The Montreal Canadiens boast 24 Stanley Cup victories, which account for 25% of all Stanley Cups won after the Challenge Cup era. Though their last championship was in 1993, the team is usually in NHL Playoff contention and was in 2017 with a division championship. Grab a ticket to see the Canadiens play in Montreal at the Bell Centre, the world’s largest hockey arena, and cheer on stars like Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher, and Alex Galchenyuk as they fight it out against rivals like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins.
The Canadiens were founded in 1909 and were originally meant to be represented by French-speaking players, coaches, and executives. While still part of the World Hockey Association, the team won a Stanley Cup in 1916 and later won their next championship in 1924 as a member of the newly formed National Hockey League. At some point in the 1920s, the team earned the nickname, the Habs, due to a presumptuous Texan’s misinterpretation of the “H” on the team’s jersey. Instead of thinking that it meant “hockey,” which would have been obvious and correct, Tex Rickard inexplicably told reporters that the “H” stood for “habitants,” and the abbreviated nickname has been used since. With that settled, the team saw success in the 1930s with 2 more championships and again in the 1940s thanks to Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Toe Blake, and Elmer Lach (aka the Punch Line). The team won a record-setting 5 consecutive Stanley Cups between 1956 and 1960 and nearly matched that record with another 4 straight championships in the ‘70s. The team added 2 more championships in the next 2 decades but have since experienced a 25-year Stanley Cup drought. Even during the tough times, the Habs are typically in the battle for the postseason and have finished at the top of their division many times.
Despite the ups and downs, Habs fans are loyal to their team and the motto: Nos bras meurtris vous tendent le flambeau, à vous toujours de le porter bien haut (To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high). Captain Max Pacioretty and head coach Claude Julien are leading the team through a tough schedule in the hopes of once again hoisting Lord Stanley’s Mug. Take part in one of Montreal’s top things to do with affordable Canadiens tickets.