The Montreal Canadiens are the oldest and most storied franchise in hockey history. With so much history and tradition behind this great organization, the person who is chosen as captain of the team must take on more responsibility than any other captain in the league.
Not only do they have to lead in the dressing room, but they have to be an ambassador to the city and the community, and must exemplify the kind of character and intestinal fortitude that blends them seamlessly into the fabric of Canadiens lore.
Over the 100 years that this organization has been in existence, there have been 27 different individuals to wear the C, and the captaincy has changed hands on 31 separate occasions--if you include the year that Guy Carbonneau and Chris Chelios shared the captaincy in 1989/90, as one occurrence.
With the announcement that Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin will announce the team's next captain this fall, I thought it was a good time to take a look at the top 10 Montreal Canadiens captains of all-time.
The following is not my top ten list, however, as I conducted a survey of readers on Hockeybuzz.com and HabsAddict.com to find out who their consensus top 10 picks were. Once the comments were in, I summed up the number of votes–per first through tenth position–for each player, and assigned a point value to each–ten points for number one overall and one point for number ten overall.
The following is the list of winners in descending order.