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Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs

The 1963-64 NHL season was the 47th season of the National Hockey League. Six teams each played 70 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs won their third consecutive Stanley Cup by defeating the Detroit Red Wings four games to three in the final series.

A big trade took place in June with the New York Rangers trading Gump Worsley, Dave Balon, Len Ronson and Leon Rochefort to the Montreal Canadiens for Jacques Plante, Don Marshall and Phil Goyette.

The governors noted with profound regret the death of William Northey, who died August 9th at 92. It was decided to establish a memorial for his favorite charity, Montreal Children's Hospital.

It was announced that Ron Andrews would replace Ken McKenzie as the NHL's director of publicity.

PredictionsEdit

The Canadian magazine was a weekend supplement that appeared in the Saturday editions of many newspapers in Canada. On October 19,1963, they published their annual NHL predictions by one reporter from each of the six NHL cities.

Individual predictionsEdit

Canadian magazine 's experts' pre-season predictions
Rank Red Burnett
(Toronto)
Pat Curran
(Montreal)
Jack Griffin
(Chicago)
Don Anderson
(New York)
Lou Monahan
(Boston)
Jack May
(Detroit)
1. Toronto Toronto Toronto Toronto Toronto Toronto
2. Chicago Montreal Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago
3. Detroit Chicago New York New York Montreal Detroit
4. New York Detroit Detroit Montreal New York New York
5. Montreal New York Montreal Detroit Detroit Montreal
6. Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston
Stanley Cup Toronto Toronto Chicago Toronto Toronto Toronto

Combined predictionsEdit

On the basis of 6 points for a 1st place, 5 for a second, etc.

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Gordie Howe (left) and Terry Sawchuk broke NHL records this season.

Regular seasonEdit

Jacques Plante made his debut as a Ranger October 9th in Chicago and it was a rough game for him, losing 3-1 and being cut by an elbow of Johnny McKenzie.

Gordie Howe scored two goals in Detroit's opener as the Red Wings beat Chicago 5-3. Howe was now only two goals shy of Maurice Richard's all-time career goal scoring record.

Montreal handed the Rangers a 6-2 pasting in their opener at the Forum. The fans both cheered and jeered Jacques Plante, now a Ranger.

Montreal defeated Detroit 6-4 in Detroit, but the highlight of the game was Gordie Howe scoring his 544th goal to tie Maurice Richard and he drew a five minute ovation. Worsley was the victim of the goal.

Toronto defeated Montreal 6-3 at the Forum October 30th in a penalty-filled game. The main event was put on by Terry Harper and Bob Pulford who drew majors. Gump Worsley badly pulled his hamstring and would be replaced by Charlie Hodge for the season.

The Detroit Red Wings blanked the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 November 10th. While the Wings were a man short, Gordie Howe scored on Charlie Hodge for his 545th career goal, breaking Maurice Richard's record. Yet another record was tied by Terry Sawchuk when he recorded his 94th career NHL shutout, tying him with George Hainsworth as the all-time NHL shutout leader.

Chicago defeated Toronto 2-0 November 28th, and Johnny McKenzie was severely injured when sandwiched by Bobby Baun and Carl Brewer. He was taken to hospital and an operation was performed on his spleen.

There was a lengthy delay in the start of a game between Detroit and Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens November 30th while the ice surface was repaired. A rodeo had been held and the cleaning job took longer than expected. Despite a terrible ice surface, a ragged game was played that ended in a 1-1 tie. Roger Crozier was hit with a slap shot by Frank Mahovlich but returned after a ten minute rest. The plucky goalkeeper had sustained a double fracture of the cheekbone and was unable to play the next night. The game was delayed for 20 minutes while Hank Bassen was located to replace Crozier. Toronto won the game 4-1.

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December 7, 1963 brawl

Toronto blanked Chicago 3-0 December 7th in a wild brawl. Three minutes before the end of the game, Reg Fleming speared Eddie Shack, and after the Chicago player entered the penalty box, Bobby Baun decided to drag him out. Both benches emptied and a free-for-all started, and seven major penalties, six misconducts, three game misconducts and $25 fines were assessed against 22 players who left the benches. The game was completed with each team two men short. NHL president Clarence Campbell fined coaches Billy Reay and Punch Imlach $1000 for allowing their players to fight. Fleming was fined $200, Baun $150, Larry Hillman $150, Murray Balfour $100, and Carl Brewer $50. The 22 players that left the bench were fined $100 each.

Johnny Bower got his third consecutive shutout January 4th with a 3-0 win over Chicago. Mahovlich scored two goals in the win. During the game, the Black Hawks got a bench penalty and Reg Fleming was chosen to serve it. Fleming mocked referee Vern Buffey by applauding which led to a misconduct penalty, after which Fleming bumped Buffey and was given a game misconduct.

On January 18th, Terry Sawchuk broke George Hainsworth's record of career NHL shutouts with his 95th in a 2-0 win over Montreal. Hainsworth still held the major league record with 104, 10 in the Western Hockey League. That same night, Boston, the laughing stock of the league, had some laughs of their own when they walked right into Toronto and clobbered the Leafs 11-0, Andy Hebenton and Dean Prentice each scoring hat tricks. Next, the Bruins walked right into the Forum in Montreal January 25th and whitewashed the Canadiens 6-0, and then shut out Toronto 2-0 the next night.

On February 1st, Bobby Rousseau joined the elite who have scored five goals in a game when he scored five against Detroit in a 9-3 trouncing of Detroit.

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Andy Bathgate was traded by New York to Toronto.

On February 5th, the Rangers had a 2-1 lead late in the third period when Andy Hebenton and Orland Kurtenbach scored 27 seconds of each other to give the Bruins a 3-2 win.

A trade that was rumoured most of the season finally took place when the New York Rangers traded Andy Bathgate and Don McKenney to Toronto in exchange for Dick Duff, Bob Nevin, Arnie Brown, Bill Collins and Rod Seiling. Ranger fans did not like the deal and in the next game chants of "Muzz must go!" were heard(referring to Muzz Patrick, Rangers general manager.)

Wildor Larochelle, a former Canadiens player of the early 1930's, died March 23rd at age 58.

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

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Player Team GP G A PTS PIM
Stan Mikita Chicago Black Hawks 70 39 50 89 146
Bobby Hull Chicago Black Hawks 70 43 44 87 50
Jean Beliveau Montreal Canadiens 68 28 50 78 42
Andy Bathgate New York Rangers / Toronto Maple Leafs 71 19 58 77 34
Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings 69 26 47 73 70

Leading goaltendersEdit

Stanley Cup playoffsEdit

This playoff season saw the exact same match-ups as the previous season with the two Canadian teams, Toronto and Montreal, and the two American teams, Detroit and Chicago, matching up. As with last season, the Maple Leafs ousted the Canadiens and the Red Wings beat the Black Hawks. For the first time since the league began using the best-of-seven playoff format in 1939, all three series went the full seven games.

Playoff bracketEdit

  Semifinals Finals
                 
1 Montreal Canadiens 3  
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 4  
    3 Toronto Maple Leafs 4
  4 Detroit Red Wings 3
2 Chicago Black Hawks 3
4 Detroit Red Wings 4  

Stanley Cup finalsEdit

The 1964 Stanley Cup finals between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings were an exciting series -- probably one of the most exciting and memorable ones ever. Toronto won the first game by one goal, 3-2, and the second game was won by Detroit by one goal in overtime. The third game saw Detroit win, again by one goal, and take a two games to one series lead. The Leafs came back in game four with a 4-2 victory to tie the series. But game five was won, again by one goal, by Detroit giving the Wings a three games to two lead. Game six saw the second overtime of the series, but before the game went into overtime, Toronto defenceman Bobby Baun stopped a hard shot and was taken off the ice with a broken ankle. He later returned to the game in overtime, with the broken ankle, and scored the game winning goal. After six close games, game seven was anticlimactic as Toronto handily won 4-0 for the Stanley Cup, their third in a row.

NHL awards (Mid-Season)Edit

1963-64 NHL awards (Mid-Season)
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita
Calder Memorial Trophy: Jacques Laperriere
Hart Memorial Trophy: Jean Beliveau
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Pierre Pilote
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Ken Wharram
Vezina Trophy: Glenn Hall

All-Star teams (Mid-Season)Edit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Glenn Hall, Chicago Blackhawks G Johnny Bower, Toronto Maple Leafs
Pierre Pilote, Chicago Blackhawks D Moose Vasko, Chicago Blackhawks
Tim Horton, Toronto Maple Leafs D Bob Baun, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens C Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks
Kenny Wharram, Chicago Blackhawks RW Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
Bobby Hull, Chicago Blackhawks LW Frank Mahovlich, Toronto Maple Leafs Dave Balon, Montreal Canadiens (tie)

NHL awards (Second Half)Edit

1963-64 NHL awards (Second Half)
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita
Calder Memorial Trophy: Jacques Laperriere
Hart Memorial Trophy: Jean Beliveau
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Pierre Pilote
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Ken Wharram
Vezina Trophy: Charlie Hodge

All-Star teams (Second Half)Edit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Charlie Hodge, Montreal Canadiens G Glenn Hall, Chicago Blackhawks
Pierre Pilote, Chicago Blackhawks D Jacques Laperriere, Montreal Canadiens
Tim Horton, Toronto Maple Leafs D Moose Vasko, Chicago Blackhawks
Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks C Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens
Kenny Wharram, Chicago Blackhawks RW Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
Bobby Hull, Chicago Blackhawks LW Camille Henry, New York Rangers

NHL awardsEdit

1963-64 NHL awards
Prince of Wales Trophy: Montreal Canadiens
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita
Calder Memorial Trophy: Jacques Laperriere
Hart Memorial Trophy: Jean Beliveau
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Pierre Pilote
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Ken Wharram
Vezina Trophy: Charlie Hodge
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First All-Star Team

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Second All-Star Team

All-Star teamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Glenn Hall, Chicago Blackhawks G Charlie Hodge, Montreal Canadiens
Pierre Pilote, Chicago Blackhawks D Moose Vasko, Chicago Blackhawks
Tim Horton, Toronto Maple Leafs D Jacques Laperriere, Montreal Canadiens
Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks C Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens
Kenny Wharram, Chicago Blackhawks RW Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
Bobby Hull, Chicago Blackhawks LW Frank Mahovlich, Toronto Maple Leafs
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Phil Esposito made his NHL debut.

DebutsEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1963-64 (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 1963-64 (listed with their last team):

Team CaptainsEdit

AttendanceEdit

  1. Chicago: 581,593
  2. Toronto: 494,634
  3. Montreal: 488,663
  4. New York: 435,531
  5. Boston: 368,002
  6. Detroit: 364,219

See also Edit

ReferencesEdit

NHL seasons

1959-60 | 1960-61 | 1961-62 | 1962-63 | 1963-64 | 1964-65 | 1965-66 | 1966-67 | 1967-68


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