Habs-Leafs In Action With A Fresh-Faced Yvan Cournoyer


Another great photo from my old scrapbook. This is from the Toronto Telegram,1964, and it took up two full pages. This is almost exactly the same time the Beatles invaded America for their first time. Ron Stewart, number 12 for the Leafs, was the one who wrestled with Terry Sawchuk on a lawn just before Sawchuk died. And because I only know it was 1964 but not the month, I can’t be sure if it was Yvon Cournoyer’s first or second year. He started playing in 1963-64. (But this could be 64-65.)

The caption reads; “There are 14,000 people roaring with excitement. There are eight highly-skilled, highly-paid athletes straining every muscle. Why? Because a six-ounce puck is loose and racing out of control. It’s Canada’s favourite winter scene and here Canadiens and Maple Leafs demonstrate the hectic art of puck chasing. But that is not the reason for running the picture; It is because we think it is one heck of a good action shot. Players (L to R) Jean Beliveau, Jean-Guy Talbot, Bob Pulford, Yvan Cournoyer, Ted Harris, Ron Stewart and Charlie Hodge.”  (Dickie Moore, in a Leafs’ uniform, is also in the picture but I had to chop it a little because of its size.)

5 thoughts on “Habs-Leafs In Action With A Fresh-Faced Yvan Cournoyer”

  1. Thanks for this great photo.

    You say you don’t know which season the photo is from, 1963-64 or 1964-65, but you have ample information to determine which it is. You say Dickie Moore in a Leafs uniform was in the photo, albeit cropped by you. The only season Moore played with the Leafs was 1964-65. So there you have it.

    It was Yvan (not Yvon) Cournoyer’s second season in the NHL, but since he played only five games in the NHL in 1963-64, he was still considered a rookie in 1964-65. The same is true of Ted Harris, also in the photo. He had only played four games in 1963-64 before breaking into the team as a regular in 1964-65.

    While I realize helmets are necessary, I, too, miss the days when players were instantly recognizable on the ice. If memory serves, J.C. Tremblay was the only Canadien to wear a helmet in the Sixties, and he, too, was instantly recognizable precisely because he was the only helmeted player.

    Nice work, Dennis; it’s appreciated.

  2. Thanks Peter. Good info. For some time I spelled his name Yvon which is wrong but it got corrected later on. Brain dead. And Red Berenson also was a Hab with a helmet in the sixties. But thanks for some excellent info. Always appreciated. Hope you’re doing well.

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