Irving Grundman

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Irving Grundman (July 23, 1928 – February 26, 2021) was a Canadian ice hockey executive who served as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens from 1978 to 1983. He also served on the Montreal City Council.

He was the founder of Laurentian Lanes. The company owns bowling alleys in Montreal, Ottawa and Kingston.

Hockey career

Irving Grundman served as GM of the Canadiens from 1978 to 1983. He became GM after Sam Pollock retired. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1979. He was responsible for drafting future NHL stars such as Guy Carbonneau and Chris Chelios, though was also responsible for passing on Montreal Juniors star, and future NHL superstar Denis Savard in the draft (in favor of Doug Wickenheiser). He was replaced as GM by Serge Savard in 1983.

Political career

After his hockey career ended he became a Montreal city councillor, a career which ended with his retirement after he, along with René Dussault, pleaded guilty to municipal corruption in September 2004 in relation to the rezoning of land. Grundman was later sentenced to 23 months of community service and fined $50,000.00.


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