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Montreal Mystique Interviews Réjean Houle

October 13, 2009, by Homme De Sept-Iles

“What does Houle do for a hockey team?  Any team, even a great team, has many more Réjean Houles than it has Lafleurs and Robinsons.  Grinders, muckers, travailleurs, they form the base of any team; they do the kinds of diligent, disciplined, unspectacular things that every team must do before it can do the rest.  But more than that, players like Houle make it fun to be on a team; it is a rare skill.”  -Ken Dryden, The Game

On Tuesday, Montreal Mystique spoke with Réjean Houle.  We covered his pro hockey career with first the Montreal Canadiens, from his first overall selection in 1969 to his three-year run with the WHA Québec Nordiques and his eventual return to Montreal and his part in the four-straight Cups to close that decade.

Houle recalled his enigmatic first-year WHA Nordique coach, the legendary goaltender, Jacques Plante, the players who mentored him in Montreal and general manager Sam Pollock’s reaction when he left Montreal.  Houle commented on his time as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens (1995-2000), the trade of Patrick Roy, Saku Koivu’s captaincy and his thoughts on the current team’s outlook.

Houle, often vibrant and always thoughtful and genuine, has returned to his role as Alumni Director of the Montreal Canadiens, a role he first had in the eighties.  As in all endeavours, Houle brings professionalism, pride and warmth to this role and this is evident in our talk with the Canadien great.

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Houle Facts
Position: W (Winger)
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-11    Weight: 170 lbs.
Born: October 25, 1949 in Rouyn, Quebec

Stanley Cups; 1977, 1978, 1979
Drafted First Overall NHL Draft 1969
Memorial Cup Champion 1969
NHL Regular Season Scoring: 635GP, 161G, 247A, 408PTS
WHA Regular Season Scoring: 214GP, 118G, 139A, 257PTS
NHL Playoff Scoring: 90GP, 14G, 34A, 48PTS
WHA Playoff Scoring: 20GP, 12G, 6A, 18PTS
Team Canada (Summit-74 Series) 7GP, 1G, 1A, 2PTS

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