April 27, 2015

Fern Majeau

Fern Majeau (sometimes mistakenly referred to as Mageau) was a tiny speedster out of Verdun, Quebec.

Born on May 3, 1916 he would grow up to star with the hometown junior Maple Leafs, leading his team all the way to the Memorial Cup playoffs in 1935.

The 5'9" 155lb center would go on to play several seasons of amateur senior hockey in Quebec. It wasn't until 1943 when a 27 year old Majeau would join the Montreal Canadiens.

The Habs roster was depleted thanks to injury and player involvement in World War II. Montreal sought out some top Quebec senior talent during this time period, bringing in players like Majeau.

In 1943-44 season Majeau stepped in and scored 20 goals and 38 points in 44 games, replacing Pete Morin on the Razzle Dazzle Line with Buddy O'Connor and Gerry Heffernan.

The move paid off for Montreal as they won their first Stanley Cup in 13 years that season. Majeau would only get into one playoff game, yet his name was included on the Stanley Cup. Majeau would only get into 12 games with Montreal in 1944-45 before being released and returned to the senior ranks.

Majeau was known for his offense as well as his at-times offensive behaviour. He got into several stick swinging incidents and never seemed to find a referee that he liked - and he usually let him know it, too!

Fern Majeau passed away on June 17th, 1966. He was just 50 years old.

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