MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens organization is deeply saddened by the passing of former defenseman Lou Fontinato. He was 84 years old.
Fontinato played nine seasons in the NHL between 1954 and 1963, spending the final two years of his career with the Canadiens. In 536 games — 117 with the Habs — the Guelph native registered 1,247 penalty minutes, notably racking up a record 200-plus minutes in 1955-56 with the New York Rangers.
Fontinato was part of four playoff teams, including the 1961-62 Canadiens. He retired at the end of the 1962-63 season after suffering a neck injury.