Rejean Houle, Henri Richard & Cornwall Honour Newsy Lalonde

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By Joel D. Herrington

The roadway that accesses the Cornwall Civic Complex was renamed “Newsy Lalonde Way” this afternoon in honour of Edouard “Newsy” Lalonde, a Cornwall native who is known as hockey’s first superstar and a lacrosse legend.

With numerous members of Lalonde’s family in attendance along with Montreal Canadiens Legends Rejean Houle and Henri Richard, a conference was held at the Complex to unveil the street sign, a bronze plaque and a large wall mural dedicated to Lalonde. He was born in Cornwall in 1887 and earned the nickname “Newsy” while working at the local newspaper.

Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger, whose son Chad played for the Canadiens, took to the podium and stated the City of Cornwall has had “no greater athlete” in its history. Newsy helped pave the way for many young men and women to play hockey and lacrosse in Cornwall.”

In 1910, Lalonde joined the Montreal Canadiens for their first season and scored the first goal in team history. Newsy helped the Montreal Canadiens win their first Stanley Cup in 1916. He would score in each of the first six NHL games, earning a share of an NHL record with Cy Denneny and Joe Malone to establish an NHL record that would go unmatched for nearly 90 years.

Henri Richard, who won 11 Stanley Cups as a member of the Canadiens, did not speak on the podium. However, when he was asked about his success with Montreal he said he was simply “at the right place at the right time,” garnering a laugh from the crowd.

A video of Rejean Houle addressing the crowd is available on the homepage of our website at www.cornwallseawaynews.com.

Organizations: Rejean Houle, Henri Richard & Cornwall, Canadiens

Geographic location: Cornwall

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