- 1944 - 1946
- 1986 - 1993
The Canadiens were founded by J. Ambrose O’Brien on December 4, 1909, as a charter member of the National Hockey Association, the forerunner to the National Hockey League. It was to be the team of the francophone community in Montreal, composed of francophone players, and under francophone ownership as soon as possible.
Stanley Cup – 1931 The 1931 Stanley Cup Finals were played between the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Black Hawks, making their first Stanley Cup final appearance. The Canadiens, defending champions won the series to become the second NHL team to repeat as champion. Stanley Cup – 1930 The 1930 Stanley Cup Final championship series was played between the Boston ...
Stanley Cup – 1946 The 1946 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens would win the series four games to one. Stanley Cup – 1944 The 1944 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series between the Chicago Black Hawks and the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens would win the series 4–0 ...
Stanley Cup – 1959 The 1959 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the defending champion Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Montreal was making its ninth consecutive appearance in the Final series. It was Toronto’s first appearance since 1951. The Canadiens would win the series four games to one to win their fourth-straight Cup victory. Stanley Cup – 1958 ...
Stanley Cup – 1969 The 1969 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series played from April 27 to May 4, 1969, between the defending champions Montreal Canadiens and the St. Louis Blues, the same finalists as in 1968. The Canadiens would win the series in four-straight games. Stanley Cup – 1968 The 1968 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven series ...
Stanley Cup – 1979 The 1979 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the New York Rangers and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens, making their fourth straight appearance. It was New York’s first appearance since 1972. The Canadiens would win the best-of-seven series four games to one, to win their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup. This was the last ...
Stanley Cup – 1993 The 1993 Stanley Cup Final series was contested by the Los Angeles Kings and the Montreal Canadiens to decide the NHL championship for the 1992 – 1993 season. It was the first appearance in the Final for the Kings, and the 34th for Montreal, they’re first since the 1989 Final. The Canadiens won the series four ...
Ownership of the Canadiens once again passed to the Molson family in 2009 after Gillett sold the team, Bell Centre, and Gillett Entertainment Group to a partnership headed by Geoff Molson and including his brothers Andrew and Justin. The sale price was estimated at over $600 million. Unlike the pre-Gillett era, the team is now privately owned by the Molson ...
History of the Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens, one of the most storied franchises in NHL history, has existed since 1909. The team has won an incredible 24 Stanley Cups and is renowned for having some of the greatest players ever to play hockey. Many legendary names have called Montreal their home rink, from Maurice "Rocket" Richard to Guy Lafleur to Patrick Roy.
The Canadiens are known as a powerhouse in both the regular season and playoff competition; they've made it to at least the conference finals every decade since 1920! They also hold several records that may never be broken: Most seasons with 100+ points (30), Most consecutive wins (10), and most times winning Lord Stanley's Cup by a single franchise (24). The team has had its fair share of ups and downs throughout its long history. Still, it remains competitive year after year due mainly to its passionate fanbase, who cheer them on no matter what adversity they face.
In recent years, however, Les Habitants hadn't had much success as they hadn't reached or won any major titles since 1993, when Roy led them past Wayne Gretzky's Los Angeles Kings en route to their last championship victory in game five of that series. Nevertheless, fans continue to show up each night at Bell Centre wearing red and white blue, proudly supporting their beloved Habs through thick & thin, hoping someday soon will bring another parade down Ste Catherine Street celebrating another historic title run from this iconic Canadian organization!
1917 – Present / National Hockey League
1909 – 1917 / National Hockey Association
1909 – Present / Montreal Canadiens
Canadiens – The Montreal Canadiens are one of the most iconic teams in the National Hockey League, and their nickname has a long history. The team was founded as a professional ice hockey club in 1909 and was known as Club de Hockey Canadien. Over time, they adopted their current name - les Habitants du Montréal Canadiens or “the inhabitants of Montreal Canadians” – which is still used today by fans around the world.
The origins of this unique moniker can be traced back to French-Canadian settlers who arrived in Canada during the 17th century. These settlers were called "les habitants" (inhabitants) because they lived off what nature provided them with rather than relying on money for sustenance. It's believed that when these early immigrants moved into Quebec, they brought along their distinct language, culture, and traditions, including referring to themselves as 'Canadians.' As such, it makes sense that naming an ice hockey team from Quebec at that period would use this term!
In addition to its historical roots, a connection exists between les Habitants du Montréal Canadien's nickname and another popular Canadian sports franchise - The Toronto Maple Leafs (or Les Feuilles d'Érable). Both names reflect similar themes: strong ties between Canada's past occupants (les habitant vs. maple leaves), national pride through shared identity/language/culture, etc., while also being fun & catchy phrases! This further adds weight to why both nicknames have endured over 100 years since first being established!
Overall, it's clear why Montreal Canadiens have kept hold of such an iconic nickname throughout all these years; not only does it pay homage to those original French-Canadian settlers, but it has also become synonymous with national pride & spirit within Canadian culture itself!
Stanley Cup 24
1993, 1986, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1973, 1971, 1969, 1968, 1966, 1965, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957, 1956, 1953, 1946, 1944, 1931, 1930, 1924, 1916
2003 – Present / Bell Centre
1996 – 2002 / Molson Centre
1926 – 1996 / Montreal Forum
1920 – 1926 / Mount Royal Arena
2009 – Present / Geoff Molson, Andrew Molson, and Justin Molson
2001 – 2009 / George N. Gillett, Jr.
1978 – 2001 / Molson Brewing Company
1971 – 1978 / Edward Bronfman and Peter Bronfman
1964 – 1971 / David Molson, Peter Molson, and William Molson
1957 – 1964 / Hartland Molson and Tom Molson
1940 – 1957 / Donat Raymond and William Northey
1935 – 1940 / Ernest Savard, Maurice Forget, and Louis Gelinas
1930 – 1935 / Joseph Cattarinich and Leo Dandurand
1921 – 1930 / Joseph Cattarinich, Leo Dandurand, and Louis Letourneau
1910 – 1921 / George Kennedy
1909 – 1910 / J. Ambrose O’Brien
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
1 / Jacques Plante
2 / Doug Harvey
3 / Emile Bouchard
4 / Jean Beliveau
5 / Bernie Geoffrion
5 / Guy Lapointe
7 / Howie Morenz
9 / Maurice Richard
10 / Guy Lafleur
12 / Dickie Moore
12 / Yvan Cournoyer
16 / Henri Richard
16 / Elmer Lach
18 / Serge Savard
19 / Larry Robinson
23 / Bob Gainey
29 / Ken Dryden
33 / Patrick Roy
99 / Wayne Gretzky
*Blue is this team’s history