Team Recap: 2nd-Seeded ’61-’62 Toronto Maple Leafs

The #2 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '61-'62 Toronto Maple Leafs.

The #2 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’61-’62 Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • Al Arbour (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   4 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • George Armstrong (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   11 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bob Baun (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   5 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Johnny Bower (G)
    • 4 GP   0-4-0   3.00 GAA   .929 SV%   0 SO   4 Stars
  • Carl Brewer (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -2   9 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brian Conacher (LW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dick Duff (LW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   7 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Billy Harris (C)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tim Horton (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   -4   11 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Red Kelly (C)
    • 4 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   13 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Dave Keon (C)
    • 4 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -2   14 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ed Litzenburger (RW)
    • 2 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • John MacMillan (RW)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Frank Mahovlich (LW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -2   22 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bob Nevin (RW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -2   12 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bert Olmstead (LW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -2   7 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bob Pulford (C)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -2   3 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Eddie Shack (LW)
    • 2 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Allan Stanley (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   5 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ron Stewart (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   7 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 0-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 6
  • Goals/Game: 1.50
  • Goals Allowed: 13
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.25
  • Shots: 134
  • Shots Allowed: 172
  • Shots/Game: 33.5
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 43.0
  • # of PP’s: 5
  • PPG’s: 0
  • PP%: 0.0%
  • TSH: 6
  • PPGA: 0
  • PK%: 100.0%
  • Penalties in minutes: 16

Bold – Tournament Best

Well, being the 2nd-seed and being a Stanley Cup champion team, I expected this team to at least win a couple rounds, but they didn’t even win a game! Here is their brief stint in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff.

1st Round:

Bye

2nd Round:

Swept by 34th-seeded ’10-’11 Nashville Predators, 4-0

Under the direction of Hall of Famer Punch Imlach, the ’61-’62 Toronto Maple Leafs finished the regular season with a record of 37-22-11, which was good for 85 points and 2nd in the league. This was during the time of the Original Six, by the way. They posted the 2nd most goals and allowed the 2nd least amount of goals allowed out of the six teams. They defeated the New York Rangers in six games in the Semifinals and then defeated the Chicago Black Hawks (Yeah thats how it was spelled back then) in six games to win their 8th Stanley Cup and the first of three consecutive and first of four over the next six years.

The ’61-’62 Maple Leafs’ offense solely relied around Mahovlich. He led them in goals (33), assists (38) and points (71) and was even 2nd in PIMs (87) in 70 games played. Keon and Armstrong were 2nd and 3rd in points, respectively, with Keon posting 61 points in 64 games and Armstrong posting 53 points in 70 games. Keon was also awarded the Lady Byng Trophy in the ’61-’62 season for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. Back on the blueline, the Leafs were led by Kelly, Horton and Stanley. Kelly plays both center and defense and he finished with 49 points in 58 games played. Horton and Stanley also posted solid offensive numbers from the blueline. In net, Bower played in 59 of the teams 70 games and posted a 31-18-10 record while having a 2.56 goals against average.

Up next is the #3-seed, the ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings!

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