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The forgotten Tremblay

In re-visiting the Canadiens’ dynasty of the 60s, I’ve discovered that Gilles Tremblay was a greater player than I had realized when he was playing. With teammates likes Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard, Ralph Backstrom, and Claude Provost, and Bobby Rousseau who would “arrive” with him, and John Ferguson and Yvan Cournoyer who would arrive after him, Tremblay didn’t draw the attention he deserved, at least in my case. Then, there was the fact that there was someone on the blueline with his surname.

During the Original Six era, scoring 20 goals was a big deal. Andy Bathgate suggested that it was hockey’s equivalent of a baseball player hitting .300. Tremblay did it four times, including a 32-goal season. He also scored 9 goals in a season shortened to 26 games due to injury, 1964-65. Presumably, that, too, would have been a 20-goal season, at the very least.

There is some question as to how many Stanley Cup rings Tremblay earned. My source, the book Total NHL, does not have him as one of the Habs whose names went onto the Cup for the 1964-65 and 1968-69 seasons. Other sources refer to his helping the Canadiens win Cups in 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969. Due to injury, he did not participate in the playoffs in 1965 or 1969. How many rings did he earn?

It’s an indication of just how stacked that seemingly unappreciated dynasty was that someone could be as productive as Gilles Tremblay, and yet be operating in the shadows.

Here is Gilles Tremblay:

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Checking Gordie Howe

Playing against Detroit, Gilles Tremblay - when healthy, was the LW responsible for checking Gordie Howe. Speed allowed him to establish a wide checking perimeter. Did a masterful job in the 1966 finals.

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Playing against Detroit, Gilles Tremblay - when healthy, was the LW responsible for checking Gordie Howe. Speed allowed him to establish a wide checking perimeter. Did a masterful job in the 1966 finals.
And, he chipped in 9 points during that playoff run. Of course, the guy with the same surname had 11 points, so, again, J.C. stole his thunder.

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^^^ Cant say I have a real clear memory of him... Another smaller guy, quietly going about his business, breaks out second year in with some serious numbers.... that and a real ugly stick swinging incident with Reggie Fleming. Neither one connected but both taking over a half a dozen two handers at one another... Tremblay is actually in the Hockey Hall of Fame as a recipient of the Foster Hewitt Award, Broadcasters Category. Long time member of La Soiree du Hockey's broadcast team in Quebec.

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1966 Post SC Recap

Pat Curran's take on the Conn Smythe voting and the 1966 SC Finals:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...5160%2C1319722

Gilles Tremblay mentioned as a strong candidate.

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Pat Curran's take on the Conn Smythe voting and the 1966 SC Finals:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...5160%2C1319722

Gilles Tremblay mentioned as a strong candidate.
Thank you for the link to that article. Especially enjoyed the references to Dave Balon, who would win two Cups in Montreal, and, eventually, wind up with Emile Francis' Rangers. Francis added a number of ring-bearing former Habs to his roster.

The Rangers, then, were a team I was fond of, and alone in being so growing up in Southern Ontario. As a contrarian, that was part of the fun.

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well he didn't drive saint patrick out of town, so at least he doesn't hold the title of the worst tremblay in habs history... but i guess that also means poor gilles is forgotten by history again.

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