Bobby Rousseau

This is Bobby Rousseau. He was a highly touted junior star and Memorial Cup champion in the 1950s, a silver medalist at 1960 Olympics, and a NHL all star and Stanley Cup champion in the 1960s. Best remembered as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, Rousseau played until 1974 with Minnesota and the New York Rangers.

Rousseau was an interesting player who did not always endear himself to the Montreal faithful. He had a reputation of being afraid of physical contact, often frantically leaping out of harm's way. While some saw that as a lack of courage, Rousseau thought of it strictly as a matter of survival.

While the fans may have gotten on his case now and again, the Habs must have been happy with his play. He was a regular player through Montreal's "Quiet Dynasty" of the 1960s, helping the team win 4 Stanley Cups.

He was a speedy skater known for his powerful shot. In his rookie year he scored 21 goals, good enough to win a surprisingly rare Calder trophy in Montreal. He would go on to score 245 career goals, including 5 goals in a single game in 1964. Two years later he would have his best season, scoring 30 goals and 78 points, good enough to have him named to the NHL's second all star team.

Rousseau, one of 12 children, credited much of his success to the book The Power of Positive Thinking, saying that it increased his confidence on and off the ice substantially.


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