Jacques Plante got used to winning pretty early in his career. But he tells us an old Habs great taught him long ago that every victory would be special in its own way:
"I was very fortunate. I was on six championship teams. But each time it was a different thrill. You never got tired of winning the Cup. Each time I would have paid money to win the Cup. I remember one year - in 1960 - when we were trying to win for the fifth straight time. We were ahed of Toronto three games to none. And in the fourth game we were ahead 3-0 in the third period. I kept thinking: Hey, they could score three goals, they could tie us and beat us back in Montreal and they could beat us in Toronto - they are always strong at home - and we're down to a seventh game. Until the bell rings you are never sure you have won the Cup.
"When I was young Sylvio Mantha, an old defenseman for the Canadiens, told me: 'I was on three championship teams and each time it was a different thrill.' I found out that was exactly so."