Imagine Grapes in le Bleu, Blanc et Rouge!
On September 13, 1962 the Montreal Canadiens sent cash to the Detroit Red Wings for the rights to Don Cherry. Yes, that Don Cherry.
Cherry had seen one NHL game in his career to that point, a 1955 playoff game with the Bruins, who lost to the Canadiens. After that Grapes resumed his minor league career.
After the Canadiens acquired his rights, suited up in some exhibition games with the Ottawa-Hull Canadiens (EPHL), as they played NHL clubs. Cherry even scored the lone goal for the Ottawa team in a 9-1 loss to the big club. (WHL).
It`s not certain why the Canadiens were interested in the rugged defender. They may have been seeking a pre-John Ferguson type player to protect the star players. Unfortunately for Cherry, his recurring elbow problem (he bent it too much), made Habs GM Sam Pollock decide to keep him in the minors. By the time the regular season had started though, Cherry had been dispatched the to Spokane Comets
His stint in the Canadiens organisation ended when the Toronto Maple Leafs purchased the Comets in June of 1963. Cherry`s rights went to the Leafs.
Also on This Day…
1976: The Canadiens trade Ron Andruff, Sean Shanahan and a 1st round pick (Paul Gagne) in 1980 to the Colorado Rockies for a 1st round pick (Doug Wickenheiser) in 1980 and cash.
1978: Jacques Plante is inducted as a player into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Sam Pollock is inducted in the Builders category.
1983: The Canadiens sign free agent forward Brian Skrudland.
Habs Born on This Day: Art Lesieur (1907), Craig Rivet (1974), Jose Theodore (1976)
The Ottawa Citizen, October 1, 1962, ``Blake`s Big Guns Face Hull-Ottawa``