A Tough Camp – Tougher Than Most
August 7, 2011 in Bernard Geoffrion, Dickie Moore, Doug Harvey, Henri Richard, Jacques Plante, Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens, Ralph Backstrom Tags: Bernie Geoffrion, Bill Hicke, Cleveland Barons, Dickie Moore, Doug Harvey, Hull-Ottawa Canadiens, Jacques Plante, Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard, Montreal Royals, Quebec Aces, Ralph Backstrom, Tom Johnson
It’s training camp in the late 1950′s. Of course it was nearly impossible to crack a spot in a lineup like this, with Hall of Famers and Stanley Cups oozing out of the woodwork, but Bill Hicke became a regular in 1959 and Ralph Backstrom the season before. But when you have a team with the Rocket and Pocket, Beliveau, Moore, Geoffrion, Harvey, Plante, Johnson, etc, there just wasn’t much room left.
All in all, the roster was basically set before anyone even stepped on the ice at training camp, and many of these players in this photo would soon depart to the Hull-Ottawa Canadiens, Montreal Royals, Quebec Aces, Cleveland Barons and others.