Saturday, 30 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 30th Edition

 

1950: Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie Al Rollins and Canadiens' rookie Gerry McNeil recorded shutouts to lead their teams to a 0-0 tie in Montreal. It was the fifth career shutout for McNeil, and the second for Rollins.

 

 

1954: Montreal and Chicago had a 3-3 tie in a Black Hawks "home" game in Omaha, Nebraska. 4,506 fans showed up to see the game.

 

 

1957: Jean Beliveau scored his 5th career hat trick and added an assist as the Canadiens won 6-1 against the Black Hawks, at the Forum.

 

Friday, 29 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 29th Edition

 

 

1924: The Montreal Forum had its official opening, and the Canadiens beat the Toronto St. Patricks 7-1, before a crowd of 9,000 fans. Billy Boucher had three goals, including the first ever on Forum ice, to lead the scoring.

 

 

1930: George Hainsworth became just the second goaltender in team history to win 100 career games, as the Canadiens won 3-2 over the visiting Boston Bruins.

 

 

1939: The Canadiens trade George Brown to the Boston Bruins in a cash deal.

 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 28th Edition

 

1918: The Canadiens traded Tommy Smith to the Ottawa Senators for cash.

 

 

1925: Playing in his 328th straight game for Montreal, goaltender Georges Vezina collapsed during a game against Pittsburgh. Suffering from tuberculosis, he died four months later.

 

 

1935: Canadiens goalie Wilf Cude and the Red Wings Norm Smith duelled to a 0-0 scoreless tie, in a game played at Detroit. It was Cude's 10th career shutout.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 27th Edition

 

1920: The Canadiens trade Harry Cameron  to the Toronto St. Pats for George Prodger and Joe Matte. Prodger and Matte are then sent to the Hamilton Tigers, along with the loan of Billy Coutu for Harry Mummery, Jack McDonald and Dave Ritchie.

 

 

1943: Rookie goalie Bill Durnan improved his career record to 10-0-1, with a 6-3 win over the visiting New York Rangers. Durnan set an NHL record for rookie goalies by going 12-0-2 in his first 14 games.

 

 

1946: Billy Reay scored his first career hat trick and added an assist in the Canadiens' 6-1 win against the Detorit Red Wings.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 26th Edition

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La Presse (November 27, 1984)
1984: After 961 regular season games, five Stanley Cup rings to his name, 514 goals and his franchise leading 728 assists and 1246 points, Guy Lafleur announced his retirement from the Canadiens.


Not happy with the ice time he was getting, nor finding his place in the defensive system of coach Jacques Lemaire, Le Demon Blond was struggling offensively, and had had enough. His last game in a Habs uniform was November 24, 1984 against the Detroit Red Wings. In 19 games that season, Lafleur only had two goals to show and he estimated that he had roughly six minutes of ice time in that 6-4 win. Lafleur later said that had already made up his mind, between the second and third period of the game, on his future with the club.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 25th Edition

 

1924: The Montreal Canadiens send cash to to Saskatoon (WCHL) for Johnny Matz.

 

 

1933: Lorne Chabot recorded his third consecutive shutout (the 57th of his career) as Montreal won 1-0 over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

 

1938: The Canadiens trade Bob Gracie traded to the Chicago Black Hawks for cash.

 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 24th Edition

 

1944: The Canadiens send Felix Rossignol, Gerry Plamondon, Johnny Mahaffy and Tod Campeau traded to Pittsburgh (AHL) in a cash deal.

 

 

1960: Dickie Moore scored his 20th goal of the season in his 21st game (a 3-1 loss at Detroit) to equal an NHL record for fastest 20 goals in a season (set by former linemate Maurice Richard in 1944-45).

 

 

1962: Jean Beliveau picked up four assists as the Canadiens tied 5-5 with the Boston Bruins, at the Forum.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 23rd Edition

 

 

1926: Rookie goaltender George Hainsworth recorded the first of his 94 career NHL shutouts, as Montreal beat the New York Americans, 2-0.

 

 

1933: Lorne Chabot recorded his second consecutive shutout (and the 56th of his career) as Montreal won 1-0 over the visiting Ottawa Senators.

 

 

1943: Canadiens players scored 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) in a win over Boston 13-4… The 35 points in a game by the Canadiens
players set a team record.

 

1967: Ralph Backstrom scored his third career hat trick and added two assists, and Gump Worsley recorded his 31st career shutout as the Canadiens won 7-0 against the Chicago Black Hawks.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 22nd Edition

 

 

1928: Canadiens' goalie George Hainsworth and Joe Miller dueled to a 0-0 scoreless tie, in a game played at Pittsburgh. It was the 29th career shutout for Hainsworth.

 

 

1947: Maurice Richard scored his 12th career hat trick but the Canadiens lost to the visiting New York Rangers, 5-3. The Rangers scored four goals in the third against back-up Gerry McNeil, after Bill Durnan was injured in the second period.

 

 

1952: Maurice Richard scored two goals within :25 during the second period to lead the Canadiens to a 2-2 tie, with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 21st Edition

 

 

1943: Buddy O'Connor had his second 5-point night in two days, with his first career hat trick and 2 assists in a 13-4 Canadiens win against the Boston Bruins, in Montreal. One night earlier O'Connor had a goal and 4 assists in a 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Rookie goalie Bill Durnan improved his career record to 9-0-1.

 

 

1948: Bill Durnan recorded his 20th career shutout in the Canadiens 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 20th Edition

 

 

1943: Rookie goalie Bill Durnan improved his career record to 8-0-1, with a 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Durnan would set an NHL record for rookie goalies by going 12-0-2 in his first 14 games. Buddy O'Connor had a goal and 4 assists in the win.

 

 

1965: Bobby Rousseau scored his second career hat trick and two assists, Jean Beliveau had a goal and four assists, and Ralph Backstrom got his second career hat trick as the Canadiens won 9-3 against the New York Rangers.

 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 19th Edition

 

 

1940: The Montreal Canadiens purchased Jack Portland from the Chicago Black Hawks for $12,500.

 

 

1946: The Canadiens trade Joh nQuilty to Springfield (AHL) for George Pargeter.

 

 

1950: Montreal's rookie goaltender Gerry McNeil recorded his 4th career shutout as the Canadiens won 3-0 over the Black Hawks.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 18th Edition

 

 

1926: The Montreal Canadiens made the Forum their permanent home rink, but lost to the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in their first home game.

 

 

1972: Yvan Cournoyer became the 9th player in franchise history to score 250 goals as a member of the Canadiens. The milestone came in a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

 

1986: The Canadiens trade defenseman Tom Kurvers to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2nd round pick in 1988.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 17th Edition

 

 

1932: When the Detroit Red Wings met the Montreal Canadiens for the first time in the season there was a problem: both teams had nearly identical red jerseys! The Wings were forced to wear white pullovers in a 1-0 loss. George Hainsworth recorded his 68th career shutout.

 

 

1946: Toe Blake scored the 5th (and final) hat trick of his NHL career as Montreal won 4-1 over the Boston Bruins.

 

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 16th Edition

 

1926: George Hainsworth made his first NHL appearance as the Montreal Canadiens lost, 4-1 to the Boston Bruins.

 

 

1950: Ken Mosdell had three assists to lead the Canadiens to a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

 

1968: Jean Beliveau received two assists during a 3-3 tie against the Oakland Seals in Montreal. These raised his regular season career total to 597 assists, second only to Gordie Howe.

 

Friday, 15 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 15th Edition

 

 

1945: Bill Durnan recorded his 4th career shutout, and Murph Chamberlain and Jimmy Peters each had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens won 2-0 over the New York Rangers.

 

 

1952: Elmer Lach scored twice, and goaltender Gerry McNeil recorded his 14th career shutout, as the Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 2-0.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 14th Edition

 

1943: Montreal's rookie goalie Bill Durnan improved his career record to 6-0-0, with his first career shutout, a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Durnan set an NHL record for rookie goalies by going 12-0-2 in his first 14 games.

 

 

1959: Henri Richard scored twice and added two assists to lead Montreal to an 8-1 win against the Boston Bruins.

 

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 13th Edition

 

 

1925: The Montreal Canadiens signed Alfred "Pit" Lepine.

 

 

1947: For the first time in NHL history, the league initiated the policy of having players raise their sticks to signify the scoring of a goal. Montreal's Billy Reay became the first to do so as the Canadiens beat Chicago, 5-2.

 

 

1949: Montreal Canadiens' goalie Bill Durnan and Black Hawks' Frank Brimsek dueled to a 0-0 scoreless tie in a game played at Chicago. It was Brimsek's 37th career shutout and the 29th for Durnan.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 12th Edition

 

 

1910: The Club de Hockey Canadien is sold to George Kennedy and renamed Club Athletique Canadien. The sweater is now red with a green Maple Leaf in the center bearing a gothic "C" in its center.

 

 

1931: A new league penalty record was set during the first game of the season, a 4-1 Canadiens win over the New York Rangers at the Forum. 35 minor penalties were handed out, including 22 to New York.

 

1955:  In a 3-0 Montreal victory over the Detroit Red Wings, Jean Beliveau and Red Kelly, the two most gentlemanly players in the league got into a fight. Jacques Plante recorded his 14th career shutout, and Beliveau scored a goal and an assist.

 

 

1959: Jacques Plante recorded his 45th career shutout, and Phil Goyette scored twice as the Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0.

 


 

Monday, 11 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 11th Edition

 

1929: The Montreal Canadiens send Pete Palangio to London (IHL) in a cash deal.

 

 

1949: The Canadiens trade Joe Carveth to the Detroit Red Wings for Calum MacKay.

 

 

1964: Claude Provost scored a goal and added three assists to lead the Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

 

1975: Ken Dryden recorded his 20th career shutout, and Pete Mahovlich picked up four assists to lead the Canadiens to a 6-0 win over the visiting Minnesota North Stars.

A Remembrance Day Look at Amos Arbour

 

 

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Canadiens forward Amos Arbour (front row, left) served in the Canadian Military during the First World War. Fellow Habs George Prodger (top row, first on right) and Howard McNamara (4th from right) also served.

 

 

As we remember those who have served our country, those fallen and still with us, I thought I would look at one of the earliest members of the Montreal Canadiens to have served our nation.

 

 

Amos “Butch” Arbour was born on January 26, 1895 in the small town of Waubaushene, Ontario. Those from Ontario who are headed to cottage country along Highway 400, may recognize the town name, as it sits just off the off ramp to Highway 12.

 

 

Arbour worked as a butcher in his younger years and worked on his hockey skills in the neighbouring town of Victoria Harbour, playing on the Harbour Station club of the OHA Jr. league. Word of the 5’9” left winger made it’s way to the Montreal Canadiens, who brought him aboard for the 1915-16 season.

 

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 10th Edition

 

1926: The Montreal Canadiens acquire Leo LaFrance from the Duluth Hornets (AHA) in a cash deal.

 

 

1934: The Canadiens' Armand Mondou became the first player in NHL history to take a penalty shot. He missed in his attempt against George Hainsworth of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

 

1949: Maurice Richard scored twice to lead the Canadiens to a 4-2 win against the Maple Leafs.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 9th Edition

 

 

1944: Maurice Richard scored his 4th career hat trick, and added two assists in the Canadiens' 9-2 win against the visiting Chicago Black Hawks. Elmer Lach had 2 goals and 4 assists, and Toe Blake added a goal and 5 assists.

 

 

1949: Maurice Richard scored twice in the Canadiens' 2-2 tie with the New York Rangers.

 

 

1957: Claude Provost scored just four seconds into the second period to set an NHL record (later tied by Denis Savard) for fastest goal from start of a period. Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 8th Edition

 

1925: The Montreal Canadiens send Sprague Cleghorn to the Boston Bruins for $5000.

 

 

1942: Canadiens rookie Maurice Richard scored his first NHL goal in a 10-4 win over the New York Rangers,  at the Forum in Montreal. Toe Blake scored twice for the Canadiens, to give him 100 goals in his NHL career. Buddy O'Connor had a goal and five assists (including an NHL-record four assists in the third period).

 

 

1952: "Rocket" Richard scored his 325th career goal, to break the all-time record for NHL goals, held by Nels Stewart. It came in a 6-4 win over the Chicago Black Hawks in Montreal, exactly 10 years after Richard's first NHL goal. In the same game, Elmer Lach became the 5th player in franchise history to score 200 goals as a member of the Canadiens.

 

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 7th Edition

 

1956: Dickie Moore scored his third career hat trick as the Canadiens won 4-3 over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

 

1957: Jacques Plante recorded his 27th career shutout, and Maurice Richard and Claude Provost each scored a goal and added two assists in the Canadiens' 6-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

 

1959: Jacques Plante started a game for Montreal wearing a face mask for the first time in his NHL career, and led the Canadiens to a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Black Hawks.

 

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 6th Edition

 

 

1947: Bill Durnan recorded his 13th career shutout in the Canadiens' 3-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

 

1948: Durnan recorded his 19th career shutout, and "Butch" Bouchard scored twice to lead the Canadiens to a 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

 

1954: Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion scored his 100th career NHL goal as the Canadiens beat the Red Wings 4-1.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 5th Edition

 

 

1934: Gordon Savage is traded to the Boston Bruins for Tommy Filmore and cash.

 

 

1939: Cy Wentworth had a goal and two assists in the first four minutes of the game, then added another assist in an 8-2 win over the visiting Chicago Black Hawks. They were the only points he recorded that seasons (32 games).

 

 

1949: Maurice Richard scored twice in the Canadiens' 3-3 tie with the Boston Bruins.

 

 

1955: Jean Beliveau scored four goals, including 3 during one power play in a span of :44 in the second period. The Canadiens won the game, 4-2 over Boston. Bert Olmstead recorded three assists in the 44 second span (the second fastest three assists in NHL history). After the season, the NHL changed the rules to end a minor power play after a goal was scored.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 4th Edition

 

1942: The Canadiens trade Felix Mancuso to the New York Rangers for cash.

 

 

1956: Jacques Plante completed a perfect weekend, with his second straight shutout over the Chicago Blackhawks, a 1-0 win (following a 6-0 victory the day before). It was Plante's 21st career shutout.

 

The Canadiens also acquired Bronco Horvath from the New York Rangers in a cash deal.

 

 

1971: With Ken Dryden taking over the number one goaltending job, the Canadiens trade Rogie Vachon to the Los Angeles Kings for Dale Hoganson, Dennis DeJordy, Noel Price and Doug Robinson.

 

 

 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 3rd Edition

 

 

1940: Dick Irvin coached his first game with the Montreal Canadiens, a 1-1 tie against the Boston Bruins. Irvin replaced Pit Lepine as head coach.

 

 

1951: Maurice Richard scored his 300th and 301st career NHL goals in a 3-2 Canadiens loss to the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Richard became the first player in franchise history (and the 2nd player in NHL history) to score 300 career goals.

 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 2nd Edition

 

 

1937: A benefit All-Star game (the second in NHL history) for the family of Howie Morenz was held at the Forum in Montreal.

 

A crowd of 8,683 were on hand as the NHL All-Stars defeated a combined team of Canadiens and Montreal Maroons, 6-5.

 

 

1943: Montreal Canadiens began a team-record 13 game home winning streak, with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. Rookie goalie Bill Durnan (on his way to an NHL-record 12-0-2 start to his NHL career) won his second straight game.

 

Friday, 1 November 2013

Today in Habs History: November 1st Edition

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1921: Léo Dandurand, Joseph Cattarinnich and Louis Létourneau purchased the Montreal Canadiens from George Kennedy’s estate, for the reported price of $11,000.

 

 

1923: The Montreal Canadiens trade Louis Berlinguette to Saskatoon (WCHL) for cash.

 

 

1952: Jacques Plante, called up by the Canadiens to replace injured goalie Gerry McNeil, beat the New York Rangers 4-1, in his first NHL start. In his three game replacement trial he went 2-0-1 giving up only four goals, before being returned to the Montreal Royals.

 

 

1959: Plante returned to the ice wearing a mask after being hit in the face with a shot by Andy Bathgate in New York. It marked the beginning of a new era in hockey. Plante led the Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the Rangers.