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On April 16, 1953, the Canadiens played host to the Boston Bruins for the fifth game of the [...]More
On September 30, 1999, with the position left vacant after Vincent Damphousse’s departure in [...]More
Like the year before, the Canadiens suffer through another injury-plagued season in 1948-49. [...]More
Team captain for eight seasons, Émile Bouchard dished out solid hits and made passes like no [...]More
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.