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Montreal Canadiens
Canadiens de Montréal
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Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
HistoryMontreal Canadiens
19101917 (NHA)
1917–present (NHL)
Home arena Bell Centre
City Montreal, Quebec
ColoursRed, white, blue [1] [2] [3]
Owner(s) Molson family (majority owner)
(Geoff Molson, chairman) [4]
General manager Kent Hughes
Head coach Martin St. Louis
Captain Nick Suzuki
Minor league affiliates Laval Rocket (AHL)
Trois-Rivières Lions (ECHL) [5]
Stanley Cups 24 (1915–16, 1923–24, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1943–44, 1945–46, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86, 1992–93) [note 1]
Conference championships8 (1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1992–93) [note 2]
Presidents' Trophy0 [note 3]
Division championships24 (1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1936–37, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1991–92, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2016–17)
Official website Official website

The Montreal Canadiens [note 4] (French: Les Canadiens de Montréal), officially le Club de hockey Canadien (lit. The Canadian Hockey Club) [6] and colloquially known as the Habs, [note 5] are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Since 1996, the Canadiens have played their home games at Bell Centre, originally known as Molson Centre. [7] The team previously played at the Montreal Forum, which housed the team for seven decades and all but their first two Stanley Cup championships. [note 6]


Founded in 1909, the Canadiens are the longest continuously operating professional ice hockey team worldwide, and the only existing NHL club to predate the founding of the NHL. One of the oldest North American professional sports franchises, the Canadiens' history predates that of every other Canadian franchise outside football, as well as every American franchise outside baseball and the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals. The franchise is one of the "Original Six", the teams that made up the NHL from 1942 until the 1967 expansion. The team's championship season in 1992–93 marked the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup. [8]

The Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup more times than any other franchise, having earned 24 championships, with 23 victories since the founding of the NHL, and 22 since 1927, when NHL teams became the only ones to compete for the Stanley Cup. [9] The Canadiens also had the most championships by a team of any of the four major North American sports until the New York Yankees won their 25th World Series title in 1999.


The Canadiens were founded by J. Ambrose O'Brien on December 4, 1909, as a charter member of the National Hockey Association, [10] [11] the forerunner to the National Hockey League. It was to be the team of the francophone community in Montreal, composed of francophone players, and under francophone ownership as soon as possible. [12] The founders named the team "Les Canadiens," a term identified at the time with French speakers. [13] The team's first season was not a success, as they placed last in the league. After the first year, ownership was transferred to George Kennedy of Montreal and the team's record improved over the next seasons. [14] The team won its first Stanley Cup championship in the 1915–16 season. [15] In 1917, with four other NHA teams, the Canadiens formed the NHL, [16] and they won their first NHL Stanley Cup during the 1923–24 season, led by Howie Morenz. [17] The team moved from the Mount Royal Arena to the Montreal Forum for the 1926–27 season. [18]

The club began the 1930s decade successfully, with Stanley Cup wins in 1930 and 1931. The Canadiens and its then-Montreal rival, the Montreal Maroons, declined both on the ice and economically during the Great Depression. Losses grew to the point where the team owners considered selling the team to interests in Cleveland, Ohio, though local investors were ultimately found to finance the Canadiens. [19] The Maroons suspended operations, and several of their players moved to the Canadiens. [20]

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Game between the Canadiens and the New York Rangers in 1962.

Led by the "Punch Line" of Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Toe Blake and Elmer Lach in the 1940s, the Canadiens enjoyed success again atop the NHL. From 1953 to 1960, the franchise won six Stanley Cups, including a record five straight from 1956 to 1960, with a new set of stars coming to prominence: Jean Beliveau, Dickie Moore, Doug Harvey, Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, Jacques Plante and Richard's younger brother, Henri. [21]

The Canadiens added ten more championships in 15 seasons from 1965 to 1979, with another dynastic run of four-straight Cups from 1976 to 1979. [22] In the 1976–77 season, the Canadiens set two still-standing team records – for most points, with 132, and fewest losses, by only losing eight games in an 80-game season. [23] The next season, 1977–78, the team had a 28-game unbeaten streak, the second-longest in NHL history. [24] The next generation of stars included Guy Lafleur, Yvan Cournoyer, Ken Dryden, Pete Mahovlich, Jacques Lemaire, Pierre Larouche, Steve Shutt, Bob Gainey, Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe and Larry Robinson. Scotty Bowman, who would later set a record for most NHL victories by a coach, was the team's head coach for its last five Stanley Cup victories in the 1970s. [25]

Bell Centre has been the Canadiens' home venue since 1996. The arena is here seen in 2008, with banners celebrating the Montreal Canadiens centennial. Facade Centre Bell Center Front.JPG
Bell Centre has been the Canadiens' home venue since 1996. The arena is here seen in 2008, with banners celebrating the Montreal Canadiens centennial.

The Canadiens won Stanley Cups in 1986, led by rookie star goaltender Patrick Roy, [26] and in 1993, continuing their streak of winning at least one championship in every decade from the 1910s to the 1990s (this streak came to an end in the 2000s). [27] In 1996, the Habs moved from the Montreal Forum, their home during 70 seasons and 22 Stanley Cups, to Molson Centre (now called Bell Centre). [28]

Following Roy's departure in 1995, the Canadiens fell into an extended stretch of mediocrity, [29] missing the playoffs in four of their next ten seasons and failing to advance past the second round of the playoffs until 2010. [30] By the late 1990s, with both an ailing team and monetary losses exacerbated by a record-low value of the Canadian dollar, Montreal fans feared their team would end up relocated to the United States. Team owner Molson Brewery sold control of the franchise and the Molson Centre to American businessman George N. Gillett Jr. in 2001, with the right of first refusal for any future sale by Gillett and a condition that the NHL Board of Governors must unanimously approve any attempt to move to a new city. [31] Led by club president Pierre Boivin, the Canadiens returned to being a lucrative enterprise, earning additional revenues from broadcasting and arena events. In 2009, Gillett sold the franchise to a consortium led by the Molson family which included The Woodbridge Company, BCE/Bell, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Michael Andlauer, Luc Bertrand and the National Bank Financial Group for $575 million, more than double the $275 million he spent on the purchase eight years prior. [32] [33]

During the 2008–09 season, the Canadiens celebrated their 100th anniversary with various events, [34] including hosting both the 2009 NHL All-Star Game, [35] and the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. [36] The Canadiens became the first team in NHL history to reach 3,000 victories with their 5–2 victory over the Florida Panthers on December 29, 2008. [37]

For the 2020–21 season, the league moved the Canadiens along with the other six teams from Canada to the North Division. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadiens only played against teams in the division in the regular season to avoid travel restrictions between the United States and Canada. All teams in the division played without fans to begin the season. [38] The Canadiens advanced through the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs 4–3, overcoming a 3–1 Maple Leafs lead in the series. The Canadiens then swept the Winnipeg Jets in the second round, advancing to the Stanley Cup semifinals. [39] The Canadiens defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in the semifinals, clinching an overtime victory in Game 6 of the series, and reaching their first Stanley Cup Finals in 28 years, whilst also being the first Canadian team to reach the Finals since the Vancouver Canucks in 2011. [40] Montreal lost the Finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4 games to 1. [41]

In 2021–22, the Canadiens were unable to replicate their success from the prior season, ultimately finishing last in the league for the first time since the 1939–40 season and the first time in the NHL's expansion era, in what was one of the worst seasons in the team's history. [42] [43] [44] In the process they set team records for most regulation losses (49), most goals against (319), fewest wins (22), [45] and fewest points (55), [45] while their .335 point percentage was the team's third-worst ever, after only 1925–26 (.319) and 1939–40 (.260).

Team identity

The Canadiens organization operates in both English and French. For many years, public address announcements and press releases have been given in both languages, and the team website and social media outlets are in both languages as well. At home games, the first stanza of O Canada is sung in French, and the chorus is sung in English.

Crest and sweater design

Original design of the "CHC" logo. (1917–19, 1921–22)
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The current Montreal Canadiens wordmark logo

One of sport's oldest and most recognizable logos, the classic 'C' and 'H' of the Montreal Canadiens was first used together in the 1917–18 season, when the club changed its name to "Club de hockey Canadien" from "Club athlétique Canadien", [46] before evolving to its current form in 1952–53. The "H" stands for "hockey", not "Habitants," a popular misconception. [47] According to, the first man to refer to the team as "the Habs" was American Tex Rickard, owner of the Madison Square Garden, in 1924. Rickard apparently told a reporter that the "H" on the Canadiens' sweaters was for "Habitants". [48] In French, the "Habitants" nickname dates back to at least 1914, when it was printed in Le Devoir to report a 9–3 win over Toronto on the ninth of February. [49] [50]

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Team uniforms

The team's colours since 1911 are blue, white and red. The home sweater is predominantly red in colour. There are four blue and white stripes, one across each arm, one across the chest and the other across the waistline. The main road sweater is mainly white with a red and blue stripe across the waist, red at the end of both arm sleeves red shoulder yokes. The basic design has been in use since 1914 and took its current form in 1925, generally evolving as materials changed. [51] Because of the team's lengthy history and significance in Quebec, the sweater has been referred to as 'La Sainte-Flanelle' (the holy flannel sweater).

Since 2015, the Canadiens' home red sweater is the only uniform in the league to feature the French language version of the NHL shield logo (LNH) on the neck collar, in acknowledgment of Montreal's French Canadian heritage. The road white sweater retains the English NHL shield logo. [52]

The Canadiens used multiple designs prior to adopting the aforementioned design in 1914. The original shirt of the 1909–10 season was blue with a white C. The second season had a red shirt featuring a green maple leaf with the C logo, and green pants. Lastly, the season before adopting the current look the Canadiens wore a "barber pole" design jersey with red, white and blue stripes, and the logo being a white maple leaf reading "CAC", "Club athlétique Canadien". [51] All three designs were worn during the 2009–10 season as part of the Canadiens centenary. [53]

In the 2020–21 season, the Canadiens unveiled a "Reverse Retro" alternate uniform in collaboration with Adidas. The uniform was essentially the same as their regular red uniform, but with blue as the primary colour and red as the stripe colour. [54] A second "Reverse Retro" uniform was released in the 2022–23 season, again using the same template but with red relegated to the logo only and featuring a light blue base with white/dark blue/white stripes. [55]

The Canadiens' colours are a readily identifiable aspect of French Canadian culture. In the short story "The Hockey Sweater", Roch Carrier described the influence of the Canadiens and their jersey within rural Quebec communities during the 1940s. [56] The story was later made into an animated short, The Sweater, narrated by Carrier. [57] A passage from the short story appears on the 2002 issue of the Canadian five-dollar bill. [58] [59]


Nos bras meurtris vous tendent le flambeau, à vous toujours de le porter bien haut.

To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.

The motto is from the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, which was written in 1915, the year before the Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup championship. The motto appears on the wall of the Canadiens' dressing room as well as on the inside collar of the new Adidas 2017–18 jerseys. [60]


The Canadiens mascot, Youppi!, poses for photographs at a Rogers Media event Youppi! - 02.jpg
The Canadiens mascot, Youppi!, poses for photographs at a Rogers Media event

Beginning in the 2004–05 NHL season, the Canadiens adopted Youppi! as their official mascot, the first costumed mascot in their long history. Youppi was the longtime mascot for the Montreal Expos baseball team but was dropped from the franchise when they moved to Washington, D.C. in 2004–05 and became the Washington Nationals. With the switch, Youppi became the first mascot in professional sports to switch leagues. He is also the first mascot in professional sports to get ejected from a game. [61] In June 2020, Youppi became the first mascot from a Canadian-based club to be honoured in The Mascot Hall of Fame. Youppi's induction in the Mascot Hall of Fame was decided by a long voting process, which included the public vote. [62] [63]


The Canadiens have developed strong rivalries with two fellow Original Six franchises, with whom they frequently shared divisions and competed in post-season play. The oldest is with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who first faced the Canadiens as the Toronto Arenas in 1917. The teams met 16 times in the playoffs, including five Stanley Cup Finals. Featuring the two largest cities in Canada and two of the largest fanbases in the league, the rivalry is sometimes dramatized as being emblematic of Canada's English and French linguistic divide. [64] [65] From 1938 to 1970, they were the only two Canadian teams in the league.

The team's other Original Six rival are the Boston Bruins, who since their NHL debut in 1924 have played the Canadiens more than any other team in both regular season play and the playoffs combined. The teams have played 34 playoff series, seven of which were in the finals. [66] [67]

The Canadiens also had an intraprovincial rivalry with the Quebec Nordiques during its existence from 1979 to 1995, nicknamed the "Battle of Quebec."


Montreal Canadiens games are broadcast locally in both the French and English languages. CHMP 98.5 is the Canadiens' French-language radio flagship. [68] As of the 2017–18 season, the team's regional television in both languages, and its English-language radio rights, are held by Bell Media. [69] CKGM, TSN Radio 690, is the English-language radio flagship; it acquired the rights under a seven-year deal which began in the 2011–12 season. [70] In June 2017, Bell Media reached a five-year extension. [69]

Regional television rights in French are held by Réseau des sports (RDS) under a 12-year deal that began in the 2014–15 NHL season. [71] A sister to the English-language network TSN, RDS was the only French-language sports channel in Canada until the 2011 launch of TVA Sports, [72] and was also the previous national French rightsholder of the NHL; as a result, the Canadiens forwent a separate regional contract, and allowed all of its games to be televised nationally in French as part of RDS's overall NHL rights. [73]

With TVA Sports becoming the national French rightsholder in the 2014–15 season through a sub-licensing agreement with Sportsnet, [73] RDS subsequently announced a 12-year deal to maintain regional rights to Canadiens games not shown on TVA Sports. As a result, games on RDS are blacked out outside the Canadiens' home market of Quebec, Atlantic Canada and parts of Eastern Ontario shared with the Ottawa Senators. [71] At least 22 Canadiens games per season (primarily through its Saturday night La super soirée LNH), including all playoff games, are televised nationally by TVA Sports. [74] [75]

TSN2 assumed the English-language regional television rights in the 2017–18 season, with John Bartlett on play-by-play, and Dave Poulin, Mike Johnson and Craig Button on colour commentary. [76] [69] All other games, including all playoff games, are televised nationally by Sportsnet or CBC. [77] Bartlett returned to Sportsnet over the 2018 off-season, and was succeeded by Bryan Mudryk. [78] [79]

English-language regional rights were previously held by Sportsnet East (with CJNT City Montreal as an overflow channel), under a 3-year deal that expired after the 2016–17 season; the games were called by Bartlett and Jason York. Prior to this deal, TSN held the rights from 2010 through 2014; the games were broadcast on a part-time channel with Dave Randorf on play-by-play. [80] [68] [81]

Season-by-season record

This is a list of the last five seasons completed by the Canadiens. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Montreal Canadiens seasons.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

2017–18 82294013712092646th, AtlanticDid not qualify
2018–19 8244308962492364th, AtlanticDid not qualify
2019–20 7131319712122215th, AtlanticLost in First Round, 2–4 (Flyers)
2020–21 56242111591591684th, NorthLost in Stanley Cup Finals, 1–4 (Lightning)
2021–22 82224911552213198th, AtlanticDid not qualify

Players and personnel

Current roster

Updated October 29, 2022 [82] [83]

No. Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplace
34 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jake Allen G L32 2020 Fredericton, New Brunswick
17 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Josh Anderson RW R28 2020 Burlington, Ontario
40 Flag of Finland.svg Joel Armia RW R29 2018 Pori, Finland
41 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Paul Byron   Injury icon 2.svg LW L33 2015 Ottawa, Ontario
22 Flag of the United States.svg Cole Caufield RW R21 2019 Mosinee, Wisconsin
77 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kirby Dach C R21 2022 St. Albert, Alberta
63 Flag of Russia.svg Evgenii Dadonov RW L33 2022 Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
27 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jonathan Drouin LW L27 2017 Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec
28 Flag of the United States.svg Christian Dvorak C L26 2021 Palos, Illinois
44 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Joel Edmundson  ( A )  Injury icon 2.svg D L29 2020 Brandon, Manitoba
71 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jake Evans C R26 2014 Toronto, Ontario
11 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brendan Gallagher  ( A ) RW R30 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
21 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kaiden Guhle D L20 2020 Edmonton, Alberta
54 Flag of the United States.svg Jordan Harris D L22 2018 Haverhill, Massachusetts
68 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mike Hoffman LW L32 2021 Kitchener, Ontario
26 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Johnathan Kovacevic D R25 2022 Niagara Falls, Ontario
8 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mike Matheson   Injury icon 2.svg D L28 2022 Pointe-Claire, Quebec
91 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Sean Monahan C L28 2022 Brampton, Ontario
35 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Sam Montembeault G L25 2021 Bécancour, Quebec
55 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Michael Pezzetta LW L24 2016 Toronto, Ontario
32 Flag of the United States.svg Rem Pitlick C L25 2022 Ottawa, Ontario
31 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Carey Price   Injury icon 2.svg G L35 2005 Anahim Lake, British Columbia
58 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg David Savard D R32 2021 Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
20 Flag of Slovakia.svg Juraj Slafkovsky LW L18 2022 Košice, Slovakia
14 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Nick Suzuki  ( C ) C R23 2018 London, Ontario
6 Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wideman D R32 2021 St. Louis, Missouri
72 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Arber Xhekaj D L21 2021 Hamilton, Ontario

Honoured members

Retired numbers

Some of the retired numbers at Bell Centre, photographed in 2010 Chandails retires CH, Plante, Moore, Harvey, M.Richard, Bouchard, Lach, Morenz.jpg
Some of the retired numbers at Bell Centre, photographed in 2010

The Canadiens have retired 15 numbers in honour of 18 players, [84] the most of any team in the NHL. All honourees were born in Canada and were members of at least two Stanley Cup winning Canadiens teams. Howie Morenz was the first honouree, on November 2, 1937. [85] The NHL retired Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 for all its member teams at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game. [86]

Montreal Canadiens retired numbers
No.PlayerPositionTenureDate of honour
1 Jacques Plante G 1952–1963October 7, 1995
2 Doug Harvey D 1947–1961October 26, 1985
3 Emile Bouchard D 1941–1956December 4, 2009
4 Jean Beliveau C 1950–1971October 9, 1971
5 Bernie Geoffrion RW 1950–1964March 11, 2006
Guy Lapointe D 1968–1982November 8, 2014
7 Howie Morenz C 1923–1937November 2, 1937
9 Maurice Richard RW 1942–1960October 6, 1960
10 Guy Lafleur RW 1971–1985February 16, 1985
12 Dickie Moore LW 1951–1963November 12, 2005
Yvan Cournoyer RW 1963–1979November 12, 2005
16 Henri Richard C 1955–1975December 10, 1975
Elmer Lach C 1940–1954December 4, 2009
18 Serge Savard D 1966–1981November 18, 2006
19 Larry Robinson D 1972–1989November 19, 2007
23 Bob Gainey LW 1973–1989February 23, 2008
29 Ken Dryden G 1970–1979January 29, 2007
33 Patrick Roy G 1984–1995November 22, 2008

Hockey Hall of Fame

The Montreal Canadiens have an affiliation with a number of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Sixty-five inductees from the players category are affiliated with the Canadiens. Thirty-seven of these players are from three separate notable dynasties: 12 from 1955 to 1960, 11 from 1964 to 1969, and 13 from 1975 to 1979. Howie Morenz and Georges Vezina were the first Canadiens given the honour in 1945, while Guy Carbonneau was the most recently inducted, in 2019. Along with players, a number of inductees from the builders category are affiliated with the club. The first inductee was Vice-President William Northey in 1945. The most recent inductee was Pat Burns in 2014. [87]

In addition to players and builders, five broadcasters for the Montreal Canadiens were also awarded the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame. The first two recipients of the award were Danny Gallivan and Rene Lecavalier in 1984. The other three award recipients include Doug Smith (1985), Dick Irvin Jr. (1988), and Gilles Tremblay (2002). [88]

Montreal Canadiens Hall of Famers
Hall of Fame players
Hall of Fame builders

Team captains

Head coaches

Source: "Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved December 12, 2008.[ permanent dead link ]

First-round draft picks

Franchise individual records

Franchise scoring leaders

These are the top-ten-point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

Sources: "Statistics | Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved June 27, 2009., "". June 17, 2010. Archived from the original on December 4, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2018.

Maurice 'The Rocket' Richard is the Canadiens' all-time leader in goals. The trophy awarded annually to the NHL's leading goal scorer is named in honour of Richard. Maurice Richard 1945.jpg
Maurice 'The Rocket' Richard is the Canadiens' all-time leader in goals. The trophy awarded annually to the NHL's leading goal scorer is named in honour of Richard.

Records – skaters


* Indicates a league record.

Source: "Season records – Individual records – Skaters | Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved December 12, 2008.

Records – goaltenders


* Indicates a league record.

Source: "Season records – Individual records – goaltenders | Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved December 12, 2008.

See also


  1. While the Montreal Canadiens have won 24 Stanley Cups, they have actually won 27 league championships, as the Stanley Cup predates the NHA/NHL and was an inter-league championship prior to 1926. The Canadiens won two titles with the National Hockey Association, winning a Stanley Cup in 1916 and losing in 1917. The Canadiens have won 25 league titles in the National Hockey League, winning 23 Stanley Cups. As NHL champion, Montreal failed to win the Stanley Cup in 1919, when the Spanish flu cancelled the Stanley Cup finals against the Seattle Metropolitans of Pacific Coast Hockey Association, and in 1925, when they lost in the Stanley Cup to the Western Canada Hockey League's Victoria Cougars.
  2. Though the Canadiens won the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl and advanced into the Stanley Cup Finals in 2021, this does not count as a conference championship. Due to restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020–21 NHL season saw a realignment of teams into new divisions, without any conferences.
  3. The Presidents' Trophy was not introduced until 1985. Had the trophy existed since league inception, the Canadiens franchise would have won 21 Presidents' Trophies.
  4. Even in English, the French spelling Canadiens is always used instead of Canadians. The French spelling of Montréal is also sometimes used in the English media.
  5. Other nicknames for the team include Le Canadien, Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge, La Sainte-Flanelle, Le Tricolore, Les Glorieux (or Nos Glorieux), Le CH, Le Grand Club, Les Plombiers, and Les Habitants (from which "Habs" is derived).
  6. Earlier venues for the Canadiens include Jubilee Rink, Montreal Westmount Arena, and Mount Royal Arena

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The Bruins–Canadiens rivalry is a National Hockey League (NHL) rivalry between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens. It is considered "one of the greatest rivalries in sports." Retired Bruins forward Bob Sweeney, who played for the Bruins between 1986–87 and 1991–92, once called it among the "top three rivalries in all of sports,... right up there with the... New York Yankees–Boston Red Sox." The two teams have played each other more times, in both regular season play and the Stanley Cup playoffs combined, than any other two teams in NHL history.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Canadiens–Maple Leafs rivalry</span> Rivalry in the National Hockey League

The Canadiens–Maple Leafs rivalry is an ice hockey rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, two professional ice hockey clubs in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Canadiens and Maple Leafs are the league's oldest teams, with the former established in 1909 and the latter in 1917. Both clubs compete in the Atlantic Division of the NHL's Eastern Conference.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">TVA Sports</span> Canadian sports network

TVA Sports is a Canadian French-language sports specialty channel owned by the Groupe TVA, a publicly traded subsidiary of Quebecor Media. The channel is a general-interest sports network, and the first major competitor to RDS, the only other French-language sports channel in the country.

<i>NHL on Sportsnet</i> Television series

NHL on Sportsnet is the blanket title for presentations of the National Hockey League broadcast held by a Canadian media corporation, Rogers Communications, showing on its television channel Sportsnet and other networks owned by or affiliated with its Rogers Media division, as well as the Sportsnet Radio chain. Sportsnet previously held the national cable rights for NHL regular season and playoff games from 1998 to 2002. In November 2013, Rogers reached a 12-year deal to become the exclusive national television and digital rightsholder for the NHL in Canada, beating out both CBC Sports and TSN.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2016 NHL Winter Classic</span> Outdoor National Hockey League game

The 2016 NHL Winter Classic was an outdoor regular season National Hockey League (NHL) game, part of the Winter Classic series, played on January 1, 2016. The game, the eighth Winter Classic, saw the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Boston Bruins, 5–1, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, a significant event in one of the NHL's best-known rivalries. A Bruins and Canadiens alumni game was also played on December 31, 2015. The Boston Pride women's professional hockey team played before the alumni game against Les Canadiennes of the Canadian Women's Hockey League to a 1–1 tie in the first ever 2016 Outdoor Women's Classic.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">National Hockey League on television</span> Overview of North American professional ice hockey on television

The National Hockey League (NHL) is shown on national television in the United States and Canada. With 25 teams in the U.S. and 7 in Canada, the NHL is the only one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada that maintains separate national broadcasters in each country, each producing separate telecasts of a slate of regular season games, playoff games, and the Stanley Cup Finals.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">NHL 100 Classic</span> Outdoor National Hockey League game

The NHL 100 Classic was a regular season outdoor National Hockey League (NHL) game held on December 16, 2017. The game featured the Ottawa Senators playing the Montreal Canadiens at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa. It was the first of the three scheduled outdoor regular season games in the 2017–18 NHL season.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">NHL on television in the 2010s</span>

On April 19, 2011, after ESPN, Turner Sports, and Fox Sports placed bids, NBC Sports announced it had reached a ten-year extension to its U.S. television contract with the NHL worth nearly $2 billion over the tenure of the contract. The contract would cover games on both NBC and sister cable channel Versus, which became part of the NBC Sports family as the result of Versus parent Comcast's controlling purchase of NBC Universal earlier in 2011.


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