|Sam Pollock won nine Stanley Cups as GM of the Canadiens.
MONTREAL – Legendary Canadiens GM Sam Pollock passed away on Wednesday at the age of 81.
One of the most successful general managers in the history of professional sports, Pollock won nine Stanley Cups over the course of his brilliant GM career with the Canadiens from 1964-65 through 1977-78.
Through stellar drafting, key trades that allowed the Canadiens to land the likes Ken Dryden and Guy Lafleur and the hiring of Scotty Bowman, Pollock paved the way for the team’s incredible dynasty of the 1970s which saw Montreal win six Stanley Cups.
Pollock joined the Canadiens’ organization in 1945-46, forging a professional bond with the franchise that would last 32 years.
The Hockey Hall of Fame opened its doors to Pollock in 1978, with the Canadiens architect taking his rightful place in the builder’s category among fellow giants of the game.
Born in Montreal in 1925, Pollock also received the Order of Canada in 1985 and the Knight of the Order of Quebec in 2002.Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com