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1971–72 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Division 4th East
1971–72 record 33–31–14
Goals for 209
Goals against 208
General Manager Jim Gregory
Coach John McLellan
Captain Dave Keon
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team Leaders
Goals Paul Henderson (38)
Assists Norm Ullman (50)
Points Norm Ullman (73)
Penalties in minutes Rick Ley (124)
Wins Bernie Parent (17)
Goals against average Bernie Parent (2.56)
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1970–71 1972–73

The 1971-72 Toronto Maple Leafs season was Toronto's 55th season in the NHL and the fortieth anniversary season of the opening of Maple Leaf Gardens. The Maple Leafs finished 4th in the East Division and lost in the Quarter-finals to the Boston Bruins 4 games to 1.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

In June 1972, team president Stafford Smythe and vice-president Harold Ballard were arrested for theft and fraud involving funds of Maple Leaf Gardens. They were charged jointly on the theft of $146,000 of funds and securities and Smythe was further charged for defrauding Maple Leaf Gardens of $249,000.[1]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Ken Hodge scores shorthanded, October 17, 1971.

On October 13, just after the start of the season, Smythe died of complications from a bleeding ulcer. The Leaf's home opener, scheduled for that night was postponed, only the second postponement in Maple Leaf Gardens history.[1]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

East Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 78 54 13 11 330 204 119
New York Rangers 78 48 17 13 317 192 109
Montreal Canadiens 78 46 16 16 307 205 108
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 33 31 14 209 208 80
Detroit Red Wings 78 33 35 10 261 262 76
Buffalo Sabres 78 16 43 19 203 289 51
Vancouver Canucks 78 20 50 8 203 297 48

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


Game Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 8, 1971 3–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 1–0–0
2 T October 10, 1971 3–3 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 1–0–1
3 L October 16, 1971 3–5 New York Rangers (1971–72) 1–1–1
4 T October 17, 1971 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 1–1–2
5 L October 20, 1971 2–7 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 1–2–2
6 L October 22, 1971 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 1–3–2
7 W October 23, 1971 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 2–3–2
8 T October 27, 1971 0–0 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 2–3–3
9 T October 30, 1971 1–1 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 2–3–4
10 T October 31, 1971 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 2–3–5
11 W November 1, 1971 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 3–3–5
12 L November 3, 1971 1–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 3–4–5
13 W November 6, 1971 3–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 4–4–5
14 L November 7, 1971 1–8 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 4–5–5
15 L November 10, 1971 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 4–6–5
16 T November 13, 1971 2–2 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 4–6–6
17 T November 14, 1971 3–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 4–6–7
18 W November 17, 1971 5–1 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 5–6–7
19 W November 20, 1971 5–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 6–6–7
20 W November 21, 1971 4–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 7–6–7
21 W November 24, 1971 2–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 8–6–7
22 T November 27, 1971 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 8–6–8
23 L November 28, 1971 1–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 8–7–8
24 W December 1, 1971 4–2 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 9–7–8
25 L December 4, 1971 3–5 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 9–8–8
26 W December 8, 1971 3–1 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 10–8–8
27 L December 11, 1971 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 10–9–8
28 W December 12, 1971 4–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 11–9–8
29 W December 14, 1971 4–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 12–9–8
30 W December 15, 1971 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 13–9–8
31 W December 18, 1971 8–1 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 14–9–8
32 W December 19, 1971 4–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 15–9–8
33 L December 22, 1971 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 15–10–8
34 W December 25, 1971 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 16–10–8
35 L December 26, 1971 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 16–11–8
36 W December 28, 1971 4–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 17–11–8
37 L December 29, 1971 3–6 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 17–12–8
38 W January 1, 1972 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 18–12–8
39 L January 5, 1972 0–2 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 18–13–8
40 T January 8, 1972 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 18–13–9
41 W January 9, 1972 2–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 19–13–9
42 T January 12, 1972 1–1 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 19–13–10
43 W January 15, 1972 4–3 New York Rangers (1971–72) 20–13–10
44 L January 16, 1972 3–4 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 20–14–10
45 L January 19, 1972 0–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 20–15–10
46 L January 22, 1972 1–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 20–16–10
47 L January 23, 1972 0–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 20–17–10
48 L January 26, 1972 3–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 20–18–10
49 L January 28, 1972 0–3 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 20–19–10
50 L January 29, 1972 2–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 20–20–10
51 L February 1, 1972 0–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 20–21–10
52 W February 2, 1972 3–2 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 21–21–10
53 L February 5, 1972 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 21–22–10
54 T February 6, 1972 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 21–22–11
55 W February 8, 1972 2–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 22–22–11
56 L February 9, 1972 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 22–23–11
57 W February 12, 1972 3–0 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 23–23–11
58 L February 13, 1972 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 23–24–11
59 L February 16, 1972 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 23–25–11
60 W February 19, 1972 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 24–25–11
61 L February 20, 1972 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 24–26–11
62 L February 22, 1972 4–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 24–27–11
63 W February 23, 1972 2–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 25–27–11
64 W February 26, 1972 7–1 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 26–27–11
65 W March 1, 1972 3–1 @ St. Louis Blues(1971–72) 27–27–11
66 W March 4, 1972 3–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 28–27–11
67 W March 8, 1972 5–1 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 29–27–11
68 W March 11, 1972 2–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 30–27–11
69 T March 12, 1972 2–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 30–27–12
70 L March 15, 1972 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 30–28–12
71 T March 18, 1972 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 30–28–13
72 L March 19, 1972 3–5 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 30–29–13
73 T March 22, 1972 3–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 30–29–14
74 L March 24, 1972 3–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 30–30–14
75 W March 25, 1972 4–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 31–30–14
76 W March 29, 1972 4–1 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 32–30–14
77 W April 1, 1972 2–1 New York Rangers (1971–72) 33–30–14
78 L April 2, 1972 4–6 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 33–31–14

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Boston Bruins 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 1[edit | edit source]

The Bruins and Leafs had last met in the 1969 Quarter-finals where the Bruins swept the series in four games. This series was much closer, with three games being decided by one goal. However, the Bruins prevailed in five games led by Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr who both had nine points.

Phil Esposito opens the scoring, Game 1 of the 1972 Quarter-finals, April 5, 1972.

Game 1 at the Boston Garden saw a scoreless first period. Phil Esposito opened the scoring at 17:24 of the second period, roofing a pass from Wayne Cashman over the shoulder of Jacques Plante. A little over two minutes later, Esposito scored his second off a rebound from a Bobby Orr wrap around. Completing a solo rush with a backhand shot, Don Marcotte made it 3-0 Boston at 3:47 of the third period. A beautiful Esposito pass to John McKenzie speeding up the right wing saw him flip it over Plante at 15:27. Right off the center ice faceoff, Fred Stanfield took a John Bucyk pass and fired a shot over Plante's shoulder eleven seconds after McKenzie's goal. Gerry Cheevers was stellar, earning a shutout, as the Bruins won 5-0.

John Bucyk from Fred Stanfield, Game 2 of the 1972 Quarter-finals, April 6, 1972.

Game 2 at Boston saw Bernie Parent start in goal for the Leafs. After Fred Stanfield and Phil Esposito put the Bruins up 2-0 in the first period, the Leafs countered with early second period goals by Dave Keon and Jim McKenny at 3:47. Less than a minute later, John Bucyk put the Bruins up 3-2, finishing off a great passing play from Stanfield and John McKenzie. At 9:42 of the third period, Dave Keon stripped Phil Esposito of the puck at the Leafs blueline and sent Guy Trottier in on a partial breakaway. Trottier scored with a low shot to Cheever's glove side to tie the game 3-3. Parent held the fort against many Boston chances, including poke checking the puck away from Bobby Orr as he broke in with ten seconds left in regulation. At 2:47 of overtime, Jim Harrison blasted a shot past Cheevers from just inside the Bruins blueline as Toronto took the game 4-3 and tied the series at one game each.

Bobby Orr scores, Game 3 of the 1972 Quarter-finals, April 8, 1972.

Game 3 at Maple Leaf Gardens saw Eddie Johnston replace Cheevers in net for Boston while Parent started again for Toronto. A real goaltender's battle ensued as the first period was scoreless, despite six power plays. Penalties caught up to the Leafs in the second period as with Darryl Sittler in the box, Mike Walton blasted a point shot past Parent at 18:38. Early in the third period, Guy Trottier took a tripping penalty. Parent tried to clear a bouncing puck but hit Ken Hodge. Wayne Cashman retrieved it and passed to Orr in the slot. His shot beat Parent low to the stick side to give the Bruins an insurance goal. Johnston stopped all 30 Leafs shots, earning a shutout as the Bruins prevailed 2-0.

Bobby Orr sets up Phil Esposito for the tying goal, Game 4 of the 1972 Quarter-finals, April 9, 1972.

Game 4 at Toronto saw Ed Johnston and Bernie Parent start in goal again. Persistence by Carol Vadnais in the Leafs zone resulting in the opening goal by John Bucyk at 16:36 of the first period. However, a little over a minute later, Dave Keon's wicked slapshot from the point tied the game. In the second period, the Leafs took advantage of special teams, first with Ron Ellis tapping in a feed from Paul Henderson on the power play. While killing a penalty, Jim McKenney stripped Wayne Cashman of the puck at the Leafs blueline and scored on a breakaway to make it 3-1 Toronto heading into the third period. Ken Hodge appeared to start a comeback when he scored at 1:15 until Henderson scored off an Ellis rebound at 4:50. After assisting on Hodge's goal, Orr then took over. While short handed, he poked the puck off Dave Keon's stick to Derek Sanderson who passed it to Ed Westfall speeding up the right wing. His shot flew by Parent's stick to cut the Leafs lead to 4-3. Less than two minutes later, Orr rushed into Toronto's zone and eventually found Phil Esposito in the slot. His one-timer went over Parent's shoulder to tie the game 4-4. The Bruins completed the comeback at 16:11 as after winning a faceoff in the Leafs zone, Esposito took advantage of a Mike Pelyk miscue and saw his pass go into off Hodge's skate for the 5-4 game winner.

Ken Hodge scores the series winner, Game 5 of the 1972 Quarter-finals, April 11, 1972.

Game 5 at Boston saw Cheevers in goal for Boston while Parent remained in net for Toronto. Jim McKenney opened the scoring with his third of the series at 11:12 of the first period on the power play. On their own power play at 15:42, Fred Stanfield fired a low point shot past Parent, who was playing with a broken stick. At 5:18 of the second period, John McKenzie one-timed a beautiful John Bucyk centering pass to make it 2-1 Bruins. Parent held the Leafs in the game in the third period until Norm Ullman took advantage of Phil Esposito losing the puck by the Bruins net and roofed a shot at 6:09 to tie the game 2-2. Determined to make up for his mistake, less than two minutes later, Esposito took a Wayne Cashman pass in front of the Leafs net, slid a pass to Ken Hodge who whacked it past Parent's stick to make it 3-2 as Boston took the series in five games.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 0-5 Boston Bruins 0-1
2 April 6 Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 (OT) Boston Bruins 1-1
3 April 8 Boston Bruins 2-0 Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1
4 April 9 Boston Bruins 5-4 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1
5 April 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 2-3 Boston Bruins 1-4

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Ullman, NormNorm Ullman 77 23 50 73 26 8 9 0 1
Henderson, PaulPaul Henderson 73 38 19 57 32 14 12 1 5
Keon, DaveDave Keon 72 18 30 48 4 1 2 2 5
Ellis, RonRon Ellis 78 23 24 47 17 7 4 0 7
Harrison, JimJim Harrison 66 19 17 36 104 -4 5 0 0
McKenny, JimJim McKenny 76 5 31 36 27 1 2 0 0
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler 74 15 17 32 44 -4 1 0 4
Monahan, GarryGarry Monahan 78 14 17 31 47 2 2 1 2
Dorey, JimJim Dorey 50 4 19 23 56 10 1 0 2
Trottier, GuyGuy Trottier 52 9 12 21 16 -12 2 0 1
Selwood, BradBrad Selwood 72 4 17 21 58 7 2 0 1
MacMillan, BillyBilly MacMillan 61 10 7 17 39 -1 2 0 2
Dupere, DenisDenis Dupere 77 7 10 17 4 5 1 0 0
Kehoe, RickRick Kehoe 38 8 8 16 4 -1 2 0 0
Marshall, DonDon Marshall 50 2 14 16 0 2 1 0 0
Ley, RickRick Ley 67 1 14 15 124 3 0 0 0
Baun, BobBob Baun 74 2 12 14 101 8 0 0 0
Glennie, BrianBrian Glennie 61 2 8 10 44 11 0 0 1
Jarry, PierrePierre Jarry 18 3 4 7 13 -3 0 0 1
Spencer, BrianBrian Spencer 36 1 5 6 65 2 0 0 0
Pelyk, MikeMike Pelyk 46 1 4 5 44 -2 0 0 0
Parent, BernieBernie Parent 47 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0
O'Flaherty, GerryGerry O'Flaherty 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marchinko, BrianBrian Marchinko 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 34 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Parent, BernieBernie Parent 2715 47 17 18 9 116 2.56 3
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 1965 34 16 13 5 86 2.63 2
Team: 4680 78 33 31 14 202 2.59 5

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Keon, DaveDave Keon 5 2 3 5 0 0 0 0
Ullman, NormNorm Ullman 5 1 3 4 2 0 0 0
McKenny, JimJim McKenny 5 3 0 3 2 2 1 0
Henderson, PaulPaul Henderson 5 1 2 3 6 0 0 0
Ellis, RonRon Ellis 5 1 1 2 4 1 0 0
Harrison, JimJim Harrison 5 1 0 1 10 0 0 1
Trottier, GuyGuy Trottier 4 1 0 1 16 0 0 0
Jarry, PierrePierre Jarry 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Marshall, DonDon Marshall 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kehoe, RickRick Kehoe 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Baun, BobBob Baun 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Dupere, DenisDenis Dupere 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Glennie, BrianBrian Glennie 5 0 0 0 25 0 0 0
Ley, RickRick Ley 5 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
MacMillan, BillyBilly MacMillan 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Monahan, GarryGarry Monahan 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pelyk, MikeMike Pelyk 5 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Selwood, BradBrad Selwood 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Parent, BernieBernie Parent 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Parent, BernieBernie Parent 243 4 1 3 13 3.21 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 60 1 0 1 5 5.00 0
Team: 303 5 1 4 18 3.56 0

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Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Maple Leafs did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Maple Leafs were involved in the following transactions during the 1971-72 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

August 20, 1971 To Detroit Red Wings
Brian Conacher
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
August 30, 1971 To Montreal Canadiens
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Terry Clancy
September 27, 1971 To Vancouver Canucks
Doug Brindley
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Andre Hinse
February 20, 1972 To New York Rangers
Jim Dorey
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Pierre Jarry

Intra-League Draft[edit | edit source]

June 5, 1972 From Montreal Canadiens
Larry Pleau
June 5, 1972 To Montreal Canadiens
Brad Selwood
June 5, 1972 To Vancouver Canucks
Gerry O'Flaherty

Expansion Draft[edit | edit source]

June 6, 1972 To Atlanta Flames
Billy MacMillan
June 6, 1972 To New York Islanders
Brian Marchinko
June 6, 1972 To New York Islanders
Brian Spencer

Reverse Draft[edit | edit source]

June 8, 1972 To California Golden Seals
Marv Edwards

Free Agents[edit | edit source]

Player Former Team
Lyle Moffat Undrafted Free Agent
Joe Lundrigan Undrafted Free Agent
Gord McRae Undrafted Free Agent

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Brief highlights of the 1972 Rangers-Canadiens Quarter-finals, Rangers-Black Hawks Semi-finals, Bruins-Leafs Quarter-finals and Bruins-Blues Semi-finals before highlights of all six games of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 McLeod, Rex. "Gardens' head always approachable, but personality sparked controversy", The Globe and Mail, October 14, 1971, p. 51. 
  2. 1971-72 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.
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