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Ken Dryden, The Insurance Goalie

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

The news, if you can call it that, was reported in three paragraphs of the March 8, 1971 edition of the Montreal Gazette, on the fourth page of the sports section, tucked beneath a collegiate hockey playoff roundup and beside the Old Country soccer standings. It was buried well behind coverage of the title fight that night between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, the first of three times they would fight.

"Habs bring Dryden up," the brief was headlined, reporting the import of the goaltender from the Montreal Canadiens' American Hockey League team, the Montreal Voyageurs.

Written without a byline by Pat Curran, the Gazette's veteran hockey writer, the item was datelined Detroit, where the Canadiens defeated the Red Wings 4-1 the night before.

"Sunday was the deadline for trades and recalls from the minors and Canadiens reacted by calling up Ken Dryden from the Voyageurs," it began.

"The McGill law student joins Canadiens as goalie insurance for the rest of the season and the playoffs."


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