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02-08-2014, 04:50 PM
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Claude Provost

Originally Posted by IMLACHnME View Post
...My older brother would wind him up warning him what would become of those under-sized forwards at the hands of the larger opposing players, especially the blueliners.
That mustve been interesting, fun household. And ya, the Habs' did have some what today would be Midgets up-front. Henri Richard as I mentioned earlier one of my all time favorites, like Keon, total package. Another smaller guy I loved was 5'9" Claude Provost. Real Montrealer' like a lot of them, born & raised there, Junior Canadiens etc. I liked those players in particular as it was St.Mikes or the Marlies all over again, Toronto vs Montreal, Ontario vs Quebec, The Flying Frenchmen vs the more staid & conservative system player of Upper Canada.

Provost was a shutdown specialist extrordinaire. Right Winger, most notably with linemates Andre Pronovost & Phil Goyette (two other excellent players) Claude was Hull's Shadow through the 60's & who took on all of the leagues top Left Wingers.... Unusual wide gaited stance (like their was an imaginary horse in between his legs almost and he right on the edge of out of control) when skating and deceptively fast. Had a decent scoring touch averaging 15-18-20 goals per season, in 61/62 scoring 33 all the while averaging maybe 35PIM's per season.

And get this; wins 9 Stanley Cups between 1956 & 1970, 5 in a row between 1956/60, 11 All Star Appearances, recipient of the first Bill Masterton Award in 1968. No other player in the history of the game with that many cups & laurels hasnt already been inducted into the HHOF yet Claude Provost, who sadly died of a heart attack at 51 in 1984 was never and has since not been honored with induction?! Mind blowing really. One of the greatest Shutdown Specialists of All Time & Greatest Habs All Time, and he's not in the HHOF?! C'est criminel!!!....

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