Top 100 Habs: #44

#44: Vincent Damphousse

Vincent Damphousse gave the Montreal Canadiens an offensive presence, defensive responsibility and leadership.

Vincent Damphousse

Vincent Damphousse

Traded to the Canadiens from the Edmonton Oilers in the summer of 1992, he arrived just in time to help the Canadiens and their Stanley Cup run. That year, he led the team in points with 97, becoming the first player in history to lead a different team in scoring for three consecutive years (the Oilers in 91-92, and the Toronto Maple Leafs the year before that).

That year, the Habs won the Cup, and Damphousse led the Canadiens in scoring with 23 points in 20 games.

The next year, he scored a career-high 40 goals. In fact, during his seven years with the club, he was routinely near the team’s leaders in goals, assists and points.

In 1996, he got the opportunity to play for Team Canada at the World Championships.

That year, he also became the captain of the Canadiens, a role he held until he was traded to San Jose in 1999.

For more information on Vincent Damphousse:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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