#25: Bob Gainey
Bob Gainey has long been known as one of the most smartest men in hockey.
It was that strategic thinking that helped him become one of the top players in Montreal Canadiens history, and one of the best all-time defensive players in NHL history.
Gainey was a first-round draft pick of the Habs in 1973. That season, he made the Canadiens lineup and was a regular player.
He spent his entire 16-year career with the Habs, winning five Stanley Cups. While he could chip in the goals (the only time he scored less than 10 goals in a season was in an injury-shortened year in 1986-87), he excelled defensively. He won four straight Selke trophies as the league’s best defensive forward.
In 1979, he also won the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoffs MVP, as he scored six goals and 16 points in 16 games.
After retiring, Gainey became general manager of the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars, before becoming general manager of the Montreal Canadiens in 2003.
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