Number 4 for the Canadiens

Okay, its now safe to post this blog, since the Senators are no longer in the run for the cup….  maybe this will give the Canadiens some luck??

So trivia question: Who wore #4 for the Canadiens before Jean Beliveau?

Here’s a clue:  “Assigned to a line with Maurice Richard and Elmer Lach when Toe Blake suffered a career-ending broken leg, the rookie forward was briefly used to try to rekindle the Punch Line before spending the bulk of his three years in Montreal filling a defensive role with Leo Gravelle and Billy Reay on the third trio.”

Here’s the answer: His name was Howard “RIP” Riopelle and he played for the Habs from 1947-1950 before being traded to the Ottawa Senators.  Find out more about his hockey career here:

This spring, Rip’s granddaughter-in-law brought in his jersey, a team photograph and 2 of his player cards hoping we could create something awesome for her husband (Rip’s daughter’s son) for his upcoming birthday.

We decided to use a triple mat of blue, white and red to echo the Canadiens’ colours and to include a plate from Mementos with his name and player history.  We settled on the broad strokes of the design together, but as per usual, the design changed a bit once I was actually creating the design in our Wizard.  When I realized that my sizing of the plate they made wasn’t going to work,  Sue and Dave at Mementos quickly made me another plate so that we could get this job done in time for the birthday celebration.  ( I always reserve the right to tweek the design for the better. (: )

Here’s what we came up with:

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The jersey itself was mounted in a square shaped window.  Then each player card (back and front) and the team photograph also got their own windows.  The black plate is centered under the photograph to echo the black background behind the jersey, and the deep black shadowbox frame.  It is finished with our Conservation Clear 99% UV inhibiting glass.


Close-up of the back side of Rip’s player card. It was first mounted onto the same red matting as the top mat (under mylar) to show the whole card. Then it has the triple mat of blue, white and red.


A plate under the Montreal Canadiens’ Team Photo circa 1949 has his player dates from the Montreal Royals, the Montreal Canadiens & the Ottawa Senators.