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11-19-2012, 03:08 PM
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Wikipedia speaks of the efforts of the Canadiens to keep their players during World War 2:

By 1943, the war effort had a devastating effect on many rosters. The Red Wings lost nine players and the Maple Leafs lost six to the military.[70] The Rangers lost ten players and had to be persuaded by the other teams not to suspend operations.[71][72] In contrast, the Canadiens lost only one key player in Ken Reardon. Young phenom Maurice Richard tried to enlist, but was turned down due to his medical history.[71] Canadiens General Manager Tommy Gorman reportedly ensured his players obtained jobs in key wartime industries to avoid conscription.[73]

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