Top 100 Habs: #24

#24: Yvan Cournoyer

Nicknamed the Roadrunner during his time as a Montreal Canadien, Yvan Cournoyer gave new meaning to the term “Flying Frenchman.”

Yvan Cournoyer

Yvan Cournoyer

Cournoyer, one of the fastest players on the team in the 1970s, became one of the most popular players on the Habs thanks to his electrifying rushes up the ice.

Cournoyer played five games with the Habs in 1963-64, but became a full-time member the next season. He scored only seven goals in 55 games.

Originally seen as a defensive liability, Cournoyer would play mostly the powerplay during games, but once new coach Claude Ruel gave him regular ice time, his goal production jumped.

In 1968-69, he scored 43 goals, the first of four times he would score 40 goals in a season.

In 1973, he won the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoffs MVP when he scored 15 goals in 17 games.

His career ended early, thanks to a back injury, but in his 14 full seasons with the Habs, Cournoyer won 10 Stanley Cups.

He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.

For more on Yvan Cournoyer:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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