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Top 10 Montreal Canadiens of All Time

The Top 10 Montreal Canadiens of All Time!
Publish Date: 08/13/2023
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis

10) Bob Gainey

Bob Gainey played 16 seasons in the NHL, all with the Canadiens. He won five Stanley Cups titles, claimed the Frank J. Selke Trophy on four occasions, and was presented with the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Video: Bob Gainey is only four-time Selke winner

Bob Gainey is only four-time Selke winner

9) Howie Morenz

Morenz had 11 good years in Montreal, where he won three Stanley Cups. He won his first cup in 1924 with 7 goals and 10 points in six games. When he died in 1937, he held the league record with 472 career points.

Video: Howie Morenz was feared for his one-man rushes up ice

Howie Morenz was feared for his one-man rushes up ice

8) Ken Dryden

Dryden only played eight seasons in the NHL. Despite that, he won six Stanley Cups, five Vezina trophies, a Calder trophy, and a Conn Smythe trophy, all as a Montreal Canadien.

Video: Ken Dryden won Conn Smythe before he won Calder

Ken Dryden won Conn Smythe before he won Calder

7) Larry Robinson

Robinson won six cups and played 17 straight years in the playoffs with the Canadiens. Robinson was big, fast, and physical and was not afraid to get into a fight.

Video: Larry Robinson vital cog on six Cup-winning teams

Larry Robinson vital cog on six Cup-winning teams

6) Patrick Roy

During that first championship run, Roy was just 20 years old and became the youngest player ever to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP. Roy ranks second on the franchise’s all-time games played list among goaltenders with 551 career regular-season appearances between the pipes and sits second with 289 wins and 31,918 minutes played.

Video: Patrick Roy won Stanley Cup four times, three Vezinas

Patrick Roy won Stanley Cup four times, three Vezinas

5) Guy Lafleur

Lafleur scored at least 50 goals six years in a row, once reaching 60. He has the six best offensive seasons in Montreal Canadien’s history ranging from 117 to 136 points.  He won two Hart Trophies as the league’s MVP, three Art Ross Trophies as the league-leading scorer, and one Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP.

Video: Remembering Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens' Legend & Hall Of Famer

Remembering Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens’ Legend & Hall Of Famer

4) Doug Harvey

While with the Canadiens, Harvey won six James Norris trophies as the best defenceman in the league.

Video: Doug Harvey led Canadiens' deadly power play unit

Doug Harvey led Canadiens’ deadly power play unit

3) Jacque Plante

He won six Vezina’s and a Hart trophy in Montreal to go with his six Stanley Cups. Plante was innovative also as he introduced and eventually popularized the mask.

Video: Jacques Plante changed game when he donned mask

Jacques Plante changed game when he donned mask

2) Jean Beliveau

Beliveau won ten Stanley cups with the Canadiens, five as captain. He won the first Conn Smythe trophy with his performance in the 1965 Stanley cup run.

Video: April 8, 1971 - Jean Beliveau carries Montreal on his back to defeat the Bruins

April 8, 1971 – Jean Beliveau carries Montreal on his back to defeat the Bruins

1) Maurice Richard

The Rocket was the first to score 50 goals in a season, and he did it in fifty games. He was the first to score 500 goals in a career. His 544 goals record in a career was equivalent to Ruth’s 714 home runs until he was passed in 1963 by Gordie Howe. Richard was basically the babe Ruth of hockey.

Video: Maurice Richard remains cultural icon in Montreal

Maurice Richard remains cultural icon in Montreal

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