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?