This is a 1910 Canadian large cent. Pennies were bigger back then and only became the size they are now in 1920.
The Montreal Canadiens played their first hockey game on January 5, 1910 against the Cobalt Silver Kings. The team won, but only barely, squeaking out a tight 7-6 win over the Cobalters.
Maybe this penny was in the pocket of someone who was at the game! Maybe it belonged to Jack Laviolette or Didier Pitre or Newsy Lalonde! Maybe it was in the pocket of one of those scoundrel Cobalt fans.
Montreal Canadiens born in 1910 include Jack Riley, Jean Pusie, Jack McGill, Bob Gracie, and Wilf Cude, and you can be forgiven for not knowing most of these names as Riley played just 10 games in total from 1933 to 1935; Pusie played only 38 games between 1930 and ’36; McGill managed 134 games over three years – 1934 to ’37; and Bob Gracie played just 7 games in a Habs uniform in 1938, although he did rack up about 400 NHL games in total with other teams.
Wilf Cude, however, had more of a solid Habs career. He was a goaltender for the Canadiens between 1933 and 1941 and suited up for 249 regular season games with the club, managing 22 shutouts and a 2.90 goals against average.
Also born in 1910! Mother Teresa, Jacques Cousteau, and Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde fame.