Monday, April 6, 2015

Verdun Boy Dollard StLaurent Dies @ 85

Another grreat ex-Hab has passed away, Verdun boy Dollard St.Laurent ,won a few cups in his day, I also seem to remember him having an office inVerdun on Wellington I think it was right on a corner .didn't he have an insurance business or soemething like that ? I also have a vague (really vague) recollection that he once moved his office into the old weight lifting joint at Desmarchais & Wellington which in itself had some famous people work out there (may be Reeves ??) anyway if I'm remember correctly Dollard had an office on the corner of Argyle / Melrose/ ? & Wellington ST. & may hav e later on moved to Desmarchais & took over the defunct weight gym , what was the gym called, it had a big sign ,was it Gold's Gym or is that too easy a 
Anyway back to this story, it looks like if the Ghosts of the Forum who it was said 'guided & helped' the Habs win Stanley Cups , but Never liked to leave the Forum,cause they have never showed up at the Molson/ Bell Centre ,at least not yet,but it seems that they might be assembling an allstar team of ex-Habs greats who know where the Bell Centre is & maybe can guide the present day version of the Habs to winning ways again & maybe start a new tradition in the new building. Just in the last number of years the ghost team has acquired the likes of Maurice Richard/ Jean Beliveau/ Elmer Lach / & now Dollard St.Laurent......among others I can't recall right now, so maybe just maybe this new Habs Spirit Filled line up will turn the tide for Montreal & guide them to Lord Stanley's Mug before too long. Afterall it has been since 1993 that Montreal raised the hardware in Victory & that is just way too long 22 years is ridiculous Imagine over two decades without a Stanley Cup is blasphemy in Montreal & needs to be dealt with.......Now guys let's "get this party started"...................Cheers ! LesF now here's the Gazette article below:

Former Canadiens, Blackhawks defenceman Dollard St. Laurent dead at 85

Former Montreal Canadien and Chicago Black Hawk Dollard St. Laurent at his Lasalle home May 27, 2010.
John Kenney / Montreal Gazette
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Dollard St. Laurent, who won five Stanley Cups as a defenceman for the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks, has died, the Canadiens announced Monday. He was 85.
The announcement came only two days after the passing of 97-year-old former Canadiens star Elmer Lach.
St. Laurent played eight seasons for Montreal in the 1950s, winning Stanley Cups in 1953, 1956, 1957 and 1958 before he was traded to the Blackhawks on June 3, 1958 for cash and future considerations. He won a Cup in Chicago in 1961.
The Verdun native had 29 goals and 133 assists in 652 games over 12 NHL campaigns. He had another two goals and 22 assists in 92 playoff games.
Former Montreal Canadiens defenceman Dollard St. Laurent (right), a dependable, stay-at-home rearguard who won four  Stanley Cups with the Canadiens and one more with the Chicago Black  Hawks.
Former Montreal Canadiens defenceman Dollard St. Laurent (right), a dependable, stay-at-home rearguard who won four Stanley Cups with the Canadiens and one more with the Chicago Black Hawks.
2001 SNOWBOUND, ALL RIGHTS RESER / Montreal Gazette
The stay-at-home defenceman made his NHL debut with three games in 1951-52 before becoming a regular on a powerhouse Montreal team. But the five-foot-11 180-pound rearguard was dealt away before they completed their run of five straight Cups from 1956 to 1960.
He was steadying influence at the back for a rising young Blackhawks squad that ended a 23-year Cup drought.
After the 1961-62 season, St. Laurent was sent to the Quebec Aces of the American Hockey League, where he broke a leg and then retired at the end of the season.
He was the fifth former Canadien to pass away in recent months, after defenceman Carol Vadnais in August, legendary captain Jean Beliveau in December, former coach Claude Ruel in February and Lach.

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