The Montreal Canadiens: 100 years, 100 facts

The Montreal Canadiens' centennial celebrations conclude on Friday night and in honour of le bleu, blanc et rouge's 24 Stanley Cups, more than 3,000 victories and millions of fans, here are 100 Hab facts.
Guy Lafleur, front right, leads the rush over the boards followed by Canadiens teammates (L-R) Yvon Lambert, Doug Risebrough, Mario Tremblay and Pierre Mondou as the Habs captured the Stanley Cup May 21, 1979, defeating the Rangers 4-1. ((Charlie Palmer/Canadian Press) )

1 - Jacques Plante, the six-time Stanley Cup champion and first to wear a mask in an NHL game, had his number No.1 sweater retired in 1995.

2 - Doug Harvey won the Norris Trophy seven times and was named to 11 consecutive all-star teams. His No. 2 was raised to the rafters in 1985.

3 - times the Habs lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup final. The Canadiens beat Toronto twice to win the championship.

4 - the sweater number worn by the classy Jean Beliveau, who won 10 Stanley Cups and was the inaugural winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP in 1965.

Montreal Canadiens team captain Jean Beliveau holds the Stanley Cup in Chicago May 19, 1971, following the Canadiens' victory over the Blackhawks. (Canadian Press)

5 - Bernie Geoffrion is considered the innovator of the slapshot. Boom Boom helped Montreal celebrate six Stanley Cups and had his No. 5 retired in March 2006.

6 - goals scored in one game by Newsy Lalonde, a club record, on Jan. 10, 1920.

7 - consecutive seasons Howie Morenz led the Canadiens in scoring. He also wore No. 7 and had his number retired eight months after his death at age 34 on March 8, 1937.

8 - points (five goals, three assists) for Maurice Richard in a game on Dec. 28, 1944. Bert Olmstead matched Richard's club record a decade later.

9 - The beloved Maurice Richard had his number retired on emotional evening on Oct. 6, 1960. He won eight Stanley Cups with Montreal.

10 - Guy Lafleur. Lafleur is the Canadiens' all-time leading scorer with 1,246 points (518 goals and 728 assists) in his 14 seasons with Montreal. He also won the league scoring title in 1976, 1977, and 1978 and was the sixth Canadiens player to have his number retired.

11 - Stanley Cup championship teams that Henri Richard played on, an NHL record.

12 - Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer were both inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and shared a retirement ceremony for sweater No. 12 in November 2005.

13 - consecutive wins at home, a club record set between Nov. 2, 1943, and Jan. 8, 1944, and repeated between Jan. 30, 1977, and March 26, 1977.

14 - 20-goal (or more) seasons for Maurice Richard, a team record.

15 - consecutive games that the Canadiens went without a win (12 losses, three ties) in 1933-34, the longest winless streak in club history.

16 - Only one athlete other than Henri Richard has 11 championships, and that is Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics. The younger Richard had his No. 16 was retired in 1975.

Habs great Henri Richard in action in this undated photo. ((Canadian Press))

17 - Stanley Cup rings owned by Jean Beliveau, 10 as a player and seven as an executive.

18 - Serge Savard won eight Stanley Cups as a Montreal defenceman and two more as a general manager. His No. 18 was retired in November 2006.

19 - Larry Robinson has six Stanley Cups and made the playoffs 20 straight seasons, 17 with Montreal. His No. 19 was retired two years ago.

20 - seasons both Henri Richard and Jean Beliveau wore the Habs famed sweater, a club record.

21 - total goals scored in the Canadiens' 14-7 victory against the Toronto St. Pats on Jan. 10, 1920, in Montreal.

22 - shutouts for George Hainsworth in 1928-29, still a league record more than eight decades later.

23 - Once described by legendary Soviet Union coach Anatoli Tarasov as the best all-around player in the world, Bob Gainey won five Stanley Cups and four Selke Trophies. His No. 23 was retired on Feb. 23, 2008.

24 - Stanley Cups won by Montreal. The next closest team is the Maple Leafs at 13.

25 - career playoff goals apiece for Guy Lapointe and Larry Robinson, tied for the team defenceman record.

26 - hat tricks by Maurice Richard, a club record.

27 - points recorded by Frank Mahovlich in the 1971 playoffs, a team record.

28 - games without a loss at 23-0-5 between Dec. 18, 1977, and Feb. 23, 1978. The longest undefeated streak in club history.

29 - Six-time Stanley Cup winner and five-time Vezina Trophy honouree Ken Dryden had his number retired on Jan. 29, 2007.

30 - scoring points (11 goals, 19 assists) the Detroit Red Wings picked up against the Canadiens on Dec. 2, 1995. When coach Mario Tremblay finally pulled Patrick Roy after nine goals on 26 shots, the goalie told team president Ronald Corey that he had played his last game for Montreal.

31 - as in 1931, Montreal won back-to-back championships for the first time.

32 - playoff series against Boston. Montreal has beaten the Bruins 24 times.

33 - Patrick Roy won two Stanley Cups with the Canadiens and had his sweater No. 33 retired on Nov. 22, 2008.

34 - different head coaches have run the Canadiens bench, including Bob Gainey, who took two turns as interim head coach.

35 - shootout shots faced by Carey Price last season, a team record. He allowed 13 goals and made 22 saves, also club records.

36 - career playoff goals scored by Stephane Richer in 77 post-season matches.

37 - short-handed goals in the regular season and playoffs combined for four-time Selke Trophy winner Guy Carbonneau.

38 - the age of Maurice Richard when he played his final season for the Canadiens.

39 - penalty minutes for Chris Nilan in the Habs 6-1 win over Washington on Feb. 14, 1981. The most penalty minutes for a Montreal player in a game.

40 - most losses in a season for the Canadiens, twice, in 1983-84 and 2000-01.

41 - years and 177 days was how old George Hainsworth was when he played his final game for Montreal, making him the oldest player to suit up for the Canadiens.

42 - the club record for most wins in a season, by Jacques Plante in 1955-56 and again 1961-62, and matched by Ken Dryden in 1975-76.

Pioneering goalie Jacques Plante. ((Getty Images))

43 - goals scored by Frank Mahovlich in his second season with the Canadiens, his highest production in his four seasons in Montreal.

44 - Canadiens players have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Dick Duff and Patrick Roy were last in 2006.

45 - victories reached for the first time in club history in 1955-56, the season they won the first of five consecutive Stanley Cup titles.

46 - shutouts recorded by Ken Dryden in his Montreal career.

47 - goals from Jean Beliveau in 1955-56, his best season with the Canadiens.

48 - points Joe Malone collected in 20 games in the Habs' inaugural NHL season in 1917-18. His breakdown was 44 goals and four assists.

49 - goals scored by Doug Wickenheiser in 202 career games with Montreal after the Canadiens selected him first overall in the 1980 draft.

50 - goals in 50 games scored by Maurice Richard, an unheard of feat back in 1944-45.

51 - points registered by Montreal's Howie Morenz to lead the NHL in 1927-28.

52 - as in 1952, the year Montreal general manager Frank Selke used lines from a war poem to inspire his players, "To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high," from In Flanders Field, written by Canadian Lt.-Col. John McCrae in May 1915 after the death of a friend in combat.

53 - saves by Wayne Thomas in the Canadiens 5-4 win in Pittsburgh on March 10, 1974, the most in a regular-season game by a Montreal goaltender.

54 - playoff career games played by Canadiens captain Saku Koivu before departing for Anaheim last summer.

55 - as in March 1, 1955, the day of the Richard riot after Montreal legend Maurice Richard was suspended for the rest of the season and playoffs for his high-sticking incident on Boston's Hal Laycoe and knocking down linesman Cliff Thompson with a punch.

56 - as in the spring of 1956, when the Habs began an incredible streak of capturing five Stanley Cup championships in a row.

57 - games coached by Bob Gainey in his two interim stints behind the Montreal bench.

58 - wins in 1975-76, the first of four straight Stanley Cup wins. It was a team record that was topped the following season.

59 - as in 1959, the beginning of the last of five seasons that Maurice and Henri Richard played together in Montreal.

60 - wins in 1976-77, a club record.

61 - game-winning goals scored by Yvan Cournoyer, second in team history.

62 - games Boom Boom Geoffrion required to reach the 50-goal mark in 1960-61, the second-fastest Montreal mark behind Maurice Richard's 50 in 50 season in 1944-45.

63 - goals scored in 35 road games in 1952-53, the fewest for a Canadiens team. 

64 - points from Chris Chelios in 1984-85, a club record for a rookie defenceman.

65 - career power-play goals scored by Larry Robinson.

Canadiens goalie Ken Dryden looks for the puck as Larry Robinson, centre, tangles with Flyers' Bobby Clarke, right, during Stanley Cup action in 1976. ((Associated Press))

66 - assists from Larry Robinson in 1976-77, a club record for defencemen.

67 - career wins with Montreal for Jocelyn Thibault, but he did record the final shutout at the Forum and the first one at the Bell Centre.

68 - as in March 3, 1968, Jean Beliveau became the first Canadiens player to reach 1,000 points with a goal against Detroit's Roger Crozier.

69 - years between the Canadiens first NHL championship in 1924 and most recent one in 1993.

70 - games played by netminder Gerry McNeil in 1950-51 and again the following year, a club record matched by Jacques Plante in 1961-62.

71 - points notched by Mats Naslund in 1982-83, a record for a Montreal rookie that was equalled by Kjell Dahlin three seasons later.

72 - Summit Series had a distinct Canadiens flavour with Montreal players Ken Dryden, Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe, Frank and Peter Mahovlich and Yvan Cournoyer playing for the winning side.

73 - as in the final two digits of the 21,273 sellout attendance announced for games at the Bell Centre since the 2003-04 season.

74 - the winning percentage of Scotty Bowman as coach of the Canadiens. His record was 419-110-105 in eight seasons in Montreal.

75 - career shutouts recorded by the great Montreal goalie George Hainsworth.

76 - as in 1976, the first spring of four consecutive Stanley Cup championships engineered by coach Scotty Bowman.

77 - playoff appearances by Montreal, a league record.

78 - sweater number of forward Eric Landry earlier this decade. The only player in Canadiens' history to have worn the number.

79 - times the Canadiens beat their provincial foes from Quebec City. They beat the Nordiques 62 times in the regular season and 17 more times in the playoffs.

80 - playoff wins for goalie Ken Dryden, a Canadiens record.

81 - as in March 4, 1981, when Guy Lafleur needed only 720 games to become the fastest NHLer at that time to reach 1,000 points. It was a distinction he held until Wayne Gretzky turned the trick in 424 games in December 1984.

82 - assists from Peter Mahovlich in 1974-75, a club record.

83 - as in 83rd, Denis Savard's position on the Canadiens all-time goal leaders list with 72, tied with Chris Chelios.

84 - the most regular-season games the Canadiens have played in a season, in 1992-93 and 1993-94.

85 - points from Larry Robinson in 1976-77. The 19-goal, 66-assist performance was the highest production for a Montreal defenceman.

86 - as in 1986, the year Patrick Roy won his first Stanley Cup in Montreal.

Goaltender Patrick Roy hoists the Stanley Cup in this June 1993 photo after the Canadiens beat the Los Angeles Kings in five games. ((Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press))

87 - as in 1987, the Canadiens swept Boston in four straight games to extend their domination over the Bruins in the post-season for an 18th consecutive time, dating back to 1946. No other NHL team has eliminated an opponent more than six times in a row.

88 - times the Canadiens have won a playoff series.

89 - as in 1989, when the Calgary Flames became the only opposing team to win the Stanley Cup on Forum ice.

90 - as in the 1990s, Guy Carbonneau won his third Selke Trophy in 1992 as a member of the Habs.

91 - Canadiens' games played in Mount Royal Arena before they moved into the Forum in 1926.

92 - victories in seven seasons in Montreal for popular goalie Gump Worsley, 12th on the Canadiens all-time list.

93 - game-winning goals by Guy Lafleur, a club record.

94 - as in 1994, the first of 15 consecutive seasons without a Stanley Cup title.

95 - as in 1995, when for the first time in 25 seasons the Habs didn't make the playoffs.

96 - as in 1996, the year Habs closed the Forum with a stirring ceremony on March 11, 1996.

97 - as in 1997, one of the worst drafts for the Canadiens. First-round pick Jason Ward wound up playing in only 105 games for Montreal over four seasons and the only other selection to play a game in the NHL, Ben Guite, never suited up for the Canadiens.

98 - points in 96 career playoff games for Steve Shutt in a Montreal sweater.

99 - as in 1999, the first of three consecutive springs the Habs missed the playoffs. It was the team's longest drought since 1920-22.

100 - years of Canadiens hockey.


  • An earlier version of this story cited in No. 68 that Jean Beliveau became the first Canadiens player to reach 1,000 points with a goal against Chicago's Roger Crozier. It has been corrected to read Detroit's Roger Crozier.
    Oct 23, 2013 12:13 AM ET