Fergy, Ted, & Douglas

Douglas Murray stepped up to the plate Wednesday night in Buffalo against big John Scott, and although his face was bloodied, he gave the big tree a good run for his money.

Shouldn’t Scott be elsewhere? Like holding up a circus tent maybe?

I have a whole new level of admiration for the Swede with the English name. Previously I’d only noticed a guy who isn’t a great skater, can be caught out of position, who makes the odd mistake and never contributes to the scoresheet. But he hits hard, and I see now he’s got guts.

I’m proud that he took one for the team and showed that the Canadiens aren’t to be pushed around. Thank you Douglas.

In appreciation of him, I’ve dug out a couple of old photos from two tough Habs, back when they were still in the American Hockey League with the Cleveland Barons.

John Ferguson and Ted Harris, who took no prisoners in the 1960s. Although Harris did have his hands full with a young Bobby Orr, who could scrap with the best of them.

We don’t want John Scott-types on the team, but we’ll take a couple of Fergy and Harris-types any day.

Fergy’s reputation is spread far and wide. Ted Harris’ – not so much.

This is what Canadiens.com’s historical section says about him:

“Game in and game out, Harris’ physical game played an important role in the Canadiens success in the 1960s. He tangled with incoming forwards, kept the Montreal crease free of upright enemy players, applied some of the heaviest checks in the NHL and, on more than a few occasions, inflicted fistic retribution on those foolish enough to take liberties with his more subtly skilled teammates.”

Here they are as Barons – circa 1963, just prior to joining the Canadiens on a regular basis. (I apologize for the less-than-great quality).

JF

TH

5 thoughts on “Fergy, Ted, & Douglas”

  1. Murray, Parros and Prust are making the other teams think twice about taking cheap shots and it’s made a huge difference. And now with Emelin crushing bodies at the blue line, teams aren’t laughing at the Habs anymore.

  2. Never had a TV back then–but I’d soak up writings in the Stars “Star weekly” I think it was called. The back cover was full page colour pictures of players. And news clippings galore, and oh how the memories of our radio with Foster or the Forum crew would remove the daily cares when ya heard– He shoots- he scoresssss!!!!! Rambling agin—-but would some of those guy lay down the law-AND pot you 20 goals or more. Seen Murrays scrap with Scott on highlights thing– he may have lost the rumble but he won his teamates and many fans over!!!P K sticking up for Markov last week also sent a messge to THEM and his mates. I see a room of guys gelling as a team now, with some pride and determination. ‘”course adversity helps bring that out. Hope they reel off some more wins to build their confidence a bit more. HEART can and does at times defeat skill and/or goonery.

  3. Except for the ‘stache I don’t think Parros is any better a hockey player. Leaving the enforcer in the press box waiting for a future encounter if necessary seems to be doing the job for now. I predict enforcement from the bench when Toronto brings Orr, McLaren and Fraser for their visit tomorrow night. Unfortunately this means someone from our current roster will be the odd man out, I’m guessing Bournival.

  4. Christopher, I was always under the impression that Parros had more skills than John Scott but I really don’t know, I’ve hardly seen him play.

  5. Exactly, we don’t get to see him play even when he dresses. He isn’t a dirty goon like Scott, but in 5 games, Parros has only logged a total of 21:03 of ice time which is less than his 32 PIM, averaging only 04:12.6 per game. Even Scott averages 05:42 per game over his 13 games with 38 PIM.

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