Today in Hockey History: May 28

Today in Hockey History: May 28

May 28th, 2020 May 28 has given us a lot of National Hockey League memories through the decades. Among them are two Hall of Famers calling it a career, numerous Stanley Cup Final victories and a huge swing and miss in the draft. Roy Hangs Them Up Whether you loved or hated Patrick Roy during his playing...
Canadiens' Future Starts Now

Canadiens' Future Starts Now

May 27th, 2020 When Marc Bergevin was hired as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens in 2012, he insisted that he would build the team through the draft to become perennial contenders. He has preached patience, and while the wait has been a long one, Montreal’s depth chart is about to get a significant...

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May 18th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news that the New Jersey Devils might try to offload a player or two. In St. Louis, is there a way Alex Pietrangelo will accept a bridge deal with the Blues? And, is there an update on Max Domi's situation in Montreal? Finally, are the Toronto Maple Leafs willing to move Frederik Andersen to land Matt Murray out of Pittsburgh? Devils to Dump a Contract or Two In his most recent mailbag, The Athletic’s Corey Masisak (subscription required) writes that the New Jersey Devils would like a number of their prospects to take on bigger roles with the team, thus they may look to unload a player or two during the offseason. Miles Wood #44, New Jersey Devils - January 20, 2018 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Masisak names players in the system like Jesper Boqvist, Janne Kuokkanen, Joey Anderson, Nicholas Merkley, Nolan Foote and the potential of a 2020 lottery pick being ready for the NHL. That means...
May 18th, 2020
Canadiens Management

Following a playing career that spanned 18 seasons, 820 games, 324 wins, and nine teams/eight franchises, goaltender Sean Burke (a three-time All-Star) retired from professional hockey in 2007. But he has stayed involved with the game that he loves in a different capacity that has been just as fulfilling.  Less than a year after his retirement as a player he joined the then-Phoenix Coyotes as the Director of Prospect Development and he also held the titles of Assistant GM and Goaltending Coach. Eight years later he took a job with the Montreal Canadiens as a pro scout and in July 2017 he was named GM of Team Canada for the Deutschland Cup, the Spengler Cup, and the 2018 Winter Olympics. Sean Burke's run in the postseason paved the way for the eventual legends of New Jersey Devils to take the reigns. (slgckgc/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons) His NHL career started with a bang as he backstopped the New Jersey Devils to their first-ever playoff berth back in 1988, with a...
May 18th, 2020
Canadiens History

Perhaps one of the most revolutionary players to ever play the game of hockey, Maurice Richard brought hockey in Montreal to an elite level and set the bar high for every generation to come. Richard overcame nearly every level of adversity to become the greatest hockey player of his generation and one of the best in NHL history. Maurice Richard was born into a poor family in August of 1921. He was the oldest of eight children and did not have an opportunity to begin playing hockey until he was fourteen years old. He led his local team to three straight league championships and scored 133 of his teams 144 goals. He was prolific and bound for greatness, even though he'd dropped out of school at sixteen to help his father make money for their family. At age eighteen, be began his quest to become a professional hockey player after trying out for the Verdun Juniors. He was promoted after his rookie season with Verdun to the Quebec Senior Hockey League where he played for the Montreal...
May 18th, 2020
Canadiens History

The most-winningest franchise in National Hockey League history had plenty to celebrate on this date throughout the decades. Also, one of the greatest European imports to ever play in the league is celebrating a milestone birthday. Let’s Hear it For the Habs This date has been very kind to the Montreal Canadiens over the years. On May 18, 1971, after falling down three games to two, they beat the Chicago Blackhawks, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, to win their 17th championship in franchise history. The Blackhawks built up a 2-0 lead, midway through the second period, when a Jacques Lemaire shot from center ice found its way behind Tony Esposito and changed the course of the game. Henri Richard tied the game before the end of the middle frame and scored the series-winning goal early in the third period. Goaltender Ken Dryden, who made 12 saves in the final period, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for being the most valuable player of the postseason. This was...

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Maurice "Rocket" Richard: More than Just a Game

Perhaps one of the most revolutionary players to ever play the game of hockey, Maurice Richard brought hockey in Montreal to an elite level and set the bar high for every generation to come. Richard overcame nearly every level of adversity to become the greatest hockey player of his generation and... May 18th, 2020

Howie Morenz: Hockey Royalty

This article was originally written in June, 2010. University of Wisconsin’s Blake Geoffrion, winner of the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award for college hockey’s best player, is the new Crown Prince of NCAA Hockey. Like a champion thoroughbred racehorse, Blake’s hockey blood lines can be... February 22nd, 2020

The Montreal Forum 1908-1996

The Old Forum in Montreal -- Opening night, November 9, 1908, was a sensation and all 3,000 pairs of roller skates available for rental saw extensive use as thousands of Montrealers came to wander through, gawk at or try out the facilities at what was hyped in the press as “the largest, finest... January 9th, 2020