With the 616th pick the Montreal Canadiens select Mike Babcock, Head Coach
1991 Canadian University Championship
1997 World Junior Championships, Gold Medal
2004 IIHF World Championships, Gold Medal
2008 Stanley Cup Championship
.573 NHL coaching career winning percentage
with the 617th pick the Montreal Canadiens select Fred "Bun" Cook, Assistant Coach
Seven Calder Cup Championships (1st all-time)
Nine AHL Regular Season Championships (1st all-time)
636 AHL wins (1st all-time)
7-time AHL All-Star Coach (1st all-time)
Coached 11 teams to the Calder Cup Finals in his 19 years in the AHL.
.595 AHL coaching career winning percentage
Very happy to get Kenneth Randall, the perfect complement on my fourth line with Gordon Roberts and Tommy Dunderdale. Although both of them are physical enough to hold their own, ''Pepper Kid'' Randall will be a physical force to reckon with. But don't think he's only a goon: Randall can play hockey. He's a good skater and a good playmaker, which will help the offensive production of the Roberts-Dunderdale duo.
- For his entire career, Randall played right wing and defense in the same year; even in the same game
- Ken Randall was nickname ''Pepper Kid''
Originally Posted by HHOF
He was known in that era as being one of the toughest players on the ice, and in fact many writers took to calling him a "hooligan" or "thug" for what was often perceived as dirty play by fans and opposing players.
Originally Posted by SIHR
Ken Randall was one of the original tough guys. Coined a "Hooligan" and a "Thug", Ken was not afraid of throwing his weight around with opponents or the NHL brass.
Among the more rugged and aggressive players who liked to combine a fair amount of jousting with their play with resultant penalties, Ken Randall stands forth as a good example.
He was an even more chunky player than Pitre and it was remarkable the way he could hustle as a forward.
A good slam bang player who gave his best at hockey and as a fighter, Ken Randall was on four championship teams and two Cup winners.
Originally Posted by Ultimate Hockey
Among the most rough and uncut characters to grace the page of hockey history was Ken Randall.
Randall was a chunky barrell-chester pug, prone to weight fluctuation. But for a big man, he could hustle. He handled the puck well and had a good shot.
Randall was a colorful slam-bang hockeyist, the kind of bulldog every coach wants in the dressing room. Although he was not enrishned in the Hockey Hall of Fame, he was nonetheless one of the top hockey players in the new NHL.
His individual play single-handedly won his team many games. He led the national team to the 1947 and 1949 World Championships. He also participated in the 1948,54,55 and 56 World Championships as well as two Olympic tournaments (1948 and 56). In the 1948 Olympic games in St. Moritz Switzerland, he led the tournament in scoring and his team to a 6-0-1 record, good enough for the silver medal.
Zábrodský was the Czech national team. He represented the Czechs 93 times and scored an incredible 158 goals, including 29 goals in 7 World Championship games in 1947 and 21 in 8 Olympic games in 1948 !
In Czech league play this crafty center scored 306 goals in 237 games spanning 16 seasons. He led the league in scoring 5 times - 1947 (17 goals), 1949 (19), 1954 (30), 1957 (33) and in 1959 (23). He also won the league championship 6 times - 1946-49 (LTC Praha) and 1953 and 19 54 (Spartak CKD Sokolovo).