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To The Forum, Bus Driver

Twice I saw games at the old Forum when a buddy and I took a bus charter from Orillia. This was the Forum before the renovations in 1968, when there were pillars throughout that caused obstructed views, and I remember thinking that I was glad I wasn’t sitting behind one.

The first time I went I was 13 when the Habs hosted Chicago (Feb. 22, 1964) but I remember almost nothing about this trip, including who I went with. I only know the date and my age because of my ticket stub I show here.

But the second time, with the game on February 26, 1966 against the Rangers as you can see in the other ticket stub and on the Forum marquee, was when I was 15 and I went with my friend Bernie Rivard.

I took all these pictures that also include Toe Blake’s Tavern on Ste. Catherine, which is now long gone (the tavern, not the street), McNeice’s Sporting Goods, which was located on Atwater St, at the Forum, and my two ticket stubs from both trips which are pasted in my scrapbook.

On the bus ride back to Orillia, older guys were passing booze around and when my dad picked me up at the bus station in the middle of the night, I was completely drunk. But he didn’t say one word about it.

I’m Not Surprised. Yes I Am

I’m surprised yet not surprised that the questions in my ongoing quiz are being nailed by readers. I suppose I could go through books and dredge up completely obscure questions that would be nearly impossible to find answers to, like Gaston LeBois had five penalties one night and while he was sitting in the penalty box, how much water did he drink?

I think it would be boring.

I think it’s more fun this way.

I’ll just carry on from time to time with things and hope at some point I’ll stump everyone. But somehow I doubt it.

For those who have just checked this blog out, I’ve been asking question for the last couple of weeks. So far, everything’s been answered in lightning time.

The previous quiz, about McNiece’s, was jumped on right away by Christopher and Danno. Like I say, I’m not surprised.

McNiece’s store was located at the old Forum, around the corner on Atwater, prior to renovations in the late 1960’s. They not only sold sports equipment to customers, but also supplied the Montreal Canadiens with sticks, jackets, tape, skates and other things, dating from the 1940’s through to the 1960’s. The Billy Reay game-used stick I have from 1948 has the McNiece’s stamp on it.

I was at a game at the old Forum in 1964 or so, and I took the picture at that time. I knew about this store when I was a kid because I had ordered a team jacket from them back then.

I forgot to remove my finger from the shot. And it may not look like it but that’s the Forum in the background.