Tuesday

Pierre Mondou

This is Pierre Mondou. He won three Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens in the late 1970s. The native of Sorel, Quebec was a nice complimentary player with that dynasty team. Along with similar players like Doug Risebrough, Mario Tremblay, Rejean Houle, Doug Jarvis and Jimmy Roberts, Mondou was excelled as an extraordinary role player.

In junior hockey in Sorel and Montreal, as well as in the American Hockey League when he first turned pro, Mondou was an offensive star. Buried behind the likes of Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt and Jacques Lemaire, Mondou became more of an all-round player with the Habs. He injected youth and life into the Habs dynasty, as well as four seasons with at least 29 goals. But he was better known as a support player who could add offense. He was versatile in that he could play either center or wing with equal ease. He excelled as a penalty killer, and, because of his skating ability, was often called upon to shut down the other team's top lines.

Unfortunately for Mondou his career came to a scary end at the age of 29. An errant high stick belonging to Hartford's Ulf Samuelsson clipped Mondou in the left eye. The incident happened as Mondou was scoring the game winning goal in overtime. Sadly it would the last goal Mondou would ever score, as he was forced to retire because of the injury.

In 548 regular season games Pierre Mondou scored 194 goals, 262 assists and 456 points while totalling 179 penalty minutes. He added another 17 goals and 45 points in 69 playoff games.

Mondou later served as a long time scout for the Canadiens.

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Monday

Jean Gauthier

Jean Gauthier died February 20th, 2013. He was 75 years old.


Gauthier played 166 NHL games in the 1960s. He played with Montreal, Boston and Philadelphia, as well as with the New York Raiders of the WHA.

Gauthier was a rough and tumble defenseman who was no stranger to the penalty box. He won a Memorial Cup as a junior star with the Flin Flon Bombers and after apprenticing in the minor leagues, the Habs moved veteran Bob Turner to make room for Gauthier.

The move turned out to be a bit of a bust. After playing the 1962-63 season in Montreal, Gauthier was destined to play the rest of the Original Six days in the minor leagues with a few big league call-ups. At least he got called up during the 1965 playoffs and played a couple of games. That was good enough to get his name on the Stanley Cup!

Once the NHL expanded Gauthier, like so many career minor leaguers, found regular work with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1967-68. But he could not stick in the league beyond that season, returning to the minors while also making brief appearances in Boston and again in Montreal.

In 166 NHL games Jean Gauthier scored 6 goals and 29 assists.

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Sunday

Robert Fillion

This is 2 time Stanley Cup champion Robert Fillion. His name is inscribed on the Stanley Cup in 1944 as Bob as he was known as "Bobby" when he first broke into the National Hockey League. In 1946 it is inscribed as Robert.

Fillion played 327 games in the 1940s with Rocket Richard's Montreal Canadiens. He scored 42 career goals and 103 points, adding another 7 goals and 11 points in 33 playoff games.

The 5'10" 170lbs left winger out of Thetford Mines, Quebec was a junior teammate of Rocket Richard. But in the NHL he was turned into "a fine checker." In his best season he scored 30 points (1943-44 as a rookie). Two years later he posted a career best 10 goals.

"I had been a high scorer in junior but the Canadiens made me into a defensive forward, just like they did with Guy Carbonneau," he described many years later.

He may not have been a Picasso on the ice but Fillion was very much interested in artists of a different sort. He often visited artist studios while on road trips and took up painting himself! It may have been a bigger passion for him than hockey!

Bob, the brother of Marcel Fillion who played 1 game in the NHL, worked in public relations for years after retiring from hockey.

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Tuesday

Patrick Lebeau

The parallels between the careers of brothers Patrick and Stephan Lebeau are pretty remarkable.

Both were undersized scoring sensations in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, putting up eye-popping numbers. Despite that they were never considered to be top prospects. Stephan was never drafted, and Patrick only in the late rounds, likely because by then Stephan established himself as a pro player. Both brothers would go onto amazing rookie seasons in the American Hockey League, both winning the Dudley Garrett Award as top rookie.

Heck, even when Patrick was recalled for his first NHL games in the 1990-91 season he was united with Stephan for two games. Patrick even scored his first NHL goal and his first NHL assist.

Unfortunately that is where the parallels more or less end. Stephane went on to play several seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and helped them win a Stanley Cup in 1993. Patrick would never play for the Canadiens again, and only would play in a handful of NHL games spread over several years. His lengthy career was spent jumping around minor leagues and Europe.

Lebeau's introduction to the international game actually began back in 1992 when he joined the Canadian Olympic team during the season. He joined the likes of Eric Lindros, Joey Juneau and Sean Burke in helping the Canadian team to a silver medal. 

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