Dick Irvin: Butch Bouchard and my dad were very good friends

Posted By: Abe Hefter · 4/14/2012 10:09:00 AM

Hall of Fame boadcaster and author Dick Irvin remembers when Butch Bouchard first began to play for his dad, and how Coach Dick Irvin Senior talked up Butch's talent.

Dick, who joined CJAD's Abe Hefter this morning on Dave's World, recalled one particular night in Toronto, when Coach Irvin let the media know that they were going to see a young defenceman who was going to be one of the greatest defencemen in hockey.

"Butch played one of the worst games you can ever imagine. Butch used to talk about that himself," said Dick.

"But slowly and surely he began to develop.  And by the time the Canadiens won the cup in 1944, he was, I suppose, their number one defenceman."

Irvin says Bouchard a leader, a presence on the team and a wonderful captain for the Montreal Canadiens. 

In his conversation with Abe, Dick Irvin reveals a falling out that Butch Bouchard had with his father that led to somewhat of a surprising conclusion.


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