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Vern Kaiser

Not a lot to say about Vern Kaiser, who is number three of the trio of Bee Hives I picked up recently. (I only need Tod Campeau to complete things now – 73 in all).

Kaiser played 50 games with Montreal during the 1950-51 season, plus two games in the playoffs, and that was it. He managed seven goals and added five assists during this time, which is decent numbers I suppose, but all in all, Vern Kaiser was mostly a minor leaguer throughout his career. He’s definitely a sensational Bee Hive to get hold of though.

More about Mr. Kaiser can be found here

Vern Kaiser

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.

A Brief Bee Hive Moment: Hal Laycoe’s Big Night With The Rocket

 From 1934 to 1967, if you mailed in a Bee Hive Corn Syrup coupon, they would send you a free photo of most any player you requested. They were divided into three groups over the years, and this photo of Hal Laycoe comes from Group 2, which covered the years between 1944 to 1964.  Bee Hive photos were fun to collect and because everyone asked for the Rocket or Beliveau or Horton  or Armstrong etc, the lesser players like the Habs’ Tod Campeau and Vern Kaiser and others are extremely rare and valuable.

Hal Laycoe had been a friend of Rocket Richard’s when both played for Montreal, but after Laycoe was traded to Boston, he and the Rocket took centre stage one night in what led to a big-time piece of hockey history.

It happened like this. Laycoe had highsticked Richard one night in Boston, but play continued with no penalty called. This upset the Rocket very much. He skated up to Laycoe, smashed him in the face and upper body with his stick, and was soon subdued by the officials. But this didn’t stop Richard. He kept breaking away from the linesmen to get at this former friend, Laycoe, and he even broke his stick over the Bruin player’s back.

Linesman Cliff Thompson got hold of Richard again, but the Rocket broke loose and punched Thompson twice, which wasn’t the greatest idea. It simply wasn’t a good situation all round.

All of this led to Richard’s suspension of the remaining games in the season, plus the entire playoffs, and you know the rest of the story.

Of course it was the 1955 Richard Riot on St. Patrick’s Night In Montreal.