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1955–56 Montreal Canadiens season

League1st NHL
1955-56 record45-15-10
Goals for222
Goals against131
Team information
General managerFrank J. Selke
CoachToe Blake
CaptainEmile Bouchard
ArenaMontreal Forum
Team leaders
GoalsJean Beliveau , 47
AssistsBert Olmstead , 56
PointsJean Beliveau, 88
Penalty minutesJean Beliveau, 143
WinsJacques Plante (42)
Goals against averageJacques Plante (1.86)

Montreal Canadiens, Canadian professional ice hockey team based in Montreal. The oldest continually operating team in the National Hockey League, Canadiens have won more Stanley Cup titles than any other team and are the most successful franchise in League history. The Canadiens were established in 1909 as one of the founding teams of the National Hockey Association, forerunner of the NHL. The Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup championship in the 1915-16 season, triumphing in a thrilling five-game series against Portland Rosebuds of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. Centre Howie Morenzwho, is considered by many to have been the greatest hockey player of pre-World War II, joined the team in 1923 and led Montreal to Stanley Cup victories in 1924, 1930, and 1931. Before the 1926-27 season, Canadiens moved into Montreal Forum, their home stadium for 70 seasons before teams departure in 1996. After Montreals fourth Stanley Cup title, in the 1930-31 season, Canadiens failed to win the Cup for 12 years, team's longest such drought of the century. In 1942, Montreal signed right wing Maurice Richard, Future Hall of Famer who would go on to become the franchise career leader in goals score. Richard teamed with centre Elmer Lach and left wing Toe Blake to form the high-scoring Punch Line, and the trio headlined Canadiens squads that won the Stanley Cup in 1944 and 1946. Blake retired in 1948, but he rejoined the team before the 1955-56 season as head Coach, and he led the Canadiens into the most dominant period in team history. Blake guided a star-fill lineup that included Richard, his younger brother Henri Richard, Jean Beliveau, Doug Harvey, and Jacques Plante to record five consecutive Stanley Cups from 1956 to 1960. By the time he retired from coaching in 1968, Blake had Coach Canadiens to three more Stanley Cups, and his teams placed lower than second only once in his 13 years on bench. Montreal continued to dominate the League in the 1970s, winning six more Stanley Cups in that decade, including four in a row from 1976 to 1979 with teams led by head Coach Scotty Bowman and featuring future Hall of Fame players Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, and Larry Robinson. Maurice Richard and Jacques Plante Maurice Richard and goalie Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens defending goal during the 1956 Stanley Cup playoffs. UPI / Bettmann / Detroit Times Plante, Jacques Jacques Plante. Weekend Magazine / Louis Jaques / Library and archive Canada, accession number e002505659 Canadiens faded slightly in the 1980s, at least by their own incredibly high standards. While the team still qualify for the play-offs in each season of decade, they have won just one Stanley Cup. The Championship team of 1985-86 featured rookie goaltender Patrick Roy, who became the youngest Conn Smythe Trophy winner ever that year and would later retireafter finishing his career with the Colorado Avalanche as the NHLs winningest goalie of all time. The Canadiens won their 24 Stanley Cup title behind Roys netminding in the 1992-93 season.

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Awards and records

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

DateAwayScoreHomeScoreNotes
March 31Detroit4Montreal6
April 3Detroit1Montreal5
April 5Montreal1Detroit3
April 8Montreal3Detroit0
April 10Detroit1Montreal3

At a governors' meeting in December, discussion took place concerning uniforms worn by officials. It was contended that present orange and black uniforms were confusing to players and fans, particularly when red uniforms are worn by either of the participating teams. Furthermore, it was pointed out that existing uniforms show up black on television. It was unanimously agreed that officials' uniforms should be changed to black and white vertical stripes. Black and white uniforms were first worn on December 29 1955. With Montreal frequently racking up two or three goals on any one power play, NHL President Clarence Campbell said he'd like the penalty rule revised to penalized player returning to the ice when a power play goal is scored on a minor penalty. The Canadiens were the lone club to vote against new legislation.

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Table

PlayerPosGPGAPtsPIM
Beliveau, Jean Jean BeliveauC70474188143
Richard, Maurice Maurice RichardRW7038337189
Olmstead, Bert Bert OlmsteadLW7014567094
Geoffrion, Bernie Bernie GeoffrionRW5929336266
Moore, Dickie Dickie MooreLW7011395055
Harvey, Doug Doug HarveyD625394460
Richard, Henri Henri RichardC6419214046
Curry, Floyd Floyd CurryRW7014183210
Mosdell, Ken Ken MosdellC6713173048
Provost, Claude Claude ProvostRW6013162930
Leclair, Jackie Jackie LeclairC54681430
Talbot, Jean-Guy Jean-Guy TalbotD661131480
St. Laurent, Dollard Dollard St. LaurentD46491358
Johnson, Tom Tom JohnsonD643101375
Marshall, Don Don MarshallLW6641510
Turner, Bob Bob TurnerD3314535
Gamble, Dick Dick GambleLW120338
Deslauriers, Jacques Jacques DeslauriersD20000
Broden, Connie Connie BrodenC30002
Clune, Wally Wally CluneD50006
Bouchard, Butch Butch BouchardD3600022
Perreault, Bob Bob PerreaultG60000
Plante, Jacques Jacques PlanteG6400010

Table2

PlayerMINGPWLTGAGAASO
Plante, Jacques Jacques Plante3840644212101191.867
Perreault, Bob Bob Perreault3606330122.001
Team:4200704515101311.878

Table3

PlayerPosGPGAPtsPIM
Beliveau, Jean Jean BeliveauC101271922
Geoffrion, Bernie Bernie GeoffrionRW1059146
Richard, Maurice Maurice RichardRW10591424
Olmstead, Bert Bert OlmsteadLW10410148
Moore, Dickie Dickie MooreLW1036912
Richard, Henri Henri RichardC1044821
Harvey, Doug Doug HarveyD1025710
Provost, Claude Claude ProvostRW1033612
Curry, Floyd Floyd CurryRW1015612
Leclair, Jackie Jackie LeclairC81124
Mosdell, Ken Ken MosdellC91122
Johnson, Tom Tom JohnsonD100228
Talbot, Jean-Guy Jean-Guy TalbotD90224
Marshall, Don Don MarshallLW101010
Turner, Bob Bob TurnerD1001110
Bouchard, Butch Butch BouchardD10000
St. Laurent, Dollard Dollard St. LaurentD40002
Plante, Jacques Jacques PlanteG100002

Table4

PlayerMINGPWLGAGAASO
Plante, Jacques Jacques Plante6001082181.802
Team:6001082181.802
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NHL awards

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

DateAwayScoreHomeScoreNotes
March 31Detroit4Montreal6
April 3Detroit1Montreal5
April 5Montreal1Detroit3
April 8Montreal3Detroit0
April 10Detroit1Montreal3

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Table

PlayerPosGPGAPtsPIM
Beliveau, Jean Jean BeliveauC70474188143
Richard, Maurice Maurice RichardRW7038337189
Olmstead, Bert Bert OlmsteadLW7014567094
Geoffrion, Bernie Bernie GeoffrionRW5929336266
Moore, Dickie Dickie MooreLW7011395055
Harvey, Doug Doug HarveyD625394460
Richard, Henri Henri RichardC6419214046
Curry, Floyd Floyd CurryRW7014183210
Mosdell, Ken Ken MosdellC6713173048
Provost, Claude Claude ProvostRW6013162930
Leclair, Jackie Jackie LeclairC54681430
Talbot, Jean-Guy Jean-Guy TalbotD661131480
St. Laurent, Dollard Dollard St. LaurentD46491358
Johnson, Tom Tom JohnsonD643101375
Marshall, Don Don MarshallLW6641510
Turner, Bob Bob TurnerD3314535
Gamble, Dick Dick GambleLW120338
Deslauriers, Jacques Jacques DeslauriersD20000
Broden, Connie Connie BrodenC30002
Clune, Wally Wally CluneD50006
Bouchard, Butch Butch BouchardD3600022
Perreault, Bob Bob PerreaultG60000
Plante, Jacques Jacques PlanteG6400010

Table2

PlayerMINGPWLTGAGAASO
Plante, Jacques Jacques Plante3840644212101191.867
Perreault, Bob Bob Perreault3606330122.001
Team:4200704515101311.878

Table3

PlayerPosGPGAPtsPIM
Beliveau, Jean Jean BeliveauC101271922
Geoffrion, Bernie Bernie GeoffrionRW1059146
Richard, Maurice Maurice RichardRW10591424
Olmstead, Bert Bert OlmsteadLW10410148
Moore, Dickie Dickie MooreLW1036912
Richard, Henri Henri RichardC1044821
Harvey, Doug Doug HarveyD1025710
Provost, Claude Claude ProvostRW1033612
Curry, Floyd Floyd CurryRW1015612
Leclair, Jackie Jackie LeclairC81124
Mosdell, Ken Ken MosdellC91122
Johnson, Tom Tom JohnsonD100228
Talbot, Jean-Guy Jean-Guy TalbotD90224
Marshall, Don Don MarshallLW101010
Turner, Bob Bob TurnerD1001110
Bouchard, Butch Butch BouchardD10000
St. Laurent, Dollard Dollard St. LaurentD40002
Plante, Jacques Jacques PlanteG100002

Table4

PlayerMINGPWLGAGAASO
Plante, Jacques Jacques Plante6001082181.802
Team:6001082181.802
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Player Stats

Table

PlayerPosGPGAPtsPIM
Beliveau, Jean Jean BeliveauC70474188143
Richard, Maurice Maurice RichardRW7038337189
Olmstead, Bert Bert OlmsteadLW7014567094
Geoffrion, Bernie Bernie GeoffrionRW5929336266
Moore, Dickie Dickie MooreLW7011395055
Harvey, Doug Doug HarveyD625394460
Richard, Henri Henri RichardC6419214046
Curry, Floyd Floyd CurryRW7014183210
Mosdell, Ken Ken MosdellC6713173048
Provost, Claude Claude ProvostRW6013162930
Leclair, Jackie Jackie LeclairC54681430
Talbot, Jean-Guy Jean-Guy TalbotD661131480
St. Laurent, Dollard Dollard St. LaurentD46491358
Johnson, Tom Tom JohnsonD643101375
Marshall, Don Don MarshallLW6641510
Turner, Bob Bob TurnerD3314535
Gamble, Dick Dick GambleLW120338
Deslauriers, Jacques Jacques DeslauriersD20000
Broden, Connie Connie BrodenC30002
Clune, Wally Wally CluneD50006
Bouchard, Butch Butch BouchardD3600022
Perreault, Bob Bob PerreaultG60000
Plante, Jacques Jacques PlanteG6400010

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Table2

PlayerMINGPWLTGAGAASO
Plante, Jacques Jacques Plante3840644212101191.867
Perreault, Bob Bob Perreault3606330122.001
Team:4200704515101311.878

Table3

PlayerPosGPGAPtsPIM
Beliveau, Jean Jean BeliveauC70474188143
Richard, Maurice Maurice RichardRW7038337189
Olmstead, Bert Bert OlmsteadLW7014567094
Geoffrion, Bernie Bernie GeoffrionRW5929336266
Moore, Dickie Dickie MooreLW7011395055
Harvey, Doug Doug HarveyD625394460
Richard, Henri Henri RichardC6419214046
Curry, Floyd Floyd CurryRW7014183210
Mosdell, Ken Ken MosdellC6713173048
Provost, Claude Claude ProvostRW6013162930
Leclair, Jackie Jackie LeclairC54681430
Talbot, Jean-Guy Jean-Guy TalbotD661131480
St. Laurent, Dollard Dollard St. LaurentD46491358
Johnson, Tom Tom JohnsonD643101375
Marshall, Don Don MarshallLW6641510
Turner, Bob Bob TurnerD3314535
Gamble, Dick Dick GambleLW120338
Deslauriers, Jacques Jacques DeslauriersD20000
Broden, Connie Connie BrodenC30002
Clune, Wally Wally CluneD50006
Bouchard, Butch Butch BouchardD3600022
Perreault, Bob Bob PerreaultG60000
Plante, Jacques Jacques PlanteG6400010

Table4

PlayerMINGPWLTGAGAASO
Plante, Jacques Jacques Plante3840644212101191.867
Perreault, Bob Bob Perreault3606330122.001
Team:4200704515101311.878

Final Standings

National Hockey LeagueGPWLTPtsGFGA
Montreal Canadiens70451510100222131
Detroit Red Wings7030241676183148
New York Rangers7032281074204203
Toronto Maple Leafs7024331361153181
Boston Bruins7023341359147185
Chicago Black Hawks7019391250155216

Table5

PlayerPosGPGAPtsPIM
Beliveau, Jean Jean BeliveauC101271922
Geoffrion, Bernie Bernie GeoffrionRW1059146
Richard, Maurice Maurice RichardRW10591424
Olmstead, Bert Bert OlmsteadLW10410148
Moore, Dickie Dickie MooreLW1036912
Richard, Henri Henri RichardC1044821
Harvey, Doug Doug HarveyD1025710
Provost, Claude Claude ProvostRW1033612
Curry, Floyd Floyd CurryRW1015612
Leclair, Jackie Jackie LeclairC81124
Mosdell, Ken Ken MosdellC91122
Johnson, Tom Tom JohnsonD100228
Talbot, Jean-Guy Jean-Guy TalbotD90224
Marshall, Don Don MarshallLW101010
Turner, Bob Bob TurnerD1001110
Bouchard, Butch Butch BouchardD10000
St. Laurent, Dollard Dollard St. LaurentD40002
Plante, Jacques Jacques PlanteG100002

Table6

PlayerMINGPWLGAGAASO
Plante, Jacques Jacques Plante6001082181.802
Team:6001082181.802

Table7

PlayerPosGPGAPtsPIM
Beliveau, Jean Jean BeliveauC101271922
Geoffrion, Bernie Bernie GeoffrionRW1059146
Richard, Maurice Maurice RichardRW10591424
Olmstead, Bert Bert OlmsteadLW10410148
Moore, Dickie Dickie MooreLW1036912
Richard, Henri Henri RichardC1044821
Harvey, Doug Doug HarveyD1025710
Provost, Claude Claude ProvostRW1033612
Curry, Floyd Floyd CurryRW1015612
Leclair, Jackie Jackie LeclairC81124
Mosdell, Ken Ken MosdellC91122
Johnson, Tom Tom JohnsonD100228
Talbot, Jean-Guy Jean-Guy TalbotD90224
Marshall, Don Don MarshallLW101010
Turner, Bob Bob TurnerD1001110
Bouchard, Butch Butch BouchardD10000
St. Laurent, Dollard Dollard St. LaurentD40002
Plante, Jacques Jacques PlanteG100002

Table8

PlayerMINGPWLGAGAASO
Plante, Jacques Jacques Plante6001082181.802
Team:6001082181.802

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

DateAwayScoreHomeScoreNotes
March 31Detroit4Montreal6
April 3Detroit1Montreal5
April 5Montreal1Detroit3
April 8Montreal3Detroit0
April 10Detroit1Montreal3
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