Montreal Canadiens, Canadian expert ice hockey group situated in Montreal. The most established constantly working group in the National Hockey League (NHL), the Canadiens have won more Stanley Cup titles than some other group (24) and are the best establishment allied history.
The Canadiens were built up in 1909 as one of the establishing groups of the National Hockey Association, the harbinger of the NHL (which was framed in 1917). The Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup title in the 1915–16 season, triumphing in an exciting five-game arrangement against the Portland (Ore.) Rosebuds of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. Focus Howie Morenz—who is considered by numerous individuals to have been the best hockey player of the pre-World War II time—joined the group in 1923 and drove Montreal to Stanley Cup triumphs in 1924, 1930, and 1931. Before the 1926–27 season, the Canadiens moved into the Montreal Forum, their home arena for 70 seasons (counting 22 Stanley Cup-winning efforts) before the group's takeoff in 1996. After Montreal's fourth Stanley Cup title, in the 1930–31 season, the Canadiens neglected to win the Cup for a long time, the group's longest such dry spell of the century.
In 1942 Montreal marked conservative Maurice ("Rocket") Richard, a future Hall of Famer who might proceed to turn into the establishment's profession head in objectives scored. Richard cooperated with focus Elmer Lach and left wing Toe Blake to frame the high-scoring "Turn of phrase," and the trio featured Canadiens squads that won the Stanley Cup in 1944 and 1946. Blake resigned in 1948, yet he rejoined the group before the 1955–56 season as head mentor, and he drove the Canadiens into the most predominant period in group history. Blake guided a star-filled lineup that included Richard, his more youthful sibling Henri ("Pocket Rocket") Richard, Jean Béliveau, Doug Harvey, and Jacques Plante to a record five back to back Stanley Cups from 1956 to 1960. When he resigned from training in 1968, Blake had instructed the Canadiens to three more Stanley Cups, and his groups put lower than second just once in his 13 years on the seat. Montreal kept on commanding the association during the 1970s, winning six more Stanley Cups in that decade, incorporating four of every a line from 1976 to 1979 with groups driven by head mentor Scotty Bowman and including future Hall of Fame players Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, and Larry Robinson.
The Canadiens blurred marginally during the 1980s, at any rate by their very own unimaginably exclusive requirements. While the group still equipped for the play-offs in each period of the decade, they won only one Stanley Cup (during the 1985–86 season). The title group of 1985–86 highlighted new kid on the block goaltender Patrick Roy, who turned into the most youthful Conn Smythe Trophy champ (granted to the postseason's most profitable player) ever that year and would later resign—subsequent to completing his vocation with the Colorado Avalanche—as the NHL's best goalie ever. The Canadiens won their 24th Stanley Cup title behind Roy's netminding in the 1992–93 season.
Montreal's play tumbled off for the rest of the 1990s and into the mid 2000s. The Canadiens qualified for the postseason in 7 of the 13 seasons between 1993–94 and 2006–07 yet neglected to progress more remote than the second round of the play-offs during that time range. As the eighth (most reduced) seed in the 2009–10 postseason, Montreal upset the top-seeded Washington Capitals in seven recreations (turning into the initial eight-seed to irritate a one-seed in the wake of trailing an arrangement three amusements to one). The Canadiens pursued that annoyed with another by besting the shielding Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the gathering elimination rounds before at last being wiped out by the Philadelphia Flyers in the meeting finals. Behind the play of star goalkeeper Carey Price, the Canadiens wound up one of the top groups in the NHL by the mid-2010s, which incorporated another meeting finals appearance in 2014–15. Nonetheless, the resurgence never achieved the statures the establishment was acquainted with and it finished by the 2017–18 season when the Canadiens completed with their most exceedingly awful record since 2000–01 and missed the play-offs.