The Montreal Canadiens open their centennial season tonight with a game with the Buffalo Sabres.
Here's some interesting numbers from the Montreal Canadiens website:
In 100 seasons of hockey, 754 players who have suited up for the Canadiens since the team was founded in 1909. 209 different players who have hoisted the Stanley Cup in a Canadiens jersey.
44 Canadiens legends who have been enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The team has had 27 different captains in the past 100 years. 15 players have had their jersey's retired by the team.
28 times Canadiens goaltenders have captured the Vézina Trophy. 16 times a Canadiens player has captured the Hart Trophy as league MVP. 6 Canadiens legends who have scored at least 50 goals in a season with Montreal. Of course, Maurice Richard was the first to reach the mark, needing only 50 to do so in 1944-45.
Guest writer Jennifer Conway has provided us with a handy schedule of celebrations for the Montreal Canadiens centennial season:
CENTENNIAL PROGRAM 2008-2009 SEASON
20. Centennial Jersey Night vs. Florida Panthers (1970 – 1971)
28. Builder’s Night (coaches) vs. Carolina Hurricanes
15. Centennial Jersey Night vs. Philadelphia Flyers (1945 – 1946)
22. Retired Jersey Night - Patrick Roy – vs. Boston Bruins
4. Opening of the Centennial Plaza
Original Six Salute vs. New York Rangers
Centennial Jersey Night (1915 – 1916)
10. Inauguration of the Community outdoor rink program (François-Perreault Park, St-Michel Borough)
8. Original Six salute vs Toronto Maple Leafs
23-26. NHL All-Star Week
1. Centennial Jersey Night vs. Boston Bruins (1912 – 1913)
21. Centennial Jersey Night vs. Ottawa Senators (1970 – 1971)
14. Centennial Jersey Night vs. New Jersey Devils (1945 – 1946)
21. Centennial Jersey Night vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (1915 – 1916)
31. Centennial Jersey Night vs. Chicago Blackhawks (1912 – 1913)
2. Montreal Symphony Orchestra Concert at the Bell Centre
Opening of the Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame
26-27 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre
October, November, December 2009
Centennial Jersey Nights (1910 – 1911, 1909 – 1910)
Public launch of the Canadiens motion picture « Pour toujours, les Canadiens ! »
4. Centennial game at the Bell Centre
5. Centennial Gala
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