Brian Bellows Trade to Montreal

For an entire decade, Brian Bellows was a staple of the Minnesota North Stars and the team’s premier sniper. Selected with the second pick of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, he represented the franchise at three different All-Star Games (1984, 1988, 1992) and was even named an NHL Second Team All-Star in 1990. Playing in […]

One for the Ages: Mats Naslund’s 1985-86 NHL Season

Mats Naslund played a style of hockey that was far larger than his 5-foot-7, 160-pound frame. Possessing tremendous speed and an ability to generate offense seemingly on a whim, Naslund was the star forward for the Montreal Canadiens during the decade of the 1980s. Combining his skill, determination, and Nordic heritage, the fans of Montreal […]

Maurice “Rocket” Richard: More than Just a Game

report this ad Perhaps one of the most revolutionary players to ever play the game of hockey, Maurice Richard brought hockey in Montreal to an elite level and set the bar high for every generation to come. Richard overcame nearly every level of adversity to become the greatest hockey player of his generation and one […]

Myth of the Montreal Canadiens’ Early Success

For generations, the Habs have been dogged by accusations that their historic Stanley Cup success was because they had territorial rights to the best players French Canada had to offer. In this great article, originally published May 12, 2010, former THW contributor Mike Moore lays out why all those claims of an unfair advantage are wrong. […]

Canadiens GM Showdown: Bergevin vs. Houle

In this last instalment of a four-part series comparing Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin to his four immediate predecessors, we take a look at Rejean Houle. Marc Bergevin is not the most popular person in Montreal right now. The Canadiens’ general manager has been under fire for a number of questionable moves and public […]

The Canadiens Legacy of Losing

I remember the afternoon of April 27, 1980, clearly. Walking down Ste Catherine street, I saw a tall, lanky figure walking towards me. It didn’t take me long to recognize Larry Robinson, the Canadiens’ star defenseman, who would win the Norris Trophy later that year. Approaching him, I shouted, “You guys are gonna win!” in reference […]

The Montreal Forum 1908-1996

The Montreal Forum was built at the foot of a mountain dominated by St. Joseph’s Oratory on one side and an illuminated cross on another. It was a fitting place for fans to make pilgrimages to a hockey shrine. The Richest Place in Hockey History The Forum was home to some of hockey’s greats: Howie […]