They’d Pay Back The Leafs That April
January 8, 2012 in Bernard Geoffrion, Dickie Moore, Doug Harvey, Frank Selke, Henri Richard, Jacques Plante, Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Toe Blake, Toronto Maple Leafs Tags: Bill Harris, Doug Harvey, Frank J. Selke, Jacques Plante, Jean Beliveau, Montreal-Toronto 1960, Rocket Richard
It was the 59th game in a 70-game schedule, and on this night, February 24th, 1960, the Toronto Maple Leafs would beat the Canadiens 3-1. But Montreal would eventually get the last laugh in April, winning their 5th straight Stanley Cup by sweeping these same Leafs in four games.
The Rocket would retire after this 1959-60 season and Doug Harvey would take over as captain. But because Harvey was heavily involved in creating a players association, and who also marched to the beat of his own drum, both of which didn’t exactly thrill Frank Selke and the rest of management, he would be dealt to the New York Rangers a year later (1961-62). Jean Beliveau would captain the team for the next ten years after Harvey moved on.
It was also only a few months before this 25 cent program went on sale that Jacques Plante would don his mask for the first time, on November 1, 1959, and he would go on to win the Vezina at the end of the season.
What a year. What a program.