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1968–69 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Division 4th East
1968–69 record 35-26-15
Goals for 271
Goals against 202
General Manager Punch Imlach
Coach Punch Imlach
Captain George Armstrong
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team Leaders
Goals Norm Ullman (35)
Assists Norm Ullman (42)
Points Norm Ullman (77)
Penalties in minutes Jim Dorey (200)
Wins Bruce Gamble (28)
Goals against average Bruce Gamble (2.80)
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1967–68 1969–70

The 1968-69 Toronto Maple Leafs season was Toronto's 52nd season in the NHL. The Maple Leafs finished 4th in the East Division and were swept in the Quarter-finals by the Boston Bruins four games to none.

Off-seasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Club Team

Regular SeasonEdit

Final StandingsEdit

East Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Montreal Canadiens 76 46 19 11 271 202 103
Boston Bruins 76 42 18 16 303 221 100
New York Rangers 76 41 26 9 231 196 91
Toronto Maple Leafs 76 35 26 15 234 217 85
Detroit Red Wings 76 33 31 12 239 221 78
Chicago Black Hawks 76 34 33 9 280 246 77
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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 LogEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 13, 19682–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 1–0–0
2TOctober 16, 19682–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 1–0–1
3LOctober 19, 19681–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 1–1–1
4WOctober 23, 19686–4 St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 2–1–1
5WOctober 26, 19682–0 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 3–1–1
6WOctober 27, 19685–3 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 4–1–1
7LOctober 30, 19680–5 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 4–2–1
8LNovember 2, 19682–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 4–3–1
9WNovember 6, 19681–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 5–3–1
10LNovember 9, 19681–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 5–4–1
11WNovember 10, 19683–1 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 6–4–1
12TNovember 13, 19681–1 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 6–4–2
13WNovember 14, 19685–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 7–4–2
14WNovember 16, 19683–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 8–4–2
15TNovember 17, 19681–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 8–4–3
16WNovember 20, 19685–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 9–4–3
17LNovember 23, 19682–5 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 9–5–3
18LNovember 24, 19684–7 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 9–6–3
19TNovember 27, 19683–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 9–6–4
20TNovember 30, 19683–3 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 9–6–5
21LDecember 1, 19681–3 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 9–7–5
22WDecember 4, 19684–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 10–7–5
23WDecember 7, 19685–2 New York Rangers (1968–69) 11–7–5
24WDecember 8, 19684–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 12–7–5
25TDecember 11, 19684–4 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 12–7–6
26WDecember 12, 19681–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 13–7–6
27WDecember 14, 19683–2 St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 14–7–6
28WDecember 18, 19685–2 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 15–7–6
29WDecember 21, 19688–3 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 16–7–6
30LDecember 22, 19682–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 16–8–6
31WDecember 25, 19684–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 17–8–6
32LDecember 26, 19682–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 17–9–6
33LDecember 28, 19681–4 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 17–10–6
34WJanuary 1, 19697–3 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 18–10–6
35WJanuary 4, 19695–3 New York Rangers (1968–69) 19–10–6
36TJanuary 5, 19692–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 19–10–7
37TJanuary 8, 19694–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 19–10–8
38LJanuary 9, 19692–3 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 19–11–8
39WJanuary 11, 19694–2 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 20–11–8
40TJanuary 15, 19695–5 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 20–11–9
41TJanuary 18, 19691–1 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 20–11–10
42LJanuary 19, 19693–5 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 20–12–10
43WJanuary 23, 19693–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 21–12–10
44WJanuary 25, 19692–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 22–12–10
45LJanuary 26, 19692–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 22–13–10
46LJanuary 29, 19691–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 22–14–10
47LJanuary 31, 19694–5 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 22–15–10
48LFebruary 2, 19693–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 22–16–10
49TFebruary 5, 19695–5 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 22–16–11
50LFebruary 8, 19691–4 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 22–17–11
51WFebruary 9, 19695–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 23–17–11
52WFebruary 12, 19697–1 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 24–17–11
53WFebruary 15, 19696–2 New York Rangers (1968–69) 25–17–11
54LFebruary 16, 19692–4 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 25–18–11
55WFebruary 19, 19695–1 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 26–18–11
56LFebruary 20, 19691–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 26–19–11
57LFebruary 22, 19692–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 26–20–11
58LFebruary 23, 19692–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 26–21–11
59WFebruary 26, 19693–2 St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 27–21–11
60TFebruary 27, 19691–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 27–21–12
61TMarch 1, 19693–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 27–21–13
62WMarch 2, 19692–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 28–21–13
63WMarch 5, 19696–4 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 29–21–13
64LMarch 6, 19693–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 29–22–13
65TMarch 8, 19692–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 29–22–14
66WMarch 12, 19694–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 30–22–14
67WMarch 13, 19693–1 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 31–22–14
68WMarch 15, 19697–4 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 32–22–14
69LMarch 16, 19693–11 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 32–23–14
70TMarch 19, 19691–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 32–23–15
71WMarch 22, 19693–1 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 33–23–15
72LMarch 23, 19691–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 33–24–15
73WMarch 26, 19696–4 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 34–24–15
74WMarch 27, 19694–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 35–24–15
75LMarch 29, 19692–4 New York Rangers (1968–69) 35–25–15
76LMarch 30, 19690–4 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 35–26–15

PlayoffsEdit

Boston Bruins 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 0Edit

The teams last met a decade before in the 1959 Semi-finals where the Leafs edged the Bruins 4 games to 3. The Bruins ran roughshod over the Maple Leafs in the 1969 Semi-finals, led by Phil Esposito who had 10 points, 5 goals from Derek Sanderson and Gerry Cheevers who had 2 shutouts and allowed only 5 goals in Boston's four game sweep.

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Pat Quinn being attacked by fans, April 2, 1969.

Game 1 at Boston Garden was a wide open, penalty-filled affair dominated by the Bruins who outshot the Leafs 51-40. Boston scored two quick Power play goals by Esposito and John Bucyk and led 2-0 before four minutes were played. Esposito potted another before the first period ended. Johnny Bower was pulled and gave way to Bruce Gamble at the start of the second period. Bucyk scored his second goal and then Sanderson his first at 10:40. With the Bruins leading 5-0, the roughness picked up with the Leafs Forbes Kennedy drawing a double minor. Esposito scored on the power play for his first playoff Hat trick. Sanderson and Tim Horton fought and with two minutes to go in the period, Pat Quinn caught Bobby Orr with his head down and hit him with a high check. Orr lay motionless and the crowd began to bay for Quinn's head. Receiving a 5 minute elbowing penalty, he went to the penalty box where he was attacked by fans. The glass behind the box shattered, police had to intervene and the Leafs bench cleared to help Quinn. Orr was taken to hospital with a concussion but played in the next game. Esposito scored his fourth goal of the game during Quinn's penalty, who had gone to the dressing room. With Boston leading 7-0 starting the third period, Fred Stanfield scored during the remainder of Quinn's penalty. Quinn returned to the ice where fans showered him with debris. Multiple melees broke out as the period progressed with 17 penalties called. Gerry Cheevers fought while Kennedy had two fights, punched a linesman and received seven penalties and a game misconduct as part of 135 minutes in penalties called in the game. Sanderson scored his second of the game and Ken Hodge his first as the Bruins destroyed the Leafs 10-0 powered by 6 points by Esposito.

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John Bucyk makes it 2-0, 1968 Quarter-finals Game 2, April 3, 1969.

Game 2 at Boston saw Toronto's Forbes Kennedy out of the line-up with a four game suspension and $1000 fine. It was a much tamer affair than Game 1 with only one fight. The Bruins continued to dominate the Leafs as John Bucyk opened the scoring in the first period, finishing off a 2 on 1 with Phil Esposito. Bucyk then blasted a slapshot from the left wing between Johnny Bower's pads. A Ted Green slapshot from the point sailed over Bower's shoulder to make it 3-0 Bruins at the end of the period. John McKenzie added another in the second period and Gamble was pulled in favour of Johnny Bower. Ken Hodge put the Bruins up 5-0 by the end of the second period and third period goals by Phil Esposito and Ron Murphy completed a 7-0 rout.

Game 3 at Maple Leaf Gardens was the closest game of the series as the Leafs came to life. The teams traded chances all game with Ed Westfall opening the scoring with a shorthanded goal to which Ron Ellis responded four minutes later. Ted Green's second of the series put the Bruins up 2-1 heading into the second period. Fred Stanfield extended the lead to 3-1 before Murray Oliver and Norm Ullman tied the game 3-3. Johnny Bower was pulled for the third game in a row for Bruce Gamble but Derek Sanderson's was set up by Bobby Orr for the third period's only goal as Boston edged Toronto 4-3. It was the first victory for Boston in Toronto since November 27, 1965.

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Derek Sanderson's 1969 Quarter-finals series winner, April 6, 1969.

Game 4 at Toronto saw Phil Esposito take a hooking penalty 23 seconds into the game. Ed Westfall picked off a pass by George Armstrong and sent Derek Sanderson in for a shorthanded goal at 1:21. Two minutes later on the power play, John Bucyk beat two Leafs to the puck in the left corner and passed it to Phil Esposito whose one-timer beat Johnny Bower for a 2-0 Bruins lead. The Leafs got one back on the power play as Murray Oliver made a nice move on Don Awrey and fed it to Ron Ellis who shot in the open right side of the net. In the second period, Westfall beat two Leafs to the puck and passed it out front to Eddie Shack. He pulled Tim Horton with him and then fed a pass to Derek Sanderson, who fired the game winner into the open left side of the net. With Mike Pelyk off for cross checking, Dave Keon scored a shorthanded goal on a 2 on 1 with Ellis. The Leafs couldn't even the score in the third period and the game ended with a 3-2 Boston win and a series sweep. It was the only game in which the Maple Leafs didn't pull their goalie. Immediately afterwards, Leafs GM and coach of over a decade, Punch Imlach, was let go.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 2 Toronto Maple Leafs 0-10 Boston Bruins 0-1
2 April 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 0-7 Boston Bruins 0-2
3 April 5 Boston Bruins 4-3 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0
4 April 6 Boston Bruins 3-2 Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Ullman, NormNorm Ullman 75 35 42 77 41
Keon, DaveDave Keon 75 27 34 61 12
Henderson, PaulPaul Henderson 74 27 32 59 16
Oliver, MurrayMurray Oliver 76 14 36 50 16
Ellis, RonRon Ellis 72 25 21 46 12
Walton, MikeMike Walton 66 22 21 43 34
Horton, TimTim Horton 74 11 29 40 107
Smith, FloydFloyd Smith 64 15 19 34 22
Pulford, BobBob Pulford 72 11 23 34 20
Dorey, JimJim Dorey 61 8 22 30 200
Armstrong, GeorgeGeorge Armstrong 53 11 16 27 10
Mickey, LarryLarry Mickey 55 8 19 27 43
Pilote, PierrePierre Pilote 69 3 18 21 46
Sutherland, BillBill Sutherland 44 7 5 12 14
Pelyk, MikeMike Pelyk 65 3 9 12 146
Ley, RickRick Ley 38 1 11 12 39
Quinn, PatPat Quinn 40 2 7 9 95
Selby, BritBrit Selby 14 2 2 4 19
Carleton, WayneWayne Carleton 12 1 3 4 6
Pronovost, MarcelMarcel Pronovost 34 1 2 3 20
Kennedy, ForbesForbes Kennedy 13 0 3 3 24
Meehan, GerryGerry Meehan 25 0 2 2 2
Marsh, GaryGary Marsh 1 0 0 0 0
Clancy, TerryTerry Clancy 2 0 0 0 0
Byers, MikeMike Byers 5 0 0 0 2
McKenny, JimJim McKenny 7 0 0 0 2
Smith, AlAl Smith 7 0 0 0 0
Bower, JohnnyJohnny Bower 20 0 0 0 0
Gamble, BruceBruce Gamble 61 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Gamble, BruceBruce Gamble 3446 61 28 20 11 161 2.80 3
Bower, JohnnyJohnny Bower 779 20 5 4 3 37 2.85 2
Smith, AlAl Smith 335 7 2 2 1 16 2.87 0
Team: 4560 76 35 26 15 214 2.82 5

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Keon, DaveDave Keon 4 1 3 4 2
Ellis, RonRon Ellis 4 2 1 3 2
Oliver, MurrayMurray Oliver 4 1 2 3 0
Ullman, NormNorm Ullman 4 1 0 1 0
Dorey, JimJim Dorey 4 0 1 1 21
Henderson, PaulPaul Henderson 4 0 1 1 0
Pilote, PierrePierre Pilote 4 0 1 1 4
Kennedy, ForbesForbes Kennedy 1 0 0 0 38
Ley, RickRick Ley 3 0 0 0 9
Mickey, LarryLarry Mickey 3 0 0 0 5
Armstrong, GeorgeGeorge Armstrong 4 0 0 0 0
Horton, TimTim Horton 4 0 0 0 7
Pelyk, MikeMike Pelyk 4 0 0 0 8
Pulford, BobBob Pulford 4 0 0 0 2
Quinn, PatPat Quinn 4 0 0 0 13
Selby, BritBrit Selby 4 0 0 0 4
Smith, FloydFloyd Smith 4 0 0 0 0
Walton, MikeMike Walton 4 0 0 0 4
Gamble, BruceBruce Gamble 3 0 0 0 0
Bower, JohnnyJohnny Bower 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Bower, JohnnyJohnny Bower 154 4 0 2 11 4.29 0
Gamble, BruceBruce Gamble 86 3 0 2 13 9.07 0
Team: 240 4 0 4 24 6.00 0

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Awards and RecordsEdit

  • Forbes Kennedy set a league record for most penalties in a game (eight), most minutes (38), most penalties in a period (six) and most penalty minutes in a period (34) on April 2, 1969.
  • Norris Trophy: Tim Horton, Runner-Up [3]
  • Tim Horton, Defense, NHL First Team All-Star

TransactionsEdit

The Maple Leafs were involved in the following transactions during the 1968-69 season.

TradesEdit

September 30, 1968 To Los Angeles Kings
Gary Croteau
Brian Murphy
Wayne Thomas
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Grant Moore
Lou Deveault
October 1, 1968 To Vancouver Canucks (WHL)
Darryl Sly
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
March 2, 1969 To Philadelphia Flyers
Gerry Meehan
Mike Byers
Bill Sutherland
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Brit Selby
Forbes Kennedy
May 1, 1969 To Vancouver Canucks (WHL)
Brad Selwood
Rene Robert
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Ron Ward
May 30, 1969 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Forbes Kennedy
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash

Intra-League DraftEdit

June 11, 1969 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Al Smith
June 11, 1969 To Montreal Canadiens
Larry Mickey
June 11, 1969 From Pittsburgh Penguins
Marv Edwards

Farm TeamsEdit

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

Complete game with commercials from the Leafs-Bruins match on October 26, 1968. During the second intermission (at 1:34:00), Tim Horton talks about his donut stores.

Footage of the third period melee between the Bruins and Leafs during Game 1 of the 1969 Quarter-finals in which Forbes Kennedy has multiple fights, April 2, 1969.

ReferencesEdit

  1. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.162, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  2. 1968-69 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.
  3. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 222, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
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