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 few days, relive the greatest moments of the hockey’s most celebrated franchise. Next up, 1960 to 1969.
No. 9 Retired Forever On October 6, 1960, just a few weeks after Maurice Richard announces his retirement, the Canadiens retire the No. 9 jersey that the “Rocket” had popularized over the past 18 seasons. More.
Boom Boom Reaches 50 On March 16, 1961, at the Forum.Bernard Geoffrion was suiting up against not only the Maple Leafs, but 16 years of NHL history as well. More.
A Sixth Norris Trophy for Harvey On May 2, 1961, Doug Harvey further solidifies his place among the NHL’s all-time great defensemen, winning the Norris Trophy as the league’s top blue-liner for the sixth time in seven seasons. More.
Beliveau: Born to Lead On October 11, 1961, a new era begins for the Canadiens. With the departure of Doug Harvey to the Rangers, Jean Béliveau is voted to succeed him as captain by his teammates. More.
The Pollock Era Begins On May 15, 1964, Sam Pollock takes over for Frank Selke as Canadiens general manager. More.
Stanley Cup No. 13 On May 1, 1965, the Canadiens played host to Chicago in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, an encounter made necessary by a 2-1 Blackhawks victory at Chicago Stadium two days earlier. More.
Stanley Cup No. 14 Lining up for the opening face-off against the Red Wings at Detroit’s Olympia on May 5, 1966, the Canadiens were one win away from ending their season by repeating as Stanley Cup Champions. More.
Béliveau's Road to 1,000 Playing against Gordie Howe’s Red Wings at the Olympia on March 3, 1968, Jean Béliveau had a chance to reach an important career milestone. More.
Stanley Cup No. 15 On May 11, 1968, with Toe Blake’s crew leading 3-0 in the Finals against the St. Louis Blues, another Stanley Cup Championship was within the Canadiens’ grasp. More.
New record for wins Playing host to the Boston Bruins in the regular season finale on March 29, 1969, the Montreal Canadiens had a chance to kill two birds with one stone. More.
Stanley Cup No. 16 On May 4, 1969, the Canadiens were poised to sweep Scotty Bowman’s St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals for the second year in a row. More.