1955–56 Montreal Canadiens season

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1955–56 Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup champions
League 1st NHL
1955–56 record 45–15–10
Goals for 222
Goals against 131
Team information
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Toe Blake
Captain Emile Bouchard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Jean Beliveau, 47
Assists Bert Olmstead, 56
Points Jean Beliveau, 88
Penalties in minutes Jean Beliveau, 143
Wins Jacques Plante (42)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (1.86)

The 1955–56 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 47th season of play. The Canadiens placed first in the regular season standings (with their 45 wins setting an NHL record) and won the Stanley Cup for the eighth time in the club's history.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 70 45 15 10 222 131 +91 100
2 Detroit Red Wings 70 30 24 16 183 148 +35 76
3 New York Rangers 70 32 28 10 204 203 +1 74
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 70 24 33 13 153 181 −28 61
5 Boston Bruins 70 23 34 13 147 185 −38 59
6 Chicago Black Hawks 70 19 39 12 155 216 −61 50


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 6, 1955 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 1–0–0
2 W October 8, 1955 2–0 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 2–0–0
3 W October 9, 1955 5–2 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 3–0–0
4 W October 15, 1955 4–1 New York Rangers (1955–56) 4–0–0
5 T October 16, 1955 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 4–0–1
6 L October 20, 1955 2–3 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 4–1–1
7 W October 22, 1955 6–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 5–1–1
8 L October 26, 1955 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 5–2–1
9 L October 27, 1955 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 5–3–1
10 W October 29, 1955 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 6–3–1
11 T October 30, 1955 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 6–3–2
12 T November 3, 1955 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 6–3–3
13 W November 5, 1955 4–2 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 7–3–3
14 T November 6, 1955 3–3 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 7–3–4
15 T November 9, 1955 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 7–3–5
16 W November 12, 1955 3–0 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 8–3–5
17 W November 13, 1955 2–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 9–3–5
18 W November 16, 1955 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 10–3–5
19 W November 19, 1955 6–1 New York Rangers (1955–56) 11–3–5
20 T November 20, 1955 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 11–3–6
21 L November 24, 1955 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 11–4–6
22 W November 26, 1955 3–1 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 12–4–6
23 T November 27, 1955 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 12–4–7
24 W December 1, 1955 2–1 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 13–4–7
25 W December 3, 1955 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 14–4–7
26 W December 4, 1955 5–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 15–4–7
27 W December 8, 1955 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 16–4–7
28 W December 10, 1955 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 17–4–7
29 W December 11, 1955 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 18–4–7
30 W December 15, 1955 2–0 New York Rangers (1955–56) 19–4–7
31 W December 17, 1955 5–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 20–4–7
32 L December 18, 1955 0–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 20–5–7
33 W December 20, 1955 7–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 21–5–7
34 W December 24, 1955 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 22–5–7
35 L December 25, 1955 1–5 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 22–6–7
36 L December 28, 1955 0–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 22–7–7
37 W December 29, 1955 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 23–7–7
38 W December 31, 1955 7–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 24–7–7
39 L January 5, 1956 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 24–8–7
40 W January 7, 1956 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 25–8–7
41 L January 11, 1956 1–6 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 25–9–7
42 L January 14, 1956 0–2 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 25–10–7
43 L January 15, 1956 0–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 25–11–7
44 W January 18, 1956 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 26–11–7
45 W January 19, 1956 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 27–11–7
46 W January 21, 1956 3–1 New York Rangers (1955–56) 28–11–7
47 W January 22, 1956 6–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 29–11–7
48 L January 26, 1956 1–5 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 29–12–7
49 W January 28, 1956 6–1 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 30–12–7
50 T January 29, 1956 1–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 30–12–8
51 W February 2, 1956 2–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 31–12–8
52 W February 4, 1956 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 32–12–8
53 T February 5, 1956 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 32–12–9
54 T February 8, 1956 1–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 32–12–10
55 W February 10, 1956 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 33–12–10
56 W February 12, 1956 7–1 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 34–12–10
57 W February 16, 1956 8–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 35–12–10
58 W February 18, 1956 9–4 New York Rangers (1955–56) 36–12–10
59 W February 23, 1956 5–2 New York Rangers (1955–56) 37–12–10
60 W February 25, 1956 5–1 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 38–12–10
61 L February 29, 1956 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 38–13–10
62 W March 2, 1956 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 39–13–10
63 W March 3, 1956 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 40–13–10
64 W March 4, 1956 6–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 41–13–10
65 W March 8, 1956 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 42–13–10
66 L March 10, 1956 0–4 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 42–14–10
67 L March 11, 1956 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 42–15–10
68 W March 15, 1956 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 43–15–10
69 W March 17, 1956 7–2 New York Rangers (1955–56) 44–15–10
70 W March 18, 1956 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 45–15–10

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Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1956 Stanley Cup Finals.

This was the first Finals for Henri Richard and Toe Blake's first Finals as coach. The Canadiens faced the Detroit Red Wings for the fourth time in five years, having lost in 1952, 1954, and 1955. This year, they won in five games.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 31 Detroit 4 Montreal 6
April 3 Detroit 1 Montreal 5
April 5 Montreal 1 Detroit 3
April 8 Montreal 3 Detroit 0
April 10 Detroit 1 Montreal 3

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 70 47 41 88 143
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 70 38 33 71 89
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 70 14 56 70 94
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 59 29 33 62 66
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 70 11 39 50 55
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 62 5 39 44 60
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 64 19 21 40 46
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 70 14 18 32 10
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 67 13 17 30 48
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 60 13 16 29 30
Leclair, JackieJackie Leclair C 54 6 8 14 30
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 66 1 13 14 80
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 46 4 9 13 58
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 64 3 10 13 75
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 66 4 1 5 10
Turner, BobBob Turner D 33 1 4 5 35
Gamble, DickDick Gamble LW 12 0 3 3 8
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 36 0 0 0 22
Broden, ConnieConnie Broden C 3 0 0 0 2
Clune, WallyWally Clune D 5 0 0 0 6
Deslauriers, JacquesJacques Deslauriers D 2 0 0 0 0
Perreault, BobBob Perreault G 6 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 64 0 0 0 10
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 3840 64 42 12 10 119 1.86 7
Perreault, BobBob Perreault 360 6 3 3 0 12 2.00 1
Team: 4200 70 45 15 10 131 1.87 8

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 10 12 7 19 22
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 10 5 9 14 6
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 10 5 9 14 24
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 10 4 10 14 8
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 10 3 6 9 12
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 10 4 4 8 21
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 10 2 5 7 10
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 10 3 3 6 12
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 10 1 5 6 12
Leclair, JackieJackie Leclair C 8 1 1 2 4
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 9 1 1 2 2
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 10 0 2 2 8
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 9 0 2 2 4
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 10 1 0 1 0
Turner, BobBob Turner D 10 0 1 1 10
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 1 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 10 0 0 0 2
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 4 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 600 10 8 2 18 1.80 2
Team: 600 10 8 2 18 1.80 2

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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]

Montreal Canadiens 1956 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders
  Coaching and administrative staff
  • Donat Raymond (President/Owner), Frank Selke Sr. (Manager)
  • Dalton Coleman, William Northey (Vice Presidents/Owners)
  • Ken Reardon (Ass't Manager), Hector Toe Blake (Coach)
  • Hector Dubois (Trainer), Gaston Bettez (Ass't Trainer)
  • Camile DesRoches^, Frank Selke Jr.^ (Publicity Directors)
  • ^- on the team picture, but missing from the Stanley Cup.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Emile "Butch" Bouchard was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1944, 1946, and 1953 as EMILE BOUCHARD. He was then engraved on the Stanley Cup as BUTCH BOUCHARD in 1956.
  • Mistake Bob Turner is listed as Trainer on Stanley Cup. He was a defenseman. Hector Dubois and Gaston Bettez were the trainers, but no position was listed.
  • Mistake Claude Provost name was misspelt C. PREVOST with an "E" instead an "O". Turner and Provost mistakes were not corrected on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.
  • Mistake Gaston Bettez was spelt wrong G BETTEX when Cup was redone in 1957–58 with an "X" instead of "Z", and mistake was repeated on the Replica Cup. His name was spelt correctly on the original ring as G. BETTEZ.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1955–1956 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "1955–56 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  3. ^ "1955-56 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.