Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Today in Habs History: December 10th Edition

 

 

1924: In the first ever game between the Canadiens and their cross town rivals, the Maroons, Georges Vezina shut them out 5-0, with Aurel Joliat scoring four goals… It was Vezina's ninth career shutout in the NHL.


 

 

1931: George Hainsworth recorded his 64th career shutout (to pass Alex Connell as the NHL's career shutout leader) and Pit Lepine scored his 4th career hat trick as Montreal won 3-0 against the Americans, at New York.

 

 

1932: George Hainsworth became the first goaltender in franchise history to record 150 wins as a member of the Canadiens. The milestone came in a 3-2 win against the visiting Ottawa Senators.

 

 

1936: The Detroit Red Wings beat the Canadiens 2-1 in a penalty-free game played in Detroit. There were none called against either team for the entire game.

 

Monday, 9 December 2013

Today in Habs History: December 9th Edition

 

 

1909: The Canadiens name Jack Laviolette as the club’s first coach. They also signed Odie Cleghorn.

 

 

1933: Howie Morenz tied Cy Denneny as the NHL's all-time leading goal scorer, when he picked up the 246th of his career in a 4-2 loss to the visiting New York Rangers.

 

 

1954: Rookie goalie Charlie Hodge picked up his first career shutout, in a 2-0 win over the Maple Leafs, at the Forum.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Today in Habs History: December 8th Edition

 

 

1924: Aurel Joliat scored three goals to lead the Canadiens to a 4-3 win at Boston.

 

 

1934: The Canadiens obtain Des Roche from the Boston Bruins in a cash deal.

 

 

1982: Ryan Walter scored the only hat trick of his NHL career, and Guy Lafleur had a goal and three assists, as the Canadiens lost 7-4 to the Whalers, at Hartford.

 

Friday, 6 December 2013

Today in Habs History: December 6th Edition

 

 

1933: The Canadiens trade Stan McCabe to the Montreal Maroons for Paul Runge.

 

 

1947: Bill Durnan's 15th career shutout led the Canadiens to a 4-0 win over Detroit in Montreal.

 

 

1953: Paul Masnick picked up four assists to lead the Canadiens to a 7-2 win over the Bruins, at Boston.

 

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Today in Habs History: December 5th Edition

 

 

1931: George Hainsworth recorded his 63rd career shutout (to tie Alex Connell for the all-time NHL lead) as Montreal won 4-0 over the visiting Detroit Falcons.

 

 

1936: Aurel Joliat became the third player in NHL history to score 250 career goals, in the Canadiens' 4-3 win over the visiting Boston Bruins.

 

 

1943: The Boston Bruins snapped Montreal rookie goalie Bill Durnan's NHL-record 14-game unbeaten streak, with a 5-4 win over the Canadiens. It was Durnan's first career loss after a 12-0-2 start.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Today in Habs History: December 4th Edition

 

habscake

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HABS!!!!

 

1909: The Montreal Canadiens, the "Club de Hockey Canadien" was founded by J. Ambrose O'Brien. Jack Laviolette was named GM, captain and player-coach.

 

 

1934: The Canadiens trade Joe Lamb to the Boston Bruins for cash. On thr same night Armand Mondou scored on a penalty shot against Rangers goalie Andy Aitkenhead. The Canadiens won the game 5-3.

 

 

1943: Bill Durnan extended his NHL record for the longest unbeaten streak by a rookie goalie to 14 straight games (12-0-2) with an 8-2 Candiens win against the Red Wings, in Montreal. Durnan's record stood until Patrick Lalime broke it in 1996-97.

 

Gerry Heffernan scored four goals (the only hat trick of his NHL career) and added an assist to lead the Canadiens’ scoring attack.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Today in Habs History: December 3rd Edition

 

 

1923: Montreal Canadiens signed Sylvio Mantha.

 

 

1927: George Hainsworth recorded his 16th career shutout and Howie Morenz scored his second career hat trick in the Canadiens' 4-0 win against the visiting New York Americans.

 

 

1934: The Canadiens traded Jack Portland to the Boston Bruins, in exchange for Tony Savage and $7,500.

 

 

1936: The Canadiens trade Paul Runge to the Montreal Maroons for Bill MacKenzie.

 

 

1960: Bernie Geoffrion scored twice in the Canadiens' 3-1 win against Boston, in Montreal.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Today in Habs History: December 2nd Edition

 

1909: The NHA is founded at a private meeting at 300 St. James Street in Montreal. The Montreal Canadiens would be founded two days later as one of the charter members.

 

 

1934: The Canadiens deal Bob McCulley traded to Boston (Can-Am) for Sheldon Buckles.

 

 

1937: Wilf Cude recorded his 20th career shutout as the Montreal Canadiens beat Boston 2-0 in a penalty-free game played in Montreal.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Today in Habs History: December 1st Edition

 

 

1952: Canadiens purchased 1943 Calder winner Gaye Stewart from the NY Rangers for $7,500.

 

 

1956: Jean Beliveau scored a goal and added four assists, and goaltender Jacques Plante recorded his 22nd career shutout, as the Canadiens beat the Black Hawks 7-0, at the Forum.

 

 

1997: The Canadiens became the first team in history to play 5,000 NHL games, when they took on the Pittsburgh Penguins, in a 1-0 loss, in Montreal. The loss gave the Canadiens a record of 2,625 wins, 1,603 losses and 772 ties since 1917.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 30th Edition

 

1950: Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie Al Rollins and Canadiens' rookie Gerry McNeil recorded shutouts to lead their teams to a 0-0 tie in Montreal. It was the fifth career shutout for McNeil, and the second for Rollins.

 

 

1954: Montreal and Chicago had a 3-3 tie in a Black Hawks "home" game in Omaha, Nebraska. 4,506 fans showed up to see the game.

 

 

1957: Jean Beliveau scored his 5th career hat trick and added an assist as the Canadiens won 6-1 against the Black Hawks, at the Forum.

 

Friday, 29 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 29th Edition

 

 

1924: The Montreal Forum had its official opening, and the Canadiens beat the Toronto St. Patricks 7-1, before a crowd of 9,000 fans. Billy Boucher had three goals, including the first ever on Forum ice, to lead the scoring.

 

 

1930: George Hainsworth became just the second goaltender in team history to win 100 career games, as the Canadiens won 3-2 over the visiting Boston Bruins.

 

 

1939: The Canadiens trade George Brown to the Boston Bruins in a cash deal.

 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 28th Edition

 

1918: The Canadiens traded Tommy Smith to the Ottawa Senators for cash.

 

 

1925: Playing in his 328th straight game for Montreal, goaltender Georges Vezina collapsed during a game against Pittsburgh. Suffering from tuberculosis, he died four months later.

 

 

1935: Canadiens goalie Wilf Cude and the Red Wings Norm Smith duelled to a 0-0 scoreless tie, in a game played at Detroit. It was Cude's 10th career shutout.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 27th Edition

 

1920: The Canadiens trade Harry Cameron  to the Toronto St. Pats for George Prodger and Joe Matte. Prodger and Matte are then sent to the Hamilton Tigers, along with the loan of Billy Coutu for Harry Mummery, Jack McDonald and Dave Ritchie.

 

 

1943: Rookie goalie Bill Durnan improved his career record to 10-0-1, with a 6-3 win over the visiting New York Rangers. Durnan set an NHL record for rookie goalies by going 12-0-2 in his first 14 games.

 

 

1946: Billy Reay scored his first career hat trick and added an assist in the Canadiens' 6-1 win against the Detorit Red Wings.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 26th Edition

LaPresse0001
La Presse (November 27, 1984)
1984: After 961 regular season games, five Stanley Cup rings to his name, 514 goals and his franchise leading 728 assists and 1246 points, Guy Lafleur announced his retirement from the Canadiens.


Not happy with the ice time he was getting, nor finding his place in the defensive system of coach Jacques Lemaire, Le Demon Blond was struggling offensively, and had had enough. His last game in a Habs uniform was November 24, 1984 against the Detroit Red Wings. In 19 games that season, Lafleur only had two goals to show and he estimated that he had roughly six minutes of ice time in that 6-4 win. Lafleur later said that had already made up his mind, between the second and third period of the game, on his future with the club.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 25th Edition

 

1924: The Montreal Canadiens send cash to to Saskatoon (WCHL) for Johnny Matz.

 

 

1933: Lorne Chabot recorded his third consecutive shutout (the 57th of his career) as Montreal won 1-0 over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

 

1938: The Canadiens trade Bob Gracie traded to the Chicago Black Hawks for cash.

 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 24th Edition

 

1944: The Canadiens send Felix Rossignol, Gerry Plamondon, Johnny Mahaffy and Tod Campeau traded to Pittsburgh (AHL) in a cash deal.

 

 

1960: Dickie Moore scored his 20th goal of the season in his 21st game (a 3-1 loss at Detroit) to equal an NHL record for fastest 20 goals in a season (set by former linemate Maurice Richard in 1944-45).

 

 

1962: Jean Beliveau picked up four assists as the Canadiens tied 5-5 with the Boston Bruins, at the Forum.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 23rd Edition

 

 

1926: Rookie goaltender George Hainsworth recorded the first of his 94 career NHL shutouts, as Montreal beat the New York Americans, 2-0.

 

 

1933: Lorne Chabot recorded his second consecutive shutout (and the 56th of his career) as Montreal won 1-0 over the visiting Ottawa Senators.

 

 

1943: Canadiens players scored 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) in a win over Boston 13-4… The 35 points in a game by the Canadiens
players set a team record.

 

1967: Ralph Backstrom scored his third career hat trick and added two assists, and Gump Worsley recorded his 31st career shutout as the Canadiens won 7-0 against the Chicago Black Hawks.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 22nd Edition

 

 

1928: Canadiens' goalie George Hainsworth and Joe Miller dueled to a 0-0 scoreless tie, in a game played at Pittsburgh. It was the 29th career shutout for Hainsworth.

 

 

1947: Maurice Richard scored his 12th career hat trick but the Canadiens lost to the visiting New York Rangers, 5-3. The Rangers scored four goals in the third against back-up Gerry McNeil, after Bill Durnan was injured in the second period.

 

 

1952: Maurice Richard scored two goals within :25 during the second period to lead the Canadiens to a 2-2 tie, with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 21st Edition

 

 

1943: Buddy O'Connor had his second 5-point night in two days, with his first career hat trick and 2 assists in a 13-4 Canadiens win against the Boston Bruins, in Montreal. One night earlier O'Connor had a goal and 4 assists in a 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Rookie goalie Bill Durnan improved his career record to 9-0-1.

 

 

1948: Bill Durnan recorded his 20th career shutout in the Canadiens 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 20th Edition

 

 

1943: Rookie goalie Bill Durnan improved his career record to 8-0-1, with a 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Durnan would set an NHL record for rookie goalies by going 12-0-2 in his first 14 games. Buddy O'Connor had a goal and 4 assists in the win.

 

 

1965: Bobby Rousseau scored his second career hat trick and two assists, Jean Beliveau had a goal and four assists, and Ralph Backstrom got his second career hat trick as the Canadiens won 9-3 against the New York Rangers.

 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 19th Edition

 

 

1940: The Montreal Canadiens purchased Jack Portland from the Chicago Black Hawks for $12,500.

 

 

1946: The Canadiens trade Joh nQuilty to Springfield (AHL) for George Pargeter.

 

 

1950: Montreal's rookie goaltender Gerry McNeil recorded his 4th career shutout as the Canadiens won 3-0 over the Black Hawks.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 18th Edition

 

 

1926: The Montreal Canadiens made the Forum their permanent home rink, but lost to the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in their first home game.

 

 

1972: Yvan Cournoyer became the 9th player in franchise history to score 250 goals as a member of the Canadiens. The milestone came in a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

 

1986: The Canadiens trade defenseman Tom Kurvers to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2nd round pick in 1988.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 17th Edition

 

 

1932: When the Detroit Red Wings met the Montreal Canadiens for the first time in the season there was a problem: both teams had nearly identical red jerseys! The Wings were forced to wear white pullovers in a 1-0 loss. George Hainsworth recorded his 68th career shutout.

 

 

1946: Toe Blake scored the 5th (and final) hat trick of his NHL career as Montreal won 4-1 over the Boston Bruins.

 

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 16th Edition

 

1926: George Hainsworth made his first NHL appearance as the Montreal Canadiens lost, 4-1 to the Boston Bruins.

 

 

1950: Ken Mosdell had three assists to lead the Canadiens to a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

 

1968: Jean Beliveau received two assists during a 3-3 tie against the Oakland Seals in Montreal. These raised his regular season career total to 597 assists, second only to Gordie Howe.

 

Friday, 15 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 15th Edition

 

 

1945: Bill Durnan recorded his 4th career shutout, and Murph Chamberlain and Jimmy Peters each had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens won 2-0 over the New York Rangers.

 

 

1952: Elmer Lach scored twice, and goaltender Gerry McNeil recorded his 14th career shutout, as the Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 2-0.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 14th Edition

 

1943: Montreal's rookie goalie Bill Durnan improved his career record to 6-0-0, with his first career shutout, a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Durnan set an NHL record for rookie goalies by going 12-0-2 in his first 14 games.

 

 

1959: Henri Richard scored twice and added two assists to lead Montreal to an 8-1 win against the Boston Bruins.

 

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 13th Edition

 

 

1925: The Montreal Canadiens signed Alfred "Pit" Lepine.

 

 

1947: For the first time in NHL history, the league initiated the policy of having players raise their sticks to signify the scoring of a goal. Montreal's Billy Reay became the first to do so as the Canadiens beat Chicago, 5-2.

 

 

1949: Montreal Canadiens' goalie Bill Durnan and Black Hawks' Frank Brimsek dueled to a 0-0 scoreless tie in a game played at Chicago. It was Brimsek's 37th career shutout and the 29th for Durnan.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 12th Edition

 

 

1910: The Club de Hockey Canadien is sold to George Kennedy and renamed Club Athletique Canadien. The sweater is now red with a green Maple Leaf in the center bearing a gothic "C" in its center.

 

 

1931: A new league penalty record was set during the first game of the season, a 4-1 Canadiens win over the New York Rangers at the Forum. 35 minor penalties were handed out, including 22 to New York.

 

1955:  In a 3-0 Montreal victory over the Detroit Red Wings, Jean Beliveau and Red Kelly, the two most gentlemanly players in the league got into a fight. Jacques Plante recorded his 14th career shutout, and Beliveau scored a goal and an assist.

 

 

1959: Jacques Plante recorded his 45th career shutout, and Phil Goyette scored twice as the Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0.

 


 

Monday, 11 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 11th Edition

 

1929: The Montreal Canadiens send Pete Palangio to London (IHL) in a cash deal.

 

 

1949: The Canadiens trade Joe Carveth to the Detroit Red Wings for Calum MacKay.

 

 

1964: Claude Provost scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

 

1975: Ken Dryden recorded his 20th career shutout, and Pete Mahovlich picked up four assists to lead the Canadiens to a 6-0 win over the visiting Minnesota North Stars.

A Remembrance Day Look at Amos Arbour

 

 

amos228th

Canadiens forward Amos Arbour (front row, left) served in the Canadian Military during the First World War. Fellow Habs George Prodger (top row, first on right) and Howard McNamara (4th from right) also served.

 

 

As we remember those who have served our country, those fallen and still with us, I thought I would look at one of the earliest members of the Montreal Canadiens to have served our nation.

 

 

Amos “Butch” Arbour was born on January 26, 1895 in the small town of Waubaushene, Ontario. Those from Ontario who are headed to cottage country along Highway 400, may recognize the town name, as it sits just off the off ramp to Highway 12.

 

 

Arbour worked as a butcher in his younger years and worked on his hockey skills in the neighbouring town of Victoria Harbour, playing on the Harbour Station club of the OHA Jr. league. Word of the 5’9” left winger made it’s way to the Montreal Canadiens, who brought him aboard for the 1915-16 season.

 

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 10th Edition

 

1926: The Montreal Canadiens acquire Leo LaFrance from the Duluth Hornets (AHA) in a cash deal.

 

 

1934: The Canadiens' Armand Mondou became the first player in NHL history to take a penalty shot. He missed in his attempt against George Hainsworth of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

 

1949: Maurice Richard scored twice to lead the Canadiens to a 4-2 win against the Maple Leafs.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 9th Edition

 

 

1944: Maurice Richard scored his 4th career hat trick, and added two assists in the Canadiens' 9-2 win against the visiting Chicago Black Hawks. Elmer Lach had 2 goals and 4 assists, and Toe Blake added a goal and 5 assists.

 

 

1949: Maurice Richard scored twice in the Canadiens' 2-2 tie with the New York Rangers.

 

 

1957: Claude Provost scored just four seconds into the second period to set an NHL record (later tied by Denis Savard) for fastest goal from start of a period. Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 8th Edition

 

1925: The Montreal Canadiens send Sprague Cleghorn to the Boston Bruins for $5000.

 

 

1942: Canadiens rookie Maurice Richard scored his first NHL goal in a 10-4 win over the New York Rangers,  at the Forum in Montreal. Toe Blake scored twice for the Canadiens, to give him 100 goals in his NHL career. Buddy O'Connor had a goal and five assists (including an NHL-record four assists in the third period).

 

 

1952: "Rocket" Richard scored his 325th career goal, to break the all-time record for NHL goals, held by Nels Stewart. It came in a 6-4 win over the Chicago Black Hawks in Montreal, exactly 10 years after Richard's first NHL goal. In the same game, Elmer Lach became the 5th player in franchise history to score 200 goals as a member of the Canadiens.

 

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 7th Edition

 

1956: Dickie Moore scored his third career hat trick as the Canadiens won 4-3 over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

 

1957: Jacques Plante recorded his 27th career shutout, and Maurice Richard and Claude Provost each scored a goal and added two assists in the Canadiens' 6-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

 

1959: Jacques Plante started a game for Montreal wearing a face mask for the first time in his NHL career, and led the Canadiens to a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 6th Edition

 

 

1947: Bill Durnan recorded his 13th career shutout in the Canadiens' 3-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

 

1948: Durnan recorded his 19th career shutout, and "Butch" Bouchard scored twice to lead the Canadiens to a 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

 

1954: Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion scored his 100th career NHL goal as the Canadiens beat the Red Wings 4-1.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 5th Edition

 

 

1934: Gordon Savage is traded to the Boston Bruins for Tommy Filmore and cash.

 

 

1939: Cy Wentworth had a goal and two assists in the first four minutes of the game, then added another assist in an 8-2 win over the visiting Chicago Black Hawks. They were the only points he recorded that seasons (32 games).

 

 

1949: Maurice Richard scored twice in the Canadiens' 3-3 tie with the Boston Bruins.

 

 

1955: Jean Beliveau scored four goals, including 3 during one power play in a span of :44 in the second period. The Canadiens won the game, 4-2 over Boston. Bert Olmstead recorded three assists in the 44 second span (the second fastest three assists in NHL history). After the season, the NHL changed the rules to end a minor power play after a goal was scored.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 4th Edition

 

1942: The Canadiens trade Felix Mancuso to the New York Rangers for cash.

 

 

1956: Jacques Plante completed a perfect weekend, with his second straight shutout over the Chicago Blackhawks, a 1-0 win (following a 6-0 victory the day before). It was Plante's 21st career shutout.

 

The Canadiens also acquired Bronco Horvath from the New York Rangers in a cash deal.

 

 

1971: With Ken Dryden taking over the number one goaltending job, the Canadiens trade Rogie Vachon to the Los Angeles Kings for Dale Hoganson, Dennis DeJordy, Noel Price and Doug Robinson.

 

 

 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 3rd Edition

 

 

1940: Dick Irvin coached his first game with the Montreal Canadiens, a 1-1 tie against the Boston Bruins. Irvin replaced Pit Lepine as head coach.

 

 

1951: Maurice Richard scored his 300th and 301st career NHL goals in a 3-2 Canadiens loss to the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Richard became the first player in franchise history (and the 2nd player in NHL history) to score 300 career goals.

 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 2nd Edition

 

 

1937: A benefit All-Star game (the second in NHL history) for the family of Howie Morenz was held at the Forum in Montreal.

 

A crowd of 8,683 were on hand as the NHL All-Stars defeated a combined team of Canadiens and Montreal Maroons, 6-5.

 

 

1943: Montreal Canadiens began a team-record 13 game home winning streak, with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. Rookie goalie Bill Durnan (on his way to an NHL-record 12-0-2 start to his NHL career) won his second straight game.

 

Friday, 1 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 1st Edition

plante

 

 

1921: Léo Dandurand, Joseph Cattarinnich and Louis Létourneau purchased the Montreal Canadiens from George Kennedy’s estate, for the reported price of $11,000.

 

 

1923: The Montreal Canadiens trade Louis Berlinguette to Saskatoon (WCHL) for cash.

 

 

1952: Jacques Plante, called up by the Canadiens to replace injured goalie Gerry McNeil, beat the New York Rangers 4-1, in his first NHL start. In his three game replacement trial he went 2-0-1 giving up only four goals, before being returned to the Montreal Royals.

 

 

1959: Plante returned to the ice wearing a mask after being hit in the face with a shot by Andy Bathgate in New York. It marked the beginning of a new era in hockey. Plante led the Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the Rangers.

 

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 31st Edition

 

 

1942: Rookie Maurice Richard played his first NHL game with the Montreal Canadiens. He wore #15, and picked up his first NHL point (an assist) 36 seconds into the game, a 3-2 win for over the Boston Bruins.

 

 

1974: Ken Dryden recorded his 15th career shutout in the Canadiens' 3-0 win over the Washington Capitals.

 

 

1989: Patrick Roy recorded his 10th career shutout in the Canadiens' 3-0 win over the New York Islanders.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 3oth Edition

 

 

1943: What would be the more well known version of the Canadiens “Punch Line" played together for the first time. Maurice Richard played on the wing with Elmer Lach and Toe Blake. It was also the first time Richard wore uniform #9. The Canadiens tied 2-2 with the Boston Bruins.

 

On the same day, Bill Durnan signed his first NHL contract and made his NHL debut. It was the start of an NHL-record 14 game unbeaten streak (12-0-2) for the rookie goalie.

 

The Canadiens also dealt Bert Gardiner to the Bruins for cash. The Habs retained a right to repurchase contract.

 

 

1957: Jean Beliveau scored a goal and an assist in the Canadiens' 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, to give him 300 career points in just 267 games.

 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 29th Edition

 

1939: A team of NHL All Stars defeat the Montreal Canadiens, 5-2. (scoring summary and rosters can be seen here) in a memorial game for Babe Siebert, who died in Aug. 1939.

 

 

1942: The Canadiens signed Maurice Richard to his first contract. He made his NHL debut two days later.

 

 

1951: Princess Elizabeth (later Queen of England) and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a game between the Canadiens and the New York Rangers at the Forum. The couple were in for a royal treat as the Habs got three goals from Floyd Curry (his only career hat trick) and two from Maurice Richard in a 6-1 win against the Rangers.

 

 

1952: Maurice Richard scored his 323rd and 324th career goals to tie the all-time goal scoring record set by Nels Stewart. He also had two assists, but the Canadiens lost 7-5 to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 28th Edition

 

 

1926: The Montreal Canadiens send Johnny KcKinnon to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash.

 

 

1937: The Canadiens send cash to the New York Americains for Oscar Asmundson.

 

1950: Maurice Richard and Floyd Curry each scored twice and Doug Harvey had three assists in the Canadiens' 5-1 win over the New York Rangers, in Montreal.

 

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 27th Edition

 

 

1945: Rookie Billy Reay scored twice in the first game of his NHL career, and Elmer Lach added a goal and three assists to lead the Canadiens to an 8-4 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

 

1957: The Canadiens trade Jack LeClair, Guy Rousseau and Jacques Deslauriers to Chicoutimi (QHL) for Stan Smrke.

 

 

1973: Rookie Bob Gainey scored his first NHL goal, in a 4-2 Canadiens' win over the Minnesota North Stars, at the Forum.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 26th Edition

 

1940: The Montreal  Canadiens signed Ken Reardon and John Quilty.

 

 

1946: Maurice Richard scored his 8th career hat trick, and added an assist, and Billy Reay picked up three assists in the Canadiens' 7-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

 

1961: The Habs trade Wayne Connelly to the Boston Bruins for the loan of Bob Armstrong, Dallas Smith and cash.

 

 

1972: Jacques Lemaire scored twice and added two assists, and goalie Ken Dryden recorded his 11th career shutout in the Canadiens' 7-0 win against the visiting St. Louis Blues.

 

Friday, 25 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 25th Edition

 

 

1947: Bill Durnan recorded his 12th career shutout in the Canadiens' 5-0 win over Boston.

 

 

1954: The Canadiens send cash to the Chicago Black Hawks for Jean Lamirande.

 

 

1962: The Canadiens trade Bob McCammon, Andre Tardiff and Norm Waslowski to Springfield (AHL)  for Bill McCreary.

 

 

1973: Jacques Lemaire scored his 4th career hat trick and goaltender Wayne Thomas recorded his second career shutout, as the Canadiens defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 24th Edition

 

 

1953: Gerry McNeil recorded his 24th career shutout to lead the Canadiens to a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

 

1972: Jacques Lemaire scored his third career hat trick and added an assist as Montreal beat the New York Islanders 4-3. It was the first hat trick scored at Nassau Coliseum.

 

 

1990: Stephan Lebeau scored a goal and picked up three assists, and Eric Desjardins had a goal and two assists in his 100th career NHL game as the Canadiens won 8-2 over the New York Islanders.

 

 

1991: Roland Melanson posted his second consecutive shutout (the 6th and final of his career),leading Montreal to a 5-0 win against the Quebec Nordiques.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 23rd Edition

 

1948: Detroit Red Wings goalie Harry Lumley and Canadiens' Bill Durnan duelled to a 0-0 scoreless tie, at the Forum. It was Durnan's second straight shutout and the 18th of his career. 

 

 

1949: Durnan and Boston Bruins' rookie Jack Gelineau dueled to a 0-0 scoreless tie, in a game at the Garden. It was the 28th career shutout for Durnan.

 

 

1954: Ken Mosdell scored a goal and added three assists as the Canadiens won 7-1 over the visiting New York Rangers.

 

 

1958: Rookie Ralph Backstrom scored the first two goals of his NHL career. He would add an assist as the Canadiens won 9-1 over the Chicago Blackhawks, at the Forum.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 22nd Edition

 

1926: The Canadiens send Billy Coutu traded to the Boston Bruins for Amby Moran.

 

 

1933: Albert "Battleship" Leduc is sent to the Ottawa Senators for cash. The Habs held the retaining rights of repurchase and would get Leduc back in April, 1934.

 

 

1953: Dick Irvin became the first coach in NHL history to win 600 career games, when the Canadiens beat the Chicago Black Hawks 3-2.

 

 

1961: Jacques Plante became the first goaltender in franchise history (and the 6th in the NHL) to record 250 career victories as the Canadiens won 3-2 over Chicago.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 21st Edition

 

1930: The Montreal Canadiens obtained Johnny Gagnon from Providence (Can-Am) in a trade for Gerry Carson, the loan of Jean Pusie and cash.

 

 

1935: The Habs acquire Rosario Couture from Cleveland (IHL) for cash.

 

 

1950: Montreal's rookie goalie Gerry McNeil recorded his second consecutive shutout to lead the Canadiens to a 2-0 win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings. It was the third career shutout for McNeil.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 20th Edition

 

1926: The Montreal Canadiens acquire the rights to Herb Gardiner from Calgary (WHL) for cash.

 

 

1999: The Canadiens acquire Karl Dykhuis from the Philadelphia Flyers for cash.

 

 

2008: Saku Koivu records the 600th point of his NHL career, scoring a goal in the Canadiens 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers.

 

 

Habs Born on This Day: Doug Anderson (1927), Gary Monahan (1946)

 

 

Sources:

 

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 19th Edition

rocket500

(Photo: CHC)

 

The Rocket Reaches 500

 

It was on this day in 1957 that Maurice Richard became the first player in NHL history to reach the 500 goal plateau. Richard’s goal came on the power play at 15:52 of the  first period, during the Canadiens 3-1 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

Richard reached the milestone in his 863rd NHL game. By comparison, it took Gordie Howe 1045 games to become the second to reach 500 goals in March on 1962.

 

For more on the historic moment, Red Fisher took a look back in 2007, marking the 50th anniversary of Richard’s goal. Another good read comes from Davis Harper of NHL.com

 

 

Also on this Day…..

 

Friday, 18 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 18th Edition

 

1926: Montreal Canadiens acquire Art Gagne from the Chicago Black Hawks for cash.

 

1934: Art Giroux is dealt to the Boston Bruins for cash.

 

1967: Montreal rookie Jacques Lemaire scored the first goal of his NHL career. It came in the Canadiens' 2-2 tie against the Rangers, at New York. Former Hab Phil Goyette both Rangers goals.

 

1972: Pete Mahovlich scored a goal and added three assists to lead Montreal to a 4-4 tie with the St. Louis Blues.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 17th Edition

 

1927: The Montreal Canadiens trade Bill Boucher to the New York Americans for Cash

 

 

1928: Montreal trades Harold "Gizzy" Hart to Providence (Can-Am) for cash.

 

 

1934: The Canadiens trade Leroy Goldsworthy to the Chicago Black Hawks for cash.

 

 

1946: Bill Durnan recorded his 8th career shutout and Maurice Richard scored twice in a 3-0 Canadiens' win over the New York Rangers.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 16th Edition

 

 

1947: Montreal's rookie defenseman Doug Harvey played in his first NHL game, a 2-1  Canadiens loss to the New York Rangers.

 

 


1952: Elmer Lach scored twice in 43 seconds in the third period to lead the Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the Rangers in Montreal.

 

 

1958: Henri Richard picked up four assists as the Canadiens won 4-3 over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 15th Edition

 

1940: The Canadiens trade Art Lesieur  to Pittsburgh (AHL) for Babe Tapin.

 

 

1950: Maurice Richard scored both goals to lead the Canadiens to a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins.

 

 

1953: The Canadiens dealt Stan Long to Buffalo (AHL) in a cash deal.

 

 

1954: Rookie goaltender Jacques Plante recorded his 6th career shutout in the Canadiens' 3-0 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 14th Edition

 

1945: The Canadiens acquire Vic Lynn from the Detroit Red Wings in a cash deal.

 

 

1961:  Montreal Canadiens had their 9th straight opening game victory with a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers. Henri Richard scored twice to lead the way, and Claude Provost added a goal and two assists.

 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Today in Habs History: Oct 13th Edition

 

1954: The Canadiens trade Lorne Davis to the Chicago Black Hawks for Ike Hildebrand and future considerations.

 

 

1955: The Montreal Canadiens announced that Henri Richard had been signed to a two-year contract with the team.

 

 

1956: Jacques Plante recorded his 18th career shutout as the Canadiens won 3-0 over the Boston Bruins.

 

 

1957: Rookie goaltender Charlie Hodge recorded his 2nd career shutout, and Maurice Richard and Dickie Moore each scored hat tricks as the Canadiens won 6-0 over the Detroit Red Wings. It was the 26th and final career hat trick for Richard, who also picked up an assist.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 12th Edition

 

 

1949: Bill Durnan recorded his 27th career shutout and Maurice Richard scored twice in the Canadiens' 4-0 win over the visiting Chicago Black Hawks.

 

 

1963: Former Canadiens' goalie Jacques Plante returned to the Montreal Forum for the first time as a member of the Rangers. He was both cheered and jeered, as the Rangers lost 6-2.

 

 

1968: Claude Ruel made his debut as the Montreal Canadiens' coach, succeeding Toe Blake. THe Habs the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-1.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 10th Edition

 

1929: The Canadiens acquire Gord Fraser from the Detroit Cougars in a cash deal.

 

 

1933: The Canadiens deal the rights to Jean Pusie to the New York Rangers for $3,000.

 

 

1939: The Montreal Canadiens trade Herbert Cain to the Boston Bruins for Charlie Sands and Ray Getliffe.

 

 

1949: The Canadiens send cash traded to the Boston Bruins for Grant Warwick.

 

 

1953: Maurice Richard became the first player in NHL history to score 350 goals as the Canadiens won 4-1 over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 9th Edition

 

1941: The Canadiens sent Alex Singbush, Georges Mantha, Louis Trudel and Polly Drouin to Washington (AHL) in a cash deal.

 

1952: In the Canadiens season opener, Montreal's legendary announcer Danny Gallivan called his first NHL game on radio. The Habs lost to the Chicago Black Hawks 3-2.

 

1954: The Canadiens traded Dick Gamble traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Bill Shevtz and cash. Montreal held the right of recall and Gamble’s rights were returned to Montreal on November 23, 1954.

 

1956: Maurice Richard scored for the Montreal Canadiens as they tied the NHL All Stars 1-1, in the 10th All Star Game, played in Montreal. Ted Lindsay scored for the All Stars.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 3rd Edition

JeanBeliveaucontract (2)

(Photo: Canadiens.com)

The Canadiens Get Their Man

 

October 3, 1953 – After years or courting and ultimately buying the Quebec League that he played for, the Montreal Canadiens signed Jean Beliveau to an NHL contract.

 

 

At the press conference to announce the signing, Canadiens GM Frank Selke called it the “biggest moment of my long career in hockey.” Selke was also proud that the biggest contract ever issued by the Canadiens (five years, and estimated to be in the six figure range) was “given to a French-Canadian boy from Victoriaville.”

 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Today in Habs History: October 2nd Edition

 

1934: The Montreal Canadiens trade Johnny Gagnon to the Boston Bruins for Joe Lamb.

 

1954: Jean Beliveau appeared in his second NHL All Star Game and picked up an assist as the All Stars tied the Detroit Red Wings 2-2, at the Olympia in Detroit.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Fun Facts as Habs and Leafs Open the Season

 

Tonight marks the 720th all-time regular season meeting between the Canadiens and Maple Leafs. The Habs hold a 339-284 edge with 88 ties. Montreal has outscored Toronto 2195 to 1995.

 

This is the 15th time that the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will meet to open their respective NHL seasons. The Leafs have won nine of the previous 14 season opener meetings.

 

86 players have played for both the Habs and Leafs. This includes eight Hall of Famers.

Today in Habs History: October 1st Edition

 

1922: The Canadiens trade defenseman Bert Corbeau to the Hamilton Tigers for cash.

 

1933: The Canadiens trade goaltender George Hainsworth to the Toronto Maple Leafs for goaltender Lorne Chabot.

 

Habs Born on This Day:  Dave Ritchie (1891), Doug Young (1908), Leo Lamoureux (1916), Igor Ulanov (1969)

 

Sources:

 

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Monday, 30 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 30th Edition

 

1923: The Montreal Canadiens sign forward Howie Morenz to an NHL contract. Morenz had been sought after by the Toronto Maple Leafs, but word of mouth made the Canadiens aware of the outstanding forward from Mitchell, ON. He initially signed a deal with the Habs, but after discussion with his father, returned the contract and the money to Montreal.

The Canadiens threatened Morenz, stating that by signing the deal, he would be unable to play for any other NHL team. He would later have a change of heart and report to training camp in Grimsby, ON.

Morenz would one of the league’s biggest drawing cards and was deeemed the greatest player of the first half of the 20th Century.

 

1935: The Montreal Canadiens send cash and future considerations to Providence (Can-Am) for Art Lesieur. On the same day the Habs acquire Paul Haynes from the Boston Bruins, in exchange for Jack Riley.

 

1937: The Canadiens trade Sammy Godin to Springfield (IAHL) for Red Conn.

 

1957: The Canadiens send Paul Masnick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for cash.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Friday, 27 September 2013

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 26th Edition

 

1980: The Montreal Canadiens trade Gilles Lupien and a third round pick in the 1983 NHL Amateur Draft to the Pittsburgh Penguins for their 3rd round pick in the 1983 Draft.

 

The Habs pick was later dealt to the Winnipeg Jets, along with cash on April  28, 1983, as compensation when the Canadiens hired GM Serge Savard from Winnipeg.

 

On the Canadiens also dealt Norm Dupont to the Winnipeg Jets for a 2nd round pick (David Maley) in the 1982 Draft.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Norm Dussault (1925), Craig Darby (1972)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.prosportstransactions.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 24th Edition

 

1938: The Canadiens acquire Herb Cain and Buddy O`Connor from the Montreal Maroons for cash.

 

1952: The Canadiens sign Dick Gamble.

 

1986: Sylvain Lefebvre signs as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 23rd Edition


1947: The Canadiens trade Paul Bibeault to the Chicago Black Hawks for George Allen.  Both teams held a right to recall their players and did so in June of 1947.

1951: In a cash deal, the Canadiens acquire John McCormack from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1991: Scotty Bowman is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.


Saturday, 21 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 21st Edition

image

Howie Morenz was born on this day in 1902

 

The Habs Stand Up to the Bullies

 

Many say that games in the NHL pre-season don’t matter. Such was not the case on September 21, 1975 when the Montreal Canadiens concluded a weekend exhibition series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

Many say it was a strategy right from the start by Canadiens coach Scotty Bowman. Though not a supporter of fighting in hockey, Bowman knew his squad would have to hit and hurt the defending Stanley Cup champions to get their attention.

 

It certainly worked, as the Canadiens proved they were willing to hold there ground against the rough and tumble club from the City of Brotherly Love.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 20th Edition

 

1991: The Canadiens trade Stephane Richer and Tom Chorske to the New Jersey Devils for Kirk Muller and Roland Melanson.


Habs Born on This Day: Sammy Godin (1907), Guy Lafleur (1961)


Sources:


www.hhof.com


www.sihrhockey.org

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 18th Edition

HabsCSKA1990
Canadiens forward Ryan Walter finds himself tied up in Central Red Army’s crease on Sept18, 1990. (Photo: Andre Pichette)


Habs 1990 Friendship Tour Was Not So Friendly


It certainly was not a normal training camp for the Montreal Canadiens in 1990. A  two-week excursion to Sweden and the Soviet Union was indeed a new experience for the club, but with families in tow it wasn’t what coach Pat Burns really wanted. With his experience from behind the bench at the 1987 World Junior Championships still fresh in his mind, Burns was still uneasy about Soviet-NHL relations. He wouldn’t be wrong.


The Berlin Wall had fallen but life in the Soviet Union hadn’t changed too much. It was certainly an experience for the Canadiens players to see how life was on the other side of the Iron Curtain. “It makes you appreciate what we have,” said forward Denis Savard. “You don’t realize until you come here how poor this country is.”

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 17th Edition

 

 

1935: Le Club de Hockey Canadien is sold to Ernest Savard, Maurice Forget and Louis Gelinas. They operate the club for the Canadian Arena Company. Ernest Savard replaces Leo Dandurand as Canadiens GM.

 

1971: Guy Lafleur suits up for the first time in NHL pre-season action. The Habs rookie scores three assists in a 7-4 Montreal win over the Boston Bruins.

 

 

1991: The Habs trade Andrew Cassels to the Hartford Whalers for a 2nd round pick (Valeri Bure) in 1992.

 

Monday, 16 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 16th Edition

habsdynamo2

Canadiens goaltender Andre Racicot finds a Dynamo Moscow player in top of him, during exhibition action. Sept. 16, 1990. The Habs lost 4-1 (Photo: Andre Pichette)

 

 

1950: The Canadiens trade Roger Leger to the Victoria Cougars (WHL) for cash

 

 

1990: The Canadiens lost 4-1 to Dynamo Moscow, on their exhibition tour of the Soviet Union. Mark Pederson had the lone Canadiens goal.

 

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 15th Edition

 

Rocketretirementpodium (2)

Maurice Richard announces his retirement at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel (Photo: David Bier)

 

The Rocket Hangs Them Up

 

 

On the morning of September 15, 1960, Maurice Richard took to the ice with his teammates for the morning skate at training camp. During the team scrimmage, he potted four goals on goaltender Jacques Plante and assisted on three others.

 

 

Following the day’s workout, the Rocket was spotted heading to the office of GM Frank Selke. A half an hour later, a saddened and frustrated Richard walked out.

 

 

“What’s happening?” inquired the Montreal Star’s beat reporter with the Canadiens.

 

 

“They want me to retire,” was his answer.

 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Remembering Glen Skov

 

This past week, on September 10th, the hockey world lost another from the Original Six era. Glen Skov, a hard checking center, who spent the majority of his career with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks, passed away in Palm Beach Harbour, FL at the age of 82.

 

Today in Habs History: September 14th Edition




Dryden Calls it Quits


With two Stanley Cups, a Calder Trophy, a Vezina Trophy and a Conn Smythe Trophy to his merit, in just three seasons, Ken Dryden took a look at the two year contract he signed with the Montreal Canadiens at the end of the 1972 season. To him it just wasn’t right, and unable to renegotiate his contract, Dryden (26 at the time) announced that he would not be back for the 1973-74 season.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 13th Edition

 

Imagine Grapes in le Bleu, Blanc et Rouge!

 

 

On September 13, 1962  the Montreal Canadiens sent cash to the Detroit Red Wings for the rights to Don Cherry. Yes, that Don Cherry.

 

 

Cherry had seen one NHL game in his career to that point, a 1955 playoff game with the Bruins, who lost to the Canadiens. After that Grapes resumed his minor league career.

 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 12th Edition

 

1979: Henri Richard is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

 

 

1985: Bert Olmstead is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

 

 

1990: Denis Savard (2G, 1A) and Shayne Corson (1G, 2A) each had three points in the Canadiens 5-3 win over SKA Leningrad. It was the first game in a four-game exhibition series against Soviet clubs. Members of Torpedo Yaroslaval also supplemented the Russian team.

 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 11th Edition

 

 

1945: Ray Getliffe and Felix "Roly" Rossignol are traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Billy Reay. Getliffe retired and Detroit was later awarded the rights to Fern Gauthier as compensation.

 

 

1982: The Canadiens trade Doug Risebrough and a 2nd round pick (Frantisek Musil) in 1983 to the Calgary Flames for a 2nd round pick (Todd Francis) in 1983 and a 3rd round pick (Graeme Bonar) in 1984.

 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 10th Edition

habsswe6

Stephane Richer celebrates one of his two goals in a pre-season exhibition game vs. AIK Djurgardens in Stockholm,Sweden – Sept. 10, 1990. (Photo:Andre Pichette)

 

 

The Habs Come to Scandinavia

 

Training camp for the Montreal Canadiens in  September of 1990 would not be the normal event.

 

 

The NHL had decided to showcase their product in the European market. With the fall of the Berlin Wall and a state of openness in the Eastern Bloc nations, the league put together a “Friendship Tour” of the Soviet Union, with the Minnesota North Stars  and Canadiens headed to Russia. The Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues also visited Europe, playing in a mini-tournament in Germany and Austria.

 

 

The Canadiens players were allowed to bring their wives and children along on the tour, which made the trip more frustrating for coach Pat Burns. It was not the type of training camp he wanted. He was still tentative of the existing “Cold War on Ice”, having been an assistant coach for Team Canada in the ill-fated 1987 World Junior Championships. The recent defection of Sergei Federov to the Detroit Red Wings also did not sit will with NHL-Soviet relations.

 

 

Burns’ feelings would come to a reality at the conclusion of the tour. We’ll look into that as the date approaches.

 

 

As a warm-up, the Canadiens played a tune-up game against AIK Djurgardens, in Stockholm Sweden on September 10.

 

Monday, 9 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 9th Edition

 

Grundman Tries His Best Pollock, Did it Work?

 

 

“When a player tells you that he doesn't want to play for you, that's not the way you build a team,” said then Canadiens GM Irving Grundman.”The Montreal Canadiens weren't built by keeping players that didn't want to play for them."

 

 

Grundman was referring to Canadiens defenseman Rod Langway. The American defenseman was quickly making his way up the ranks on the Montreal blue line, emerging from the shadow of The Big Three. Unfortunately he was disenchanted with paying the absurd Quebec income tax rates and doing tax returns in two countries. Although the Canadiens were still a successful club, Langway wanted out. Grundman had to do something.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 8th Edition

 

 

1980: Gump Worsley is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

 

 

1982: Yvan Cournoyer is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

 

 

Habs Born on This Day: Rogatien “Rogie” Vachon (1945), Paul DiPietro (1970), Pierre Sevigny (1971), Trent McCleary (1972)

 

 

Sources:

 

www.hhof.com

 

www.sihrhockey.org

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 7th Edition

 

1988: Tony Esposito and Guy Lafleur (pictured) enter the Hockey Hall of Fame. Buddy O`Connor, who played six seasons with the Canadiens, was inducted in the veterans’ category.

 

 

Habs Born on This Day: Gene Achtymichuk (1932), Jacques Lemaire (1945), Gino Odjick (1970), Paul Mara (1979), Aaron Palushaj (1989)

 

 

Sources:

 

 

www.hhof.com, including photo

 

 

www.sihrhockey.org

Friday, 6 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 6th Edition

 

 

1996: The Montreal Canadiens obtain Scott Thornton from Edmonton, in exchange for Andrei Kovalenko.

 

 

Habs Born on This Day: Bill Root (1959)

 

 

Sources:

 

 

 www.hhof.com

 

 

www.sihrhockey.org

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 5th Edition

 

 

2001: The Montreal Canadiens announce that team captain Saku Koivu will be out indefinitely, after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Koivu made a remarkable recovery, returning to the ice just seven months later.

 

 

Habs Born on This Day: John Ferguson (1938)

 

 

Sources:

 

www.hhof.com

 

www.sihrhockey.org

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 4th Edition

 

 

For the Better. But in the Long Run, For Not

 

 

It had been a busy and difficult summer for Canadiens GM Serge Savard in 1990. He had made one controversial trade already, sending future Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios to the Chicago Blackhawks and had later sent the popular Bobby Smith back to Minnesota. Savard’s dealings were not done as training camp overseas approached.

 

 

Having groin and abdominal injuries during the season that limited him to 39 regular season games, not to mention a toxic relationship with his coach, the Montreal Canadiens sent Claude Lemieux to the New Jersey Devils for Sylvain Turgeon on September 4, 1990.

 

 

Lemieux had solid seasons of 27 or more goals in his first three full years in Montreal, but his troubles with coaches, that dated back to his junior career, would escalate from the start of the 1988-89 season.

 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Monday, 2 September 2013

Today in Habs History: September 2nd Edition

 

 

2003: Former Canadiens captain Kirk Muller announced his retirement as a player. Muller played 1349 regular season games in the NHL. 267 came with the Canadiens,  where he scored 104 goals and 143 assists, winning a Stanley Cup with the Habs in 1993.

 

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Today In Habs History: August 27th Edition

toeHHOF

Toe Blake (right) accepts his HHOF plaque from Conn Smythe, August 27, 1966. (Photo: Canadian Press)


 


The 1966 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony was certainly a big night for the Montreal Canadiens.  Defensemen Ken Reardon and Emile “Butch” Bouchard, along with forwards Elmer Lach and Hector “Toe Blake” were among the nine players formally inducted that night. League president Clarence Campbell was inducted in the builders category.


 


Ted Lindsay, who played for Detroit and Chicago, boycotted the ceremony, as players were not allowed to bring their wives and family. “If my family can’t share in this, I won’t go,” Lindsay said. “They sacrificed a lot through my career and went through a lot of inconvenience. They deserve it as much as I do.”


 


Four years to the day later, Canadiens defenseman Tom Johnson joined hockey’s elite.


 


Also on This Day:


 


1968: The Habs send Jim Mikol and Bill Staub to the Cleveland Barons (AHL) for Howie Glover.


 


1992: The Canadiens trade Shayne Corson, Brent Gilchrist and Vladimir Vujtek to the Edmonton Oilers for Vincent Damphousse and a 4th round pick #85 (Adam Wiesel) in 1993.


 


Habs Born on This Day:


 


Jack Laviolette (1879), Amby Moran (1896), Aaron Downey (1974)


 


 


Sources:


 


www.hhof.com


 


www.sihrhockey.org


 


The Montreal Gazette, August 29, 1966, “Ten Enter Hockey Hall of Fame”

Monday, 26 August 2013

Today in Habs History: August 26th Edition

richardhhof

Maurice Richard shares a laugh with fellow inductee referee Mickey Ion, at the 1961 Hockey Hall of Fame Dinner (Photo: Montreal Gazette, August 29, 1961).

 

The Hall Opens it’s Doors

 

The Hockey Hall of Fame opened it’s official home at Toronto’s CNE grounds on this day in 1961.

 

The permanent home to honour hockey’s legends and showcase memorabilia was funded by all six NHL clubs, averaging a donation of approximately $100,000 each. The construction of a new hall of fame had been planned fro some time, with debate as to Toronto or Kingston should be the location.

 

Kingston was already the home of the International Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum, and seemed a likely choice to continue the tradition with an upgraded buiding. But in 1958, Clarence Campbell withdrew the NHL’s involvement with the Kingston facility and decided on a new hall in Toronto.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Today in Habs History: August 19th Edition

carbo

(photo: CHC)

 

August 19, 1994 would see the second instalment of the dealings of Habs leadership that spanned for a decade.  In total, ten players would wear the “C” in Montreal from 1989 to 1999.

 

With the retirement of Bob Gainey in 1989, the Canadiens players split the vote and elected Chris Chelios and Guy Carbonneau as co-captains for the 1989-90 season. The intent (apparently decided by the pair) would be that they would alternate wearing the revered honor during home and away games.

 

By the start of the 1990-91 season, Carbonneau was the lone captain in Montreal. The organization, tired of the off-ice antics of Chelios, dealt the Norris winning defenceman to the Chicago Blackhawks on June 29, 1990. GM Serge Savard attempted to mask the deal, fuelled by team President Ronald Corey, stating that he felt Chelios' knees were still questionable in the long run. Chelios retired 20 years after Savard’s comment.

 

Carbonneau would lead the Canadiens to their 24th Stanley Cup in 1993, but he too was no saint himself at times both by self admission and through the eyes of Ronald Corey. A year following the franchise’s last Stanley Cup, he too was on his way out.

 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Happy Birthday Ken Dryden!

Dryden1970 (2)

Ken Dryden, seen here in pre-season action in 1970, turns 66 today (Photo: AP)

 

Birthday greetings to Canadiens Hall of Fame goaltender  Ken Dryden, born on this day in 1947.

 

Below are some links to some articles on the Habs No. 29, including some writings of his own. And if you haven’t read his books The Game or Home Game,you really should.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Accolades for The Rocket from South of the Border

Jack Dempsey, boxing, Ty Cobb, baseball, Harold "Red" Grange, football, Jesse Owens, track, Rocket in hockey, Don Budge, tennis. And in front, Bobby Jones, golf.
Jack Dempsey, Ty Cobb, Harold "Red" Grange, Jesse Owens, Maurice Richard, Don Budge and Bobby Jones (seated) are honoured by New York’s B’nai Brith in 1960. (Photo: United Press)

Maurice “Rocket” Richard has a multitude of accolades bestowed upon him from the NHL and his home province of Quebec and home country of Canada. The legendary Richard was also noted in the United States, on several occasions by an assortment of outlets.


My good friend Francis Bouchard, an avid collector of video footage, and seeker of all things Habs history related, came across a few of these tributes to share.  When Richard received these awards, he was certainly in good company, with other notables of the major league sports.


 

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Kovalchuk’s “retirement” reminiscent of Lemaire

 

The sudden "retirement" of Ilya Kovalchuk to the KHL caught many off guard this past week, despite the fact it appears the Devils’ winger had made his plans awware to the organization months ahead.

Of course this is not the first time a player has left the NHL for another league, for one reason or another. It has happened many times in the seventies, when money lured players to the WHA, and more recently as Russian players return home to play in the KHL. Kovalchuk just adds to the list.

The Montreal Canadiens had a surprising retirement of their own, in the off-season of 1979, as the seventies dynasty began to dismantle.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 17th Edition

 

 

1975: The Canadiens trade Wayne Thomas to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 1st round pick (Peter Lee) in 1976.

 

1989: The Canadiens select defenseman Patrice Brisebois 30th overall at the NHL Entry Draft. Andre Racicot was chosen 83rd.

 

2010: Montreal sends goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Fred Doherty (1919), Stephane Fiset (1970)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 16th Edition

 

 

1972: Montreal sends Rey Comeau and Lynn Powis to the Atlanta Flames for a 2nd round pick (Eric Vail) and cash.

 

2007: The Canadiens trade Sergei Samsonov to the Chicago Blackhawks for Jassen Cullimore and Tony Salmelainen.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Dainius Zubrus (1978)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 15th Edition

 

1966: New York Rangers obtained Al MacNeil from Montreal, in the annual NHL Intra-League Draft, shortly after the Canadiens had grabbed MacNeil from the Chicago Black Hawks in the same Draft.

 

1978: The Canadiens select Danny Geoffrion 8th overall at the NHL Entry Draft. The third generation player did not lead up to expectations. Dave Hunter was selected 17th. Hunter had already signed a deal with the WHA’s Edmonton Oilers and would be returned to the Oilers in the 1979 Reclaim Draft as an agreement that the Oilers did not take certain Montreal players, including Rod Langway in the Expansion Draft.

 

Keith Acton was selected 103rd. Acton would be traded to the Minnesota North Stars in a package deal in 1983 for Bobby Smith, who happened to be the first overall pick in 1978. The second pick in 1978 was Ryan Walter (Washington), who also later found himself in Montreal.

 

Later in the draft Soviet star and later NHLer Viacheslav Fetisov was selected 201st and Chris Nilan would be selected 231st overall.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 14th Edition

 

1967: The Canadiens trade Danny O'Shea to the Minnesota North Stars for a 1st round pick in 1970 and a 1st round pick in 1972. Both picks were returned to Minnesota prior to the 1970. It's believed to have been part of an arrangement with Minnesota so Montreal could claim two "cultural picks" (Rejean Houle and Marc Tardif) in the 1969 draft.

The Canadiens later reacquired the 1970 pick from Minnesota.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 13th Edition

Certainly a Hall of Fame day for many Canadiens alumni, as several were announced as members of the hallowed hall on this day, over the years.

 

In 1961, George Hainsworth, Joe Hall and Maurice Richard were among the nine members inducted into the class. The NHL’s selection committee deviated from what was then a five-year waiting period, and selected “The Rocket,” who retired in the fall of 1960.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 12th Edition

 

2013: Though leaked to the media two days prior, the NHL officially announces that P.K. Subban is the winner of the James Norris Trophy, as League’s outstanding defenceman.

 

Subban is the sixth defenceman in the history of the Canadiens to win the trophy, and the first since Chris Chelios in 1989. Doug Harvey, Tom Johnson, Jacques Laperriere and Larry Robinson are the other four previous winners with Montreal.

 

At the age of  24 years and 30 days, he is the youngest Canadiens player to with the award, edging out 1966 winner Laperriere by several few months. Subban is also the first Habs player to have won the Norris before winning a Stanley Cup in his career.

 

Also on this day…

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 11th Edition

 

1953: The Montreal Canadiens trade George McAvoy and cash to the Providence Reds (AHL) for goaltender Bob Perreault.

 

1963: The Canadiens trade Ralph Keller and loan Chuck Hamilton to the Hershey Bears (AHL) for Marc Reaume.

 

1964: In the second NHL Amateur draft held in Montreal, 24 players were chosen. In the third round (#14 overall) the Boston Bruins selected 16-year-old Ken Dryden, a Junior B goaltender playing in Toronto.  The Bruins later traded the prospect to the Canadiens.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 10th Edition

image

 

1971: The Canadiens dominance of the seventies begins to take shape as Scotty Bowman is announced as the 13th head coach in the history of the Montreal Canadiens.

 

The story is that Canadiens GM Sam Pollock had approached Bowman during Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final. Bowman, in a dispute with ownership, had parted ways with the St. Louis Blues. Having worked with Bowman the Canadiens organisation before, Pollock offered him an undetermined position. After mulling over offers from four other NHL clubs, including the Oakland Seals, Bowman made a call to Pollock.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 9th Edition

image

 

1993: For the 24th time in the 100 year history of the Stanley Cup, Montreal Canadiens would have their names engraved on it yet again.

 

After a playoff run that saw an unmatched 10 consecutive wins in overtime, including a three in the Finals, the Canadiens coasted to a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in the fifth, and deciding game. And what better a place to see a Cup raised then at the Montreal Forum, with Habs legends such as Henri and Maurice Richard in attendance as well.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 8th Edition

 

1954: The Canadiens deal Dick Gamble and the rights to Eddie Dorohoy traded to New York Rangers for Hy Buller. Montreal held the right of recall if Dorohoy failed to make the New York Rangers roster. The deal was nullified in September, when Buller retired.

 

 

1955: Hector "Toe" Blake was named coach of the Montreal Canadiens. He replaced Dick Irvin, who had coached the team for 15 seasons.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 7th Edition

PatrickRoy93Final (2)

Patrick Roy winked his way to a Game Four win vs. the Kings in the 1993 Stanley Cup Final. John LeCalir would be the overtime hero in Montreal’s 3-2 win.  (Photo: Getty Images)

 

1993: It was almost like deja-vu in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Canadiens and the Los Angeles Kings. Except this game had no controversial moments, as had the previous two.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 6th Edition

image

 

1969: Montreal Canadiens acquired Peter Mahovlich (pictured) and Bart Crashley from the Detroit Red Wings, in exchange for Garry Monahan and Doug Piper.

Monahan, a first-round pick by the Canadiens in 1963, did look like a promising prospect in the minors, but after compiling 7 points in 51 games for Detroit he was sent to the Los Angeles Kings. His best season came with the Vancouver Canucks, where he had 18 goals and 26 assists in 1976-77.

Mahovlich at the time was frustrated with being sent up and down in the Wings system, that he actually considered retiring. 

Canadiens GM Sam Pollock had passed over Mahovlich, in favor of Monohan, and still liked "The Little M's" size and play. He made a deal, throwing in Piper, who had been an offensively gifted defenseman in Junior hockey.  Perhaps Detroit GM Sid Abel was convinced he'd have the next Bobby Orr. Piper never played in the NHL.

After splitting his first season with the Canadiens and the Voyageurs, Mahovlich went on to score 569 points in 582 games, set a team single-season record for assists (82) and is won of only four Canadiens players to record 100 points in a season, doing it twice. He also picked up four Stanley Cup rings.

 

Also on this day..

 

1956: After what was credited to a dominating season by the Canadiens power-play, the previous season, the NHL Board of Governors passed a rule allowing a player serving a minor penalty to return to the ice after a goal scored by the opposition. Previously teams kept their power play for the entire two minutes.

 

1960: Montreal sends Billy Carter to the Boston Bruins for cash.

 

1967: Andre Boudrias, Bob Charlebois and Bernard Cote are  traded to Minnesota North Stars for a 1st round pick (Chuck Arnason) in 1971. The Canadiens also send Bill Plager and the rights to Leo Thiffault and Barrie Meissner  to Minnesota for Bryan Watson.

 

1968: Jake Rathwell is traded to Minnesota in a cash deal.

 

1972: The Habs send Glenn “Chico” Resch, Denis DeJordy, Alex Campbell and future considerations (Germain Gagnon, June 26, 1972)  to the New York Islanders for a 2nd round pick (Glenn Goldup) in 1973 and cash.

 

Habs Born on This Day: Art Giroux (1908), Jean Hamel (1952), Marko Kiprusoff (1972), Niklas Sundstrom (1975)

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Photo credit: CHC

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 5th Edition

 

JohnLeclair93 (2)

(Photo: Getty Images)

 

1993: The Canadiens came out flying, but a second period breakdown would lead to yet another overtime in the team’s chase for the Stanley Cup.

 

Despite the energy of the Los Angeles Forum crowd, one that Wayne Gretzky thought might intimidate the visiting club, the Habs took an early charge against the Los Angeles Kings in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 4th Edition

 

 

1963: Frank Selke makes a blockbuster deal moving Jacques Plante, Don Marshall and Phil Goyette to the New York Rangers for Lorne "Gump" Worsley, Dave Balon, Leon Rochefort and Len Ronson. The trade was ranked No. by the Hockey News in 2012, in their Top 10 Off-Season deals of all time.

 

Monday, 3 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 3rd Edition

game2 (2) (1)
Eric Desjardins (right) celebrates his secind of three goals, in Game Two of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo: SI/Getty Images)

1993: It’s amazing how a matter of inches can effect the course of any sporting event. A putt in golf that breaks just a fraction to miss a birdie, ad run to the goaline in football that is stopped short right on the line. In hockey, a simple deflection or borderline offside call can be commonplace for fans. But a stick measurement, especially in the Stanley Cup Finals only happens, well…once.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 2nd Edition

The Canadiens Elmer Lach (second from left) receives the inaugural Art Ross Trophy, from the man for whom the trophy is named for. (Photo: HHOF)

1948: At the NHL Annual meeting in Montreal, it was announced that the Art Ross Trophy would now be awarded annually to the scoring leader, rather than "the outstanding player". Montreal's Elmer Lach became the first winner (with 61 points in 1947-48).

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 1st Edition

Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille celebrate a goal in Game One of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo: AP)

 

1993: The Montreal Canadiens are back in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in four years, as they faced off against the Los Angeles Kings in Game One. It was Montreal’s 34th trip to the final battle for the Cup, and the first in the 25-year history of the Kings.

Friday, 31 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 31st Edition


2007: The Canadiens trade their 7th round pick (David Skokan) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft to the New York Rangers for Ryan Russell.

Sources:
www.hhof.com
www.sihrhockey.org

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 30th Edition

 

1962: The Canadiens deal Al MacNeil  to the Chicago Black Hawks for Wayne Hicks

 

Habs Born on This Day: Jackie Leclair (1929), Jeff Teal (1960), David Wilkie (1974)

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 29th Edition

 

 

1973: Just another day in the office for Sam Pollock, as the Canadiens send Bob Murdoch and Randy Rota to the Los Angeles Kings for a 1st round pick (Mario Tremblay) in 1974 and cash.

 

 

Murdoch would have a steady career on the blue line with the Kings, and later Atlanta and Calgary. Rota showed potential as a scorer in the minors, and even scored two points in his only two games in Montreal in the 1972-73 season. He would play four more NHL seasons with three NHL clubs, before being transferred to the WHA’s Edmonton Oilers.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 28th Edition

 

2003: At age 37, goaltender Patrick Roy announced his retirement after 18 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche. Roy retired as the NHL's all-time leader with 1,029 regular season games 551 wins, 247 Stanley Cup games, 151 playoff victories and 20 playoff shutouts.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 27th Edition


1974: The Canadiens acquire Mike Baumgartner from the Atlanta Flames, in a cash deal. Montreal also sent Rick Wilson and a 5th round pick (Don Wheldon) in 1974 to the St. Louis Blues for a 4th round pick (Barry Legge) in 1974 and future considerations (Glen Sather, later acquired on June 14, 1974).

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 26th Edition

 

1997: Alain Vigneault is hired as the 24th Head Coach (24th in franchise history, replacing the resigned Mario Tremblay. Dave King, Clement Jodoin, and Roland Melanson are hired as assistants. Steve Shutt and Jacques Laperierre are relieved of their duties

 

 

Habs Born on This Day: Louis Berlinguette (1887), P.J. Stock (1975)

 

 

Sources:

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 25th Edition

image

The Canadiens win the 1978 Stanley Cup (Photo: www.cic.gc.ca)

 

 

On this day in 1978, the Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals. With the win the Canadiens won their 21st Stanley Cup, and third of their four straight to close out the seventies.

 

 

For the second year in a row, the Canadiens would raise the Cup in the Boston Garden. It also marks the last time these two rivals have met in a Cup Final.