Monday, 15 April 2013

Today in Habs History: April 15th Edition

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A quiet day on the history front, as playoff season begins to open some down time in the history ledger.

So with that, birthday wishes to former Habs center Keith Acton (pictured), who turns 55 today. Acton played five seasons with the Canadiens, his best in 1981-82 when he centered Guy Lafleur and Steve Shutt and scored 88 points (36 goals).

The 5’8”,  hard-nosed, two-way centre was traded to the Minnesota North Stars on Oct. 28, 1983, aong with Mark Napier and a third round pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, for Bobby Smith.

Acton has been an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The late Bill Meronek who played all 19 of his NHL regular season games and one playoff game with the Canadiens, was born on this day in 1917. Meronek was coached in Verdun of the Quebec Senior League by Hall of Famer Aurel Joliat.

Meronek had four points in seven games with the Habs, in the 1939-40 season. He returned to Montreal for the 1942-43 season (9 points in 12 games) was limited to home games due to World War II commitments.

Meronek died in 1999 at the age of 82.

 

Sources:

www.canadiens.com (Acton Photo)

www.hhof.com

www.sihrhockey.org

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