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Serge Aubrey Savard, (born January 22, 1946 in Landrienne, Quebec) is a former professional defenceman , most famously with the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL. .

Playing careerEdit

Savard played junior hockey with the Montreal Junior Canadiens, then played minor pro with the Omaha Knights and the Houston Apollos. He started playing with the Montreal Canadiens in 1966. In 1968–69, his second full NHL season, he led the Canadiens to a second consecutive Stanley Cup win, becoming the first defencemen to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' most valuable player.

He broke his leg and missed the end of the 1969-70 NHL season , which was a major factor in the Canadiens missing the playoffs. The next season he broke his leg again but was able to make it back in the 1971-72 NHL season and after.

In seventeen seasons with the Canadiens, Savard played on eight Stanley Cup championship teams: 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979. In 1979, he won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance and dedication to the game. Savard played the last two seasons of his career with the Winnipeg Jets before retiring in 1983. Savard was the second last active player of the Original Six era after Wayne Cashman.

The "Savardian Spin-o-rama", which is a quick pivoting turn with the puck done in order to evade opponents, was coined by Danny Gallivan and named after Serge Savard, and not Denis Savard (who was adept at the same manoeuvre) as is often thought.

Post-playing careerEdit

After Savard retired as a player, he was named the general manager of the Canadiens, also serving as Manager of the minor league Sherbrooke Canadiens. Savard won the Calder Cup with Sherbrooke in 1985. In the 1986 and in the 1993 the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup under Savard.

In 1998, he was ranked number 81 on the List of 100 greatest hockey players by The Hockey News.

On November 18, 2006, the Montreal Canadiens retired his jersey number (18) in a special ceremony at Bell Centre.

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1963–64Montreal Junior CanadiensOHA56331340
1964–65Omaha KnightsCPHL2000040114
1965–65Montreal Junior CanadiensOHA561433470
1965–66Montreal Junior CanadiensOHA469122172
1966–67Houston ApollosCPHL6872532155513417
1966–67Montreal CanadiensNHL20000
1966–67Quebec AcesAHL10002
1967–68Montreal CanadiensNHL67213153462020
1968–69Montreal CanadiensNHL74823317314461024
1969–70Montreal CanadiensNHL6412193138
1970–71Montreal CanadiensNHL375101530
1971–72Montreal CanadiensNHL2318916600010
1972–73Montreal CanadiensNHL74732395817381122
1973–74Montreal CanadiensNHL67414184961124
1974–75Montreal CanadiensNHL8020406064111782
1975–76Montreal CanadiensNHL718394738133696
1976–77Montreal CanadiensNHL789334235142792
1977–78Montreal CanadiensNHL778344224151788
1978–79Montreal CanadiensNHL807263330162796
1979–80Montreal CanadiensNHL4658131820000
1980–81Montreal CanadiensNHL77413173030000
1981–82Winnipeg JetsNHL472572650002
1982–83Winnipeg JetsNHL76416202930002
NHL totals 1040 106 333 439 592 130 19 49 68 88


Preceded by
Yvan Cournoyer
Montreal Canadiens captains
1979 - 81
Succeeded by
Bob Gainey
Preceded by
Glenn Hall
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
Succeeded by
Bobby Orr
Preceded by
Irving Grundman
General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens
1983 – 1995
Succeeded by
Réjean Houle
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