The extended Montreal Canadiens’ family gathered together on Monday to pay their respects to Dickie Moore, who passed away on December 19, 2015 at the age of 84.
Family, friends, former teammates and former Canadiens players came together at Mountainside United Church in Montreal to carry the Canadiens’ former number 12 to his final resting place.
"Dickie was loved by his teammates. For me he was my idol. As a hockey player, watching him play made me want to succeed. Together with Jean Béliveau and the other former Canadiens’ legends, he showed me how to win. He was one of the great leaders of the Montreal Canadiens,” recalled Yvan Cournoyer, who proudly watched alongside Moore as their number 12 was retired on November 12, 2005. “I did not have the chance to play with him, but we united on the same ice to watch the Canadiens organization retire our jersey numbers. It is a beautiful memory. He was an exceptional player, a true winner. I was very honored to wear his number."
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974, Moore played 12 of his 14 NHL seasons in a Habs uniform, in which he amassed 594 points (254G - 340A), which is good for 13th place on the Canadiens’ all-time scoring list. Moore also won six Stanley Cups, including five in a row between 1956 and 1960.
"He was part of one of the most lethal scoring lines that hockey has ever seen; both Richards [Maurice and Henri] together with Dickie" recalled Ronal Corey, the former president of the Montreal Canadiens. "There is not a coach in this world who wouldn’t love having that trio."
"He played a major part in Canadiens history, winning five Stanley Cups and won the scoring title twice. We lost one of the greatest to ever play for the Canadiens," commented Serge Savard, who took his first strides in the league when Moore was in his final season. “I saw him play when I was young, but we grew closer later on. I only played against him when he returned with the St. Louis Blues."
Beyond hockey, Moore was also thought of as an exceptional person, recognized unanimously by those who were fortunate enough to know him.
"He was a true gentleman, he loved to have fun and make jokes. All the players loved to play with him. All of the players I've met over the years have told me how much they loved playing with Dickie Moore. He meant a lot to them," remarked Rejean Houle, president of the Canadiens Alumni Association.
"He was more than just a hockey player, Dickie Moore was an amazing human being, he always interested in getting involved with the former players. I created the Canadiens’ Alumni Association with him, Béliveau and Maurice Richard," added Ronald Corey. "If there was a former player in trouble, he would always try to help."
"We were good friends, we’ve known each other since junior hockey, a long time," concluded Élise Béliveau, whose husband Jean Béliveau, passed away just a little over a year ago. "I do not think there is anyone on this earth who does not love Dickie. Everyone loved him. He was an exceptional human.”
Vincent Regis writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Jared Ostroff.