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The 1966-67 NHL season was the 50th season of the National Hockey League. Six teams each played 70 games. Since the 1942-43 season, there had only been six teams in the NHL, but this was to be the last season of the Original Six as six more teams were added for the 1967-68 season. This season saw the debut of one of the greatest defenceman in the game's history, Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins.

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League Business

President David Molson of the Canadian Arena Company announced that the Montreal Forum would undergo major alterations done in a $5 million work program commencing in April, 1968.

NHL sponsorship of junior teams ceased, making all players of qualifying age not already on NHL-sponsored lists eligible for the amateur draft.

Regular season

Bobby Orr made his NHL debut October 19th, with an assist in a 6-2 win over Detroit.

Terry Sawchuk got his 99th shutout when Toronto blanked Detroit 4-0 February 25th. He got his 100th career shutout March 4th when Toronto defeated Chicago 4-0.

Bobby Hull scored his 50th goal of the season when Chicago lost to Toronto 9-5 March 18th at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The Chicago Black Hawks, who had won three Stanley Cups, finished first overall in the standings for the first time in their history, a full seventeen points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens and nineteen ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Final standings

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Chicago Black Hawks 70 41 17 12 94 264 170 757
Montreal Canadiens 70 32 25 13 77 202 188 879
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 32 27 11 75 204 211 736
New York Rangers 70 30 28 12 72 188 189 664
Detroit Red Wings 70 27 39 4 58 212 241 719
Boston Bruins 70 17 43 10 44 182 253 764

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A PTS PIM
Stan Mikita Chicago Black Hawks 70 35 62 97 12
Bobby Hull Chicago Black Hawks 66 52 28 80 52
Norm Ullman Detroit Red Wings 68 26 44 70 26
Ken Wharram Chicago Black Hawks 70 31 34 65 21
Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings 69 25 40 65 53
Bobby Rousseau Montreal Canadiens 68 19 44 63 58
Phil Esposito Chicago Black Hawks 69 21 40 61 40
Phil Goyette New York Rangers 70 12 49 61 6
Doug Mohns Chicago Black Hawks 61 25 35 60 58
Henri Richard Montreal Canadiens 65 21 34 55 28

Leading goaltenders

Stanley Cup playoffs

Despite Chicago's impressive regular season marks, it was the third seed Toronto Maple Leafs who beat the Black Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. The Leafs went on to win the Stanley Cup over the Montreal Canadiens four games to two; it proved to be the most recent time Toronto has won the Cup. The Leafs' squad was renowned as the oldest ever to win a Cup final; the average age of the team was well over thirty, and four players were over forty.

see 1967 Stanley Cup Finals

Playoff bracket

  Semifinals Finals
                 
1 Chicago Black Hawks 2  
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 4  
    3 Toronto Maple Leafs 4
  2 Montreal Canadiens 2
2 Montreal Canadiens 4
4 New York Rangers 0  

NHL awards

1966-1967 NHL awards
Prince of Wales Trophy: Chicago Black Hawks
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
Calder Memorial Trophy: Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Conn Smythe Trophy: Dave Keon, Toronto Maple Leafs
Hart Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Harry Howell, New York Rangers
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
Vezina Trophy: Glenn Hall & Denis DeJordy, Chicago Black Hawks
Lester Patrick Trophy: Gordie Howe, Charles F. Adams, James E. Norris

All-Star teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
Ed Giacomin, New York Rangers G Glenn Hall, Chicago Blackhawks
Pierre Pilote, Chicago Blackhawks D Tim Horton, Toronto Maple Leafs
Harry Howell, New York Rangers D Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks C Norm Ullman, Detroit Red Wings
Kenny Wharram, Chicago Blackhawks RW Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
Bobby Hull, Chicago Blackhawks LW Don Marshall, New York Rangers

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1966-67 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1966-67 (listed with their last team):

See also

References

NHL seasons

1962-63 | 1963-64 | 1964-65 | 1965-66 | 1966-67 | 1967-68 | 1968-69 | 1969-70 | 1970-71


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