With the Hockey Hall of Fame set to enshrine the class of 2008 next Monday, the timing is perfect to take a look back at how the Canadiens have ensured their overwhelming presence inside hockey’s pantheon over the years.
174 – Total Stanley Cups that have been collectively hoisted by the Canadiens’ 44 Hall of Famers.
87 – Consecutive years, between 1909 and 1995, that the Canadiens’ lineup featured at least one future member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
68 – Seasons in franchise history in which the Canadiens have been backstopped by a future Hall of Famer. Georges Vezina’s 1910-11 campaign started the trend and Patrick Roy became the most recent Habs’ goaltender to accomplish the feat, in 1995-96.
11 – Record number of players on the Canadiens’ 1972-73 and 1973-74 teams who capped off their careers with Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
11 – Consecutive years between 1978 and 1988 where at least one former Canadien was enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
5 – Minimum number of players from each Canadiens team between 1941-42 and 1981-82 eventually inducted to the Hall of Fame.
4 – Canadiens players who were inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1966, including Elmer Lach, Ken Reardon, Emile Bouchard and Toe Blake. The four inductees were also teammates on Montreal’s 1945-46 Stanley Cup Championship team.