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.