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1962–63 Boston Bruins · NHL
Division 6th NHL
1962–63 record 14–39–17
Goals for 198 (5th)
Goals against 281 (6th)
General Manager Lynn Patrick
Coach Phil Watson
Milt Schmidt
Captain Don McKenney
Arena Boston Garden
Average attendance 9,665
Team Leaders
Goals John Bucyk (27)
Assists Murray Oliver (40)
Points John Bucyk (66)
Penalties in minutes Ted Green (117)
Wins Eddie Johnston (11)
Goals against average Bob Perreault (3.83)
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1961–62 1963–64

The 1962–63 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 39th season in the NHL. The Bruins finished 6th in the league and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-seasonEdit

GM Lynn Patrick traded for goaltender Bob Perreault and acquired Jean-Guy Gendron, Irv Spencer and Warren Godfrey in the intra-league draft in June 1962. All three would play significant time for the Bruins during the 1962-63 season.

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#20 Boivin (front row), #17 McKenney, #19 Mohns (back row) at the 1962 All-Star game.

Goalie Eddie Johnston made the team out of training camp. He'd play the next 11 seasons for the Bruins and be an integral part of their championship teams. He'd also be the last goaltender in NHL history to play every minute of every game for his team, which he'd accomplish in the 1963–64 Boston Bruins season.

The 16th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at Toronto on October 6, 1962. A team of all-stars that included three Bruins, Leo Boivin, Doug Mohns and Don McKenney played against the Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto won 4-1 with no Bruins recording a point, though all three Bruins were assessed penalties.

Regular SeasonEdit

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John Bucyk led the Bruins in scoring for the second straight year.

Unlike the previous season, where the Bruins had seven rookies on opening night, a more experienced line-up started the 1962-63 season. Goalie Bob Perreault and winger Wayne Hicks were the only freshmen. Hicks would play his only full season in 1962-63. In order to shore up the defense, veterans Warren Godfrey, who'd last played for the Bruins in 1955, and Irv Spencer were added. Ted Green played his second full year and Pat Stapleton made the team out of training camp, but was sent to the minors after 21 games. Leo Boivin missed the first 7 games of the season and Doug Mohns continued to play top pairing minutes.

John Bucyk, Murray Oliver and sophomore Tom Williams became the top forward unit and were known as the "BOW" line. They'd finish 1-2-3 in team scoring with Bucyk and Oliver in the top ten of league scoring. Jean-Guy Gendron, who'd last played for the Bruins in 1961, had a solid season, scoring 21 goals while playing with captain Don McKenney and Jerry Toppazzini, who was in his penultimate NHL season. As in the last two season, depth scoring was sorely lacking, led again by Charlie Burns with 12 goals. Cliff Pennington, who played the full season the year before, was relegated to the minors after 27 games and never played in the NHL again. Wayne Hicks scored 7 goals while veteran André Pronovost went scoreless in 21 games until he was traded.

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John Bucyk scores on Johnny Bower, October 13, 1962.

The season started with promise as Bob Perreault earned a 5-0 shutout over Montreal in his first game with the Bruins. Mohns and Bucyk both had a pair while Irv Spencer chipped in a goal. However, the Habs outshot Boston, which would become a recurring theme in the games to come. The Bruins then went on a 13 game winless streak. Montreal got revenge for its shutout loss on October 20, 1962, winning 7-3 while raining 50 shots on Perreault. They followed this up with a 4-2 win on November 11 where they had 42 shots. Eddie Johnston played twice during the streak and managed a tie but after the 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on November 18, 1962, coach Phil Watson was let go and Milt Schmidt assuming the coaching duties for his second stint. The streak was finally ended after Schmidt's fourth game behind the bench.

Although the Bruins didn't have another winless streak as bad as that with Watson as the coach, losing continued. Wayne Connelly was sent to the minors at the end of November and replaced with Bob Leiter, who managed 9 goals playing the rest of the season. In December, André Pronovost was traded for Forbes Kennedy who scored in his first game for the Bruins. Kennedy would continue to provide scoring, as well as much needed toughness and stick with the Bruins for three more seasons. Pat Stapleton was sent to the minors where he'd remain for two years until traded. Ed Westfall was recalled from the minors and played the rest of the season. Except for a brief stint with the Providence Reds the next season, Westfall would play a decade for the Bruins and be an important part of their two Stanley Cup wins.

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Bob Perreault (playing in his last game) and #21 Jerry Toppazzini battle Leafs Dave Keon, December 15, 1962.

Heading into the December 15, 1962 game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins had a 2-16-8 record and Bob Perreault had started all but 4 of the games. After Perreault surrendered 5 goals on 28 shots, he was replaced with Ed Johnston. Johnston would play the remainder of the games in the season while Perreault never played in the NHL again.

The Bruins play improved somewhat with Johnston in net. Team captain Don McKenney was injured in early January resulting in the call-up of Don Blackburn. Blackburn tallied 5 assists in 6 games but was sent back to the minors when McKenney returned to the line-up. After winning only four games in January, GM Lynn Patrick traded McKenney and Dick Meissner to the New York Rangers for Dean Prentice on February 4, 1963.

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John Bucyk scores, January 20, 1963.

A former 30 goal scorer, Prentice scored in his first game as a Bruin and sparked the team to its best month of the season, going 5-3-4 in February. He played two more seasons for the Bruins and finally retired from the NHL in 1974. McKenney played two more full seasons and had a stint in 1967 before retiring. Leo Boivin took over as team captain.

However, a winless March doomed the Bruins to last place in the league for the third straight season. An injury to Murray Oliver resulted in the recall of Jeannot Gilbert for 5 games and Matt Ravlich was recalled. Ravlich would return to the Bruins nearly a decade later.

Final StandingsEdit

National Hockey League GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 35 23 12 221 180 816 82
Chicago Black Hawks 70 32 21 17 194 178 906 81
Montreal Canadiens 70 28 19 23 225 183 751 79
Detroit Red Wings 70 32 25 13 200 194 964 77
New York Rangers 70 22 36 12 211 233 657 56
Boston Bruins 70 14 39 17 198 281 636 45


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


Game LogEdit

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 11, 19625–0 Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 1–0–0
2TOctober 13, 19622–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 1–0–1
3TOctober 14, 19622–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 1–0–2
4LOctober 18, 19623–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 1–1–2
5LOctober 20, 19623–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 1–2–2
6LOctober 21, 19624–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 1–3–2
7TOctober 25, 19623–3 Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 1–3–3
8LNovember 1, 19622–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 1–4–3
9LNovember 4, 19623–4 New York Rangers (1962–63) 1–5–3
10TNovember 7, 19623–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 1–5–4
11TNovember 10, 19623–3 Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 1–5–5
12LNovember 11, 19622–4 Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 1–6–5
13LNovember 14, 19622–6 @ New York Rangers (1962–63) 1–7–5
14LNovember 18, 19621–3 Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 1–8–5
15LNovember 21, 19622–4 @ New York Rangers (1962–63) 1–9–5
16LNovember 22, 19621–7 New York Rangers (1962–63) 1–10–5
17TNovember 24, 19625–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 1–10–6
18WNovember 25, 19625–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 2–10–6
19LNovember 29, 19620–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 2–11–6
20LDecember 1, 19622–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 2–12–6
21LDecember 2, 19620–3 Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 2–13–6
22LDecember 5, 19624–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 2–14–6
23LDecember 6, 19623–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 2–15–6
24TDecember 8, 19623–3 New York Rangers (1962–63) 2–15–7
25WDecember 9, 19624–2 @ New York Rangers (1962–63) 3–15–7
26TDecember 13, 19621–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 3–15–8
27LDecember 15, 19622–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 3–16–8
28LDecember 16, 19622–5 Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 3–17–8
29LDecember 19, 19622–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 3–18–8
30WDecember 20, 19625–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 4–18–8
31LDecember 23, 19624–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 4–19–8
32WDecember 25, 19626–2 New York Rangers (1962–63) 5–19–8
33LDecember 27, 19623–9 @ New York Rangers (1962–63) 5–20–8
34LDecember 30, 19622–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 5–21–8
35WJanuary 1, 19633–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 6–21–8
36LJanuary 3, 19631–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 6–22–8
37LJanuary 5, 19632–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 6–23–8
38TJanuary 6, 19635–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 6–23–9
39WJanuary 10, 19635–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 7–23–9
40LJanuary 12, 19632–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 7–24–9
41TJanuary 13, 19632–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 7–24–10
42WJanuary 16, 19635–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 8–24–10
43LJanuary 17, 19633–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 8–25–10
44LJanuary 19, 19633–5 New York Rangers (1962–63) 8–26–10
45TJanuary 20, 19633–3 Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 8–26–11
46LJanuary 24, 19633–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 8–27–11
47WJanuary 26, 19635–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 9–27–11
48LJanuary 27, 19633–5 Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 9–28–11
49LJanuary 31, 19632–9 Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 9–29–11
50TFebruary 2, 19634–4 Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 9–29–12
51WFebruary 3, 19636–4 @ New York Rangers (1962–63) 10–29–12
52TFebruary 7, 19633–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 10–29–13
53TFebruary 10, 19635–5 Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 10–29–14
54WFebruary 12, 19636–3 New York Rangers (1962–63) 11–29–14
55WFebruary 14, 19632–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 12–29–14
56LFebruary 16, 19631–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 12–30–14
57LFebruary 17, 19631–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 12–31–14
58TFebruary 20, 19633–3 @ New York Rangers (1962–63) 12–31–15
59WFebruary 23, 19634–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 13–31–15
60LFebruary 24, 19633–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 13–32–15
61WFebruary 28, 19635–3 Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 14–32–15
62LMarch 3, 19633–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 14–33–15
63LMarch 6, 19630–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1962–63) 14–34–15
64LMarch 7, 19630–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 14–35–15
65LMarch 10, 19633–4 Detroit Red Wings (1962–63) 14–36–15
66LMarch 14, 19630–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 14–37–15
67TMarch 17, 19632–2 Montreal Canadiens (1962–63) 14–37–16
68LMarch 20, 19631–5 @ New York Rangers (1962–63) 14–38–16
69TMarch 21, 19632–2 New York Rangers (1962–63) 14–38–17
70LMarch 24, 19633–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1962–63) 14–39–17

PlayoffsEdit

  • The Bruins did not qualify for the post season.

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
9 Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 69 27 39 66 36
16 Oliver, MurrayMurray Oliver C 65 22 40 62 38
11 Williams, TommyTommy Williams RW 69 23 20 43 11
23 Gendron, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Gendron LW 66 21 22 43 42
21 Toppazzini, JerryJerry Toppazzini RW 65 17 18 35 6
17 McKenney, DonDon McKenney C 41 14 19 33 2
14 Kennedy, ForbesForbes Kennedy C 49 12 18 30 46
19 Mohns, DougDoug Mohns LW/D 68 7 23 30 63
20 Boivin, LeoLeo Boivin D 62 2 24 26 48
10 Burns, CharlieCharlie Burns C 68 12 10 22 13
8, 24 Leiter, BobbyBobby Leiter C 51 9 13 22 34
22 Spencer, IrvIrv Spencer D 69 5 17 22 34
7 Pennington, CliffCliff Pennington C 27 7 10 17 4
12 Hicks, WayneWayne Hicks RW 65 7 9 16 14
17 Prentice, DeanDean Prentice LW 19 6 9 15 4
18 Westfall, EdEd Westfall D/RW 48 1 11 12 34
6 Green, TedTed Green D 70 1 11 12 117
25 Godfrey, WarrenWarren Godfrey D 66 2 9 11 56
8 Connelly, WayneWayne Connelly C 18 2 6 8 2
7 Blackburn, DonDon Blackburn LW 6 0 5 5 4
4 Stapleton, PatPat Stapleton D 21 0 3 3 8
14 Pronovost, AndreAndre Pronovost LW 21 0 2 2 6
7, 18 Ravlich, MattMatt Ravlich D 2 1 0 1 0
8 Gilbert, JeannotJeannot Gilbert C 5 0 0 0 4
1 Perreault, BobBob Perreault G 22 0 0 0 0
1 Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston G 50 0 0 0 10
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston 2913 50 11 27 10 193 3.98 1
Perreault, BobBob Perreault 1287 22 3 12 7 82 3.82 1
Team: 4200 70 14 39 17 275 3.93 2

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; 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

  • The Bruins did not receive any awards this season.

TransactionsEdit

Farm TeamsEdit

Despite their last-place finish, there was reason for hope in the Bruins' organization. Their farm team Kingston Frontenacs won the Eastern Professional League title. The Niagara Falls Flyers, won the Ontario Hockey Association Junior A title and then made it to the Memorial Cup Final. Another junior team, the Estevan Bruins, won the Saskatchewan League title. In what would prove to be most important of all, Bobby Orr started playing for their farm team, the Oshawa Generals.

TriviaEdit

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1962-63 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
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