Remembering Ken Reardon
MONTREAL -- It is with deep regret that the Montreal Canadiens organization learned of the passing of Mr. Ken Reardon, who died early Saturday March 15 from an incurable illness. A member of the Canadiens family for over two decades, first as a player and later as an administrator, Ken Reardon was 86 years old.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 1, 1921, Ken Reardon joined the Canadiens shortly after signing his first professional contract on October 26, 1940, just a few months after recording 31 points in only 14 games in the Memorial Cup Championship series. In 1941-42, Ken teamed up with elder brother Terry (deceased February 14, 1993 at age 73) on the Canadiens’ squad. Following the 1941-42 season, Ken joined the Canadian Forces and was stationed in the Ottawa area where he suited up for different army teams and was part of the remarkable Ottawa Commandos team of 1943 that captured the Allan Cup. He was then sent overseas and was awarded Field Marshall Montgomery’s Certificate of Merit for several acts of bravery during battle, before returning home in 1945.
Back in Montreal, Reardon played a few games with the Montreal Royals before rejoining the Canadiens and helping the team to win the Stanley Cup in 1946. Reardon’s steady play on defense earned him a spot on the NHL’s Second All-Star Team. He would be selected on the Second Team on two more occasions and the First All-Star team twice during his NHL career. Ken Reardon retired in 1950, a few months short of his 30th birthday. During his seven seasons in a Canadiens’ uniform, he played in 341 games, scoring 26 goals and earning 96 helpers for a total of 122 points, also serving 604 penalty minutes.
Ken Reardon remained an active member of the Canadiens following his playing days, first scouting prospects and managing teams in the farm system, including five straight U.S. Amateur championships as chief of staff of the Cincinnati Mohawks. During the Canadiens’ remarkable five consecutive Stanley Cups between 1956 and 1960, Ken Reardon served as vice president and had his name engraved on the Cup on each occasion. In 1966, Ken Reardon was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame.