Where’s a Montreal cop when you need one?

A smoke bomb billows at the Forum on March 17, 1955, touching off the Richard Riot.
David Bier, Montreal Canadiens, via virtualmuseum.ca

On March 17, 1955, with the Detroit Red Wings leading the Canadiens 4-1, a smoke bomb in the Montreal Forum, tossed as an expression of anger toward Maurice (Rocket) Richard’s suspension by National Hockey League president Clarence Campbell, touched off what would become known as the Richard Riot.

As fans poured to the exits, choking on the smoke, a Montreal police constable visited the Red Wings dressing room and told the visitors that they’d won the game by forfeit, and that they could, and should, be on their way.

Just wondering: where was that Montreal police constable last night, inviting the Red Wings to beat the traffic and depart early … with a 4-1 lead over the Canadiens, their fans not in a very happy mood?


  1. P St. Pierre says:

    Sad to say it, but perhaps it is time for Carbonneau to go. Of course I might feel this way about any coach if the team was losing, but his attitude and his words are not very professional. In my opinion, a coach should stand up for his players and he should be the one that goes to them in private and tells them what needs to be changed in their game for them to be more successful. Unfortunately, I don’t think that Carbonneau really knows what needs to be changed because he thinks that putting Mark Streit on the first line will be beneficial when the guy has played almost every game on defense this season. Not a wise choice, in my opinion.

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