Monday, July 16, 2012
TTM: Rejean Houle
1969 was the last NHL draft in which the Montreal Canadiens had the option of making two "cultural selections" at the start of the 1st round, in lieu of their 1st and 2nd round picks. Montreal effectively traded-in the 8th and 20th overall picks for the 1st and 2nd overall picks, as long as they selected two french-Canadians with those picks. The Canadiens excerised that option and used the 1st overall pick to select Rejean Houle. Houle played 635 career NHL games and won five Stanley Cups, all with Montreal. His role on the Canadiens was a checking forward. In the middle of his career, he spent 3 years in the WHA playing an offensive role. In 1975-96, Houle scored 51 goals and 103 points for the Quebec Nordiques.
While Rejean Houle had a successful playing career, younger generations of fans know him best for being the man who traded Patrick Roy. He was the GM of the Canadiens from 1995 to 2000. Houle is still involved with the Montreal Canadiens as an ambassador. He signed 2 of 2 and added a picture and card. Request was sent to the Montreal Canadiens Alumni.