December 10, 2013, 05:05 PM
Montreal Gazette cartoonist John Collins may have envisionned burly defences on the French border like those found on the bluline at the Forum, but German troops broke through the Maginot line within a few days.
Charlie MacDougall found a clip in the January 31, 1943 issue of a Quebec newspaper picturing the famous Montreal Canadiens "Punch Line" the year before Maurice "Rocket" Richard would join Elmer Lach and Toe Blake. It seems that Joe Benoit had the honour of rounding out the trio prior to leaving the club for military service.
Translation: The Canadiens Famous "Punch Line". Here is the most recent photo of the most sensational line currently in the National Hockey League. The three player responsible for the push towards the playoffs were recognized as the core of the club. Here we see, from left to right: Jos Benoit, Elmer Lach and Toe Blake. After Saturday's game, the trio surpassed 100 points with 42 goals and 61 assists. Here are the details: Blake 16 goals, 23 assists, 39 points; Benoit: 17-18-35; Lach: 9-20-29.
This power house team produced several Senior, English and NHL players.
The jubilant players of the undefeated Ottawa CPR team pose for a photo in March of 1946. Prior to the second World War, Mercantile and Senior leagues iced strong teams that were well supported in communities throughout Canada.
D'Arcy Coulson, who had a brief NHL career, was very involved in the Irish Catholic community. The successful business owner, philanthropist and family man made time to coach the Ottawa St. Pats after the Second World War.