Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Today In Habs History: August 27th Edition


Toe Blake (right) accepts his HHOF plaque from Conn Smythe, August 27, 1966. (Photo: Canadian Press)


The 1966 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony was certainly a big night for the Montreal Canadiens.  Defensemen Ken Reardon and Emile “Butch” Bouchard, along with forwards Elmer Lach and Hector “Toe Blake” were among the nine players formally inducted that night. League president Clarence Campbell was inducted in the builders category.


Ted Lindsay, who played for Detroit and Chicago, boycotted the ceremony, as players were not allowed to bring their wives and family. “If my family can’t share in this, I won’t go,” Lindsay said. “They sacrificed a lot through my career and went through a lot of inconvenience. They deserve it as much as I do.”


Four years to the day later, Canadiens defenseman Tom Johnson joined hockey’s elite.


Also on This Day:


1968: The Habs send Jim Mikol and Bill Staub to the Cleveland Barons (AHL) for Howie Glover.


1992: The Canadiens trade Shayne Corson, Brent Gilchrist and Vladimir Vujtek to the Edmonton Oilers for Vincent Damphousse and a 4th round pick #85 (Adam Wiesel) in 1993.


Habs Born on This Day:


Jack Laviolette (1879), Amby Moran (1896), Aaron Downey (1974)









The Montreal Gazette, August 29, 1966, “Ten Enter Hockey Hall of Fame”

Monday, 26 August 2013

Today in Habs History: August 26th Edition


Maurice Richard shares a laugh with fellow inductee referee Mickey Ion, at the 1961 Hockey Hall of Fame Dinner (Photo: Montreal Gazette, August 29, 1961).


The Hall Opens it’s Doors


The Hockey Hall of Fame opened it’s official home at Toronto’s CNE grounds on this day in 1961.


The permanent home to honour hockey’s legends and showcase memorabilia was funded by all six NHL clubs, averaging a donation of approximately $100,000 each. The construction of a new hall of fame had been planned fro some time, with debate as to Toronto or Kingston should be the location.


Kingston was already the home of the International Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum, and seemed a likely choice to continue the tradition with an upgraded buiding. But in 1958, Clarence Campbell withdrew the NHL’s involvement with the Kingston facility and decided on a new hall in Toronto.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Today in Habs History: August 19th Edition


(photo: CHC)


August 19, 1994 would see the second instalment of the dealings of Habs leadership that spanned for a decade.  In total, ten players would wear the “C” in Montreal from 1989 to 1999.


With the retirement of Bob Gainey in 1989, the Canadiens players split the vote and elected Chris Chelios and Guy Carbonneau as co-captains for the 1989-90 season. The intent (apparently decided by the pair) would be that they would alternate wearing the revered honor during home and away games.


By the start of the 1990-91 season, Carbonneau was the lone captain in Montreal. The organization, tired of the off-ice antics of Chelios, dealt the Norris winning defenceman to the Chicago Blackhawks on June 29, 1990. GM Serge Savard attempted to mask the deal, fuelled by team President Ronald Corey, stating that he felt Chelios' knees were still questionable in the long run. Chelios retired 20 years after Savard’s comment.


Carbonneau would lead the Canadiens to their 24th Stanley Cup in 1993, but he too was no saint himself at times both by self admission and through the eyes of Ronald Corey. A year following the franchise’s last Stanley Cup, he too was on his way out.


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Happy Birthday Ken Dryden!

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Ken Dryden, seen here in pre-season action in 1970, turns 66 today (Photo: AP)


Birthday greetings to Canadiens Hall of Fame goaltender  Ken Dryden, born on this day in 1947.


Below are some links to some articles on the Habs No. 29, including some writings of his own. And if you haven’t read his books The Game or Home Game,you really should.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Accolades for The Rocket from South of the Border

Jack Dempsey, boxing, Ty Cobb, baseball, Harold "Red" Grange, football, Jesse Owens, track, Rocket in hockey, Don Budge, tennis. And in front, Bobby Jones, golf.
Jack Dempsey, Ty Cobb, Harold "Red" Grange, Jesse Owens, Maurice Richard, Don Budge and Bobby Jones (seated) are honoured by New York’s B’nai Brith in 1960. (Photo: United Press)

Maurice “Rocket” Richard has a multitude of accolades bestowed upon him from the NHL and his home province of Quebec and home country of Canada. The legendary Richard was also noted in the United States, on several occasions by an assortment of outlets.

My good friend Francis Bouchard, an avid collector of video footage, and seeker of all things Habs history related, came across a few of these tributes to share.  When Richard received these awards, he was certainly in good company, with other notables of the major league sports.