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EagleBelfour 03-15-2008 10:44 PM

Top 25 Montreal Canadiens of all time: #8 (Tie-Breaker)
5% or less separated Ken Dryden and Henri Richard for the number 8 position on our list. This thread have been created to separate them. The winner will take the #8 position while the other player will be back on the list for poll #9.

This poll will run for 24 hours. Feel free to look back at the other thread before voting: http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=491824

Out of this list, which of these hockey players has been the best while playing with the Montreal Canadiens?

Please, only take into consideration the time they played for the Montreal Canadiens. For example, while being great hockey players, Rod Langway and Tony Esposito are excluded from this list as they only played a handful of game with the Habs. Moreover, you should take note that players like Chris Chelios and Patrick Roy, while worthy of considerations, only played part of their career in Montreal. While their legacy outside Montreal is undeniable, you should focus your attention on what they have accomplished in the Canadiens sweater. At last, any skaters who've played for the Canadiens in the pre-NHL ERA (1909-1917) are included.

Only poster with a least a little knowledge about these players should give their vote. Anyone who don't have a clue about any of the players mentioned should enjoy the show, read and learn about these players, but not cast their vote.

In every poll, I will add a little text plus statistics on every players to refresh memories.

Every fans of every boards are welcome to give their opinions. Discussion and opinions are greatly encourage and are a must to make this list a success.




Originally Posted by HHOF
If you showed good results on a farm team, you would get to suit up for more pro matches. Dryden appeared in six games and surprised everybody by putting on a superb performance, but also by helping the team to win six straight games. But nobody expected to see the young goaltender in the playoff series. [...] Dryden's contribution was a major one, and his goals-against average was almost unparalleled in the league for a rookie. It came as no surprise when he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' most outstanding performer.

All-Time Montreal Canadiens Statistics

Ken Dryden
Regular Season
Game PlayedWinsLostsTiesShutoutsGAASV% 
Game PlayedWinsLostsTiesShutoutsGAASV% 
1128032 102.40  
  • 8 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens
  • 3rd All-Time among goaltenders in wins
  • 3rd All-Time among goaltenders in shutouts
  • 3rd All-Time among goaltenders in Goals Against Average
  • 6 Stanley Cup (1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
  • Calder Memorial Trophy (1972)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy (1971)
  • Vezina Trophy (1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
  • First All-Star Team Goalie (1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
  • Second All-Star Team Goalie (1972)
  • Inducted into the Hall of Fame (1983)
  • Number Retired (2007)




Originally Posted by HHOF
Following a brilliant amateur career in Montreal with the Nationales and Junior Canadiens, Henri Richard joined the Habs as they began their run of five straight Stanley Cup wins in 1956. In his third year, 1957-58, Richard led the NHL with 52 assists and was placed on the NHL First All-Star Team. When the Habs established a new record with their fifth consecutive Cup in 1960, Richard tied teammate Bernie Geoffrion with 12 post-season points.

All-Time Montreal Canadiens Statistics

Henri Richard
Regular Season
Game PlayedGoalsAssistsPointsPenalty Minutes+/- 
Game PlayedGoalsAssistsPointsPenalty Minutes+/- 
  • 20 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens
  • 8th All-Time among players in Goals
  • 3rd All-Time among players in Assists
  • 3rd All-Time among players in Points
  • 11 Stanley Cup (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973)
  • Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (1974)
  • First All-Star Team Centre (1958)
  • Second All-Star Team Centre (1959, 1961, 1963)
  • Inducted into the Hall of Fame (1979)
  • Number Retired (1975)


EagleBelfour 03-15-2008 10:46 PM

Again, I vote for Ken Dryden.

VanNistelrooy 03-15-2008 10:47 PM

I voted Dryden.

IcE ColD 03-15-2008 10:53 PM


buddahsmoka1 03-15-2008 11:06 PM

Less than 400 games just doesn't cut it for me. If it is any consolation, I would vote for him next round.

peperebougon* 03-16-2008 12:18 AM

with 1046 pts and over 1200 games it's gotta be richard.

Le Tricolore 03-16-2008 12:21 AM

11 cups

coolguy21415 03-16-2008 01:02 AM

This comes down to domination vs longevity. I'll take domination.

Beakermania* 03-16-2008 02:33 AM

Dryden.... almost as many shutouts as losses.... thats just ridiculous.

le_sean 03-16-2008 02:43 AM

Richard for sure. 11 Cups is insane and over 1000 points. Sure Dryden was amazing but at least Henri stayed longer than 7 seasons.

Ohashi_Jouzu 03-16-2008 03:42 AM

For me, the difference comes down to one was great, the other was consistently really good for a long time.


wedge 03-16-2008 07:37 AM


didouche 03-16-2008 07:48 AM


Mr. Richard right after!

Lafleurs Guy 03-16-2008 11:59 AM

Quite possibly the most dominant goalie to ever live... Ken Dryden.

Ohashi_Jouzu 03-16-2008 09:41 PM

bump (polling almost closed anyway)

EagleBelfour 03-16-2008 10:20 PM


Originally Posted by Ohashi_Jouzu (Post 13129300)
bump (polling almost closed anyway)

Time to vote, only 30 minutes remaining. I'll create a new poll either tonight or sometime tomorrow.

NHLcrazy 03-16-2008 10:30 PM

Respect the cups!

Pocket Rocket!

Licou 03-16-2008 10:35 PM

Jebus that's a close poll :scared:

Beakermania* 03-16-2008 10:35 PM

Ten minutes left and only one vote difference??

Edit: Tied.

Ohashi_Jouzu 03-16-2008 10:40 PM

I think I stirred the pot by bumping the thread. Dryden was ahead by more than 5 like 20 minutes ago I think. Not surprised it's close. Moderately short term super greatness vs super long term very goodness.

Beakermania* 03-16-2008 10:50 PM

46-45 Dryden.... Who broke the tie??

Whoever it was, I thank you.

Lafleurs Guy 03-16-2008 11:04 PM

Dryden deserved the win. It wasn't a shutout but as usual, he still gets the W.

Licou 03-16-2008 11:05 PM


I think Dryden deserved it.

NHLcrazy 03-16-2008 11:07 PM


anyways we can directly go to #10

DaSystem 03-16-2008 11:19 PM


Originally Posted by NHLcrazy (Post 13130502)

anyways we can directly go to #10

I don't think it works that way, but probably Henri will win next one.

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