How many can you name?

Ian Cobb got this picture of the 1958-’59 Canadiens from Jean Beliveau.


  1. Hamayoune says:

    I’m off-topic but just out of curiosity, What would it take to land Anza Kopitar in Habland?

    1. Is it possible?
    2. who would you trade to acquire him?
    3. Would habs be better off?

    I know it’ll be near to impossible in acquiring him but speculations won’t hurt 🙂

  2. JohnBellyful says:

    MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens are reaching out to their fans to help them make the deal that will turn the club into a true Stanley Cup contender.

    “The trade deadline is coming up and anyone who reads Habs Inside/Out – and we do – knows there are numerous options available to strengthen the club,” GM Pierre Gauthier said today. “Sure, we have scouts, the book on each team’s players, and years of experience in the league, but that doesn’t compare to the accumulated wisdom of typical Hab fans. We respect their judgment and, sad to say and to our shame, we’ve never acted on their advice. We want to make amends.”

    Gauthier said the team is inviting fans to visit http://www.makebelievemanager.can to download a trade sheet they can fill out.

    “It shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours to complete,” Gauthier said of the 42-page document. “Longer if you propose more than one trade.”

    He said a working knowledge of capology, team deficiencies, player chemistry, the mental health of other GMs, and astrological signs is critical to putting together a credible trade. 

    The deadline for returning the form is Feb. 15 to give the Canadiens time to go over the submissions and decide which one merits acting upon.

    Should the suggested trade be consummated, the team will award the astute fan two season tickets.

    “We just might turn your fantasy into fact,” Gauthier said. “Or your life a living hell if the trade doesn’t pan out. Goes with the territory.”

    Gauthier said the Canadiens have added two servers to handle the massive burst of traffic the competition is expected to generate.

    — “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.” —

  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    They’re definitely making an honest run of trying to keep Boston out of the draft lottery, with hard work they just might do it.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  4. avatar_58 says:

    Carolina sucking it up, Ward is the ONLY reason it’s not worse

  5. punkster says:

    Leafs…making a run…at the playoffs…some day…maybe. Or maybe not.


  6. Shiloh says:

    Hey Mike – I’m in Thunder Bay too. Email me and I’ll attach the scans (front and back) to the response.

  7. wild flower says:

    Don’t look now…Toronto and NJ are coming alive!!

  8. Ian Cobb says:

    The teeth only lasted 5 years also.

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    His game starts with speed, very quick hands and very good at setting up others but I’m a little concerned about his goal-scoring ceiling with his serious drop in Gs from 15 as a rookie last season to 5 all of this season. I’m hoping he goes like Kesler or Crosby in the off-season and just shoots pucks like a maniac.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  10. CHsam says:

    From what I’ve read about Kristo and heard about him, I have this idea in my head that he’s a mix of Gionta ad Patrick Kane. Is he at all like this? what’s his offensive package like?

  11. Danno says:

    I don’t know, but #19 looks positively Markovian to me.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  12. StevieRay says:

    Grrrrrrrrrr  … I wish YouTube was around then !!!

  13. habstrinifan says:

    I have been following Emery’s comeback and would love to see PG sign him. He would be great addition.

  14. habstrinifan says:

    That’s why we need a) BIG, ‘push back’ type forward who will stand up against intimidation and either White to come up and play smart tough role or add similar but bigger player. We cant have everything and I think two additions in that mold are more realistic and probably cheaper than going for ‘superstar sniper’ ( i dont see any) or adding to defense with big shut down guy. The entire team contributes to reasonably strong defence right now.. but on the nights when they need that ‘push back’ high intensity guy it shows up badly.

    Of course everything would be put aside if we can get Iginla. I wish Calgary were still sucking and there was more pressure to move him.

  15. Duracell3 says:

    balding guy in the back is AK46 for sure.

  16. Duracell3 says:

    I don’t get it, why are you including shawn thornton?

  17. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t think so, Dave. I’d rather hang out with TripleX and Habs_Guru than him. He’s a special breed.

  18. Ian Cobb says:

    An error! me! I am going to send back my diploma, I majored in English! in grade 5.

    Thanks, my spell check does not do names.

  19. Clay4bc says:

    Hell could freeze over.


    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  20. punkster says:

    “…life a living hell…” Funny stuff!


  21. punkster says:

    Put a Habs sweater on him and he could be any one of a dozen wingnuts on this site.


  22. observer says:

    Once wrestled a bear.

  23. SeriousFan09 says:

    LAK won’t be giving up offence IMO, Kopitar is their only PPG skater and while their depth chart on D is Top 3 in the whole NHL they lack for offensive punch and need him badly.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  24. andrewberkshire says:

    Not possible, in any way.

  25. HabFanSince72 says:

    On they have the first minute and a half of Boston – Dallas. Boston really pounded the Stars.

    Three fights in the first few seconds, the last two ending in TKOs (Dallas players on the losing end). Then Boston scored two goals in the next minute.

  26. HabFanSince72 says:

    Rangers, Thrashers and Canes all lose in regulation.

    Against NJ the Rangers pulled the keeper with the score 3-2. WIth 6 s left Brodeur had a complete brain cramp (reminiscent of the Olympics), went behind his net and passed the puck to a Ranger. Rangers hit the post with 1 s left.


  27. HardHabits says:

    I certainly hope so. It’s bad enough watching Seguin play with the Bruins. I would totally have a conniption if they get Couturier or Larsson too.

  28. BrianSkrudland says:

    If at the beginning of the year, somebody would have bet you that the following would be true at this stage of the season, you’d surely have question the person’s sanity, right?:

    Habs Duo Combined 29 Goals: Brian Gionta (19) and Benoit Pouliot (10)


    Bruins Combined 29 Goals: Milan Lucic (21) and Shawn Thornton (8)

    As much of an a$$ as he seems to be, Lucic would be welcome on my Habs team anyday.

  29. Shiloh says:

    Ian – I posted my email 2 comments above. Drop me a line and I’ll attach the pictures (front and back) with the response.

  30. showey47 says:

    Jersey is coming alive,toronto is just doing us a favour for one night(but will probably blow it in the 3rd). Looking for calgary to do the same tonight by beating atlanta.

  31. OneTimer says:

    Woo go Leafs! Climb to 9th baby!

  32. JohnBellyful says:

    Great pic, Ian. Opens the memory vault. What stands out is that you can actually read JB’s signature. I’m reading Don Cherry’s latest book — enough with the wisecracks; it was a class assignment; and, believe it or not, he has some good points to make, among them his reverence for Toe Blake — anyways, in it, he notes how illegible are many of today’s players signatures, which drives him up the wall. What’s the point of getting an autograph if you can’t read it — or, more important, nobody else can.

  33. Psycho29 says:

    Jacques Demers was on CKAC this morning and said that in his opinion Jacques Martin should be considered for the Coach of The Year Award. But what does he know, right??

  34. Mark C says:

    Very fair assessment from what I’ve seen from him. The thing that always impressed me the most, I know a few other posters have noticed this as well, is Kristo’s ability to play at top speed. He can make all his passes and shots while skating with full effort, sounds simple, but not everyone can do it.

  35. Danno says:

    I love Jean Beliveau. The classiest man on the planet.

    What a treasure he has given you Ian.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  36. CBrady12 says:

    Post ending in 000

  37. clubdehockey says:

    I was thinking that, but then why no letter on his jersey?!? Doesn’t make sense…

    Gotta be Spacek. (Plus, Spacek must be old enough to actually have been in this picture, right? lol)

  38. BrianSkrudland says:

    Just showed this to my 64-year old Habs fan Dad. He loved it. The names were flying out of his mouth in seconds.

    Thanks for posting this!

  39. clubdehockey says:

    Let’s see, we’ve got Hamrlik on the bottom left, Pouliot next to him, then Desharnais, Spacek, and Gomez wearing the A.

    Wisniewski in the middle row on the left, then Weber, Kostitsyn with the receding hairline, and Moen to his right.

    Then in the back row we have Gorges, Pyatt, Price, the bald dude is obviously Auld, Cammalleri, the tall guy is Gill, and that must be Gionta who is too short to be seen on the top right.

    There, nailed them all. Too bad Markov couldn’t make it to the photoshoot.

  40. LNev says:

    1) Ernie Pantusso front & centre…

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    Prospect Update RE Danny Kristo:

    From University of North Dakota Press Release:

    “Kristo, who is suffering from frostbite on the toes of his right foot, maintains full use of all of his extremities and is in the early stages of recovery.”


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  42. 24 Cups says:

     Ian, thanks for sending this along as it’s a bit of fresh air this week on HI/O.  Kudos to Mike for posting it as a thread.

    I really wish I had kept my hockey cards.  They came in two sets back then.  One had the players for Toronto and Montreal, while the other set covered the four American teams.  The Saturday games came on the tube at 9pm, part way through the 2nd period. 

  43. HabFanSince72 says:

    I used to buy cards for the gum, and give the cards to friends.

    That really hard gum whose flavour lasted for like three chews.


  44. shootdapuck says:

    Nah! Junior Langlois I believe.



    “I only like to watch and takes notes” JM

  45. Da Hema says:

    Good news. Let’s hope he learns something here.

  46. Shiloh says:

    Hey Ian:

    I have the official team photo from 1964-65. It’s in colour and includes the names listed on the back. If you’d like a scan of it I’ll e-mail it along (offer goes to anyone who would like a copy).

    Disclaimer: When I say that I’ll e-mail it, I really mean that I’ll watch while one of my kids does it – they know that I would screw up the scan or the attachment – or both.

  47. SeriousFan09 says:

    Found something you don’t see every day on YouTube, a Guy Lafleur Tribute.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  48. G-Man says:

    Great pic. Brings me back to when the game was The Thing, and the players were true icons.

  49. Shiloh says:

    Can you send me a message with your e-mail? I checked your profile and don’t see it.

  50. Ian Cobb says:

    Yes Please

  51. Ian Cobb says:

    This was taken in 1958-59 season.

    Phil Goyette, Jean Beliveau

    Jacque Plante, Ab McDonald

    Marcel Bonin, Bob Turner

    Albert Jr. Langlois, Andre Pronovost

    Tom Johnson, Jean Guy Talbot

    Doug Harvey, Billy Hickey

    Ralph Backstrom, Bernie Geoffrion

    Don Marshall, Dick Moore

    Henri Richard, behind Marshall

    Frank Selkie, Hector (toe) Blake

    The Rocket, Gallivan and I were eating hot dogs up on the cat walk at the time. Rocket had a sore hand.


  52. StevieRay says:


    Marcel Bonin loved that guy …what a character !!

  53. Ian Cobb says:

    Steve! is that a Dow or a Blackhorse beer you have there.??

  54. StevieRay says:

    Those were the days my friend !  The old Black andWhite RCA just off the kitchen in the living room . Saturday nites were bath nite( whether you thought you needed one or not ! )  in the big round galvinized tub on the kitchen floor…. then…the good old hockey game !!!! Great memories

  55. StevieRay says:

    Ten Penny !!…how’s the winter treatin’you partner

  56. Exit716 says:

    Too bad the CBC didn’t have that schedule today. You wouldn’t have to watch Don Cherry.


  57. Ian Cobb says:

    We had less than a foot of snow yesterday, everything is going well. Here they think it is a big deal, but we know what winter is all about my friend.

    On my ranch in N.B. we use to get that and more each day. One year we had 14 feet of snow on the ground.

  58. Fred D says:

    I guess I had 150 little old hockey cards from 1951/52. My Mother (God bless her) decided, at one point, that I didn’t need all this junk laying around and they all got pitched out. This was when I was in grade 2 at the old, now demolished, Kensington School in NDG in Montreal. (My teacher was Mrs. Cloutier)

    The cards Kevin van S. won at the HIO Summit, two years ago, still had some of the same players on them. (I have digital archives of them anyway.)


  59. Ian Cobb says:

    Fred, my cedar posts were 15 feet high around the ranch, some of them were below the snow.

    How much snow do you have on your farm in N.Y. Blower get a work out??

  60. Fred D says:

    Is that Metric feet or Imperial measure??

  61. Keith says:


    Native Ontarians (not you though my friend) are wimps when it comes to winter, unlike us Maritimers. Two or three feet of snow is the norm here. I remember being a kid and seeing snow up to the bottom of the gutters on nour wood shed, I kid you not! It was the winter of 1970-71 I believe. Right around the time i became a Canadiens fan. Cheers 😉

  62. punkster says:

    Thanks for email with the photo, Ian. And thanks to Mr. Boone for posting and helping you identifying the year.


  63. Fred D says:

    I have a 3 point hitch blower on the 92 horse cab tractor, so I can blow snow in my shirt sleeves. Three hours worth today and as much yesterday. Worst snow here since 1994, which was the year I came here.

  64. Chris says:

    I don’t know…the people up in Barrie-Huronia get walloped with snow pretty regularly.  And Ottawa can get some real doozies as well.

    But the key thing is to think about how dealing with that snow when surrounded by 3-5 million other people dealing with the snow.  The stress of knowing that your being a good winter driver has no bearing on whether you will get in an accident is quite amazing.  🙂

  65. avatar_58 says:

    Call me crazy, but I would love to have Emery as a backup. He’s fiery and I’ve always sort of rooted for him, even despite all the hate he gets. Not a knock on Auld, he’s done his job. But you can’t argue Emery’s fight to win mentality.

  66. Dryden says:

    Me too please!

  67. Fred D says:

    You were likely thinking of the mark your girl friend used to leave on your neck when you spelled “Hickey”; an undestandable error!

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