Debunking the myth that the Canadiens had rights to any players in Quebec
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01-15-2010, 05:52 PM
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Location: Regina, SK
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Habs spent a lot of money back then to sponsor junior clubs. Many teams wouldn't do it. Or, couldn't do it. Spending big on sponsorship started for the Habs with Tommy Gorman came over as GM after the war.
Montreal never had sole rights to all Quebec players, many Hall-of-Famers from Quebec never played for the Habs. A few examples would be Rod Gilbert, Ratelle, Marcel Pronovost and many others. That was a myth started by people jealous of Montreal's success at the time.
I'm not 100% sure, but I read that Tommy Gorman deserves major credit for getting some Habs' players war-related day jobs so that they didn't have to go to war, thus keeping the Habs strong. So wouldn't that mean he was there before the war?
Actually, I'm pretty sure I read he put the entire team on waivers except for Toe Blake in the late 1930s when the team sucked... so I think he was there long before the war affected the NHL.
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