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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
Montreal Canadiens 70 36 21 13 85 209 167
Chicago Blackhawks 70 36 22 12 84 218 169
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 33 25 12 78 192 172
Detroit Red Wings 70 30 29 11 71 191 204
New York Rangers 70 22 38 10 54 186 242
Boston Bruins 70 18 40 12 48 170 212
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
4 Jean Béliveau 68 28 50 78
15 Bobby Rousseau 70 25 31 56
16 Henri Richard 66 14 39 53
22 John Ferguson 59 18 27 45
20 Dave Balon 70 24 18 42
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 Charlie Hodge 62 33-18-11 8 2.26
Season results


On June 4, 1963, general manager Frank Selke reaches a stalemate with star goalie Jacques Plante so he deals the six-time Vézina Trophy winner to the New York Rangers in a seven-player deal that brings goalie Lorne Worsley to Montreal.

The Canadiens begin the season with a new starting goalie for the first time since 1954-55. The team gets off to a good start and collects its fair share of points in the standings.

Worsley suffers an injury at the beginning of the season and yields his position to Charlie Hodge for virtually the rest of the schedule. In six seasons in Montreal, Hodge has never appeared in more than 30 games in the same season. His exploits in the Canadiens’ goal earn him the Vezina Trophy thanks to a 33-18-11 record and a 2.26 goals-against average.

Montreal and Chicago are engaged in a tight battle for first place in the league throughout the second half of the season. The Habs enjoy their best run from January 19 to February 29, compiling a 12-4-3 record over that time.

The Canadiens manage to move ahead of the Blackhawks in the second-to-last game of the regular season and finish the schedule with a 36-21-13.

In October, Jean Beliveau records his 400th career assist. He finishes the year with 28 goals and 78 points, finishing third in league scoring. His outstanding performance is rewarded with the second Hart Trophy of his career.

The 1963-64 season marks the debut of enforcer John Ferguson, who quickly establishes himself as the most feared player in the league. He scores 18 goals and 45 points, yet teammate Jacques Laperriere beats him out to claim the Calder Trophy as the league’s rookie of the year.


In the semifinals, the Canadiens take on Toronto, after posting a 7-5-2 record against the Maple Leafs in the regular season.

The Habs get off to a great start by shutting out their opponents by the score of 2-0. Toronto responds in the following game with a 2-1 victory. The two teams continue to exchange wins and losses over the next four games and reach a 3-3 series deadlock.

During the seventh and deciding game, Toronto breaks the pattern and the Canadiens fall, 3-1.

Claude Provost leads the Canadiens in scoring with four points in seven games.

After winning a league-record five straight Stanley Cups from 1955-56 to 1959-60, the Habs are eliminated in the first round of the postseason for the fourth consecutive year.

The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Toronto Maple Leafs
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 26th, 1964 TOR 0 MTL 2  
March 28th, 1964 TOR 2 MTL 1  
March 31st, 1964 MTL 3 TOR 2  
April 2nd, 1964 MTL 3 TOR 5  
April 4th, 1964 TOR 2 MTL 4  
April 7th, 1964 MTL 0 TOR 3  
April 9th, 1964 TOR 3 MTL 1  
Toronto won best-of-seven series 4-3