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1995–96 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Division 3rd Northeast
Conference 6th Eastern
1995–96 record 40–32–10
Home record 23–12–6
Road record 17–20–4
Goals for 265
Goals against 248
General Manager Serge Savard (Oct)
Rejean Houle
Coach Jacques Demers (Oct)
Mario Tremblay
Captain Mike Keane (Oct-Dec)
Pierre Turgeon (Dec-Apr)
Alternate captains Vincent Damphousse
Lyle Odelein
Arena Montreal Forum and Molson Centre
Team leaders
Goals Pierre Turgeon and Vincent Damphousse (38)
Assists Pierre Turgeon (58)
Points Pierre Turgeon (96)
Penalties in minutes Lyle Odelein (230)
Wins Jocelyn Thibault (23)
Goals against average Jocelyn Thibault (2.83)
The 1995–96 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 87th season. Two notable events happened during the season. The Canadiens moved from their long-time home Montreal Forum to the new Molson Centre. The other was the trade of star goaltender Patrick Roy. The club qualified for the playoffs, but lost in the first round to the New York Rangers.

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

  • At the beginning of the season, Mike Keane was named as the 23rd captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Keane was subject to media scrutiny after speaking to Mathias Brunet of La Presse (a French language newspaper). Keane declared that he had no intention of learning French. [1]
  • October 17, 1995: Canadiens president Ronald Corey fired General Manager Serge Savard, and his assistants Andre Boudrias and Carol Vadnais. [2] Head coach Jacques Demers was also relieved of his duties, while assistant coach Charles Thiffault was re-assigned.
  • October 21, 1995: Ronald Corey hired Rejean Houle to become the new General Manager of the Canadiens. Mario Tremblay was hired as the new head coach, and Yvan Cournoyer was hired as an assistant coach. [3] Tremblay had been Roy’s roommate during his rookie season.[4]
  • In his first 15 starts with Tremblay as head coach, Patrick Roy had 12 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. Ironically, the one tie would come against the Colorado Avalanche. [5] Despite the start, incidents occurred with Tremblay in Edmonton. Tremblay spotted Roy in the hotel bar, and Tremblay told Roy that he wanted him to leave the hotel bar. [6] A conflict ensued in Montreal when Tremblay told Roy that he was not allowed to visit the trainer’s room and speak to fellow teammates unless he was injured. [7]
  • November 28, 1995: The Canadiens were playing the Detroit Red Wings on the road. The day before the match, Mario Tremblay spoke to Mario Leclerc of Le Journal de Montreal newspaper. Tremblay mentioned that he was resentful of current Red Wings head coach Scotty Bowman. The first five years of Tremblay’s career were played under Bowman, and Tremblay told Leclerc that Bowman would always threaten to send him to the minors. [8] When Leclerc approached Cournoyer, he stated that he did not want to speak about Bowman.[9] The Canadiens lost the game by a score of 3-2. The next day, the Journal de Montreal had a headline that stated, Bowman has the last word.[10]
  • February 5, 1996: Patrick Roy played the Canadiens for the first time since he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche. [11] Roy stopped 37 of 39 shots in a 4-2 win. After the game, Roy took the game puck and flipped it to Canadiens head coach Mario Tremblay. [12]

Tremblay IncidentEdit

  • On December 2, 1995 Montreal's head coach Mario Tremblay elected to keep Roy in the goal until he let in 9 goals on 26 shots during an 11–1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings[1]. This was the last straw for Roy in what was already a contentious relationship with the rookie head coach. Friction between the two dated back to Roy's rookie year, when Tremblay, then a Canadiens broadcaster, would needle the young Quebecer on his broken English and was critical of Roy through much of his career. The two had almost come to blows in a Long Island coffee shop before Tremblay was announced as a coach and his first appearance in the dressing room was greeted with snickers from Roy. They almost fought a second time after Tremblay fired a shot at Roy's throat during practice.
  • When Roy was replaced midway through the second period, as he was storming off the ice, Roy could be seen on-camera[2] telling Habs team President Ronald Corey that this was the last game he would ever play for Montreal, later elaborating by saying that he would not play for Montreal as long as Tremblay was coach.

The Roy TradeEdit

  • On December 6, four days after the incident, he was traded to Colorado along with Montreal captain Mike Keane in exchange for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Rucinsky, and Andrei Kovalenko, which is known in Montreal as "Le Trade."[3] Roy's relationship with the Canadiens remained strained until 2008, when it was announced that Roy's #33 jersey would be retired. The trade would benefit Colorado as Roy would help the Avalanche qualify for the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals. The Avalanche would sweep the Panthers 4–0.

Final Game at the ForumEdit

  • On March 11, 1996, the Montreal Canadiens played their last game at the Montreal Forum, beating the Dallas Stars 4–1 on a Monday night. The game was televised on TSN and TQS in Canada, and on ESPN in the United States. After the game, many previous hockey greats were presented to the crowd. The largest ovation of the night was left at the end for legendary Canadiens star Maurice "Rocket" Richard - at over 16 minutes in length.

Season standingsEdit

Northeast Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 49 29 4 362 284 102
Boston Bruins 82 40 31 11 282 269 91
Montreal Canadiens 82 40 32 10 265 248 90
Hartford Whalers 82 34 39 9 237 259 77
Buffalo Sabres 82 33 42 7 247 262 72
Ottawa Senators 82 18 59 5 191 291 41

Game logEdit

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOct 7, 19951–7 Philadelphia Flyers0–1–0
2LOct 11, 19951–6 @ Florida Panthers0–2–0
3LOct 12, 19951–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning0–3–0
4LOct 14, 19951–4 New Jersey Devils0–4–0
5LOct 20, 19950–2 @ New York Islanders0–5–0
6WOct 21, 19954–3 Toronto Maple Leafs1–5–0
7WOct 23, 19956–3 Los Angeles Kings2–5–0
8WOct 25, 19957–2 Florida Panthers3–5–0
9WOct 27, 19954–1 @ Hartford Whalers4–5–0
10WOct 28, 19955–3 Chicago Blackhawks5–5–0
11WOct 31, 19953–1 @ Boston Bruins6–5–0
12LNov 1, 19952–5 @ Washington Capitals6–6–0
13WNov 4, 19954–1 Boston Bruins7–6–0
14LNov 8, 19952–3 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim7–7–0
15WNov 11, 19954–0 @ Calgary Flames8–7–0
16WNov 12, 19954–2 @ Vancouver Canucks9–7–0
17WNov 15, 19954–1 @ Edmonton Oilers10–7–0
18WNov 18, 19955–1 Ottawa Senators11–7–0
19WNov 20, 19954–3 OT Hartford Whalers12–7–0
20LNov 22, 19952–4 @ Hartford Whalers12–8–0
21TNov 25, 19952–2 OT Colorado Avalanche12–8–1
22LNov 28, 19952–3 @ Detroit Red Wings12–9–1
23LNov 29, 19954–5 @ St. Louis Blues12–10–1
24LDec 2, 19951–11 Detroit Red Wings12–11–1
25WDec 6, 19954–2 New Jersey Devils13–11–1
26LDec 7, 19955–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins13–12–1
27TDec 9, 19952–2 OT New York Rangers13–12–2
28WDec 12, 19956–5 @ Winnipeg Jets14–12–2
29WDec 15, 19954–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks15–12–2
30LDec 16, 19952–4 Philadelphia Flyers15–13–2
31WDec 18, 19953–2 Hartford Whalers16–13–2
32LDec 20, 19951–2 @ Buffalo Sabres16–14–2
33WDec 22, 19954–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins17–14–2
34WDec 23, 19951–0 Pittsburgh Penguins18–14–2
35LDec 26, 19950–4 @ Washington Capitals18–15–2
36LDec 28, 19951–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning18–16–2
37WDec 30, 19954–1 @ Ottawa Senators19–16–2
38LJan 3, 19964–7 @ New York Rangers19–17–2
39TJan 4, 19962–2 OT @ New York Islanders19–17–3
40LJan 6, 19966–7 Buffalo Sabres19–18–3
41TJan 8, 19963–3 OT Tampa Bay Lightning19–18–4
42TJan 10, 19962–2 OT Vancouver Canucks19–18–5
43WJan 12, 19966–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins20–18–5
44TJan 13, 19963–3 OT St. Louis Blues20–18–6
45WJan 17, 19963–0 @ Ottawa Senators21–18–6
46LJan 22, 19961–4 Tampa Bay Lightning21–19–6
47WJan 25, 19966–2 @ Florida Panthers22–19–6
48WJan 27, 19964–1 Winnipeg Jets23–19–6
49WJan 28, 19965–4 Boston Bruins24–19–6
50WJan 31, 19965–3 Washington Capitals25–19–6
51LFeb 1, 19962–3 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers25–20–6
52WFeb 3, 19964–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs26–20–6
53LFeb 5, 19962–4 @ Colorado Avalanche26–21–6
54WFeb 7, 19964–2 @ Dallas Stars27–21–6
55LFeb 10, 19963–5 Ottawa Senators27–22–6
56WFeb 12, 19963–0 San Jose Sharks28–22–6
57TFeb 15, 19962–2 OT @ New York Rangers28–22–7
58WFeb 17, 19965–1 Calgary Flames29–22–7
59LFeb 21, 19963–5 @ Hartford Whalers29–23–7
60LFeb 23, 19965–6 @ New Jersey Devils29–24–7
61WFeb 24, 19967–3 Pittsburgh Penguins30–24–7
62LFeb 26, 19964–7 @ San Jose Sharks30–25–7
63LFeb 28, 19962–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim30–26–7
64LMar 2, 19964–5 @ Los Angeles Kings30–27–7
65WMar 9, 19963–2 Ottawa Senators31–27–7
66WMar 11, 19964–1 Dallas Stars32–27–7
67TMar 13, 19961–1 OT @ New Jersey Devils32–27–8
68WMar 16, 19964–2 New York Rangers33–27–8
69WMar 18, 19963–2 Buffalo Sabres34–27–8
70WMar 20, 19963–2 Hartford Whalers35–27–8
71WMar 22, 19964–1 @ Buffalo Sabres36–27–8
72LMar 23, 19965–6 Edmonton Oilers36–28–8
73WMar 25, 19964–1 New York Islanders37–28–8
74LMar 27, 19960–1 OT Washington Capitals37–29–8
75WMar 28, 19964–3 OT @ Boston Bruins38–29–8
76WMar 30, 19963–1 @ Ottawa Senators39–29–8
77LApr 1, 19964–6 Buffalo Sabres39–30–8
78LApr 3, 19961–4 Boston Bruins39–31–8
79TApr 4, 19963–3 OT @ Boston Bruins39–31–9
80WApr 6, 19962–1 Florida Panthers40–31–9
81LApr 11, 19962–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers40–32–9
82TApr 13, 19965–5 OT New York Islanders40–32–10

PlayoffsEdit

NY Rangers vs. Montreal
Date Away Home
April 16 Montreal 3 2 NY Rangers OT
April 18 Montreal 5 3 NY Rangers
April 21 NY Rangers 2 1 Montreal
April 23 NY Rangers 4 3 Montreal
April 26 Montreal 2 3 NY Rangers
April 28 NY Rangers 5 3 Montreal
NY Rangers wins series 4–2

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Turgeon, PierrePierre Turgeon C 80 38 58 96 44191716
Damphousse, VincentVincent Damphousse C 80 38 56 94 15851143
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi RW 82 28 50 78 69201126
Rucinsky, MartinMartin Rucinsky LW 56 25 35 60 548923
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 82 20 25 45 40-7832
Bure, ValeriValeri Bure RW 77 22 20 42 2810501
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 69 9 27 36 6510301
Kovalenko, AndreiAndrei Kovalenko RW 51 17 17 34 339303
Savage, BrianBrian Savage LW 75 25 8 33 28-8404
Malakhov, VladimirVladimir Malakhov D 61 5 23 28 797200
Stevenson, TurnerTurner Stevenson RW 80 9 16 25 167-2002
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 79 3 14 17 2308010
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 68 2 14 16 117-4011
Brunet, BenoitBenoit Brunet LW 26 7 8 15 17-4314
Popovic, PeterPeter Popovic D 76 2 12 14 6921000
Petrov, OlegOleg Petrov RW 36 4 7 11 23-9002
Bureau, MarcMarc Bureau C 65 3 7 10 46-3001
Murray, ChrisChris Murray RW 48 3 4 7 1635001
Keane, MikeMike Keane RW 18 0 7 7 6-6000
Wilkie, DavidDavid Wilkie D 24 1 5 6 10-10100
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 19 1 4 5 544000
Brashear, DonaldDonald Brashear LW 67 0 4 4 223-10000
Kiprusoff, MarkoMarko Kiprusoff D 24 0 4 4 8-3000
Racine, YvesYves Racine D 25 0 3 3 26-7000
Fraser, ScottScott Fraser C 15 2 0 2 4-1000
Fitzpatrick, RoryRory Fitzpatrick D 42 0 2 2 18-7000
Ferguson, CraigCraig Ferguson C 10 1 0 1 2-5000
Daigneault, J. J.J. J. Daigneault D 7 0 1 1 60000
Groleau, FrancoisFrancois Groleau D 2 0 1 1 22000
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski G 23 0 1 1 20000
Bordeleau, SebastienSebastien Bordeleau C 4 0 0 0 0-1000
Conroy, CraigCraig Conroy C 7 0 0 0 2-4000
Dirk, RobertRobert Dirk D 3 0 0 0 60000
Labrecque, PatrickPatrick Labrecque G 2 0 0 0 20000
Lamb, MarkMark Lamb C 1 0 0 0 00000
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy G 22 0 0 0 60000
Sarault, YvesYves Sarault LW 14 0 0 0 4-7000
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore G 1 0 0 0 00000
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 40 0 0 0 20000
Tucker, DarcyDarcy Tucker RW 3 0 0 0 0-1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 2334 40 23 13 3 110 2.83 312581148.913
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 1260 22 12 9 1 62 2.95 1667605.907
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski 1264 23 5 9 6 62 2.94 0676614.908
Labrecque, PatrickPatrick Labrecque 98 2 0 1 0 7 4.29 04740.851
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 9 1 0 0 0 1 6.67 021.500
Team: 4965 82 40 32 10 242 2.92 426502408.909

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Damphousse, VincentVincent Damphousse C 6 4 4 8 0012
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi RW 6 3 3 6 0300
Turgeon, PierrePierre Turgeon C 6 2 4 6 2000
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 6 3 1 4 8000
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 6 1 2 3 6000
Wilkie, DavidDavid Wilkie D 6 1 2 3 12000
Bureau, MarcMarc Bureau C 6 1 1 2 4000
Fitzpatrick, RoryRory Fitzpatrick D 6 1 1 2 0000
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 6 1 1 2 6010
Brunet, BenoitBenoit Brunet LW 3 0 2 2 0000
Popovic, PeterPeter Popovic D 6 0 2 2 4000
Savage, BrianBrian Savage LW 6 0 2 2 2000
Bure, ValeriValeri Bure RW 6 0 1 1 6000
Petrov, OlegOleg Petrov RW 5 0 1 1 0000
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 6 0 1 1 6000
Stevenson, TurnerTurner Stevenson RW 6 0 1 1 2000
Brashear, DonaldDonald Brashear LW 6 0 0 0 2000
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski G 1 0 0 0 0000
Kovalenko, AndreiAndrei Kovalenko RW 6 0 0 0 6000
Murray, ChrisChris Murray RW 4 0 0 0 4000
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 6 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 311 6 2 4 18 3.47 0188170.904
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski 49 1 0 0 1 1.22 01716.941
Team: 360 6 2 4 19 3.17 0205186.907

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1. 8. Terry Ryan (LW) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Tri-City Americans (WHL)

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.341, by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  2. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.342, by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  3. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, pp.343-4 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  4. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.339 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  5. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.347, by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  6. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.348, by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  7. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.347, by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  8. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.350 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  9. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.351 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  10. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.351 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  11. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.382 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  12. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.383 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  13. 1995-96 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.

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