1965 NHL Amateur Draft

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1965 NHL Amateur Draft
General information
Date(s) April 27, 1965
Location Montreal, Quebec
First selection Canada Andre Veilleux
NHL Amateur Draft
 < 1964 1966 > 

The 1965 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

For the first time the eligibility rules were changed for the 1965 Draft. The minimum age criterion was increased, to 18 from 16 years. Clubs were not permitted to begin negotiations with the selected players until they reached 19 years of age, and the date from which they were ineligible due to being on club sponsorship lists was pushed back from May 23 to April 1.

The NHL also reached an agreement with the AHL, CHL and WHL, allowing their clubs to participate in the draft. After the NHL clubs made their selections the clubs from the other three leagues were permitted to make their own selections. Each AHL and WHL club was allowed three picks, while each CHL team was allowed two.

The general consensus on the part of each participatory club was that the talent pool from which to draft was exceptionally poor. The majority of amateur players falling within the new age rules had already been sponsored, if not turned professional. A paltry 11 picks were made, which to this date remains the lowest ever in an NHL Draft. Only two players played in the NHL: Pierre Bouchard and Michel Parizeau.

The pool of available player talent was considered so poor that the Toronto Maple Leafs elected not to participate whatsoever. The only non-NHL club to exercise their right to make a selection was the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL, who picked Junior C player Gary Beattie with the 11th, final pick.

Selections by round[edit]

Below are listed the selections in the 1965 NHL Amateur Draft.

= NHL All-Star[1] = Hall of Famers

Round one[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
1 Andre Veilleux Right Wing  Canada New York Rangers Montreal Rangers (LHJAA)
2 Andy Culligan Forward  Canada Chicago Black Hawks St. Michael's Buzzers (MetJHL)
3 George Forgie Defence  Canada Detroit Red Wings Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL)
4 Joe Bailey Forward  Canada Boston Bruins St. Thomas Stars (WOJHL)
5 Pierre Bouchard Defence  Canada Montreal Canadiens St. Vincent de Paul Saints (LHJAA)
Reference: "1965 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 14 December 2008. 

Round two[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
6 George Surmay Goaltender  Canada New York Rangers Kelvin Midgets (MAAAMHL)
7 Brian McKenney Right wing  Canada Chicago Black Hawks Smith Falls Bears (CJAHL)
8 Bob Birdsell Right wing  Canada Detroit Red Wings Stettler Midgets (MAAAMHL)
9 Bill Ramsay Forward  Canada Boston Bruins Winnipeg Monarchs (MJHL)
Reference: "1965 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 14 December 2008. 

Round three[edit]

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
10 Michel Parizeau Centre  Canada New York Rangers Montreal Rangers (LHJAA)
11 Gary Beattie Forward  Canada Pittsburgh Hornets (AHL) Gananoque Lakers (MWJCHL)
Reference: "1965 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
= NHL All-Star[1] = Hall of Famers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Diamond, Dan; Duplacey, James; Dinger, Ralph; Kuperman, Igor; Zweig, Eric (1998). Total Hockey. New York: Total Sports Publishing. p. 286. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9. 
  1. ^ a b Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.

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