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).
*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.