Boomer And Mr. Selke Make A Fine Couple

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Two legendary members of the Montreal Canadiens, Frank Selke Sr. and Bernie ‘Boom Boom’ Geoffrion pose in the old Montreal Forum in the early 1960’s.

Frank Selke left his longtime boss Conn Smythe and the Toronto Maple Leafs to join the Canadiens as managing director in 1946 and stayed with the Habs until his retirement in 1964. He was the one who wanted Jean Beliveau so much when the young star was playing for the Quebec Aces, that he bought the entire league to ensure he’d get him. He was in the thick of things during the Richard Riot in 1955, and urged the Rocket to go on radio and plead to the crowds to stop the nonsense on the street. And he was at the helm when the great Canadiens won five Stanley Cups between 1955 and 1960. But the organization didn’t lose a beat when Selke called it quits, as a young Sam Pollock would replace him in the top job.

The autograph you see pasted on his picture was obtained by me. My dad took me to the opening of the Hockey Hall of Fame at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition grounds, and in the crowd were many legendary figures. Besides Selke’s autograph, I also got Clarence Campbell’s, Foster Hewitt’s, Conn Smythe’s, and several others.

Boom Boom Geoffrion was one of the Canadiens true greats, a real character with a big shot, and the right winger was used by Toe Blake on the right point on the power play. So imagine, Montreal’s big line on the power play consisted of Beliveau at centre, Dickie Moore on left wing, the Rocket at right wing, with Doug Harvey and Geoffrion on the points. And behind them was Jacques Plante. It’s no wonder they won five in a row, and actually came very close to winning six or seven in a row.

4 thoughts on “Boomer And Mr. Selke Make A Fine Couple”

  1. hey Dennis………hope your having fun in the city of sin……………………………………ps …… go Canucks!!!!!!!

  2. I got Boom Boom’s autograph about ten years ago in an unique way

    I went to a book store in Toronto & their clearance table and there was

    a book about Boom Boom at a discounted price but he must have had

    a book signing that did not go too well with all his books autographed

    on the inside cover about 10 in total at the table………..

  3. Nice post.. Mr. Selke was my Dad’s boss for a couple seasons. He was lucky enough to play goal for the Ottawa Junior Canadiens in the late 50s under Mr. Pollack and coached by a young Scott Bowman. I love looking at these pics and reading nice stories from that era.

    Bruce

  4. Bruce, Thanks, that’s very cool about your dad. Those Hull-Ottawa teams back then were great teams. Your dad must have been a solid player. Thanks for reading.
    Dennis

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