NHL Amateur Draft History -- The 1960s

The 1960s saw the birth of the NHL Amateur Draft, from humble beginnings in 1963 to the first "Universal" draft of 1969, when the sponsorship system completely passed into history and junior players were no longer property of NHL teams prior to the year in which they turned 20.

Click on each of the draft years below to learn more about how the draft eveolved in each year: