Thursday, 14 February 2013

Today in Habs History: February 14th Edition

Chris Nilan set a Habs record with 39 penalty minutes in a single game (Photo: AP)

1934: Canadiens Howie Morenz and Aurel Joliat represent the NHL All-Stars in the Ace Bailey Benefit Game. Joliat assisted on Morenz’s goal, but the All-Stars lost 7-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The game raised $20,909.40 for Bailey, who’s playing career ended when he suffered a fractured skull on December 13, 1933, after a hit from the Bruins Eddie Shore.

1951: The Canadiens traded defenseman Hal Laycoe to the Boston Bruins for Ross Lowe. Lowe played in a pair of playoff games for the Habs in the 1950-51 season, and suited up for 31 games in 1951-52, wearing the No. 4 sweater. It would be his last NHL season.

Ross Lowe died in a drowning accident on Lake Haliburton, ON in August of 1955, at the age of 26.

Laycoe’s name would turn up in Canadiens’ lore in 1955, for taking part in the skirmish with Maurice Richard, that would lead to the latter’s suspension.

1981: Doug Risebrough scores his 100th career NHL goal in Montreal’s 6-1 win over the Washington Capitals. In the same game, Chris Nilan set a team record with 39 penalty minutes.

1990: Shayne Corson’s two goals and four assists leads the Canadiens in 10-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Stephane Richer had two goals and five assists, picking up a point in each of his first five shifts on the ice.

Habs Born on This Day: Bobby Boucher (1904), Murph Chamberlain (1915), Bernie Geoffrion (1931), Petr Svoboda (1966), Howie Glover (1969), Sean Hill (1970), Tom Pyatt (1987)


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