Top 10 Montreal Canadiens of all time

Maurice Richard (left) and Jean Beliveau, of the Montreal Canadiens smile happily in the dressing room with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Boston Bruins 5-3 at the Boston Garden on April 20, 1958 to win the National Hockey League Championship. (AP Photo)

Originally published in The Big Book of Sports Lists

1. Maurice Richard: The first player to score 50 goals in a season and 500 in a career is the all-time face of the franchise thanks to those fire-filled eyes.

2. Jean Béliveau: His elegant game and gentlemanly manner made Béliveau one of the best ambassadors Montreal – and the NHL – has ever known.

3. Guy Lafleur: In a city that cherishes style, nobody played with more élan than “The Flower,” the Canadiens’ all-time points leader.

4. Doug Harvey: Before there was Bobby Orr, hard-nosed Doug Harvey was pushing the attack from the back end.

5. Jacques Plante: An innovator who has more wins and games in the crease than any other Habs goalie.

6. Howie Morenz: The team’s first superstar and a three-time Hart Trophy winner had the entire city mourning when he passed away prematurely at age 34.

7. Larry Robinson: How does plus-700 in his Habs career sound? “Big Bird” was a force in every sense of the word.

8. Patrick Roy: Without his goaltending heroics the Canadiens never would have claimed their last two Cups in 1986 and 1993.

9. Aurèle Joliat: Small in stature but big on skill, Joliat often played beside Morenz to form an unstoppable duo in the 1920s and ’30s.

10. Henri Richard: The franchise leader in games played was as steady as they come, and has more Stanley Cup rings (11) than fingers.

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