1966 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1966 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1965–66 season, and the culmination of the 1966 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens won the best-of-seven series, four games to two, to win the Stanley Cup for the seventh time in eleven years.

1966 Stanley Cup Finals
123456 Total
Detroit Red Wings 352112* 2
Montreal Canadiens 224253* 4
* indicates periods of overtime.
Location(s)Montreal: Montreal Forum (1, 2, 5)
Detroit: Olympia Stadium (3, 4, 6)
CoachesMontreal: Toe Blake
Detroit: Sid Abel
CaptainsMontreal: Jean Beliveau
Detroit: Alex Delvecchio
DatesApril 24 – May 5
MVPRoger Crozier (Red Wings)
Series-winning goalHenri Richard (2:20, OT, G6)

Paths to the Finals

Montreal defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–0 to advance to the finals, and Detroit defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 4–2.

Game summaries

With this series, Toe Blake had coached the Canadiens to seven Cups in eleven years. Henri Richard, a member of all seven championship teams, would score the series winner in game six in overtime. Two minutes into the extra period, Richard broke in on Red Wing goalie Roger Crozier, lost his footing on the newly resurfaced ice as he cut across the goalmouth, and sprawled into Crozier. The puck went in, and even though Crozier and the Wings protested that Richard had pushed the puck in with his hand, the goal stood. His brilliant play in goal, even in defeat, earned Crozier the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

Montreal won series 4–2

Roger Crozier wins Conn Smythe Trophy.

Montreal Canadiens 1966 Stanley Cup champions


Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engravings

  • Montreal Canadiens names was misspelt MONTREAL CANADIENE. This mistake was later corrected on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.


In 1966, NBC became the first[1] television network in the United States to air a national broadcast of a Stanley Cup Playoff game. The network provided coverage of four Sunday afternoon playoff games[2][3] during the 1965–66 postseason.[4] On April 10[5] and April 17,[6] NBC aired semifinal games between the Chicago Black Hawks and the Detroit Red Wings. On April 24[7] and May 1,[8] NBC aired Games 1 and 4[9] of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings. Win Elliot served as the play-by-play man while Bill Mazer served as the color commentator for the games.[10]

NBC's coverage of the 1966 Stanley Cup Finals marked the first time that hockey games were broadcast on network television in color.[11] The CBC would follow suit the following year. NBC's Stanley Cup coverage preempted a sports anthology series called NBC Sports in Action, hosted by Jim Simpson and Bill Cullen, who were between-periods co-hosts for the Stanley Cup broadcasts.

See also


  1. "Stanley Cup Hockey Playoffs on Today". Hartford Courant. Times Mirror Company. April 10, 1966. p. 3G.
  2. "NBC May Televise Stanley Cup Play". Hartford Courant. Times Mirror Company. Associated Press. February 27, 1966. p. 6C.
  3. "NHL Near Deal for TV of Cup Games". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing. February 27, 1966. p. C1.
  4. "NBC Makes Plans to TV Stanley Cup Playoffs". Los Angeles Times. Times Mirror Company. February 28, 1966. p. B6.
  5. Don Page (April 9, 1966). "Let's Ear It for Transistor Man". Los Angeles Times. Times Mirror Company. p. D2.
  6. Associated Press (April 16, 1966). "More Than Feelings Hurting—As Black Hawks Limp Back Home". Hartford Courant. Times Mirror Company. p. 20.
  7. "TV News Notes". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing. April 24, 1966. p. IND_A17.
  8. "NBC to Carry Stanley Cup Games on TV". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing. March 29, 1966. p. C1.
  9. Bob Gates (April 29, 1966). "Abel's 'switcheroo' works". The Christian Science Monitor. p. 7.
  10. Stan Issacs (January 19, 1990). "TV SPORTS Hockey Gets Network – for a Day". Newsday. Cablevision Systems Corporation. p. 137.
  11. Ted Damata (April 10, 1966). "Black Hawks in Colorful Color". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing. p. C1.


  • "All-Time NHL Results".
  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup champions

Succeeded by
Toronto Maple Leafs
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