Ring of Honour

So the Montreal Canadiens last night unveiled their Ring of Honour. It wasn’t quite what I expected, but it was designed to honour all the Hall of Famers that played for the Montreal Canadiens, plus 10 builders.

I won’t get into the builders, but here is the list of the Habs players, plus a small detail on each that I think is pretty neat (remember, most of these players are before my time, but it’s always good to be educated on these sorts of things).

In alphabetical order:

*Jean Beliveau:Holds the record for most seasons as captain of the Canadiens (tied by Saku Koivu this season).

*Toe Blake: Won eight Stanley Cups in 13 seasons.

*Butch Bouchard: Played 15 seasons in the NHL, all with the Habs.

*Sprague Cleghorn: Once refused to play with the Ottawa Senators (so he’s probably the smartest guy on this list).

*Yvon Cournoyer: Surprisingly, never had more than 87 points in a season.

*Ken Dryden: Never lost more than 10 games in a season.

*Dick Duff:One of only a few players that have won multiple cups with different teams. He won four Stanley Cups with the Habs, and another couple with the Leafs.

*Bill Durnan:Became head coach of Ottawa in the 50s when they had a QMHL team.

*Bob Gainey:Won the Selke trophy four years in a row as the league’s best defensive forward.

*Herb Gardiner:He was loaned to the Chicago Blackhawks, was named their playing coach, and then recalled by Montreal about five months later. Was traded for money on three different occasions.

*Bernie Geoffrion: Was once told he would never make it to the NHL, ended up playing 16 seasons.

*George Hainsworth: Won the Vezina trophy for best goalie three straight years in the late 1920s.

*Joe Hall: Died during the flu influenza in 1919, when the league had to cancel the Stanley Cup finals due to the disease.

*Doug Harvey:Was named the league’s best defenceman seven of eight years from 1955 to 1962.

*Tom Johnson: The Leafs didn’t want him, so Montreal traded cash for the right to add him to their negotiation list.

*Aurele Joliat: Led the league in goals in the 1924-25 season with 29 goals.

*Elmer Lach:He broke his jaw in the last game of the 1948-49 season, and tried to get a plastic helmet/mask device approved so he could play in the playoffs. He wasn’t allowed.

*Guy Lafleur: In his second NHL stint, Minnesota North Stars claimed him in the expansion draft, but was traded back to Quebec the next day.

*Newsy Lalonde: Scored 124 goals in 99 games in the NHL.

*Rod Langway: Played for the U.S. hockey team on four different occasions.

*Jacques Laperriere: Was the rookie of the year in 1964.

*Guy Lapointe: Played 14 games for Team Canada at two competitions without scoring a goal.

*Jack Laviolette: He is in Canada’s Hall of Fame as a lacrosse player.

*Jacques Lemaire: Has won coach of the year twice.

*Frank Mahovlich: Never scored 50 goals in a season, but came close with seasons of 48 and 49 goals.

*Joe Malone: Scored 44 goals in 20 games in 1917-1918.

*Sylvio Mantha:Played all but four of his 542 NHL games with the Canadiens.

*Dickie Moore: Won the Art Ross trophy two years in a row (1958 and 1959).

*Howie Morenz: Scored 40 goals in 44 games in 1929-30.

*Buddy O’Connor:Came second in scoring, and won the Hart trophy and Lady Byng trophy in 1948.

*Bert Olmstead: Was traded from Chicago to Detroit in 1950, and was then traded to Montreal 17 days later.

*Didier Pitre:Won the Stanley Cup with the Habs in 1916.

*Jacques Plante: Had a shutout in his first ever NHL game.

*Kenny Reardon: Stopped playing in the NHL for a while because he enlisted in the army during the Second World War.

*Henri Richard: Has an NHL record 11 Stanley Cups as a player.

*Maurice Richard: First player to score 50 goals in 50 games.

*Larry Robinson: Was the most valuable player of the playoffs in 1978.

*Patrick Roy: Has only played for Team Canada once in his career.

*Denis Savard: Never won a major award in his career.

*Serge Savard: Won the Conn Smythe trophy in 1969.

*Steve Shutt: Scored 60 goals in the 1976-77 season.

*Babe Siebert: Played left wing for much of his career, but was put on defence when traded to Montreal. He then went on to win the Hart trophy.

*Georges Vezina: Had to retire due to tuberculosis.

*Gump Worsley: Was rookie of the year in 1953.

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2 responses to “Ring of Honour

  1. A Bit Of Everything Sports

    Is there any right answer to your poll question? Too much history on that team. Better chance of getting a true #1 for an expansion team that has only 3 good players in their history.

  2. re: your poll question

    The Rocket … and it isn’t even close.

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