Monday, October 26, 2009

Honour Overdue For Ex-Habs Goalie Vachon

Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Rogatien Vachon signs autographs at Centre Pierre Charbonneau on Oct. 25 during a sports memorabilia and collectibles show. Photograph by: Phil Carpenter, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

Former Canadiens goaltender Rogatien Vachon was the first person to have his number retired by the L.A. Kings - but still isn't in the Hall of Fame.

MONTREAL – Newspaper stories in the autumn of 1967 were suggesting that Canadiens goaltender Rogatien Vachon might soon be returned to the Houston Apollos, the minor-league farm club from which he had been summoned the previous winter.

So a 10-year-old Vachon fan took pen to paper and addressed the first fan letter of his life to his first hockey hero, telling "Mr. Vachon" in as many words that he should simply ignore any demotion and stay put.

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My Comment: I will always remember him and Gump Worsley as the goaltenders for the Canadiens before Dryden took possession of that title in the 70s. It is good to see that he is still around and still signing autographs.

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