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Grand moments

October 14th, 1948
On October 14, 1948, the Montreal Canadiens held a vote to determine the team’s next captain.

In an almost unanimous decision, defenseman Emile “Butch” Bouchard became the 13th Canadiens player to wear the captain’s “C” on his jersey. The genial giant replaced Bill Durnan, who had taken over the captain’s mantle when injury forced Toe Blake to call it a career four months before the end of the 1947-48 campaign.

With seven full seasons and as pair of Stanley Cup Championships already under his belt, Bouchard held the captaincy for the next eight seasons. One of the most-feared defensemen of his era, “Butch” Bouchard would lead the Canadiens to two more Stanley Cup titles, in 1953 and 1956.