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Dec. 18, 2012

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Question: Who are the only two players to have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame after being drafted by the Canadiens, despite never actually going on to play a single game for the Montreal franchise?

Answer: Vyacheslav Fetisov and Vladislav Tretiak

Both Soviet legends were players that got drafted into the Canadiens organization, but never would up donning the bleu-blanc-rouge. Fetisov was selected by Sam Pollock as the 201st overall pick in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft, but ultimately failed to ink a deal with Montreal. The Devils took their turn and drafted him in 1983, but it would be six years before he finally made the trek to North America to play in the NHL. Once arrived, he won the Stanley Cup twice before being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.

Tretiak, for his part, was on the list of a certain Serge Savard who was all too familiar with the Russian netminder after squaring off against him a few times in the course of his career. In his first draft as the Canadiens’ GM, Savard picked up the legendary Soviet goaltender as the 138th overall selection. Tretiak never ended up crossing the Atlantic to play in the NHL, but was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989.


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