Montreal Canadiens: The 10 Biggest NHL Legends to Play for the Habs

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Montreal Canadiens: The 10 Biggest NHL Legends to Play for the Habs
Montréal legends Maurice Richard (left) and Jean Beliveau (right) pose with Lord Stanley's Cup.

Ranking the top ten players in the history of the Montréal Canadiens, one of the most storied franchise in all of sports, is like trying to date two girls at the same time.  Someone's going to be left out.

Baseball has the Yankees with 27 World Series Championships, the NBA has the Boston Celtics with 17 titles, and the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers have won the Super Bowl a league-leading six times.

Hockey's most storied franchise is the 24-time Stanley Cup Champion Montréal Canadiens.

Countless stars have donned le bleu, blanc, et rouge in the franchise's 103 seasons.

Hockey is more than a sport in Montréal: it's a way of life.  Canadiens' games used to mean more than simply a win or a loss in the standings; they represented the victories and struggles of a whole community, a whole faction of society that had enormous pride in their French roots. 

The team came to be a representative for the French speaking inhabitants of Quebec, and their dominant play on the ice contributed to the start of the Quiet Revolution in the 1960s. 

Few, if any, teams in North America (save the 1980 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey team) have influenced society beyond the confines of their respective field or rink.  For these reasons, the legendary Montréal Canadiens' players deserve a special and hallowed place in sports history.

The snowy hills of Montréal provide an ominous setting for a place where players become stars, and stars become legends.

Montréal and hockey fans alike: Watch this video.  It's almost otherworldly.

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