Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Vancouver Canucks, 1964

5,080 spectators watched the three-time defending Stanley Cup champions put on a clinic at the Vancouver Forum against the Western Hockey League Vancouver Canucks. This program is from the game that took place September 29, 1964. Toronto was in the midst of a a Western tour which would take them from Vancouver to Seattle, Long Beach, San Francisco and Portland.

A couple of interior pages of the program. Lineup page below.

Vancouver goalie Marcel Paille was outstanding turning aside 47 shots in the 6-2 loss. Leafs scored four in the first 14 minutes on goals from Bob Pulford, Eddie Shack, Ron Stewart and Gerry Ehman. Bob McCusker and Jim Baird tallied for Vancouver.

Toronto went on to best Seattle 7-1 before 8,601 on the opening night of the brand-new Seattle Coliseum the following night. They then beat the Los Angeles Blades 10-3 and San Francisco by 5-3.
The Leafs were finally beaten in their final game of the exhibition road trip by Portland on October 6. The Buckaroos held off the champs 3-2 on goals by Larry Leach, Art Jones and Ron Hergott. The star for Portland was goalie Rick Charron who stopped a ridiculous 27 shots in the third period alone. Mahovlich and Jim Pappin scored for the Leafs.

Full page in the program showing the previous season's WHL All-Stars

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