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March 17, 1938 Montreal Maroons Play their Last Game

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09-13-2013, 11:34 AM
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March 17, 1938 Montreal Maroons Play their Last Game

March 17, 1938. The Montreal Maroons played their last game, losing 6-3 to the Canadiens. The Gazette game report and a column by Marc T. McNeil follows:


Speculation about the reasons for the demise of the team, possibilities for continuing or moving to Cleveland are discussed.

Pre game write-up with usual marketing:


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09-13-2013, 01:57 PM
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Ah, now this is really interesting here, the olde "Kennedy Cup". Donated by George Kennedy, Owner & GM of the Habs, a team he acquired a year after their founding by legal slight of hand. Extremely fascinating individual.

He wasnt born "Kennedy" but actually "Kendal" and changed his name to Kennedy after having a falling out with his family & specifically his father, a wealthy & successful Montreal magnate who disapproved (as did society in general back then) of any involvement in professional sport. Young George there had been involved in Wrestling & Boxing amongst other activities including as a competitor himself & had developed various business interests around those sports & others and it was looked down upon, "suspect & sketchy"....

Heres an excellent story on Kennedy & the Kennedy Cup, the rivalry between the Maroons & Habs, the Canadiens fan club called the "Millionaires" etc... the final meeting as linked above won by the Canadiens though not on the ice, cumulatively through goals scored & wins. Quite an interesting slice of history to put it mildly.


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Liked the mention of players packing away their sweaters as mementos of the season. Guess they knew something was up 'cause I don't think that was standard procedure for players in that era.

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