While it’s a tad difficult to name the 10 best Montreal Canadiens ever—because there are so many Hockey Hall of Famers from which to choose—it’s even more difficult to separate the absolute fan favorites from the pack.
So many Habs were beloved, and not necessarily for scoring, play-making or puck-stopping ability.
I mean how does one discount the contributions of or general admiration for a guy like John Ferguson, who, despite his talent for laying a beating on opposing players, was also able to put the puck in the net, only once scoring less than 15 goals during his eight years in the National Hockey League, all with Montreal???
In all honesty, rather easily with names like Guy Lafleur (yes, he’s on here) and Jean Béliveau (ditto) to consider, not to mention the fact that he is related to former Toronto Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr., which, let’s be honest, one cannot ignore.
Hell, it would probably keep him off a list of favorite Leafs, as well, had he played in Toronto instead.
In any case, how does one also discount the likes of Saku Koivu, a guy who overcame injury after injury to lead the teams he captained to one improbable playoff series victory after another? Admittedly, somewhat less easily, but necessarily with a guy like Henri Richard, who won 11 Stanley Cups as a Hab, out there, as well.
As such, here is that Richard brother and the nine other most popular Habs of all time: