LOS ANGELES - HabsTV caught up with a few Canadiens greats who were among those selected as part of the Top 100 players in NHL history on Friday night at the Microsoft Theater.
LARRY ROBINSON | D | #19 | 1972-1989
"To be named to the Hockey Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor and you feel very humbled, but now, all of a sudden, you look at 100 years of the game and you're being named one of the best 100 that have ever played this game. People don't always realize how many players have gone through this league until now. I'm truly honored. It's one thing to make the Hall of Fame, but now you're named and you start looking at the Ovechkins and the Crosbys. You're going - "Wow. This is truly a great experience."
Video: Robinson on importance of his selection to the NHL100
BOB GAINEY | LW | #23 | 1973-1989
"I spent a few minutes with Yvan Cournoyer. His term stretches back into the six-team league and into the 1960s and all the way on through to someone like Chris Chelios, who spent some time there. I just really had a great experience in Montreal and built on what the players and management and fans had done before I arrived there. Through my career, we kind of kept it on track, so I'm proud of that."
Video: Bob Gainey on catching up with former teammates
SERGE SAVARD | D | #18 | 1966-1981
"I won the Stanley Cup and I had my jersey retired. Tonight is a tribute that's on the same level as a jersey retirement. It's a nice tribute. I really don't have any words to describe it… I can only thank everyone who supported me when I was playing."
"I also think about guys who could be here, but aren't. A guy like Guy Lapointe, I'd put him in my Top 100."
Video: Serge Savard on his playing days in the 1970s
CHRIS CHELIOS | D | #24 | 1983-1990
"With the organization, the history and the tradition of the Canadiens, it would have been crazy to not follow those guys' leads. I always said that it's like getting a Harvard degree breaking in with a team like Montreal. Larry Robinson, Bob Gainey and Chris Nilan, who was like my second dad and protected me, those teammates would go through the wall for their teammates. That's where I learned how to play this game."
Video: Chris Chelios on learning from Habs greats