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On April 14, 1960, at Maple Leaf Gardens, the Canadiens were one win short of a perfect [...]More
Given he began life as a hockey executive at age 14 and learned from the legendary Conn [...]More
On October 3, 1953, after Habs General Manager, Frank Selke, bought up the entire Quebec [...]More
In July, a few months prior to the 1946-47 season, general manager Tommy Gorman announces his [...]More
During his reign, which extended to 1964, the Canadiens would prove six times that they were the best team in the world, making it through to the Stanley Cup Finals in10 consecutive years, between 1951 and 1960.
Selke helped build hockey’s best scouting and development program, one that yielded future Hall of Famers like Jacques Plante, Doug Harvey, Dickie Moore, Bernard Geoffrion and, of course, Jean Beliveau.
In what was perhaps his biggest coup, Selke bought the Quebec Senior Hockey League in order to secure the professional rights to the tall, talented center. He also had the stroke of genius to hire Toe Blake to replace Dick Irvin behind the Habs’ bench, allowing him to direct former teammate Maurice Richard.