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

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