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Wednesday, January 5, 2000
Habs 90 years oldMONTREAL (CP) -- There were no celebrations, but the Montreal Canadiens reached the 90th anniversary of their first game on Tuesday -- a 7-6 win over the Cobalt (Ont.) Silver Kings on Jan. 5, 1910.
The Canadiens had joined the defunct National Hockey Association on Dec. 4, 1909, when financial backer T.C. Hare put up $6,000, including $5,000 to guarantee player salaries.
They played their first match before a crowd of about 3,000 against Cobalt at the Jubilee rink in Montreal, which La Presse described as "one of the most competitive and exciting hockey games ever played in Montreal."
The seven-man lineup consisted of Newsy Lalonde, Jack Laviolette, Didier Pitre, George Poulin, Ed Decarie, Art Bernier and goaltender Joe Cattarinich.
Poulin had two goals, including the game-winner, but La Presse said Pitre was the star of the game -- setting up several goals in an era when assists weren't counted.
The Canadiens, along with Ottawa and Toronto, joined the NHL when it as formed in 1917.