Habs family mourning loss of Selke Junior
He went from sweeping the floor at the Montreal Forum to President of an NHL expansion team.
Former Canadiens front office executive Frank Selke Junior has died at the age of 83.
Selke Jr. talked his father into letting him drop out of high school to take a job as a cleaner at The Forum when Mr. Selke Senior moved from Toronto to take over the Montreal Canadiens.
He was making the princely sum of $28.00/week.
"That's more than I made back then," joked Hall of Famer Dickie Moore in a CJAD exclusive interview. "Frank was a great guy. His Dad made him work his way up from the bottom. He would do anything for the players. I was proud of him."
Selke Jr. (pictured in the red bow tie) would move a few years later to the publicity and marketing department moving up to vice-present through the 1950s.
In the early 60s he worked for Hockey Night in Canada:
Selke Jr. would become president of the California Golden Seals during the 1967 expansion wave. He would resign from the team (some accounts say in 1970, others say in '71).
The Seals were fleeced by the Canadiens in one of the most lopsided trades in history by then Habs' GM Sam Pollock, who wheeled and dealed to snare The Flower---California's top pick in the '71 draft---Guy Lafleur.