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Claude Provost
right wing

• Shoots: Right • Height: 5-9 • Weight: 168 lbs. •
• Born: September 17, 1933 • Montreal, Quebec •
• Played: 1955/56 - 1969/70 •

• Championships •
1956 Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
1957 Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
1958 Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
1959 Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
1960 Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
1965 Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
1966 Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
1968 Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
1969 Montreal Canadiens (NHL)

• Awards •
1967-68 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (NHL)

• Honors •
1964-65 NHL All-Star Team (1st)

• NHL All-Star Team Voting •
- 61-62 (3rd) / 64-65 (1st) / 65-66 (6th)

• All-Star Games •
NHL - 1956 / 1957 / 1958 / 1959
NHL - 1960 / 1961 / 1962 / 1963 / 1964 / 1965 / 1967

• Hart Trophy Voting •
- 64-65 (T12th)

• Lady Byng Trophy Voting •
- 61-62 (2nd) / 64-65 (5th)

• Achievements •
• Games Played
- 1957-58 NHL 70 (1)
- 1959-60 NHL 70 (1)
- 1961-62 NHL 70 (1)
- 1964-65 NHL 70 (1)
- 1965-66 NHL 70 (2)
- Career • 1005 (39th all-time for right wingers)
- Career PLAYOFFS • 126 (24th all-time for right wingers)

• Goals
- 1961-62 NHL 33 (2)
- 1964-65 NHL 27 (5)
- Career • 254 (74th all-time for right wingers)
- Career PLAYOFFS • 25 (T60th all-time for right wingers)

• Power Play Goals
- 1964-65 NHL 11 (3)

• Short-Handed Goals
- 1963-64 NHL 1 (7)
- 1967-68 NHL 3 (2)

• Game-Winning Goals
- 1964-65 NHL 5 (5)
- 1965-66 NHL 5 (10)

• Goals Per Game
- 1961-62 NHL 0.47 (2)
- 1964-65 NHL 0.39 (7)
- Career • 0.25
- Career PLAYOFFS • 0.20

• Assists
- 1964-65 NHL 37 (6)
- 1965-66 NHL 36 (10)
- Career • 335 (59th all-time for right wingers)
- Career PLAYOFFS • 38 (T39th all-time for right wingers)

• Assists Per Game
- 1964-65 NHL 0.53 (9)
- Career • 0.33
- Career PLAYOFFS • 0.30

• Points
- 1961-62 NHL 62 (10)
- 1964-65 NHL 64 (6)
- Career • 589 (67th all-time for right wingers)
- Career PLAYOFFS • 63 (T49th all-time for right wingers)

• Points Per Game
- 1964-65 NHL 0.91 (7)
- Career • 0.59
- Career PLAYOFFS • 0.50

• career stats •
gms G A TP PIMs+/- G/gm A/gm PP SH
NHL 1005 254 335 589 469  .25 .33   
NHL PLAYOFFS 126 25 38 63 86   .20 .30  
QJHL 14393104197158 .65.73 

• career team records •
Montreal (NHL) - games (5th) / playoff games (10th) / goals (T13th) / playoff goals (T22nd) / GPG (T43rd) / playoff GPG (T51st) / assists (17th) / playoff assists (22nd) / APG (51st) / playoff APG (T50th) / points (14th) / playoff points (23rd) / points/G (T44th) / playoff points/G (T51st)

• Accolades •

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey

The Montreal Canadiens of the 1950s and 1960s are considered to be one of the greatest teams of all time. With names like Beliveau, Richard, Geoffrion, Harvey and Moore, the Habs had offence to spare. Someone had to accept the unglamorous role of checker and role player. Claude Provost sacrificed his own offensive output for the team. His unselfish style of hustling and aggressive checking earned him a place as a Legend of Hockey.

Known for his incredible shadowing of the other team's superstars, most notably Bobby Hull, the wide-jawed Provost played over 1000 NHL games, recording very respectable totals of 254 goals and 589 points. Despite his aggressive checking style, he earned only 469 penalty minutes. While he would average 16 goals a season, his scoring increased after he noticed Gordie Howe used a short stick. Provost followed suit in the 1960s, and his scoring contributions grew.

[B]Admittedly an average shooter and awkward skater (though he was deceptively speedy), he relied on his ability to read oncoming plays and closing off options of the other team's top stars.

While many forget to mention Claude Provost as one of the greatest Habs of all time, it should be noted without his selfless team play and willingness to the dirty work on a team loaded with superstars, the Montreal Canadiens wouldn't have been as successful during the 1950s and 1960s without Claude Provost.

Originally Posted by Hockey Hall Of Fame Legends

When Toe Blake took charge behind the bench of the Montreal Canadiens in 1955-56, he introduced Claude Provost to the club's star-studded roster on the basis of his aggressive and hard-working approach to checking opponents. His peculiar, wide-stance style of skating concealed surprising speed. One observer humorously noted that when he hit the ice, he looked like a drunken sailor walking on a ship's deck during a hurricane. But however awkward he appeared, he used his hustle to good end, serving as Bobby Hull's shadow throughout the 1960s.

Originally Posted by Saskatooon Star-Phoenix

Bobby Hull had high praise Tuesday night for Montreal's Claude Provost, who has limited the great Chicago winger to five shots on goal in two Stanley Cup final games. He described Provost as a "hell of a good skater, strong, and dedicated."

Provost was Hull's master again Tuesday night, keeping the blond winger to four shots on net as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 2-0 for a two-game lead in the series.

Asked if it was Provost's labors - or his own ineptness - that has prevented him from breaking out, Hull replied: "I imagine it's Provost."

Originally Posted by Maurice Richard

“Another Canadien worth mentioning is Claude Provost, a former teammate of mine and one of the unsung heroes of the NHL. Provost was never a star in the true sense of the word, but because of his great desire, his perseverance, and his love of work, he became one of the most valuable of the Habitants and the best defensive forward in hockey.”
Originally Posted by Jean Beliveau

“Claude Provost was the typical front-line soldier, a good guy, usually quiet, but capable of laughter, too. NHL play during the 1960’s was dominated by Bobby Hull, except when the Hawks came up against the Canadiens, and the reason why we prevailed against them can be summed up in two words, Claude Provost.”
Originally Posted by Dickie Moore

"What you have to remember about 'Joe' was that he made sure that everything he brought to the game was his best. Everybody liked him. All of us liked the way he worked, the way he hustled, the way he checked the best players in the game. He could score goals, too but the biggest reason all of us liked him was that he was a team man. Everything he did was for the team."

Originally Posted by Habs World

During his life and career, Claude Provost was one of the most underappreciated members of two great Montreal Canadiens dynasties. [He] played an integral part on nine Stanley Cup championship teams. He was recognized as the premier defensive forward of his generation. He was a first team all star once and played in 11 All Star games.

1968 also saw Provost honored as the first winner of the Bill Masterton trophy for his dedication to hockey. This rare recognition of his talent and achievement was long overdue.

In 1992, Bob Gainey was deservedly elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. In many ways Gainey was the player who took up the defensive forward mantle for the Canadiens after Provost’s retirement.

Bob Gainey played 16 years with the Canadiens scoring 239 goals and 501 points. Claude Provost played 15 years with the Canadiens and scored 15 more goals and 88 more points while playing in 155 fewer games than Gainey.
Originally Posted by Our History


Provost played a tough but clean style of hockey, earning the respect of the guys he was assigned to cover. He was penalized much less frequently than most of the more primitive defensive specialists around the league, averaging about 35 penalty minutes a year.
Originally Posted by Pat Curran / Montreal Gazette

As the Canadiens knocked over the Bruins and the Black Hawks in supporting bouts to the Stanley Cup final it was only natural to open nominatuons for the Conn Smythe Trophy. Gump Worsley, Jacques Laperriere, Jean Beliveau, Claude Provost, JC Tremblay and even rookie Jacques Lemaire were, and still are, worthy contenders.

Originally Posted by Red Fisher / Montreal Gazette

Provost was on nine Stanley Cup teams in his 15 seasons with the Canadiens. In 1968, he was awarded the first Bill Masterton Trophy as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. And while he is best-remembered as a defensive player, in 1961-62 he was voted to the first all-star team on the strength of his career-high 33 goals. That year, he was also runner-up to Toronto's Dave Keon for the Lady Byng Trophy.

Consistency is what "Joe" Provost was all about. On the ice and off it, he was the poster boy of what the NHL was all about ... the pure joy of playing in the world's best league. He played in 11 all-star games and delivered goals in double-digit numbers throughout his career.

Numbers alone don't begin to describe what Provost meant to this team. Where he truly excelled was in shutting down the opposition's best players. When the Canadiens faced the Detroit Red Wings, wherever Gordie Howe went, Provost was alongside him. When Bobby Hull and the Chicago Blackhawks were at the Forum or the Canadiens visited Chicago Stadium, Provost was there.

It had nothing to do with Provost's size - he was 5-foot-9 and a mere 175 pounds. It had everything to do with the fun of playing, of the pride he felt in wearing the Canadiens jersey, of being in the company of his teammates, starting with his closest friend, Henri Richard. The bigger and stronger players Provost checked found it really hard to knock him off his feet.

He was this good. Bob Gainey was the winner the first four Frank Selke trophies, introduced in 1978 to honour the league's best defensive player. That was seven years after Provost retired. There's no question Provost would have won at least as many, and perhaps more, if the trophy had been introduced during his playing days.

When the Canadiens retired Gainey's sweater, he made it plain he doesn't take credit for the Selke, saying he didn't invent defensive hockey. Provost, Gainey said, "represented that style of player."

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