61-62cdns.jpg
1961–62 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Division 1st NHL
1961–62 record 42-14-14
Goals for 259
Goals against 166
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Toe Blake
Captain Jean Beliveau
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Claude Provost (33)
Assists Ralph Backstrom (38)
Points Ralph Backstrom (65)
Penalties in minutes Lou Fontinato (167)
Wins Jacques Plante (42)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (2.37)
← Seasons →
1960–61 1962–63

The 1961–62 Montreal Canadiens season was the 53rd season in franchise history. The Canadiens finished 1st in the league and lost in the Semi-finals to the Chicago Black Hawks 4 games to 2.

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

The Canadiens held their training camp in Victoria, British Columbia. They then played exhibition games in Vancouver, Seattle, Trail, Calgary, Regina, and Winnipeg. One of the reasons for their trip to the west was to counter the Toronto Maple Leafs' reputation as Canada's team. The Canadiens were hoping to increase their popularity across the country, particularly on television broadcasts. Dickie Moore and Jean Béliveau suffered knee injuries during the exhibition games and both missed a significant portion of the regular season.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Pat Stapleton scored his first NHL goal on March 10, 1962.

During the Boston Bruins 5-2 loss on March 10, 1962 to Montreal, the Canadiens dominated the play. The Bruins couldn't sustain any pressure in Montreal's zone, hitting was noticeably absent and turnovers abounded. Jean Béliveau scored early in the third period when he stripped Doug Mohns of the puck at the Bruins blueline and then fired a shot over Bruce Gamble's glove. Both Bruins goals came off rushes with Pat Stapleton scoring his first career goal on a solo effort in which he deked both Lou Fontinato and Jacques Plante.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

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

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

Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 14, 1961 3–1 New York Rangers (1961–62) 1–0–0
2 T October 15, 1961 5–5 @ Boston Bruins (1961–62) 1–0–1
3 W October 18, 1961 5–2 @ New York Rangers (1961–62) 2–0–1
4 W October 21, 1961 6–2 Boston Bruins (1961–62) 3–0–1
5 W October 22, 1961 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 4–0–1
6 W October 26, 1961 7–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 5–0–1
7 W October 28, 1961 7–5 Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 6–0–1
8 W October 29, 1961 6–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 7–0–1
9 L November 1, 1961 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 7–1–1
10 L November 2, 1961 2–5 Boston Bruins (1961–62) 7–2–1
11 T November 4, 1961 3–3 New York Rangers (1961–62) 7–2–2
12 W November 9, 1961 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 8–2–2
13 W November 11, 1961 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 9–2–2
14 L November 12, 1961 0–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 9–3–2
15 L November 15, 1961 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 9–4–2
16 L November 16, 1961 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1961–62) 9–5–2
17 T November 18, 1961 4–4 @ New York Rangers (1961–62) 9–5–3
18 T November 19, 1961 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 9–5–4
19 W November 23, 1961 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 10–5–4
20 W November 25, 1961 5–0 Boston Bruins (1961–62) 11–5–4
21 T November 26, 1961 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1961–62) 11–5–5
22 T November 29, 1961 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 11–5–6
23 T November 30, 1961 1–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 11–5–7
24 W December 2, 1961 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 12–5–7
25 W December 3, 1961 1–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 13–5–7
26 W December 7, 1961 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 14–5–7
27 T December 9, 1961 2–2 New York Rangers (1961–62) 14–5–8
28 W December 10, 1961 4–3 @ Boston Bruins (1961–62) 15–5–8
29 W December 16, 1961 8–4 Boston Bruins (1961–62) 16–5–8
30 L December 17, 1961 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 16–6–8
31 L December 21, 1961 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 16–7–8
32 W December 23, 1961 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 17–7–8
33 W December 25, 1961 5–2 @ Boston Bruins (1961–62) 18–7–8
34 W December 27, 1961 3–0 @ New York Rangers (1961–62) 19–7–8
35 T December 30, 1961 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 19–7–9
36 L January 1, 1962 0–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 19–8–9
37 L January 3, 1962 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 19–9–9
38 W January 6, 1962 5–1 New York Rangers (1961–62) 20–9–9
39 T January 7, 1962 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 20–9–10
40 W January 11, 1962 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 21–9–10
41 W January 13, 1962 5–3 Boston Bruins (1961–62) 22–9–10
42 W January 14, 1962 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (1961–62) 23–9–10
43 W January 17, 1962 7–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 24–9–10
44 T January 20, 1962 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 24–9–11
45 W January 21, 1962 5–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 25–9–11
46 W January 27, 1962 5–1 New York Rangers (1961–62) 26–9–11
47 W January 28, 1962 5–1 @ Boston Bruins (1961–62) 27–9–11
48 W February 1, 1962 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 28–9–11
49 W February 3, 1962 8–1 Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 29–9–11
50 L February 4, 1962 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1961–62) 29–10–11
51 W February 10, 1962 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 30–10–11
52 W February 11, 1962 4–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 31–10–11
53 W February 15, 1962 9–1 Boston Bruins (1961–62) 32–10–11
54 W February 17, 1962 6–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 33–10–11
55 L February 18, 1962 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 33–11–11
56 W February 21, 1962 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 34–11–11
57 W February 24, 1962 4–2 New York Rangers (1961–62) 35–11–11
58 T February 25, 1962 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1961–62) 35–11–12
59 T March 3, 1962 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 35–11–13
60 L March 4, 1962 2–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 35–12–13
61 T March 8, 1962 1–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 35–12–14
62 W March 10, 1962 5–2 Boston Bruins (1961–62) 36–12–14
63 W March 11, 1962 2–1 @ New York Rangers (1961–62) 37–12–14
64 L March 14, 1962 2–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 37–13–14
65 W March 15, 1962 6–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 38–13–14
66 W March 17, 1962 2–0 New York Rangers (1961–62) 39–13–14
67 L March 18, 1962 2–6 @ Boston Bruins (1961–62) 39–14–14
68 W March 22, 1962 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1961–62) 40–14–14
69 W March 24, 1962 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1961–62) 41–14–14
70 W March 25, 1962 5–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1961–62) 42–14–14

[1]

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Chicago Black Hawks 4, Montreal Canadiens 2[edit | edit source]

[2]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Canadiens in October 1961.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 66 27 38 65 29
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 70 33 29 62 22
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 62 23 36 59 36
Tremblay, GillesGilles Tremblay LW 70 32 22 54 28
Hicke, BillBill Hicke RW 70 20 31 51 42
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 54 21 29 50 48
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 70 5 42 47 90
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 66 18 28 46 12
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau RW 70 21 24 45 26
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 57 19 22 41 54
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 43 18 23 41 36
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette C 69 7 27 34 18
Bonin, MarcelMarcel Bonin W 33 7 14 21 41
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay D 70 3 17 20 18
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 62 1 17 18 45
Fontinato, LouLou Fontinato D 54 2 13 15 167
MacNeil, AlAl MacNeil D 61 1 7 8 74
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 4 1 2 3 4
Gauthier, JeanJean Gauthier D 12 0 1 1 10
Hamilton, ChuckChuck Hamilton LW 1 0 0 0 0
Carter, BillyBilly Carter C 7 0 0 0 4
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 70 0 0 0 14
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 4200 70 42 14 14 166 2.37 4
Team: 4200 70 42 14 14 166 2.37 4

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 6 4 2 6 8
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette C 6 1 4 5 2
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 6 2 2 4 2
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 6 2 1 3 4
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 5 2 0 2 0
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 6 1 1 2 10
Hicke, BillBill Hicke RW 6 0 2 2 14
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau RW 6 0 2 2 0
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay D 6 0 2 2 2
Tremblay, GillesGilles Tremblay LW 6 1 0 1 2
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 5 0 1 1 6
Fontinato, LouLou Fontinato D 6 0 1 1 23
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 5 0 1 1 6
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 6 0 1 1 0
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 6 0 1 1 2
McCreary, KeithKeith McCreary RW 1 0 0 0 0
MacNeil, AlAl MacNeil D 5 0 0 0 2
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 6 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 360 6 2 4 19 3.17 0
Team: 360 6 2 4 19 3.17 0

[3]

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 Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at 1961–62 Montreal Canadiens season. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Ice Hockey Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0 (Unported) (CC-BY-SA).


Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.