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10-15-2009, 10:58 PM
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With our 11th selection, the 348th overall in this year All-Time Draft, the Detroit Falcons are extremely please to select Joseph Jean-Paul Robert Rousseau

Nickname: Bobby
Height: 5'10''
Weight: 178 lbs
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Date of Birth: July 26, 1940
Place of Birth: Montreal, Canada

Stanley Cup Champion (1965, 1966, 1969, 1970)
Stanley Cup Finalist (1967, 1972)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1962)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1966)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1965, 1967, 1969)

Top-10 Scoring (2nd, 6th)
Top-10 Goalscoring (5th, 8th)
Top-10 Assist (1st, 4th, 5th, 8th)
Top-10 Playoff Scoring (3rd, 4th, 8th, 8th)
Top-10 Playoff Goalscoring (5th, 6th, 8th)
Top-10 Playoff Assist (3rd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 9th)
Top-10 Playoff Penalty Minutes (9th)
Calder Nomination (1st)
Lady Bing Nomination (2nd)

- Bobby Rousseau has 11 brothers and sisters
- Two of his older brothers, Guy and Roland, both suited briefly with the Montreal Canadiens. Guy, a left winger, played 4 games while Roland a defenseman, played 2 games
- The Montreal Canadiens bought an entire junior club just ot get the rights of Bobby Rousseau
- At 15 years of age, Bobby Rousseau won the Quebec Junior Hockey League’s scoring title
- Memorial Cup Champion in 1958
- Rousseau won the silver medal at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley
- In the four years that the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup from 1965 to 1969, no Montreal player finished higher than third in regular season scoring, but Bobby Rousseau in 1966
- Bobby Rousseau led the team in scoring on two consecutive years, in 1966 and 1967
- Rousseau received a 2 game suspension for elbowing referee Skov
- He was selected by Miami/Philadelphia in 1972 World Hockey Association general player draft, but never played in the league
- Bobby Rousseau registered 8-19+ goals season in his career
- Rousseau credited much of his success to the book The Power of Positive Thinking ( telling it increased his confidence on the ice.
- After his hockey career, Rousseau began golfing, which he was excellent at. At one point, he was one of the top professional golfer in Quebec
- At almost 70 years old, Rousseau shoot a round of golf in between 75 to 82 strokes

Originally Posted by Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol.3
Bob Rousseau was a quiet and unassuming man who played hard and well but had little time for brawling. In the opinion of Rousseau, the best way to hurt an overly aggresive team was with a goal. He was a fine stickhandler and skater with a good slapshot. Coach Toe Blake considered him an excellent checker and penalty killer and, very effective on the power play.[...] He was rated by manager Pollock as being one of the team's most valuable players.
Originally Posted by HHOF
The explosive winger acquired valuable international experience while helping Canada win the silver medal at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics. [...] Rousseau put in four goals in a 19-1 rout of Japan and later scored a key marker in a crucial 6-5 win over Sweden. The youngster finished with nine points in seven games and came back to Canada with greater confidence and a better-rounded game.

He gained a full-time place on the roster the next year and scored 21 goals a fine first season that brought him the Calder Trophy ahead of runner-up Cliff Pennington of the Boston Bruins. More important, he developed into a versatile forward whose exemplary two-way play caused coach Toe Blake to deploy him on both the powerplay and penalty-killing units.

In 1963-64, he scored 25 goals, five of which came in one game versus the Detroit Red Wings on February 1, 1964. Matters improved even more for Rousseau the next season when he led the team in scoring with 30 goals and 78 points. His 48 assists tied for the league lead with teammate Jean Beliveau and Chicago star Stan Mikita. Rousseau was an important factor when the Habs came back from being down two games against Detroit in the finals to defend their Stanley Cup title. His excellence didn't go unnoticed and he was selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team at the end of the 1965-66 season.

Montreal was back on top in 1967-68 and 1968-69 with the skillful winger playing a prominent role once again.

Rousseau was a solid but unspectacular player with the team during their quiet dynasty of the '60s.
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
He was a speedy skater known for his powerful shot. In his rookie year he scored 21 goals, good enough to win a surprisingly rare Calder trophy in Montreal. He would go on to score 245 career goals
Originally Posted by Our History, Montreal Canadiens
A quick and talented player with a nose for the net, Rousseau scored 21 goals in 1961-62, a feat that helped earn him the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

Always a sniper, if Rousseau got one goal, others often followed.

Rousseau’s offensive game was not limited to burying the puck behind the opposing goaltender. He was also an effective playmaker, feeding teammates for 322 assists.

A strong skater and solid puck handler, Rousseau could more than hold his own in a defensive capacity, shadowing the opposition when playing against top scoring lines and often leading shorthanded rushes up the ice.
Originally Posted by Habs Heroes
An excellent golfer with abnormally large wrists, Rousseau had a hard, accurate shot and scoring potential that reminded some people of Rocket Richard.

- I was born to be a hockey player, and I was born to be a Montreal Canadiens.'' - Bobby Rousseau

- ''Although hockey basically is a team game, it is a game that is won by individuals. If one of our players gives 10% more some game and one of their players gives 10% less, then that's a 20% difference and just enough to win a game instead of losing it. What makes a player give 10% more or less in a game? Tradition, pride, insecurity, emotion and greed" - Bobby Rousseau, answering why he thought the North Stars had a chance against the Canadiens in the 1971 playoff series

- ''First, the Canadiens come up with Maurice Richard, then they get Jean Béliveau and Dickie Moore and Bernie Geoffrion and Henri Richard. Now it looks as if Rousseau is going to make me lose more sleep before I quit this game.'' - Terry Sawchuk


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