May 31, 2007

1959-60 Montreal Canadiens

On June 2nd, 2007, to kick off game 3 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals, the National Hockey League will honor members of the 1955-60 Montreal Canadiens dynasty that won a record five consecutive Stanley Cups. Henri Richard, who played on 11 Stanley Cup champions, the most of any player, has confirmed his attendance. Other invited team members who played on all five champions: Jean Beliveau, Tom Johnson, Don Marshall, Dickie Moore and Jean-Guy Talbot.

Here's a look at every member of the 1959-60 Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens:

Ralph Backstrom - Junior hockey's best player in the late 1950s could only become a third line center in Montreal, but he was still a special member of 6 Stanley Cup championships.

Marcel Bonin - "L'ours de Joliette" - "the bear of Joliette" - was the unexpected playoff hero in 1959

Boom Boom Geoffrion - Feared for his heavy shot, few players were as exciting and charismatic as Montreal's six time Stanley Cup champion.

Phil Goyette - Together with best friend Don Marshall, the talented Phil Goyette provided a good defensive conscious in Montreal and some offense in New York

Doug Harvey - Considered by many to be the second greatest defenseman of all time, Harvey may have been the Habs most important cog.

Bill Hicke - Bill Hicke was an outstanding junior and AHL player who was able to crack the Habs dynasty years just in time to win the 5th of 5 straight Stanley Cup championships in 1960.

Charlie Hodge - Charlie Hodge had the unfortunate role of being number two goalie to the great Jacques Plante.

Tom Johnson - A wily though sometimes dirty defender, opposing players certainly knew when Hall of Fame defenseman Tom Johnson was on the ice.

Junior Langlois - Albert "Junior" Langlois replaced Dollard St. Laurent on defense half way through the late 1950s dynasty.

Don Marshall - A great defensive player with Montreal in the 1950s, Marshall found his offensive game in New York in the 1960s.

Dickie Moore - One has to wonder had Moore's aggressive style not led to such severe injuries just how good Dickie Moore could have been. As it is, he is forever immortalized in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Jacques Plante - Best known for literally changing the face of hockey, Jake The Snake may be the greatest goalie of all time if not the most important.

Andre Pronovost - Andre Pronovost was a defensive forward extraordinaire in the late 1950s.

Claude Provost - Nine time Stanley Cup champion Claude Provost earned a reputation as the top defensive forward of two different Montreal Canadiens dynasties.

Henri Richard - Despite capturing 11 Stanley Cups and being an all around better player and scoring more points, Henri Richard will always be Rocket's little brother.

Maurice "Rocket" Richard - Montreal's incomparable Rocket Richard was far more than just a great hockey player - he represented all of Quebec.

Jean Guy Talbot - A quietly efficient defenseman, Jean Guy Talbot was a nice piece of 7 Stanley Cup puzzles in Montreal.

Bob Turner - The Regina native was quietly a part of all 5 Stanley Cup championships from 1956 through 1960.


Toe Blake - His image as arguably hockey's greatest coach completely overshadowed his Hall of Fame playing career..

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