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    This Day in 1955 - The Richard Riot

    Amazing historical piece by Red Fisher, who was in the arena when it all broke out, and who covered the Canadiens for more than 50 years....

    http://www.hockeyinsideout.com/news/...story-march-17

    My ticket was for a seat six rows from the ice, Campbell’s was on the aisle in the corner of the rink to my left about 15 rows up. He had been urged not to attend the game by Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau, which was tantamount to challenging Campbell, a proud man who turned a blind eye to threats. He attended almost every game at the Forum, and no matter what the mayor said, he would be sitting in his seat for this one, as well.
    The first period was nearly half over when Campbell arrived. It was as if he wanted everyone in the building to see him appear and, as you’d expect, he was greeted with angry shouts – particularly since the Wings were leading 2-0 by that time. The moment Campbell was spotted settling into his seat, there were loud threats from groups of fans. Eggs and tomatoes were thrown at the president, who sat staring straight ahead trying hard not to pay attention to the growing ugliness.
    At period’s end, with the Red Wings leading 4-1, a fan walked up the steps toward Campbell. Jimmy Orlando, a Montrealer who was as tough an NHLer as there was during his four seasons and small parts of another two with the Red Wings, had left his seat on the promenade level to follow the fan, who approached Campbell with his hand outstretched.
    When Campbell reached for it, the fan brought his hand up sharply and slapped the president across the face, whereupon Orlando, who was only one step below the fan, reached up, spun him around and, in one motion, struck him with all the power he could muster in his 185 pounds.
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    Now, all hell broke loose.

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    Great story, thanks for sharing it!

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