Following the Canadiens’ 1965 Stanley Cup win. From left: Bobby Rousseau, Henri Richard, Jim Roberts, Red Berenson, Jean Béliveau, coach Toe Blake, Jean-Guy Talbot, Yvan Cournoyer and Dick Duff.
Photo courtesy Yvan and Evelyn Cournoyer
The Canadiens’ record this week, with a game left to play tomorrow, stands at one overtime win, one loss, two arrests, $2,500 in bail paid and a river of bad ink. Yesterday, the team held an optional practice to begin preparations for tomorrow’s return home vs. the Philadelphia Flyers.
Jean Béliveau, Henri Richard and Yvan Cournoyer, consecutive Hall of Fame Canadiens captains from 1961-79, enjoyed this week’s victory and can swallow the loss.
But the winners of a combined 31 Stanley Cups have been less than dazzled by the other headlines.
"I don’t think (the dinner) is such a good idea," Béliveau said yesterday, following a news conference to announce a memorabilia auction next Wednesday to benefit his foundation and the Quebec Society for Disabled Children.
Added Cournoyer: "You’re a professional, and you’re old enough to play for the Canadiens. … I don’t think they were sober. And I think a lot of people have made the same stupid mistake. I hope it’s going to be a good message for (O’Byrne) and the rest of the team – to act like gentlemen and not do those things again."