Danno, whose name is mentioned often on this site because he’s a regular reader, commenter, and advisor, and who often sends me great and interesting links and videos, asked me once about what Bee Hives I happened to be missing. I have more than 70 of the 77 Montreal Canadien Beehives from the Group 2, 1944-64 series, and I mentioned the few I’m missing, which included John Hanna.
Hanna is a rare Bee Hive because he was a journeyman, a guy who played just six games with the Canadiens in 1963-64, although he managed another 177 with New York Rangers beginning in the late fifties, and later on, 15 games with Philadelphia when expansion arrived on the scene in the late sixties. All in all, he wasn’t that interesting to kids like me who clamoured for the Rocket or Harvey or Beliveau.
Very few John Hanna Beehives became circulated, as was the fate of a handful of other non-stars. It’s sad in a way.
The other day a parcel came to my house, from Dan and his lovely lady Gail in Ottawa, and it was a Habs notebook, a Tim Hortons gift certificate……….. and yes, a John Hanna Bee Hive.
I had no words then and I have none now. I met Danno and Gail in Ottawa last spring and they were as expected – friendly and smart and great fun, with good vibrations hovering about them. And now this, which was unexpected, and when I opened the package, I was shocked.
What a thing they did. Thanks again, Dan and Gail.
And John Hanna’s contribution as a Montreal Canadien? Six games - no goals, no assists, no penalties. But he’s got a beauty of a Beehive.