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Early Years Habs Photos From Parade Sportive

Having seen some Parade Sportive photo's in Canadiens sites such as HIO and others like Joe Pelletier's Greatest Hockey Legends, I went looking for more and found all kinds of Habs related goodies. One site had a whole page dedicated to hockey players featured in the pages of Parade Sportive.

The Parade Sportive series initially ran in the1930's to sponsor interviews on radio station CKAC. From 1943 to 1948, the series was revived and featured many sporting figures aside from hockey and were handed out by Montreal radio station CHLP. The earlier photo's are in red, and later reproductions are in black and white for the later series.

The second series of photos measure roughly 5" by 8 1/4" and are black and white with a white border. The photos are of relatively poor quality, even for the era, and the photos are constructed of thin paper stock. Some players were issued more than one photo and there are four Montreal Canadiens team photos. Additionally, there are some multi player photos with the most valuable photo, according to Beckett, being the Maurice Richard - Elmer Lach - Toe Blake issue at $75.

Many lesser known Canadiens players of the time were included, as well as the stars of the day. Because the radio stations conducting the interviews were french speaking, the players featured are predominantly francophones as well.

Some of the Canadiens future players were in fact featured while still in junior or semi pro, playing for the likes of the Montreal Royals and Quebec Aces.

The 22 players photos I found of interest shown here are accompanied by short bios that were written at the site.

Johnny Gagnon was a well-received right winger for the Montreal Canadiens over the entire decade of the 1930s. Gagnon, in his rookie season, helped lead the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup championship in 1930-31 and led all playoff performers with 6 goals. Although Gagnon would not win another Cup with the Canadiens, he was consistently penciled into the Habs' lineup right through 1940 when he was traded to the New York Americans for cash. Gagnon accumulated at least 30 points five times for the Canadiens and netted 20 goals in the 1936-37 campaign.

In 454 regular season NHL games, Gagnon found the back of the net 120 times and added 141 assists for 261 total points. In 32 postseason contests, Gagnon scored 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 playoff points.

Georges Mantha played 13 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens as a defender and left winger. Mantha was a solid player for the Habs; he made his debut during the 1928-29 season, but was held scoreless in 21 regular season games. While Mantha would not develop into a prolific scorer, he did help lead Montreal to two consecutive Stanley Cup championships beginning in 1929-30. Mantha did develop a "scorer's touch" in the 1937-38 campaign, netting 23 goals.

Mantha played in 488 NHL regular season games, scoring 89 goals and chipping in with 102 assists for 191 total points. In playoff action, Mantha scored 6 goals and 2 assists for 8 total points in 36 games.

Centerman/Defender Leo Lamoureux - 2 Stanley Cups

Goaler Bill Durnan - Member of Hockey's Hall of Fame, 2 Stanley Cups, 6 Vezina Trophies, 6 NHL First All-Star Team berths

Defender Butch Bouchard - Member of Hockey's Hall of Fame, 4 Stanley Cups, 3 First All-Star Team berths

Hector "Toe" Blake, also known as "The Lamplighter" for his ability to put the puck in the net, was a star player for the Montreal Canadiens during the 1930's and 1940's, and later achieved success as head coach for the Habs in the 1950's and 1960's. Born in Victoria Mines, Ontario in 1912, Blake broke into the NHL in the 1934-35 season as a member of the Montreal Maroons and, after 11 games as a Hab the following season, finally broke into the starting line-up for good during the 1936-37 season. In a career spanning 577 regular season games, this crafty left winger scored 235 goals and notched 292 helpers. During the postseason, Blake's numbers read 25-37-62 in 58 games. After a broken leg prematurely ended Blake's playing career, the former captain rejoined the Canadiens as Head Coach.

When Toe Blake accepted the position to coach the Canadiens, management was hoping that Blake could keep the fiery Maurice Richard under control. Hab fans cannot forget that first season with Blake at the helm, for he delivered to Montreal a Stanley Cup championship, the first of eight, including the legendary five in a row! Toe Blake was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.

Ken Mosdell played much of 16 seasons, predominantly with the Montreal Canadiens. The centerman broke into the NHL during the 1941-42 season with the Brooklyn Americans, but his rights were transferred to Montreal in a dispersal draw in September of 1943. Mosdell was a mainstay in the Montreal lineup and was a member of three Stanley Cup championship teams (1945-46, 1952-53, and 1955-56). Mosdell earned a NHL First All-Star Team berth in 1954 and a spot on the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1955. Mosdell participated in five consecutive NHL All-Star contests beginning in 1951. Mosdell also earned a QHL Second All-Star Team berth as a member of the Montreal Royals in 1959.

In 693 NHL regular season contests, Mosdell registered 141 goals and 168 assists for 309 total points. In postseason play, Mosdell participated in 80 games, scoring 16 goals and adding 13 assists for 29 total points.

Emile "Butch" Bouchard is a hockey legend. The Hall of Fame defender played for just one NHL franchise, the Montreal Canadiens, and has his name etched on Lord Stanley's Cup four times. Bouchard was a fierce blueliner who backed down from nobody, as evident by his 863 career PIMs. Bouchard's first Cup came in the 1943-44 season and the second just two seasons later. In 1952-53 and his final season, 1955-56, Bouchard rounded out his championships. In 785 regular season NHL games, Bouchard scored 49 goals and registered 144 assists. In postseason action, Bouchard's numbers read 11-21-32 in 113 contests.

Bouchard earned NHL First All-Star Team honors in three consecutive seasons beginning in 1945. Bouchard was a member of the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1944. The defender also participated in 6 NHL All-Star contests.

Glen Harmon's NHL career spanned nine seasons with all of them spent as a member of the storied Montreal Canadiens. You can find Harmon's name etched on Lord Stanley's Cup twice - his first engraving coming after the 1943-44 campaign and another one following the 1945-46 Cup-hoisting season. Harmon, a steady defender, was no stranger to finding the back of the net as he fired 55 pucks past various netminders during regular and postseason play. Harmon was selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team in both 1945 and 1949. Harmon also skated in two All-Star contests, his first in 1949 and then again the following season.

In 452 regular season contests with the Canadiens, Harmon netted 50 goals and added 96 assists for 146 total points. During postseason action, Harmon's numbers read 5-10-15 in 53 contests.

Joe Benoit, a right winger, played for the Montreal Canadiens during the 1940s. Benoit broke in with the bleu blanc et rouge in the 1940-41 season and was an integral member of the squad for three seasons before leaving the club to perform military service. While staying in shape by playing hockey for the Calgary Currie Army team, Benoit readied himself to join the Canadiens for the Cup-hoisting 1945-46 season, although Benoit did not appear in the postseason for this campaign. Benoit played just six games for Montreal in 1946-47 as his NHL career came to an end.

In 185 regular season contests, Benoit scored 75 goals and added 69 assists for 144 points. In 11 postseason games, Benoit registered 6 goals and 3 helpers for 9 total points.

Jean Claude "Tod" Campeau played all of just 42 games with the Montreal Canadiens over the course of three seasons. Campeau, a career minor-leaguer and senior-league player, played center for the Canadiens and debuted for the club in the 1943-44 season. Campeau played just two games that year and did not return to the Habs until the 1947-48 season, participating in 14 contests. Campeau skated in 26 games for Montreal in 1948-49 and scored a NHL career-high 10 points that season with 3 by way of the goal.

In 42 regular season NHL games, all played wearing the bleu blanc et rouge, the centerman registered 5 goals and 9 assists for 14 points. In his lone postseason appearance, during the 1948-49 campaign, Campeau was held without a point.

Norm Dussault, a centerman, played four seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. Dussault broke in with the club during the 1947-48 season and chipped in with 15 points, 5 by way of the goal, during his rookie season. Dussault would go on to seasons of 17, 37, and 24 points over the next three years.

In 206 NHL contests, all with the Montreal Canadiens, Dussault scored 31 goals and added 62 helpers for a total of 93 points. In postseason contests, Dussault registered 4 points, 3 by way of goals.

Dutch Hiller enjoyed quite a career in the NHL. Hiller's name can be located on Lord Stanley's Cup twice as he first hoisted the "Jug" when his New York Rangers won the prize in 1939-40. Hiller then waited until 1945-46 to raise the Cup overhead when his Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins for the championship. Hiller, a left winger, broke into the NHL with the New York Rangers during the 1937-38 campaign. He then played three full seasons in New York before the Detroit Red Wings claimed him off waivers. Detroit quickly traded Hiller to the Boston Bruins during the 1941-42 campaign and he ended up with the Canadiens. Hiller played the 1943-44 season with the Rangers and then finished his career by playing two more seasons in Montreal. Hiller reached the 20-goal plateau for the only time in his career during the 1944-45 season with Montreal.

In 383 regular season contests in the NHL, Hiller scored 91 goals and added 113 assists for 204 total points. In postseason action, Hiller played in 48 games and scored 9 goals and 8 assists for 17 total points.

Fernand Gauthier played six seasons in the NHL, breaking in with the New York Rangers during the 1943-44 season. The right winger played his sophomore season with the Montreal Canadiens before finishing his career as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. Gauthier had a goal scorer's touch in his first two seasons, netting 14 and 18 goals respectively, but only managed 14 lamplighters over the course of the next four seasons.

In 229 regular season contests, Gauthier netted 46 goals and accumulated 50 helpers for 96 total points. In 22 postseason games, Gauthier managed 5 goals and an assit for 6 points in all.

Leo Gravelle played during five NHL seasons, predominantly with the Montreal Canadiens. Gravelle broke in with the Habs in 1946-47, posting 16 goals and 30 points as a rookie. Gravelle would never reach the 30-point plateau again, coming close in 1949-50 with a tally of 29 points. Gravelle, always a decent producer, went scoreless in his sophomore season! What a statistical oddity! While Gravelle's last 18 NHL games came in a Detroit Red Wings uniform, he finished his hockey career in the QHL; he was a First All-Star Team selection as a member of the Ottawa Senators in 1954, scoring 45 goals and 86 points.

In 223 NHL regular season games, Gravelle scored 44 goals and amassed 34 assists for 78 total points. During postseason play his numbers read 4-1-5 in 17 contests.

Fernand Majeau ( name mispelled on photo ) played two seasons with the Montreal Canadiens as a centerman and left winger. Majeau's rookie season came in 1943-44; he netted 20 goals for the Habs that season and helped lead the squad to the Stanley Cup championship. Majeau played just 12 games with the Canadiens in the following season to finish out his NHL career.

In 56 NHL regular season games, Majeau scored 22 goals and registered 24 assists for 46 total points. In his lone postseason contest, Majeau was held scoreless.

George Allen particpated in NHL action during eight seasons with most of his time spent as a member of the Chicago Black Hawks. Allen, a left winger and defender, broke into the NHL with the New York Rangers during the 1938-39 campaign. Allen's last NHL action came as a member of the Montreal Canadiens in 1946-47.

Allen netted 82 goals and accumulated 115 assists for 197 total points during regular season play. In 41 postseason contests, Allen scored 9 goals and registered 10 assists.

Jacques Locas played right wing for the Montreal Canadiens during parts of two seasons. Locas's rookie season was 1947-48 as he played 56 games for the bleu blanc et rouge. Locas played just 3 games for Montreal the following year to finish out his NHL career. Locas is best known for his time spent in the QHL with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. In 1958 and 1959, Locas led the QHL in goals scored with 40 and 49 respectively while also earning QHL First All-Star Team honors.

In 59 NHL regular season contests, Locas scored 7 goals and added 8 assists for 15 total points. Locas did not appear in postseason play.

Rosario Joanette, a centerman and right winger, played just two games in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens. Joanette, basically a career senior-leaguer, spent most of his playing days with the Valleyfield Braves. Joanette was a prolific goal scorer and routinely netted 20 goals-plus per season. In 1944-45, the same season he played his two games with Montreal, Joanette led the QPHL with 45 goals, 56 assists, and 101 points in just 37 games.

In Joanette's 2 regular season contests with the Canadiens, he registered just 1 assist.

Joe Carveth played right wing for three "Original Six" NHL teams. Carveth broke into the NHL in 1940-41 with Detroit, playing six seasons with the Red Wings and winning a Cup in 1942-43. In fact, Carveth was the postseason goal leader during the Cup run with 6 tallies. Carveth was then traded to the Boston Bruins and played in Beantown for two seasons before joining the Montreal Canadiens for parts of three campaigns. Carveth returned to Detroit in the latter half of the 1949-50 season, just in time to hoist the Cup again. Additionally, Carveth participated in the 1950 NHL All-Star contest.

In 504 career regular season contests, Carveth tallied a respectable 150 goals and added 189 assists for 339 total points. In playoff action, Carveth appeared in 69 contests, notching 21 goals and 16 assists for 37 total points.

Mike McMahon played in 57 regular season NHL games, 55 of them with the Montreal Canadiens. McMahon's debut for the Habs came in the 1942-43 postseason. Though he was scoreless in the five games he played in, he would bang home a goal in the following year's postseason and earn an etch on Lord Stanley's Cup. McMahon last played in the NHL during the 1945-46 season, wearing the sweaters of both the Canadiens and the Boston Bruins (McMahon was briefly on loan to the Bruins).

In 57 NHL regular season contests, McMahon registered 7 goals and 18 assists for 25 total points. In the postseason, McMahon played in 13 games, scoring a goal and adding two helpers.

Paul-Marcel Raymond played right wing for the Montreal Canadiens over parts of four seasons. Raymond broke into the NHL in the 1932-33 season, playing in 16 contests but not registering a single point. Raymond scored his first goal the following season and after the 1934-35 campaign went on to play several seasons in the IAHL with the Springfield Indians and New Haven Eagles. Raymond made it back to the Canadiens in the 1938-39 campaign to finish out his NHL career. Raymond then played several seasons in the QSHL for the Montreal Royals, earning Second All-Star Team honors in 1940.

Raymond, in 76 NHL regular season games, scored 2 goals and registered 3 assists for 5 total points. In postseason play, Raymond was held scoreless in 5 games.

Tony Demers played for the Montreal Canadiens during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Demers, a right winger, broke in with the Canadiens during the 1937-38 campaign, playing in 6 contests without registering a point. After spending the following season with the Lachine Rapides, Demers made it back to Montreal for 14 games. The 1940-41 campaign was Demers' most successful NHL season as he scored 13 goals and 32 points in 46 regular season contests. Demers played parts of the next two seasons with the Canadiens and finished out his NHL career in 1943-44 by playing a game with the New York Rangers.

In 83 NHL regular season contests, Demers netted 20 goals and accumulated 22 assists for 42 total points. In the 1940-41 campaign, Demers played in two games with Montreal but was held scoreless in both.

Howie "Rip" Riopelle played three seasons in the NHL, all of them spent with the Montreal Canadiens. The left winger debuted with the Cnadiens during the 1947-48 campaign, netting just 5 goals in 55 games. Riopelle would go on to seasons of 10 and 12 goals during the next two years. Riopelle terrorized netminders in the 1953-54 season as a member of the Ottawa Senators in the QHL. That season, Riopelle won the President's Cup as the league's scoring champion, netting 31 goals and adding a league leading 60 assists.

In 169 regular season contest with Montreal, Riopelle scored 27 goals and added 16 assists for 43 total points. In 8 postseason contests, Riopelle scored a goal and recorded an assist.

Pierre "Pete" Morin Played left wing for the Montreal Canadiens during the 1941-42 campaign. Morin proved to be a useful player, scoring 10 goals and 22 points in 31 regular season contests. Morin spent practically all of his hockey playing days with the Montreal Royals; he won the Byng of Vimy Trophy as the QSHL's most valuable player in 1946 and earned QSHL First All-Star Team honors 1948. Morin earned QSHL Second All-Star Team honors in 1949.

In his lone postseason game in the NHL, Morin was held scoreless.