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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on October 25th, 2021

Floyd James "Busher" Curry - Born August 11, 1925 in Chapleau, Ontario – Died September 16, 2006 in Montreal, Quebec was a Canadian ice Hockey right winger, coach, manager and scout.

Curry played his first junior Hockey in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association with the Kirkland Lake Golden Gate. He was scouted and signed by the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey Association / OHA, and started his first season for Oshawa in 1941-42.

Curry was a consistent scorer while playing for the Generals, excelling in the playoffs, and leading Oshawa to 3 straight Memorial Cup finals, winning the 1944 Memorial Cup championship.

The Montreal Canadiens took notice of Curry and signed him. WWII was in full swing, and curry went to Toronto for 1 season, where he played for the Toronto Navy Hockey team, Toronto Uptown Tires and the Toronto Fuels before heading to Montreal to play for the Montreal Royals of the Quebec Senior Hockey League / QSHL.

Curry starred for the Royals, leading them to 2 straight QSHL championships in 1946 and 1947, and the 1947 Allan Cup championship.

Curry made his NHL debut for the Canadiens on October 18, 1947 vs the Chicago Black Hawks. He scored his 1st NHL goal on March 14, 1948 vs Jim Henry of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Montreal sent Curry to their farm team in the American Hockey League, where he played 2 seasons with the Buffalo Bisons. Curry split the 1949-50 season between Montreal and Buffalo before cementing his position with the Canadiens.

The Canadiens went to 10 straight Stanley Cup finals, 8 with Curry in their lineup. He won Stanley Cup championships in 1953, 1956, 1957 and 1958.

Curry scored the game winner in the first game of the 1953 Stanley Cup finals, but his most memorable goals came on a special night at The Forum in Montreal on October 29, 1951, when Princess Elizabeth (soon to be the Queen) was was in attendance, and the Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers 6-1. Curry scored his only NHL hat trick that night.

Curry finished his playing career back with the Montreal Royals as a playing coach for the 1958-59 season. He turned to coaching full time the next season, leading the Royals to the 1960 Tom Foley Memorial Trophy, as champions of the Eastern Professional Hockey League.

The Canadiens offered Curry a job in the front office, and he jumped at the opportunity, working first as director of sales and travel secretary.

In summer of 1968 Curry was promoted to Assistant General manager. During the summer of 1970 Curry became the Manager-Coach of Montreal Voyageurs replacing Al MacNeil who got promoted to the assistant Coach (later Coach) of the Montreal Canadiens. MacNeil was returned to Manager-Coach of the Voyagers now the Nova Scotia Voyageurs in summer of 1971, after winning the Stanley Cup.

Floyd Curry returned to the Canadiens as Assistant Manager. He remained in that position until 1978. He stayed on with Montreal as Director of Scouting for a couple more years.

During his time in Montreal as non-player Curry was awarded Stanley Cup rings in 1969-73-76-77-78-79.


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