#8: Larry Robinson
The Montreal Canadiens teams of the 1970s were led by the big three on the defence: Larry Robinson, Serge Savard and Guy Lapointe. But Robinson was considered the big man of the big three.
Drafted by the Habs in 1971, Robinson spent a couple of years in the AHL before making it to the big club.
With the Habs, Robinson was looked upon to shut down the other team’s top players. He was looked upon to score goals. He was looked upon to man the powerplay, and provided leadership. He did all these things, and was one of the best in the league at doing each of them.
In 17 years with the team, Robinson won six Stanley Cups, the Conn Smythe trophy as the league’s most valuable player in the playoffs in 1978, and two Norris trophies as the league’s best defenceman (in 1977 and 1980).
In 1976-77, he had a plus/minus of +120, second-best of all-time.
When he retired from playing, he became a coach in the NHL, eventually winning the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2000. In 2001, he never won the Cup again, as the Devils lost in Game 7 of the finals to the Colorado Avalanche.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1995.
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