Montreal Canadiens 5th Overall Picks History Part 3 - Phil Myre

The Montreal Canadiens recieved the 5th overall pick this year, for the 8th time in their long and storied franchise. So for the summer months we are going to go over all the past 5th overall picks, from Bouchard to Reinbacher.
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Career After Montreal

Phil Myre became the Flames starting goalie, and got decent playing time for the middling expansion franchise. They only made the playoffs twice in six years, but were forming a decent tandem between Myre and Dan Bouchard. Unfortunately, Myre and Bouchard butted heads over playing time and Myre was traded to the St. Louis Blues.

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Gone Streaking

Later in his career, Phil Myre was involved in some record-breaking streaks in his day. As a member of the St. Louis Blues, he set a team record with 28 games started in a row. In the same year, Myre got some revenge on his former team, the Canadiens, by breaking their 28 game unbeaten streak.

In the 1979 offseason, Myre was traded from the Blues to the Philadelphia Flyers, and Myre had probably his best professional season. Myre joined the Flyers in the midst of their Broad Street Bullies days.

Phil Myre and Pete Peeters formed a formidable tandem in net, splitting the games and going 48-12-20. In that season, from October 14th to January 6th, the Flyers went undefeated for 35 games, the longest streak in North American sports.

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The Flyers went to the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Islanders, losing in 6 games. Unlike his time with Montreal, Myre played games in the playoffs, and even started a game in the Finals. A game which he lost, but it is still an accomplishment.

After his time with the Flyers, Myre played a couple of seasons with the Colorado Rockies and a few games with the Buffalo Sabres before retiring in 1984.

After retiring from on ice play, Myre had a long career as a goaltending and assistant coach with the Kings, Red Wings, Senators, and the Panthers.

And that about does it for Phil Myre, the Montreal Canadiens' second fifth overall pick. Next time we will be talking about Montreal's third 5th overall pick, and second goalie: Ray Martynuik.