Hockey Coach "Toe" Blake
(Original Caption) Blake is Named Canadien Coach. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Hector (Toe) Blake, known as the "Old Lamplighter" during his 12 seasons in the National Hockey League, today was appointed coach of the Montreal Canadiens. The 43-year-old native of Victoria Mines, Ontario, succeeds veteran Dick Irvin who has accepted a two-year contract to coach the Chicago Black Hawks. Irvin had coached the Canadiens for 13 years and had led them to four league titles and three Stanley Cup championships.
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June 08, 1955
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