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March 26, 2008 in 1972 Canada-Russia hockey, Fascinating facts, International Hockey, Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens, Toe Blake, Toronto Maple Leafs Tags: Bill Collins, Canada-Russia Summit Series, Dave Keopn, Detroit Red Wings, Frank Mahovlich, Guy Charron, Jim Pappin, Marcel Bonin, Maurice Richard, Mickey Redmond, Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Royals, Patrick Roy, Rocket Richard, Steve Shutt, Toe Blake, Toronto Maple Leafs
Fascinating Fact #1. It’s just what I always suspected. Patrick Roy is a moron.
Fascinating Fact #2. In the early 1940′s the Montreal Canadiens were bringing in less fans than the senior league Montreal Royals. The Habs were averaging only about 1500 people in those days.
Fascinating Fact #3. Guess what changed in Montreal? What caused fans to go from 1500 to 12,000 in only a few years? Two words – The Rocket.
Fascinating Fact #4. And guess what completed the growth of fan attendance, from 12,000 in the late 1940′s to regular sellouts at the beginning of the 1950′s. It was the signing of Quebec senior hockey hero, Jean Beliveau.
Fascinating Fact #5. Mickey Redmond, who played right wing for the Habs from 1967 to 1971, has been battling lung cancer since 2003. He says he’s feeling fine, thank God. Redmond was also a member of Team Canada during the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series.
Fascinating Fact #6. Redmond was involved in a major deal halfway through the 1970-71 season when the Habs traded him to Detroit for Frank Mahovlich. Montreal also sent Guy Charron and Bill Collins, along with Redmond, to Detroit.
Fascinating Fact #7. 1950′s Habs grinder Marcel Bonin used to eat glass, and also wrestled bears. And once, while at raining camp in Victoria, BC, Bonin broke his thumb during some horseplay off the ice. He kept it a secret from Toe Blake, then during the next practice, pretended to hurt his hand on the ice and kept himself from getting into hot water with Blake. It worked.
Fascinating Fact #8. Two NHL players who were notorious for treating rookies on their own teams badly were Steve Shutt and Dave Keon. Shutt’s reasoning was, “hey, it happened to me so it’s gonna happen to them too.”
Fascinating Fact #9. Jim Pappin, who won a Stanley Cup with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1967, lost his Cup ring years ago. It was found last year in the Gulf of Mexico when a diver using an underwater metal detector came up with it.
Fascinating Fact #10. This is the seventh installment of Fascinating Facts.
Fascinating Fact #11. Did I mention that Patrick Roy is a moron?