1967 Stanley Cup Finals

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1967 Stanley Cup Finals
123456 Total
Toronto Maple Leafs 233**243 4
Montreal Canadiens 602**611 2
* indicates periods of overtime.
Location(s)Montreal: Montreal Forum (1, 2, 5)
Toronto: Maple Leaf Gardens (3, 4, 6)
CoachesToronto: Punch Imlach
Montreal: Toe Blake
CaptainsToronto: George Armstrong
Montreal: Jean Beliveau
DatesApril 20 – May 2
MVPDave Keon (Maple Leafs)
Series-winning goalJim Pappin (19:24, second, G6)

The 1967 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1966–67 season, and the culmination of the 1967 Stanley Cup playoffs. A best-of-seven series, it was contested between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs won the series four games to two. In doing so, they won their thirteenth Stanley Cup championship. To date, this is Toronto's last appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals and they have the longest-active championship drought in the NHL at 54 (not including 2004–05 lockout) seasons. The 1967 Stanley Cup Finals was also the last Stanley Cup Finals in the Original Six Era. This was also the last all-Canadian Finals series until 1986.

Paths to the Finals[edit]

This was the last Stanley Cup before the 1967 expansion which meant there were only two rounds and three series in total were played in the playoffs. Montreal defeated New York to advance to the finals and Toronto defeated Chicago.

Game summaries[edit]

The average age of the Leafs' players was 31, the oldest lineup to win the Cup.[1] Johnny Bower was 42 and Allan Stanley was 41. Dave Keon won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Montreal won the opener 6–2 Toronto. For the second game, Terry Sawchuk was replaced with Bower and provided the Leafs with a shutout win, 3–0. Bower was in net for game three and won 3–2 on Bob Pulford's overtime goal. This game has been described as "one of the most exciting games ever played".[2]

Bower was injured before game four and Sawchuk had to replace him. Al Smith was called up from the minors to serve as back-up for the fourth and fifth games. The Canadiens defeated the Leafs 6–2 again, this time in Toronto to even the series. Sawchuk would play well in the next two games, backstopping the Leafs to the Cup.

In the sixth game Bower returned to the line-up as back up. Jim Pappin scored his seventh goal of the playoffs and Sawchuk stopped 41 shots helping Toronto win the Cup. Pappin had four goals and four assists in the final series. Captain George Armstrong scored the 3-1 empty-net insurance goal to put game six out of reach.


April 20 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–6 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Larry Hillman (1) - 6:40 First period 6:25 - pp - Yvan Cournoyer (1)
11:19 - Henri Richard (1)
Jim Pappin (4) - pp - 12:59 Second period 5:03 - pp - Yvan Cournoyer (2)
6:36 - Jean Beliveau (3)
No scoring Third period 4:53 - Henri Richard (2)
8:21 - Henri Richard (3)
Terry Sawchuck, Johnny Bower Goalie stats Rogie Vachon
April 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–0 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Pete Stemkowski (4) - pp - 12:14 First period No scoring
Mike Walton (3) - pp - 9:12
Tim Horton (2) - 16:57
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Johnny Bower Goalie stats Rogie Vachon
April 25 Montreal Canadiens 2–3 2OT Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Jean Beliveau (4) - pp - 2:27 First period 8:39 - pp - Pete Stemkowski (5)
John Ferguson (4) - 19:10 Second period 10:34 - Jim Pappin (5)
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring Second overtime period 8:26 - Bob Pulford (1)
Rogie Vachon Goalie stats Johnny Bower
April 27 Montreal Canadiens 6–2 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
Ralph Backstrom (4) - 12:25
Jean Beliveau (5) - pp - 13:08
First period No scoring
Henri Richard (4) - 2:26
Jean Beliveau (6) - 13:41
Ralph Backstrom (5) - 15:58
Second period 2:09 - pp - Mike Walton (4)
12:16 - Tim Horton (3)
Jimmy Roberts (1) - 15:17 Third period No scoring
Rogie Vachon Goalie stats Terry Sawchuk
April 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum Recap  
Jim Pappin (6) - pp - 15:06 First period 6:03 - Leon Rochefort (1)
Brian Conacher (3) - 3:07
Marcel Pronovost (1) - sh - 12:02
Dave Keon (3) - 19:27
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Terry Sawchuk Goalie stats Rogie Vachon, Gump Worsley
May 2 Montreal Canadiens 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Gardens Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 6:25 - Ron Ellis (2)
19:24 - Jim Pappin (7)
Dick Duff (2) - 5:28 Third period 19:13 - George Armstrong (2)
Gump Worsley Goalie stats Terry Sawchuk
Toronto won series 4–2


Stanley Cup engraving[edit]

The 1967 Stanley Cup was presented to Maple Leafs captain George Armstrong by NHL President Clarence Campbell following the Maple Leafs 3–1 win over the Canadiens in game six.

The following Maple Leafs players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup

1966–67 Toronto Maple Leafs

Players

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders

Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • The first "K" in Peter Stemkowski's name was engraved backwards.
  • Stafford Smythe's 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.
  • ††† Milan Marcetta, played 3 games in the finals and Aut Erickson played 1 game in the finals qualifying to be on the cup. Neither player played a game for Toronto in regular season.
  • ††Johnny Bower was 42 years old when he won his fourth and final Stanley Cup. 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 game, and did not play in the playoffs. Al Smith qualified to be on the Cup, because he was dressed in the finals.
  • † #19 Kent Douglas (defense), and #24 John Brenneman (winger) were sent to the minors before the trading deadline. They played half regular season games, qualified to win the Cup, but name was left off for playing in minors during the playoffs.
  • Dr. Hugh Symthe (Team Physician) - Also left (His name is on cup 1942 with Toronto as mascot).

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 Bassett, Punch Imlach, King Clancy, Bob Haggert, Tom Nayler (7 non-players), Bob Davidson, Karl Elieff (were part of all 4 cups, but were not included on the cup each season.)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Stanley Cup. p. 42.
  2. ^ McFarlane(1973), pg. 171

References[edit]

External video
video icon 1967 Stanley Cup Final, Game 6: Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens on YouTube
Preceded by
Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup Champions

1967
Succeeded by