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Montreal Canadiens
Canadiens de Montréal
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Information
Conference Eastern (Conférence de l'Est)
Division Atlantic
Founded December 4, 1909
History Montreal Canadiens
1909–1917 (NHA)
1917–present (NHL)
Arena Bell Centre (Centre Bell)
City Montreal, Quebec
Team Colours red, white, blue
              
Media English
Sportsnet East
City Montreal (CJNT-DT)
TSN Radio 690 (CKGM)
French
Réseau des sports (RDS)
98,5 FM (CHMP-FM)
Owner(s) Flag of Canada Molson family
General Manager Flag of Canada Marc Bergevin
Head Coach Flag of Canada Michel Therrien
Captain Flag of the United States Max Pacioretty
Minor League affiliates Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
Championships
Stanley Cups 24 (1915–16, 1923–24, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1943–44, 1945–46, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86, 1992–93)
Presidents' Trophies 0
Conferences 8 (1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1992–93)
Divisions 22 (1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1936–37, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1991–92, 2007–08)
Other
Official Website canadiens.nhl.com
Uniforms
Montreal Canadiens Home Uniform Montreal Canadiens Road Uniform
Home ice
Montreal Canadiens ice rink logo

The Montreal Canadiens (Les Canadiens de Montréal) are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They are members of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club is officially known as le Club de hockey Canadien.[1] French nicknames for the team include Les Canadiens (or Le Canadien), Le Bleu-Blanc-et-Rouge, La Sainte-Flanelle,[2] Le Tricolore, Les Glorieux (or Nos Glorieux), Les Habitants, Le CH and Le Grand Club. In English, the team's main nickname is the Habs, an abbreviation of "Les Habitants". (Note: Even in English, the French spelling, Canadiens, is always used.)

Founded in 1909, the Canadiens are the longest continuously operating professional ice hockey team and the only existing NHL club to predate the founding of the NHL, as well as one of the oldest North American sports franchises. The franchise is one of the "Original Six" teams, a description used for teams that were part of the NHL from 1942 until the 1967 expansion. With the departure of the Quebec Nordiques in 1995, the Canadiens are the sole NHL team in Quebec. The team's championship season in 1992–93 marks the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup.[3]

The Canadiens have won 24 Stanley Cups (including their first in 1916, before the NHL existed), more than any other team.[4] On a percentage basis, as of 2010, the franchise has won 25% of all Stanley Cup championships contested after the Challenge Cup era, making it one of the most successful professional sports teams of the traditional four major sports of Canada and the United States.[5]

Since 1996, the Canadiens have played their home games at the Bell Centre, which was named the Molson Centre until 2003.[6] Former homes of the team include Jubilee Rink, Montreal Westmount Arena, Mount Royal Arena and the Montreal Forum. The Forum was considered a veritable shrine to hockey fans everywhere,[7] and housed the team for seven decades and all but their first two Stanley Cup championships.

They are known for their bitter rivalries against both the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

HistoryEdit

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1909-2009

The Canadiens were founded by J. Ambrose O'Brien on December 4, 1909, as a charter member of the National Hockey Association,[8][9] 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.[10] The team's first season was not a success, placing last. After the first year, ownership was transferred to George Kennedy of Montreal[11] and the team's fortunes improved over the next seasons. The team won its first Stanley Cup championship in the 1915–16 season.[8] In 1917, with four other NHA teams, the Canadiens formed the NHL,[8] and they won their first NHL Stanley Cup during the 1923–24 season, led by Howie Morenz. The team moved to the Montreal Forum for the 1926–27 season.[8]

In the 1930s, the club started the decade with success with Stanley Cups in 1930 and 1931. However, the club and its then Montreal rival, the Montreal Maroons declined both on the ice and economically during the Depression. Losses grew to the point where the team owners considering selling the team to Cleveland, Ohio interests. However, local investors were found and instead it was the Maroons that suspended operations, and several of the Maroons players moved to the Canadiens.

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 1952 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.

The Canadiens added ten more championships in fifteen seasons from 1965 to 1979,[8] with another dynastic run of four straight Cups from 1976 to 1979.[8] In the 1976–77 season, the Canadiens set a modern-day record for fewest losses by only losing eight games in an 80-game season. The next generation of stars included Guy Lafleur, Yvan Cournoyer, Ken Dryden, Pete Mahovlich, 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 70s.

The Canadiens won Stanley Cups in 1986, led by rookie star goaltender Patrick Roy,[8] and in 1993,[8] continuing their streak of winning at least one championship in every decade from the 1910s to the 1990s. In 1996, the Habs moved from the Montreal Forum, their home during 71 seasons and 22 Stanley Cups, to the Molson Centre (now the Bell Centre).[8]

On December 29, 2008 the Canadiens won 5-2 over the Florida Panthers to become the first team in NHL history to reach 3,000 victories.

100-saisons logo

Commemorative 100th anniversary logo for 2008–09

Centennial celebrationsEdit

The Montreal Canadiens retired various uniform numbers as part of its leadup to its celebrations during the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons. As part of the scheduled events for 2009, Montreal hosted the 2009 NHL All-Star Game,[12] and the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Royal Canadian Mint Canadiens 100th anniversary loonie

100th Anniversary commemorative Loonie coin issued by Royal Canadian Mint

Pour toujours, les Canadiens! is a 2009 Quebec feature film about the centennial celebrations, written by Jacques Savoie and directed by Sylvain Archambault. The film debuted in theatres on December 4, 2009, the Canadiens' centennial.[13][14].

==2013==

Le Canadien in the playoffs against Ottawa Senators. They lose 1st match at the Bell Centre 2-4. Canadien had finished 2nd in the East Conference, les Senateurs 7th.

Team colours and mascotEdit

MontrealCanadiens1918

Logo used (1917-19, 1921-22)

For more details on this topic, see History of the Montreal Canadiens.

The current team colours are red, blue and white. These colours have been used in combination since 1914. The Canadiens' colours are an important part 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.[15] The story was later made into an animated short, The Sweater, narrated by Carrier.[16] A passage from the short appears on the 2002 issue of the Canadian five dollar bill.[17][18]

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,[19] before evolving to its current form in 1952–53. The 'H' does not stand for 'Habs' or Habitants; this is a misconception. It actually stands for 'Hockey', as in 'Club de hockey Canadien', the official name of the team. 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."[20]

UniformsEdit

The home Hockey jersey 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 waist. The main road sweater is mainly white with a red and blue stripe across the waist, red at the end of both arm sleeves and the shoulders are also draped with red. The basic design has been in use since 1914, with the current version dating from 1952. 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).[2]

MottoEdit

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.

MascotEdit

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.[21] The terms of the deal was reportedly in the six figures.[22]

The team has previously had children as mascots who would skate with the team during warm-ups and during intermissions. One notable child mascot was the son of player Howie Morenz, Howie Morenz Jr. Other mascots were typically the children of players or Canadiens management.

Seasons and recordsEdit

Table keyEdit

Key of colors and symbols
Color/symbol Explanation
Template:If empty Division champions
Template:If empty Led league in points
Template:If empty O'Brien Cup champions
Template:If empty Conference champions
dagger Stanley Cup champions


Key of terms and abbreviations
Term or abbreviation Definition
Finish Final position in division or league standings
GA Goals against (goals scored by the Canadiens' opponents)
GF Goals for (goals scored by the Canadiens)
GP Number of games played
L Number of losses
OT Number of losses in overtime (since the 1999–2000 season)
Pts Number of points
T Number of ties
TG Two-game total goals series
W Number of wins
Does not apply


NHA (1910–1917)Edit

From 1909–10 until 1916–17 the Canadiens played 8 seasons in the National Hockey Association (NHA). They qualified for the postseason three times and won two NHA championships as well as their first Stanley Cup title.

Montreal Canadiens NHA regular season and postseason statistics and results, 1910–1917
NHA season Canadiens Season Regular season[23][24] Postseason[25]
GP W L T GF GA PTS Finish GP W L T GF GA Result
1910 1909–10 12 2 10 0 59 100 4 7th Did not qualify
1910–11 1910–11 16 8 8 0 66 62 16 2nd Did not qualify
1911–12 1911–12 18 8 10 0 59 66 16 4th Did not qualify
1912–13 1912–13 20 9 11 0 83 81 18 5th Did not qualify
1913–14 1913–14 20 13 7 0 85 65 26Template:Hashtag 2nd[a] 2 1 1 0 2 6 Lost NHA Finals to Toronto Blueshirts, 2–6 (TG)
1914–15 1914–15 20 6 14 0 65 81 12 6th Did not qualify
1915–16 1915–16 24 16 7 1 104 76 33Template:Hashtag 1stTemplate:If empty[b] 5 3 2 15 13 Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Portland Rosebuds, 3–2Stanley Cup champions
1916–17[c] 1916–17 10 7 3 0 58 38 14 1stTemplate:If empty 6 2 4 0 18 29 Won NHA Finals vs. Ottawa Senators, 7–6 (TG)
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Seattle Metropolitans, 1–3
10 3 7 0 31 42 6 3rdTemplate:If empty
Totals, 1910–1917 150 72 77 1 610 611 145 13 6 7 0 35 48

Notes (1910–1917)Edit

  • a The Canadiens finished the 1913–14 season tied with the Toronto Blueshirts. The Blueshirts won the playoff and so the Canadiens finished in second place.
  • b From the 1910 season to the 1916–17 season, the O'Brien Cup was awarded to the champion of the NHA.[26]
  • c The 1916–17 NHA season was played in two half seasons. Montreal qualified for the two-game total-goal playoff by winning the first half of the schedule.

NHL (1917–1967)Edit

Montreal Canadiens NHL regular season and postseason statistics and results, 1917–1967
NHL season Canadiens season Division Regular season[27] Postseason
GP W L T GF GA Pts Finish GP W L T GF GA Result
1917–18[d] 1917–18 [e] 14 10 4 0 81 47 20Template:If empty 1st 2 1 1 0 7 10 Lost NHL Finals to Toronto Arenas, 7–10 (TG)[28]
8 3 5 0 34 37 6 3rd
1918–19 1918–19 10 7 3 0 57 50 14Template:If empty 1stTemplate:If empty[f] 10 6 3 1 36 37 Won NHL Finals vs. Ottawa Senators, 4-1[29]
Tied Stanley Cup Finals vs. Seattle Metropolitans, 2-2-1[g]

[25]

8 3 5 0 31 28 6 2ndTemplate:If empty
1919–20 1919–20 12 8 4 0 62 51 16 2nd Did not qualify
12 5 7 0 67 62 10 3rd
1920–21 1920–21 10 4 6 0 37 51 8 3rd Did not qualify
14 9 5 0 75 48 18 2nd
1921–22 1921–22 24 12 11 1 88 94 25 3rd Did not qualify
1922–23 1922–23 24 13 9 2 73 61 28 2nd 2 1 1 0 2 3 Lost NHL Finals to Ottawa Senators, 2–3 (TG)[30]
1923–24 1923–24 24 13 11 0 59 48 26 2ndTemplate:If empty 6 6 0 0 19 6 Won NHL Finals vs. Ottawa Senators, 5–2 (TG)[31]
Won Stanley Cup Semifinals vs. Vancouver Maroons, 2-0
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Calgary Tigers, 2-0[32]Template:†
1924–25 1924–25 30 17 11 2 93 56 36 3rdTemplate:If empty 6 3 3 0 13 18 Won NHL Semifinals vs. Toronto St. Patricks, 5–2 (TG)
Won NHL Finals vs. Hamilton Tigers, 0–0[h]

[33]
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Victoria Cougars, 1–3[32]

1925–26 1925–26 36 11 24 1 79 108 23 7th Did not qualify
1926–27 1926–27 Canadian[i] 44 28 14 2 99 67 58 2nd 4 1 1 2 3 6 Won Quarterfinals vs. Montreal Maroons, 2–1 (TG)
Lost Semifinals to Ottawa Senators, 1–5 (TG)[34]
1927–28 1927–28 CanadianTemplate:If empty 44 26 11 7 116 48 59Template:If empty 1stTemplate:If empty[j] 2 0 1 1 2 3 Lost Semifinals to Montreal Maroons, 2–3 (TG)[35]
1928–29 1928–29 CanadianTemplate:If empty 44 22 7 15 71 43 59Template:If empty 1stTemplate:If empty 3 0 3 2 5 Lost Semifinals to Boston Bruins, 0–3[36]
1929–30 1929–30 Canadian 44 21 14 9 142 114 51 2nd 6 5 0 1 14 6 Won Quarterfinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 3–2 (TG)
Won Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 2–0
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston Bruins, 2-0[37]Template:†
1930–31 1930–31 CanadianTemplate:If empty 44 26 10 8 129 89 60 1stTemplate:If empty 10 6 4 24 21 Won Semifinals vs. Boston Bruins, 3–2
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 3–2[38]Template:†
1931–32 1931–32 CanadianTemplate:If empty 48 25 16 7 128 111 57Template:If empty 1stTemplate:If empty 4 1 3 9 13 Lost Semifinals to New York Rangers, 1–3[39]
1932–33 1932–33 Canadian 48 18 25 5 92 115 41 3rd 2 0 1 1 5 8 Lost Quarterfinals to New York Rangers, 5–8 (TG)[40]
1933–34 1933–34 Canadian 48 22 20 6 99 101 50 2nd 2 0 1 1 3 4 Lost Quarterfinals to Chicago Black Hawks, 3–4 (TG)[41]
1934–35 1934–35 Canadian 48 19 23 6 110 145 44 3rd 2 0 1 1 5 6 Lost Quarterfinals to New York Rangers, 5–6 (TG)[42]
1935–36 1935–36 Canadian 48 11 26 11 82 123 33 4th Did not qualify
1936–37 1936–37 CanadianTemplate:If empty 48 24 18 6 115 111 54 1stTemplate:If empty 5 2 3 8 13 Lost Semifinals to Detroit Red Wings, 2–3[43]
1937–38 1937–38 Canadian 48 18 17 13 123 128 49 3rd 3 1 2 8 11 Lost Quarterfinals to Chicago Black Hawks, 1–2[44]
1938–39 1938–39 [k] 48 15 24 9 115 146 39 6th 3 1 2 5 8 Lost Quarterfinals to Detroit Red Wings, 1–2[45]
1939–40 1939–40 48 10 33 5 90 167 25 7th Did not qualify
1940–41 1940–41 48 16 26 6 121 147 38 6th 3 1 2 7 8 Lost Quarterfinals to Chicago Black Hawks, 1–2[46]
1941–42 1941–42 48 18 27 3 134 173 39 6th 3 1 2 8 8 Lost Quarterfinals to Detroit Red Wings, 1–2[47]
1942–43 1942–43 50 19 19 12 181 191 50 4th 5 1 4 17 18 Lost Semifinals to Boston Bruins, 1–4[48]
1943–44 1943–44 50 38 5 7 234 109 83Template:If empty 1st 9 8 1 39 14 Won Semifinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–1
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–0[49]Template:†
1944–45 1944–45 50 38 8 4 228 121 80Template:If empty 1st 6 2 4 21 15 Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 2–4[50]
1945–46 1945–46 50 28 17 5 172 134 61Template:If empty 1st 9 8 1 45 20 Won Semifinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–0
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–1[51]Template:†
1946–47 1946–47 60 34 16 10 189 138 78Template:If empty 1stTemplate:If empty[l] 11 6 5 29 23 Won Semifinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–1
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 2–4[52]
1947–48 1947–48 60 20 29 11 147 169 51 5th Did not qualify
1948–49 1948–49 60 28 23 9 152 126 65 3rd 7 3 4 14 17 Lost Semifinals to Detroit Red Wings, 3–4[53]
1949–50 1949–50 70 29 22 19 172 150 77 2nd 5 1 4 7 15 Lost Semifinals to New York Rangers, 1–4[54]
1950–51 1950–51 70 25 30 15 173 184 65 3rd 11 5 6 23 25 Won Semifinals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–2
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 1–4[55]
1951–52 1951–52 70 34 26 10 195 164 78 2nd 11 4 7 20 23 Won Semifinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–3
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Detroit Red Wings, 0–4[56]
1952–53 1952–53 70 28 23 19 155 148 75 2nd 12 8 4 34 23 Won Semifinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–3
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–1[57]Template:†
1953–54 1953–54 70 35 24 11 195 141 81 2nd 11 7 4 28 18 Won Semifinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–0
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Detroit Red Wings, 3–4[58]
1954–55 1954–55 70 41 18 11 228 157 93 2nd 12 7 5 36 36 Won Semifinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–1
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Detroit Red Wings, 3–4[59]
1955–56 1955–56 70 45 15 10 222 131 100Template:If empty 1st 10 8 2 42 18 Won Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–1
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–1[60]Template:†
1956–57 1956–57 70 35 23 12 210 155 82 2nd 10 8 2 37 18 Won Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–1
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–1[61]Template:†
1957–58 1957–58 70 43 17 10 250 158 96Template:If empty 1st 10 8 2 35 20 Won Semifinals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–0
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–2[62]Template:†
1958–59 1958–59 70 39 18 13 258 158 91Template:If empty 1st 11 8 3 39 28 Won Semifinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–2
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–1[63]Template:†
1959–60 1959–60 70 40 18 12 255 178 92Template:If empty 1st 8 8 0 29 11 Won Semifinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–0
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–0[64]Template:†
1960–61 1960–61 70 41 19 10 254 188 92Template:If empty 1st 6 2 4 15 16 Lost Semifinals to Chicago Black Hawks, 2–4[65]
1961–62 1961–62 70 42 14 14 259 166 98Template:If empty 1st 6 2 4 13 19 Lost Semifinals to Chicago Black Hawks, 2–4[66]
1962–63 1962–63 70 28 19 23 225 183 79 3rd 5 1 4 6 14 Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 1–4[67]
1963–64 1963–64 70 36 21 13 209 167 85Template:If empty 1st 7 3 4 14 17 Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 3–4[68]
1964–65 1964–65 70 36 23 11 211 185 83 2nd 13 8 5 35 26 Won Semifinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–2
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–3[69]Template:†
1965–66 1965–66 70 41 21 8 239 173 90Template:If empty 1st 10 8 2 33 20 Won Semifinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–0
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–2[70]Template:†
1966–67 1966–67 70 32 25 13 202 188 77 2nd 10 6 4 30 25 Won Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–0
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 2–4[71]
NHL season Canadiens season Division Regular season Postseason
GP W L T GF GA Pts Finish GP W L T GF GA Result
Totals, 1917–1967 2614 1289 909 416 7817 6531 2994 293 166 119 8 821 673

Notes (1917–1967)Edit

  • d From the 1917–18 season to the 1920–21 season, the NHL played a split season schedule. The winners of both halves faced each other in a two-game, total-goals series for the NHL championship.[72]
  • e From the 1917–18 season to the 1925–26 season, the NHL had no divisions.[72]
  • f From the 1917–18 season to the 1926–27 season, the O'Brien Cup was awarded to the champion of the NHL.[26]
  • g The 1919 Stanley Cup Finals were suspended due to the 1918 flu pandemic.[25]
  • h The NHL declared the Canadiens to be league champions in 1925 when the Hamilton Tigers refused to play in the NHL Finals due to a dispute over player salaries.[32]
  • i From the 1926–27 season to the 1937–38 season, the Canadiens played in the Canadian Division.[27]
  • j From the 1927–28 season to the 1937–38 season, the O'Brien Cup was awarded to the champion of the Canadian Division.[26]
  • k From the 1938–39 season to the 1966–67 season, the NHL had no divisions.[72]
  • l From the 1938–39 season to the 1949–50 season, the O'Brien Cup was awarded to the NHL playoff runner-up, and was retired after the 1949–50 season.[26]

NHL (1967–present)Edit

Montreal Canadiens NHL regular season and postseason statistics and results, 1967–present
NHL season Canadiens season Conference Division Regular season[27] Postseason
GP W L T OT GF GA Pts Finish GP W L GF GA Result
1967–68 1967–68 EastTemplate:If empty[m] 74 42 22 10 236 167 94Template:If empty 1st 13 12 1 48 25 Won Quarterfinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–0
Won Semifinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–1
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. St. Louis Blues, 4–0[73]Template:†
1968–69 1968–69 EastTemplate:If empty 76 46 19 11 271 202 103Template:If empty 1st 14 12 2 43 26 Won Quarterfinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–0
Won Semifinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–2
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. St. Louis Blues, 4–0[74]Template:†
1969–70 1969–70 East 76 38 22 16 244 201 92 5th Did not qualify
1970–71 1970–71 East 78 42 23 13 291 216 97 3rd 20 12 8 75 63 Won Quarterfinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–3
Won Semifinals vs. Minnesota North Stars, 4–2
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–3[75]Template:†
1971–72 1971–72 East 78 46 16 16 307 205 108 3rd 6 2 4 14 19 Lost Quarterfinals to New York Rangers, 2–4[76]
1972–73 1972–73 EastTemplate:If empty 78 52 10 16 329 184 120Template:If empty 1st 17 12 5 73 52 Won Quarterfinals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–2
Won Semifinals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4–1
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–2[77]Template:†
1973–74 1973–74 East 78 45 24 9 293 240 99 2nd 6 2 4 17 21 Lost Quarterfinals to New York Rangers, 2–4[78]
1974–75 1974–75 Wales[n] NorrisTemplate:If empty 80 47 14 19 374 225 113Template:If empty 1st 11 6 5 49 30 Won Quarterfinals vs. Vancouver Canucks, 4–1
Lost Semifinals to Buffalo Sabres, 2–4[79]
1975–76 1975–76 WalesTemplate:If empty[o] NorrisTemplate:If empty 80 58 11 11 337 174 127Template:If empty 1st 13 12 1 44 26 Won Quarterfinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–0
Won Semifinals vs. New York Islanders, 4–1
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4–0[80]Template:†
1976–77 1976–77 WalesTemplate:If empty NorrisTemplate:If empty 80 60 8 12 387 171 132Template:If empty 1st 14 12 2 54 23 Won Quarterfinals vs. St. Louis Blues, 4–0
Won Semifinals vs. New York Islanders, 4–2
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–0[81]Template:†
1977–78 1977–78 WalesTemplate:If empty NorrisTemplate:If empty 80 59 10 11 359 183 129Template:If empty 1st 15 12 3 58 29 Won Quarterfinals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–1
Won Semifinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–0
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–2[82]Template:†
1978–79 1978–79 WalesTemplate:If empty NorrisTemplate:If empty 80 52 17 11 337 204 115 1st 16 12 4 63 41 Won Quarterfinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–0
Won Semifinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–3
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. New York Rangers, 4–1[83]Template:†
1979–80 1979–80 Wales NorrisTemplate:If empty 80 47 20 13 328 240 107 1st 10 6 4 39 26 Won Preliminary Round vs. Hartford Whalers, 3–0
Lost Quarterfinals to Minnesota North Stars, 3–4[84]
1980–81 1980–81 WalesTemplate:If empty NorrisTemplate:If empty 80 45 22 13 332 232 103 1st 3 0 3 6 15 Lost Preliminary Round to Edmonton Oilers, 0–3[85]
1981–82 1981–82 Wales AdamsTemplate:If empty[p] 80 46 17 17 360 223 109 1st 5 2 3 16 11 Lost Division Semifinals to Quebec Nordiques, 2–3[86]
1982–83 1982–83 Wales Adams 80 42 24 14 350 286 98 2nd 3 0 3 2 8 Lost Division Semifinals to Buffalo Sabres, 0–3[87]
1983–84 1983–84 Wales Adams 80 35 40 5 286 295 75 4th 15 9 6 42 32 Won Division Semifinals vs. Boston Bruins, 3–0
Won Division Finals vs. Quebec Nordiques, 4–2
Lost Conference Finals to New York Islanders, 2–4[88]
1984–85 1984–85 Wales AdamsTemplate:If empty 80 41 27 12 309 262 94 1st 12 6 6 43 41 Won Division Semifinals vs. Boston Bruins, 3–2
Lost Division Finals to Quebec Nordiques, 3–4[89]
1985–86 1985–86 WalesTemplate:If empty[q] Adams 80 40 33 7 330 280 87 2nd 20 15 5 56 41 Won Division Semifinals vs. Boston Bruins, 3–0
Won Division Finals vs. Hartford Whalers, 4–3
Won Conference Finals vs. New York Rangers, 4–1
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Calgary Flames, 4–1[90]Template:†
1986–87 1986–87 Wales Adams 80 41 29 10 277 241 92 2nd 17 10 7 67 54 Won Division Semifinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–0
Won Division Finals vs. Quebec Nordiques, 4–3
Lost Conference Finals to Philadelphia Flyers, 2–4[91]
1987–88 1987–88 Wales AdamsTemplate:If empty 80 45 22 13 298 238 103 1st 11 5 6 33 35 Won Division Semifinals vs, Hartford Whalers, 4–2
Lost Division Finals to Boston Bruins, 1–4[92]
1988–89 1988–89 WalesTemplate:If empty AdamsTemplate:If empty 80 53 18 9 315 218 115 1st 21 14 7 67 51 Won Division Semifinals vs. Hartford Whalers, 4–0
Won Division Finals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–1
Won Conference Finals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4–2
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Calgary Flames, 2–4[93]
1989–90 1989–90 Wales Adams 80 41 28 11 288 234 93 3rd 11 5 6 29 29 Won Division Semifinals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–2
Lost Division Finals to Boston Bruins, 1–4[94]
1990–91 1990–91 Wales Adams 80 39 30 11 273 249 89 2nd 13 7 6 47 42 Won Division Semifinals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–2
Lost Division Finals to Boston Bruins, 3–4[95]
1991–92 1991–92 Wales AdamsTemplate:If empty 80 41 28 11 267 207 93 1st 11 4 7 29 32 Won Division Semifinals vs. Hartford Whalers, 4–3
Lost Division Finals to Boston Bruins, 0–4[96]
1992–93 1992–93 WalesTemplate:If empty Adams 84 48 30 6 326 280 102 3rd 20 16 4 66 51 Won Division Semifinals vs. Quebec Nordiques, 4–2
Won Division Finals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–0
Won Conference Finals vs. New York Islanders, 4–1
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Los Angeles Kings, 4–1[97]Template:†
1993–94 1993–94 Eastern[r] Northeast 84 41 29 14 283 248 96 3rd 7 3 4 20 22 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Boston Bruins, 3–4[98]
1994–95[s] 1994–95 Eastern Northeast 48 18 23 7 125 148 43 6th Did not qualify
1995–96 1995–96 Eastern Northeast 82 40 32 10 265 248 90 3rd 6 2 4 17 19 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to New York Rangers, 2–4[99]
1996–97 1996–97 Eastern Northeast 82 31 36 15 249 276 77 4th 5 1 4 11 22 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to New Jersey Devils, 1–4[100]
1997–98 1997–98 Eastern Northeast 82 37 32 13 235 208 87 4th 10 4 6 28 32 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals to Buffalo Sabres, 0–4[101]
1998–99 1998–99 Eastern Northeast 82 32 39 11 184 209 75 5th Did not qualify
1999–2000 1999–2000 Eastern Northeast 82 35 34 9 4[t] 196 194 83 4th Did not qualify
2000–01 2000–01 Eastern Northeast 82 28 40 8 6 206 232 70 5th Did not qualify
2001–02 2001–02 Eastern Northeast 82 36 31 12 3 207 209 87 4th 12 6 6 32 39 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals to Carolina Hurricanes, 2–4[102]
2002–03 2002–03 Eastern Northeast 82 30 35 8 9 206 234 77 4th Did not qualify
2003–04 2003–04 Eastern Northeast 82 41 30 7 4 208 192 93 4th 11 4 7 24 28 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–3
Lost Conference Semifinals to Tampa Bay Lightning, 0–4[103]
2004–05[u] 2004–05 Eastern Northeast No postseason due to lockout
2005–06 2005–06 Eastern Northeast 82 42 31 [v] 9 243 247 93 3rd 6 2 4 17 15 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Carolina Hurricanes, 2–4[104]
2006–07 2006–07 Eastern Northeast 82 42 34 6 245 256 90 4th Did not qualify
2007–08 2007–08 Eastern NortheastTemplate:If empty 82 47 25 10 262 222 104 1st 12 5 7 33 35 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–3
Lost Conference Semifinals to Philadelphia Flyers, 1–4[105]
2008–09 2008–09 Eastern Northeast 82 41 30 11 249 247 93 2nd 4 0 4 6 17 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Boston Bruins, 0–4[106]
2009–10 2009–10 Eastern Northeast 82 39 33 10 217 223 88 4th 19 9 10 46 57 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Washington Capitals, 4–3
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 4–3
Lost Conference Finals to Philadelphia Flyers, 1–4[107]
2010–11 2010–11 Eastern Northeast 82 44 30 8 216 209 96 2nd 7 3 4 17 17 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Boston Bruins, 3–4[108]
2011–12 2011–12 Eastern Northeast 82 31 35 16 212 226 78 5th Did not qualify
2012–13[w] 2012–13 Eastern NortheastTemplate:If empty 48 29 14 5 149 126 63 1st 5 1 4 9 20 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Ottawa Senators, 1–4[109]
2013–14 2013–14 Eastern Atlantic[x] 82 46 28 8 215 204 100 3rd 17 10 7 51 46 Won First Round vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 4–0
Won Second Round vs. Boston Bruins, 4–3
Lost Conference Finals to New York Rangers, 2–4[110]
2014–15 2014–15 Eastern AtlanticTemplate:If empty 82 50 22 10 221 189 110 1st 12 6 6 25 29 Won First Round vs. Ottawa Senators, 4–2
Lost Second Round to Tampa Bay Lightning, 2–4[111]
2015–16 2015–16 Eastern Atlantic 82 38 38 6 221 236 82 6th Did not qualify
NHL season Canadiens season Conference Division Regular season Postseason
GP W L T OT GF GA Pts Finish GP W L GF GA Result
Totals, 1967–present 3800 2009 1245 421 125 12918 10640 4564 450 261 189 1416 1221

Notes (1967–present)Edit

  • m Before the 1967–68 season, the NHL split into East and West Divisions because of the addition of six expansion teams.[72]
  • n The NHL realigned before the 1974–75 season. The Canadiens were placed in the Prince of Wales Conference's Norris Division.[112]
  • o Between 1974–75 and 1980–81, Conference championships were awarded to the team that finished first overall in their respective conference in the regular season.
  • p Before the 1981–82 season, the NHL moved the Canadiens to the Adams Division.[113]
  • q Since 1981–82, Conference championships are awarded to the team that wins the Conference Finals in their respective conference in the postseason.
  • r The NHL realigned into Eastern and Western conferences prior to the 1993–94 season. Montreal was placed in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference.[114]
  • s The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 1994–95 NHL lockout.[115]
  • t Beginning with the 1999–2000 season, teams received one point for losing a regular-season game in overtime.[116]
  • u The season was cancelled because of the 2004–05 NHL lockout.[117]
  • v Before the 2005–06 season, the NHL instituted a penalty shootout for regular-season games that remained tied after a five-minute overtime period, which prevented ties.[118]
  • w The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 2012–13 NHL lockout.[119]
  • x The NHL realigned prior to the 2013–14 season. The Canadiens were placed in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.[120]

Totals from all seasonsEdit

Montreal Canadiens NHA and NHL regular season and postseason statistics, 1910–present
Regular season Postseason
GP W L T OT GF GA PTS GP W L T GF GA
NHA totals, 1910–1917 150 72 77 1 610 611 145 13 6 7 0 35 48
NHL totals, 1917–1967 2614 1289 909 416 7817 6531 2994 293 166 119 8 821 673
NHL totals, 1967–present 3800 2009 1245 421 125 12918 10640 4564 450 261 189 0 1416 1221
NHL totals 6414 3298 2154 837 125 20735 17171 7558 743 427 308 8 2237 1894
Grand totals 6564 3370 2231 838 125 21345 17782 7703 756 433 315 8 2272 1961

Franchise individual recordsEdit

For more details on this topic, see List of Montreal Canadiens records.

Franchise scoring leadersEdit

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

Updated at completion of 2007–2008 season

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Guy Lafleur RW 961 518 728 1246 1.30
Jean Beliveau C 1125 507 712 1219 1.08
Henri Richard C 1256 358 688 1046 0.83
Maurice Richard RW 978 544 421 965 0.99
Larry Robinson D 1202 197 686 883 0.73
Yvan Cournoyer RW 968 428 435 863 0.89
Jacques Lemaire C 853 366 469 835 0.98
Steve Shutt LW 871 408 368 776 0.89
Bernie Geoffrion RW 766 371 388 759 0.99
Saku Koivu C 779 191 450 641 0.81

Source: Statistics | Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved on 2009-06-27.

Records - skatersEdit

Career
Season

* Indicates a league record.

Source: Season records - Individual records - Skaters | Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved on 2008-12-12.

Records - goaltendersEdit

Career
Season

* Indicates a league record.

Source: Season records - Individual records - goaltenders | Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved on 2008-12-12.

Current rosterEdit

Updated September 16, 2010.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
35 Flag of Canada.svg Auld, AlexAlex Auld

G L 35 2010 Cold Lake, Alberta
17 Flag of Canada.svg Boyd, DustinDustin Boyd

D L 30 2010 Winnipeg, Manitoba
13 Flag of Canada.svg Cammalleri, MichaelMichael Cammalleri

LW L 34 2009 Richmond Hill, Ontario
52 Flag of Canada.svg Darche, MathieuMathieu Darche

LW L 39 2009 Montreal, Quebec
81 Flag of Denmark Eller, LarsLars Eller

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G L 27 2010 Rodovre, Denmark
75 Flag of the United States Gill, HalHal Gill

 (A)

D L 41 2009 Concord, Massachusetts
21 Flag of the United States Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta

 (C)

RW R 37 2009 Rochester, New York
91 Flag of the United States Gomez, ScottScott Gomez

C L 36 2009 Anchorage, Alaska
26 Flag of Canada.svg Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges

D L 31 2007 Kelowna, British Columbia
15 Flag of the United States Halpern, JeffJeff Halpern

C L 40 2010 Potomac, Maryland
44 Flag of the Czech Republic Hamrlik, RomanRoman Hamrlik

D L 42 2007 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
46 Flag of Belarus Kostitsyn, AndreiAndrei Kostitsyn

LW L 31 2003 Navapolatsk, Soviet Union
40 Flag of Canada.svg Lapierre, MaximMaxim Lapierre

C R 31 2003 Montreal, Quebec
79 Flag of Russia Markov, AndreiAndrei Markov

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D L 37 1998 Voskresensk, Soviet Union
61 Flag of Canada.svg Maxwell, BenBen Maxwell

C L 28 2006 North Vancouver, British Columbia
32 Flag of Canada.svg Moen, TravisTravis Moen

LW L 34 2009 Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan
20 Flag of Canada.svg O'Byrne, RyanRyan O'Byrne

D R 32 2003 Victoria, British Columbia
14 Flag of the Czech Republic Plekanec, TomasTomas Plekanec

C L 33 2001 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
57 Flag of Canada.svg Pouliot, BenoitBenoit Pouliot

LW L 29 2009 Alfred, Ontario
31 Flag of Canada.svg Price, CareyCarey Price

G L 28 2005 Vancouver, British Columbia
94 Flag of Canada.svg Pyatt, TomTom Pyatt

C L 29 2009 Thunder Bay, Ontario
6 Flag of the Czech Republic Spacek, JaroslavJaroslav Spacek

D L 42 2009 Rokycany, Czechoslovakia
76 Flag of Canada.svg Subban, P.K.P.K. Subban

D R 27 2007 Toronto, Ontario

LeadersEdit

Team captainsEdit


Head coachesEdit


Source: Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved on 2008-12-12.

Honoured membersEdit

For more details on this topic, see List of Montreal Canadiens award winners.

Hockey Hall of FamersEdit

In the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Canadiens boast the second-most enshrined Hall-of-Famers with forty-two. All of their inductees are from Canada (defenceman Joe Hall was born in England but raised in Manitoba). Thirty-six of these players are from three separate notable dynasties: 12 from 1955–1960, 11 from 1964–1969 and 13 from 1975-1979. Howie Morenz and Georges Vezina were the first Canadiens given the honour in 1945, while Patrick Roy and Dick Duff were the most recently inducted, in 2006.

Montreal Canadiens Hall of Famers
Player Nat. Position Inducted
Howie Morenz Flag of Canada.svg C 1945
Georges Vezina Flag of Canada.svg G 1945
Aurele Joliat Flag of Canada.svg LW 1947
Newsy Lalonde Flag of Canada.svg C 1950
Joe Malone Flag of Canada.svg C 1950
Sprague Cleghorn Flag of Canada.svg D 1958
Herb Gardiner Flag of Canada.svg LW 1958
Sylvio Mantha Flag of Canada.svg D 1960
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Flag of Canada.svg RW 1961
Joe HallFlag of Great Britain D 1961
George HainsworthFlag of Canada.svg G 1961
Jack LavioletteFlag of Canada.svg D 1962
Didier PitreFlag of Canada.svg RW 1962
Albert "Babe" SiebertFlag of Canada.svg LW 1964
Bill Durnan Flag of Canada.svg G 1964
Ken ReardonFlag of Canada.svg D 1966
Hector "Toe" BlakeFlag of Canada.svg LW 1966
Emile BouchardFlag of Canada.svg D 1966
Elmer LachFlag of Canada.svg C 1966
Tom JohnsonFlag of Canada.svg D 1970
Jean BeliveauFlag of Canada.svg C 1972
Bernard "Boom Boom" GeoffrionFlag of Canada.svg RW 1972
Doug HarveyFlag of Canada.svg D 1973
Dickie MooreFlag of Canada.svg LW 1974
Jacques PlanteFlag of Canada.svg G 1978
Henri "Pocket Rocket" RichardFlag of Canada.svg C 1979
Lorne "Gump" WorsleyFlag of Canada.svg G 1980
Frank MahovlichFlag of Canada.svg LW 1981
Yvan Cournoyer Flag of Canada.svg RW 1982
Ken Dryden Flag of Canada.svg G 1983
Jacques Lemaire Flag of Canada.svg C 1984
Bert Olmstead Flag of Canada.svg RW 1985
Serge Savard Flag of Canada.svg D 1986
Jacques Laperriere Flag of Canada.svg D 1987
Guy Lafleur Flag of Canada.svg RW 1988
Bud O'Connor Flag of Canada.svg RW 1988
Bob Gainey Flag of Canada.svg LW 1992
Guy Lapointe Flag of Canada.svg D 1993
Steve Shutt Flag of Canada.svg LW 1993
Larry Robinson Flag of Canada.svg D 1995
Denis Savard Flag of Canada.svg C 2000
Rod Langway Flag of the United States D 2002
Patrick Roy Flag of Canada.svg G 2006
Dick Duff Flag of Canada.svg LW 2006

Retired numbersEdit

The Canadiens have retired fifteen numbers in honour of seventeen players,[122] the most of any team in the National Hockey League, and the third highest total of any of the four major professional sports leagues of the United States and Canada. All of the honourees were born in Canada. Howie Morenz was the first honouree on November 2, 1937.

Montreal Canadiens retired numbers
No. Player Retired
1 Jacques Plante October 7, 1995
2 Doug Harvey October 26, 1985
3 Emile Bouchard December 4, 2009
4 Jean Beliveau October 9, 1971
5 Bernard Geoffrion March 11, 2006
7 Howie Morenz November 2, 1937
9 Maurice Richard October 6, 1960
10 Guy Lafleur February 16, 1985
12 Dickie Moore November 12, 2005
12 Yvan Cournoyer November 12, 2005
16 Henri Richard December 10, 1975
16 Elmer Lach December 4, 2009
18 Serge Savard November 18, 2006
19 Larry Robinson November 19, 2007
23 Bob Gainey February 23, 2008
29 Ken Dryden January 29, 2007
33 Patrick Roy November 22, 2008
99 Wayne Gretzky February 6, 2000 (Retired League-Wide)

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Edmonton Oilers
Preceded by
Pittsburgh Penguins
Stanley Cup Champions
1992–93
Succeeded by
New York Rangers

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