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1963–64 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Division 1st NHL
1963–64 record 36-21-13
Goals for 209
Goals against 167
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Toe Blake
Captain Jean Beliveau
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Jean Beliveau (28)
Assists Jean Beliveau (50)
Points Jean Beliveau (78)
Penalties in minutes Terry Harper (149)
Wins Charlie Hodge (33)
Goals against average Charlie Hodge (2.26)
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1962–63 1964–65

The 1963–64 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 55th season of play. The Canadiens finished 1st in the league and lost in the Semi-finals to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4 games to 3.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The Canadiens were coming off what was for them a very poor season. The team finished third in the 1962-63 NHL season and lost the Semi-finals in a very poorly played 5 games to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lou Fontinato suffered a career-ending injury in that year and veterans Tom Johnson and Dickie Moore also missed a lot of time due to injuries. Goaltender Jacques Plante played his worst season in a Canadiens' uniform.

Moore retired, Johnson went to the Boston Bruins while Phil Goyette, Don Marshall, and Plante were traded to the New York Rangers. To replace them, the Canadiens obtained Gump Worsley and Dave Balon from the Rangers and got the tough enforcer John Ferguson from the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League. Rookies Jacques Laperriere and Terry Harper reinforced the defence. With the exception of Worsley, all the new players played beyond expectations.

Worlsey was injured in the eighth game of the season. To replace him the Canadiens brought up Charlie Hodge from the Quebec Aces. Hodge had been the team's second-string goalie for years behind Jacques Plante. Given the chance, Hodge blossomed into a fine first-string goalie and won the Vezina Trophy.

Gordie Howe scores his 545th career goal, November 10, 1963.

The Detroit Red Wings blanked the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 on 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.

Jean Béliveau came off of a so-so 1962-63 season to finish third in the league scoring race and win the Hart Memorial Trophy. Laperriere won the Calder Memorial Trophy ahead of teammates Ferguson and Harper. Bobby Rousseau scored five goals in one game against the Detroit Red Wings as part of a fine 25 goal season.

The Leafs, strengthened by superstar Andy Bathgate upset the Canadiens in the Semi-finals, but a dynasty was born. The Canadiens would win four of the next five Stanley Cups, narrowly missing winning the 1967 Stanley Cup Finals.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

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

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

Game Log[edit | edit source]

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 8, 1963 4–4 @ Boston Bruins 0–0–1
2 W October 12, 1963 6–2 New York Rangers 1–0–1
3 L October 16, 1963 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–1–1
4 W October 19, 1963 2–0 Boston Bruins 2–1–1
5 L October 20, 1963 3–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks 2–2–1
6 T October 26, 1963 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2–2
7 W October 27, 1963 6–4 @ Detroit Red Wings 3–2–2
8 L October 30, 1963 3–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 3–3–2
9 W November 2, 1963 5–1 Detroit Red Wings 4–3–2
10 W November 3, 1963 5–3 @ New York Rangers 5–3–2
11 T November 7, 1963 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 5–3–3
12 W November 9, 1963 4–2 New York Rangers 6–3–3
13 L November 10, 1963 0–3 @ Detroit Red Wings 6–4–3
14 T November 13, 1963 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–4–4
15 L November 16, 1963 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks 6–5–4
16 W November 17, 1963 3–2 @ Boston Bruins 7–5–4
17 W November 20, 1963 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 8–5–4
18 L November 24, 1963 3–7 @ Chicago Black Hawks 8–6–4
19 W November 28, 1963 7–3 @ Detroit Red Wings 9–6–4
20 T November 30, 1963 0–0 Boston Bruins 9–6–5
21 W December 1, 1963 3–1 @ Boston Bruins 10–6–5
22 L December 4, 1963 0–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 10–7–5
23 W December 5, 1963 4–2 New York Rangers 11–7–5
24 W December 7, 1963 5–2 Detroit Red Wings 12–7–5
25 L December 8, 1963 0–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks 12–8–5
26 W December 12, 1963 6–4 New York Rangers 13–8–5
27 W December 14, 1963 3–1 Boston Bruins 14–8–5
28 L December 15, 1963 2–4 @ New York Rangers 14–9–5
29 W December 18, 1963 7–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 15–9–5
30 W December 21, 1963 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks 16–9–5
31 W December 22, 1963 6–1 @ Detroit Red Wings 17–9–5
32 L December 25, 1963 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks 17–10–5
33 T December 28, 1963 1–1 Detroit Red Wings 17–10–6
34 W December 29, 1963 6–2 @ New York Rangers 18–10–6
35 T January 1, 1964 3–3 @ Boston Bruins 18–10–7
36 W January 4, 1964 5–1 Boston Bruins 19–10–7
37 T January 5, 1964 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings 19–10–8
38 L January 8, 1964 1–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 19–11–8
39 W January 12, 1964 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks 20–11–8
40 W January 16, 1964 1–0 Chicago Black Hawks 21–11–8
41 L January 18, 1964 0–2 Detroit Red Wings 21–12–8
42 T January 19, 1964 1–1 @ Boston Bruins 21–12–9
43 W January 22, 1964 3–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 22–12–9
44 W January 23, 1964 4–2 New York Rangers 23–12–9
45 L January 25, 1964 0–6 Boston Bruins 23–13–9
46 T January 26, 1964 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks 23–13–10
47 W January 29, 1964 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 24–13–10
48 W February 1, 1964 9–3 Detroit Red Wings 25–13–10
49 L February 2, 1964 2–4 @ New York Rangers 25–14–10
50 W February 5, 1964 2–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 26–14–10
51 W February 8, 1964 8–2 @ New York Rangers 27–14–10
52 T February 9, 1964 4–4 @ Boston Bruins 27–14–11
53 W February 12, 1964 4–0 Toronto Maple Leafs 28–14–11
54 L February 15, 1964 1–4 Detroit Red Wings 28–15–11
55 W February 16, 1964 5–2 @ Detroit Red Wings 29–15–11
56 W February 20, 1964 3–2 Boston Bruins 30–15–11
57 W February 22, 1964 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 31–15–11
58 L February 23, 1964 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings 31–16–11
59 W February 26, 1964 1–0 Toronto Maple Leafs 32–16–11
60 W February 29, 1964 4–0 New York Rangers 33–16–11
61 L March 1, 1964 3–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks 33–17–11
62 L March 5, 1964 5–7 Detroit Red Wings 33–18–11
63 L March 7, 1964 2–3 New York Rangers 33–19–11
64 T March 8, 1964 0–0 @ New York Rangers 33–19–12
65 L March 11, 1964 0–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 33–20–12
66 W March 14, 1964 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks 34–20–12
67 L March 15, 1964 1–3 @ Boston Bruins 34–21–12
68 T March 18, 1964 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 34–21–13
69 W March 21, 1964 5–1 Boston Bruins 35–21–13
70 W March 22, 1964 2–1 @ New York Rangers 36–21–13

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Montreal Canadiens 3[edit | edit source]

  • March 26, 1964, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 - 0
  • March 28, 1964, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 - 2
  • March 31, 1964, at Toronto Maple Leafs 3 - 2
  • April 2, 1964, at Toronto Maple Leafs 3 - 5
  • April 4, 1964, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 - 2
  • April 7, 1964, at Toronto Maple Leafs 0 - 3
  • April 9, 1964, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 - 3[1]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 68 28 50 78 42
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau RW 70 25 31 56 32
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 66 14 39 53 73
Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson LW 59 18 27 45 125
Balon, DaveDave Balon LW 70 24 18 42 80
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 55 21 18 39 41
Tremblay, GillesGilles Tremblay LW 61 22 15 37 21
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 68 15 17 32 37
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 65 2 28 30 102
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 70 8 21 29 41
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay D 70 5 16 21 24
Hicke, BillBill Hicke RW 48 11 9 20 41
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 70 2 15 17 149
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 69 7 9 16 12
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 66 1 13 14 83
Boudrias, AndreAndre Boudrias LW 4 1 4 5 2
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer RW 5 4 0 4 0
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 21 1 1 2 43
Watson, BryanBryan Watson D 39 0 2 2 18
Harris, TedTed Harris D 4 0 1 1 0
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 15 0 1 1 2
Gauthier, JeanJean Gauthier D 1 0 0 0 2
Hicks, WayneWayne Hicks RW 2 0 0 0 0
Reaume, MarcMarc Reaume D 3 0 0 0 2
Rochefort, LeonLeon Rochefort RW 3 0 0 0 0
Gray, TerryTerry Gray RW 4 0 0 0 6
Hanna, JohnJohn Hanna D 6 0 0 0 2
Morissette, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Morissette G 1 0 0 0 0
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley G 8 0 0 0 0
Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge G 62 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge 3720 62 33 18 11 140 2.26 8
Worsley, GumpGump Worsley 444 8 3 2 2 22 2.97 1
Morissette, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Morissette 36 1 0 1 0 4 6.67 0
Team: 4200 70 36 21 13 166 2.37 9

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 7 2 2 4 22
Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C 7 2 1 3 8
Tremblay, J.C.J.C. Tremblay D 7 2 1 3 9
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 5 2 0 2 18
Balon, DaveDave Balon LW 7 1 1 2 25
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 7 1 1 2 4
Laperriere, JacquesJacques Laperriere D 7 1 1 2 8
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 7 1 1 2 9
Rousseau, BobbyBobby Rousseau RW 7 1 1 2 2
Hicke, BillBill Hicke RW 7 0 2 2 2
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 7 0 2 2 10
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 2 1 0 1 0
Ferguson, JohnJohn Ferguson LW 7 0 1 1 25
Roberts, JimmyJimmy Roberts D/RW 7 0 1 1 14
Tremblay, GillesGilles Tremblay LW 2 0 0 0 0
Watson, BryanBryan Watson D 6 0 0 0 2
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 7 0 0 0 4
Harper, TerryTerry Harper D 7 0 0 0 6
Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge G 7 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Hodge, CharlieCharlie Hodge 420 7 3 4 16 2.29 1
Team: 420 7 3 4 16 2.29 1

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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]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

Minor Pro[edit | edit source]

The Canadiens had working arrangements with the following teams:

The following team was a wholly-owned farm team:

Junior[edit | edit source]

They also sponsored the Ottawa Hull & District Junior League and the Metropolitan Montreal Junior League.

Notable Games[edit | edit source]

Montreal 9 Detroit 3:Feb. 1, 1964

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Game 6 of the 1964 Semi-finals between Montreal and Toronto, April 13, 1965.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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