NHL: Mario Lemieux, Maurice Richard, and the All-Time Québec Born NHL Team

Matt RyanCorrespondent IIMay 17, 2011

NHL: Mario Lemieux, Maurice Richard, and the All-Time Québec Born NHL Team

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    MARIO LEMIEUX OF PITTSBURGH CONTROLS THE PUCK DURING THE PENGUINS GAME VERSUS THE LOS ANGELES KINGS AT THE GREAT WESTERN FORUM IN INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA.
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    Some of the greatest players in NHL history have come from Quebec. Names like Richard, Lafluer, and Beliveau are synonymous with the sport and are some of the biggest names in the history of the Montreal Canadians. In particular, the success of the franchise can be attributed from players that have come from the team's home providence.

    A team made up entirely of Québécois would easily be a threat to win the IIHF World Championships or the Olympic Gold Medal.

    When composing an all-time team of Quebec-born players, Mario Lemieux and Ray Bourque are easy choices for the team.

    It's more difficult to choose amongst a group of goaltenders that includes of Patrick Roy, Jacques Plante, Martin Brodeur, Bernie Parent, and Gump Worsley.

First Line

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    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12:  Former NHL player Luc Robitaille speaks at the Stanley Cup Playoff Party at the Beverly Hills Gibson Musical Instruments Showroom on April 12, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images for
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    Left Wing: Luc Robitalle

    Center: Mario Lemieux

    Right Wing: Maurice Richard

    Mario Lemieux is the best player in NHL history to hail from Quebec and the best ever not named Gretzky. He is second all-time in points per game and eventually surpassed the Great One as the best in the world by the 1990s.

    The highest scoring left wing in NHL history is an easy choice to be on the first line for this team. He began his career with eight consecutive seasons of at least 30 goals and helped the Red Wings win a Stanley Cup in 2002.

    Maurice Richard maybe the best right wing in NHL history but is certainly the greatest to ever suit up for the Habs. He was the first to score 50 goals in 50 games and get 500 career goals. In addition to his statistical achievements, Richard was also a member of eight Stanley Cup championships. 

Second Line

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    MONTREAL- APRIL 19:  A photo of the banners commemorating the retired jerseys of Serge Savard, Guy Lafleur and Larry Robinson hanging in the Bell Centre prior to Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Washington Capitals and Montre
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    Left Wing: Michael Goulet

    Center: Jean Beliveau

    Right Wing: Guy Lafleur

    Jean Beliveau was consistently one of the top players in the NHL during his 20-year career with the Montreal Canadians. He is the greatest winner in NHL history with a combined 17 Stanley Cup rings as a player and executive.

    Goulet is one of the more underrated players of all time. He was one of the most feared goalscorers of the 1980s and formed the core of the Quebec Nordiques along with the Šťastný brothers.

    Guy Lafleur was the NHL's best player during the late 1970s and a big reason why the Habs won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1976-1979. Lafleur is the Habs all-time leading scorer and was the league leader for three consecutive seasons.

Third Line

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    UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 02:  (L-R) Clark Gillies, Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier of 'The 'Core of the Four' New York Islanders Stanley Cup championships take part in a ceremony prior to the Islanders game against the Florida Panthers on March 2, 2008 at the
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    Left Wing: Dickie Moore

    Center: Marcel Dionne

    Right Wing: Mike Bossy

    Dionne was the best player that never won the Stanley Cup. He is fifth all-time in points and once led the famous "Triple Crown Line" during his heyday with the Los Angeles Kings.

    Dickie Moore was a key member of those Habs teams that won five championships in a row from 1956-1960. He won the Art Ross trophy twice and once held the record for most points in a season.

    The presence of "Rocket" Richard and Guy Lafleur will bump one of the most prolific scorers in league history to the third line. Bossy set an NHL record with nine consecutive seasons of 50 or more goals. He ended his career with 573 goals, but that total could have been closer to 800 goals if back problems hadn't shortened his career. Bossy is still third all-time in points per game.

Fourth Line

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    MONTREAL- DECEMBER 4:  Former Montreal Canadien Yvan Cournoyer skates during the Centennial Celebration ceremonies prior to the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins on December 4, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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    Left Wing: Rick Martin

    Center: Gilbert Perrault

    Right Wing: Yvan Cournoyer

    An all-time team of Quebec-born players wouldn't be complete with including some players from the "French Connection" line. Martin and Perrault helped make the Buffalo Sabres cup contenders during their time together and reached the finals in 1975. The third member of the line, Rene Robert, would be included, but this team can't leave off Yvan Cournoyer.

First Defensive Pair

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    23 Feb 1997:  Defenseman Ray Bourque of the Boston Bruins in action against the Buffalo Sabres during a game at the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York.  The Sabres defeated the Bruins 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allsport
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    Ray Bourque and Doug Harvey

    Ray Bourque is the first all-time in points amongst defenceman and first all-time in shots on goal. He never won the cup during his tenure with the Boston Bruins, but he is still one of the most popular athletes the city has ever had.

    Harvey won seven Norris trophies during his career and helped the Habs win six Stanley Cups and was the best ever at his position in the pre-Bobby Orr NHL.

Second Defensive Pair

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    MONTREAL- APRIL 19:  A photo of the banners commemorating the retired jerseys of Serge Savard, Guy Lafleur and Larry Robinson hanging in the Bell Centre prior to Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Washington Capitals and Montre
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    Guy Lapointe and Serge Savard

    Lapointe and Savard were two-thirds of the "Big Three" for the Canadians in the 1970s. Both were equally productive on the offensive side, as they were in the defensive aspects of the game.

Third Defensive Pair

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 12:  A banner retiring the number of former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman and NHL hall of famer Pierre Pilote is raised during a ceremony before the Chicago Blackhawks Boston Bruins game at the United Center on November 12, 2008 in Chic
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    Pierre Pilote and Denis Potvin

    Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita receive a lot of attention for their success with the Black Hawks, unlike the  Hall of Famer Pierre Pilote. Pilote was an important part of the 1961 title team and won three consecutive Norris trophies from 1963-1965.

    Denis Potvin was a three time Norris winner and still ranks 3rd all-time amongst defenceman in points. He was one of the best at his position during the 1970's and 1980's, and helped the Islanders win four consecutive Stanley Cups.

Goalies

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    DENVER - APRIL 10:  Darby Hendrickson #14 of the Minnesota Wild takes a shot on goaltender Patrick Roy #33 of the Colorado Avalanche during game one in the first round of the NHL 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 10, 2003 in Denver, C
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    Starter: Patrick Roy

    Backup: Jacques Plante

    Many considered Patrick Roy the greatest goalie in NHL history when he retired, and his legacy has not faded nearly a decade later. Roy is the only three-time Conn Smythe winner in NHL history. He helped the Habs win their last two Stanley Cups and then helped the Colorado Avalanche become a superteam during the second half of his career, by helping them win the Stanley Cup twice.

    Plante was the star goaltender for those great Habs teams in the 1950s and was a six-time Vezina winner. He is equally remembered for his innovation, when he became the first goalie to wear a mask.