Top 100 Habs: #94

#94: Eric Desjardins

Eric Desjardins was a leader with the Montreal Canadiens, and single-handily turned around the 1993 Stanley Cup finals.

Eric Desjardins

Eric Desjardins

Down one game to none in the finals against the Los Angeles Kings, Desjardins scored a hat trick, including the game-tying goal with less than a minute left in the game and then the winner in overtime, as the Habs came back to win the game 3-2. He was the first defenceman to ever score a hat trick in the Stanley Cup finals. That win gave the Habs the momentum as they won the rest of the games and their 24th Stanley Cup banner.

Desjardins played a total of seven seasons with the Canadiens, before being part of a packaged deal that included John Leclair being sent to the Philadelphia Flyers for Mark Recchi.

He also played for the Canadiens team that went to the Stanley Cup finals in 1989, which went to the Calgary Flames. He also made the All-Star game in 1992.

As a side note, he played for team Canada at four different international events: the World Juniors, the Olympics, the World championships and the Canada Cup.

For more on Eric Desjardins:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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