#34: Guy Carbonneau
Guy Carbonneau was a much better player for the Montreal Canadiens than he was as a coach of the team.
Carbonneau was drafted by the Habs in 1980 and started playing full time for the team in 1982-83. A few years later, he helped the team win the Stanley Cup and would go on to become the team’s captain.
His strong defensive presence was becoming well-known throughout the league at this point. In 1988, he won the Selke trophy as the league’s best defensive forward. He would win the trophy two more times in the next four years.
He would also chip in offensively as well. Only once in his 14 seasons with the Habs did he score less than 14 goals.
In 1993, the Habs steamrolled their competition on their way to the Stanley Cup finals, where they played against Wayne Gretzky and the L.A. Kings. After the Great One had a great first game, Carbonneau went to the head coach and asked to shadow Gretzky. Montreal would win the next four games, with Gretzky not being able to do much on the scoreboard.
Carbonneau would win one more Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999.
In 2006, Carbonneau became head coach of the Habs. In his first full season, he was a finalist for the Jack Adams trophy as the league’s best coach. However, the team struggled this season, and he was let go earlier this month.
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