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Founded in 1909 by J. Ambrose O’Brien, the Montreal Canadiens are the longest continuously operating professional ice hockey team worldwide and the only existing NHL club to predate the founding of the NHL. Their first NHL game was played on Dec. 19, 1917, versus the Ottawa Senators, which they won 7-4. They are the most successful NHL franchise with 25 championships, 11 more than the second-place Toronto Maple Leafs. They also happen to be the most recent Canadian franchise to win the Stanley Cup, having done so in 1993. Additionally, 65 players who donned a Canadiens sweater during their careers have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Myth of the Montreal Canadiens’ Early Success

For generations, the Habs have been dogged by accusations that their historic Stanley Cup success was because they had territorial rights to the best players French Canada had to offer. In this great article, originally published May 12, 2010, former THW contributor Mike Moore lays out why all those claims of an unfair advantage are wrong. I’ve heard it more than once. You’ve probably heard it yourself, especially if you’re a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. Some misinformed anti-Habs fan usually brings it up. It’s a myth passed on from one generation to the next, an old wives’ tale stoked by…

Canadiens News & Rumors: Anderson, Caufield, Price, More

In this edition of  Montreal Canadiens news and rumors, general manager Kent Hughes doesn’t plan on trading Josh Anderson at the deadline, Cole Caufield has begun his recovery following shoulder surgery, and Carey Price will visit with players at the Quebec International Pee-Wee Tournament. Plus, Nick Suzuki impresses at his second NHL All-Star Game and an insider links Jesse Puljujärvi to the Habs. Hughes Doesn’t Want to Move Anderson In a recent edition of TSN Insider Trading, Darren Dreger said that while Anderson remains a hot commodity on the trade market, Hughes doesn’t intend to move his power forward before…

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All-Time Finland-Born NHL Lineup

Not only has Finland been able to develop Hall-of-Fame-worthy talent, but they have also produced an impressive number of high-quality NHL and professional players from a nation of six million people. Related: All-Time Ontario-Born NHL Lineup Most of the selected players and those who just missed the cut have won Stanley…

 

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