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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Montreal fans pelt Campbell
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

March 17, 1955

NHL president Clarence Campbell, who had suspended Canadiens star Maurice Richard for the remainder of the season for striking a linesman four days earlier, is pelted with fruits, eggs and shoes during a game in Montreal.

When the first period ends with the Detroit Red Wings leading 4-1, a smoke bomb explodes near Campbell. A riot ensues as thousands of fans and Campbell head for the exits. Campbell is attacked by a man who is then arrested by police.

The game is forfeited to Detroit, 4-1.

A not-so-funny thing happens on the way from the Forum. As the crowd pours on to St. Catherine Street, the hooligans turn to vandalism. They break windows and loot stores. It is hours before the police have things under control. More than 60 are arrested.

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