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Born and raised in Verdun, a streetcar ride away from the Montreal Forum, young Donnie [...]More
On March 11, 1996, the Canadiens play their last game inside the Montreal Forum in a match-up [...]More
His parents may have named him James Albert but to the hockey world he was known as “Bud” [...]More
One of the solid support players from Western Canada who found their way to Montreal during [...]More
A few days earlier, on March 13, the Canadiens and the Boston Bruins compete in a heated battle on the ice. At the 15:11 mark ofthe third period, Hal Laycoe strikes Richard in the head with his stick. While trying to break up the ensuing fight, linesman Cliff Thompson takes a punch to the face courtesy of Richard, and begins to bleed profusely from his eye. In response to the incident, Richard is subsequently suspended for the remaining three games of the regular season and for the entire postseason, while Laycoe, the instigator of the melee, went unpunished.
The sentiment of injustice permeating through the incensed Montreal fans reaches its peak when Campbell arrives at the Forum for the following game. A tear gas bomb explodes, forcing the evacuation of the Forum and causing the riotous crowd to spill over onto the streets. The Canadiens are forced to forfeit the game after only one period.
The day after the riot, "The Rocket” goes live on the radio to address the public, successfully appealing to them to maintain order and end the chaos.