I recently picked up this original LP album of Stompin' Tom And The Hockey Song. I don't even own a turntable record player, I just had to have this piece of Canadiana. The album was issued in 1972 on Boot Records and was Connors' ninth album issue. It has a great picture on the front of a hockey scene involving the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. For licensing reasons all official team logos and numbers had to be painted out of the image. As a hockey history buff, I just had to determine who the players are in the photo.
The game is a home game for Montreal and the goaltender is obviously Ken Dryden, this alone helps to narrow it down to which season the photo is from. Dryden famously came up to the Habs at the end of the 1970/71 campaign and would lead Montreal to the the Stanley Cup. In those six regular season games and through the playoffs of 1971, Montreal and Toronto did not play each other. Since the Stompin' Tom album came out in 1972, the photo has to be from the 1971/72 season.
Toronto visited Montreal only three times in 1971/72; Dec.22/71, Jan.19/72 and Mar.22/72. With the help of my pal and fellow hockey history nut, Dave Jackson, we have used simple face and hair recognition as well as whether the player shot left or right to figure out who's who.
|close-up of left side of album|
|Phil Roberto (right)|
|close-up of right side of album|
|Serge Savard w/plastic skates|
The last guy to identify is the Leaf closest to Dryden, and both myself and Dave are certain it's the high-scoring minor leaguer Guy Trottier. This guy has a "1" visible on his left arm meaning his number is either 11, 21, 31 etc. Trottier was #11 and had the pronounced ears that the guy in the picture does.
Determining which of the three games from 1971/72 this photo was taken is tough as Dryden played in all three and full lineups of the games are next to impossible to find. I'm fairly confident the players I named are accurate, below is a clipping from the Montreal Gazette on Jan. 20, 1972. This could very well be the game in which the Stompin' Tom cover took place.