These photographs were taken during a game between the Montreal Canadiens
and the New York Rangers in Montreal on 2003/01/09.
The final score was 3-2 for the Canadiens!
No visit to the home of the Montreal Canadiens would be complete without
a look at Montreal's Stanley Cup and retired jersey number pennants.
Although the quality of this photo isn't the greatest, it's still an
impressive sight - TWENTY FOUR Stanley Cups!
Here's a closer and in-focus look at some of the Stanley Cup pennants
and pennants commemorating retired jersey numbers.
The full list of retired Montreal Canadiens numbers is:
The Habs won the Stanley Cup in
1916, 1924, 1930, 1931, 1944, 1946,
1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959,
1960 (five in a row!), 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971,
1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986 and 1993!
The next highest number of Stanley Cup wins by a team is 13 by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Note that the National Hockey League was formed in 1917 (i.e. after
the first Montreal Stanley Cup win).
- 1 - Jacques Plante
- 2 - Doug Harvey
- 4 - Jean Beliveau
- 7 - Howie Morenz
- 9 - Maurice Richard
- 10 - Guy Lafleur
- 16 - Elmer Lach and Henri Richard
Here's some fast action down in the Montreal end with the Rangers trying
to put something together (note Mark Messier in jersey #11).
Anyone who's watched a lot of hockey knows what just happened here . . .
(click on the image if you can't find the puck in this photo)
Here's a faceoff down in the Montreal end.
At this point in the game (near the end of the first period), I decided
that I'd rather watch the game than take photographs so I put my camera
away and "got into the action".
P.S. Although I was a Boston fan
back in the days of twelve teams and I'm now an Oiler fan, I can't help but feel a certain sense of "awe"
when I get a chance to watch the Canadiens in action (even though Stanley
Cup number 25 isn't likely to happen anytime soon).