The Canadiens 100th Anniversary on December 4th, 2009 is now right around the corner. Starting today, let us take you back daily to a different decade in the team’s lifetime. Over the next 10 days, relive the greatest moments of the hockey’s most celebrated franchise. First up, 1909 to 1919.
A Franchise is Born
On December 4, 1909, two days after the founding of the National Hockey Association, the hockey world sees the birth of the Montreal Canadiens at Montreal’s Windsor Hotel thanks to businessman J. Ambrose O’Brien. More.
The First Victory
On January 5, 1910, almost exactly a month after the team was founded, the Montreal Canadiens took to the ice for the first time. More.
A first playoff appearance
After five seasons in the league, the Canadiens earned a playoff spot for the first time in team history following the 1913-14 campaign. More.
Stanley Cup No. 1
On March 30, 1916, after splitting the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final against Portland, as each team had come away with a pair of wins, the Canadiens and Rosebuds met for the fifth and final game at the Westmount Arena with the evening’s winner to be declared Stanley Cup Champions. More.
Welcome to the NHL
On December 19, 1917, all four teams in the newly formed National Hockey League saw action on opening night. More.
Vézina Slams the Door
Defensive play was far from the order of the day in 1917-18, with an average of 10 goals a game being recorded in the NHL’s opening campaign. As a result, Canadiens goaltender Georges Vézina’s accomplishment on February 18 is all the more impressive. More.
No Ordinary Joe
On March 2, 1918, the Canadiens played the final game of the season at the Jubilee Arena. Even though he wasn’t dressed for the occasion, Joe Malone nevertheless emerged as the NHL’s top scorer in the league’s inaugural season. More.
The Power of Six
On January 10, 1920, the Mount Royal Arena played host to a scoring frenzy between the Canadiens and the Toronto St. Pats that saw almost two dozen shots find the twine. More.
On March 3, 1920, the Canadiens had a game for the ages against the Quebec Bulldogs, setting scoring records that have stood for almost 90 years. More.