A Brief Bee Hive Moment: Hal Laycoe’s Big Night With The Rocket
August 11, 2008 in Bee Hives Group 2 Habs, Boston Bruins, Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens, NHL playoffs, Uncategorized Tags: Bee Hive group 2, Boston Bruins, Cliff Thompson, George Armstrong, Habs, Hal Laycoe, hockey, Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens, NHL, Richard Riot, Rocket Richard, The Rocket, Tim Horton, Tod Campeau, Vern Kaiser
From 1934 to 1967, if you mailed in a Bee Hive Corn Syrup coupon, they would send you a free photo of most any player you requested. They were divided into three groups over the years, and this photo of Hal Laycoe comes from Group 2, which covered the years between 1944 to 1964. Bee Hive photos were fun to collect and because everyone asked for the Rocket or Beliveau or Horton or Armstrong etc, the lesser players like the Habs’ Tod Campeau and Vern Kaiser and others are extremely rare and valuable.
Hal Laycoe had been a friend of Rocket Richard’s when both played for Montreal, but after Laycoe was traded to Boston, he and the Rocket took centre stage one night in what led to a big-time piece of hockey history.
It happened like this. Laycoe had highsticked Richard one night in Boston, but play continued with no penalty called. This upset the Rocket very much. He skated up to Laycoe, smashed him in the face and upper body with his stick, and was soon subdued by the officials. But this didn’t stop Richard. He kept breaking away from the linesmen to get at this former friend, Laycoe, and he even broke his stick over the Bruin player’s back.
Linesman Cliff Thompson got hold of Richard again, but the Rocket broke loose and punched Thompson twice, which wasn’t the greatest idea. It simply wasn’t a good situation all round.
All of this led to Richard’s suspension of the remaining games in the season, plus the entire playoffs, and you know the rest of the story.
Of course it was the 1955 Richard Riot on St. Patrick’s Night In Montreal.