Good Friday Massacre

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Good Friday Massacre
1 2 3 Total
Quebec Nordiques 1 0 2 3
Montreal Canadiens 0 0 5 5
Date April 20, 1984
Arena Montreal Forum
City Montreal, Quebec,  Canada
Attendance 18,090

The Good Friday Massacre, (French: la bataille du Vendredi saint),[1][2] was a second-round playoff match-up during the 1984 Stanley Cup playoffs. The game occurred on Good Friday, April 20, 1984 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, between the Quebec Nordiques and the Montreal Canadiens.[3]

Game play[edit]

After a number of fights, a bench-clearing brawl broke out near the end of the second period.[4] When the teams returned to ice for the extended third period, as they were warming up, a second brawl broke out between the teams, including players who had already been ejected from the game but had not been notified prior to their return to the ice. The officials had to be summoned to the rink to restore order.

Bruce Hood, the referee, was late in announcing the penalties as the third period began, and the players reassembled on the ice.[3] As a consequence, a second brawl erupted and lasted until the players left once more. Hood was roundly criticized for his handling of the fight[5] and eventually retired after the playoffs that year, doing so amidst speculation that his retirement occurred at the behest of NHL officials.

A total of 252 penalty minutes were incurred and 11 players were ejected. Amongst the fourteen altercations at the end of the second period[6] were the Canadiens' Mario Tremblay smashing the nose of the Nordiques' Peter Stastny, and Louis Sleigher knocking Jean Hamel unconscious by hitting him in the eye.[3] Hamel managed to return for training camp in the autumn of 1984, but sustained another eye injury in Montreal's last pre-season game, prompting him to retire.[7][8][9] The second brawl included a fight between brothers Dale Hunter and Mark Hunter.[3]


When the brawl took place, the Canadiens were trailing 1-0. They came back to score all five of their goals in the third period to defeat the Nordiques that night 5-3, thereby winning the series 4 games to 2.[3] However, the Canadiens were defeated in the Prince of Wales Conference Finals by the New York Islanders in six games.

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st QUE Peter Šťastný (2) (PP) Jean-François Sauvé (1), Anton Šťastný (4) 5:12 1–0 QUE
3rd QUE Michel Goulet (2) (PP)   2:02 2–0 QUE
MTL Steve Shutt (3) Bobby Smith (2), Pierre Mondou (2) 6:23 2-1 QUE
MTL Steve Shutt (4) Mats Näslund (6) 9:11 2-2
MTL Rick Green (1) Bobby Smith (3) 12:14 3-2 MTL
MTL John Chabot (1) Guy Lafleur (2), Mats Näslund (2) 13:27 4-2 MTL
MTL Guy Carbonneau (3) Ryan Walter (2) 14:28 5-2 MTL
QUE Wilf Paiement (3) Jean-François Sauvé (2), Alain Côté (2) 16:51 5-3 MTL
Number in parenthesis represents the player's total in goals or assists to that point of the playoffs
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st QUE Wilf Paiement   0:23 5:00
MTL Mike McPhee   0:23 5:00
QUE Michel Goulet   2:48 2:00
MTL Bobby Smith   2:48 2:00
MTL Craig Ludwig   4:18 2:00
MTL Jean Hamel   5:01 2:00
QUE Wally Weir   9:51 2:00
QUE Blake Wesley   11:52 2:00
QUE Pat Price   17:23 2:00
MTL Chris Nilan   17:23 2:00
QUE Mario Marois   20:00 2:00
2nd QUE Michel Goulet   3:52 2:00
MTL Chris Chelios   15:20 2:00
QUE Dale Hunter   15:20 2:00
QUE Dale Hunter   17:30 2:00
MTL Rick Green   17:30 2:00
QUE Anton Šťastný   17:50 5:00
MTL Craig Ludwig   17:50 5:00
QUE André Doré   18:44 2:00
MTL Bobby Smith   19:48 2:00
QUE Dale Hunter Roughing (double minor), Game misconduct 20:00 24:00
MTL Guy Carbonneau Roughing 20:00 5:00
MTL Jean Hamel Fighting, Game misconduct 20:00 25:00
MTL Mike McPhee Fighting, Game misconduct 20:00 25:00
MTL Mario Tremblay Fighting, Game misconduct 20:00 25:00
MTL Richard Sévigny Fighting, Game misconduct 20:00 25:00
QUE Wally Weir Fighting, Game misconduct 20:00 25:00
QUE Peter Šťastný Fighting, Game misconduct 20:00 25:00
QUE Louis Sleigher Fighting, Game misconduct 20:00 25:00
QUE Clint Malarchuk Fighting, Game misconduct 20:00 25:00
QUE Randy Moller Fighting, Misconduct (10 minutes), Game misconduct 20:00 35:00
MTL Chris Nilan Fighting (double major), Misconduct (10 minutes), Game misconduct 20:00 40:00
3rd QUE Michel Goulet   6:46 2:00
Three star selections
Team Player Statistics
1st MTL Steve Shutt 2 Goals
2nd MTL Mats Näslund 1 Assist
3rd MTL Chris Chelios


It was broadcast on CBC Television and Télévision de Radio-Canada in Canada, and on the USA Network in the United States.

Channel Play by Play Color
CBC Bob Cole Harry Neale and Dick Irvin, Jr.
Radio-Canada René Lecavalier Gilles Tremblay
USA Al Albert Rod Gilbert

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Club de hockey Canadien, Inc. (2009). "La bataille du Vendredi Saint". Site historique des Canadiens de Montréal (in French). Club de hockey Canadien, Inc. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  2. ^ Fontaine, Patrice (2009). "Bataille du Vendredi saint - événements". Dictionnaire Des Sports Du Québec. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Zarum, Dave. "Good Friday Massacre: An Oral History of One of the Greatest Games in NHL History". Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Wilner, Barry (21 April 1984). "Canadiens survive Nordiques, Brawls". Youngstown Vindicator. Youngstown, Ohio. p. 15. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Farber, Michael (21 April 1984). "Forum brawl disgraced game". The Gazette. Montreal. p. D1. Retrieved 16 April 2012. .
  6. ^ YouTube video of the brawls as they unfolded on YouTube
  7. ^ Phillips, Randy (6 October 1984). "Injured Hamel to miss start of season". The Gazette. Montreal. p. F3. Retrieved 6 April 2012. .
  8. ^ "Hamel retires, but gets new contract". The Gazette. Montreal. 21 December 1984. p. D1. 
  9. ^ "Centenary of brutality". Vancouver Sun. Vancouver, B.C. January 12, 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 

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