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Montreal is the largest city in the Canadian province of Quebec and home to the NHL’s most accomplished franchise, the Montreal Canadiens. This historic hockey club dates back to 1909 and has amassed an unprecedented 24 Stanley Cup Championships; more than any other team in the league.
In addition to cheering on the most decorated team in the league, the fans in Montreal have had the distinct pleasure of watching some of the greatest players ever to take the ice line up for their hometown squad. Legendary players including Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau, Doug Harvey, Jacques Plante, Larry Robinson, and scores more have worn the iconic Canadiens sweater.
After winning seven Stanley Cups prior to 1955, the Habs rattled off five consecutive titles to close out the decades before picking up four more in the 1960s, and six more in the 1970s. Winning once in the 80s and once in the 90s, the Canadiens are truly NHL royalty.
The most famous Canadien in team history is Maurice “Rocket” Richard. This talented winger played his entire career in Montreal (18 seasons) amassing 966 points in 978 regular season games. He was the first in NHL history to record 50 goals in 50 games and the first to reach 500 goals. He was elected to 13 NHL All Star Games and hoisted the Cup eight times for the Canadiens. His younger brother, Henri Richard, also became a Canadiens legend, winning 11 Cups with the team.
Montreal is currently in the midst of their longest Cup drought, dating back to 1993. Head Coach Claude Julien is determined to end this streak and bring the Cup back to Montreal.
Contributing for the Canadiens are Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin, Jeff Petry, Andrew Shaw, and Shea Weber. New to the club last year was Karl Alzner, a big acquisition that provided some help in the defensive zone. Landing Max Domi in a trade with Arizona could prove big for the Habs as the young forward is becoming a star in the NHL. In net for the Habs is Carey Price. Now in his early 30s, Price is considered one of the best goaltenders in the game. He has won many awards over the years, but still has his sights set on hoisting the Stanley Cup before the Montreal faithful. He is ready to shake off a forgettable 2017-2018 season and set his sights on the future and the prospect of a playoff run with the Canadiens. Tomas Plekanec, the longtime Canadiens forward was traded to Toronto right at the deadline last season, has come back home. Rejoining the club this offseason, Plekaenc will be back in Montreal on a new one year deal.
Montreal will need to name a new captain this season as Max Pacioretty was moved to the Vegas Golden Knights in the offseason for players and draft picks. Team captain since 2015, Pacioretty’s departure leaves a hole in the leadership of this club. Undoubtedly, Montreal will see players step up to fill the role going forward.
Featuring some of the greatest players in NHL history, including Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau, Doug Harvey, Jacques Plante, Larry Robinson, Guy Lafleur, Howie Morenz, Frank Mahovlich, Ken Dryden, Henri Richard, Patrick Roy, and dozens more, the Canadiens have a rich tradition of excellent play. Additional information regarding the history of this great club can be found by clicking here.