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season card
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 35 23 12 82 221 180
Chicago Blackhawks 70 32 21 17 81 194 178
Montreal Canadiens 70 28 19 23 79 225 183
Detroit Red Wings 70 32 25 13 77 200 194
New York Rangers 70 22 36 12 56 211 233
Boston Bruins 70 14 39 17 45 198 281
Season's leaders see the complete stats
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
16 Henri Richard 67 23 50 73
4 Jean Béliveau 69 18 49 67
12 Dickie Moore 67 24 26 50
14 Claude Provost 67 20 30 50
21 Gilles Tremblay 60 25 24 49
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
RECORD Record - Goalie record (W-L-T)
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
1 Jacques Plante 56 22-14-19 5 2.49
Season results


The Canadiens learn during the summer of 1962 that they will have to do without Marcel Bonin following major back surgery that ends the veteran winger’s playing career.

Several other players end their Canadiens careers during the 1962-63 season, for a variety of reasons.

In addition to Bonin, the Habs lose another player to injury in March. One of the league’s most feared enforcers, Lou Fontinato loses his balance and goes headfirst into the boards while trying to avoid a Vic Hadfield bodycheck. Fontinato’s life is threatened by a broken neck, which necessitates a seven-hour operation and forces him to hang up his skates for good.

Left-winger Dickie Moore plays his 12th and final season with the Canadiens.

For a 10th year in a row, the team’s offense is the class of the league and finishes first overall with 225 goals. No less than six players score at least 20 goals, including left-winger Gilles Tremblay, who records 25. Henri Richard leads the Habs in scoring with 73 points, including 23 goals.

Right-winger Claude Provost gets his 300th career point in January and appears in his 500th regular season game with the Canadiens.

The race for the regular season title is a tight one with just five points separating the league’s top four teams in the standings. Toronto ends a streak of five straight first-place finishes for Montreal, which finishes three points behind the Maple Leafs and one point behind Chicago.

The Habs enjoy their best streak of the season from December 16 to January 6, going undefeated in 10 straight, including five wins and five ties. Toe Blake’s squad sets a new league record with 23 ties.


In their semifinal, the Canadiens face the Toronto Maple Leafs, the regular season champions against whom they recorded a losing 3-6-5 record.

The Habs quickly find themselves with their backs against the wall after losing the first three games of the series, 3-1, 3-2 and 2-0.

The Canadiens avoid a sweep in Game 4 with a 3-1 win. The team’s faint hope is quickly dashed in the following game when they suffer a decisive 5-0 loss.

The league’s best offense is limited to just six goals in five playoff games and sees its season end in the first round for the third year in a row.

Jean Beliveau leads the team in scoring with three points.

The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Toronto Maple Leafs
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 26th, 1963 MTL 1 TOR 3  
March 28th, 1963 MTL 2 TOR 3  
March 20th, 1963 TOR 2 MTL 0  
April 2nd, 1963 TOR 1 MTL 3  
April 4th, 1963 MTL 0 TOR 5  
Toronto won best-of-seven series 4-1