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From Boston University to Montreal

Ed Ronan and Scott Lachance are two notable names who played for the Terriers before suiting up for the Habs

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The Canadiens practiced on the campus of Boston University on Monday before flying to New Jersey for Tuesday night's tilt against the Devils.

Over the years, several Terriers went on to play for the Habs during their respective NHL careers.

Chief among them was forward Ed Ronan, whom the Canadiens selected in the 11th round, 227th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, ahead of his freshman campaign under legendary BU head coach Jack Parker.

The 49-year-old Qunicy, MA native enjoyed a four-year collegiate career, before making his NHL debut during the 1991-92 campaign.

Ronan, of course, won the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in June 1993, chipping in with two goals and five points in 14 games during the championship postseason run.

He played 147 regular-season games as a member of the bleu-blanc-rouge, registering 12 goals and 31 points, along with 74 penalty minutes.

Ronan, who also played for the Winnipeg Jets and the Buffalo Sabres before hanging up his skates following the 1997-98 season, is now putting his business management and finance degree from BU to good use as a financial advisor and certified financial planner in Boston.

Defenseman Scott Lachance is another Terrier who spent some time donning a Habs uniform.

The 45-year-old Charlottesville, VA native played just one season at BU before making the jump to the NHL ranks after being selected fourth overall by the New York Islanders in 1991.

After seven-plus seasons with New York, the Canadiens acquired Lachance in a trade on March 9, 1999.

He played 74 regular-season games in Montreal, picking up one goal and eight points.

He went on to play for the Vancouver Canucks and the Columbus Blue Jackets, retiring after the 2006-07 season. 

These days, Lachance serves as a scout for the New Jersey Devils.

Two other former Terriers enjoyed abbreviated stints with the Canadiens. Forward Rick Meagher played two games in 1979-80, while goaltender John Aiken played in one game in 1957-58.

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