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National Hockey League (NHL) 1971 - 72 Regular Season Standings


(NHL) National Hockey League 1971 - 72 Standings

Games Wins Loses Ties OTL Pts GF GA
Eastern Division
Boston Bruins 78 54 13 11 0 119 330 204
New York Rangers 78 48 17 13 0 109 317 192
Montreal Canadiens 78 46 16 16 0 108 307 205
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 33 31 14 0 80 209 208
Detroit Red Wings 78 33 35 10 0 76 261 262
Buffalo Sabres 78 16 43 19 0 51 203 289
Vancouver Canucks 78 20 50 8 0 48 203 297
Western Division
Chicago Black Hawks 78 46 17 15 0 107 256 166
Minnesota North Stars 78 37 29 12 0 86 212 191
St. Louis Blues 78 28 39 11 0 67 208 247
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 26 38 14 0 66 220 258
Philadelphia Flyers 78 26 38 14 0 66 200 236
California Golden Seals 78 21 39 18 0 60 216 288
Los Angeles Kings 78 20 49 9 0 49 206 305

National Hockey League (NHL) 1971 - 72 Stanley Cup Playoff Results


(NHL) National Hockey League 1971 - 72 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Boston Bruins defeated Toronto Maple Leafs in the Quarter Final 4 - 1 - 0
New York Rangers defeated Montreal Canadiens in the Quarter Final 4 - 2 - 0
Chicago Black Hawks defeated Pittsburgh Penguins in the Quarter Final 4 - 0 - 0
St. Louis Blues defeated Minnesota North Stars in the Quarter Final 4 - 3 - 0
Boston Bruins defeated St. Louis Blues in the Semi Final 4 - 0 - 0
New York Rangers defeated Chicago Black Hawks in the Semi Final 4 - 0 - 0
Boston Bruins defeated New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final 4 - 2 - 0

1971 - 72 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Rooster


Players: Gerry Cheevers, Ed Johnson, Bobby Orr, Ted Green, Carol Vadnais, Dallas Smith, Don Awrey, Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, John Bucyk, Mike Walton, Wayne Cashman, Garnet Bailey, Derek Sanderson, Fred Stanfield, Ed Westfall, John McKenzie, Don Marcotte, Garry Peters, Garry Peters, Chris Hayes Staff: Tom Johnson (Coach), Milt Schmidt (General Manager), Dan Canney, John Forristall (Trainers)


National Hockey League (NHL) 1971 - 72 Stanley Cup Playoff Standings

Team Games Wins Loses Ties GF GA PIM
Boston Bruins 15 12 3 0 64 34 389
Boston Bruins 15 12 3 0 64 34 389
New York Rangers 16 10 6 0 52 41 275
New York Rangers 16 10 6 0 52 41 275
Chicago Black Hawks 8 4 4 0 23 25 129
St. Louis Blues 11 4 7 0 27 47 232
St. Louis Blues 11 4 7 0 27 47 232
Chicago Black Hawks 8 4 4 0 23 25 129
Minnesota North Stars 7 3 4 0 19 19 111
Minnesota North Stars 7 3 4 0 19 19 111
Montreal Canadiens 6 2 4 0 14 19 76
Montreal Canadiens 6 2 4 0 14 19 76
Toronto Maple Leafs 5 1 4 0 10 18 92
Toronto Maple Leafs 5 1 4 0 10 18 92
Pittsburgh Penguins 4 0 4 0 8 14 71
Pittsburgh Penguins 4 0 4 0 8 14 71


Most Goals 1971 - 72 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals
Phil Esposito Boston Bruins66
Vic Hadfield New York Rangers50
Bobby Hull Chicago Black Hawks50
Yvan Cournoyer Montreal Canadiens47
Jean Ratelle New York Rangers46



Most Goals 1971 - 72 Playoffs - Individual


Player Team Goals
John Bucyk Boston Bruins9
Phil Esposito Boston Bruins9
Ken Hodge Boston Bruins9
Rod Gilbert New York Rangers7
Vic Hadfield New York Rangers7

Most Assists 1971 - 72 Season - Individual


Player Team Assists
Bobby Orr Boston Bruins80
Phil Esposito Boston Bruins67
Jean Ratelle New York Rangers63
Vic Hadfield New York Rangers56
Fred Stanfield Boston Bruins56

Most Assists 1971 - 72 Playoffs - Individual


Player Team Assists
Bobby Orr Boston Bruins19
Phil Esposito Boston Bruins15
John McKenzie Boston Bruins12
John Bucyk Boston Bruins11
Bobby Rousseau New York Rangers11

Most Points 1971 - 72 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals Assists Points
Phil Esposito Boston Bruins6667133
Bobby Orr Boston Bruins3780117
Jean Ratelle New York Rangers4663109
Vic Hadfield New York Rangers5056106
Rod Gilbert New York Rangers435497

Most Points 1971 - 72 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals Assists Points
Phil Esposito Boston Bruins91524
Bobby Orr Boston Bruins51924
John Bucyk Boston Bruins91120
Ken Hodge Boston Bruins9817
John McKenzie Boston Bruins51217

Most Penalty Minutes 1971 - 72 Season - Individual


Player Team Penalty Min
Bryan Watson Pittsburgh Penguins212
Keith Magnuson Chicago Black Hawks201
Gary Dornhoefer Philadelphia Flyers183
Barclay Plager St. Louis Blues176
Rick Foley Philadelphia Flyers168

Plus/Minus Rating 1971 - 72 Season - Individual


Player Team Plus/Minus
Real Lemieux Los Angeles Kings-40
Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres-40
Jean Potvin Los Angeles Kings-39
Rick Martin Buffalo Sabres-38
Rosaire Paiement Vancouver Canucks-37

1971 - 72 James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner



The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's top defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. The trophy is named in honour of James E. Norris, owner of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings from 1932 to 1952. The trophy was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1953–54 NHL season. At the end of each season, members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association vote to determine the player who was the best defenseman during the regular season. Full List of Previous Winners

James Norris Memorial Trophy - Bobby Orr - Boston Bruins

1971 - 72 Hart Memorial Trophy Winner



Selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, the NHL's Regular Season MVP (Most Valuable Player) is awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy. The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system. Originally known as the Hart Trophy, it was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1923–24 NHL season. The Hart Memorial Trophy is named in honour of Canadian Dr. David Hart, who donated the original trophy to the NHL. The original "Hart Trophy" was retired in Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960, and the NHL began presenting a new trophy, which was named the "Hart Memorial Trophy" in its place. Full List of Previous Winners

Hart Memorial Trophy - Bobby Orr - Boston Bruins

1971 - 72 Art Ross Trophy Winner



The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the National Hockey League player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season. The Art Ross Trophy was presented to the National Hockey League in 1947 by Arthur Howie "Art" Ross, former general manager and head coach of the Boston Bruins. Full List of Previous Winners

Art Ross Trophy - Phil Esposito - Boston Bruins

1971 - 72 Calder Memorial Trophy Winner



The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League. The trophy is named in honor of Frank Calder, the former President of the National Hockey League from its inception in 1917 to his death in 1943. Although Rookie of the Year honors were handed out beginning in 1932–33, the Calder Trophy was first presented at the conclusion of the 1936–37 NHL season. After Calder's death in 1942 the trophy was re-named the Calder Memorial Trophy. The voting is conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the conclusion of each regular season to determine the winner. To be eligible for the award, a player cannot have played any more than 25 games previously in any single season, nor have played in more than six games in each of two separate preceding seasons in any major professional league. Full List of Previous Winners

Calder Memorial Trophy - Ken Dryden - Montreal Canadiens

1971 - 72 Vezina Trophy Winner



The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's goaltender who is judged to be the best at this position. The Vezina Trophy was named in honor of Georges Vézina, an exceptional goaltender with the Montreal Canadiens. At the end of each season, the 30 General Managers of the teams in the National Hockey League vote to determine the goaltender who was the most valuable to his team during the regular season. Before 1981, it was awarded to the goaltender(s) of the team allowing the fewest number of goals during the regular season; now, the William M. Jennings Trophy is awarded under that definition. Full List of Previous Winners

Vezina Trophy - Tony Esposito - Chicago Black Hawks
Vezina Trophy - Gary Smith - Chicago Black Hawks

1971 - 72 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Winner



The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League player judged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The voting is conducted at the end of the season by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. The trophy is named in honour of Marie Evelyn Moreton (Lady Byng), wife of Viscount Byng of Vimy, a Vimy Ridge war hero who was Governor General of Canada from 1921 to 1926. Lady Byng, who was an avid hockey fan, decided to donate the trophy to the NHL in 1925. Full List of Previous Winners

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy - Jean Ratelle - New York Rangers

1971 - 72 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner



The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The trophy is named in honour of the late Bill Masterton, a Minnesota North Stars player who died on January 15, 1968, after sustaining an injury during a hockey game. The winner is selected by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association after each team nominates one player in competition. It is often awarded to a player who has come back from career- or even life-threatening illness or injury. A player can win this trophy only once in his career. Full List of Previous Winners

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy - Bobby Clarke - Philadelphia Flyers

1971 - 72 Lester B. Pearson Award Winner



The Lester B. Pearson Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players Association. The award was first handed out at the conclusion of the 1971–72 NHL season. It is named in honour of Lester B. Pearson, who was Prime Minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968. The voting for the trophy is conducted at the end of the regular season by the members of the NHL Players Association. Full List of Previous Winners

Lester B. Pearson Award - Jean Ratelle - New York Rangers

1971 - 72 NHL All-Star Team Winners



"The NHL All-Star Teams were first named at the end of the 1930–31 NHL season, to honor the best performers over the season at each position. Representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association vote for the All-Star Team at the end of the regular season. "

Full List of Previous Winners
NHL All-Star Team - Phil Esposito - C - Boston Bruins
NHL All-Star Team - Tony Esposito - G - Chicago Black Hawks
NHL All-Star Team - Rod Gilbert - R - New York Rangers
NHL All-Star Team - Bobby Hull - L - Chicago Black Hawks
NHL All-Star Team - Bobby Orr - D - Boston Bruins
NHL All-Star Team - Brad Park - D - New York Rangers

Full List of Previous Winners

NHL All-Star Second Team - Yvan Cournoyer - R - Montreal Canadiens
NHL All-Star Second Team - Ken Dryden - G - Montreal Canadiens
NHL All-Star Second Team - Vic Hadfield - L - New York Rangers
NHL All-Star Second Team - Jean Ratelle - C - New York Rangers
NHL All-Star Second Team - Pat Stapleton - D - Chicago Black Hawks
NHL All-Star Second Team - Bill White - D - Chicago Black Hawks

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