1969 Stanley Cup Finals

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1969 Stanley Cup Finals
1 2 3 4 Total
St. Louis Blues 1 1 0 1 0
Montreal Canadiens 3 3 4 2 4
Location(s) Montreal, QC (Montreal Forum) (1,2)
St. Louis, MO (St. Louis Arena) (3,4)
Coaches St. Louis: Scotty Bowman
Montreal: Claude Ruel
Captains St. Louis: Al Arbour
Montreal: Jean Beliveau
Dates April 27 to May 4, 1969
MVP Serge Savard (Canadiens)
Series-winning goal John Ferguson (3:02, third, G4)

The 1969 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven series played from April 27 to May 4, 1969, between the defending champions Montreal Canadiens and the St. Louis Blues, the same finalists as in 1968. As they had done the previous year, the Canadiens would win the series in four straight games.

Paths to the Finals[edit]

Montreal defeated the New York Rangers 4–0 and the Boston Bruins 4–2 to advance to the finals.

St. Louis defeated the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings in four games each.

Game summaries[edit]

This was the second playoff series between these two teams. Their only previous meeting came in the previous year's Stanley Cup final. In this year's six-game regular season series, there were five wins for Montreal and one tie.

Claude Ruel became the eleventh rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup. Montreal goaltender Rogie Vachon limited St. Louis to three goals in four games. In the process, he earned his first career playoff shutout.


Montreal won series 4–0


Game one[edit]

April 27 St. Louis Blues 1–3
1 – 2, 0 – 0, 0 – 1
Montreal Canadiens Montreal Forum
Attendance: 16,607

Montreal Canadiens 1969 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Players

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders

Coaching and administrative staff:

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Anthony "Tony" Esposito's name was misspelled on the Replica Stanley Cup created in 1992–93 as P. FSPOSITO instead of A. ESPOSITO.
  • Claude Ruel was the 10th NHL rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup.
  • &-Gilles Tremblay missed the playoffs with a career ending injury. His name was still included on the Stanley Cup.
  • &-Lucien Grenier played 2 Semi-Finals games, but name was left off the Stanley Cup even though he qualified to be engraved on it
  • ^-name was left off the Stanley Cup, but qualified to be included.

Won 4 Stanley Cups in 5 Years with Montreal 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969[edit]

Ralph Backstrom, Jean Béliveau, Yvan Cournoyer, Dick Duff, John Ferguson, Terry Harper, Ted Harris, Jacques Laperrière, Claude Provost, Henri Richard, Bobby Rousseau, Gilles Tremblay, Jean-Claude Tremblay, Gump Worsley (14 players), David Molson, Sam Pollock, Larry Aubut (3 non-players).

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7. 
Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens
1968
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

1969
Succeeded by
Boston Bruins
1970