Lovely Habs Wives in the 1960’s. (Part 4 of 5)


Canadiens goaltender Charlie Hodge and lovely wife Sheila. Charlie had the unfortunate luck of being on the same team as Jacques Plante, so he basically was a career backup goalie with the Habs. But he was a great backup. He eventually went to Oakland when expansion came into being in 1967, as each team had to surrender a goalie for the new upstarts. (the original six teams were allowed to protect only 11 skaters and one goalie.)

Charlie now lives just east of Vancouver. 

John Ferguson with wife Jean and daughter in this really nice family photo. As much as Fergie was a bruiser on the ice, he was known as a gentle pushover at home.

Fergie would go back to Nanaimo BC in the off-season to play professional lacrosse and he also had a long-time love affair with harness racing. (athletes’ wives put up with a lot, don’t they?)

Fergie’s son, John Ferguson Jr., who would grow up to become GM for the Toronto Maple Leafs until he was fired last year, wasn’t born when this picture was taken. This is from the early 1960’s, and John Jr. wasn’t born until 1967.

5 thoughts on “Lovely Habs Wives in the 1960’s. (Part 4 of 5)”

  1. You are correct that during the early part of Charlie’s career he was pretty much a backup to Plante with a thirty game stint in 1960-61 being a mjor exception.

    However, after Plante was traded it was Hodge and not Gump Worsley who initially won the starting job.

    You forget to mention in your piece that Hodge won the Vezina in 1963-64. Proof that he was more than a career backup I’d say. Needless to say he proved this wasn’t a fluke by sharing the Vezina with Worsley the next season (a year that saw him play 53 games to Gump’s 19).

    Of course people remember Gump takng over from Hodge in the finals and leading the Habs to the cup. The next year Gump took over as the number one and with the ascension of Rogie Vachon and then expansion, Charlie soon found himself unwanted in Montreal.

    After a year as the Seals starter he gradually faded in the background.

    Having met Charlie (a true character) I would say that he would take a little umbrage with being called a “career backup”.


  2. DK,

    Fergie! I was a huge fan, still am in a much lesser way though ever since I learned how he encouraged Clarke to take out Kharlamov with one of the cheapest shots in hockey. But Fergie was an integral cog in those great Habs teams of Sixties and early 70s – as he said, the only fights he lost were to his wife.

    Beatnik: hehhe, listen to Charlesbois’tune: I’m a frog, you’re a frog, KISS ME!

    Yeah, Charlie was up there but I agree with DK, he was more effective as a back-up .. long-term. t.c. all the goalies were characters back then -no masks & they saw lots of rubber. Hell, Bower’s head got hit with so many pucks his brain was vulcanized.

    And, surprisesurprise!, la P is right about the obstruction – Wings are getting away with murder & Crosby is NOT a whine but like many of the modern Great Players before him. e.g. Gretzky, Lemieux, simply telling it like it is. Of course, Don is gonna come down on that cause he & his `teams’ lived off cheap shot hockey. Oh yeah, he luuuved Lafleur? Why? Because Flower ate more wood than was used to build the effin Ark and he never spoke out which he sure as hell shoulda. That said, the Wings are playing a team game and the Pens are not. As for Malkin, he is clearly less mature hockey-wise than Crosby and is still looking for a play-off rhythm. And, was Hossa worth what they gave up? Nope which isn’t to say that he hasn’t played up to expectations. Truth is, rarely do these things ever work out the way GMs fantasize/hallucinate. I just hope we don’t go after him or any other high-priced help when we’ve got all the players we need now.

    GO CYCLONCES GO! – yeah, like I said way ealier, we’ve got excellent depth in our farm system.

  3. I don’t know anything about Hodge or Ferguson but oh my goodness his daughter is adorable!

    Devil Hab: Of course I’m right! And the Pens should’ve kept Armstrong.

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