Just found out this interesting fact about Billy Coutu. Never realized that there was ever a lifetime ban for a hockey player.
At the end of Game 4 of the 1927 Stanley Cup, Coutu started a bench-clearing brawl, apparently at the request of coach Art Ross, by assaulting referee Jerry Laflamme and tackling referee Billy Bell. As a result, he was expelled from the NHL for life and as of April 2012, this punishment has not been used again. On October 8, 1929, the suspension was lifted so that Coutu could play in the minor leagues but never played in the NHL again.
Georges Vezina had 22 children and only 2 of them lived long enough to see adulthood while the other 20 died as infants. This was a story that many collectors have talked about and I remember we talked about it here, not to mention reading it in many publications, but:
Vézina married Marie-Adélaïde-Stella Morin on June 3, 1908, in Chicoutimi. After Vézina's death, it was reported that he fathered 22 children. This rumour was started when the Canadiens' manager, Leo Dandurand, told reporters that Vézina "speaks no English and has twenty-two children, including three sets of triplets, and they were all born in the space of nine years." In actuality the Vézinas only had two children and Georges spoke broken English. In 1912 they had their first child, a son named Jean-Jules. A second son was born the night of the Montreal Canadiens' first Stanley Cup win in 1916. To honour the event, Georges named the child Marcel Stanley. When not playing hockey, Vézina operated a tannery in Chicoutimi, living a quiet life.
During a March 31, 1923, Stanley Cup game against the Edmonton Eskimos, King Clancy became the first hockey player to play all six positions during one game. In the third period, goaltender Clint Benedict was given a two-minute penalty. At the time, goalies served their own penalties. Not wanting to leave the net open, Clancy played goal for the two minutes Benedict was gone.
Does anyone else have any interesting hockey related facts like this that people most likely don't know about?
Great stories guys, really interesting the things we never hear about from the past. Although there are many great stories few bad stories are publicized. I was reading my old newspapers a few years ago and I read that Ted Kennedy, Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs hit a boy with his car on the way to a game, the boy never made it, although sad, it could have had a impact on his playing career, you never know.