Tremblay, Wharram ©2020

J.C. Tremblay and Kenny Wharram follow the puck while several Hockey Hall of Famers watch from the bench. Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer… even coach Toe Blake shrouded in shadows is in the hallowed Hall. But I think Claude Provost (seated directly behind Kenny’s head) is the most intriguing story of all.

Claude is the only player to win nine Stanley Cups and not be a member of the Hall of Fame. They say his stats don’t permit it but every winning team requires an unselfish, hard-working, two-way winger, a role that Claude played perfectly for 15 years. Winner of the first Bill Masterton trophy in 1968 for “perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication” to the game, Claude suffered a fatal heart attack at age 50.


David Ward authors books like The Lost 10 Point Night and Bay of Hope.

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