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Hockey in the early 1960s wasn't much different than it was in the fifties. Gordie Howe remarkably was still a powerhouse for the Detroit Red Wings and would continue in hockey for another two decades Howe was now being upstaged by Bobby Hull who became the goal scoring leader in the 60s with 446 total. Hull was the first player to score over 50 goals in a single season doing so in four seasons with two back to back (1966-7 & 1967-8). Stan Mikita was the total points leader with 530 assists and 796 points.

1960s hockey Since around 1942 and well into the sixties there were only six teams comprising the National Hockey League (NHL), the Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 1967 the league in an effort to grow revenues through television coverage and stave off a move for a new competitive league in the Western U.S. granted six new expansion franchises, all were in the U.S.
The newly formed clubs were the California Seals (Oakland/San Francisco),Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars (Twin Cities), Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues.

Only having six teams limited player movement between teams and competition between teams for players. Salaries were kept at minimum levels and entrance to the teams was tightly controlled. After the expansion tv coverage increased public awareness of the players, competition between teams grew and the players started receiving fairer compensation and private endorsement deals. Thus started the commercialization of professional hockey.

Helmets remained a controversial topic all throughout the 60s. A majority of on ice injuries resulted from head concussions and all of the players realized it. Knowing that however, wearing a helmet remained unpopular with the players feeling that it hurt their game and made them appear "less tough". They all agreed that it would reduce injuries but until the league mandated it they weren't going to be the first one to do it. Even after the tragic death in 1968 of Bill Masterton of the North Stars whose concussion could have been avoided by the use of a helmet no changed came about. The NHL would not pass a mandatory helmet rule until 1979 and then made it apply to new players in the league only, effectively exempting all current players. 1960s professional hockey           

60s hockey
One good thing that was started in the 1960s was the wearing of face masks by some of the teams goalies. Initiated by Montreal Canadian Jacques Plante in 1959 his coach originally wouldn't allow him to wear it in regular games until Plante received a face injury and his coach caved in. This paved the way for more goalies to likewise protect themselves with pro style masks, the practice was still not universal until the end of the sixties and into the seventies.






 
sixties hockey 60s professional hockey

  • Stanley Cup: Chicago Black Hawks (4 games) - Detroit Red Wings (2 games)
  • League Stats:
  • Goals Scored: (50) Bernie Geoffrion, Montreal Canadians
  • Most Assists: (58) Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadians
  • Total Points: (95) Bernie Geoffrion, Montreal Canadians
  • Penalty Minutes: (165) Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1960 Olympic Games: United States (9) - Czechoslovakia (4)
    the U.S. team defeated Canada and the USSR in the semi-finals (2-1), (3-2)

 
 
1960s ice hockey sixties professional hockey

  • Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs (4 games) - Chicago Black Hawks (2 games)
  • League Stats:
  • Goals Scored: (50) Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Most Assists: (56) Andy Bathgate, New York Rangers
  • Total Points: (84) Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Penalty Minutes: (167) Lou Fontinato, Montreal Canadians

 
 
60s ice hockey Gordie Howe

  • Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs (4 games) - Detroit Red Wings (1 games)
  • League Stats:
  • Goals Scored: (38) Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
  • Most Assists: (50) Henri Richard, Montreal Canadiens
  • Total Points: (86) Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
  • Penalty Minutes: (273) Howie Young, Detroit Red Wings
  • Leading Goaltender: Jacques Plante (5) Shutouts & (22) Wins
  • Lou Fontinato, received a fractured neck and crushed cervical vertebra when he was thrown head first into the boards
    he was partially paralyzed and never returned to professional hockey

 
 

sixties ice hockey 1960s hockey

  • Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs (4 games) - Detroit Red Wings (3 games)
  • League Stats:
  • Goals Scored: (43) Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Most Assists: (58) Andy Bathgate, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Total Points: (89) Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Penalty Minutes: (151) Vic Hadfield, New York Rangers
  • Leading Goaltender: Glenn Hall, Chicago Black Hawks (8) shutouts & (34) wins

 
 
1960s sports 60s hockey

  • Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (4 games) - Chicago Black Hawks (3 games)
  • League Stats:
  • Goals Scored: (42) Norm Ullman, Detroit Red Wings
  • Most Assists: (59) Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Total Points: (87) Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Penalty Minutes: (177) Carl Brewer, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Leading Goaltender: Roger Crozier, Detroit Red Wings (6) shutouts & (40) wins
  • 1964 Olympic Games :The USSR skated to an undeated victory winning the gold,
    Canada received a bronze medal but then had it removed in a controversal ruling on rules

 
 
60s sports 1960s ice hockey
sixties hockey

  • Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (4 games) - Detroit Red Wings (2 games)
  • League Stats:
  • Goals Scored: (54) Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Most Assists: (48) Bobby Rousseau, Montreal Canadians
  • Total Points: (97) Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Penalty Minutes: (166) Reggie Fleming, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Leading Goaltender: Glenn Hall, Chicago Black Hawks (7) shutouts & (34) wins
  • Gordie Howe scored his 600th NHL goal to set an unbroken record
  • The NHL announced the expansion of the league from six teams to twelve, the new franchises were in
    Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh all to begin play in 1967

 
 
sixties sports 60s ice hockey

  • Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs (4 games) - Montreal Canadiens (2 games)
  • League Stats:
  • Goals Scored: (52) Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Most Assists: (62) Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Total Points: (97) Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Penalty Minutes: (177) John Ferguson, Montreal Canadians
  • Leading Goaltender: Ed Giacomin, NY Rangers (9) shutouts & (30) wins

 
 

1960s NHL 1960s sports

  • Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (in a sweep, 4 games) - St. Louis Blues (0 games)
  • League Stats:
  • Goals Scored: (44) Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Most Assists: (49) Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins
  • Total Points: (87) Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Penalty Minutes: (153) Barclay Plager, St. Louis Blues
  • Leading Goaltender: Ed Giacomin, NY Rangers (8) shutouts & (36) wins

 
 

60s NHL 60s NHL hockey

  • Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (in a repeat of last year, 4 games) - St. Louis Blues (0 games)
  • League Stats:
  • Goals Scored: (58) Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Most Assists: (77) Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins
  • Total Points: (126) Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins
  • Penalty Minutes: (219) Forbes Kennedy, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Leading Goaltender: Ed Giacomin, NY Rangers (7) shutouts & (37) wins
  • 1968 Olympic Games: USSR again won the Gold beating Canada in the final,
    Canada only received the bronze medal due to new and complicated scoring

 
 

sixties NHL 60s hockey Bobby Orr

  • Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins (4 games) - St. Louis Blues (third consecutive year)(0 games)
  • League Stats:
  • Goals Scored: (43) Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins
  • Most Assists: (87) Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
  • Total Points: (120) Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
  • Penalty Minutes: (213) Keith Magnuson, Chicago Black Hawks
  • Leading Goaltender: Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawks (15) shutouts & (38) wins

 




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