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Montreal Canadiens
Canadiens de Montréal
Hockey current event.svg 2018–19 Montreal Canadiens season
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Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
Founded1909
HistoryMontreal Canadiens
19101917 (NHA)
1917–present (NHL)
Home arena Bell Centre
City Montreal, Quebec
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ColoursRed, white, blue [1] [2] [3]
            
MediaEnglish
French
Owner(s) Molson family (majority owner)
(Geoff Molson, chairman [4] )
General manager Marc Bergevin
Head coach Claude Julien
Captain Shea Weber
Minor league affiliates Laval Rocket (AHL)
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)
Presidents' Trophy0 [note 2]
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 nhl.com/canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens [note 3] (French: Les Canadiens de Montréal) are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

Montreal City in Quebec, Canada

Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

The National Hockey League has used the name Atlantic Division for two distinct groups of teams.

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The club's official name is le Club de hockey Canadien. [5] The team is frequently referred to in English and French as the Habs. French nicknames for the team include Les Canadiens (or Le Canadien), Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge, La Sainte-Flanelle, Le Tricolore, Les Glorieux (or Nos Glorieux), Le CH, Le Grand Club and Les Habitants (from which "Habs" is derived).

Habitants

Habitants were French settlers and the inhabitants of French origin who farmed the land along the two shores of the St. Lawrence River and Gulf in what is the present-day Province of Quebec in Canada. The term was used by the inhabitants themselves and the other classes of French Canadian society from the 17th century up until the early 20th century when the usage of the word declined in favour of the more modern agriculteur (farmer) or producteur agricole.

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" teams, a description used for the teams that made up the NHL from 1942 until the 1967 expansion. The team's championship season in 1992–93 was the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup. [6]

History of the National Hockey League

The history of the National Hockey League begins with the end of its predecessor league, the National Hockey Association (NHA), in 1917. After unsuccessfully attempting to resolve disputes with Eddie Livingstone, owner of the Toronto Blueshirts, executives of the three other NHA franchises suspended the NHA, and formed the National Hockey League (NHL), replacing the Livingstone team with a temporary team in Toronto, the Arenas. The NHL's first quarter-century saw the league compete against two rival major leagues—the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and Western Canada Hockey League—for players and the Stanley Cup. The NHL first expanded into the United States in 1924 with the founding of the Boston Bruins, and by 1926 consisted of ten teams in Ontario, Quebec, the Great Lakes region, and the Northeastern United States. At the same time, the NHL emerged as the only major league and the sole competitor for the Stanley Cup; in 1947, the NHL completed a deal with the Stanley Cup trustees to gain full control of the Cup. The NHL's footprint spread across Canada as Foster Hewitt's radio broadcasts were heard coast-to-coast starting in 1933.

Canadian football Canadian sport in which opposing teams of twelve players attempt to score by advancing a ball by running, passing and kicking

Canadian football is a sport played in Canada in which two teams of 12 players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (101 m) long and 65 yards (59 m) wide attempting to advance a pointed oval-shaped ball into the opposing team's scoring area.

Baseball Sport

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate. The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.

The Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup more times than any other franchise. They have won 24 Stanley Cups, 23 of them since the founding of the NHL and 22 of them since 1927, when NHL teams became the only ones to compete for the Stanley Cup. [7] On a percentage basis, as of 2014, the franchise has won 25.3% of all Stanley Cup championships contested after the Challenge Cup era, making it the second most successful professional sports team of the traditional four major sports of Canada and the United States, behind only the Boston Celtics. [note 4] [8] [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.

Stanley Cup championship trophy awarded annually in the National Hockey League

The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner. It is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise, and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) considers it to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport". Originally commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the trophy is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, then-Governor General of Canada, who donated it as an award to Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club, which the entire Stanley family supported, with the sons and daughters playing and promoting the game. The first Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal HC, and subsequent winners from 1893 to 1914 were determined by challenge games and league play. Professional teams first became eligible to challenge for the Stanley Cup in 1906. In 1915, the two professional ice hockey organizations, the National Hockey Association (NHA) and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA), reached a gentlemen's agreement in which their respective champions would face each other annually for the Stanley Cup. After a series of league mergers and folds, it was established as the de facto championship trophy of the NHL in 1926 and then the de jure NHL championship prize in 1947.

Boston Celtics Professional Basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA)

The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Founded in 1946 as one of the league's original eight teams, the team play their home games at TD Garden, which they share with the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Boston Bruins. The Celtics are one of the most successful teams in NBA history; the franchise has won the most championships in the NBA with 17, accounting for 23.9 percent of all NBA championships since the league's founding.

New York Yankees Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in the Bronx, New York, United States

The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx. The Yankees compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. They are one of two major league clubs based in New York City, the other being the New York Mets of the National League. In the 1901 season, the club began play in the AL as the Baltimore Orioles. Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the franchise and moved it to New York City, renaming the club the New York Highlanders. The Highlanders were officially renamed the Yankees in 1913.

Since 1996, the Canadiens have played their home games at Bell Centre, originally known as Molson Centre. [10] 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 5]

Bell Centre indoor arena in Montreal

The Bell Centre, formerly known as the Molson Centre, is a sports and entertainment complex in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It opened on March 16, 1996, after nearly three years under construction. It is best known as the home of the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team, and it has the largest arena capacity to regularly host an NHL team.

Montreal Forum former arena in Montreal, Québec Province, Canada; now an entertainment complex

Montreal Forum was an indoor arena located facing Cabot Square in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Called "the most storied building in hockey history" by Sporting News, it was the home of the National Hockey League's Montreal Maroons from 1924 to 1938 and the Montreal Canadiens from 1926 to 1996. The Forum was built by the Canadian Arena Company in 159 days.

History

The Canadiens were founded by J. Ambrose O'Brien on December 4, 1909, as a charter member of the National Hockey Association, [11] [12] 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. [13] The team's first season was not a success, as they placed last. After the first year, ownership was transferred to George Kennedy of Montreal and the team's fortunes 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]

Ambrose OBrien Canadian ice hockey owner

John Ambrose O'Brien, was an industrialist and sports team owner. He was a founder of the National Hockey Association (NHA), owner of the Renfrew Millionaires and the founding owner of the Montreal Canadiens professional ice hockey team.

The National Hockey Association (NHA), officially the National Hockey Association of Canada Limited, was a professional ice hockey organization with teams in Ontario and Quebec, Canada. It is the direct predecessor to today's National Hockey League (NHL). Founded in 1909 by Ambrose O'Brien, the NHA introduced 'six-man hockey' by removing the 'rover' position in 1911. During its lifetime, the league coped with competition for players with the rival Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA), the enlistment of players for World War I and disagreements between owners. The disagreements between owners came to a head in 1917, when the NHA suspended operations in order to get rid of an unwanted owner. The remaining NHA team owners started the NHL in parallel as a temporary measure, to continue play while negotiations went on with Livingstone and other lawsuits were pending. A year later, after no progress was reached with Livingstone, the other NHA owners decided to permanently suspend the NHA. The NHA's rules, constitution and trophies were continued in the NHL.

National Hockey League North American professional ice hockey league

The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

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 considering selling the team to interests in Cleveland, Ohio, though local investors were ultimately found to finance the Canadiens. [19] The Maroons still suspended operations, and several of their players moved to the Canadiens. [20]

Game between the Canadiens and the New York Rangers in 1962. There's no action like hockey action by Louis Jaques.jpg
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 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]

Team identity

The current Montreal Canadiens wordmark logo. Montreal Canadiens wordmark logo.gif
The current Montreal Canadiens wordmark logo.

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 Web site 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) MontrealCanadiens1918.png
Original design of the "CHC" logo. (1917–19, 1921–22)

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", [38] before evolving to its current form in 1952–53. The "H" stands for "hockey", not "Habitants," a popular misconception. [39] According to NHL.com, 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". [40]

The team's colours since 1911 are blue, red, and white. 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. [41] 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).

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". [41] All three designs were worn during the 2009–10 season as part of the Canadiens centenary. [42]

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. [43] The story was later made into an animated short, The Sweater, narrated by Carrier. [44] A passage from the short story appears on the 2002 issue of the Canadian five-dollar bill. [45] [46]

Motto

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. [47]

Mascot

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 and became the Washington Nationals. With the switch, Youppi became the first mascot in professional sports to switch leagues. [48]

Rivalries

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 15 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. [49] [50] 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. [51] [52]

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

Broadcasting

Montreal Canadiens games are broadcast locally in both the French and English languages. CHMP 98.5 is the Canadiens' French-language radio flagship. [53] 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. [54] 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. [55] In June 2017, Bell Media reached a five-year extension. [54]

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. [56] 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, [57] and was also the previous national French rightsholder of the NHL; as a result, the Canadiens forewent a separate regional contract, and allowed all of its games to be televised nationally in French as part of RDS's overall NHL rights. [58]

With TVA Sports becoming the national French rightsholder in the 2014–15 season through a sub-licensing agreement with Sportsnet, [58] 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. [56] 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. [59] [60]

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. [61] [54] All other games, including all playoff games, are televised nationally by Sportsnet or CBC. [62] Bartlett returned to Sportsnet over the 2018 off-season, and was succeeded by Bryan Mudryk. [63] [64]

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. [65] [53] [66]

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

SeasonGPWLOTLPtsGFGAFinishPlayoffs
2013–14 82462881002152053rd, AtlanticLost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Rangers)
2014–15 825022101102211891st, AtlanticLost in Second Round, 2–4 (Lightning)
2015–16 8238386822212366th, AtlanticDid not qualify
2016–17 82472691032261991st, AtlanticLost in First Round, 2–4 (Rangers)
2017–18 82294013712092646th, AtlanticDid not qualify

Players and personnel

Current roster

Updated March 11, 2019 [67] [68]

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplace
40 Flag of Finland.svg Joel Armia RW R25 2018 Pori, Finland
8 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jordie Benn D L31 2017 Victoria, British Columbia
41 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Paul Byron  ( A ) LW L29 2015 Ottawa, Ontario
24 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Phillip Danault C L26 2016 Victoriaville, Quebec
20 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Nicolas Deslauriers LW L28 2017 LaSalle, Quebec
13 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Max Domi C L24 2018 Winnipeg, Manitoba
92 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jonathan Drouin LW L23 2017 Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec
32 Flag of Sweden.svg Christian Folin D R28 2019 Gothenburg, Sweden
11 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brendan Gallagher  ( A ) RW R26 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
54 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Charles Hudon LW L24 2012 Alma, Quebec
15 Flag of Finland.svg Jesperi Kotkaniemi C L18 2018 Pori, Finland
17 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brett Kulak D L25 2018 Edmonton, Alberta
62 Flag of Finland.svg Artturi Lehkonen LW L23 2013 Piikkio, Finland
39 Flag of the United States.svg Charlie Lindgren G R25 2016 Lakeville, Minnesota
53 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Victor Mete D L20 2016 Woodbridge, Ontario
37 Flag of Finland.svg Antti Niemi G L35 2017 Vantaa, Finland
63 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Matthew Peca C L25 2018 Petawawa, Ontario
26 Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Petry D R31 2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan
31 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Carey Price G L31 2005 Anahim Lake, British Columbia
28 Flag of the United States.svg Mike Reilly D L25 2018 Chicago, Illinois
65 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Andrew Shaw RW R27 2016 Belleville, Ontario
90 Flag of Slovakia.svg Tomas Tatar LW L28 2018 Ilava, Czechoslovakia
21 Flag of the United States.svg Nate Thompson C L34 2019 Anchorage, Alaska
43 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jordan Weal C R26 2019 North Vancouver, British Columbia
6 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Shea Weber  ( C ) D R33 2016 Sicamous, British Columbia
22 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dale Weise RW R30 2019 Winnipeg, Manitoba

Honoured members

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

Retired numbers

The Canadiens have retired 15 numbers in honour of 18 players, [69] the most of any team in the NHL. All of the honourees were born in Canada. Howie Morenz was the first honouree, on November 2, 1937. [70] The NHL retired Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 for all its member teams at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game. [71]

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-four inductees from the players category are affiliated with the Canadiens. Thirty-six 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 Mark Recchi was the most recently inducted, in 2017. 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 head coach Pat Burns in 2014. [72]

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). [73]

Montreal Canadiens Hall of Famers
Hall of Fame players
Marty Barry
Sprague Cleghorn
Tony Esposito
Joe Hall
Newsy Lalonde
Frank Mahovlich
Buddy O'Connor
Henri Richard
Steve Shutt
Roy Worters
Jean Beliveau
Yvan Cournoyer
Bob Gainey
Doug Harvey
Rod Langway
Joe Malone
Bert Olmstead
Maurice Richard
Babe Siebert
Toe Blake
Gord Drillon
Herb Gardiner
Tom Johnson
Jacques Laperriere
Sylvio Mantha
Didier Pitre
Larry Robinson
Tommy Smith
Emile Bouchard
Ken Dryden
Bernard Geoffrion
Aurele Joliat
Guy Lapointe
Dickie Moore
Jacques Plante
Patrick Roy
Rogatien Vachon
Harry Cameron
Dick Duff
Doug Gilmour
Elmer Lach
Jack Laviolette
Howie Morenz
Ken Reardon
Denis Savard
Georges Vezina
Chris Chelios
Bill Durnan
George Hainsworth
Guy Lafleur
Jacques Lemaire
Reg Noble
Mark Recchi
Serge Savard
Gump Worsley
Hall of Fame builders
Scotty Bowman
Hartland Molson
Pat Burns
William Northey
Joe Cattarinich
Ambrose O'Brien
Leo Dandurand
Sam Pollock
Tommy Gorman
Donat Raymond
Dick Irvin
Frank Selke

Team captains

Head coaches

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

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., "Hockey-Reference.com". June 17, 2010.

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

Career
Season

* Indicates a league record.

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

Records – goaltenders

Career
Season

* Indicates a league record.

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

See also

Notes

  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. The Presidents' Trophy was not introduced until 1985. Had the trophy existed since league inception, the Canadiens franchise would have won 21 Presidents' Trophies.
  3. 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.
  4. As of May 2014, the Boston Celtics have the highest percentage of National Basketball Association championships with 25.4%, and in Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees have the highest percentage with 24.8%.
  5. Earlier venues for the Canadiens include Jubilee Rink, Montreal Westmount Arena, and Mount Royal Arena

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