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05-15-2006, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Gros Bill
Claude "Piton" Ruel was a member of the Habs organization in the 60's & 70's (exact title, anyone?), coached the AHL team, was coach of the big club for 1 (?) season. He was known as a hard but loveable taskmaster, apparently using only 3 words in practice : patine, shoote, and patine.
Was a coach for 2 seasons 1/2, but was mainly known after as a scout for the organisation and was known as a scout that took the extra care with the prospects, always there when needed, follow the kids already picked, gave them hints to succeed and all that stuff required to see that the kid will not be left alone....

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