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The Montreal Canadiens are the most storied team in NHL history, with 25 Stanley Cups and 61 players in the Hall of Fame.
Finding one captain among their 32 who stands out was not easy. Even eliminating those captains who did not win a Cup only shortens the list to 11, six of whom won multiple Cups.
Four captains won at least four titles: Emile Bouchard, Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Yvan Cournoyer were three of the six captains from 1948 to 1979.
The first three were part of the best championship run of any sports franchise outside of the Red Auerbach-led Celts of Boston, winning 12 of 19 titles between 1953 and 1971.
Bouchard had the most (six), but had just 194 points in 785 games. Considering the careers of the other two captains overlapped with his and they were over four times as productive, the list is down to two.
Richard has a trophy named after him and won a Cup all four seasons he was captain. He scored 965 points in 978 games and 126 in 133 playoff games, including 167 points in 183 games as captain and 30 in 32 playoff games.
But Beliveau tied Saku Koivu as the longest-tenured captain (10 seasons) in franchise history and won five Cups. And he was more productive throughout his tenure with the team (1,219 points in 1,125 games; 176 in 162 playoff games) and as captain (723 in 629 and 103 in 93).
Since he also did not get suspended twice for punching an official like Richard did is all the more reason to choose him.