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Junior Langlois - 1964-65 Topps Tall Boys

An injury to Hab defenseman Dollard St. Laurent gave Al Langlois of the Rochester Americans a break he didn’t expect – a playoff run with the mighty Montreal Canadiens.  Al would play seven of Montreal’s ten playoff games in the spring of 1958 and get a Stanley Cup ring for his trouble.

St. Laurent would be moved to Chicago that summer, opening up a full-time job for Al as a regular partner of Doug Harvey – one of the top five defensemen ever to play the game (not a bad gig, that).  He’d win another Cup in each of the two following seasons as Montreal finished off their run of five straight in 1960.

After failing to win another Cup in 1961, Doug Harvey was sent to the New York Rangers to become a player-coach- rather a shocking move.  I don’t know whether it was more shocking to Langlois that his partner was now a Ranger, or that in a separate deal the same day, he would become a Ranger as well.

Picking up the two of them worked well for the Rangers, who improved by 10 points and made the playoffs for the first time in four years.  Harvey won another Norris and was second in Hart voting. Al put up 7 goals and 18 assists, both of which were high-water marks for his NHL career.

The next season didn’t go as well.  Harvey decided he didn’t want to coach anymore and the team struggled under first Muzz Patrick and then Red Sullivan.  The team slumped to just 56 points and out of the playoffs.  The year following, 1963-64, Harvey was demoted to the minors after just 14 games and Al was shipped to Detroit in February.  This was a good move for Al, as the Wings went to the Stanley Cup Final, losing in seven games to Toronto.

1964-65 was Al’s only full season in Detroit.  He would put up one goal and 12 assists, break 100 PM for the first time in his career.  After the season was over, Al was part of the May, 1965 trade with the Bruins. As such, he joins the six-degrees-of-separation game, being traded with Parker MacDonald (card #11) for Bob McCord (card#10).

The year in Boston was not that eventful, though Al became the answer to a trivia question as the last player to wear #4 prior to the arrival of a certain player named Orr.

Langlois would play the 1966-67 season with the Los Angeles Blades of the WHL, then retire to a career in real estate, eventually moving to Beverley Hills as a stock broker.  From a call-up to a Stanley Cup champ to a pairing with Doug Harvey to a career in California, I’m thinking Al Langlois doesn’t have a lot of complaints with how things worked out.

As always, Joe Pelletier did a great interview and write up.

Junior Langlois - 1964-65 Topps Tall Boys

This is another cartoon that suggests “goon” until one reads the caption.