The Old Program Sits On A Shelf
October 1, 2010 in Bill Durnan, Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens Tags: Bill Durnan, Floyd Curry, Glen Harmon, Huguette Richard, Maurice Richard, Montreal Royals, Montreal Senior Canadiens, Quebec Senior Hockey league
It’s from the 1941-42 season in the Quebec Senior Hockey League featuring a game between the Montreal Senior Canadiens and the Montreal Royals, and what’s especially unique is seeing Maurice Richard in the lineup for the Senior Canadiens, a year before he joined the Habs.
You may have heard that when the Rocket joined the Habs he was wearing number 15, but when his first child Huguette was born, weighing in at nine pounds, Rocket asked if he could change to number nine in honour of his baby girl.
But the number nine must have already had a soft spot in his heart, because as you can see, he was wearing it when he was playing senior hockey.
Also playing on this particular night for the Montreal Royals was Bill Durnan, who of course became a legendary goalie for the Canadiens shortly after, from 1943 to 1950, and Glen Harmon, number 12 for the senior Canadiens, who joined the Habs the following season and played for them from 1942-51.
(Please note: Although it looks like F. Currie, number 3 for the Royals, might just be Floyd Curry spelled wrong, it’s probably not him. At this time, Floyd Curry was playing junior hockey for the Oshawa Generals. Curry actually did play for the Royals, but not until 1945, four full years after this program).