Montreal Canadiens' Top-20 Goal Scorers All-Time

Montreal Canadiens' Top-20 Goal Scorers All-Time

April 5th, 2020 There is no doubt that the Montreal Canadiens are the most iconic franchise in the hockey world. Having won 24 Stanley Cups in its 111 years of existence helped the franchise reach its status. Those Cups are thanks to the efforts of the star players including the 51 Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF)...
Today in Hockey History: April 5

Today in Hockey History: April 5

April 5th, 2020 One of the most memorable final days of a regular-season occurred 50 years ago today. In addition, one of the greatest players of all-time said goodbye to the game while a legendary goaltender continued to rewrite the record books. The Crazy Last Day of 1969-70 The final day of the 1969-70...

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March 25th, 2020
NHL Entry Draft

Montreal Canadiens general manager (GM) Marc Bergevin has repeatedly stated that he is building through the draft. Since the 2017 NHL Draft, his amateur scouting staff led by assistant GM Trevor Timmins and head of amateur scouting Shane Churla have added 28 prospects, and the organization has 14 picks in the 2020 Draft, currently scheduled to be held in Montreal in June. Related: Looking Back on Montreal's Pierre Gauthier Era With COVID-19 closing down sports leagues in Europe and North America, and putting draft combines in jeopardy, we can't predict how teams, including the Canadiens, will react and plan their draft strategies. Marc Bergevin, Montreal Canadiens, 2019 NHL Draft (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Bergevin will go into this draft ready to take the next step of his rebuilding plan, and armed with the tools to add skill using his eighth overall pick and three more in the second round. With the anticipation of an eventful draft weekend, what can we expect the...
March 25th, 2020
Canadiens History

Today’s date is one of firsts throughout National Hockey League history. It has given plenty of new marks in both the regular season and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs over the decades. Gretzky Does the Unthinkable On March 25, 1982, Wayne Gretzky accomplished something many thought could never be done; score 200 points in a season. He entered the game against the Calgary Flames with 199 points. Early in the first period, he assisted on Pat Hughes’ goal to become the first player to ever hit the 200-point plateau. Gretzky was far from done that evening as he picked up another assist later in the first period. In the second period, he set another NHL record by scoring two shorthanded goals just 27 seconds apart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OJemyw7VYg The Great One finished the season with 212 points. He scored 196 points the following season before having three straight seasons with over 200 points. He scored 205 in 1983-84, 208 in 1984-85 and a record 215 in...
March 24th, 2020
Canadiens History

Today’s trip through the history of the game takes to some of the most storied cities in the National Hockey League. We will make stops in Detroit, Montreal, Chicago and Pittsburgh where there has been plenty of winning over the decades. Plus, if you are a fan of shutouts, then March 24 is a good day for you. Motown March Madness The Detroit Red Wings have been a part of some of the league’s most historic moments being the “Original 6” franchises. On March 24, 1936, they played in and won the longest game in NHL history. Mud Bruneteau scored 16:30 into the sixth overtime to beat the Montreal Maroons 1-0 in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Semifinal series. The 21-year-old rookie had just two goals in 24 regular-season games, but he found the back of the net at 2:25 a.m. after 116:30 of game time. There were no official shot totals kept back then, but Red Wings goaltender Normie Smith reportedly made 92 saves and lost 12 pounds during the marathon contest. Related -...
March 23rd, 2020
Canadiens History

While there are still no new hockey games to talk about, we will continue our look back at the rich history of the sport. On this date, the greatest goal scorer to ever play took his spot at the top of the mountain. Also, one of the oldest and most heated rivalries in the National Hockey League had its first big moment. The Great One Becomes the Greatest Wayne Gretzky has held this date in his heart for 26 years. On March 24, 1994, he scored the 802nd goal of his incredible career, breaking Gordie Howe’s record which stood since 1980. Late in the second period, Gretzky received a pass from defenseman Marty McSorley and took advantage of an out-of-position Kirk McLean to make NHL history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLC-KIDXSmo The Los Angeles Kings lost 6-3 to the Vancouver Canucks, but it is hard to believe anyone who was in attendance at the Great Western Forum that night left disappointed. "Two things separated Gordie from everyday players," Gretzky...

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Howie Morenz: Hockey Royalty

This article was originally written in June, 2010. University of Wisconsin’s Blake Geoffrion, winner of the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award for college hockey’s best player, is the new Crown Prince of NCAA Hockey. Like a champion thoroughbred racehorse, Blake’s hockey blood lines can be... February 22nd, 2020

The Montreal Forum 1908-1996

The Old Forum in Montreal -- Opening night, November 9, 1908, was a sensation and all 3,000 pairs of roller skates available for rental saw extensive use as thousands of Montrealers came to wander through, gawk at or try out the facilities at what was hyped in the press as “the largest, finest... January 9th, 2020

Maurice "Rocket" Richard: More than Just a Game

Perhaps one of the most revolutionary players to ever play the game of hockey, Maurice Richard brought hockey in Montreal to an elite level and set the bar high for every generation to come. Richard overcame nearly every level of adversity to become the greatest hockey player of his generation and... August 4th, 2019