A picture says 1000 words.
On this day in 1956, the Canadiens Jean Beliveau became the first hockey player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. You can read all the features on “Le Gros Bill,” and the rest of his teammates in the SI Archives.
Elsewhere on this Day…
1918: The Canadiens lose for the first time in the NHL at the Jubilee Arena. The Habs dropped a 4-3 decision to Ottawa, despite Joe Malone extending his goal-scoring streak to 10 games.
1954: Bernie Geoffrion’s scores his third career hat trick and Elmer Lach had a five-point night (1G, 4A) in the Canadiens 5-1 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.
1975: Guy Lafleur and Peter Mahovlich each score three points (1G, 2A) and Ken Dryden records his 16th career shutout in Montreal’s 7-0 win over the Minnesota North Stars. The win extended the Canadiens unbeaten streak to 7-0-5.
Habs Born on This Day: Mario Roberge (1964), Francois Groleau (1973), Frederic St-Denis (1986)