Skip to main content

Claude Robert

In January 1951 the Montreal Canadiens found themselves in some injury trouble.

The fabled Maurice "Rocket" Richard was out of the lineup with an injury. To make matters worse role player Billy Reay was also unable to play.

The Montreal Canadiens opted to try out some rookie prospects to fill the line up card. A whole new "kid line" was set up for a game against the hapless Chicago Black Hawks. It featured a couple of rookies you have undoubtedly heard of - Jean Beliveau and Boom Boom Geoffrion. Both scored in a 4-2 win.

The linemate that night was another rookie named Claude Robert, a solid but unspectacular Montreal junior and senior player who was a first year pro. The left winger was having an okay rookie season in the AHL with the Cincinnati Mohawks.

Now you know that Beliveau and Geoffrion went on to become Hall of Famers and Stanley Cup champions many times over.

But Claude Robert played just 23 games, all in that 1950-51 season, scoring just one goal. He soon went on to a semi-pro hockey career in places like Quebec City, Charlottetown and New Westminster.

When Robert played in Quebec city he was once again a teammate of Beliveau. Beliveau, remember, did not join the Canadiens full time until 1953. Beliveau dedicated a couple of pages of his autobiography to Robert. He called him "a burly man, very strong" who "had a high tolerance for pain." He then goes on to tell a story of how Robert played three weeks with a broken leg before finally getting an x-ray to confirm the injury.

Robert did return to his native Montreal to serve as a long time police officer.


Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M