Tag Archives: Camil DesRoches

But Will It Get Me Into The Bell Centre?

Aside from being a member of the media, how could you get into this place FOR FREE?

You got a job there and used your pass.

Stewart Cummings, whoever he is (or was), worked at the Montreal Forum during the 1963-64 season. This was his pass to get in, although it didn’t entitle him to a seat. He also had to pay tax on it.

And if he still worked there in following years, along with every Habs game and practice, he could have used it to see the Beatles, who played the Forum on February 8, 1964, or the Rolling Stones in 1965, plus numerous circuses and Ice Capades and wrestling and all kinds of stuff, .

A pass like this was pure gold.

Have A Nice Trip, Said Toe

Frank J. Selke, Montreal’s Managing Director from 1946 until 1963, had a secretary named Lee Dillon, and I have three things that belonged to Ms. Dillon, two of which I’m showing today, and a third in a little over a month from now.

This first piece is Ms. Dillon’s pass to get into games at the Forum, and how sweet would that have been to have a pass into the Forum?

And below is a greeting card to Ms. Dillon from none other than one of my heroes, Toe Blake.

I’m very proud to own this. Toe Blake was not only the legendary coach wearing the fedora who was at the helm for eight Stanley Cups throughout the 1950’s and 60’s, but who also played on the same team as Howie Morenz in 1936, and was part of the legendary Punch Line with the Rocket and Elmer Lach.

Toe Blake was my kind of coach. Old school, demanded respect, and a winner. Do you think Toe would put up with pampered trillionaire brats? Hah!

Jean Beliveau goes on record as saying Toe was a wonderful guy. Terry Harper told me on the phone that Toe was a real gentleman. And yet he was kicked out of the Forum pool hall for using too much profanity.

Scotty Bowman learned from him. The Rocket considered him a big brother. Players won for him.

And here he writes to Lee Dillon. (And maybe added a few pesos).


Who Was This Woman? And Were The Boys Polite To Her?


Who is Miss Lee Dillon? And how did she come to cover the Canadiens during the 1956-57 season?


Was she there a few years earlier in March of 1955 when the Richard Riot happened?


Did she interview Henri Richard when he broke in with the Habs a year earlier?


Did she share knitting tips with Jacques Plante?


Did Boom Boom sing to her?


Did Toe Blake, known for his salty vocabulary, watch his language around her?


Did the Rocket glare at her?


Was Jean Beliveau polite to her? Of course he was.


Did she sit beside Red Fisher in the press box when he started covering the Canadiens in the spring of 1955?


1956-57 was the year the team won their second of five straight Cups. Did she get champagne poured on her. Did she cover her eyes in the dressing room when they came out of the showers?


How did she get this great job?


Did she marry and change her name?


Is she still with us?