1995–96 Montreal Canadiens season

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1995–96 Montreal Canadiens
Division 3rd Northeast
Conference 6th Eastern
1995–96 record 40–32–10
Home record 23–12–6
Road record 17–20–4
Goals for 265
Goals against 248
Team information
General Manager Serge Savard (Oct)
Rejean Houle
Coach Jacques Demers (Oct)
Mario Tremblay
Captain Mike Keane (Oct-Dec)
Pierre Turgeon (Dec-Apr)
Alternate captains Vincent Damphousse
Lyle Odelein
Arena Montreal Forum and Molson Centre
Team leaders
Goals Pierre Turgeon and Vincent Damphousse (38)
Assists Pierre Turgeon (58)
Points Pierre Turgeon (96)
Penalties in minutes Lyle Odelein (230)
Plus/minus Peter Popovic (+21)
Wins Jocelyn Thibault (23)
Goals against average Jocelyn Thibault (2.83)
<1994–95 1996–97>

The 1995–96 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 87th season. Two notable events happened during the season. The Canadiens moved from their long-time home Montreal Forum to the new Molson Centre. The other was the trade of star goaltender Patrick Roy. The club qualified for the playoffs, but lost in the first round to the New York Rangers.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • At the beginning of the season, Mike Keane was named as the 23rd captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Keane was subject to media scrutiny after speaking to Mathias Brunet of La Presse (a French language newspaper). Keane declared that he had no intention of learning French.[1]
  • October 17, 1995: Canadiens president Ronald Corey fired General Manager Serge Savard, and his assistants Andre Boudrias and Carol Vadnais.[2] Head coach Jacques Demers was also relieved of his duties, while assistant coach Charles Thiffault was re-assigned.
  • October 21, 1995: Ronald Corey hired Rejean Houle to become the new General Manager of the Canadiens. Mario Tremblay was hired as the new head coach, and Yvan Cournoyer was hired as an assistant coach.[3] Tremblay had been Roy’s roommate during his rookie season.[4]
  • In his first 15 starts with Tremblay as head coach, Patrick Roy had 12 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. Ironically, the one tie would come against the Colorado Avalanche.[5] Despite the start, incidents occurred with Tremblay in Edmonton. Tremblay spotted Roy in the hotel bar, and Tremblay told Roy that he wanted him to leave the hotel bar.[6] A conflict ensued in Montreal when Tremblay told Roy that he was not allowed to visit the trainer’s room and speak to teammates unless he was injured.[5]
  • November 28, 1995: The Canadiens were playing the Detroit Red Wings on the road. The day before the match, Mario Tremblay spoke to Mario Leclerc of Le Journal de Montreal newspaper. Tremblay mentioned that he was resentful of current Red Wings head coach Scotty Bowman. The first five years of Tremblay’s career were played under Bowman, and Tremblay told Leclerc that Bowman would always threaten to send him to the minors.[7] When Leclerc approached Cournoyer, he stated that he did not want to speak about Bowman.[8] The Canadiens lost the game by a score of 3-2. The next day, the Journal de Montreal had a headline that stated, Bowman has the last word.[8]
  • February 5, 1996: Patrick Roy played the Canadiens for the first time since he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche.[9] Roy stopped 37 of 39 shots in a 4-2 win. After the game, Roy took the game puck and flipped it to Canadiens head coach Mario Tremblay.[10]

Tremblay Incident[edit]

  • On December 2, 1995 Montreal's head coach Mario Tremblay elected to keep Roy in the goal until he let in 9 goals on 26 shots during an 11–1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.[11] This was the last straw for Roy in what was already a contentious relationship with the rookie head coach. Friction between the two dated back to Roy's rookie year, when Tremblay, then a Canadiens broadcaster, would needle the young Quebecer on his broken English and was critical of Roy through much of his career. The two had almost come to blows in a Long Island coffee shop before Tremblay was announced as a coach and his first appearance in the dressing room was greeted with snickers from Roy. They almost fought a second time after Tremblay fired a shot at Roy's throat during practice.
  • When Roy was replaced midway through the second period, as he was storming off the ice, Roy could be seen on-camera [12] telling Habs team President Ronald Corey that this was the last game he would ever play for Montreal, later elaborating by saying that he would not play for Montreal as long as Tremblay was coach.

The Roy Trade[edit]

  • On December 6, four days after the incident, he was traded to Colorado along with Canadiens captain Mike Keane in exchange for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Rucinsky, and Andrei Kovalenko, which is known in Montreal as "Le Trade."[13] Roy's relationship with the Canadiens remained strained until 2008, when it was announced that Roy's #33 jersey would be retired. The trade would benefit Colorado as Roy would help the Avalanche qualify for the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals. The Avalanche would sweep the Panthers 4–0.

Final Game at the Forum[edit]

  • On March 11, 1996, the Montreal Canadiens played their last game at the Montreal Forum, beating the Dallas Stars 4–1 on a Monday night. The game was televised on TSN and TQS in Canada, and on ESPN in the United States. After the game, many previous hockey greats were presented to the crowd. The largest ovation of the night was left at the end for legendary Canadiens star Maurice "Rocket" Richard - at over 16 minutes in length.

Season standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. GP W L T GF GA PTS
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 49 29 4 362 284 102
2 Boston Bruins 82 40 31 11 282 269 91
3 Montreal Canadiens 82 40 32 10 265 248 90
4 Hartford Whalers 82 34 39 9 237 259 77
5 Buffalo Sabres 82 33 42 7 247 262 72
6 Ottawa Senators 82 18 59 5 191 291 41
Eastern Conference[14]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 45 24 13 282 208 103
2 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 82 49 29 4 362 284 102
3 New York Rangers ATL 82 41 27 14 272 237 96
4 Florida Panthers ATL 82 41 31 10 254 234 92
5 Boston Bruins NE 82 40 31 11 282 269 91
6 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 40 32 10 265 248 90
7 Washington Capitals ATL 82 39 32 11 234 204 89
8 Tampa Bay Lightning ATL 82 38 32 12 238 248 88
9 New Jersey Devils ATL 82 37 33 12 215 202 86
10 Hartford Whalers NE 82 34 39 9 237 259 77
11 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 33 42 7 247 262 73
12 New York Islanders ATL 82 22 50 10 229 315 54
13 Ottawa Senators NE 82 18 59 5 191 291 41

Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L Oct 7, 1995 1–7 Philadelphia Flyers 0–1–0
2 L Oct 11, 1995 1–6 @ Florida Panthers 0–2–0
3 L Oct 12, 1995 1–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 0–3–0
4 L Oct 14, 1995 1–4 New Jersey Devils 0–4–0
5 L Oct 20, 1995 0–2 @ New York Islanders 0–5–0
6 W Oct 21, 1995 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–5–0
7 W Oct 23, 1995 6–3 Los Angeles Kings 2–5–0
8 W Oct 25, 1995 7–2 Florida Panthers 3–5–0
9 W Oct 27, 1995 4–1 @ Hartford Whalers 4–5–0
10 W Oct 28, 1995 5–3 Chicago Blackhawks 5–5–0
11 W Oct 31, 1995 3–1 @ Boston Bruins 6–5–0
12 L Nov 1, 1995 2–5 @ Washington Capitals 6–6–0
13 W Nov 4, 1995 4–1 Boston Bruins 7–6–0
14 L Nov 8, 1995 2–3 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 7–7–0
15 W Nov 11, 1995 4–0 @ Calgary Flames 8–7–0
16 W Nov 12, 1995 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks 9–7–0
17 W Nov 15, 1995 4–1 @ Edmonton Oilers 10–7–0
18 W Nov 18, 1995 5–1 Ottawa Senators 11–7–0
19 W Nov 20, 1995 4–3 OT Hartford Whalers 12–7–0
20 L Nov 22, 1995 2–4 @ Hartford Whalers 12–8–0
21 T Nov 25, 1995 2–2 OT Colorado Avalanche 12–8–1
22 L Nov 28, 1995 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings 12–9–1
23 L Nov 29, 1995 4–5 @ St. Louis Blues 12–10–1
24 L Dec 2, 1995 1–11 Detroit Red Wings 12–11–1
25 W Dec 6, 1995 4–2 New Jersey Devils 13–11–1
26 L Dec 7, 1995 5–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 13–12–1
27 T Dec 9, 1995 2–2 OT New York Rangers 13–12–2
28 W Dec 12, 1995 6–5 @ Winnipeg Jets 14–12–2
29 W Dec 15, 1995 4–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks 15–12–2
30 L Dec 16, 1995 2–4 Philadelphia Flyers 15–13–2
31 W Dec 18, 1995 3–2 Hartford Whalers 16–13–2
32 L Dec 20, 1995 1–2 @ Buffalo Sabres 16–14–2
33 W Dec 22, 1995 4–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 17–14–2
34 W Dec 23, 1995 1–0 Pittsburgh Penguins 18–14–2
35 L Dec 26, 1995 0–4 @ Washington Capitals 18–15–2
36 L Dec 28, 1995 1–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 18–16–2
37 W Dec 30, 1995 4–1 @ Ottawa Senators 19–16–2
38 L Jan 3, 1996 4–7 @ New York Rangers 19–17–2
39 T Jan 4, 1996 2–2 OT @ New York Islanders 19–17–3
40 L Jan 6, 1996 6–7 Buffalo Sabres 19–18–3
41 T Jan 8, 1996 3–3 OT Tampa Bay Lightning 19–18–4
42 T Jan 10, 1996 2–2 OT Vancouver Canucks 19–18–5
43 W Jan 12, 1996 6–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 20–18–5
44 T Jan 13, 1996 3–3 OT St. Louis Blues 20–18–6
45 W Jan 17, 1996 3–0 @ Ottawa Senators 21–18–6
46 L Jan 22, 1996 1–4 Tampa Bay Lightning 21–19–6
47 W Jan 25, 1996 6–2 @ Florida Panthers 22–19–6
48 W Jan 27, 1996 4–1 Winnipeg Jets 23–19–6
49 W Jan 28, 1996 5–4 Boston Bruins 24–19–6
50 W Jan 31, 1996 5–3 Washington Capitals 25–19–6
51 L Feb 1, 1996 2–3 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers 25–20–6
52 W Feb 3, 1996 4–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 26–20–6
53 L Feb 5, 1996 2–4 @ Colorado Avalanche 26–21–6
54 W Feb 7, 1996 4–2 @ Dallas Stars 27–21–6
55 L Feb 10, 1996 3–5 Ottawa Senators 27–22–6
56 W Feb 12, 1996 3–0 San Jose Sharks 28–22–6
57 T Feb 15, 1996 2–2 OT @ New York Rangers 28–22–7
58 W Feb 17, 1996 5–1 Calgary Flames 29–22–7
59 L Feb 21, 1996 3–5 @ Hartford Whalers 29–23–7
60 L Feb 23, 1996 5–6 @ New Jersey Devils 29–24–7
61 W Feb 24, 1996 7–3 Pittsburgh Penguins 30–24–7
62 L Feb 26, 1996 4–7 @ San Jose Sharks 30–25–7
63 L Feb 28, 1996 2–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 30–26–7
64 L Mar 2, 1996 4–5 @ Los Angeles Kings 30–27–7
65 W Mar 9, 1996 3–2 Ottawa Senators 31–27–7
66 W Mar 11, 1996 4–1 Dallas Stars 32–27–7
67 T Mar 13, 1996 1–1 OT @ New Jersey Devils 32–27–8
68 W Mar 16, 1996 4–2 New York Rangers 33–27–8
69 W Mar 18, 1996 3–2 Buffalo Sabres 34–27–8
70 W Mar 20, 1996 3–2 Hartford Whalers 35–27–8
71 W Mar 22, 1996 4–1 @ Buffalo Sabres 36–27–8
72 L Mar 23, 1996 5–6 Edmonton Oilers 36–28–8
73 W Mar 25, 1996 4–1 New York Islanders 37–28–8
74 L Mar 27, 1996 0–1 OT Washington Capitals 37–29–8
75 W Mar 28, 1996 4–3 OT @ Boston Bruins 38–29–8
76 W Mar 30, 1996 3–1 @ Ottawa Senators 39–29–8
77 L Apr 1, 1996 4–6 Buffalo Sabres 39–30–8
78 L Apr 3, 1996 1–4 Boston Bruins 39–31–8
79 T Apr 4, 1996 3–3 OT @ Boston Bruins 39–31–9
80 W Apr 6, 1996 2–1 Florida Panthers 40–31–9
81 L Apr 11, 1996 2–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers 40–32–9
82 T Apr 13, 1996 5–5 OT New York Islanders 40–32–10

Playoffs[edit]

NY Rangers vs. Montreal
Date Away Home
April 16 Montreal 3 2 NY Rangers OT
April 18 Montreal 5 3 NY Rangers
April 21 NY Rangers 2 1 Montreal
April 23 NY Rangers 4 3 Montreal
April 26 Montreal 2 3 NY Rangers
April 28 NY Rangers 5 3 Montreal
NY Rangers wins series 4–2

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Turgeon, PierrePierre Turgeon C 80 38 58 96 44 19 17 1 6
Damphousse, VincentVincent Damphousse C 80 38 56 94 158 5 11 4 3
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi RW 82 28 50 78 69 20 11 2 6
Rucinsky, MartinMartin Rucinsky LW 56 25 35 60 54 8 9 2 3
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 82 20 25 45 40 -7 8 3 2
Bure, ValeriValeri Bure RW 77 22 20 42 28 10 5 0 1
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 69 9 27 36 65 10 3 0 1
Kovalenko, AndreiAndrei Kovalenko RW 51 17 17 34 33 9 3 0 3
Savage, BrianBrian Savage LW 75 25 8 33 28 -8 4 0 4
Malakhov, VladimirVladimir Malakhov D 61 5 23 28 79 7 2 0 0
Stevenson, TurnerTurner Stevenson RW 80 9 16 25 167 -2 0 0 2
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 79 3 14 17 230 8 0 1 0
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 68 2 14 16 117 -4 0 1 1
Brunet, BenoitBenoit Brunet LW 26 7 8 15 17 -4 3 1 4
Popovic, PeterPeter Popovic D 76 2 12 14 69 21 0 0 0
Petrov, OlegOleg Petrov RW 36 4 7 11 23 -9 0 0 2
Bureau, MarcMarc Bureau C 65 3 7 10 46 -3 0 0 1
Murray, ChrisChris Murray RW 48 3 4 7 163 5 0 0 1
Keane, MikeMike Keane RW 18 0 7 7 6 -6 0 0 0
Wilkie, DavidDavid Wilkie D 24 1 5 6 10 -10 1 0 0
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 19 1 4 5 54 4 0 0 0
Brashear, DonaldDonald Brashear LW 67 0 4 4 223 -10 0 0 0
Kiprusoff, MarkoMarko Kiprusoff D 24 0 4 4 8 -3 0 0 0
Racine, YvesYves Racine D 25 0 3 3 26 -7 0 0 0
Fraser, ScottScott Fraser C 15 2 0 2 4 -1 0 0 0
Fitzpatrick, RoryRory Fitzpatrick D 42 0 2 2 18 -7 0 0 0
Ferguson, CraigCraig Ferguson C 10 1 0 1 2 -5 0 0 0
Daigneault, J. J.J. J. Daigneault D 7 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0
Groleau, FrancoisFrancois Groleau D 2 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski G 23 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Bordeleau, SebastienSebastien Bordeleau C 4 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Conroy, CraigCraig Conroy C 7 0 0 0 2 -4 0 0 0
Dirk, RobertRobert Dirk D 3 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Labrecque, PatrickPatrick Labrecque G 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Lamb, MarkMark Lamb C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy G 22 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Sarault, YvesYves Sarault LW 14 0 0 0 4 -7 0 0 0
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 40 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Tucker, DarcyDarcy Tucker RW 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 2334 40 23 13 3 110 2.83 3 1258 1148 .913
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 1260 22 12 9 1 62 2.95 1 667 605 .907
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski 1264 23 5 9 6 62 2.94 0 676 614 .908
Labrecque, PatrickPatrick Labrecque 98 2 0 1 0 7 4.29 0 47 40 .851
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 9 1 0 0 0 1 6.67 0 2 1 .500
Team: 4965 82 40 32 10 242 2.92 4 2650 2408 .909

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Damphousse, VincentVincent Damphousse C 6 4 4 8 0 0 1 2
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi RW 6 3 3 6 0 3 0 0
Turgeon, PierrePierre Turgeon C 6 2 4 6 2 0 0 0
Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu C 6 3 1 4 8 0 0 0
Brisebois, PatricePatrice Brisebois D 6 1 2 3 6 0 0 0
Wilkie, DavidDavid Wilkie D 6 1 2 3 12 0 0 0
Bureau, MarcMarc Bureau C 6 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
Fitzpatrick, RoryRory Fitzpatrick D 6 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 6 1 1 2 6 0 1 0
Brunet, BenoitBenoit Brunet LW 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Popovic, PeterPeter Popovic D 6 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
Savage, BrianBrian Savage LW 6 0 2 2 2 0 0 0
Bure, ValeriValeri Bure RW 6 0 1 1 6 0 0 0
Petrov, OlegOleg Petrov RW 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Quintal, StephaneStephane Quintal D 6 0 1 1 6 0 0 0
Stevenson, TurnerTurner Stevenson RW 6 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Brashear, DonaldDonald Brashear LW 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kovalenko, AndreiAndrei Kovalenko RW 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Murray, ChrisChris Murray RW 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 311 6 2 4 18 3.47 0 188 170 .904
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski 49 1 0 0 1 1.22 0 17 16 .941
Team: 360 6 2 4 19 3.17 0 205 186 .907

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 8 Terry Ryan Left Wing  Canada Tri-City Americans (WHL)
3 60 Miloslav Guren Defence  Czechoslovakia HC Zlín (Czech)
3 74 Martin Hohenberger Left Wing  Austria Prince George Cougars (WHL)
4 86 Jonathan Delisle Right Wing  Canada Hull Olympiques (QMJHL)
5 112 Niklas Anger Right Wing  Sweden Djurgårdens IF (Sweden)
6 138 Boyd Olson Center  Canada Tri-City Americans (WHL)
7 164 Stephane Robidas Defence  Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
8 190 Greg Hart Right Wing  Canada Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
9 216 Eric Houde Center  Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.341, by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  2. ^ Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.342, by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  3. ^ Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, pp.343-4 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  4. ^ Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.339 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  5. ^ a b Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.347, by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  6. ^ Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.348, by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  7. ^ Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.350 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  8. ^ a b Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.351 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  9. ^ Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.382 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  10. ^ Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.383 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  11. ^ http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1984/84051.html
  12. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-BJOK7zKmo
  13. ^ http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/hockey/canadiensstory.html?id=21e7b9f5-b334-46ac-9f76-4a6b78ab809b
  14. ^ "1995–1996 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  15. ^ "1995-96 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.