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Happy birthday Ken Dryden, you owned the NHL's '70s for the Canadiens

Ken Dryden has been many things: a politician, a businessman, a lawyer, an author and a NHL goaltender. But he will always be remembered as the strong, silent type in front of the mighty Montreal Canadiens in the 1970s.

Dryden, who turned 70 Tuesday, stood calmly in front of the bleu-blanc-rouge’s net, leaning his 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame on his goalie stick.

Dryden came of age in his first year with the Canadiens in 1971. He had played in only six regular-season games, and was a late-season call-up. His stingy 1.65 goals-against average made him the No. 1 goalie for the playoffs in front of veteran star Rogatien Vachon.

Was Dryden a sacrificial lamb in front of the heavily favoured Boston Bruins? We’ll never know. The Bruins had 76-goal scorer Phil Esposito and legendary defenceman Bobby Orr.

Ken Dryden of the Montreal Canadiens makes a save.

So Dryden, a surprise starter, was an unknown quantity for Boston. The Bruins won Game 1 of the series 3-1. In the second game, the Bruins led the Habs 5-1 midway through the game.

Sacrificial lamb anyone? I was all of 14 years old that year. I told my father that the Habs were toast and went to bed. 

My father never woke me up for one of the greatest comebacks in Canadiens history.

Dryden did not let in another goal. The Canadiens scored six the rest of the way. A 7-5 win for the Canadiens and Dryden, who went on to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player.

The Canadiens won the quarter-final series 4-3, defeated the Minnesota North Stars in the semifinals 4 games to 2 and won the Stanley Cup series 4-3, edging the Chicago Black Hawks (Two words then, until 1986).

Goaltender Ken Dryden of the Montreal Canadiens stands in his trademark stance during a game.

The Canadiens went on to win the Stanley Cup in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979. 

Dryden took a break from the NHL in the 1973-74 season, working for a Toronto law firm and earning a law degree at McGill University.

In the fall of 1972, Dryden played for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet national team.

Dryden’s book, The Game, published in 1983 was a critical and commercial success, and is considered one of the finest books written about the game of hockey. The Game was also nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 1983. 

Today’s Montreal Canadiens have their own version of the strong, low-key all-world goaltender in Carey Price.

Ken Dryden was the original.

Bonne fête Ken.


Brian Engblom (#3) and Ken Dryden (#29) of the Montreal Canadiens defend against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1970’s at the Montreal Forum.

One of two stamps celebrating NHL goaltending legend Ken Dryden, unveiled Oct. 1, 2015 at a ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.