Montreal Canadiens Hockey Team History
The Montréal Canadiens are Montréal’s National Hockey League (NHL) team. First founded in 1909, the Canadiens are one of North America’s oldest professional sports franchises, the longest continually operating professional ice hockey team and one of the original six teams that made up the NHL from 1942 until the expansion in 1967.
The team won its first Stanley Cup championship in the 1915-1916 season. They have since won more Stanley Cup championships than any other franchise with a total of 24 or 1 in 4 Stanley Cups, making them one of the most successful professional sports franchises in history.
The hockey club has several nicknames in English and French, including Les Canadiens (or Le Canadien), Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge, La Sainte-Flanelle, Le Tricolore, Les Glorieux (or Nos Glorieux), Le CH and Le Grand Club, Les Habitants, and the Habs in English, an abbreviation of Les Habitants.
There is only one point in the team’s history where the franchise’s existence came into question. During the depression in the 30’s, losses caused the owners to consider selling the club to interested buyers in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Montréal Canadiens currently play regular season games at the Bell Centre, formerly called the Molson Centre.
For the game schedule and tickets, visit their website.