FIRTS GAME PROGRAM - MONTREAL FORUM DEC. 6TH, 1924
THIS COULD BE THE ONLY ONE IN EXISTENCE!
FIRST GAME PROGRAM - MONTREAL FORUM, DEC. 6TH, 1924
FIRST VICTORY IN FRANCHISE HISTORY AND FIRST GAME EVER PLAYED BY THE MONTREAL HOCKEY CLUB - "MAROONS" IN THE NEW MONTREAL FORUM.
This is one of the most significant documents in the history of the storied Montreal Forum and the two NHL clubs that called it home in it's first year of existence, the Montreal Hockey Club "Maroons" and the Montreal Canadiens.
" The expansion of 1924 marked the return of James Strachan to the hockey world. His new Montreal club, which would play its home games in the brand new Forum at the corner of Atwater and Ste-Catherine in Westmount, was designed to appeal to the city's English-speaking community and therefore create a rivalry with the Canadiens along cultural lines. As the man who had once owned-and named-the defunct Montreal Wanderers, Strachan hoped to revive the nickname for his new team. His negotiations with Sam Lichtenhein and Dickie Boon, were unproductive, however, and the team went nameless for most of its first season. Eventually, sportswriters picked up on the Montreal Hockey Club's deep red sweater emblazoned with a giant capital M, and took to calling them the Maroons, a name that stuck." * How the NHL Conquered Hockey - Deceptions and Double-cross " - Morey Holzman and Joesph Nieforth.
This program clearly refers to the team as the Montreal Hockey Club throughout. So not only is this program the first document of the teams first home game in the new Forum but it also documents the fact that they had not yet adopted the moniker "Maroons". And to cap it off, the game was the first victory in franchise history. It was their third game of the season, with their first two games having been losses on the road in Boston and Hamilton.
The program remains in remarkable condition. There are a couple notations in fountain pen of scores in the first and second period by Montreal. Otherwise light creases can be found in the bottom corner area of the cover and general normal handling seen throughout. This is the only such program that has ever been made public to my knowledge. It will occupy a prominent spot in a Hall of Fame quality collection.