On December 21, 1968 my Dad took my brother and me by train to Montreal to see our first NHL game. The Bruins were visiting and I hoped to see my hockey idol Gump Worsley in action. The game ended in a 0-0 tie — not a great offensive result but as a ten-year-old goaltender it was a perfect game.
Boston’s Gerry Cheevers turned away thirty-four shots but the rookie in the Canadiens’ net was even more impressive stopping forty-one shots for his second NHL shutout. Tony Esposito went on to have a fifteen-year career with the Chicago Blackhawks but his name only appears once on the Stanley Cup — as a member of that 1968-69 Canadiens team.
Singer/songwriter Rob Witherspoon lives in Heidelberg, Ontario, and still cheers for the Canadiens.