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1965–66 Detroit Red Wings · NHL
Division 4th NHL
1965–66 record 31-27-12
Goals for 221
Goals against 194
General Manager Sid Abel
Coach Sid Abel
Captain Alex Delvecchio
Arena Detroit Olympia
Team Leaders
Goals Norm Ullman
Alex Delvecchio (31)
Assists Gordie Howe (46)
Points Gordie Howe (75)
Penalties in minutes Bryan Watson (133)
Wins Roger Crozier (27)
Goals against average George Gardner (1.00)
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1964–65 1966–67

The 1965–66 Detroit Red Wings season was the Red Wings' 40th season. The Red Wings finished 4th in the league with a record of 31 wins, 27 losses, and 12 ties for 74 points. They defeated the Chicago Black Hawks in six games in the Semi-finals before falling to the Montreal Canadiens in the 1966 Stanley Cup Final, also in six games. The Red Wings would not appear in the Final again until 1995.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Arnie Brown and Mike McMahon, Jr. scale the glass, November 21, 1965.

During the November 21, 1965 game at Madison Square Garden, with the scored tied 1-1 between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers, at 9:50 of the third period, Ranger goalie Eddie Giacomin made what appeared to be a save. However, the goal judge signalled a goal, believing that Giacomin's glove crossed the goal line while the puck was in it. Rangers general manager Emile Francis was furious, left his seat and ran to the goal judge to protest. Along the way, he got into an altercation with some fans who started to punch him. Ten Ranger players scaled the glass and a melee of Rangers fighting with their own fans ensued. It took police fifteen minutes to break up the altercation. Francis suffered a cut over one eye which required stitches. The game ended in a 3-3 tie.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

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 Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 23, 1965 1–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 0–1–0
2 W October 24, 1965 3–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 1–1–0
3 L October 28, 1965 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 1–2–0
4 L October 30, 1965 3–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 1–3–0
5 T October 31, 1965 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 1–3–1
6 W November 4, 1965 8–1 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 2–3–1
7 L November 7, 1965 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 2–4–1
8 L November 10, 1965 2–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 2–5–1
9 T November 11, 1965 3–3 New York Rangers (1965–66) 2–5–2
10 T November 14, 1965 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 2–5–3
11 W November 20, 1965 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 3–5–3
12 T November 21, 1965 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 3–5–4
13 L November 23, 1965 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 3–6–4
14 L November 25, 1965 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 3–7–4
15 L November 27, 1965 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 3–8–4
16 W November 28, 1965 5–3 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 4–8–4
17 W December 2, 1965 10–2 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 5–8–4
18 W December 4, 1965 5–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 6–8–4
19 W December 5, 1965 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 7–8–4
20 W December 9, 1965 7–3 New York Rangers (1965–66) 8–8–4
21 W December 11, 1965 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 9–8–4
22 W December 12, 1965 5–3 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 10–8–4
23 L December 15, 1965 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 10–9–4
24 W December 16, 1965 2–0 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 11–9–4
25 W December 18, 1965 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 12–9–4
26 L December 19, 1965 4–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 12–10–4
27 W December 23, 1965 4–2 New York Rangers (1965–66) 13–10–4
28 L December 25, 1965 3–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 13–11–4
29 W December 26, 1965 1–0 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 14–11–4
30 W December 28, 1965 1–0 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 15–11–4
31 L December 31, 1965 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 15–12–4
32 W January 2, 1966 4–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 16–12–4
33 W January 6, 1966 5–3 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 17–12–4
34 W January 8, 1966 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 18–12–4
35 W January 9, 1966 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 19–12–4
36 T January 15, 1966 4–4 New York Rangers (1965–66) 19–12–5
37 W January 16, 1966 4–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 20–12–5
38 W January 20, 1966 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 21–12–5
39 W January 22, 1966 3–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 22–12–5
40 W January 23, 1966 5–1 New York Rangers (1965–66) 23–12–5
41 L January 26, 1966 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 23–13–5
42 T January 29, 1966 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 23–13–6
43 L January 30, 1966 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 23–14–6
44 W February 3, 1966 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 24–14–6
45 T February 5, 1966 2–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 24–14–7
46 T February 6, 1966 3–3 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 24–14–8
47 L February 9, 1966 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 24–15–8
48 W February 10, 1966 6–2 New York Rangers (1965–66) 25–15–8
49 T February 12, 1966 3–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 25–15–9
50 L February 13, 1966 3–4 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 25–16–9
51 L February 16, 1966 4–5 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 25–17–9
52 L February 19, 1966 1–5 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 25–18–9
53 W February 20, 1966 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 26–18–9
54 L February 23, 1966 0–5 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 26–19–9
55 L February 26, 1966 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 26–20–9
56 L February 27, 1966 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 26–21–9
57 L March 2, 1966 4–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 26–22–9
58 L March 5, 1966 2–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 26–23–9
59 T March 6, 1966 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 26–23–10
60 L March 9, 1966 0–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 26–24–10
61 L March 12, 1966 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1965–66) 26–25–10
62 W March 13, 1966 8–4 @ Boston Bruins (1965–66) 27–25–10
63 L March 16, 1966 1–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 27–26–10
64 W March 17, 1966 4–2 Boston Bruins (1965–66) 28–26–10
65 W March 20, 1966 6–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 29–26–10
66 W March 23, 1966 2–1 @ New York Rangers (1965–66) 30–26–10
67 L March 26, 1966 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 30–27–10
68 T March 27, 1966 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1965–66) 30–27–11
69 W March 31, 1966 5–3 New York Rangers (1965–66) 31–27–11
70 T April 3, 1966 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–66) 31–27–12

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Detroit Red Wings 4, Chicago Black Hawks 2[edit | edit source]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 7 Detroit Red Wings 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 1-0
2 April 10 Detroit Red Wings 7–0 Chicago Black Hawks 1-1
3 April 12 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1 Detroit Red Wings 2-1
4 April 14 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5 Detroit Red Wings 2–2
5 April 17 Detroit Red Wings 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks 2-3
6 April 19 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 Detroit Red Wings 2-4

Montreal Canadiens 4, Detroit Red Wings 2[edit | edit source]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 17 Detroit Red Wings 2–3 Montreal Canadiens 1-0
2 April 20 Detroit Red Wings 5–2 Montreal Canadiens 2-0
3 April 22 Montreal Canadiens 4–2 Detroit Red Wings 2-1
4 April 25 Montreal Canadiens 2–1 Detroit Red Wings 2–2
5 April 27 Detroit Red Wings 1–5 Montreal Canadiens 2-3
6 April 19 Montreal Canadiens 3–2 OT Detroit Red Wings 2-4

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 70 29 46 75 83 7 0 3
Ullman, NormNorm Ullman C 70 31 41 72 35 7 0 2
Delvecchio, AlexAlex Delvecchio C/LW 70 31 38 69 16 9 4 6
Smith, FloydFloyd Smith RW 66 21 28 49 20 2 0 3
Bathgate, AndyAndy Bathgate RW 70 15 32 47 25 4 0 3
Henderson, PaulPaul Henderson RW 69 22 24 46 34 5 0 9
MacGregor, BruceBruce MacGregor C 70 20 14 34 28 1 1 2
McDonald, AbAb McDonald LW 43 6 16 22 6 1 0 0
Barkley, DougDoug Barkley D 43 5 15 20 65 1 0 0
Bergman, GaryGary Bergman D 61 3 16 19 96 1 0 0
Marshall, BertBert Marshall D 61 0 19 19 45 0 0 0
Murphy, RonRon Murphy LW 32 10 7 17 10 2 0 1
Gadsby, BillBill Gadsby D 58 5 12 17 72 0 0 0
MacDonald, ParkerParker MacDonald C 37 5 12 17 24 0 0 0
Prentice, DeanDean Prentice LW 19 6 9 15 8 0 1 1
Fonteyne, ValVal Fonteyne LW 59 5 10 15 0 1 0 0
Watson, BryanBryan Watson D 70 2 7 9 133 0 1 0
McKenney, DonDon McKenney C 24 1 6 7 0 0 0 0
Harris, BillyBilly Harris C 24 1 4 5 6 0 0 0
Boivin, LeoLeo Boivin D 16 0 5 5 16 0 0 0
Godfrey, WarrenWarren Godfrey D 26 0 4 4 22 0 0 0
Martin, PitPit Martin C 10 1 1 2 0 0 0 1
Peters, JimmyJimmy Peters C 6 1 1 2 2 1 0 0
Wall, BobBob Wall D 8 1 1 2 8 0 0 0
Goegan, PetePete Goegan D 13 0 2 2 14 0 0 0
McCord, BobBob McCord D 9 0 2 2 16 0 0 0
Mahovlich, PetePete Mahovlich C 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Carruthers, DwightDwight Carruthers D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Crashley, BartBart Crashley D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hall, MurrayMurray Hall RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Roberts, DougDoug Roberts RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Watson, JimJim Watson D 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Doak, GaryGary Doak D 4 0 0 0 12 0 0 0
Gardner, GeorgeGeorge Gardner G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bassen, HankHank Bassen G 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier G 64 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier 3734 64 27 24 12 173 2.78 7
Bassen, HankHank Bassen 406 11 3 3 0 17 2.51 0
Gardner, GeorgeGeorge Gardner 60 1 1 0 0 1 1.00 0
Team: 4200 70 31 27 12 191 2.73 7

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Ullman, NormNorm Ullman C 12 6 9 15 12
Delvecchio, AlexAlex Delvecchio C/LW 12 0 11 11 4
Prentice, DeanDean Prentice LW 12 5 5 10 4
Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 12 4 6 10 12
Bathgate, AndyAndy Bathgate RW 12 6 3 9 6
Smith, FloydFloyd Smith RW 12 5 2 7 4
Henderson, PaulPaul Henderson RW 12 3 3 6 10
MacGregor, BruceBruce MacGregor C 12 1 4 5 2
McDonald, AbAb McDonald LW 10 1 4 5 2
Gadsby, BillBill Gadsby D 12 1 3 4 12
Marshall, BertBert Marshall D 12 1 3 4 16
Bergman, GaryGary Bergman D 12 0 3 3 14
Watson, BryanBryan Watson D 12 2 0 2 30
Fonteyne, ValVal Fonteyne LW 12 1 0 1 4
Boivin, LeoLeo Boivin D 12 0 1 1 16
Goegan, PetePete Goegan D 1 0 0 0 0
Hall, MurrayMurray Hall RW 1 0 0 0 0
Spencer, IrvIrv Spencer D 3 0 0 0 2
Godfrey, WarrenWarren Godfrey D 4 0 0 0 0
Wall, BobBob Wall D 6 0 0 0 2
MacDonald, ParkerParker MacDonald C 9 0 0 0 2
Bassen, HankHank Bassen G 1 0 0 0 0
Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier G 12 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier 668 12 6 5 26 2.34 1
Bassen, HankHank Bassen 54 1 0 1 2 2.22 0
Team: 722 12 6 6 28 2.33 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]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Detroit's draft picks at the 1965 NHL Amateur Draft held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 3 George Forgie Flag of Canada Canada Flin Flon (Junior)
2 8 Bob Birdsell Flag of Canada Canada Stettler (Junior)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1965-66 Detroit Red Wings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-02.
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