The 1959–60 NHL season was the 43rd season of the National Hockey League (NHL) which lasted from October 7, 1959 to April 14, 1960.

The Montreal Canadiens were the Stanley Cup winners as they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs four games to none for their fifth straight Stanley Cup.

Regular SeasonEdit


The momentum did not stop for the Habs as they played the minimum number of games to win the Stanley Cup. Montreal (in the process) became the last Cup winners in NHL history to go undefeated in the playoffs to date.

After winning the Stanley Cup, Maurice Richard retired from the NHL as a champion.


Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 7Toronto Maple Leafs2Montreal Canadiens4
April 9Toronto Maple Leafs1Montreal Canadiens2
April 12Montreal Canadiens5Toronto Maple Leafs2
April 14Montreal Canadiens4Toronto Maple Leafs0

Montreal wins best-of-seven series four games to none


Gordie Howe won the Hart Trophy to become the first five-time winner of the Hart. In voting, he received 118 votes of a possible 180, twice as many as runner-up Bobby Hull.

Howe was the last winner of the original Hart Trophy.

The trophy was retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame and the NHL began presenting a new trophy, which was dubbed the Hart Memorial Trophy in its place. Hull won the Art Ross Trophy for the scoring championship, his first.

Doug Harvey won the Norris Trophy for the fifth time and the fifth time in the seven times it had been awarded.

The Canadiens had the lowest goals against average, for the fifth consecutive time and Jacques Plante was awarded his fifth Vezina Trophy. The Black Hawks' Glenn Hall was named to the First All-Star team as goaltender.

1959–60 NHL awards
Prince of Wales Trophy:
(Regular season champion)
Montreal Canadiens
Art Ross Trophy:
(Top scorer)
Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
Calder Memorial Trophy:
(Best first-year player)
Bill Hay, Chicago Black Hawks
Hart Trophy:
(Most valuable player)
Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
James Norris Memorial Trophy:
(Best defenceman)
Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:
(Excellence and sportsmanship)
Don McKenney, Boston Bruins
Vezina Trophy:
(Goaltender of team with the best goals-against average)
Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens

All-Star teamsEdit

First team   Position   Second team
Glenn Hall, Chicago Black Hawks G Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens
Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens D Allan Stanley, Toronto Maple Leafs
Marcel Pronovost, Detroit Red Wings D Pierre Pilote, Chicago Black Hawks
Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens C Bronco Horvath, Boston Bruins
Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings RW Bernie Geoffrion, Montreal Canadiens
Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks LW Dean Prentice, New York Rangers

Player StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

(Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points)

Player Team GP G A Pts
Bobby Hull Chicago Black Hawks 70 39 42 81
Bronco Horvath Boston Bruins 68 39 41 80
Jean Beliveau Montreal Canadiens 60 34 40 74
Andy Bathgate New York Rangers 70 26 48 74
Henri Richard Montreal Canadiens 70 30 43 73
Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings 70 28 45 73
Bernie Geoffrion Montreal Canadiens 59 30 41 71
Don McKenney Boston Bruins 70 20 49 69
Vic Stasiuk Boston Bruins 69 29 39 68
Dean Prentice New York Rangers 70 32 34 66

Leading goaltendersEdit

(Note: GP = Games played; MIN = Minutes played; GA = Goals against; SO = Shut outs; AVG = Goals against average)

Jacques Plante Montreal Canadiens 69 4140 175 3 2.54
Glenn Hall Chicago Black Hawks 70 4200 179 6 2.56
Terry Sawchuk Detroit Red Wings 58 3480 155 5 2.67
Johnny Bower Toronto Maple Leafs 66 3960 177 5 2.68
Don Simmons Boston Bruins 28 1680 91 2 3.25
Harry Lumley Boston Bruins 42 2520 146 2 3.48
Gump Worsley New York Rangers 39 2301 135 0 3.52


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1959–60:

Last GamesEdit

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1959–60 (listed with their last team):

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