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05-09-2013, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by nutbar View Post
How about the "Canadiens bought the whole Quebec senior league so they could get Jean Beliveau" myth? That's an enduring one.
As linked by other posters the statement is true. The objective was to convert the QSHL from amateur to professional thereby forcing Jean Beliveau to play for them since the Canadiens owned his professional hockey rights.

What has to be understood is the fact that buying a league does not give you the ownership of the individual franchises or the player assets. Nor does ownership of a league create liability for individual franchise debts.

How the Canadiens managed the league and the various player assets or franchises is another matter.

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