When Clarence Campbell suspended Maurice Richard for the remaining games of the season and all of the playoffs in March of 1955, he was not a popular man. And that’s an understatement to end all understatements.
Of course Clarence wasn’t popular. His suspension of the Rocket was incredibly harsh.
Richard fans took to the streets, as we all know, and trashed several blocks of Rue Ste. Catherine, which became widely know as the Richard Riot, or the St. Patrick’s Day Riot.
But they did more than just smash and loot. Only ordinary greaseballs simply smash and loot. Some Habs fan came up with a much more creative protest – design, print and cover Campbell’s soup cans, which was no relation to Clarence, with Maurice Richard labels, and for a short time, various stores sold their tomato soup this way.
Yes, Clarence Campbell was not a popular man at this time.