Friday, 8 March 2013

Today in Habs History: March 8th Edition


Canadiens manager Cecil Hart and Aurel Joliat in the Canadiens dressing room, after the death of Howie Morenz (Photo:  Famous Studio, Montreal/HHOF)

1937: Montreal's Howie Morenz died just six weeks after suffering a broken leg during a game against Chicago.  Morenz’s teammate Aurel Joliat stated the the “Stratford Streak” died of a broken heart, after being unable to return to the ice. Three days later, a funeral service was held at the Forum and more than 15,000 people paid their respects.


1952: "Elmer Lach Night" was held at the Forum, when the Canadiens tied Chicago 4-4.  The veteran center received a car, rowboat, TV set, refrigerator and other gifts.


1969: John Ferguson scored two goals and added an assist and Ralph Backstrom had three assists to lead the Canadiens to a 3-3 tie with the Los Angeles Kings, in Montreal.


1978: Guy Lafleur scored twice, including his 50th of the season as the Canadiens won 4-3 against the visiting Washington Capitals.  It was Lafleur's fourth 50 goal season for the Canadiens.


1979: Jacques Lemaire scored his 6th career hat trick and added two assists to lead the Canadiens to an 11-1 win against the visiting Vancouver Canucks.


1995: Mark Recchi became the 1st player in history to take penalty shots for two different NHL teams in one season, when he missed against Hasek in a 2-2 tie against the Sabres.  One month earlier, Recchi had missed with the Flyers vs Ottawa.


2006: The Canadiens trade goaltender Jose Theodore to the Colorado Avalanche for David Aebischer.


Habs Born on This Day: Mike Lalor (1963)



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