MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player Paul Meger on Tuesday in Barrie, ON at age 90.
A left-winger, Meger played over 200 games for the Canadiens in the 1950's. He was a creative offensive player whose skating ability made him a solid two-way asset.
Born in Watrous, SK, Meger was a junior star with the OHA's Barrie Flyers. He scored 26 goals as a rookie pro with the AHL's Buffalo Bisons in 1949-50 then joined the Habs for two postseason contests. That summer, he was named to the AHL second all-star team and presented the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the league's top rookie. After scoring 34 goals in 46 games for Buffalo the next year, Meger was summoned by Montreal. He played solidly and helped the club reach the Stanley Cup finals. He also earned an AHL first team all-star selection for his outstanding work for Buffalo prior to his recall.
In 1951-52, he scored 24 goals while playing with Billy Reay and Bernie Geoffrion. He dropped to nine goals the next season then played five playoff games as the Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup since 1946. After playing only 13 games in 1954-55, his career was ended by a gruesome accident when Leo Labine's skate blade caught him in the temple. Meger suffered a broken skull and tissue damage to his brain that required several operations to mend.