1976 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1976 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers, making their third-straight final appearance and the Montreal Canadiens. This was the Canadiens first appearance in the final since their Cup win in 1973. The Canadiens would win the best-of-seven series four games to none.
Paths to the final
Guy Lafleur scored the first two finals goals in his career, both game-winners.
Reggie Leach scored four times in the final, and 19 times in total in the playoffs to win the Conn Smythe Trophy despite the Flyers losing to the Canadiens. He is the only non-goaltender in NHL history to be named MVP of the playoffs in an unsuccessful cause.
Montreal wins the series 4–0.
Montreal Canadiens 1976 Stanley Cup champions
† left off cup, but qualified to be on it.
- Coaching and administrative staff
- Jacques Courtois (President), Jean Beliveau (Vice President - Director of Cooperate Relations)
- Peter Bronfman (Chairman/Owner), Edward Bronfman (Executive Director/Owner)
- Sam Pollock (Vice President/General Manager), William Scotty Bowman (Head Coach)
- Eddy Palchak (Trainer), Pierre Meilleur (Asst Trainer)
- Claude Ruel (Director of Player Development)
- Floyd Curry† (Asst. General Manager), Ron Caron† (Asst. General Managers)
Stanley Cup engraving
- Don Awrey played 72 regular-season games, and John van Boxmeer played 46 games. As neither player played in the playoffs, their names were not included on the Stanley Cup. The official rules says that players must play in the playoffs to be included on the Stanley Cup, but this rule was not followed very well. Players who played in playoffs were often left off, and many players who did not play in the playoffs were still engraved on it. The NHL changed the rules to say that any player who played at least 40 games (half the regular season game total) or more for the winning team, or one game in the Stanley Cup must be included. However, Awrey and Van Boxmeer were not added to the cup for 1976. Awrey's name is on the Cup in 1970, 1972 with Boston. Van Boxmeer's name does not appear on the Stanley Cup.
- Between 1976 and 1985 A (alternate captains) were no longer marked on players' sweaters. Only the captain was marked with a "C."
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Stanley Cup champions