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1967–68 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Division 5th East
1967–68 record 33-31-10
Goals for 209
Goals against 176
General Manager Punch Imlach
Coach Punch Imlach
Captain George Armstrong
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team Leaders
Goals Mike Walton (30)
Assists Dave Keon (37)
Points Mike Walton (59)
Penalties in minutes Tim Horton
Pete Stemkowski (82)
Wins Bruce Gamble (19)
Goals against average Johnny Bower (2.25)
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1966–67 1968–69

The 1967-68 Toronto Maple Leafs season was Toronto's 51st season in the NHL. The Maple Leafs finished 5th in the East Division and missed the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

The Maple Leafs held their training camp in Peterborough, Ontario.

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team

Players Lost in Expansion Draft[edit | edit source]

The following Maple Leafs were lost to various franchises in the Expansion Draft.

Player Position Drafted to
Al Arbour (D) St. Louis Blues
Bob Baun (D) Oakland Seals
Don Blackburn (W) Philadelphia Flyers
John Brenneman (LW) St. Louis Blues
Terry Clancy (W) Oakland Seals
Mike Corrigan (LW) Los Angeles Kings
Kent Douglas (D) Oakland Seals
Darryl Edestrand (D) St. Louis Blues
Aut Erickson (D) Oakland Seals
Bill Flett (RW) Los Angeles Kings
Pat Hannigan (LW) Philadelphia Flyers
Fred Hucul (D) St. Louis Blues
Larry Jeffrey (LW) Pittsburgh Penguins
Ed Joyal (C) Los Angeles Kings
Larry Keenan (LW) St. Louis Blues
Mike Laughton (W) Oakland Seals
Lowell MacDonald (LW) Los Angeles Kings
Terry Sawchuk (G) Los Angeles Kings
Brit Selby (W) Philadelphia Flyers
Gary Smith (G) Oakland Seals
Gary Veneruzzo (LW) St. Louis Blues

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

After Brian Conacher broke Bobby Orr's nose, a bench clearing brawl broke out, November 5, 1967.

The November 6, 1967 match versus Toronto saw a bench clearing brawl at 5:28 of the second period. With the Bruins leading 1-0 on an Orr Power play goal, Leafs Brian Conacher was killing a penalty and dumped the puck into the Bruins zone as Orr approached him. Conacher's stick came up and broke Orr's nose. John McKenzie starting pummelling Conacher, who fell to the ice. Orr then joined in on beating Conacher, which resulted in the Leafs bench clearing, followed by the Bruins. It was the first bench clearing brawl in the league since December 6, 1963. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Frank Mahovlich breaks Bobby Orr's collarbone, December 9, 1967.

Disaster struck during the December 9, 1967 Bruins-Leafs game in Toronto. In the first period while killing a penalty to Skip Krake, Bobby Orr began to carry the puck from in front of the Bruins net. He was hit with a clean check by Frank Mahovlich which broke his left collarbone. Amazingly, Orr played another penalty-killing shift before leaving the game. Later, a Mahovlich slap shot hit Ted Green above the knee and he was forced to leave the game. Green's injury caused him to miss only two games but Orr was out until Christmas.

The Maple Leafs hosted the 21st National Hockey League All-Star Game at Maple Leaf Gardens on January 16, 1968. Toronto beat a team of All-Stars by a score of 4-3.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

East Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 74 42 22 10 236 167 94
New York Rangers 74 39 23 12 226 183 90
Boston Bruins 74 37 27 10 259 216 84
Chicago Black Hawks 74 32 26 16 212 222 80
Toronto Maple Leafs 74 33 31 10 209 176 76
Detroit Red Wings 74 27 35 12 245 257 66

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 14, 1967 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 1–0–0
2 W October 15, 1967 5–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 2–0–0
3 L October 18, 1967 2–3 Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 2–1–0
4 L October 19, 1967 0–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 2–2–0
5 L October 21, 1967 3–5 New York Rangers (1967–68) 2–3–0
6 W October 25, 1967 4–2 Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 3–3–0
7 W October 28, 1967 5–2 Oakland Seals (1967–68) 4–3–0
8 L October 29, 1967 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1967–68) 4–4–0
9 W November 1, 1967 5–0 Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 5–4–0
10 W November 2, 1967 9–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 6–4–0
11 W November 4, 1967 4–2 New York Rangers (1967–68) 7–4–0
12 T November 5, 1967 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1967–68) 7–4–1
13 W November 8, 1967 6–1 @ Oakland Seals (1967–68) 8–4–1
14 L November 9, 1967 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 8–5–1
15 L November 11, 1967 1–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 8–6–1
16 W November 15, 1967 4–2 Boston Bruins (1967–68) 9–6–1
17 T November 18, 1967 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 9–6–2
18 L November 19, 1967 2–6 @ Boston Bruins (1967–68) 9–7–2
19 W November 22, 1967 3–0 Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 10–7–2
20 W November 25, 1967 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 11–7–2
21 W November 29, 1967 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 12–7–2
22 T November 30, 1967 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 12–7–3
23 W December 2, 1967 3–0 Oakland Seals (1967–68) 13–7–3
24 T December 6, 1967 1–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 13–7–4
25 T December 9, 1967 3–3 Boston Bruins (1967–68) 13–7–5
26 L December 10, 1967 1–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 13–8–5
27 L December 13, 1967 1–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 13–9–5
28 W December 16, 1967 4–2 New York Rangers (1967–68) 14–9–5
29 L December 17, 1967 0–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 14–10–5
30 L December 20, 1967 0–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 14–11–5
31 W December 23, 1967 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 15–11–5
32 W December 25, 1967 3–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 16–11–5
33 T December 27, 1967 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 16–11–6
34 W December 30, 1967 8–1 St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 17–11–6
35 L December 31, 1967 0–4 @ New York Rangers (1967–68) 17–12–6
36 T January 3, 1968 1–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 17–12–7
37 T January 6, 1968 3–3 Boston Bruins (1967–68) 17–12–8
38 L January 7, 1968 2–6 @ New York Rangers (1967–68) 17–13–8
39 W January 10, 1968 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 18–13–8
40 L January 12, 1968 3–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 18–14–8
41 W January 13, 1968 7–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 19–14–8
42 W January 18, 1968 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1967–68) 20–14–8
43 W January 20, 1968 5–1 Minnesota North Stars (1967–68) 21–14–8
44 W January 21, 1968 2–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 22–14–8
45 L January 24, 1968 1–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 22–15–8
46 L January 27, 1968 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 22–16–8
47 W January 28, 1968 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 23–16–8
48 L January 30, 1968 0–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 23–17–8
49 T February 3, 1968 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1967–68) 23–17–9
50 L February 4, 1968 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 23–18–9
51 L February 7, 1968 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 23–19–9
52 L February 11, 1968 3–4 @ Oakland Seals (1967–68) 23–20–9
53 L February 12, 1968 0–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 23–21–9
54 L February 14, 1968 2–4 Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 23–22–9
55 L February 17, 1968 2–3 New York Rangers (1967–68) 23–23–9
56 L February 21, 1968 1–5 St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 23–24–9
57 W February 24, 1968 1–0 Boston Bruins (1967–68) 24–24–9
58 L February 25, 1968 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1967–68) 24–25–9
59 L February 28, 1968 0–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 24–26–9
60 L February 29, 1968 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1967–68) 24–27–9
61 W March 2, 1968 5–2 Los Angeles Kings (1967–68) 25–27–9
62 W March 6, 1968 7–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 26–27–9
63 W March 9, 1968 7–5 Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 27–27–9
64 L March 10, 1968 0–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 27–28–9
65 T March 13, 1968 3–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1967–68) 27–28–10
66 W March 16, 1968 3–0 Boston Bruins (1967–68) 28–28–10
67 L March 17, 1968 4–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1967–68) 28–29–10
68 L March 20, 1968 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 28–30–10
69 W March 21, 1968 5–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1967–68) 29–30–10
70 W March 23, 1968 3–1 New York Rangers (1967–68) 30–30–10
71 L March 24, 1968 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1967–68) 30–31–10
72 W March 27, 1968 6–0 Montreal Canadiens (1967–68) 31–31–10
73 W March 30, 1968 3–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1967–68) 32–31–10
74 W March 31, 1968 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (1967–68) 33–31–10

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

The Maple Leafs did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Walton, MikeMike Walton 73 30 29 59 48
Pulford, BobBob Pulford 74 20 30 50 40
Ellis, RonRon Ellis 74 28 20 48 8
Keon, DaveDave Keon 67 11 37 48 4
Oliver, MurrayMurray Oliver 74 16 21 37 18
Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich 50 19 17 36 30
Armstrong, GeorgeGeorge Armstrong 62 13 21 34 4
Pappin, JimJim Pappin 58 13 15 28 37
Horton, TimTim Horton 69 4 23 27 82
Conacher, BrianBrian Conacher 64 11 14 25 31
Stemkowski, PetePete Stemkowski 60 7 15 22 82
Hillman, LarryLarry Hillman 55 3 17 20 13
Pronovost, MarcelMarcel Pronovost 70 3 17 20 48
Carleton, WayneWayne Carleton 65 8 11 19 34
Ullman, NormNorm Ullman 13 5 12 17 2
Stanley, AllanAllan Stanley 64 1 13 14 16
Henderson, PaulPaul Henderson 13 5 6 11 8
Rupp, DuaneDuane Rupp 71 1 8 9 42
Smith, FloydFloyd Smith 6 6 1 7 0
Byers, MikeMike Byers 10 2 2 4 0
Pelyk, MikeMike Pelyk 24 0 3 3 55
Unger, GarryGarry Unger 15 1 1 2 4
Tom Martin 3 1 0 1 0
McKenny, JimJim McKenny 5 1 0 1 0
Parise, J.P.J.P. Parise 1 0 1 1 0
Harris, DukeDuke Harris 4 0 0 0 0
Hinse, AndreAndre Hinse 4 0 0 0 0
Sly, DarrylDarryl Sly 17 0 0 0 4
Gamble, BruceBruce Gamble 41 0 0 0 2
Bower, JohnnyJohnny Bower 43 0 1 1 14
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Gamble, BruceBruce Gamble 2201 41 19 13 3 85 2.32 5
Bower, JohnnyJohnny Bower 2239 43 14 18 7 84 2.25 4
Team: 4440 74 33 31 10 169 2.28 9

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Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Maple Leafs were involved in the following transactions during the 1967-68 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

June 6, 1967 To Minnesota North Stars
Ken Broderick
Barry MacKenzie
Gary Dineen
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
June 8, 1967 To Los Angeles Kings
Red Kelly
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Ken Block
September 1, 1967 To Philadelphia Flyers
Al Millar
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
September 12, 1967 To Phoenix Roadrunners (WHL)
Tom Polanic
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
October 3, 1967 To California Seals
Gerry Ehman
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Bryan Hextall Jr.
J.P. Parise
October 15, 1967 To Phoenix Roadrunners (WHL)
Walt McKechnie
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Steve Witiuk
December 23, 1967 To Minnesota North Stars
J.P. Parise
Milan Marcetta
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Ted Taylor
Murray Hall
Don Johns
Len Landle
Duke Harris
Carl Wetzel
January 13, 1968 To Minnesota North Stars
Bronco Horvath
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
March 3, 1968 To Rochester Americans (AHL)
Duke Harris
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
March 3, 1968 To Detroit Red Wings
Frank Mahovlich
Pete Stemkowski
Garry Unger
Carl Brewer
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Doug Barrie
Norm Ullman
Paul Henderson
Floyd Smith
March 25, 1968 To St. Louis Blues
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Pat Quinn
May 14, 1968 To Oakland Seals
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Terry Clancy
May 23, 1968 To Chicago Black Hawks
Jim Pappin
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Pierre Pilote
June 6, 1968 To Detroit Red Wings
Doug Barrie
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
June 6, 1968 To Rochester Americans (AHL)
Murray Hall
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
June 11, 1968 To Vancouver Canucks (WHL)
Bob Barlow
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash

Intra-League Draft[edit | edit source]

June 12, 1968 To New York Rangers
Brian Conacher
June 12, 1968 To Minnesota North Stars
Duane Rupp
June 12, 1968 To New York Rangers
Larry Hillman
June 12, 1968 From Minnesota North Stars
Bill Plager
June 12, 1968 From New York Rangers
Larry Mickey
June 12, 1968 From Minnesota North Stars
Bill Sutherland
June 12, 1968 From Detroit Red Wings
Gary Marsh

Reverse Draft[edit | edit source]

June 13, 1968 To Philadelphia Flyers
Allan Stanley
June 13, 1968 To Portland Buckaroos (WHL)
Rick Foley
June 13, 1968 From Detroit Red Wings
George Gardner

Free Agents[edit | edit source]

Player Former Team
Rene Robert Undrafted Free Agent
Player New Team
Dickie Moore St. Louis Blues

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Blues-Leafs game from December 30, 1967.

Nearly three hours of video from the Bruins-Maple Leafs game on January 6, 1968. All goals are shown including one by Bobby Orr which tied the game 3-3. An interview with Derek Sanderson is shown in the first intermission. During the second intermission, highlights from the December 27, 1967 Bruins-Black Hawks game are shown including a Hat trick by Phil Esposito. Milt Schmidt is then interviewed.

Leafs-Black Hawks game from March 10, 1968.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1967-68 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.
  2. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 221, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.
  3. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 219, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.
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