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The Flying Frenchmen


Note:
This plaque can be found in three different locations.
All are shown below.


Flying Frenchmen

Photo by contributor Pierre Charron - Posted August, 2016

Flying Frenchmen

Photo by contributor Pierre Charron - Posted August, 2016

Flying Frenchmen

Édouard "Newsy" Lalonde
Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The City of Cornwall
At the Cornwall Civic Complex at 100 Water Street


Coordinates: N 45 00.895 W 74 43.449

Map

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Plaque Text

Professional hockey was in its infancy in the autumn of 1909 when the promoters behind the National Hockey Association, forerunner of the National Hockey League, created the Montreal Canadiens team to attract French-Canadian spectators. Belleville-born Jean-Baptiste "Jack" Laviolette was hired as the playing-manager and captain. Laviolette signed Cornwall's Édouard "Newsy" Lalonde to play forward and recruited his friend Didier "Cannonball" Pitre from the Renfrew Creamery Kings ('Renfrew Millionaires') as a defenceman. This trio of francophone players formed the nucleus of the roster for several seasons and led the Canadiens to their first Stanley Cup championship in 1916. They played with such speed and finesse that sportswriters began calling them "The Flying Frenchmen," establishing the Canadiens' trademark playing style for generations. Laviolette retired in 1918, the Canadiens traded Lalonde to the Saskatoon Crescents in 1922 and Pitre retired in 1923. All three were later inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame for their part in establishing a legendary hockey franchise.




Flying Frenchmen

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2016

Flying Frenchmen

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2016

Flying Frenchmen

Jean-Baptiste "Jack" Laviolette
Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The County of Hastings
The City of Belleville
265 Cannifton Road south of Adam Street


Coordinates: N 44 11.251 W 77 23.023

Map

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Plaque Text

Professional hockey was in its infancy in the autumn of 1909 when the promoters behind the National Hockey Association, forerunner of the National Hockey League, created the Montreal Canadiens team to attract French-Canadian spectators. Belleville-born Jean-Baptiste "Jack" Laviolette was hired as the playing-manager and captain. Laviolette signed Cornwall's Édouard "Newsy" Lalonde to play forward and recruited his friend Didier "Cannonball" Pitre from the Renfrew Creamery Kings ('Renfrew Millionaires') as a defenceman. This trio of francophone players formed the nucleus of the roster for several seasons and led the Canadiens to their first Stanley Cup championship in 1916. They played with such speed and finesse that sportswriters began calling them "The Flying Frenchmen," establishing the Canadiens' trademark playing style for generations. Laviolette retired in 1918, the Canadiens traded Lalonde to the Saskatoon Crescents in 1922 and Pitre retired in 1923. All three were later inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame for their part in establishing a legendary hockey franchise.




Flying Frenchmen

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

Flying Frenchmen

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

Flying Frenchmen

Didier "Cannonball" Pitre
Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The County of Renfrew
The Town of Renfrew
At the community centre in
Ma-Te-Way Recreational Park, at the south end of
Ma-Te-Way Park Drive, south of Lisgar Avenue (Road 132)


Coordinates: N 45 27.952 W 76 41.690

Map

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Plaque Text

Professional hockey was in its infancy in the autumn of 1909 when the promoters behind the National Hockey Association, forerunner of the National Hockey League, created the Montreal Canadiens team to attract French-Canadian spectators. Belleville-born Jean-Baptiste "Jack" Laviolette was hired as the playing-manager and captain. Laviolette signed Cornwall's Édouard "Newsy" Lalonde to play forward and recruited his friend Didier "Cannonball" Pitre from the Renfrew Creamery Kings ('Renfrew Millionaires') as a defenceman. This trio of francophone players formed the nucleus of the roster for several seasons and led the Canadiens to their first Stanley Cup championship in 1916. They played with such speed and finesse that sportswriters began calling them "The Flying Frenchmen," establishing the Canadiens' trademark playing style for generations. Laviolette retired in 1918, the Canadiens traded Lalonde to the Saskatoon Crescents in 1922 and Pitre retired in 1923. All three were later inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame for their part in establishing a legendary hockey franchise.

Related Ontario plaque
The Renfrew Millionaires

Related Toronto plaque
Hockey Hall of Fame

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Édouard "Newsy" Lalonde

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Jean-Baptiste "Jack" Laviolette

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