1968–69 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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1968–69 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division 4th East
1968–69 record 35–26–15
Goals for 271
Goals against 202
Team information
General Manager Punch Imlach
Coach Punch Imlach
Captain George Armstrong
Alternate captains Tim Horton
Dave Keon
Bob Pulford
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team leaders
Goals Norm Ullman (35)
Assists Norm Ullman (42)
Points Norm Ullman (77)
Penalties in minutes Jim Dorey (200)
Wins Bruce Gamble (28)
Goals against average Bruce Gamble (2.80)

The 1968–69 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the Toronto Maple Leafs 52nd season of the franchise, 42nd season as the Maple Leafs. Although the Maple Leafs made the playoffs, they were swept in the quarter-finals by Boston, suffering two crushing defeats at Boston Garden.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Club team

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

East Division[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 76 46 19 11 271 202 +69 103
2 Boston Bruins 76 42 18 16 303 221 +82 100
3 New York Rangers 76 41 26 9 231 196 +35 91
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 76 35 26 15 234 217 +17 85
5 Detroit Red Wings 76 33 31 12 239 221 +18 78
6 Chicago Black Hawks 76 34 33 9 280 246 +34 77


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 13, 1968 2–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 1–0–0
2 T October 16, 1968 2–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 1–0–1
3 L October 19, 1968 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 1–1–1
4 W October 23, 1968 6–4 St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 2–1–1
5 W October 26, 1968 2–0 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 3–1–1
6 W October 27, 1968 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 4–1–1
7 L October 30, 1968 0–5 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 4–2–1
8 L November 2, 1968 2–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 4–3–1
9 W November 6, 1968 1–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 5–3–1
10 L November 9, 1968 1–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 5–4–1
11 W November 10, 1968 3–1 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 6–4–1
12 T November 13, 1968 1–1 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 6–4–2
13 W November 14, 1968 5–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 7–4–2
14 W November 16, 1968 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 8–4–2
15 T November 17, 1968 1–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 8–4–3
16 W November 20, 1968 5–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 9–4–3
17 L November 23, 1968 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 9–5–3
18 L November 24, 1968 4–7 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 9–6–3
19 T November 27, 1968 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 9–6–4
20 T November 30, 1968 3–3 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 9–6–5
21 L December 1, 1968 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 9–7–5
22 W December 4, 1968 4–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 10–7–5
23 W December 7, 1968 5–2 New York Rangers (1968–69) 11–7–5
24 W December 8, 1968 4–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 12–7–5
25 T December 11, 1968 4–4 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 12–7–6
26 W December 12, 1968 1–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 13–7–6
27 W December 14, 1968 3–2 St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 14–7–6
28 W December 18, 1968 5–2 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 15–7–6
29 W December 21, 1968 8–3 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 16–7–6
30 L December 22, 1968 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 16–8–6
31 W December 25, 1968 4–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 17–8–6
32 L December 26, 1968 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 17–9–6
33 L December 28, 1968 1–4 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 17–10–6
34 W January 1, 1969 7–3 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 18–10–6
35 W January 4, 1969 5–3 New York Rangers (1968–69) 19–10–6
36 T January 5, 1969 2–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 19–10–7
37 T January 8, 1969 4–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 19–10–8
38 L January 9, 1969 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 19–11–8
39 W January 11, 1969 4–2 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 20–11–8
40 T January 15, 1969 5–5 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 20–11–9
41 T January 18, 1969 1–1 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 20–11–10
42 L January 19, 1969 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 20–12–10
43 W January 23, 1969 3–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 21–12–10
44 W January 25, 1969 2–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 22–12–10
45 L January 26, 1969 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 22–13–10
46 L January 29, 1969 1–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 22–14–10
47 L January 31, 1969 4–5 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 22–15–10
48 L February 2, 1969 3–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 22–16–10
49 T February 5, 1969 5–5 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 22–16–11
50 L February 8, 1969 1–4 Oakland Seals (1968–69) 22–17–11
51 W February 9, 1969 5–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 23–17–11
52 W February 12, 1969 7–1 Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 24–17–11
53 W February 15, 1969 6–2 New York Rangers (1968–69) 25–17–11
54 L February 16, 1969 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 25–18–11
55 W February 19, 1969 5–1 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 26–18–11
56 L February 20, 1969 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 26–19–11
57 L February 22, 1969 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 26–20–11
58 L February 23, 1969 2–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1968–69) 26–21–11
59 W February 26, 1969 3–2 St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 27–21–11
60 T February 27, 1969 1–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 27–21–12
61 T March 1, 1969 3–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1968–69) 27–21–13
62 W March 2, 1969 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 28–21–13
63 W March 5, 1969 6–4 Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 29–21–13
64 L March 6, 1969 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 29–22–13
65 T March 8, 1969 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1968–69) 29–22–14
66 W March 12, 1969 4–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1968–69) 30–22–14
67 W March 13, 1969 3–1 @ Oakland Seals (1968–69) 31–22–14
68 W March 15, 1969 7–4 Boston Bruins (1968–69) 32–22–14
69 L March 16, 1969 3–11 @ Boston Bruins (1968–69) 32–23–14
70 T March 19, 1969 1–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1968–69) 32–23–15
71 W March 22, 1969 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 33–23–15
72 L March 23, 1969 1–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1968–69) 33–24–15
73 W March 26, 1969 6–4 Montreal Canadiens (1968–69) 34–24–15
74 W March 27, 1969 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1968–69) 35–24–15
75 L March 29, 1969 2–4 New York Rangers (1968–69) 35–25–15
76 L March 30, 1969 0–4 @ New York Rangers (1968–69) 35–26–15

Playoffs[edit]

Quarter-finals

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L April 2, 1969 0–10 @ Boston Bruins 0–1
2 L April 3, 1969 0–7 @ Boston Bruins 0–2
3 L April 5, 1969 3–4 Boston Bruins 0–3
4 L April 6, 1969 2–3 Boston Bruins 0–4

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Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Ullman, NormNorm Ullman 75 35 42 77 41
Keon, DaveDave Keon 75 27 34 61 12
Henderson, PaulPaul Henderson 74 27 32 59 16
Oliver, MurrayMurray Oliver 76 14 36 50 16
Ellis, RonRon Ellis 72 25 21 46 12
Walton, MikeMike Walton 66 22 21 43 34
Horton, TimTim Horton 74 11 29 40 107
Smith, FloydFloyd Smith 64 15 19 34 22
Pulford, BobBob Pulford 72 11 23 34 20
Dorey, JimJim Dorey 61 8 22 30 200
Armstrong, GeorgeGeorge Armstrong 53 11 16 27 10
Mickey, LarryLarry Mickey 55 8 19 27 43
Pilote, PierrePierre Pilote 69 3 18 21 46
Sutherland, BillBill Sutherland 44 7 5 12 14
Pelyk, MikeMike Pelyk 65 3 9 12 146
Ley, RickRick Ley 38 1 11 12 39
Quinn, PatPat Quinn 40 2 7 9 95
Selby, BritBrit Selby 14 2 2 4 19
Carleton, WayneWayne Carleton 12 1 3 4 6
Pronovost, MarcelMarcel Pronovost 34 1 2 3 20
Kennedy, ForbesForbes Kennedy 13 0 3 3 24
Meehan, GerryGerry Meehan 25 0 2 2 2
Bower, JohnnyJohnny Bower 20 0 0 0 0
Byers, MikeMike Byers 5 0 0 0 2
Clancy, TerryTerry Clancy 2 0 0 0 0
Gamble, BruceBruce Gamble 61 0 0 0 2
Marsh, GaryGary Marsh 1 0 0 0 0
McKenny, JimJim McKenny 7 0 0 0 2
Smith, AlAl Smith 7 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Gamble, BruceBruce Gamble 3446 61 28 20 11 161 2.80 3
Bower, JohnnyJohnny Bower 779 20 5 4 3 37 2.85 2
Smith, AlAl Smith 335 7 2 2 1 16 2.87 0
Team: 4560 76 35 26 15 214 2.82 5

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Keon, DaveDave Keon 4 1 3 4 2
Ellis, RonRon Ellis 4 2 1 3 2
Oliver, MurrayMurray Oliver 4 1 2 3 0
Ullman, NormNorm Ullman 4 1 0 1 0
Dorey, JimJim Dorey 4 0 1 1 21
Henderson, PaulPaul Henderson 4 0 1 1 0
Pilote, PierrePierre Pilote 4 0 1 1 4
Armstrong, GeorgeGeorge Armstrong 4 0 0 0 0
Bower, JohnnyJohnny Bower 4 0 0 0 0
Gamble, BruceBruce Gamble 3 0 0 0 0
Horton, TimTim Horton 4 0 0 0 7
Kennedy, ForbesForbes Kennedy 1 0 0 0 38
Ley, RickRick Ley 3 0 0 0 9
Mickey, LarryLarry Mickey 3 0 0 0 5
Pelyk, MikeMike Pelyk 4 0 0 0 8
Pulford, BobBob Pulford 4 0 0 0 2
Quinn, PatPat Quinn 4 0 0 0 13
Selby, BritBrit Selby 4 0 0 0 4
Smith, FloydFloyd Smith 4 0 0 0 0
Walton, MikeMike Walton 4 0 0 0 4
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Bower, JohnnyJohnny Bower 154 4 0 2 11 4.29 0
Gamble, BruceBruce Gamble 86 3 0 2 13 9.07 0
Team: 240 4 0 4 24 6.00 0

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Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 1968–69 season.

Trades[edit]

September 30, 1968 To Los Angeles Kings
Gary Croteau
Brian Murphy
Wayne Thomas
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Grant Moore
Lou Deveault
October 1, 1968 To Vancouver Canucks (WHL)
Darryl Sly
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
March 2, 1969 To Philadelphia Flyers
Gerry Meehan
Mike Byers
Bill Sutherland
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Brit Selby
Forbes Kennedy
May 1, 1969 To Vancouver Canucks (WHL)
Brad Selwood
Rene Robert
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Ron Ward
May 30, 1969 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Forbes Kennedy
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash

Intra-League Draft[edit]

June 11, 1969 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Al Smith
June 11, 1969 To Montreal Canadiens
Larry Mickey
June 11, 1969 From Pittsburgh Penguins
Marv Edwards

Roster[edit]

1968–69 Toronto Maple Leafs
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

Farm teams[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1968–1969 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  3. ^ "1968-69 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  4. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 222, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.