Miracle Moments in Montreal Canadiens History: The Turning Points, The Memorable Games, The Incredible Records

Miracle Moments in Montreal Canadiens History: The Turning Points, The Memorable Games, The Incredible Records

by Jim Hynes


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Miracle Moments in Montreal Canadiens History: The Turning Points, The Memorable Games, The Incredible Records by Jim Hynes

The Habs, Les Glorieux, La Sainte Flanelle—the Montreal Canadiens have almost as many nicknames as they do Stanley Cup Championships: twenty-four. In Miracle Moments in Montreal Canadiens History , the first book of a new sports series, Montreal native Jim Hynes details twenty-four memorable moments in the history of hockey’s oldest franchise.

Over the course of three periods—the regular season, the playoffs, and off the ice—relive the highest of highs and lowest of lows of the National Hockey League’s signature franchise, from their founding in 1909 for the enjoyment of Montreal’s French Canadian population to their centennial season of 2009, and beyond. Rub shoulders with the legendary players, from “Rocket” Richard and Jean Béliveau to Guy Lafleur and Patrick Roy, and the owners, managers, and coaches who pulled the strings, creating both dynasties and catastrophic failures along the way.

From “Phantom” Joe Malone’s five-goal night in the NHL’s founding season of 1917 to Jacques Plante’s debut of the goalie mask in 1959, Captain Saku Koivu’s courageous battle with cancer in 2002, and much more, this book brings it all to life. Now hear the chants, sing the songs, feel the thunderous ovations, then stand and cheer (or mercilessly boo) along with those who came before, transfixed before their TV sets or in the shrines to hockey that are the legendary Montreal Forum and its successor, the raucous Bell Centre. Through the pages of this book, join those still watching, waiting, hoping, and praying for that elusive twenty-fifth Stanley Cup.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613219829
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jim Hynes, a native and longtime resident of Montreal, is the hockey-obsessed coauthor of Saving Face: The Art and History of the Goalie Mask and TSN 25 Years , celebrating the silver anniversary of Canada’s Sports Network. He is also the coauthor and editor of The Montreal Book of Everything. Jim currently works as a freelance writer and editor and is the hockey analyst on a syndicated sports radio program in upstate New York. He lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife, Mary-Margaret, and their two sons, Jason and Samuel.

Table of Contents

Introduction v

1st Period: The Regular Season 1

1 Five for the Phantom in Canadiens' NHL Debut 3

2 The Rocket Scores 50 in 50 10

3 Jacques Palnte Debuts the Goalie Mask 16

4 1976-77: The Greater Season 24

5 Guy! Guy! Guy!: Lafleur Scores Two in Forum Return 30

6 St. Patrick's Last Day: Roy Quits Canadians Mid-Game 38

7 Shutting Down a Shrine: The Closing of the Montreal Forum 45

8 A Comeback for the Ages 52

2nd Period: The Playoffs 59

9 Canadiens Win Their First Stanley Cup 61

10 Rocket Richard 5, Leafs 1 68

11 The Rocket's Greatest Goal 76

12 Five Consecutive Cups 84

13 Dryden Debuts as Canadiens Shock Bruins 95

14 Good vs. Evil: The Series That Saved Hockey 103

15 Too Many Men 110

16 The Good Friday Massacre 117

17 A Saint Is Born: Rookie Roy Channels Dryden 124

18 Cup Full of Overtime 131

3rd Period: Off the Ice 141

19 1909: The Creation of Habs Nation 143

20 The Richard Riot 150

21 Passing the Torch in June 1971 156

22 The Greatest Game 164

23 Captain Courageous Conquers Cancer 173

24 Celebrating a Centennial 180

Acknowledgments 187

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