Greatest Montreal Canadiens Players of All-Time (Part II)

Jacques Plante was one of the best goalies for the Montreal Canadiens. 

Goalie: Jacques Plante 

The pioneer of the modern-day goalie mask was also a great keeper himself. He’s the all-time leader in Canadiens wins with 314, completing his career with 2.23 goals-against average. Also, he won six Stanley Cups and posted 58 shutouts. 

Plante edges Ken Dryden as runner-up primarily due to the fact that Dryden’s career was way too short. 

Center: Jean Beliveau

Jean Beliveau is the most beloved Canadiens figure of all time and the best center in the history of this fabulous organization. 

Beliveau’s offensive statistics lead all centers to ever put on the red, white and blue. He earned 1,219 points (507-712) in 1,125 regular-season games. He sits second to only Guy Lafleur in career scoring with the Habs. 

Le Gros Bill played his first game in 1953-54 and would go on to play 20 seasons with the Canadiens. Ten of those seasons he served as captain. 

His celebrated career included two Hart Trophies, 10 Stanley Cup championships, an Art Ross and a Conn Smythe. 

He was an incredible hockey player and an even better human being. He’ll forever be known as not only one of the best centers to ever play the game but one of the most respected too.  

Left-Wing: Steve Shutt

Steve Shutt was a greatly recruited amateur who had a difficult time getting into the NHL. Until he was put on a line with Guy Lafleur. 

Once coach Scotty Bowman put wingers Lafluer and Shutt with center Peter Mahovlich, things just clicked. In their first year together, Shutt had 35 assists and 30 goals as a third-year player in the league (Mahovlich had 117 points and Lafleur scored 53 times). 

After 13 seasons, Shutt retired in 1983-84, but not before earning five Stanley Cups. In 1993, he was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

 

Greatest Montreal Canadiens Players of All-Time (Part I)

These hockey players are some of the best players for the Montreal Canadiens. 

In pro hockey, the Montreal Canadiens are considered one of the all-time greatest organizations. Picking the best player at every position is no simple task. However, it is still fun to do. 

Here are the all-time greatest Montreal Canadiens at each position.

The All Runner-Up Team

Center: Henri Richard 

The “Pocket Rocket” is 3rd in all-time Canadiens scoring with 1,046 points. Also, he has a club record of 1,256 regular-season games. His 11 Stanley Cup rings signify more championships than any other athlete in North American pro sports.

Left-Wing: Mats Naslund

Naslund was the first European to play for the Habs. He is remembered as one of the most thrilling left-wingers in Canadiens’s history. In spite of playing only eight seasons in Montreal (617 games), Naslund accrued 612 points, including 243 goals. He is still the most recent Canadien to score 100 points in a season, earning 110 in 1985-86.

Right Wing: Guy Lafleur

The Flower would be thought of as the best right winger in almost any other organization’s history, but the Canadiens had a Rocket who played this same position. Lafleur is the all-time top point-getter for the Habs with 1,246 in 961 regular-season games. He won five Stanley Cups in the 1970s as well as earning two Hart Trophies.

Defense: Guy Lapointe

Lapointe played 14 seasons in Montreal and aided the team in winning six Stanley Cups. He was one of the best offensive defensemen in club history and ranks second in points by a defender with 572.

Defense: Serge Savard

Savard will always be known for his famous “Savardian Spin-o-Rama. But he was way more than just a defenseman. He played in 917 regular-season games, earning 412 points from the blue line while completing his career at plus-492. He was a huge part of eight championship teams and earned the Conn Smythe in 1968-69.

In-Depth with Meghan Huertas

Meghan Huertas is from Florida.

In the hockey world, things change rapidly. Now Meghan Huertas is living in the Northeast practicing two nights a week and playing hockey on weekends.

She’s from Florida, went to college in Vermont, went to college in Minnesota. How’d did she get into hockey and make her way around the country for love of the game?

A little background on her family: no one played hockey. Her dad was born and raised in Cuba, she was born and raised in South Florida and when she was about four, her parents took her to a Florida Panthers game and she quickly fell in love with it. She was begging them that she wanted to play hockey. 

Her parents began panicking like ‘What in the world is this?” They took her to learn to skate and half the ice was figure skating, the other half was ice hockey. They put her on the figure skating side and her mom said she’d stand on the center ice red line staring at the hockey side. Her mom said ever since then she would not let it go. They let her play and ever since then she’s never stopped.

Meghan Huertas graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Huertas, whose dad is from Cuba, grew up in Florida. Primarily, it was her sport of choice, not her race, that made her stick out.

First Hockey Game

When he first took her to a hockey game and she begged them to let her play, they were like, ‘What do we do? Why, out of all the sports, do you want to play this?’” As she grew up in the sport, she swiftly realized that neither Floridians nor anyone with Hispanic/Latino heritage was famous in ice hockey.

This is why Huertas wants to be famous for who she is: a Cuban American.