Monday, 17 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 17th Edition



1975: The Canadiens trade Wayne Thomas to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 1st round pick (Peter Lee) in 1976.


1989: The Canadiens select defenseman Patrice Brisebois 30th overall at the NHL Entry Draft. Andre Racicot was chosen 83rd.


2010: Montreal sends goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.


Habs Born on This Day: Fred Doherty (1919), Stephane Fiset (1970)



Sunday, 16 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 16th Edition



1972: Montreal sends Rey Comeau and Lynn Powis to the Atlanta Flames for a 2nd round pick (Eric Vail) and cash.


2007: The Canadiens trade Sergei Samsonov to the Chicago Blackhawks for Jassen Cullimore and Tony Salmelainen.


Habs Born on This Day: Dainius Zubrus (1978)



Saturday, 15 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 15th Edition


1966: New York Rangers obtained Al MacNeil from Montreal, in the annual NHL Intra-League Draft, shortly after the Canadiens had grabbed MacNeil from the Chicago Black Hawks in the same Draft.


1978: The Canadiens select Danny Geoffrion 8th overall at the NHL Entry Draft. The third generation player did not lead up to expectations. Dave Hunter was selected 17th. Hunter had already signed a deal with the WHA’s Edmonton Oilers and would be returned to the Oilers in the 1979 Reclaim Draft as an agreement that the Oilers did not take certain Montreal players, including Rod Langway in the Expansion Draft.


Keith Acton was selected 103rd. Acton would be traded to the Minnesota North Stars in a package deal in 1983 for Bobby Smith, who happened to be the first overall pick in 1978. The second pick in 1978 was Ryan Walter (Washington), who also later found himself in Montreal.


Later in the draft Soviet star and later NHLer Viacheslav Fetisov was selected 201st and Chris Nilan would be selected 231st overall.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 14th Edition


1967: The Canadiens trade Danny O'Shea to the Minnesota North Stars for a 1st round pick in 1970 and a 1st round pick in 1972. Both picks were returned to Minnesota prior to the 1970. It's believed to have been part of an arrangement with Minnesota so Montreal could claim two "cultural picks" (Rejean Houle and Marc Tardif) in the 1969 draft.

The Canadiens later reacquired the 1970 pick from Minnesota.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 13th Edition

Certainly a Hall of Fame day for many Canadiens alumni, as several were announced as members of the hallowed hall on this day, over the years.


In 1961, George Hainsworth, Joe Hall and Maurice Richard were among the nine members inducted into the class. The NHL’s selection committee deviated from what was then a five-year waiting period, and selected “The Rocket,” who retired in the fall of 1960.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 12th Edition


2013: Though leaked to the media two days prior, the NHL officially announces that P.K. Subban is the winner of the James Norris Trophy, as League’s outstanding defenceman.


Subban is the sixth defenceman in the history of the Canadiens to win the trophy, and the first since Chris Chelios in 1989. Doug Harvey, Tom Johnson, Jacques Laperriere and Larry Robinson are the other four previous winners with Montreal.


At the age of  24 years and 30 days, he is the youngest Canadiens player to with the award, edging out 1966 winner Laperriere by several few months. Subban is also the first Habs player to have won the Norris before winning a Stanley Cup in his career.


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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 11th Edition


1953: The Montreal Canadiens trade George McAvoy and cash to the Providence Reds (AHL) for goaltender Bob Perreault.


1963: The Canadiens trade Ralph Keller and loan Chuck Hamilton to the Hershey Bears (AHL) for Marc Reaume.


1964: In the second NHL Amateur draft held in Montreal, 24 players were chosen. In the third round (#14 overall) the Boston Bruins selected 16-year-old Ken Dryden, a Junior B goaltender playing in Toronto.  The Bruins later traded the prospect to the Canadiens.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 10th Edition



1971: The Canadiens dominance of the seventies begins to take shape as Scotty Bowman is announced as the 13th head coach in the history of the Montreal Canadiens.


The story is that Canadiens GM Sam Pollock had approached Bowman during Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final. Bowman, in a dispute with ownership, had parted ways with the St. Louis Blues. Having worked with Bowman the Canadiens organisation before, Pollock offered him an undetermined position. After mulling over offers from four other NHL clubs, including the Oakland Seals, Bowman made a call to Pollock.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 9th Edition



1993: For the 24th time in the 100 year history of the Stanley Cup, Montreal Canadiens would have their names engraved on it yet again.


After a playoff run that saw an unmatched 10 consecutive wins in overtime, including a three in the Finals, the Canadiens coasted to a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in the fifth, and deciding game. And what better a place to see a Cup raised then at the Montreal Forum, with Habs legends such as Henri and Maurice Richard in attendance as well.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 8th Edition


1954: The Canadiens deal Dick Gamble and the rights to Eddie Dorohoy traded to New York Rangers for Hy Buller. Montreal held the right of recall if Dorohoy failed to make the New York Rangers roster. The deal was nullified in September, when Buller retired.



1955: Hector "Toe" Blake was named coach of the Montreal Canadiens. He replaced Dick Irvin, who had coached the team for 15 seasons.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 7th Edition

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Patrick Roy winked his way to a Game Four win vs. the Kings in the 1993 Stanley Cup Final. John LeCalir would be the overtime hero in Montreal’s 3-2 win.  (Photo: Getty Images)


1993: It was almost like deja-vu in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Canadiens and the Los Angeles Kings. Except this game had no controversial moments, as had the previous two.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 6th Edition



1969: Montreal Canadiens acquired Peter Mahovlich (pictured) and Bart Crashley from the Detroit Red Wings, in exchange for Garry Monahan and Doug Piper.

Monahan, a first-round pick by the Canadiens in 1963, did look like a promising prospect in the minors, but after compiling 7 points in 51 games for Detroit he was sent to the Los Angeles Kings. His best season came with the Vancouver Canucks, where he had 18 goals and 26 assists in 1976-77.

Mahovlich at the time was frustrated with being sent up and down in the Wings system, that he actually considered retiring. 

Canadiens GM Sam Pollock had passed over Mahovlich, in favor of Monohan, and still liked "The Little M's" size and play. He made a deal, throwing in Piper, who had been an offensively gifted defenseman in Junior hockey.  Perhaps Detroit GM Sid Abel was convinced he'd have the next Bobby Orr. Piper never played in the NHL.

After splitting his first season with the Canadiens and the Voyageurs, Mahovlich went on to score 569 points in 582 games, set a team single-season record for assists (82) and is won of only four Canadiens players to record 100 points in a season, doing it twice. He also picked up four Stanley Cup rings.


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1956: After what was credited to a dominating season by the Canadiens power-play, the previous season, the NHL Board of Governors passed a rule allowing a player serving a minor penalty to return to the ice after a goal scored by the opposition. Previously teams kept their power play for the entire two minutes.


1960: Montreal sends Billy Carter to the Boston Bruins for cash.


1967: Andre Boudrias, Bob Charlebois and Bernard Cote are  traded to Minnesota North Stars for a 1st round pick (Chuck Arnason) in 1971. The Canadiens also send Bill Plager and the rights to Leo Thiffault and Barrie Meissner  to Minnesota for Bryan Watson.


1968: Jake Rathwell is traded to Minnesota in a cash deal.


1972: The Habs send Glenn “Chico” Resch, Denis DeJordy, Alex Campbell and future considerations (Germain Gagnon, June 26, 1972)  to the New York Islanders for a 2nd round pick (Glenn Goldup) in 1973 and cash.


Habs Born on This Day: Art Giroux (1908), Jean Hamel (1952), Marko Kiprusoff (1972), Niklas Sundstrom (1975)



Photo credit: CHC

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 5th Edition


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1993: The Canadiens came out flying, but a second period breakdown would lead to yet another overtime in the team’s chase for the Stanley Cup.


Despite the energy of the Los Angeles Forum crowd, one that Wayne Gretzky thought might intimidate the visiting club, the Habs took an early charge against the Los Angeles Kings in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 4th Edition



1963: Frank Selke makes a blockbuster deal moving Jacques Plante, Don Marshall and Phil Goyette to the New York Rangers for Lorne "Gump" Worsley, Dave Balon, Leon Rochefort and Len Ronson. The trade was ranked No. by the Hockey News in 2012, in their Top 10 Off-Season deals of all time.


Monday, 3 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 3rd Edition

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Eric Desjardins (right) celebrates his secind of three goals, in Game Two of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo: SI/Getty Images)

1993: It’s amazing how a matter of inches can effect the course of any sporting event. A putt in golf that breaks just a fraction to miss a birdie, ad run to the goaline in football that is stopped short right on the line. In hockey, a simple deflection or borderline offside call can be commonplace for fans. But a stick measurement, especially in the Stanley Cup Finals only happens, well…once.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 2nd Edition

The Canadiens Elmer Lach (second from left) receives the inaugural Art Ross Trophy, from the man for whom the trophy is named for. (Photo: HHOF)

1948: At the NHL Annual meeting in Montreal, it was announced that the Art Ross Trophy would now be awarded annually to the scoring leader, rather than "the outstanding player". Montreal's Elmer Lach became the first winner (with 61 points in 1947-48).

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Today in Habs History: June 1st Edition

Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille celebrate a goal in Game One of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo: AP)


1993: The Montreal Canadiens are back in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in four years, as they faced off against the Los Angeles Kings in Game One. It was Montreal’s 34th trip to the final battle for the Cup, and the first in the 25-year history of the Kings.