- 1962–63 NHL season
The 1962–63 NHL season was the 46th season of the
National Hockey League. Six teams each played 70 games. The Toronto Maple Leafswon their second Stanley Cupin a row as they defeated the Detroit Red Wingsfour games to one.
Some diversionary news hit the sports pages the day of the All-star game when it was reportedthat
Frank Mahovlichhad been sold to Chicago for $1 million and James D. Norrisproduced acheque for the amount. On the advice of Conn Smythe, Punch Imlachdeclined the deal, Imlachstating that a million dollars doesn't score goals, and Mahovlich would remain a Maple Leaf.
A serious incident took place October 23rd between the
Montreal Canadiensand ChicagoBlack Hawks. A vicious stick-swinging duel took place between Gilles Tremblayand Reg Flemingthat was said to be the worst since the Geoffrion-Murphy fight in 1953. Both players received match penalties and $100 fines. Tremblay emerged with a bad cut on his head that requiredmany stitches. Coach Toe Blakehad some caustic remarks for Fleming when he was leaving the ice which almost resulted in another fight. The Canadiens and Back Hawks played to a 4–4 tie.President Campbell suspended Tremblay and Fleming for three games. Glenn Hall's consecutive game streak came to an end on November 8when he suffered a pinchednerve in his back and he was relieved by Denis DeJordyin the first period of a game Chicagotied Boston 3–3. DeJordy played well in the next game as the Black Hawks beat the Canadiens3–1.
Chicago was improving and moved into a first place tie with Detroit when they blankedBoston 5–0 November 29th. Mikita scored two goals and
Bobby Hullhad one. The same night,the Rangers shut out the Red Wings 5–0 as Gump Worsleyplayed a fine game. Worsley wasunlucky in his next game as Chicago beat the Rangers 5–1. Worsley badly injured his shoulderand had to be replaced by Marcel Pelletier. Gump went to the hospital where he would havehis shoulder in traction for ten days. Andy Hebentonhad the hat trick on December 16as the Rangers beat Detroit 5–2 at Madison Square Garden. The game was spoiled by a brawl, the chief participants being Dave Balon, Bill Gadsby, Doug Barkleyand Terry Sawchuk. All were fined. Andy Bathgategot both goals when they tied Montreal 2–2 at the Montreal Forumon January 5. This was the tenth consecutive game in which he had scored. The streak was terminated when Jacques Planteblanked the Rangers 6–0 in New York.
Jean Beliveau scored his 300th NHL goal January 26th when the Rangers beat the Canadiens 4–2at the Forum. Goals had not come very fast this year, and he hinted that this might be hislast season. The writers didn't take him seriously, however. The next night, the Canadiensbeat the Black Hawks 3–1 at Chicago Stadium and Beliveau scored a spectacular goal,giving a beautiful exhibition of stick-handling.
Bernie Geoffrionand Don Marshallwere back on January 31, but the Canadiens lost 6–3 toToronto at the Forum. Coach Toe Blake was not pleased with the officiating and was quotedin a French newspaper that referee Eddie Powers handled the game as if he had bet on theoutcome. This attracted the attention of NHL president Clarence Campbellwho said thematter would be investigated. Later, Blake was fined $200 by Campbell. Powers consideredthe fine inadequate and submitted his resignation as a referee. He cited Red StoreywhenCampbell wouldn't support decisions he made. Powers then sued Blake for libel.
Bobby Hull scored all three goals as Chicago beat Boston 3–1 February 17th. On the same night,Montreal beat Detroit 6–1 and
Howie Youngestablished a penalty record when he high-stickeda Canadiens player and then commenced a tantrum which drew him a minor, major, misconductand game misconduct totalling 27 minutes. His season total was now 208 minutes in penalties.NHL president Campbell then tacked on a three game suspension.
Detroit ousted the Rangers from the playoffs March 3rd with a 3–2 win.
Bernie Geoffrion was in trouble for an incident during a game March 5th that Montreal won 4–3.Referee Vern Buffey had given Jacques Plante a penalty for slashing Howie Young and then abench penalty when the Canadiens protested. Geoffrion threw his stick at Buffey and his gloves as well. Geoffrion was given a match penalty and president Campbell assessedGeoffrion a five game suspension.
Lou Fontinato's career came to a tragic end March 9th when he tried to check Vic Hadfieldand instead was thrown headlong into the boards by the Ranger player. Fontinato lay motionless on the ice for some time before being carried off the ice on a stretcher and taken toMontreal General Hospital where the diagnosis was a fractured neck, a crushed cervical vertebra. He gradually recovered from his paralyzed condition, but would never play hockeyagain. Jacques Laperrierereplaced Fontinato on the Canadiens defence.
It was quite a race for playoff positions as 5 points separated fourth and first.
Gordie Howelead the Red Wings and the NHL as he won his sixth and last Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy.
"GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalties In Minutes"
"Teams that qualified for playoffs are highlighted in bold"
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1962–63 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
Eddie Johnston, Boston Bruins
Paul Henderson, Detroit Red Wings
Claude Larose, Montreal Canadiens
Jacques Laperriere, Montreal Canadiens
Terry Harper, Montreal Canadiens
Jim Neilson, New York Rangers
Kent Douglas, Toronto Maple Leafs
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1962–63 (listed with their last team):
Bob Turner, Chicago Black Hawks
Jack Evans, Chicago Black Hawks
Vic Stasiuk, Detroit Red Wings
Lou Fontinato, Montreal Canadiens
List of Stanley Cup champions
National Hockey League All-Star Game
1962 in sports
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