1963 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1963 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings. The Maple Leafs would win the best-of-seven series four games to one to win the Stanley Cup, their second straight NHL championship.
Paths to the Final
Johnny Bower limited the Wings to 10 goals in the five games, and five different Leafs had multiple-goal games: Duff, Nevin, Stewart, Kelly and Keon.
The Leafs had finished first in the regular season, and were installed as 13–5 favourites by oddsmakers.
In the first 68 seconds, Dick Duff scored twice on Detroit's Terry Sawchuk, the fastest two goals to start a game in Stanley Cup history. The Leafs would suffer a second-period letdown but would win 4–2 to take the lead in the series. Because of the second period letdown, Punch Imlach would put the team through a morning practice the next morning.
|April 9||Detroit Red Wings||2 – 4
0 – 3, 2 – 0, 0 – 1
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Maple Leaf Gardens
|Terry Sawchuk||Goalies||Johnny Bower||Referee:
Larry Jeffrey 2 (Norm Ullman, Floyd Smith) – 5:36
Larry Jeffrey 3 (Gordie Howe, Norm Ullman) (PP) – 8:05
|0 – 1
0 – 2
0 – 3
1 – 3
2 – 3
2 – 4
|:49 – Dick Duff 3 (Dave Keon, Allan Stanley)
1:48 – Dick Duff 4 (Tim Horton, Allan Stanley)
14:42 – Bob Nevin 1 (SH)
5:08 – Bob Nevin 2 (Bob Pulford, Eddie Shack)
The Leafs would again win 4–2 and would again have to have a morning after workout assigned by Imlach.
The series now moved to Detroit. The team was sequestered out of town in a Toledo, Ohio hotel. The Red Wings, led by rookie centre Alex Faulkner's two goals, including the winner, captured the game 3–2. It was his third game-winning goal and all had been scored on Sundays. Faulkner was a native of Newfoundland and Howie Meeker, excaimed that there would be "dancing in the streets tonight".
The Leafs felt that they had let game three slip away due to overconfidence and were determined to not repeat the mistake in game four. The game was close, and was tied 2–2 until with ten minutes to go Dave Keon scored. Red Kelly added another to make the score 4–2. On the way to the dressing room the Leafs' players were pelted with paper cups, programs and food containers.
Back in Toronto, the Red Wings kept the score close. After Keon scored a short-handed goal, Marcel Pronovost scored for Detroit to tie the game. The game and series winner was scored by Eddie Shack with seven minutes to go on a deflection. Shack had scored the goal unintentionally as he later admitted. Keon then scored another short-handed goal to put the game out of reach for Detroit.
The Leafs celebrated their second consecutive Stanley Cup by throwing Imlach, Harold Ballard and Stafford Smythe into the showers fully clothed. The team was given a victory parade along Bay Street with a reception at Toronto City Hall.
Toronto wins 1963 Stanley Cup four games to one
Toronto Maple Leafs 1963 Stanley Cup Champions
- Coaching and administrative staff
Stanley Cup engraving
- *Larry Hillman played only 5 regular-season games, and spent most of the year in the minors. His name was still engraved on the Stanley Cup.
- Toronto Maple Leafs was engraved as the TORONTO MAPLE LEAES, with an "E" instead of an "F". This mistake was corrected on the Replica Cup.
- John MacMillan was engraved as C. MacMILLAN, but his first name starts with a "J". MacMillan name was not corrected on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.
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- Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-55168-261-3.
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