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Unlike brother Spraque, who enjoyed adding fuel to the fire, Odie Cleghorn stood out for his [...]More
A revamped Montreal Canadiens team took to the ice to start the 1924-25 season. Their [...]More
John Matz’s rights were sold to the Canadiens by the Western Canadian Hockey League’s [...]More
Notoriously impulsive, Sprague Cleghorn was despised by opponents but truly appreciated by his [...]More
Defending Stanley Cup Champions, coach Leo Dandurand’s Canadiens wasted little time showing off their stuff. The game was only 55 seconds old when forward Billy Boucher scored the first goal in the history of the Forum, beating John Roach Ross twice more later in the game, recording the building’s first hat trick.
Aurèle Joliat, with a pair, Howie Morenz and captain Sylvio Mantha, rounded out the Canadiens side of the score sheet, while Georges Vézina allowed only one goal in the 7-1 victory.
For the next two seasons, the Canadiens would only lace up their skates at the Forum to play Montreal’s other NHL franchise, the Maroons, who joined the league in 1924-25. Sharing the building with their rivals until the demise of the Maroons in 1938, the Canadiens were later the Forum’s sole NHL tenant for almost 60 years.