The 1966-67 NHL season was the 50th season of the National Hockey League. Six teams each played 70 games. Since the 1942-43 season, there had only been six teams in the NHL, but this was to be the last season of the Original Six as six more teams were added for the 1967-68 season. This season saw the debut of one of the greatest defenceman in the game's history, Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins.
President David Molson of the Canadian Arena Company announced that the Montreal Forum would undergo major alterations done in a $5 million work program commencing in April, 1968.
NHL sponsorship of junior teams ceased, making all players of qualifying age not already on NHL-sponsored lists eligible for the amateur draft.
Bobby Orr made his NHL debut October 19th, with an assist in a 6-2 win over Detroit.
Terry Sawchuk got his 99th shutout when Toronto blanked Detroit 4-0 February 25th. He got his 100th career shutout March 4th when Toronto defeated Chicago 4-0.
Bobby Hull scored his 50th goal of the season when Chicago lost to Toronto 9-5 March 18th at Maple Leaf Gardens.
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.
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|
|Chicago Black Hawks||70||41||17||12||94||264||170||757|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||70||32||27||11||75||204||211||736|
|New York Rangers||70||30||28||12||72||188||189||664|
|Detroit Red Wings||70||27||39||4||58||212||241||719|
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points
|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|
Stanley Cup playoffsEdit
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. The Leafs went on to win the Stanley Cup over the Montreal Canadiens four games to two; it proved to be the most recent time Toronto has won the Cup. The Leafs' squad was renowned as the oldest ever to win a Cup final; the average age of the team was well over thirty, and four players were over forty.
|1||Chicago Black Hawks||2|
|3||Toronto Maple Leafs||4|
|3||Toronto Maple Leafs||4|
|4||New York Rangers||0|
NHL Mid-Season awardsEdit
Mid-Season All-Star teamsEdit
NHL Second Half awardsEdit
Second Half All-Star teamsEdit
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):
- Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
- Ed Van Impe, Chicago Blackhawks
- Carol Vadnais, Montreal Canadiens
- Serge Savard, Montreal Canadiens
- Rogie Vachon, Montreal Canadiens
- Garry Bauman, Montreal Canadiens
- Gary Smith, Toronto Maple Leafs
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 also Edit
- 1967 NHL Expansion
- 1966 NHL Amateur Draft
- 20th National Hockey League All-Star Game
- 1966-67 Calder Memorial Trophy
|1966–67 NHL season by team|
|Teams||Boston • Chicago • Detroit • Montreal • New York • Toronto|
|See also||1966 NHL Amateur Draft • All-Star Game • 1967 Stanley Cup Final|
|National Hockey League|