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Bee Hive Doc Couture

Miraculously, I’ve found three of the remaining four Habs Bee Hives from group 2 (1944-64) that I’ve been searching for to complete the set of 73. (There are a few variations of players with dark or light backgrounds, and white or dark script, but I’ve decided not to worry about those).

The three extremely tough-to-find Bee Hives suddenly made an appearance on eBay not long ago, and away I went.

Today, meet Gerry “Doc” Couture.

Doc Couture played six seasons in Detroit, where he also posed for a Bee Hive, before being traded to Montreal for the 1951-52 campaign, and with the Canadiens, this Saskatoon native managed just ten games (one assist, four penalty minutes) before suffering a laceration that ended his year. Doc was then shipped to Chicago (for cash), where he spent two seasons before calling it a day. Doc also became a Chicago Bee Hive.

But he was a Hab and a Bee Hive. Immortality.

Doc Couture



Eddie Litzenberger Didn’t Dazzle In Montreal

This is Ed Litzenberger, a player I always associated with the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs. But here he is in a Bee Hive photo wearing a Habs uniform. Litzenberger was a Hab for 34 games between 1952 and 1955, scoring 8 goals and adding 4 assists during this time. He went on to play seven seasons in Chicago, one in Detroit, and three in Toronto after that.

Litzenberger also has a Bee Hive in both a Hawks and Leafs uniform.

As you may know, I collect Habs Bee Hive photos from group 2, which are those from 1944 to 1964. There are 77 in this set, and I’m missing just nine. These would be Tod Campeau, Murph Chamberlain, Gerry Couture, Eddie Dorohoy, John Hanna, Vern Kaiser, Ross Lowe, John McCormack, and George Robertson. They’re all tough to find.