1964 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1964 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the defending champion Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings for the second straight year. The Maple Leafs would win the best-of-seven series four games to three to win the Stanley Cup, their third-straight championship. As of 2019, this was the last time the Stanley Cup Finals had ended before the month of May. There would not be another game seven at Maple Leaf Gardens for almost three decades.

1964 Stanley Cup Finals
1234567 Total
Detroit Red Wings 24*4223*0 3
Toronto Maple Leafs 33*3414*4 4
* indicates periods of overtime.
Location(s)Toronto: Maple Leaf Gardens (1, 2, 5, 7)
Detroit: Olympia Stadium (3, 4, 6)
CoachesDetroit: Sid Abel
Toronto: Punch Imlach
CaptainsDetroit: Alex Delvecchio
Toronto: George Armstrong
DatesApril 11 – April 25
Series-winning goalAndy Bathgate (3:04, first, G7)

Paths to the Finals

Toronto defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4–3 to advance to the finals and Detroit defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 4–3.

Game summaries

This series is famous for the courageous play of Bob Baun. In game six of the Final, he took a Gordie Howe slapshot on his ankle and had to leave play. He returned in overtime and scored the winning goal. He also played in game seven despite the pain and only after the series was over, was it revealed that he had broken the ankle.

Until 2008–09 finals, John MacMillan was the only player to play in back-to-back finals with different teams in successive series that pitted the same teams against each other. MacMillan won the Cup with the 1963 Toronto Maple Leafs in a five-game decision over Detroit, and then lost the 1964 Cup final to the Leafs as a member of the Red Wings.

Toronto won series 4–3

Toronto Maple Leafs 1964 Stanley Cup Champions


Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Frank "King" Clancy name was misspelled on the Stanley Cup as FRANK KING CLANCE ASST COACH GEN MAN. In 1992–93 the mistake was corrected on the newly created Replica Cup.
  • † Played in the Stanley Cup Finals qualifying to be on the cup, but name was left off the Stanley Cup. Players spent most of season in the minors.
  • †† #19 Kent Douglas played 43 games for Toronto. He name was left off the Stanley Cup, because he played in the minors during the playoffs.
  • Bob Davidson (Chief Scout), Dr. Karl Elieff (Physiotherapist), Dr. Jame Murphy, Dr. Hugh Smythe (Team Doctors) - left off
  • (Also see 1965 Montreal about Toronto 1962-63-64 engravings).

See also



    • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Toronto: Total Sports Canada. ISBN 978-1-892129-07-9.
    • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7
    • "All-Time NHL Results".
    Preceded by
    Toronto Maple Leafs
    Toronto Maple Leafs
    Stanley Cup Champions

    Succeeded by
    Montreal Canadiens
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