Who wore the CH with greater effect? - Andrew Berkshire
The number 75 has been worn by four players for the Habs in over a 100 years of history, but only two qualify. Who wore it better?
A rare American NHLer in the 1930's Leroy Goldsworthy of Two Harbors, Minnesota holds the distinction of being acquired by the Canadiens in exchange for the first superstar in NHL history, Howie Morenz. Morenz was traded after a disappointing season with the Habs, scoring only 8 goals in 48 games. Goldsworthy was acquired in a multi-player trade that also included Richard Jenkins coming Montreal's way, with Morenz, Lorne Chabot, and Marty Burke going to the Chicago Blackhawks. Goldsworthy made an instant impact, scoring 20 goals in just 33 games in 1934, 3 more than Aurel Joliat for the team lead, and 8th overall in the NHL.
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Ironically, another American, Hal Gill was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Canadiens in 2009 on a two year contract. At the time it was negatively viewed, even though Gill was coming off of playing a key role in a Stanley Cup victory for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Gill was booed lustily in his tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs, seen as slow and not physical enough for his 6'7" frame. However he was embraced in Montreal for his defensive smarts and veteran savvy, especially for his amazing efforts on the penalty kill. Gill often remarked that Habs fans were something special as it was the first time he felt his skillset was widely appreciated. Sucking up will get you everywhere, Mr. Gill.
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So Habs fans, which player wore the number 75 better?
Leroy Goldsworthy (19 votes)
Hal Gill (104 votes)
123 total votes