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1966-67 Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 1966-67 NHL season was the 50th season of the National Hockey League. Six teams each played 70 games. Since the 1942-43 season, there had only been six teams in the NHL, but this was to be the last season of the Original Six as six more teams were added for the 1967-68 season. This season saw the debut of one of the greatest players in the game's history, Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins.

League BusinessEdit

President David Molson of the Canadian Arena Company announced that the Montreal Forum would undergo major alterations in a $5 million work program commencing in April, 1968.

NHL sponsorship of junior teams ceased, making all players of qualifying age not already on NHL-sponsored lists eligible for the amateur draft.

Regular SeasonEdit

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Bobby Orr accepts the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Bobby Orr made his NHL debut on October 19th, with an assist in a 6-2 win over Detroit. Orr finished the season with 41 points, second only to veteran defenseman Pierre Pilote of Chicago. Named to the Second All-Star Team, he won the Calder Memorial Trophy by a wide margin, with his defense partner Joe Watson finishing fourth in voting. Orr was sixth in voting for the Hart Memorial Trophy and third for the James Norris Memorial Trophy as best defenseman. The winner of the Norris Trophy, Harry Howell famously predicted that he was glad to win when he did, because "Orr will own this trophy from now on."

Terry Sawchuk got his 99th shutout when Toronto blanked Detroit 4-0 February 25th. He got his 100th career shutout March 4th when Toronto defeated Chicago 4-0.

Bobby Hull scored his 50th goal of the season when Chicago lost to Toronto 9-5 March 18th at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The Chicago Black Hawks, who had won three Stanley Cups, finished first overall in the standings for the first time in their history, a full seventeen points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens and nineteen ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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
Chicago Black Hawks 70 41 17 12 94 264170 757
Montreal Canadiens 70 32 25 13 77 202 188879
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 32 27 11 75 204 211736
New York Rangers 70 30 28 12 72 188 189664
Detroit Red Wings 70 27 39 4 58 212 241719
Boston Bruins 70 17 43 10 44 182 253764

Scoring LeadersEdit

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

Player Team GP G A PTS PIM
Stan Mikita Chicago Black Hawks 70 35 62 97 12
Bobby Hull Chicago Black Hawks 66 52 28 8052
Norm Ullman Detroit Red Wings 68 26 44 7026
Ken Wharram Chicago Black Hawks 70 31 34 65 21
Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings 69 25 40 65 53
Bobby Rousseau Montreal Canadiens 68 19 44 63 58
Phil Esposito Chicago Black Hawks 69 21 40 6140
Phil Goyette New York Rangers 70 12 49 616
Doug Mohns Chicago Black Hawks 61 25 35 6058
Henri Richard Montreal Canadiens 65 21 34 55 28

Leading GoaltendersEdit

Player Team GP MIN GA GAA W L T SO
Glenn Hall Chicago Black Hawks 32 1664 66 2.38 19 5 5 2
Denis DeJordy Chicago Black Hawks 44 2536 104 2.46 22 12 7 4
Charlie Hodge Montreal Canadiens 37 2055 88 2.60 11 15 7 3
Ed Giacomin New York Rangers 68 3981 173 2.61 30 27 11 9
Johnny Bower Toronto Maple Leafs 27 1431 63 2.64 12 9 3 2
Terry Sawchuk Toronto Maple Leafs 28 1409 66 2.81 15 5 4 2
Roger Crozier Detroit Red Wings 58 3256 182 3.35 22 29 4 4
Eddie Johnston Boston Bruins 34 1880 116 3.70 8 21 2 0


Stanley Cup PlayoffsEdit

Despite Chicago's impressive regular season marks, it was the third seed Toronto Maple Leafs who beat the Black Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. The Leafs went on to win the Stanley Cup over the Montreal Canadiens four games to two; it proved to be the most recent time Toronto has won the Cup. The Leafs' squad was renowned as the oldest ever to win a Cup final; the average age of the team was well over thirty, and four players were over forty.

see 1967 Stanley Cup Finals

Playoff BracketEdit

  Semifinals Finals
                 
1 Chicago Black Hawks 2  
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 4  
    3 Toronto Maple Leafs 4
  2 Montreal Canadiens 2
2 Montreal Canadiens 4
4 New York Rangers 0  

NHL Mid-Season AwardsEdit

1966-1967 Mid-Season NHL awards
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
Calder Memorial Trophy: Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Hart Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Harry Howell, New York Rangers
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
Vezina Trophy: Ed Giacomin, New York Rangers

Mid-Season All-Star TeamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Ed Giacomin, New York Rangers G Charlie Hodge, Montreal Canadiens
Harry Howell, New York Rangers D Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks D Tim Horton, Toronto Maple Leafs
Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks C Norm Ullman, Detroit Red Wings
Rod Gilbert, New York Rangers RW Ken Wharram, Chicago Black Hawks
Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks LW Don Marshall, New York Rangers

NHL Second Half AwardsEdit

1966-1967 Second Half NHL awards
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
Calder Memorial Trophy: Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Hart Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
Vezina Trophy: Denis DeJordy, Chicago Black Hawks

Second Half All-Star TeamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Ed Giacomin, New York Rangers G Denis DeJordy, Chicago Black Hawks
Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks D Harry Howell, New York Rangers
Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins D Tim Horton, Toronto Maple Leafs
Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks C Norm Ullman, Detroit Red Wings
Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings RW Ken Wharram, Chicago Black Hawks
Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks LW Doug Mohns, Chicago Black Hawks
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NHL AwardsEdit

1966-1967 NHL Awards
Prince of Wales Trophy: Chicago Black Hawks
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
Calder Memorial Trophy: Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Conn Smythe Trophy: Dave Keon, Toronto Maple Leafs
Hart Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Harry Howell, New York Rangers
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
Vezina Trophy: Glenn Hall & Denis DeJordy, Chicago Black Hawks
Lester Patrick Trophy: Gordie Howe, Charles F. Adams, James E. Norris
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All-Star TeamsEdit

First Team   Position   Second Team
Ed Giacomin, New York Rangers G Glenn Hall, Chicago Black Hawks
Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks D Tim Horton, Toronto Maple Leafs
Harry Howell, New York Rangers D Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks C Norm Ullman, Detroit Red Wings
Kenny Wharram, Chicago Black Hawks RW Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks LW Don Marshall, New York Rangers

DebutsEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1966-67 (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 1966-67 (listed with their last team):

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

A minute and a half clip showing Bobby Rousseau scoring while Bobby Orr serves his first NHL penalty on October 22, 1966.

The second and third period of the Bruins-Leafs match from November 26, 1966.

Nearly 10 minutes of random clips from the 1966-67 season set to Mexican horn music. At 1:45, Boston's Wayne Connelly scores, assisted by Ron Schock, which tied the December 28, 1966 game versus the Montreal Canadiens at 1-1.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

NHL Seasons

1962-63 | 1963-64 | 1964-65 | 1965-66 | 1966-67 | 1967-68 | 1968-69 | 1969-70 | 1970-71

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