|1963 DRAFT QUICK FACTS|
|DATE: JUNE 5, 1963|
THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL (MONTREAL)
The first NHL Amateur Draft came into being as a way to level the NHL
playing field. Prior to 1963, all NHL players arrived in the NHL via sponsorship
of their junior teams. The draft was the brainchild of NHL president Clarence
Campbell. Amateur drafts already existed in the National Football League and the
National Basketball Association. Initially referred to as a draft of the
players' "junior priority rights", the league did not immediately release the
names of drafted players to the media. Players reported to their drafting teams'
tryout schools or were assigned to a junior club that the drafting team had
|Eligible For Draft: Amateur players not on NHL teams' sponsorship lists
prior to May 1, 1963, who were born between Aug. 1, 1946, and July 31, 1947.|
Order: Order set by league with exemption to last-place finisher from
1961-62 season -- had the right to choose its draft position -- and
requirement that Stanley Cup champion be last to draft in first round.
chose to pick No. 3 instead of No. 1. Detroit passed after second round and
Chicago passed after third round. Montreal had option to take first two
French-Canadian players before start of draft, but the Canadiens chose not
to exercise option and instead went ahead and used regular first and
Rotation: Montreal, Detroit, Boston, New York,
Total Rounds: Four
Cost to Draft:
Amateur teams were paid $2,000 per drafted player.
Team could offer player contract on his 18th birthday.
|No. 1 pick: Garry Monahan (by Toronto)|
NHL: Five players (23.8 percent)
Won Stanley Cup: One player
Most NHL Games: Walt McKechnie (955 games)
Playoff Games: Pete Mahovlich (88 games)
Highest Pick to Miss: No. 3 (Orest Romashyna)
Lowest Pick to Reach: No.
21 (Gerry Meehan)
Players Drafted: 21 (13 forwards, 6 defense, 0 goalies,
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