This morning, the organization announced the passing of defenceman Dollard St. Laurent at the age of 85.
St. Laurent was known for his crushing hip checks and made life very difficult for opposing forwards who entered the Canadiens end of the ice.
He feared no opponent, once attempting to lay out a crushing check on Gordie Howe in a playoff game, only to wind up with a lacerated eyeball that took him out of the series. His enthusiasm for the game made him a fan favourite,
He played eight seasons with the Canadiens, winning four Stanley Cups (1953 and 1956 through 1958). He was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer of 1958, for cash and future considerations, and would win another Cup with Chicago in 1961.
After four seasons in Chicago, St. Laurent joined the Quebec Aces. A broken leg would end his hockey career.
A native of Verdun, QC, he scored 29 goals and 133 assists in 652 NHL games. He had 24 points in 92 playoff games.