Saturday, 26 January 2013

Today in Habs History: January 26th Edition


Amos Arbour was born on this day in 1895


Deemed as one of Sam Pollock’s best deals as the club’s General Manager, the Montreal Canadiens trade Ralph Backstrom to the Los Angeles Kings for Gord Labossiere and Ray Fortin on this day in 1971.

Neither Fortin nor Labossiere played a single game for Montreal, with the latter traded the same day to the Minnesota North Stars for Rey Comeau.

The key to the deal for Pollock was to ensure Backstrom’s addition would keep the Kings ahead of the California Golden Seals in the NHL basement.

The moved worked.

That June the Canadiens, having obtained the Seals’ first pick in the 1971 NHL Entry Draft a year prior, would select their prize..Guy Lafleur.

Elsewhere on This Day…

1963: Jean Beliveau scores his 300th career NHL goal, but the Canadiens fall short in a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers.


1974: The Canadiens celebrated “Henri Richard Night,” with a 4-1 win over the Chicago Black Hawks. The Habs captain received numerous gifts and accolades, including a silver-plated tray from his opponents. He thanked the visiting players by assisting on two Montreal goals.

1975: Guy Lafleur records the only 4-goal game of his NHL career, leading the Habs to a 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bob Gainey had four assists.

1994: Patrick Roy records his 25th career shutout in the Canadiens 3-0 win over the Hartford Whalers. Brian Bellows scored twice, giving him 400 career goals.

Habs Born on This Day: Amos Arbour (1895), Vic Lynn (1925), Glen Skov (1931), Louis Leblanc (1991)

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