1964 NHL Amateur Draft

The 1964 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

1964 NHL Amateur Draft
General information
Date(s)June 11, 1964
LocationMontreal, Quebec
First selection Claude Gauthier
Selected by: Detroit Red Wings

As was the case in the 1963 Draft, amateur players turning 17 years of age between August 1, 1964, and July 31, 1965, were eligible, if they were not already sponsored by an NHL club.

The order of the draft followed the agreement reached in 1963, where the order was fixed as Red Wings, Bruins, Rangers, Black Hawks, Maple Leafs and Canadiens. Once again each team received four picks, each team having the right to forfeit their selection and pass it to the next team in the order. All picks were exercised this year.

Of the 24 players selected only nine played in the NHL. Syl Apps, Jr., Jim Dorey, Tim Ecclestone and Mike Pelyk went on to have fruitful NHL careers, each playing well over 200 games a piece. However, the steal of this draft was the Bruins' third pick, 14th overall: Ken Dryden. Dryden made it known to the Bruins that he would elect to play at Cornell University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, instead of turning professional. The Bruins traded his negotiation rights to the Canadiens, where he would play seven full seasons and part of an eighth, earning a Conn Smythe Trophy, Calder Memorial Trophy, five Vezina Trophies, five All-Star Game appearances, five First All-Star awards and six Stanley Cups.

Selections by round

Below are listed the selections in the 1964 NHL Amateur Draft.

= NHL All-Star[1] = Hall of Famers

Round one

Pick #PlayerPositionNationalityNHL teamCollege/junior/club team
1Claude GauthierRight Wing CanadaDetroit Red WingsRosemount Midgets (SAAAMHL)
2Alex CampbellRight Wing CanadaBoston BruinsStrathroy Midgets (OAAAMHL)
3Bob GrahamDefence CanadaNew York RangersToronto Marlboro Midgets (OAAAMHL)
4Richie BayesCentre CanadaChicago Black HawksDixie Midgets (OAAAMHL)
5Tom MartinRight Wing CanadaToronto Maple LeafsToronto Marlboro Midgets (OAAAMHL)
6Claude ChagnonCentre CanadaMontreal CanadiensRosemount Midgets (SAAAMHL)
Reference: "1964 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 14 December 2008.

Round two

Pick #PlayerPositionNationalityNHL teamCollege/junior/club team
7Brian WattsLeft Wing CanadaDetroit Red WingsToronto Marlboro Midgets (OAAAMHL)
8Jim BoothLeft Wing CanadaBoston BruinsSault Ste. Marie Midgets (OAAAMHL)
9Tim EcclestoneRight Wing CanadaNew York RangersEtobicoke Capitols (MetJHL)
10Jan PopielLeft Wing CanadaChicago Black HawksGeorgetown Midgets (OAAAMHL)
11David CoteyForward CanadaToronto Maple LeafsAurora Bears (SOJCHL)
12Guy AllenDefence CanadaMontreal CanadiensStamford Bruins (NDJBHL)
Reference: "1964 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 14 December 2008.

Round three

Pick #PlayerPositionNationalityNHL teamCollege/junior/club team
13Ralph BuchananLeft Wing CanadaDetroit Red WingsMontreal East Midgets (QAAAMHL)
14Ken DrydenGoaltender CanadaBoston BruinsEtobicoke Capitols (MetJHL)
15Gordon LoweDefence CanadaNew York RangersToronto Marlboro Midgets (OAAAMHL)
16Carl HadfieldRight Wing CanadaChicago Black HawksDixie Beehives (MetJHL)
17Mike PelykDefence CanadaToronto Maple LeafsToronto Marlboro Midgets (OAAAMHL)
18Paul ReidForward CanadaMontreal CanadiensKingston Midgets (OAAAMHL)
Reference: "1964 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 14 December 2008.

Round four

Pick #PlayerPositionNationalityNHL teamCollege/junior/club team
19Rene LeClercRight Wing CanadaDetroit Red WingsHamilton Mountain Bees (NDJBHL)
20Allister BlairCentre CanadaBoston BruinsIngersoll Marlands (WBJHL)
21Syl Apps, Jr.Centre CanadaNew York RangersKingston Midgets (OAAAMHL)
22Moe L'AbbeRight Wing CanadaChicago Black HawksRosemount Midgets (SAAAMHL)
23Jim DoreyDefence CanadaToronto Maple LeafsStamford Bruins (NDJBHL)
24Michel JacquesLeft Wing CanadaMontreal CanadiensLac Megantic Royal(LHJAA)
Reference: "1964 NHL Amateur Draft hockeydraftcentral.com". Retrieved 14 December 2008.
= NHL All-Star[1] = Hall of Famers

See also


  • Diamond, Dan; Duplacey, James; Dinger, Ralph; Kuperman, Igor; Zweig, Eric (1998). Total Hockey. New York: Total Sports Publishing. p. 286. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9.
  1. Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.
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