#87: Patrice Brisebois
Yes, we’ve all heard the names, Patrice Breeze-by being the most famous. But whether you want to accept it or not, perhaps no other defenceman has done more for the Montreal Canadiens in the past 20 years than Patrice Brisebois.
Despite the boos and the name-calling, Brisebois has given his heart and soul to the Habs. He likes playing in Montreal, or else he wouldn’t keep coming back. He’s a leader in the locker room and in the community. In one season, head coach Pat Burns said Brisebois was becoming worn down by making too many charity appearances.
Brisebois played his first 14 years with the Habs, took a two-year break to play with the Colorado Avalanche, and is now back with the Canadiens. He and Mathieu Schneider are the only two players still in the league that won a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens back in 1993.
Always seen as an offensive defenceman, Brisbebois has only four seasons with more than 10 goals, but has seven seasons where he had more than 30 points.
He is 13 games away from playing in his 1,000th NHL game, and four goals away from getting to 100 career goals.
Brisebois continues to see a lot of ice time, even though he turns 38 next week. When he retires, he will probably become an assistant coach with the Habs.
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