"I never saw the bloody puck." - Henri Richard on the goal he knocked in to win the 1966 Stanley Cup.
"We should have won five in a row." - Gilles Tremblay, mourning the team's loss in the 1967 Cup finals to the Leafs later in life.
"I really don't understand why everybody is so anxious to compare the Montreal Canadiens of the 1950s with the team of the late '70s. There was a team in the middle that might have been as good." - Montreal GM Sam Pollock.
In the 1966 finals, the Habs lost the first two games at the Forum, the first time they had ever done that in team history. They rallied to win the next four.
In the four years that the Habs won the Stanley Cup, no Montreal player finished higher than third in regular season scoring (Bobby Rousseau in 1966).
Tony Esposito appeared in 13 games as a rookie for the 1968-69 Habs, but saw no ice time in that season's playoffs.
The Summer After:
Montreal re-tooled, brought goalie Ken Dryden in for the 1971 playoffs, and won six more Cups in the 1970s.
Stanley Cups: 4
Regular Season Winning %: .621
Individual Trophy Winners: 6
Hockey Hall of Famers: (7)
Jean Beliveau, Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Laperriere, Jacques Lemaire, Henri Richard, Serge Savard, Gump Worsley
Other Star Contributors:
Ralph Backstrom, Dick Duff, John Ferguson, Claude Larose, Claude Provost, Jim Roberts, Bobby Rousseau, J.C. Tremblay