Top 100 Habs: #19

#19: Serge Savard

There’s not many players in professional sports that have something named after them.

Serge Savard

Serge Savard

There’s the Gordie Howe hat trick, the Doyle Brunson poker hand, and the NBA Hack-a-Shaq to name a few.

Serge Savard has one of the most famous of the names, thanks to broadcaster Danny Gallivan. After watching Savard spin around an opponent, Gallivan called it the Savardian Spin-o-rama, and the name stuck.

Savard helped the Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in his rookie season, and upped his value the next year. Not only did the Habs repeat as champions in 1969, but Savard won the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP, the first defenceman to win the award.

In 18 years, 16 with the Canadiens, Savard won eight Stanley Cups. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1986.

While he was never a threat to score (only twice did he get double digits in goals), he was a rugged defensive player, and an important piece to Habs championships.

After his playing career, he became general manager of the Canadiens. While many of his moves were not popular (such as trading Chris Chelios for Denis Savard), he managed to put the pieces in place for two more Stanley Cups, in 1986 and 1993.

For more on Serge Savard:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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