Top 100 Habs: #77

#77: Russ Courtnall

Although he was with the team for only a few years, Russ Courtnall was a fan favourite with the Montreal Canadiens.

Russ Courtnall

Russ Courtnall

His speed always made him a threat to score, and excited fans who had paid to watch the Habs play.

Courtnall was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, but decided to trade him to Montreal for John Kordic, which is regarded everywhere as one of the worst trades in NHL history.

He made an immediate impact. In three full seasons with the Canadiens, he scored at least 22 goals. In the 1990-91 season, he had 26 goals and 76 points in 79 games.  That playoff year, he had eight goals in 13 playoff games.

He had 21 points in 27 games the next season when he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars for Brian Bellows.

Courtnall played for Team Canada teams at the Olympics, World Juniors, World Championships and the Canada Cup.

For more on Russ Courtnall:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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