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The 1962-63 NHL season was the 46th season of the National Hockey League. Six teams each played 70 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs won their second Stanley Cup in a row as they defeated the Detroit Red Wings four games to one.

League BusinessEdit

Due to forays by goalies Don Head and Glenn Hall into the offensive zone, the league passed a rule forbidding goaltenders from crossing the center red line.

Regular SeasonEdit

Some diversionary news hit the sports pages the day of the All-star game when it was reported that Frank Mahovlich had been sold to Chicago for $1 million and James D. Norris produced a cheque for the amount. On the advice of Conn Smythe, Punch Imlach declined the deal, Imlach stating that a million dollars doesn't score goals, and Mahovlich would remain a Maple Leaf.

A serious incident took place October 23rd between the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Black Hawks. A vicious stick-swinging duel took place between Gilles Tremblay and Reg Fleming that was said to be the worst since the Geoffrion-Murphy incident in 1953. Both players received match penalties and $100 fines. Tremblay emerged with a bad cut on his head that required many stitches. Coach Toe Blake had some caustic remarks for Fleming when he was leaving the ice which almost resulted in another fight. The Canadiens and Back Hawks played to a 4-4 tie. President Campbell suspended Tremblay and Fleming for three games.

Glenn Hall's consecutive game streak came to an end on November 8 when he suffered a pinched nerve in his back and he was relieved by Denis DeJordy in the first period of a game Chicago tied Boston 3-3. DeJordy played well in the next game as the Black Hawks beat the Canadiens 3-1.

Chicago was improving and moved into a first place tie with Detroit when they blanked Boston 5-0 November 29th. Mikita scored two goals and Bobby Hull had one. The same night, the Rangers shut out the Red Wings 5-0 as Gump Worsley played a fine game. Worsley was unlucky in his next game as Chicago beat the Rangers 5-1. Worsley badly injured his shoulder and had to be replaced by Marcel Pelletier. Gump went to the hospital where he would have his shoulder in traction for ten days.

Andy Hebenton had the hat trick on December 16 as the Rangers beat Detroit 5-2 at Madison Square Garden. The game was spoiled by a brawl, the chief participants being Dave Balon, Bill Gadsby, Doug Barkley and Terry Sawchuk. All were fined.

Andy Bathgate got both goals when they tied Montreal 2-2 at the Montreal Forum on January 5. This was the tenth consecutive game in which he had scored. The streak was terminated when Jacques Plante blanked the Rangers 6-0 in New York.

Jean Beliveau scored his 300th NHL goal January 26th when the Rangers beat the Canadiens 4-2 at the Forum. Goals had not come very fast this year, and he hinted that this might be his last season. The writers didn't take him seriously, however. The next night, the Canadiens beat the Black Hawks 3-1 at Chicago Stadium and Beliveau scored a spectacular goal, giving a beautiful exhibition of stick-handling.

Bernie Geoffrion and Don Marshall were back on January 31, but the Canadiens lost 6-3 to Toronto at the Forum. Coach Toe Blake was not pleased with the officiating and was quoted in a French newspaper that referee Eddie Powers handled the game as if he had bet on the outcome. This attracted the attention of NHL president Clarence Campbell who said the matter would be investigated. Later, Blake was fined $200 by Campbell. Powers considered the fine inadequate and submitted his resignation as a referee. He cited Red Storey when Campbell wouldn't support decisions he made. Powers then sued Blake for libel.

Bobby Hull scored all three goals as Chicago beat Boston 3-1 February 17th. On the same night, Montreal beat Detroit 6-1 and Howie Young established a penalty record when he high-sticked a Canadiens player and then commenced a tantrum which drew him a minor, major, misconduct and game misconduct totalling 27 minutes. His season total was now 208 minutes in penalties. NHL president Campbell then tacked on a three game suspension.

Detroit ousted the Rangers from the playoffs March 3rd with a 3-2 win.

Bernie Geoffrion was in trouble for an incident during a game March 5th that Montreal won 4-3. Referee Vern Buffey had given Jacques Plante a penalty for slashing Howie Young and then a bench penalty when the Canadiens protested. Geoffrion threw his stick at Buffey and his gloves as well. Geoffrion was given a match penalty and president Campbell assessed Geoffrion a five game suspension.

Lou Fontinato's career came to a tragic end March 9th when he tried to check Vic Hadfield and instead was thrown headlong into the boards by the Ranger player. Fontinato lay motionless on the ice for some time before being carried off the ice on a stretcher and taken to Montreal General Hospital where the diagnosis was a fractured neck, a crushed cervical vertebra. He gradually recovered from his paralyzed condition, but would never play hockey again. Jacques Laperriere replaced Fontinato on the Canadiens defence.

It was quite a race for playoff positions as 5 points separated fourth and first. Gordie Howe lead the Red Wings and the NHL as he won his sixth and last Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy.

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.


Scoring LeadersEdit

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

Player Team GP G A PTS PIM
Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings 70 38 48 86 100
Andy Bathgate New York Rangers 70 35 46 81 54
Stan Mikita Chicago Black Hawks 65 31 45 76 69
Frank Mahovlich Toronto Maple Leafs 67 36 37 73 56
Henri Richard Montreal Canadiens 67 23 50 73 57

Leading GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; Min – Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP MIN GA GAA W L T SO
Jacques Plante Montreal Canadiens 56 3320 138 2.49 22 14 19 5
Don Simmons Toronto Maple Leafs 28 1680 70 2.50 15 8 5 1
Glenn Hall Chicago Black Hawks 66 3910 166 2.52 30 20 15 5
Terry Sawchuk Detroit Red Wings 48 2781 117 2.52 21 17 7 3
Johnny Bower Toronto Maple Leafs 42 2520 109 2.60 20 15 7 1
Hank Bassen Detroit Red Wings 16 960 52 3.25 6 5 5 0
Gump Worsley New York Rangers 67 3980 217 3.27 22 34 10 2
Bob Perreault Boston Bruins 22 1320 82 3.73 3 12 7 1
Eddie Johnston Boston Bruins 50 2880 193 4.02 11 27 10 1

Stanley Cup PlayoffsEdit

see 1963 Stanley Cup Finals

Playoff BracketEdit

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

NHL Awards (Mid-Season)Edit

1962-63 NHL awards (Mid-Season)
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Andy Bathgate, New York Rangers
Calder Memorial Trophy: Kent Douglas, Toronto Maple Leafs
Hart Memorial Trophy: Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Dave Keon, Toronto Maple Leafs
Vezina Trophy: Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens

All-Star Teams (Mid-Season)Edit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Glenn Hall, Chicago Black Hawks G Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings
Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks D Moose Vasko, Chicago Black Hawks
Carl Brewer, Toronto Maple Leafs D Jean Guy Talbot, Montreal Canadiens
Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks C Henri Richard, Montreal Canadiens
Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings RW Andy Bathgate, New York Rangers
Frank Mahovlich, Toronto Maple Leafs LW Gilles Tremblay, Montreal Canadiens

NHL AwardsEdit

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1962-63 NHL Awards
Prince of Wales Trophy: Toronto Maple Leafs
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
Calder Memorial Trophy: Kent Douglas, Toronto Maple Leafs
Hart Memorial Trophy: Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Dave Keon, Toronto Maple Leafs
Vezina Trophy: Glenn Hall, Chicago Black Hawks

All-Star TeamsEdit

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First Team   Position   Second Team
Glenn Hall, Chicago Black Hawks G Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings
Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks D Tim Horton, Toronto Maple Leafs
Carl Brewer, Toronto Maple Leafs D Moose Vasko, Chicago Black Hawks
Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks C Henri Richard, Montreal Canadiens
Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings RW Andy Bathgate, New York Rangers
Frank Mahovlich, Toronto Maple Leafs LW Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks

DebutsEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1962-63 (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 1962-63 (listed with their last team):

Regular Season AttendanceEdit

  1. Montreal: 499,756
  2. Toronto: 497,662
  3. Chicago: 482,770
  4. New York: 460,536
  5. Detroit: 404,000
  6. Boston: 380,792

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit


NHL Seasons

1958-59 | 1959-60 | 1960-61 | 1961-62 | 1962-63 | 1963-64 | 1964-65 | 1965-66 | 1966-67

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