1966–67 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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1966–67 Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup Champions
Division 3rd NHL
1966–67 record 32–27–11
Goals for 204
Goals against 211
Team information
General Manager Punch Imlach
Coach Punch Imlach
Captain George Armstrong
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team leaders
Goals Ron Ellis (22)
Assists Dave Keon (33)
Points Dave Keon (52)
Penalties in minutes Jim Pappin (89)
Wins Terry Sawchuk (15)
Goals against average Johnny Bower (2.64)
<1965–66 1967–68>

The 1966–67 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the fiftieth season of the Toronto NHL franchise, fortieth as the Maple Leafs. The Leafs finished third in the NHL with a record of 32-27-11 for 75 points to qualify for the playoffs. Toronto defeated the first-place Chicago Black Hawks four games to two in the semi-finals before upending their arch-rival Montreal Canadiens in six games to win their thirteenth Stanley Cup in franchise history. As of 2014, this is the last time that the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup, or even made it to the Finals.

Offseason[edit]

Intra-League Draft[edit]

June 15, 1966 To Montreal Canadiens
Wally Boyer
June 15, 1966 From Montreal Canadiens
Don Blackburn
June 15, 1966 From New York Rangers
John Brenneman
June 15, 1966 To New York Rangers
Orland Kurtenbach

Inter-League Draft[edit]

June 1, 1966 From Tulsa Oilers (CHL)
Danny Johnson

Reverse Draft[edit]

June 12, 1966 To Providence Reds (AHL)
John Sleaver

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
Andre Hinse Undrafted Free Agent

Regular season[edit]

Five to a Crease[edit]

In 1966–67, the Maple Leafs had five goaltenders suit up during the regular season. Besides Bower and Sawchuk, the Maple Leafs employed Bruce Gamble, Al Smith, and Gary Smith. As Bower struggled with injuries, Al Smith actually sat on the bench for two of the last three Stanley Cup games.[1] For many inside the organization, the controversy was that Smith was on the bench, and not a proven player like Gamble. The concern was that if Sawchuk was injured, having Smith instead of Gamble would be a huge risk. The source of the controversy was that Bruce Gamble was competing for the Rochester Americans. Imlach was a part owner of the Americans, and was anxious to protect Rochester's roster at playoff time, as a means of protecting his investment.[1]

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[2]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Chicago Black Hawks 70 41 17 12 264 170 +94 94
2 Montreal Canadiens 70 32 25 13 202 188 +14 77
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 32 27 11 204 211 -7 −7 75
4 New York Rangers 70 30 28 12 188 189 -1 −1 72
5 Detroit Red Wings 70 27 39 4 212 241 -29 −29 58
6 Boston Bruins 70 17 43 10 182 253 -71 −71 44


Schedule and results[edit]

1966–67 Game Log (32–27–11) (Home: 21–8–6; Road: 11–19–5)

All times EASTERN [3]

Game summaries[edit]

October 22, 1966 New York Rangers 4-4
(1-3, 3-1, 0-0)
Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens
October 26, 1966 Detroit Red Wings 2-3
(0-0, 0-2, 2-1)
Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens
November 2, 1966 Montreal Canadiens 2-2
(0-2, 1-0, 1-0)
Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens

Player statistics[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Penalties In Minutes

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Dave Keon 66 19 33 52 2
Frank Mahovlich 63 18 28 46 44
Bob Pulford 67 17 28 45 28
Ron Ellis 67 22 23 45 14
Pete Stemkowski 68 13 22 35 75
George Armstrong 70 9 24 33 26
Jim Pappin 64 21 11 32 89
Larry Jeffrey 56 11 17 28 27
Brian Conacher 66 14 13 27 47
Eddie Shack 63 11 14 25 58
Mike Walton 31 7 10 17 13
John Brenneman 41 6 4 10 4
Brit Selby 6 1 1 2 0
Wayne Carleton 5 1 0 1 14
Brent Imlach 1 0 0 0 0
Dick Gamble 1 0 0 0 0

Defensemen[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Red Kelly 61 14 24 38 4
Tim Horton 70 8 17 25 70
Larry Hillman 55 4 19 23 40
Marcel Pronovost 58 2 12 14 28
Kent Douglas 39 2 12 14 48
Allan Stanley 53 1 12 13 20
Bob Baun 54 2 8 10 83
Jim McKenny 6 1 0 1 0
Duane Rupp 3 0 0 0 0

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Terry Sawchuk 28 15 5 4 2 2.81
Johnny Bower 27 12 9 3 2 2.64
Bruce Gamble 23 5 10 4 0 3.39
Gary Smith 2 0 2 0 0 3.65
Al Smith 1 0 1 0 0 5.00

Playoffs[edit]

1967 Stanley Cup Playoffs Game Log

All times EASTERN

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
April 20 Toronto 2 Montreal 6
April 22 Toronto 3 Montreal 0
April 25 Montreal 2 Toronto 3 2OT
April 27 Montreal 6 Toronto 2
April 29 Toronto 4 Montreal 1
May 2 Montreal 1 Toronto 3

Toronto Maple Leafs 1967 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff

† #19 Kent Douglas (defence), and #24 John Brenneman (winger) were sent to the minors before the trading deadline. They played half regular season game, qualified to win the Cup, but name was left off. †† Johnny Bower missed 2 games in the finals with an injury. Al Smith was dressed in his place. Smith's name was left off the Cup, because he only played 1 regular season games, and did not play in the playoffs. Al Smith qualified to be on the Cup, because he was dressed in the finals.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • The "K" in Peter Stemkowski name was engraved backwards.
  • Stafford Smythe name was misspelled C. ST FFORD SMYTHE PRESIDENT missing an "A". Both mistakes were corrected on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.
  • Leonard "Red" Kelly won 8 Stanley Cups. He was engraved as Leonard Kelly in 1954, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1964. Kelly was engraved as Red Kelly in 1950, 1952, 1967.
  • Johnny Bower was 42 years old when he won his fourth and final Stanley Cup.

Won all 4 Stanley Cups in 6 Years with Toronto 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967[edit]

George Armstrong, Bob Baun, Johnny Bower, Larry Hillman, Tim Horton, Red Kelly, Dave Keon, Frank Mahovlich, Bob Pulford, Eddie Shack, Allan Stanley (11 players), Stafford Smythe, Harold Ballard, John Bassette, Punch Imlach, King Clancy, Bob Haggart, Tom Nayler (7 non-players)

Transactions[edit]

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 1966-67 season.

Trades[edit]

May 15, 1967 To Boston Bruins
Eddie Shack
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Murray Oliver
Cash
June 1, 1967 To New York Rangers
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Pete Conacher

Awards and honors[edit]

Roster[edit]

1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 67: The Maple Leafs, Their Sensational Victory, and the End of an Empire, p. 82, Damien Cox and Gord Stellick, ISBN 0-470-83400-5, Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
  2. ^ "1966–1967 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  3. ^ "1966–67 Toronto Maple Leafs Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-11.