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Montreal Canadiens

Founded:1909GM:Kent Hughes
Owned By:Molson FamilyCoach:Martin St. Louis (interim)
Home Rink:Bell CentreCaptain:Shea Weber

Founded in 1909, the Canadiens are the longest continuously operating professional ice hockey team worldwide, and the only existing NHL club to predate the founding of the NHL. One of the oldest North American professional sports franchises, the Canadiens’ history predates that of every other Canadian franchise outside football as well as every American franchise outside baseball and the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals. The franchise is one of the Original Six teams, a description used for the teams that made up the NHL from 1942 until the 1967 expansion. The team’s championship season in 1992–93 was the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup.

The Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup more times than any other franchise. They have won 24 Stanley Cup championships, 23 of them since the founding of the NHL and 22 of them since 1927, when NHL teams became the only ones to compete for the Stanley Cup.

Deeper Dive

2021-22 Season Roster

Josh AndersonJustin BarronJake Allen
Joel ArmiaKale ClagueSam Montembeault
Adam BrooksJoel EdmundsonCarey Price**
Cole CaufieldWilliam Lagesson
Jonathan DrouinJeff Petry
Christian DvorakSami Niku
Jake EvansAlexander Romanov
Brendan GallagherDavid Savard
Mike HoffmanShea Weber**
Cedric PaquetteChris Wideman
Mathieu Perreault
Rem Pitlick
Nick Suzuki
**Long-Term Injury Reserve (LTIR)

A Dynasty Is Born

In NHL history, only a single franchise has won five straight Stanley Cups. Unsurprisingly, the Montreal Canadiens, with a league-leading 24 championships up to now, accomplished the feat from 1956-60. It’s really only unsurprising in retrospect, though. Read more…

Beliveau and Richard
Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau (THW Archives)

The Players

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Canadiens By The Numbers

Assembling a list of greatest players to ever wear a number is not easy with a franchise as old and as storied as the Montreal Canadiens. It will also leave great players off the list, players who also enjoyed Hall-of-Fame careers. Debates over these lists will rage on, but one thing Habs fans can agree upon – these players provided fans memorable moments and quirky trivia items to last a lifetime. Here are the greatest players to have worn each number for the Canadiens. Read more…

Top players to wear each number for Montreal Canadiens


  • Jack Laviolette, 1909-1910, 1911-1912
  • Newsy Lalonde, 1910-1911, 1912-1913, 1916-1922
  • Jimmy Gardner, 1913-1915
  • Howard McNamara, 1915-1916
  • Sprague Cleghorn, 1922-1925
  • Billy Coutu, 1925-1926
  • Sylvio Mantha, 1926-1932, 1933-1936
  • George Hainsworth, 1932-1933
  • Albert “Babe” Siebert, 1936-1939
  • Walter Buswell, 1939-1940
  • Toe Blake, 1940-1948
  • Bill Durnan, 1948
  • Emile Bouchard, 1948-1956
  • Maurice Richard, 1956-1960
  • Doug Harvey, 1960-1961
  • Jean Belilveau, 1961-1971
  • Henri Richard, 1971-1975
  • Yvan Cournoyer, 1975-1979
  • Serge Savard, 1979-1981
  • Bob Gainey, 1981-1989
  • Guy Carbonneau and Chris Chelios, 1989-1990
  • Guy Carbonneau, 1990-1994
  • Kirk Muller, 1994-1995
  • Mike Keane, 1995
  • Pierre Turgeon, 1995-1996
  • Vincent Damphousse, 1996-1999
  • Saku Koivu, 1999-2009
  • Brian Gionta, 2010-2014
  • Max Pacioretty, 2015-2018
  • Shea Weber, 2018-present