Top 100 Habs: #73

#73: Rejean Houle

Rejean Houle was a great player for the Montreal Canadiens, but unfortunately, is probably most remembered for his disaster as general manager of the Habs.

Rejean Houle

Rejean Houle

Houle played his entire 11-year NHL career with the Canadiens, with a three break with the Quebec Nordiques in the WHA. As a Hab, he won five Stanley Cups, and scored at least 20 goals on three separate occasions.

His best season was 1977-78, when he had 30 goals and 58 points in 76 games. He added 11 points in 15 playoff games that season.

Houle, a former first overall pick, retired in 1982.

Thirteen years later, in 1995, the Habs would come calling again, asking him to be the general manager. He accepted, and not long later, was forced to trade superstar goalie Patrick Roy. He also traded away players like Pierre Turgeon, Mark Recchi and Vincent Damphousse. His drafting record was poor, and his inability to sign key free agents set the team back for a decade.

He was mercifully fired lated in 2000.

Despite his shortcomings as a GM, his on-ice play make him deserving of a spot on this list.

For more information on Rejean Houle:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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