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65-66BosBru
1965–66 Boston Bruins · NHL
Division 5th NHL
1965–66 record 21–43–6
Goals for 174 (6th)
Goals against 275 (6th)
General Manager Hap Emms
Coach Milt Schmidt
Captain Leo Boivin
Alternate captains John Bucyk
Ted Green
Murray Oliver
Arena Boston Garden
Average attendance 12,050
Team Leaders
Goals Johnny Bucyk (26)
Assists Murray Oliver (42)
Points Murray Oliver (60)
Penalties in minutes Ted Green (113)
Wins Bernie Parent (11)
Goals against average Bernie Parent (3.69)
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1964–65 1966–67

The 1965–66 Boston Bruins season was the 42nd season for the franchise. For the first time in six seasons, the Bruins didn't finish in the basement, placing 5th, but missed the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.

Off-seasonEdit

HapEmms

New GM Leighton "Happy" Emms had played briefly for the Bruins in 1934.

In early April 1965, the Bruins announced that Lynn Patrick was promoted to vice-president and Hap Emms was made the team's new general manager. Emms had played over 300 games in the 1920's and 30's and in 1965, was the owner-manager of the Niagara Falls Flyers, one of the Bruins junior teams. Familiar with many of the young players expected to contribute to the Bruins over the next few seasons, Emms also wasted no time in making several trades which brought in several players that would play significant time in 1965-66 for the Bruins. These included Bob Dillabough, Albert Langlois and Parker MacDonald.

He also traded away Orland Kurtenbach and Pat Stapleton (who'd make the All-Star team in 1966) while picking up Gerry Cheevers in the intra-league draft. Cheevers would become Boston's starting goaltender for over a decade and be instrumental in the Bruins winning two Stanley Cup in the 1970's.

Pre-seasonEdit

Training camp opened on September 28, 1965 in London, Ontario.

October 1, 1965: Boston 4, Oklahoma City Blazers 2 @ Niagara Falls, Ontario
October 3, 1965: Oklahoma City 4, Boston 2 @ London
October 10, 1965: New York Rangers 6, Boston 3 @ Kingston, Ontario
October 12, 1965: Boston 4, Oklahoma City 2 @ St. Thomas, Ontario
October 14, 1965: Boston 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 @ Peterborough, Ontario
October 15, 1965: Boston 4, Toronto 2 @ London

The 19th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at Montreal on October 20, 1965. A team of all-stars that included three Bruins, Ted Green, Murray Oliver and John Bucyk played against the Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens. The All-Stars won 5-2 with Bucyk scoring a goal and Oliver picking up 2 assists.

Regular SeasonEdit

Vicstasiuk

Vic Stasiuk in the gold jersey with the gold pants and black socks introduced 1958.

After no changes to their uniforms for six seasons, the Bruins dropped the gold pants for good, dropped the black jersey (introduced in 1959) for two seasons and dropped the black socks until 2008. The white jersey remained unchanged, as did the gold jersey, black pants and mainly gold socks.

The season saw an incredible amount of flux in the line-up as Emms auditioned juniors and kept making trades. Fourty different players wore the black and gold in 1965-66, a new team record. Defenseman Gilles Marotte made the team after a brief stint in the minors. Eddie Johnston started the season opener in goal, followed by newly acquired Gerry Cheevers playing the second game. Cheevers finished the game but suffered a knee ligament injury and missed six weeks. The NHL had instituted a rule for the 1965-66 season that a backup goalie had to be available on the bench. Junior A goalie Bob Ring was an emergency call-up to be Johnston's backup for the October 30, 1965 game versus the New York Rangers. Early in the second period with the Bruins down 4-1, Johnston suffered a knee injury in a goal mouth pile-up and Ring, wearing jersey #28 (the first time a Bruin wore that number) was forced to play. Eddie Giacomin of the Rangers was also playing in his first NHL game. Ring allowed 4 goals on 21 shots and was dispatched back to the Niagara Falls Flyers, never to play in the NHL again.

Fleming goal-17Nov1965

Reg Fleming's game winner, November 27, 1965.

Bernie Parent was called up and played 39 games in his first pro season, leading the Bruins in wins and goals against average. Backed by Parent's brilliant goaltending, the Bruins had a decent November, though scoring remained an issue and they were outshot in many games. However, disaster struck during the 6-2 win over the Rangers on November 25, 1965 as defensemen Ted Green, Leo Boivin and Albert Langlois were all injured. Although Boivin and Langlois returned in early December, Green was lost until late December. For the next game on November 27, 1965 versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, blue-liners John Arbour and Barry Ashbee both played their first NHL games. With the score tied 1-1 in the third period, Forbes Kennedy bumped into Leafs goalie Terry Sawchuk, allowing Reg Fleming to score. Referee Bill Friday allowed the goal, resulting in a furious protest from Sawchuk and the Leaf players. While the commotion was going on, Bruins coach Milt Schmidt collapsed. Schmidt was taken to hospital, but insisted he fainted due to being sick with the flu. Fleming's goal held up as the game winner, the last victory the Bruins would enjoy for a month.

Dillabough goal-5Dec1965

Bob Dillabough scores on Gump Worsley, December 5, 1965.

Missing their best three defensemen, the Bruins went on a 12 game winless streak. This included games where Detroit and Chicago each netted 10 goals in games against the Bruins. Ron Schock, who had started the season, was sent to the minors. Bill Goldsworthy, Derek Sanderson and Don Marcotte were called up and played their first NHL games in November 1965. Sanderson and Marcotte would be part of the Bruins Stanley Cup teams in the 1970's and Marcotte would play thirteen seasons for Boston. After scoring twice on December 12, 1965, Goldsworthy stayed with the Bruins for 13 games. Even once Boivin and Langlois returned, the winless streak continued. Ed Johnston returned on December 18, 1965 and Cheevers was sent to the minors. On Christmas Day 1965, Ted Green returned to the line-up and showed how much the Bruins missed him. Recording 3 assists, he led the Bruins to a 4-2 win over the Rangers.

After scoring only 6 goals, Parker MacDonald was traded on December 30, 1965 for Pit Martin. A little over a week later, Reg Fleming was traded for John McKenzie. Both had an immediate impact and provided desperately needed scoring from the second line as the Bruins won four consecutive games for the first time since the 1959-60 season. Martin finished fourth in team goals, though he played a little over half the year, while McKenzie chipped in 13 goals. McKenzie would be an important part of the Bruins two Cup winning teams in the 1970's while Martin (with Gilles Marotte) would be part of arguably the most important trade in Bruins history in 1967.

1966-Horton Bucyk Martin

Pit Martin scored at a torrid pace after coming to the Bruins in January 1966.

On January 27, 1966, in the last game of the four consecutive wins, Pit Martin scored four goals versus Chicago to pace the Bruins to a 5-3 win. It was the first 4 goal game for a Bruin since Woody Dumart on March 4, 1951 and it gave Martin 10 goals since joining Boston. However, in this game, Ted Green was injured again, suffering a knee ligament tear, and was gone for the season. In the next game on January 29 versus Toronto, late in the third period, Bob Dillabough checked Eddie Shack, who was driving for the Bruins goal. Dillabough bounced off Shack and crashed into Bernie Parent. Parent was knocked out of the game with bruised ribs while Dillabough suffered a severe head gash that required 26 stitches to close. Dillabough played the next game while Parent was back in action after missing only one game.

Boivin-1959 gold jersey

Captain Leo Boivin played the last of a dozen seasons for the Bruins in 1966.

By February, John McKenzie was playing on the Bruins top line with Oliver and Bucyk. After the Bruins 5-4 win on February 16, 1966 versus Detroit, in which Pit Martin had a Hat trick, Hap Emms traded Dean Prentice and Bruins captain Leo Boivin to the Red Wings for Gary Doak, Ron Murphy and Bill Lesuk. Murphy finished his career with Boston in 1970 while Doak played the rest of the season, was part of the 1970 Bruins Cup team and played 13 seasons for them. Boivin had played a dozen seasons for the Bruins. In the next game on February 19, Boston and Detroit played each other, with the Bruins winning 5-1. Murphy had an assist but the other players involved in the trade were held scoreless. Citing personal reasons, Murphy announced his retirement but indicated he might return the following season (which he did).

The Bruins then went on a seven game losing streak. Going into their last game of the season, the Bruins and Rangers were tied with 46 points. The Rangers tied the Maple Leafs 3-3 in their last game of the season on April 2. The Bruins faced the Chicago Black Hawks on April 3, who had locked up second place. Tied 2-2 early in the third period, John McKenzie and Ron Stewart scored 30 seconds apart for a 4-2 Bruins win. Although they missed the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year, Boston didn't finish in last place. Gilles Marotte finished third in voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy while Bernie Parent was fourth.

Final StandingsEdit

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
Montreal Canadiens 70 41 21 8 90 239 173 884
Chicago Black Hawks 70 37 25 8 82 240 187 815
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 34 25 11 79 208 187 811
Detroit Red Wings 70 31 27 12 74 221 194 804
Boston Bruins 70 21 43 6 48 174 275 787
New York Rangers 70 18 41 11 47 195 261 894

Game LogEdit

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 24, 19652–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 0–1–0
2LOctober 27, 19651–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 0–2–0
3LOctober 30, 19652–8 New York Rangers (1965–66) 0–3–0
4TNovember 3, 19652–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 0–3–1
5LNovember 4, 19651–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 0–4–1
6WNovember 6, 19653–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 1–4–1
7LNovember 7, 19652–5 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 1–5–1
8TNovember 10, 19652–2 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 1–5–2
9WNovember 14, 19652–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 2–5–2
10LNovember 20, 19652–4 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 2–6–2
11WNovember 21, 19653–2 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 3–6–2
12LNovember 24, 19651–4 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 3–7–2
13WNovember 25, 19656–2 New York Rangers (1965–66) 4–7–2
14WNovember 27, 19652–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 5–7–2
15LNovember 28, 19653–5 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 5–8–2
16LDecember 1, 19652–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 5–9–2
17LDecember 2, 19652–10 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 5–10–2
18LDecember 4, 19651–10 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 5–11–2
19TDecember 5, 19654–4 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 5–11–3
20LDecember 8, 19653–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 5–12–3
21LDecember 11, 19653–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 5–13–3
22LDecember 12, 19653–5 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 5–14–3
23LDecember 15, 19654–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 5–15–3
24LDecember 16, 19650–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 5–16–3
25LDecember 18, 19651–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 5–17–3
26LDecember 19, 19651–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 5–18–3
27WDecember 25, 19654–2 New York Rangers (1965–66) 6–18–3
28LDecember 26, 19654–6 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 6–19–3
29LDecember 28, 19650–1 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 6–20–3
30LJanuary 1, 19663–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 6–21–3
31LJanuary 2, 19661–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 6–22–3
32LJanuary 6, 19663–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 6–23–3
33LJanuary 8, 19660–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 6–24–3
34WJanuary 9, 19663–1 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 7–24–3
35TJanuary 13, 19661–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 7–24–4
36LJanuary 15, 19661–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 7–25–4
37LJanuary 16, 19661–3 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 7–26–4
38WJanuary 20, 19664–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 8–26–4
39WJanuary 22, 19665–3 New York Rangers (1965–66) 9–26–4
40WJanuary 23, 19662–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 10–26–4
41WJanuary 27, 19665–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 11–26–4
42LJanuary 29, 19663–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 11–27–4
43LJanuary 30, 19661–3 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 11–28–4
44LFebruary 3, 19662–4 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 11–29–4
45WFebruary 5, 19665–3 New York Rangers (1965–66) 12–29–4
46TFebruary 6, 19663–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 12–29–5
47WFebruary 10, 19662–0 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 13–29–5
48LFebruary 12, 19662–9 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 13–30–5
49TFebruary 13, 19664–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 13–30–6
50WFebruary 16, 19665–4 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 14–30–6
51WFebruary 19, 19665–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 15–30–6
52LFebruary 20, 19661–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 15–31–6
53LFebruary 23, 19662–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 15–32–6
54LFebruary 26, 19662–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 15–33–6
55LFebruary 27, 19661–7 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 15–34–6
56LMarch 2, 19663–5 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 15–35–6
57LMarch 3, 19664–5 New York Rangers (1965–66) 15–36–6
58LMarch 6, 19663–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 15–37–6
59WMarch 9, 19663–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 16–37–6
60LMarch 12, 19660–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 16–38–6
61LMarch 13, 19664–8 Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 16–39–6
62WMarch 16, 19663–1 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 17–39–6
63LMarch 17, 19662–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1965–66) 17–40–6
64WMarch 20, 19664–3 New York Rangers (1965–66) 18–40–6
65WMarch 23, 19663–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 19–40–6
66LMarch 26, 19662–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 19–41–6
67LMarch 27, 19661–3 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 19–42–6
68LMarch 29, 19662–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 19–43–6
69WMarch 31, 19663–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 20–43–6
70WApril 3, 19664–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 21–43–6

PlayoffsEdit

  • The Bruins did not qualify for the post season.

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
16 Oliver, MurrayMurray Oliver C 70 18 42 60 30503
9 Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 63 27 30 57 12305
11 Williams, TommyTommy Williams RW 70 16 22 38 31103
7, 12 Stewart, RonRon Stewart RW 70 20 16 36 17402
18 Westfall, EdEd Westfall D/RW 59 9 21 30 42210
17 Prentice, DeanDean Prentice LW 50 7 22 29 10301
7 Martin, PitPit Martin C 41 16 11 27 10201
19 McKenzie, JohnJohn McKenzie RW 36 13 9 22 36201
22 Dillabough, BobBob Dillabough C 53 7 13 20 18001
10 Marotte, GillesGilles Marotte D 51 3 17 20 52200
8 Woytowich, BobBob Woytowich D 68 2 17 19 75001
6 Green, TedTed Green D 27 5 13 18 113200
4 Langlois, AlbertAlbert Langlois D 65 4 10 14 54000
21 MacDonald, ParkerParker MacDonald C 29 6 4 10 6110
19 Fleming, ReggieReggie Fleming D/LW 34 4 6 10 42001
14, 28 Kennedy, ForbesForbes Kennedy C 50 4 6 10 55011
25 Doak, GaryGary Doak D 20 0 8 8 28000
26 Awrey, DonDon Awrey D 70 4 3 7 74200
20 Boivin, LeoLeo Boivin D 46 0 5 5 34000
28 Goldsworthy, BillBill Goldsworthy RW 13 3 1 4 6000
23 Schock, RonRon Schock C 24 2 2 4 6100
27 Maxner, WayneWayne Maxner LW 8 1 3 4 6000
24 Leiter, BobbyBobby Leiter C 9 2 1 3 2000
25 Ashbee, BarryBarry Ashbee D 14 0 3 3 14000
21 Rivers, WayneWayne Rivers RW 2 1 1 2 2001
17 Murphy, RonRon Murphy LW 2 0 1 1 0000
29 Popiel, PoulPoul Popiel D 3 0 1 1 2000
27 Dornhoefer, GaryGary Dornhoefer RW 10 0 1 1 2000
27 Marcotte, DonDon Marcotte LW 1 0 0 0 0000
27 Davison, MurrayMurray Davison D 1 0 0 0 0000
27 Krake, SkipSkip Krake C 2 0 0 0 0000
28 Arbour, JohnJohn Arbour D 2 0 0 0 0000
23, 27 Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson C 2 0 0 0 0000
28 Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 2 0 0 0 2000
14 Crisp, TerryTerry Crisp C 3 0 0 0 0000
17 Parise, J.P.J.P. Parise LW 3 0 0 0 0000
28 Ring, BobBob Ring G 1 0 0 0 0000
1, 30 Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 7 0 0 0 0000
1 Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston G 33 0 0 0 2000
1, 30 Parent, BernieBernie Parent G 39 0 0 0 4000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Parent, BernieBernie Parent 2083 39 11 20 3 128 3.69 1
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston 1744 33 10 19 2 108 3.72 1
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 340 7 0 4 1 34 6.00 0
Ring, BobBob Ring 33 1 0 0 0 4 7.27 0
Team: 4200 70 21 43 6 274 3.91 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

Draft PicksEdit

The 1965 NHL Entry Draft involved picking 16-year-olds. None of the players picked ever played for the Bruins.

Round Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (league)
1 Joe Bailey RW Flag of Canada.svg Canada St. Thomas Jr. B
2 Bill Ramsay C Flag of Canada.svg Canada Winnipeg Jrs.

Farm TeamsEdit

1966-Orr Generals

Bobby Orr was again voted to the OHA First All-Star team and had 93 points in 1965-66. The Oshawa Generals were Memorial Cup runner-ups.

The Bruins development system in 1965-66 was filled with players who would go on to have long NHL careers. However, many would find success with teams other than the Bruins. Led by Bobby Orr, the prospects also included Danny O'Shea, Wayne Cashman, Derek Sanderson, Bill Goldsworthy, Gilles Marotte, Jean Pronovost, Don Marcotte, Jim Lorentz, Doug Favell, J. P. Parisé, Joe Watson, Ross Lonsberry and Terry Crisp.

TriviaEdit

  • Poul Popiel wore jersey #29 in the season's first game. This was the first time a Bruin wore #29 and was the highest number, up to that time, that a Bruin had ever worn.
  • Gerry Cheevers wore jersey #30 in the season's second game. This was the first time a Bruin wore #30 and was the highest number, up to that time, that a Bruin had ever worn.
  • Bob Ring wore jersey #28 in the season's third game. This was the first time a Bruin wore #28.
  • Skip Krake wore jersey #27 in the season's sixteenth game. This was the first time a Bruin wore #27.
  • Bruins who recorded a Hat trick this season include:

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1965-66 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
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