–1
6TOctober 26, 19631–1 Chicago Black Hawks2–2–2
7WOctober 27, 19636–4 @ Detroit Red Wings3–2–2
8LOctober 30, 19633–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs3–3–2
9WNovember 2, 19635–1 Detroit Red Wings4–3–2
10WNovember 3, 19635–3 @ New York Rangers5–3–2
11TNovember 7, 19632–2 Chicago Black Hawks5–3–3
12WNovember 9, 19634–2 New York Rangers6–3–3
13LNovember 10, 19630–3 @ Detroit Red Wings6–4–3
14TNovember 13, 19632–2 Toronto Maple Leafs6–4–4
15LNovember 16, 19632–5 Chicago Black Hawks6–5–4
16WNovember 17, 19633–2 @ Boston Bruins7–5–4
17WNovember 20, 19633–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs8–5–4
18LNovember 24, 19633–7 @ Chicago Black Hawks8–6–4
19WNovember 28, 19637–3 @ Detroit Red Wings9–6–4
20TNovember 30, 19630–0 Boston Bruins9–6–5
21WDecember 1, 19633–1 @ Boston Bruins10–6–5
22LDecember 4, 19630–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs10–7–5
23WDecember 5, 19634–2 New York Rangers11–7–5
24WDecember 7, 19635–2 Detroit Red Wings12–7–5
25LDecember 8, 19630–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks12–8–5
26WDecember 12, 19636–4 New York Rangers13–8–5
27WDecember 14, 19633–1 Boston Bruins14–8–5
28LDecember 15, 19632–4 @ New York Rangers14–9–5
29WDecember 18, 19637–3 Toronto Maple Leafs15–9–5
30WDecember 21, 19633–2 Chicago Black Hawks16–9–5
31WDecember 22, 19636–1 @ Detroit Red Wings17–9–5
32LDecember 25, 19631–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks17–10–5
33TDecember 28, 19631–1 Detroit Red Wings17–10–6
34WDecember 29, 19636–2 @ New York Rangers18–10–6
35TJanuary 1, 19643–3 @ Boston Bruins18–10–7
36WJanuary 4, 19645–1 Boston Bruins19–10–7
37TJanuary 5, 19643–3 @ Detroit Red Wings19–10–8
38LJanuary 8, 19641–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs19–11–8
39WJanuary 12, 19642–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks20–11–8
40WJanuary 16, 19641–0 Chicago Black Hawks21–11–8
41LJanuary 18, 19640–2 Detroit Red Wings21–12–8
42TJanuary 19, 19641–1 @ Boston Bruins21–12–9
43WJanuary 22, 19643–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs22–12–9
44WJanuary 23, 19644–2 New York Rangers23–12–9
45LJanuary 25, 19640–6 Boston Bruins23–13–9
46TJanuary 26, 19642–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks23–13–10
47WJanuary 29, 19642–1 Toronto Maple Leafs24–13–10
48WFebruary 1, 19649–3 Detroit Red Wings25–13–10
49LFebruary 2, 19642–4 @ New York Rangers25–14–10
50WFebruary 5, 19642–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs26–14–10
51WFebruary 8, 19648–2 @ New York Rangers27–14–10
52TFebruary 9, 19644–4 @ Boston Bruins27–14–11
53WFebruary 12, 19644–0 Toronto Maple Leafs28–14–11
54LFebruary 15, 19641–4 Detroit Red Wings28–15–11
55WFebruary 16, 19645–2 @ Detroit Red Wings29–15–11
56WFebruary 20, 19643–2 Boston Bruins30–15–11
57WFebruary 22, 19643–1 Chicago Black Hawks31–15–11
58LFebruary 23, 19642–3 @ Detroit Red Wings31–16–11
59WFebruary 26, 19641–0 Toronto Maple Leafs32–16–11
60WFebruary 29, 19644–0 New York Rangers33–16–11
61LMarch 1, 19643–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks33–17–11
62LMarch 5, 19645–7 Detroit Red Wings33–18–11
63LMarch 7, 19642–3 New York Rangers33–19–11
64TMarch 8, 19640–0 @ New York Rangers33–19–12
65LMarch 11, 19640–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs33–20–12
66WMarch 14, 19644–3 Chicago Black Hawks34–20–12
67LMarch 15, 19641–3 @ Boston Bruins34–21–12
68TMarch 18, 19642–2 Toronto Maple Leafs34–21–13
69WMarch 21, 19645–1 Boston Bruins35–21–13
70WMarch 22, 19642–1 @ New York Rangers36–21–13

PlayoffsEdit

Semi FinalEdit

  • March 26, 1964, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 - 0
  • March 28, 1964, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 - 2
  • March 31, 1964, at Toronto Maple Leafs 3 - 2
  • April 2, 1964, at Toronto Maple Leafs 3 - 5
  • April 4, 1964, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 - 2 3
  • April 7, 1964, at Toronto Maple Leafs 0 - 3 3
  • April 9, 1964, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 - 3[1]

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 68 28 50 78 42
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau RW 70 25 31 56 32
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 66 14 39 53 73
Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson LW 59 18 27 45 125
Balon, DaveDave Balon LW 70 24 18 42 80
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 55 21 18 39 41
Tremblay, GillesGilles Tremblay LW 61 22 15 37 21
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 68 15 17 32 37
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 65 2 28 30 102
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 70 8 21 29 41
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay D 70 5 16 21 24
Hicke, BillBill Hicke RW 48 11 9 20 41
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 70 2 15 17 149
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 69 7 9 16 12
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 66 1 13 14 83
Boudrias, AndreAndre Boudrias LW 4 1 4 5 2
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 5 4 0 4 0
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 21 1 1 2 43
Watson, BryanBryan Watson D 39 0 2 2 18
Harris, TedTed Harris D 4 0 1 1 0
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 15 0 1 1 2
Gauthier, JeanJean Gauthier D 1 0 0 0 2
Gray, TerryTerry Gray RW 4 0 0 0 6
Hanna, JohnJohn Hanna D 6 0 0 0 2
Hicks, WayneWayne Hicks RW 2 0 0 0 0
Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge G 62 0 0 0 2
Morissette, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Morissette G 1 0 0 0 0
Reaume, MarcMarc Reaume D 3 0 0 0 2
Rochefort, LeonLeon Rochefort RW 3 0 0 0 0
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley G 8 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge 3720 62 33 18 11 140 2.26 8
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley 444 8 3 2 2 22 2.97 1
Morissette, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Morissette 36 1 0 1 0 4 6.67 0
Team: 4200 70 36 21 13 166 2.37 9

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 7 2 2 4 22
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 7 2 1 3 8
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay D 7 2 1 3 9
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 5 2 0 2 18
Balon, DaveDave Balon LW 7 1 1 2 25
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 7 1 1 2 4
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 7 1 1 2 8
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 7 1 1 2 9
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau RW 7 1 1 2 2
Hicke, BillBill Hicke RW 7 0 2 2 2
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 7 0 2 2 10
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 2 1 0 1 0
Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson LW 7 0 1 1 25
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 7 0 1 1 14
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 7 0 0 0 4
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 7 0 0 0 6
Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge G 7 0 0 0 0
Tremblay, GillesGilles Tremblay LW 2 0 0 0 0
Watson, BryanBryan Watson D 6 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge 420 7 3 4 16 2.29 1
Team: 420 7 3 4 16 2.29 1

[2]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts;

Awards and recordsEdit

NHL All-Star Team

TransactionsEdit


Farm TeamsEdit

Minor proEdit

The Canadiens had working arrangements with the following teams:

The following team was a wholly-owned farm team:


JuniorEdit

They also sponsored the Ottawa Hull & District Junior League and the Metropolitan Montreal Junior League.

Notable GamesEdit

Montreal 9 Detroit 3:Feb. 1, 1964

Photo GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.databasehockey.com/teams/teamscores.htm?tm=MON&yr=1963
  2. 1963-64 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.

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