Montreal Canadiens are a hockey team that plays in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Canadiens are the only team to have been continuously operating throughout the entirety of the NHL, and are the only existing NHL club to have formed prior to the NHL. The Canadiens play in Bell Centre (present capacity 21 273) in Montreal, Quebec.

Quick Facts about the Montreal Canadiens

Venue: Bell Centre

Team Colours: Red, white, and blue

Stanley Cup Victories: 24

Early History of Hockey in Montreal

Regulated senior hockey first arrived in Montreal thanks to students at McGill University, who began playing an unstructured form of hockey on Montreal's Victoria Skating Rink in 1875. By 1880, the group had written a set of rules for teams to follow, and in 1886 helped to organize the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA), which included teams from four teams from Montreal, and one team from Ottawa; a team from Quebec would join the league in 1892. One Montreal team, the Montreal Hockey Club, won the first Stanley Cup awarded in 1893. At a time when any team in Canada could challenge for the Cup at any time during the season, Montreal teams would continue to dominate the Stanley Cup wins, with the Montreal Hockey Club winning again in 1894 and 1895, and the Montreal Victorias winning in 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, and 1899.

When CAHA folded in 1898, it was reorganized as the Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL). During its first two years in operation in 1899 and 1900, the Montreal Shamrocks, league's top team, defended the Stanley Cup four times in that period. The Montreal Hockey Club reclaimed its Stanley Cup victories in 1902 and 1903. In 1905 the CAHL was replaced by the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association (ECAHA). The Montreal Wanderers then proved to be the Montreal team to beat, as they successfully defended the Cup six times in 1907 and 1908.

In 1909, the ECAHA dissolved, and reformed as the Canadian Hockey Association (CHA). The Montreal Wanderers were excluded from the new league, and as a result, formed their own league, the National Hockey Association (NHA). By February 1910, the CHA merged into the NHA.

The Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey Association

The Montreal Canadiens were founded on 4 December 1909 by John Ambrose O'Brien, who named Jack Laviolette as the coach and general manager. Laviolette recruited 15 players for the team in one month, who played their first game as a member of the Canadian Hockey Association on 4 January 1910. Days later, the Canadiens joined the newly formed National Hockey Association. They finished their first season in last place. Prior to the start of their second season, Le Club athlétique canadien, a Montreal sporting organization from whom O'Brien's Canadiens borrowed their name, was named a National Hockey Association franchise. O'Brien's Canadiens ceased operations, while Le Club athlétique canadien kept the Montreal Canadiens name.

The Montreal Canadiens next two seasons were disappointing, as they finished in last place in the league. By the 1915-16 season, however, the team was in top form, and earned their first playoff berth, and a chance at the Stanley Cup. Led by Newsy Lalonde, Jack Laviolette and goalie Georges Vézina, the team proved victorious, and won the Stanley Cup for the first time in team history at the 1916 Stanley Cup Final against the Portland Rosebuds of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. In 1917 the Canadiens took to the ice in new uniforms. The team, recently acquired by the Canadian Hockey Club, sported a CH crest on their jerseys for the first time to symbolize the acquisition.

The Montreal Canadiens in the early National Hockey League

The team began the 1917-18 season as a founding team of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Canadiens lost the NHL's first championship in 1918 to the Toronto Arenas, who would go on to become the first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. During the 1919 Stanley Cup Playoffs, despite winning the league championship over the Senators, they would not be successful in their run for the Stanley Cup against the Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey League. The influenza pandemic left many players from the Canadiens and the Metropolitans off the ice, and the series was interrupted; consequently, no winner was declared, and the Stanley Cup was not awarded in 1919.

The team established its reputation for flair, speed and offensive power early on; in addition to Joe Malone and Aurèle Joliat, it had in Howie Morenz the most exciting player of the 1920s and 1930s. Though they would miss the playoffs from 1920-1922, they would return to post-season play after a successful 1922-23 season. Those playoffs, however, were marked with controversy, as team captain Sprague Cleghorn and defenseman Billy Coutu were suspended for unsportsmanlike play after they injured three Ottawa Senators players in a single game. Their actions were not successful in stopping the Senators, as Ottawa won the league championships, as well as the Stanley Cup. By the next playoffs, Montreal proved to be in top form, and on better behaviour. In the spring of 1924, the Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup as an NHL team.

The Canadiens would once again be named league champions in 1925, though not as a result of their play. Hamilton, the top team in the league, was suspended after its players declared the first strike in NHL history, demanding they be paid for playing in the post-season. The Habs would not be successful in the Stanley Cup finals and lost to the Victoria Cougars, who would be the last team outside the NHL to win the Cup. The Canadiens would finish the next season in last place, following a 12 game losing streak.

In 1926-27, the NHL expanded to include 10 teams, as three teams from the failed Western Hockey League joined the NHL. The Canadiens would finish second in the Canadian Division, but once again lost in the Staley Cup final to the Ottawa Senators. The team thus began the 1927-28 season with strong determination to finish on top of the league. They did just that. The season was a triumph, one marked with a 19-game win streak. However, an overtime goal by the opposing Montreal Maroons sealed the Canadiens' fate in the playoffs, and the team missed the Stanley Cup finals.

Despite the previous season's end, the 1928-29 season is considered one of the most successful in team history. Over the course of the season, the team lost just seven games, finished 22 games in shoutouts, and finished the season with an eight-game win streak. Success did not spill over to the playoffs, where the Canadiens lost to the Boston Bruins for a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.

The Montreal Canadiens in the 1930s

The Canadiens began the new decade on a high note, finishing as Canadian Division and Stanley Cup champions in both 1930 and 1931, the first back-to-back Stanley Cup for the team. The team claimed their fourth Canadian Division title in five seasons in 1931-32, but lost in the semifinals to the New York Rangers. The loss marked the beginning of a downward trend for the team, who spent the first half of the next season in last place in the Canadian Division, and finished the season tied for third in the division. During the post-season the team was knocked out of the quarterfinal, again at the hands of the New York Rangers. The playoffs would end just as suddenly during the 1933-34 playoffs, this time against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Canadiens' general manager Leo Dandurand made 15 trades over the next season. Although the first half of the season was sprinkled with team losses, by the second half, the team managed to win enough points to finish third in the Canadian Division. Their playoff time would, nonetheless, be cut short once again by the Rangers. Following the loss, the Canadiens were sold to the Canadian Arena Company. The new owners traded players in an effort to bolster the team with little success; the Canadiens finished the 1935-36 season in last place, and, for the first time in a decade, missed the playoffs.

Former Canadiens star Howie Morenz returned to Montreal for the 1936-37 season; his tenure was, unfortunately, short lived. On January 28, Morenz broke his leg during a game, and died March 8 from complications. With Morenz suddenly gone, the Canadiens' spirits were low, and the team was easily knocked out of the Stanley Cup semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings, and again by the Chicago Blackhawks the following season. Montreal met Detroit again during the playoffs for the 1938-39 season, with the same result.

The Montreal Canadiens in the 1940s

By the start of the new decade, the Montreal Canadiens and their fans were accustomed to disappointment. The 1939-40 season began with the drowning death of coach Babe Siebert, followed by a number of losing streaks. By the end of the season, the Canadiens were in last place without a playoff spot. Though they would bank a spot the next year, the team's time in the post-season was shortlived, as they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, and the following year were knocked out by the Detroit Red Wings, again in the first round.

In 1942-43, the NHL was reduced to just six teams, sparking the beginning of the era know as of The Original Six. It also marked a new period for the Canadiens, as rookie Maurice Richard joined the team. Richard, nicknamed the Rocket, made up one member of the famous "Punch Line," which also included Toe BLAKE, Elmer Lach, and Joe Benoit. Along with goalie Bill Durnan, the Canadiens of the mid 1940s would preview a period of unprecedented success. The 1943-44 season culminated in the team hoisting the Stanley Cup. The 1944-45 season was no disappointment to Montreal fans, as the team led the league with most goals scored, fewest goals allowed, and most penalty minutes. Maurice Richard also became the league's first player to score 50 goals in a season. Though they missed out on the Cup for the 1944-45, 1946-47, and 1948-49 seasons, and would not play in the playoffs at all during the 1947-48 season, the Canadiens did finish as Stanley Cup champions for the 1945-46 season. Throughout the decade, Bill Durnan proved to be a team asset, as he was routinely known as the best goalie in the NHL.

The Montreal Canadiens in the 1950s

Though the 1949-50 through 1951-52 seasons ended in defeat, in 1952-53, Jacques Plante made his NHL debut as goalie for the team, and helped the Canadiens finish in second place in the league. In game six of the 1953 Stanley Cup finals, Elmer Lach scored the game-winning goal. Lach broke a tie in overtime, and led the team to its seventh Stanley Cup. Though they missed out on the Cup in 1954, in 1955 the team hoped to reclaim playoff success. This was not to be, partly due to events in March 1955. During a March 13 game against the Boston Bruins, Richard violently hit Bruins linesman Hal Laycoe in retaliation for Laycoe high-sticking Richard. NHL President Clarence Campbell suspended Richard for the remainder of the season, including the playoffs. Montreal fans protested that the suspension was too long, and was motivated by Richard's French Canadian ethnicity. Campbell's appearance in Montreal on March 17 after the suspension provoked a riot at the Montreal Forum, known as the Richard Riots. The event is considered a sign of the rising ethnic tensions in Quebec, and a significant factor in Quebec's Quiet Revolution.

Richard accepted his punishment, and promised to return to the Canadiens the next year, this time finishing with a Cup. His promise was fulfilled; in 1955-56 the team began an era of success unmatched in the history of professional hockey. The Canadiens had a new coach in Toe Blake, led the league by 24 points, had two unstoppable line ups which included Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard, Bert Olmstead, Henri Richard, Bernard Geoffrion, and Dickie Moore, and claimed the NHL's best goalie in Plante. The combination resulted in the team's first 100-point season. They also set a league record for most Cup wins with eight, and would followup with a ninth in 1957.

Despite injuries plaguing the team in 1957-58, it also marked an emergence of young stars for the team. Dickie Moore, nicknamed Digging Dickie, became the NHL's top player, while Maurice Richard's younger brother Henri, known as the Pocket Rocket, finished in second place of the league. With their strongest players returning for the playoffs, the Canadiens marked the league's second "threepeat" Stanley Cup championship. They would make it a fourth championship in 1958-59, and a fifth straight win in 1959-60. The 1960 Stanley Cup final game would also be Maurice Richard's last, as the Rocket hung up his jersey for good at the end of the season.

The Montreal Canadiens in the 1960s

The Montreal Canadiens' monopoly over the Stanley Cup came to an end during the 1961 playoffs, with Montreal being knocked out in the semi-finals by Chicago. Though the team played well during the 1962-62 regular season, they once again lost in the post-season semifinals to Chicago in 1962, and to Toronto in 1963 and 1964. The Canadiens' management was overhauled in the summer of 1964; the changes in the organization proved effective, and in the spring of 1965 and 1966, the Canadiens won their 13th and 14th franchise Stanley Cups, respectively.

In 1967-68, the NHL expanded. With more teams to compete against, the Canadiens initially met with little success, and after 33 games were in last place in the league. By the end of the season, however, they had reclaimed their spot at the top of the league and the Eastern Division. The team's success was due in part to Jean Béliveau, who scored his 400th goal and reached 1000 career points during the season. The Canadiens proved their staying power when they won their 15th Stanley Cup against the new expansion team, the St. Louis Blues. They would repeat the series against St. Louis again in 1969, this time in the Canadiens' newly renovated Montreal Forum with new coach Claude Ruel.

The Montreal Canadiens in the 1970s

Coming off their 16th Stanley Cup win, the Canadiens began the 1969-70 season with high hopes. During the season, the team fought injuries that kept team stars Jean Béliveau, Henri Richard, Jean-Claude Tremblay, John Ferguson, and Serge Savard off the ice. Additionally, Jacques Laperriere and John Ferguson were suspended, and Gilles Tremblay retired due to illness. Consequently, the team's standings suffered, and the Canadiens watched the 1970 playoffs from the sidelines. Their next season would be Béliveau and Ferguson's last, but would also mark the first Canadiens' season for Guy Lapointe. Midway through the season, Al MacNeil took the helm as the team's new coach; he, along with starting goalie Ken Dryden, led the team to their 17th Stanley Cup, Béliveau's 10th as a Hab. Soon after the victory, MacNeil was replaced by Scotty Bowman as coach.

Bowman became a legendary Canadiens coach, building a team based on speed, scoring, and defense. Although the team lost in Guy LaFleur`s first playoffs in 1972, the team won their 18th Stanley Cup in 1973, and would again win four straight Cups from 1974-75 to 1978-79. Amidst their Cup successes, Guy LaFleur emerged as one of the NHL's best players, and won multiple awards, including the Conn Smythe, Art Ross, and Hart Trophies. The 1979 Stanley Cup final was bittersweet for the team; their 22nd in total, it also marked the last game for Yvan Cournoyer, Ken Dryden, Jacques Lemaire, and coach Scotty Bowman.

The Montreal Canadiens in the 1980s

The team remained competitive during the 1980s, but as the NHL expanded the team's utter domination came to an end. Though they were at the top of league scoring thanks to stars like Guy LaFleur, Pierre Larouche, Steve Shutt, and Pierre Mondou, and the return of coach Claude Ruel, the loss of past stars dropped Montreal to third place by the end of the 1979-80 season. They finished the season without a Cup, the first time in five years. Team general manager Irving Grundman attempted to mix the team up, and drafted Doug Wickenheiser, first overall draft pick, for the next season. The success of that season did not spill over into the playoffs, who were swept from the first round by the Edmonton Oilers. Coach Ruel was replaced by Bob Berry for the 1981-82 season; Berry led the team to their eighth straight year as division champions. It was the division's fourth place team, the Quebec Nordiques, who dashed the Canadiens' hopes for a Cup in the first round.

Their eight-year reign as division champions came to an end in the 1982-83 season, when the team finished second in their division, and failed to make it past the first round of playoffs for the third year in a row. Subsequently, general manager Irving Grundman was fired, replaced by Serge Savard. In spite of the changes, the team fell to fourth place in the division during 1983-84, and coach Berry was replaced by former player Jacques Lemaire at the end of February. The season ended as Montreal's first losing season in 33 years. However, they beat both the Boston Bruins, and the Quebec Nordiques, before they fell to the New York Islanders in the conference final.

During the summer of 1984, Savard picked Patrick Roy from the draft; Roy would, however, play only one period during the 1984-85 season. It was truly the end of an era, as Guy LaFleur announced his retirement on November 26, 1984. The team recorded a mediocre 1985-86 season, and finished second in their division. Before the playoffs began, coach Jean Perron sequestered the team in a hotel in Montreal in a bid to solidify to team. The gamble paid off, and the Canadiens won their 23rd Stanley Cup in 1986, led by the outstanding goaltending of rookie Roy. They defeated the Calgary Flames 4 games to 1, and Roy won the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP, then the youngest player to win it at the age of 20. Though the team remained one of the best teams in the NHL through the remainder of the decade with coach Pat Burns behind the bench, they did not finish past the second round of the playoffs until 1988-89 Stanley Cup finals, when the Canadiens would meet the Calgary Flames again. This time, the Flames would prove victorious, and were the first visiting team to win the Stanley Cup on Montreal Forum ice.

The Montreal Canadiens in the 1990s

The Montreal Canadiens began the 1990s as one of the top teams in the NHL. This did not, however, stop coach Pat Burns from leaving the team to coach their rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, at the end of the 1992 playoffs. Jacques Demers took the reigns as coach for the 1992-93 season, and his timing could not have been better. The club unexpectedly won its 24th Stanley Cup, defeating Wayne Gretzky`s Los Angeles Kings four games to one in the finals. That year's playoff run was remarkable for the 10 straight overtime wins the Canadiens earned. They were again led by the spectacular netminding of Patrick Roy, who won the Conn Smyth Trophy for the second time in his career.

The Cup was the team's last in the Montreal Forum. Although they made it to the playoffs the next year, they were quickly knocked out by the Boston Bruins. The 1994-95 season was cut short by a player lockout, and the Canadians missed the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. The team failed to improve by the 1995-96 season, and the team management received another overhaul with Rejean Houle as the team's GM and Mario Tremblay as the new head coach. Just a few months into the season, Roy was dealt to the Colorado Avalache.

The team's last game in the Montreal Forum, where they had played since 1924, was on 11 March 1995. Their next home game five days later was played in the new 21 273-seat Molson Centre, the largest arena in the NHL. It is now known as the Bell Centre. Their first home game was a success, with the Canadiens beating the New York Rangers 4-2. Their next two playoff runs were short lived, with the team losing in the first round in both 1996 and 1997.

In December 1997, the team played its 5000th game in the NHL. By the end of the season, however, the team had slipped to seventh in their division, and did not advance past the second round of the playoffs. It was just the beginning of the Canadiens' troubles. By December of the 1998-99 season, the team marked an 11 game winless streak, and finished the season out of playoff contention, and with the lowest point total the team had seen in 40 years.

The Montreal Canadians from 2000-present

The woes that hit the team in the late 1990s continued into the 1999-2000 season. The team was fraught with injuries, with its stars sidelined in succession. The season came to an end out of playoff contention amid news of the death of Maurice Richard; at a public memorial held at the Molson Centre, more than 100 000 people mourn the Canadiens' great.

The next season the team made it to the playoffs for the first time in three years. They blasted past the Boston Bruins in the first round, but lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round. In 2002-03, the Canadiens would miss the playoffs again for the fourth time in five years. In the hopes of reviving the struggling team, former Canadien Bob Gainey was hired as the team's new General Manager, beginning what has been called the Gainey era.

The era began with a slow start, even with a 2003-04 highlight of the first outdoor NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers. By the end of the regular season, the team was back in playoff contention, but lost in the second round to eventual Cup winners the Tampa Bay Lightning. The same fate would meet the team in the 2006 playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes. By 2009-10, the team's 100th year, Montreal Canadien fans hoped that hockey glory would return to their team. Jacques Martin took over behind the bench as coach, and a number of players were traded in the hopes of building up the team's star player roster. Although the team was not expected to win in their first round meeting with the Washington Capitals, the Canadiens forced the series to a seventh game. They would go on to meet Sidney Crosby and his defending Stanley Cup champions the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. Again, the team forced and won a seventh game, and confirmed their presence at their first Conference Finals since 1993. Their playoff run would end there, as the Philadelphia Flyers eliminated the Canadiens in five games.

The Montreal Canadiens were owned by Molson Breweries from 1978 to 2001, when they sold an 80.1% interest in the team to American businessman George Gillett. The sale was noteworthy because no Canadian buyer came forward to buy the team during an era when the Canadian dollar was low and Canadian teams were struggling financially. Gillett did well by the team and arena, which he bought for $275 million. In 2009 he sold both to the Molson brothers for $500 million, marking the third time that the team was fully owned by the Molson family.

During the course of the Canadiens' storied history, they have produced numerous individual stars, including more than 50 members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. These include Georges Vézina, Jacques Plante, Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Doug Harvey, Jean Beliveau, Bernie Geoffrion, Henri Richard, Ken Dryden, Jacques Lemaire, Serge Savard, Guy LaFleur, and George Hainsworth. Since 1992, Bob Gainey, Guy Lapointe, Steve Shutt, Larry Robinson, Denis Savard, Rod Langway, Patrick Roy and Dick Duff have all been inducted in the Hall. Roy, Gainey, Dryden, Robinson, Savard and Geoffrion, as well as Dickie Moore, Yvan Cournoyer, Emile Bouchard, and Elmer Lach have all had their numbers retired between 2005 and 2010.

Stanley Cup results

1915-16
1916 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Portland Rosebuds

Game one - Portland Rosebuds 2, Montreal Canadiens 0
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 2, Portland Rosebuds 1
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 6, Portland Rosebuds 3
Game four - Portland Rosebuds 6, Montreal Canadiens 5
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 2, Portland Rosebuds 1

Montreal Canadiens win series 3-2, and the Stanley Cup


1916-17
1917 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Seattle Metropolitans

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 8, Seattle Metropolitans 4
Game two - Seattle Metropolitans 6, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game three - Seattle Metropolitans 4, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game four - Seattle Metropolitans 9, Montreal Canadiens 1

Seattle Metropolitans win series 3-1, and the Stanley Cup


1918-19
1919 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Seattle Metropolitans Tied in Stanley Cup finals, 2-2 (Metropolitans)

Game one - Seattle Metropolitans 7, Montreal Canadiens 0
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 4, Seattle Metropolitans 2
Game three - Seattle Metropolitans 7, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game Four - Seattle Metropolitans 0, Montreal Canadiens 0
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 4, Seattle Metropolitans 3
Game six - Game cancelled due to influenza pandemic.

Series cancelled, and no Cup winner declared. Series cancelled, Seattle Metropolitans and Montreal Canadiens tie series 2-2, no Stanley Cup awarded due to series cancelation.


1923-24
1924 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Tigers

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 6, Calgary Tigers 1
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 3, Calgary Tigers 0

Montreal Canadiens win best-of-three series 2-0, and the Stanley Cup


1924-25
1925 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Victoria Cougars

Game one - Victoria Cougars 5, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game two - Victoria Cougars 3, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 4, Victoria Cougars 2
Game four - Victoria Cougars 6, Montreal Canadiens 1

Victoria Cougars win series 3-1, and the Stanley Cup


1929-30
1930 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 3, Boston Bruins 0
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 3

Montreal Canadiens win best-of-three series 2-0, and the Stanley Cup


1930-31
1931 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Game two - Chicago Blackhawks 2, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game three - Chicago Blackhawks 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 2, Chicago Blackhawks 0

Montreal Canadiens win series 3-2, and the Stanley Cup


1943-44
1944 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 5, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 3, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 5, Chicago Blackhawks 4

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-0, and the Stanley Cup


1945-46
1946 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 3
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 3, Boston Bruins 2
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 2
Game four - Boston Bruins 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 6, Boston Bruins 3

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-1, and the Stanley Cup


1946-47
1947 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 0
Game two - Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Montreal Canadiens 0
Game three - Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game four - Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game six - Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Montreal Canadiens 1

Toronto Maple Leafs win series 4-2, and the Stanley Cup


1950-51
1951 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Game one - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game three - Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game four - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game five - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 2

Toronto Maple Leafs win series 4-1, and the Stanley Cup


1951-52
1952 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings

Game one - Detroit Red Wings 3, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game two - Detroit Red Wings 2, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game three - Detroit Red Wings 3, Montreal Canadiens 0
Game four - Detroit Red Wings 3, Montreal Canadiens 0

Detroit Red Wings win series 4-0, and the Stanley Cup


1952-53
1953 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 1
Game two - Boston Bruins 4, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 3, Boston Bruins 0
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 7, Boston Bruins 3
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 1, Boston Bruins 1

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-1, and the Stanley Cup


1953-54
1954 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings

Game one - Detroit Red Wings 3, Montreal Canadiens1
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 3, Detroit Red Wings 1
Game three - Detroit Red Wings 5, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game four - Detroit Red Wings 2, Montreal Canadiens 0
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 1, Detroit Red Wings 0
Game six - Montreal Canadiens 4, Detroit Red Wings 1
Game seven - Detroit Red Wings 2, Montreal Canadiens 1

Detroit Red Wings win series 4-3, and the Stanley Cup


1954-55
1955 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings

Game one - Detroit Red Wings 4, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game two - Detroit Red Wings 7, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 6, Detroit Red Wings 2
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 5, Detroit Red Wings 3
Game five - Detroit Red Wings 5, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game six - Montreal Canadiens 6, Detroit Red Wings 3
Game seven - Detroit Red Wings 3, Montreal Canadiens 1

Detroit Red Wings win series 4-3, and the Stanley Cup


1955-56
1956 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 6, Detroit Red Wings 4
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 5, Detroit Red Wings 1
Game three - Detroit Red Wings 3, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 3, Detroit Red Wings 0
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 3, Detroit Red Wings 1

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-1, and the Stanley Cup


1956-57
1957 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 5, Boston Bruins 1
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 1, Boston Bruins 0
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 2
Game four - Boston Bruins 2, Montreal Canadiens 0
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 5, Boston Bruins 1

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-1, and the Stanley Cup


1957-58
1958 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 2, Boston Bruins 1
Game two - Boston Bruins 5, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 3, Boston Bruins 0
Game four - Boston Bruins 3, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 3, Boston Bruins 2
Game six - Montreal Canadiens 5, Boston Bruins 3

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-2, and the Stanley Cup


1958-59
1959 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 3
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game three - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-1, and the Stanley Cup


1959-60
1960 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 0

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-0, and the Stanley Cup


1964-65
1965 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 2, Chicago Blackhawks 0
Game three - Chicago Blackhawks 3, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game four - Chicago Back Hawks 5, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 6, Chicago Blackhawks 0
Game six - Chicago Blackhawks 2, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game seven - Montreal Canadiens 4, Chicago Blackhawks 0

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-3, and the Stanley Cup


1965-66
1966 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings

Game one - Detroit Red Wings 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game two - Detroit Red Wings 5, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 4, Detroit Red Wings 2
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 2, Detroit Red Wings 1
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 5. Detroit Red Wings 1
Game six - Montreal Canadiens 3, Detroit Red Wings 2

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-2, and the Stanley Cup


1966-67
1967 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Game One -Montreal Canadiens 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game two - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 0
Game three - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Game five - Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game six - Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 1

Toronto Maple Leafs win series 4-2, and the Stanley Cup


1967-68
1968 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. St. Louis Blues

Game One -Montreal Canadiens 3, St. Louis 2
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 1, St. Louis 0
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 4, St. Louis 3
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 3, St. Louis 2

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-0, and the Stanley Cup


1968-69
1969 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. St. Louis Blues

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 3, St. Louis Blues 1
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 3, St. Louis Blues 1
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 4, St. Louis Blues 0
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 2, St. Louis Blues 1

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-0, and the Stanley Cup


1970-71
1971 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Game one - Chicago Blackhawks 2, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game two - Chicago Blackhawks 5, Montreal Canadiens 3
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 4, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 5, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Game five - Chicago Blackhawks2, Montreal Canadiens 0
Game six - Montreal Canadiens 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3
Game seven - Montreal Canadiens 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-3, and the Stanley Cup


1972-73
1973 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 8, Chicago Blackhawks 3
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Game three - Chicago Blackhawks 7, Montreal Canadiens 4
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 4, Chicago Blackhawks 0
Game five - Chicago Blackhawks 8, Montreal Canadiens 7
Game six - Montreal Canadiens 6, Chicago Blackhawks 4

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-2, and the Stanley Cup


1975-76
1976 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 4, Philadelphia Flyers 3
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 3, Philadelphia Flyers 3
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 5, Philadelphia Flyers 3

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-0, and the Stanley Cup


1976-77
1977 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 7, Boston Bruins 3
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 3, Boston Bruins 0
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 2
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 2, Boston Bruins 1

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-0, and the Stanley Cup


1977-78
1978 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins

Game one - Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 1
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 3, Boston Bruins 2
Game three - Boston Bruins 4, Boston Bruins 0
Game four - Boston Bruins 4, Montreal Canadiens 3
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 1
Game six - Montreal Canadiens 4, Boston Bruins 1

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-2, and the Stanley Cup


1978-79
1979 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers

Game one - New York Rangers 4, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 6, New York 2
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 4, New York Rangers 1
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 4, New York Rangers 3
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 4, New York Rangers 1

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-1, and the Stanley Cup


1985-86
1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames

Game one - Calgary Flames 5, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 3, Calgary Flames 2
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 5, Calgary Flames 3
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 1, Calgary Flames 0
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 4, Calgary Flames 3

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-1, and the Stanley Cup


1988-89
1989 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames

Game one - Calgary Flames 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 4, Calgary Flames 2
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 4, Calgary Flames 3
Game four - Calgary Flames 4, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game five - Calgary Flames 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Game six - Calgary Flames 4, Montreal Canadiens 2

Calgary Flames win series 4-2, and the Stanley Cup


1992-93
1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens vs. Los Angeles Kings

Game one - Los Angeles Kings 4, Montreal Canadiens 1
Game two - Montreal Canadiens 3, Los Angeles Kings 2
Game three - Montreal Canadiens 4, Los Angeles Kings 3
Game four - Montreal Canadiens 3, Los Angeles Kings 2
Game five - Montreal Canadiens 4, Los Angeles Kings 1

Montreal Canadiens win series 4-1, and the Stanley Cup


Montreal Canadiens Hall of Famers

Name Number* or Position/Title Year Inducted
Marty Barry Centre (no number) 1965
Jean Béliveau Centre 4 1972
Hector Blake Left wing 6 1966
Scotty Bowman Coach 1991
Emile Bouchard Defence 17 1966
Harry Cameron Defence 1962
Joe Cattarinich Owner 1977
Sprague Cleghorn Defence 2 1958
Yvan Cournoyer Right Wing 12 1982
Leo Dandurand Owner 1963
Gord Drillon Right Wing 12 1975
Ken Dryden Goaltender 29 1983
Dick Duff Left Wing 8 2006
Bill Durnan Goaltender 1 1964
Tony Esposito Goaltender 1 1988
Bob Gainey Left Wing 23 1992
Herb Gardiner Left Wing 1 1958
Jimmy Gardner Left Wing 1962
Bernard Geoffrion Right Wing 5 1972
Doug Gilmour Centre 93 2011
Tommy Gorman General Manager 1963
George Hainsworth Goaltender 1 1961
Joe Hall Defence 3 1961
Doug Harvey Defence 2 1973
Dick Irvin Coach 1958
Tom Johnson Defence 5 1970
Aurele Joliat Left Wing 4 1947
Elmer Lach Centre 14 1966
Guy Lafleur Right Wing 10 1988
Newsy Lalonde Centre 4 1950
Rod Langway Defence 17 2002
Jacques Laperriere Defence 26 1987
Guy Lapointe Defence 17 1993
Jack Laviolette Defence 2 1962
Jacques Lemaire Centre 25 1984
Frank Mahovlich Left Wing 27 1981
Joe Malone Centre 7 1950
Sylvio Mantha Defence 8 1960
H de M Molson Owner 1973
Dickie Moore Left Wing 12 1974
Howie Morenz Centre 7 1945
William Northey Vice President 1945
J. Ambrose O'Brien Owner 1962
Bud O'Connor Right Wing 10 1988
Bert Olmstead Right Wing 15 1985
Didier Pitre Right Wing 5 1962
Jacques Plante Goaltender 1 1978
Sam Pollock General Manager 1978
Donat Raymond Owner 1958
Ken Reardon Defence 4 1966
Maurice Richard Right Wing 9 1961
Henri Richard Centre 16 1979
Larry Robinson Defence 19 1995
Patrick Roy Goaltender 33 2006
Serge Savard Defence 18 1986
Denis Savard Centre 18 2000
Frank Selke General Manager 1960
Steve Shutt Left Wing 22 1993
Albert Siebert Left Wing 1 1964
Georges Vezina Goaltender 1 1945
Lorne Worsley Goaltender 1 1980