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It's always a small world for Gill

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – Before he even skates his first shift with the Habs, Hal Gill is already poised to make Canadiens history in a big way.

After raising the Stanley Cup for the first time along with Sidney Crosby and the Penguins last month, Gill wasted no time signing on with the Habs only a few hours into the free agent frenzy on July 1.

With Montreal marking his fourth NHL stop after Boston, Toronto and Pittsburgh, Gill is certainly a sizable addition to the Canadiens’ blue line brigade having now inked a two-year deal. .
A small world
Here's the list of the tallest players to ever play for the Canadiens prior to Hal Gill's arrival.
6'6" Ryan O'Byrne
6'6" Peter Popovic
6'6" Gilles Lupien
6'5" Peter Mahovlich
6'5" Gerry Fleming
6'5" Enrico Ciccone
6'5" Jassen Cullimore
So big in fact that Gill is the tallest player in the NHL not named Zdeno Chara, with his 6-foot-7 frame sitting only two inches shy of the giant from Slovakia.

As if that wasn’t enough, Gill will take his place in the Habs record book as soon as he slips on his new duds, becoming the biggest player to ever don a Canadiens uniform.

Soon to be forced to look up at Gill, former king-sized Habs Gilles Lupien, Peter Popovic and Ryan O’Byrne will all sit in second place at 6-foot-6. Right behind them will be 6-foot-5, forwards Peter Mahovlich and Gerry Fleming.

Manny Almela is a writer for

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