Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Roland Rousseau : 1929-2010

Although his National Hockey League career wasn't as extensive as brother Bobby, Roland Rousseau did play in 2 games (1952-53) with the Montreal Canadiens.

Rousseau has died just shy of his 81st birthday.

In Junior, Roland Rousseau won a Memorial Cup in 1949 with the Montreal Jr. Canadiens.

The bulk of Rousseau's playing time during the season he wore a Habs jersey, was with the Montreal Royals of the QMHL. In 1952-53, he skated in 49 games with the Royals posting 19 points (4 Goals/15 Assists).

Like many players from that era, Rousseau's exposure to the NHL game didn't result in permanent residency. The rosters for the Original Six teams didn't have many vacancies, and cracking an NHL line-up was a very difficult task. The balance of his playing career was spent in various leagues within Quebec. However, Rousseau did participate in 66 games regular season and 6 playoff games in the American Hockey League.

Roland Rousseau was born on December 1, 1929 in Montreal, Quebec.

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