You can look at the Nov. 25, 1950 program lineups for the Habs and Leafs and see a few cool things.
This was Montreal’s 20th game of the season, and they would lose 4-1 to the Leafs in Toronto on this night. (Okay, that wasn’t so cool).
Gerry McNeil is in goal for Montreal in his rookie year after Bill Durnan retired after the previous season.
Number 5 for Toronto is Bill Barilko, who would score the legendary Stanley Cup-winning overtime goal for the Leafs in game 5, against these same Habs, to cap off the season. Barilko would be killed that summer when his plane crashed in Northern Ontario.
Hal Laycoe, number 12 for the Habs, would be traded to Boston later this season and was a major player in the 1955 Richard Riot.
Rocket Richard has ten goals at this point, more than anybody else on the team.
Habs #14 Billy Reay would eventually coach for 16 NHL seasons, two with Toronto and 14 in Chicago. I have a game-used stick of his from two years prior to this, signed by the entire Habs team.
Elmer Lach, number 16, is still playing and would play three more years after this.
Golly gee willikers, that’s Howie Meeker, number 11 for the Torontonians.
And Turk Broda, who was at the opening ceremonies for the brand new Orillia Arena that year, has one more shutout than McNeil at this point.