MONTREAL - Past meets present on December 3, 2019, as the Canadiens will celebrate the franchise's 110th birthday by hosting a Captains' Reunion ahead of the game against the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre.
The Habs will mark the anniversary of the organization's December 4, 1909 founding by welcoming back nearly a dozen men who helped shape the history of the NHL's most storied franchise. From Yvan Cournoyer to Brian Gionta, 11 of the team's 12 retired captains - plus current captain Shea Weber - will be in the house for a historic birthday ceremony prior to puck drop. Henri Richard won't be in attendance due to health issues, but will be honored during the festivities.
Between them, the legendary former captains who will be making their collective returns to Montreal - in addition to Cournoyer and Gionta, that includes Serge Savard, Bob Gainey, Chris Chelios, Guy Carbonneau, Kirk Muller, Mike Keane, Pierre Turgeon, Vincent Damphousse, and Saku Koivu - have captured a combined 46 Stanley Cups, seven Selke Trophies, three Norris Trophies, three Conn Smythe Trophies, two Masterton Trophies, one Lady Byng Trophy, and one King Clancy Trophy.
Current players will help celebrate the team's 110 years by donning special warmup jerseys featuring names of some of the organization's legends who hold a special personal meaning. The following legends will be represented by the team's current roster during the on-ice warmup:
Guy Lafleur (Max Domi)
Yvan Cournoyer (Brendan Gallagher)
Mats Naslund (Joel Armia)
Serge Savard (Ben Chiarot)
Guy Carbonneau (Nick Cousins)
Jean Beliveau (Phillip Danault)
Guy Lapointe (Cale Fleury)
Andrei Markov (Christian Folin)
Maurice Richard (Charles Hudon)
Ken Dryden (Keith Kinkaid)
Kirk Muller (Jesperi Kotkaniemi)
Doug Harvey (Brett Kulak)
Saku Koivu (Artturi Lehkonen)
Emile Bouchard (Victor Mete)
Chris Chelios (Jeff Petry)
Jacques Plante (Carey Price)
Mathieu Schneider (Mike Reilly)
Howie Morenz (Nick Suzuki)
Henri Richard (Tomas Tatar)
Bob Gainey (Nate Thompson)
Steve Shutt (Jordan Weal)
Larry Robinson (Shea Weber)
The jerseys will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation. Fans wishing to purchase one of the historic sweaters can register to be notified when the auction opens by visiting habs.signaturepro.ca or by texting "HABS" to 514 900-2220.
Fans are invited to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. on December 3 for the pregame ceremony. Tickets are still available for this historic evening at the Bell Centre and can be purchased HERE.