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On April 14, 1960, the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the Stanley Cup for a record fifth year in a row.

The Canadiens reached the Stanley Cup Finals after sweeping the Chicago Blackhawks in four games, while the Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings, four games to two. The championship series began on April 7, 1960, with a 4-2 victory for the Canadiens, also known as the Habs. (Habs is short for Les Habitants, a term dating back to the 17th century that refers to the French settlers in what is now Quebec.) Game 2 of the series also went to the Canadiens, 2-1, as did Game 3, with a final score of 5-2. On April 14, the Canadiens shut out the Maple Leafs, 4-0, to sweep the series and take home their fifth Stanley Cup championship in a row. No other team in hockey had ever won five straight Stanley Cups and the record still stands today. After the Canadiens’ victory, one of their star players, Maurice “Rocket” Richard, the first man to score 50 goals in 50 games (in the 1944-1945 season) and the first to score 500 career goals, retired.

The Montreal Canadiens were founded in December 1909, as part of the National Hockey Association (NHA). In 1916, the team claimed its first Stanley Cup by defeating the Portland Rosebuds of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. The Canadiens left the NHA to join the National Hockey League when it was established in 1917. They went on to capture the Stanley Cup again in 1924, 1930, 1931, 1944, 1946 and 1953. In 1956, the team won the first Stanley Cup in its five-year streak, which culminated with the 1960 victory.

Golden Knights Turn Back to Fleury

After nearly two days worth of speculation, it was announced pregame that Marc-Andre Fleury was the starter for the Golden Knights. The veteran netminder backed up Robin Lehner in Game 4 where Vegas won 2-1 in overtime to tie the series. Fleury sported a 9-6 playoff record coming into action with a 1.97 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

Also drawing into the Vegas lineup was centre Chandler Stephenson, who had missed the previous three games due to injury.

Unsurprisingly, Carey Price returned to the Montreal net with a 10-5 record, 2.09 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. The Habs were still without their head coach, Dominique Ducharme who remained in quarantine as part of the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols.

Habs Open Scoring in Second Straight Game

Officiating was a contentious issue following Game 4 of the series where both teams had just one powerplay each. The officials quickly rectified that, calling a penalty on Paul Byron for a cross-check on Zach Whitecloud just over two minutes into the game. Vegas was unable to convert on the powerplay for the 13th straight time in the series.

Then, the Habs responded. Without a shot on goal in the first eight minutes of the game, Josh Anderson was sent in on a partial breakaway. His initial backhand shot was stopped by Fleury, but Jesperi Kotkaniemi cleaned up the rebound for his fifth goal of the postseason. It was the 20-year-old’s first goal since Game 1 against the Winnipeg Jets.

After the ice-breaking goal, play evened out between the two teams. Each team had six shots on goal after 20 minutes, with Montreal enjoying a 1-0 lead.

Montreal Pours it On

The Canadiens continued into the second period with strong play. About six minutes into the frame, Paul Byron was set up in tight. Fleury made an impressive stop to keep it a one-goal game.

A short time later, a broken rush led to Nick Suzuki finding a wide-open Eric Staal who buried a wrist shot from the slot. Staal’s second goal of the playoffs gave Montreal a two-goal lead.

After a goal from a veteran, the Habs prized rookie followed suit. On a Montreal power play, Vegas’ Mark Stone gave the puck away at the opposing blue line which led to a counter-attack. Corey Perry shovelled a pass to Cole Caufield, who quickly snapped it past Fleury to extend the Canadiens’ lead to 3-0. It was the 20-year-old’s third goal of the series.

Le but était beau. La passe était encore mieux.

Whatta goal, whatta pass.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/PYuqA0fydg

&mdash Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 23, 2021

Golden Knights players were visibly frustrated in the second period. The team had committed 10 giveaways through 40 minutes compared to Montreal’s two. The Habs led the shot clock 17-15, having thrown 15 more hits than the Golden Knights through two periods.

Habs Lock it Down

Entering the third period down three goals, Vegas finally got on the board. Off a Nicolas Roy faceoff win, former Canadien Max Pacioretty sniped a shot over the blocker of Carey Price for his fifth goal of the playoffs. That made the game 3-1 with about 15 minutes to play.

But Montreal locked it down for the remainder of the game, blocking 17 shots before they reached Price. The Habs netminder finished with 26 saves.

A Nick Suzuki empty-net goal cemented the 4-1 win for the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5. They will have a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals on home ice Thursday night.

Grand moments

On June 9, 1993, the Canadiens made their way back to the Forum after edging out the Los Kings with two overtime wins in Los Angeles.

Leading 3-1 heading into the fifth game of the Stanley Cup Finals, Jacques Demers’ squad didn’t waste any time putting the final cherry on top of their incredible postseason run that spring.

Paul DiPietro started things off early for the Habs, lighting the lamp behind Kings netminder, Kelly Hrudey just 15 minutes into the game with a quick wrist shot.

The Kings managed to pull even after Marty McSorely found the back of the net at the 2:40 mark in the second period, but the celebrations were short-lived on the visitors bench. Just 71 seconds later, Kirk Muller catapulted the Canadiens into the lead once again, and from there, the team never looked back. Stephan Lebeau and DiPietro rounded out the scoring and Patrick Roy finished with 18 saves to his credit, leading the Habs to a 4-1 win and the 24th Stanley Cup in franchise history.

For the second time in his career, Roy not only hoisted the Cup, but he also took home the Conn Smythe award as the playoff MVP, making him the fifth player in league history to win the coveted prize on two occasions.

En route to hoisting the Cup, the Canadiens picked up an incredible NHL-record 10 consecutive overtime wins in the postseason, including three during the Finals.


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 founders named the team "Les Canadiens," a term identified at the time with French speakers. [14] 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. [15] The team won its first Stanley Cup championship in the 1915–16 season. [16] In 1917, with four other NHA teams, the Canadiens formed the NHL, [17] and they won their first NHL Stanley Cup during the 1923–24 season, led by Howie Morenz. [18] The team moved from the Mount Royal Arena to the Montreal Forum for the 1926–27 season. [19]

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. [20] The Maroons still suspended operations, and several of their players moved to the Canadiens. [21]

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. [22]

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. [23] 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. [24] The next season, 1977–78, the team had a 28-game unbeaten streak, the second-longest in NHL history. [25] 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. [26]

The Canadiens won Stanley Cups in 1986, led by rookie star goaltender Patrick Roy, [27] 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). [28] 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). [29]

Following Roy's departure in 1995, the Canadiens fell into an extended stretch of mediocrity, [30] missing the playoffs in four of their next ten seasons and failing to advance past the second round of the playoffs until 2010. [31] 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. [32] 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. [33] [34]

During the 2008–09 season, the Canadiens celebrated their 100th anniversary with various events, [35] including hosting both the 2009 NHL All-Star Game, [36] and the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. [37] 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. [38]

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. [39] The Canadiens advanced to 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. [40] 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. [41]

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 Edit

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", [42] before evolving to its current form in 1952–53. The "H" stands for "hockey", not "Habitants," a popular misconception. [43] 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". [44] 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 9th of February. [45] [46]

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. [47] 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". [47] All three designs were worn during the 2009–10 season as part of the Canadiens centenary. [48]

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. [49]

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. [50] The story was later made into an animated short, The Sweater, narrated by Carrier. [51] A passage from the short story appears on the 2002 issue of the Canadian five-dollar bill. [52] [53]

Motto Edit

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. [54]

Mascot Edit

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. He is also the first mascot in professional sports to get ejected from a game. [55] 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. [56] [57]

Rivalries Edit

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. [58] [59] 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. [60] [61]

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. [62] 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. [63] 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. [64] In June 2017, Bell Media reached a five-year extension. [63]

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. [65] 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, [66] 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. [67]

With TVA Sports becoming the national French rightsholder in the 2014–15 season through a sub-licensing agreement with Sportsnet, [67] 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. [65] 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. [68] [69]

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. [70] [63] All other games, including all playoff games, are televised nationally by Sportsnet or CBC. [71] Bartlett returned to Sportsnet over the 2018 off-season, and was succeeded by Bryan Mudryk. [72] [73]

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. [74] [62] [75]

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

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2016–17 82 47 26 9 103 226 199 1st, Atlantic Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Rangers)
2017–18 82 29 40 13 71 209 264 6th, Atlantic Did not qualify
2018–19 82 44 30 8 96 249 236 4th, Atlantic Did not qualify
2019–20 71 31 31 9 71 212 221 5th, Atlantic Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Flyers)
2020–21 56 24 21 11 59 159 168 4th, North TBD

Current roster Edit

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
34 Jake Allen G L 30 2020 Fredericton, New Brunswick
17 Josh Anderson RW R 27 2020 Burlington, Ontario
40 Joel Armia RW R 28 2018 Pori, Finland
60 Alex Belzile RW R 29 2019 Saint-Éloi, Quebec
41 Paul Byron (A) LW L 32 2015 Ottawa, Ontario
22 Cole Caufield RW R 20 2019 Mosinee, Wisconsin
8 Ben Chiarot D L 31 2019 Hamilton, Ontario
24 Phillip Danault C L 28 2016 Victoriaville, Quebec
45 Laurent Dauphin C L 26 2020 Repentigny, Quebec
92 Jonathan Drouin LW L 26 2017 Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec
44 Joel Edmundson D L 27 2020 Brandon, Manitoba
71 Jake Evans C R 25 2014 Toronto, Ontario
20 Cale Fleury D R 22 2017 Carlyle, Saskatchewan
67 Michael Frolik RW L 33 2020 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
11 Brendan Gallagher (A) RW R 29 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
32 Erik Gustafsson D L 29 2021 Nynäshamn, Sweden
15 Jesperi Kotkaniemi C L 20 2018 Pori, Finland
77 Brett Kulak D L 27 2018 Edmonton, Alberta
62 Artturi Lehkonen LW L 25 2013 Piikkio, Finland
64 Otto Leskinen D L 24 2019 Pieksamaki, Finland
39 Charlie Lindgren G R 27 2016 Lakeville, Minnesota
70 Michael McNiven G L 23 2015 Winnipeg, Manitoba
28 Jon Merrill D L 29 2021 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
61 Xavier Ouellet D L 27 2018 Bayonne, France
94 Corey Perry RW R 36 2020 Peterborough, Ontario
26 Jeff Petry D R 33 2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan
31 Carey Price G L 33 2005 Vancouver, British Columbia
30 Cayden Primeau G L 21 2017 Farmington Hills, Michigan
27 Alexander Romanov D L 21 2018 Moscow, Russia
14 Nick Suzuki C R 21 2018 London, Ontario
21 Eric Staal C L 36 2021 Thunder Bay, Ontario
90 Tomas Tatar LW L 30 2018 Ilava, Czechoslovakia
73 Tyler Toffoli RW R 29 2020 Scarborough, Ontario
42 Lukas Vejdemo C L 25 2015 Stockholm, Sweden
6 Shea Weber (C) D R 35 2016 Sicamous, British Columbia
56 Jesse Ylonen RW R 21 2018 Scottsdale, Arizona

Honoured members Edit

Retired numbers Edit

The Canadiens have retired 15 numbers in honour of 18 players, [78] the most of any team in the NHL. All honourees were born in Canada and were members of at least one Stanley Cup winning Canadiens team. Howie Morenz was the first honouree, on November 2, 1937. [79] The NHL retired Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 for all its member teams at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game. [80]

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

Hockey Hall of Fame Edit

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. [81]

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). [82]

Team captains Edit

    , 1909–1910, 1911–1912 , 1910–1911, 1912–1913, 1916–1922 , 1913–1915 , 1915–1916 , 1922–1925 , 1925–1926 , 1926–1932, 1933–1936 , 1932–1933 , 1936–1939 , 1939–1940 , 1940–1948 , 1948 (January–April) , 1948–1956 , 1956–1960 , 1960–1961 , 1961–1971 , 1971–1975 , 1975–1979 , 1979–1981 , 1981–1989 and Chris Chelios, 1989–1990 (co-captains)
  • Guy Carbonneau, 1990–1994 , 1994–1995 , 1995 (April–December) , 1995–1996 , 1996–1999 , 1999–2009 , 2010–2014 , 2015–2018 , 2018–present

Head coaches Edit

    and Jack Laviolette, 1909–1910 , 1911 , 1911–1913 , 1913–1915 , 1915–1921 , 1921–1926 , 1926–1932
  • Newsy Lalonde, 1932–1934
  • Newsy Lalonde and Leo Dandurand, 1934–1935 , 1935–1936
  • Cecil Hart, 1936–1938
  • Cecil Hart and Jules Dugal, 1938–1939 , 1939 , 1939–1940 , 1940–55 , 1955–1968 , 1968–1970 , 1970–1971 , 1971–1979 , 1979
  • Claude Ruel, 1979–1981 , 1981–1984 , 1984–1985 , 1985–1988 , 1988–1992 , 1992–1995 , 1995–1997 , 1997–2000 , 2000–2003 , 2003–2006 , 2006 (January–May) (interim) , 2006–2009
  • Bob Gainey, 2009 (March–June) (interim)[83] , 2009–2011 , 2011–2012 (interim)
  • Michel Therrien, 2012–2017
  • Claude Julien, 2017–2021 , 2021–present (interim)

First-round draft picks Edit

    : Garry Monahan (1st overall) : Claude Chagnon (6th overall) : Pierre Bouchard (5th overall) : Phil Myre (5th overall) : Elgin McCann (8th overall) : Michel Plasse (1st overall), Roger Belisle (2nd overall), and Jim Pritchard (3rd overall) : Rejean Houle (1st overall), and Marc Tardif (2nd overall) : Ray Martynuik (5th overall), and Chuck Lefley (6th overall) : Guy Lafleur (1st overall), Chuck Arnason (7th overall), and Murray Wilson (11th overall) : Steve Shutt (4th overall), Michel Larocque (6th overall), Dave Gardner (8th overall), and John Van Boxmeer (14th overall) : Bob Gainey (8th overall) : Cam Connor (5th overall), Doug Risebrough (7th overall), Rick Chartraw (10th overall), Mario Tremblay (12th overall), and Gord McTavish (15th overall) : Robin Sadler (9th overall), and Pierre Mondou (15th overall) : Peter Lee (12th overall), Rod Schutt (13th overall), and Bruce Baker (18th overall) : Mark Napier (10th overall), and Norm Dupont (18th overall) : Danny Geoffrion (8th overall), and Dave Hunter (17th overall) : None : Doug Wickenheiser (1st overall) : Mark Hunter (7th overall), Gilbert Delorme (18th overall), and Jan Ingman (19th overall) : Alain Heroux (19th overall) : Alfie Turcotte (17th overall) : Petr Svoboda (5th overall), and Shayne Corson (8th overall) : Jose Charbonneau (12th overall), and Tom Chorske (16th overall) : Mark Pederson (15th overall) : Andrew Cassels (17th overall) : Eric Charron (20th overall) : Lindsay Vallis (13th overall) : Turner Stevenson (12th overall) : Brent Bilodeau (17th overall) : David Wilkie (20th overall) : Saku Koivu (21st overall) : Brad Brown (18th overall) : Terry Ryan (8th overall) : Matt Higgins (18th overall) : Jason Ward (11th overall) : Eric Chouinard (16th overall) : None : Ron Hainsey (13th overall) and Marcel Hossa (16th overall) : Mike Komisarek (7th overall), and Alexander Perezhogin (25th overall) : Chris Higgins (14th overall) : Andrei Kostitsyn (10th overall) : Kyle Chipchura (18th overall) : Carey Price (5th overall) : David Fischer (20th overall) : Ryan McDonagh (12th overall), and Max Pacioretty (22nd overall) : None : Louis Leblanc (18th overall) : Jarred Tinordi (22nd overall) : Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) : Alex Galchenyuk (3rd overall) : Michael McCarron (25th overall) : Nikita Scherbak (26th overall) : Noah Juulsen (26th overall) : Mikhail Sergachev (9th overall) : Ryan Poehling (25th overall) : Jesperi Kotkaniemi (3rd overall) : Cole Caufield (15th overall) : Kaiden Guhle (16th overall)

Franchise scoring leaders Edit

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

April 14, 1960: The Montreal Canadiens Win Their Fifth-Straight Stanley Cup

Led by coach “Toe” Blake, the Canadiens won the regular season, then swept their way past the Chicago Blackhawks in the semi-finals.

They would have a perfect postseason when they swept the Toronto Maple Leafs in the finals, earning their twelfth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Having already posted back-to-back shutouts to oust Chicago, Montreal goaltender, Jacques Plante would close out the Cup finals with a 30-save 4-0 victory.

Jean Beliveau and Henri Richard would lead the postseason scoring with twelve points each.

Maurice “Rocket” Richard scored his 34th and final Stanley Cup Finals goal—still an NHL record—in the third game, and his last NHL point with an assist in the clinching game.

Richard would retire after the finals with eight Stanley Cups to his name.

Twelve players (Jean Beliveau, Bernie Geoffrion, Doug Harvey, Tom Johnson, Don Marshall, Dickie Moore, Jacques Plante, Claude Provost, Henri Richard, Maurice Richard, Jean-Guy Talbot, and Bob Turner) have their names engraved on the cup five consecutive times.

For Canadiens’ defenceman Doug Harvey, it was his tenth consecutive Stanley Cup Finals appearance, a league record that still stands.

Since the Canadiens accomplished this feat, only two other runs of four consecutive Stanley Cups have occurred (Montreal again in 1976-79 and the New York Islanders 1980-83).

In all likelihood with the “new” NHL, this 49-year-old record will remain in the record books forever.

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The Montreal Canadiens are four wins away from being the first Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup since they did it in 1993. With a 3-2 defeat of the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals, Les Habitants win the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl and the right to face the winner of the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning starting next week.

The Canadiens finished with less points during the regular season than two teams which didn’t qualify for the playoffs, and were four points behind all other playoff teams. But the No. 4 seed in the North Division got hot at the right time, and a Conn Smythe campaign to remember for goalie Carey Price has led them back to the Final.

They will be the fifth Canadian team to play for Lord Stanley since 1993, the others being the Vancouver Canucks in 1994 and 2011, and the Edmonton Oilers in 2006 and Ottawa Senators in 2007. That ‘93 team was led by Smythe winner Patrick Roy, who was 16-4 in the playoffs with a .929 save percentage. This year Price is 12-5 with a .933 mark entering tonight’s action.

With two outstanding young centers in Tyler Toffoli and Nick Suzuki, the Canadiens play with plenty of grit and grind. They aren’t the prettiest team in the NHL, but what they lack in skill they make up for in effort and physical play.

This is the 35th trip to the Final for the Habs, who have won the Cup 24 times in franchise history. They were 50-1 at the beginning of the season to win the NHL Championship at DraftKings Sportsbook.

April 14: Canadiens take home Stanley Cup for fifth straight year


1960: The Montreal Canadiens become the only team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup five years in a row when they complete a four-game sweep in the Final with a 4-0 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Jean Beliveau scores twice for Montreal, and Jacques Plante makes 30 saves for his 10th playoff shutout. The Canadiens win the Cup in the minimum eight games, having swept the Boston Bruins in the Semifinals.

In what turns out to be the final game of his NHL career, 39-year-old Maurice Richard has an assist on a gpal by younger brother Henri Richard in the second period for his 126th and final Stanley Cup Playoff point. He retires before the next season and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961 after the Hall waives the customary three-year waiting period.

1928: The New York Rangers, playing their second season in the NHL, win the Stanley Cup with a 2-1 victory against the Montreal Maroons at the Forum in the deciding game of the best-of-5 Final. Frank Boucher scores twice for the Rangers, who have to play all five games on the road because Madison Square Garden is not available. New York overcomes a 2-1 series deficit by winning Games 4 and 5 to become the second U.S.-based team (along with the 1917 Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association) to win the Cup.

1942: The Toronto Maple Leafs tie a Stanley Cup Final single-game record for goals by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 9-3 in Game 5 at Maple Leaf Gardens. Forward Don Metz , inserted into the lineup after Toronto loses the first three games, scores three goals and finishes with five points. Center Syl Apps scores two goals and sets up three others. Toronto blows the game open with five unanswered goals in the second period.

1955: The Red Wings defeat the Canadiens 3-1 in Game 7 of the Final at the Olympia to win the Stanley Cup for the second straight season and the fourth time in six seasons. Alex Delvecchio opens the scoring 7:12 into the second period and gives Detroit a 3-0 lead with an unassisted goal at 2:59 of the third. It's the last championship for Detroit until 1997. It's also the final game refereed by Bill Chadwick, who is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame nine years later.

1993: The longest winning streak in NHL history ends when the Pittsburgh Penguins play to a 6-6 season-ending tie against the New Jersey Devils in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The tie ends the Penguins' streak of 17 consecutive victories, two more than the mark set by the 1981-82 New York Islanders. Joe Mullen gives the Penguins five more minutes to try to extend the record when he scores the tying goal with 1:06 remaining in the third period, but they can't beat Devils goalie Craig Billington in overtime Mario Lemieux has two goals and an assist for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions and finishes with a League-leading 160 points in 60 games.

1996: Detroit wraps up the winningest season in NHL history with a 5-1 road victory against the Dallas Stars. Chris Osgood makes 21 saves and Vyacheslav Kozlov scores twice for the Red Wings, who finish the season with 62 wins (in 82 games), two more than the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens (60 in 80 games).

2003: Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche becomes the first goaltender in NHL history with 150 playoff wins. He reaches the milestone by making 18 saves in a 3-0 victory against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. It's Roy's 23rd and final playoff shutout.

2004: Nikolai Khabibulin of the Tampa Bay Lightning gets his second consecutive shutout and ties a Stanley Cup Playoff record with his third of the series in a 3-0 victory against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Each of the first four games ends 3-0 the Lightning win 3-2 in Game 5 to close out the series.

2017: The Edmonton Oilers win a playoff game for the first time in 11 years when they defeat the San Jose Sharks 2-0 in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round. Cam Talbot makes 16 saves for the Oilers, who win in the postseason for the first time since defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 in Game 6 of the 2006 Cup Final.

2018: David Pastrnak (21 years, 324 days) of the Boston Bruins becomes the youngest player in NHL history to have at least six points in a playoff game. Pastrnak scores three goals and has three assists in a 7-3 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round. Pastrnak surpasses the previous mark set by Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers, who is 22 years, 81 days old when he has seven points (four goals, three assists) in a 10-2 win in Game 3 of the 1983 Smythe Division Final.

2019: The New York Islanders take a 3-0 lead in a best-of-7 series for the first time in 36 years when they defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 at PPG Paints Arena in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round. New York scores twice in a 1:02 span to take a three-game lead for the 10th time since entering the NHL in 1972 -- but the first time since the 1983 Cup Final against the Oilers.

Also, the Columbus Blue Jackets take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-7 series by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets, who've never won more than two games in a playoff series since entering the NHL in 2000, become the first team in NHL history to win the first three games of an opening-round series against the Presidents' Trophy-winning team. The Lightning lose three straight games for the first time in more than a calendar year.

Montreal Canadiens win fifth consecutive Stanley Cup - HISTORY

There's been no team like them, before or since. Certainly it is debatable that there have been teams that may have been better - those Montreal Canadiens squads of the late-1970s and the Edmonton Oilers of the mid-1980s certainly come to mind - but through the glorious history of the National Hockey League, only one team has won the Stanley Cup five times in succession: the Montreal Canadiens of 1955-56 to 1959-60.

"It is a record that I, along with the rest of the players from that era, are proud of," commented Jean Beliveau. "It is a great team record. It is one that just may stand the test of time."

The entire decade had gone exceptionally well for the Canadiens. In the five seasons previous to the start of their dynasty in 1955-56, the Canadiens had lost in the finals on four occasions and had won the Stanley Cup once. But it was all preparation for what was to come.

Just how dominant were les Canadiens? In the very competitive Original Six Era, Montreal won 40 and lost just 9 in the post-season. They won 20 and lost only 5 in the Stanley Cup Finals during those five years. During the five-year supremacy in the playoffs, Montreal outscored their opponents 182 to 95 through the 49 games.

And while the team was all but unstoppable, the individual components were extraordinary. In all, Montreal players earned 25 of a possible 60 All-Star Team selections during the five-year period.

In 1955-56, Jean Beliveau led the NHL in scoring. Along the way, he helped change a league rule. After recording a hat trick during a single powerplay on November 5, 1955, the NHL changed the rule so that the shorthanded team returned to even strength after their team was scored on. Beliveau was also awarded the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. Doug Harvey was awarded the Norris Trophy as the league's premier defenceman and Jacques Plante was the recipient of the Vezina Award for posting the lowest goals-against average during the regular season. The First All-Star Team included Plante in goal, Harvey on defence, Beliveau at centre and Maurice Richard at right wing. The Second Team saw Tom Johnson named on defence and Bert Olmstead at left wing.

Dickie Moore led the league in scoring in 1957-58. Harvey claimed the Norris again, and Plante claimed the Vezina again.

Moore made the First All-Star Team at left wing, Henri Richard at centre and Doug Harvey on defence. The Second Team included Beliveau at centre and Plante in goal. During the season, Maurice Richard scored his 500th regular season goal.

Moore at left wing, Beliveau at centre, Johnson on defence and Plante in goal were all selected to the First All-Star Team. Henri Richard and Doug Harvey were picked for the Second Team.

The 1959-60 season, in which the Canadiens won their unprecedented fifth consecutive Stanley Cup championship, saw Harvey (Norris) and Plante (Vezina) both excel personally. Beliveau and Harvey were both named to the First Team and 'Boom Boom' Geoffrion (right wing) and Plante to the NHL's Second All-Star Team. It was on November 1, 1959, that Plante was struck by an Andy Bathgate shot at Madison Square Garden in New York. The injury prompted Jacques to don a mask that he had been wearing in practices, much to the consternation of Coach Blake.

Twelve players were part of all five Stanley Cup wins: Jean Beliveau, Bernie Geoffrion, Doug Harvey, Tom Johnson, Don Marshall, Dickie Moore, Jacques Plante, Claude Provost, Henri Richard, Maurice Richard, Jean-Guy Talbot and Bob Turner.

The team was exceptionally close, as Dickie Moore confirmed. "We had a family team. Everybody cared for each other." Henri Richard concurred. "We were like a family. We used to go out together after the game."

Will another National Hockey League team equal or beat the Montreal Canadiens' record of five straight Stanley Cup championships? "There's no way, not with thirty teams now," stated Henri Richard, shaking his head. "It'll never be done."

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Carey Price perfect as Canadiens win Game 2 against Jets

The anticipated goaltending duel between Vézina Trophy winners Carey Price and Connor Hellebuyck materialized Friday as the Canadiens defeated the Winnipeg Jets 1-0 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven North Division final. Price, who won the Vézina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender in 2015, made 30 saves for his eighth playoff shutout. It was the fifth consecutive win for Price and the Canadiens. The series moves to Montreal for back-to-back games at the Bell Centre on Sunday and Monday.

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How Louis St-Laurent’s visionary leadership was shaped by his Townships roots

More than six decades later, Bernard St-Laurent still sees the scene in his mind’s eye. As a young boy, he is sitting in front of his family’s general store in Compton in the Eastern Townships when two men emerge. Both are elderly, dressed uncharacteristically in the same striking style of formal dark suits with tails and top hats — but otherwise familiar. Startled by their outfits, he asks: “Why are you dressed like magicians?” Despite their somber air, the men — bound for a funeral, Bernard later learned — chuckle, then move on. Months later, at Christmastime, he receives an unexpected present: a toy magician’s set sent by “Uncle Louis.” Once upon a largely forgotten time, millions of Canadians coast-to-coast referred the same way to “Uncle Louis” St-Laurent, the country’s 12th prime minister and second to be born in Quebec.

Shayne Corson


The 1984 NHL Entry Draft yielded a particularly good crop of prospects for the Montreal Canadiens. Their top four picks each enjoyed NHL careers that extended beyond the 1,000-game mark. With their second choice that year, the Habs chose Barrie, ON native Shayne Corson. A gritty, talented winger, he soon developed into one of the game’s top power forwards.

After appearing in three games in 1985-86, the 6-foot-1, 202-pounder stuck with the team for good the following season. Big, strong and fearless, Corson patrolled his wing relentlessly, dishing out punishing hits and coming to blows with opponents when things got rambunctious for the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

Seeing more ice time as he matured, Corson scored a dozen times in each of his first two seasons before breaking through with 26 goals in 1988-89. It was the first of three consecutive campaigns that he would surpass the 20-goal mark. Unflagging energy combined with his hard-hitting style made Corson a fan favorite as he thrilled Forum crowds with his bone-rattling checks and earned cheers for his spectacular rushes toward the enemy net.

Playing without regard for personal safety comes with certain costs and the young power forward paid the price. Only once in his 10 seasons with the Canadiens was he able to answer the call for every game on the schedule. Corson suffered an array of injuries that would make less determined men seek other employment. A broken jaw cost him a significant part of his rookie year. Knee, hip and groin injuries kept him out of the lineup for parts of the next campaign. As the years went by, Corson suffered separated shoulders, a broken toe, and numerous strains and sprains to other limbs, but it never deterred him from returning.

After seven years with Montreal, Corson was traded to Edmonton after the 1991-92 season, once again missing out by a single year when the Canadiens claimed the Stanley Cup in the spring of 1993.

After three years with the Oilers, Corson was on the move again. This time his destination was St. Louis, where he wore the Blues colors for a year and a half before returning to Montreal early in the 1996-97 season.

Corson’s second stint in Montreal showed he still had the drive and desire to be successful. The 1997-98 season brought with it the fifth 20-goal season of his career and a third All-Star Game appearance. His renaissance also earned him a invite to join Team Canada at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano.

Unfortunately, his style of play still resulted in lost time. Hip, groin, abdomen, rib, knee and eye injuries all plagued Corson after his return to Montreal, as did flare-ups of an intestinal disorder that had first been diagnosed when he was a teenager.

In 2000, Corson elected to sign with Toronto and left Montreal a second time. He took with him a record of 168 goals and 255 assists in 662 regular season games, and another 63 playoff points in his 90 postseason appearances with the Habs.

After three years with the Maple Leafs, Corson played his 17th and final NHL season with the Dallas Stars and retired following the 2003-04 season.

In 1888, the Governor-General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston—his sons and daughter enjoyed hockey—attended his first hockey competition, the Montreal Winter Carnival tournament. He was impressed with the game.

In 1892, Stanley saw that there was no recognition for the best team in Canada, so he purchased a silver bowl for use as a trophy. The Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup (which later became known as the Stanley Cup) was first awarded in 1893 to the Montreal Hockey Club, champions of the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada. The Stanley Cup continues to be awarded annually to the National Hockey League's championship team.

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