#75: Buddy O’Connor
Herbert “Buddy” O’Connor played six seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, and had a huge impact on the team’s ascent into greatness.
In 1940, the Habs nearly folded, but a few years later, they won the Stanley Cup. O’Connor was a big part of that turnaround. He won Stanley Cups with the Canadiens in 1944 and 46.
In 1948, as a member of the New York Rangers, he became the first NHL player to win the Hart trophy and the Lady Byng trophy in the same year. He was also Canada’s athlete of the year for that year.
His best offensive season with the Canadiens came in 1942-43, when he had 15 goals and 58 points. A couple of years later, he would score 21 goals in 50 games, but finish with 44 points.
Although they didn’t win the Cup in 1943, O’Connor shone for the Habs in the playoffs, scoring four goals and nine points in five games.
He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.
For more on Buddy O’Connor:
Hockey Hall of Fame
So there has been two Superbowl commercials yanked for this year: one in Canada, and one in the U.S.
The first ad, done by PETA, was yanked by NBC. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals believe everyone should be a vegetarian. NBC said “depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards.” I don’t think it’s that bad. It just shows a bunch of semi-sexy women with vegetables. I’ve seen sexier ads on TV.
The second ad, by Ashley Madison, was yanked by CTV here in Canada. Ashley Madison is an online dating site for a married person to have an affair. CTV says they don’t want to run an ad that is “promoting adultery.”
What’s funny is that these companies get more exposure for networks refusing to run the ads than they would have gotten if it ran.
Anyways, below you will see the two commercials, plus another couple of good ones. Enjoy!
#76: Shayne Corson
Shayne Corson had two stints with the Montreal Canadiens, for a total of 11 seasons.
Seen as a gritty type player, Corson wasn’t afraid to throw his weight around. But he could also pot some goals. In 1989-90, he had 31 goals and 75 points.
Corson would shine in the playoffs. When the Habs went to the postseason in 1991, he had 9 goals in 13 games.
A first-round pick by the Habs (8th overall), Corson made the all-star team three times and became a leader of any team he played for. He also played for Canada at the World Juniors, World Cup, the Canada Cup and the Olympics.
Corson ended up with more than 400 goals and almost 700 points in his NHL career.
For more on Shayne Corson:
Hockey Hall of Fame
So someone is releasing a movie based on the Montreal massacre back in the 1980s, and it has several people upset and not wanting to see it.
The movie open in Quebec this week, and across the rest of Canada sometime in the next couple of weeks.
It’s based on Marc Lepine, who killed 14 women on Dec. 6, 1989 at Université de Montréal’s École Polytechnique.
There was the same backlash when the movie, Karla, was released in 2006. Starring Laura Pepron from That 70s Show, the movie was about Karla Holmolka and Paul Bernardo and the killings that went on there.
In the past dozen years, we have seen movies about other tragedies: Titanic and Pearl Harbor. There’s already been movies about 9/11. The Summer of Sam is another one.
Law and Order uses a lot of current events in their TV shows each week.
There’s also the Laramie Project, a movie about Matthew Shephard, a U.S. teen who was killed because he was gay.
I know a lot of people feel a lot of pain about this issue, but it doesn’t seem right when we’re willing to watch the many movies/TV shows that come out of Hollywood, but we react in such a negative way when it’s reflective on something that happened on our own soil.
The movie could also be a good way to teach the younger generation, who respond better to movies and television, of what actually happened at the school.
#77: Russ Courtnall
Although he was with the team for only a few years, Russ Courtnall was a fan favourite with the Montreal Canadiens.
His speed always made him a threat to score, and excited fans who had paid to watch the Habs play.
Courtnall was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, but decided to trade him to Montreal for John Kordic, which is regarded everywhere as one of the worst trades in NHL history.
He made an immediate impact. In three full seasons with the Canadiens, he scored at least 22 goals. In the 1990-91 season, he had 26 goals and 76 points in 79 games. That playoff year, he had eight goals in 13 playoff games.
He had 21 points in 27 games the next season when he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars for Brian Bellows.
Courtnall played for Team Canada teams at the Olympics, World Juniors, World Championships and the Canada Cup.
For more on Russ Courtnall:
Hockey Hall of Fame
So a school in New Brunswick has decided to no longer play the Canadian national anthem, and it has some people upset.
Belleisle Elementary School in Springfield, N.B., made the decision to no longer play the anthem to start each school day.
Apparently, it was a year ago the decision was made, but Susan Boyd just found out once her daughters start to forget the lyrics. She’s upset because her nephew, Pte. David Robert Greenslade, was killed while fighting in Afghanistan.
I don’t know what the big deal is. I grew up without the anthem being played every day. I only heard it while watching sports on television, or for an event such as Remembrance Day.
Not playing the anthem is not a sign a disrespect toward our troops. Many schools don’t play O Canada. If Boyd is that serious about her daughters knowing the anthem, then she can teach them at home.
#78: Dollard St. Laurent
Dollard St. Laurent spent eight seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, helping them win four Stanley Cups in that time.
Dollard St. Laurent
No one would ever convince St. Laurent as being an offensive player (he never scored more than four goals in a season), but he was one of the strongest defensive defenceman the team has ever seen. His defensive play allowed him to be selected to five all-star teams.
The Quebec native was traded only twice in his career, both times for cash. After being traded to Chicago, he helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961, the last one they have won.
His final year of hockey was spent in the AHL. He wanted to go back to the NHL, but a broken leg eliminated the chances of that.
For more on Dollard St. Laurent:
Hockey Hall of Fame