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09-13-2006, 08:19 AM
Join Date: Sep 2004
I'm with the Butch Bouchard Boosters.
The guy Maurice Richard referred to as "my captain" ought to be able to be in the house when the number goes up. An ultimate team guy, he was one of the first players to dare to use French when speaking with teammates who shared his first language.
Can't imagine any rookie of today cycling from Montreal to Ste Hyacinthe to attend training camp. Ultimate team guy whose contributions can't be measured by scoring stats. A steadying presence in a volatile dressing room for many years. Quiet and soft-spoken but with a great sense of humour. And yes, although it's no longer part of the job description for sports stars, he was as good a role model as anyone else of his era.
Spend a lot of time chatting with the guys who earned thousands of dollars a year, laying the foundation for the millionaires of today and find them a lot more fun to talk to and a lot more accessible and open than the players of today. When speaking to guys from the 40s and 40s, Bouchard's name keeps coming up in positive terms from both teammate and opponents.
Butch never walked out on a valid contract when the team refused to renegotiate and he certainly never walked out on his team in mid-game.
And then there's J-C, who ought to be piggy-backed even though the HHoF, in their wisdom, has seen fit to neglect him as well.
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