Montreal Canadiens Team Photo 1936
Front Row L to R - Armand Mondou, Paul Haynes, Georges Mantha, Joffre Desilets, Alfred "Pit" Lépine, Wilf Cude, Johnny Gagnon, Howie Morenz, Aurèle Joliat, Polly Drouin, Rod Lorrain.
Back Row - Jim McKenna (trainer), Roger Jenkins, Babe Siebert, Jack McGill, Hector "Toe" Blake, Cliff "Red" Goupille, Cecil Hart (manager), J.E. Savard (president), Jules Dugal (secretary treasurer), Bill Miller, George Brown, Paul Runge, Walter Buswell, John Laurin (assistant trainer).
The Canadiens would win the O'Brien Trophy as the Canadian division champions 1936-37 season, and Babe Siebert would be awarded the Hart Trophy.
Tragedy struck the Canadiens on January 28, 1937. In the first period, Howie Morenz went after the puck in the Chicago end while being chased by Black Hawks defenceman Earl Seibert. Morenz lost his balance and fell to the ice, crashing into the boards and catching his left skate in the wooden siding. Seibert, unable to stop, landed on him with full force. The resulting impact snapped Morenz's left leg, creating a noise heard throughout the rink. Helped to the Canadiens bench by his teammates, Morenz was taken to Hôpital St-Luc, where it was found that his leg was fractured in four places. On March 8, Morenz began complaining of chest pains, which doctors attributed to a heart attack. Mary Morenz and Cecil Hart were called to the hospital; around 11:30 pm, Morenz tried to get out of bed to use the washroom but collapsed on the floor and died from a coronary embolism caused by blood clots from his damaged leg, minutes before his wife and coach arrived. He was 34.