Ranking the 5 Greatest Captains in Montreal Canadiens History

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Ranking the 5 Greatest Captains in Montreal Canadiens History
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Former Montreal Canadiens captain Bob Gainey.

There have been 28 captains in the history of the Montreal Canadiens, a franchise oftentimes considered synonymous with greatness. As such, it’s kind of hard to pare those down to the five greatest to ever wear the "C", as every single one—to a certain extent—has to be great by definition.

To put it in perspective, there have been seven different team captains since the 1993 Stanley Cup, including such notables as Kirk Muller, Pierre Turgeon and Saku Koivu. However, how can any of those otherwise prototypical leaders possibly place ahead of Hockey Hall of Famers who have actually won a Stanley Cup?

While a championship victory is definitely not a prerequisite to an appearance in the top five, it definitely doesn’t hurt. Taking into account Stanley Cups won, playoff appearances, seasons served as captain and overall performance, here are the five greatest captains in Montreal Canadiens history.

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