Top 100 Habs: #49

#49: Peter Mahovlich

Peter Mahovlich was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings, but was traded to the Montreal Canadiens after having difficulty cracking the Wings lineup.

Peter Mahovlich

Peter Mahovlich

After a first forgettable season with the Habs (he had nine goals in 36 games and spent much of the year in the minors), Mahovlich exploded in the the 1970-71 season. He scored 35 goals that year, and followed that up with 10 goals and 16 points in 20 playoff games, helping the Habs win the Stanley Cup that year.

He scored another 35 goalsĀ the next season, and was good enough to make the roster of the historic Canada Cup team that battled Russia in a eight-game Summit Series.

After a disappointing 21 goal-season in 72-73, Mahovlich went back to his regular goal-scoring ways, as he had goal seasons of 36, 35 and 34 the next three years. He added 87 assists in the 74-75 season, for a total of 117 points.

He won four Stanley Cups with the Habs in the 70s, before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

For more on Pete Mahovlich:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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