Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens


Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens (French: Les Canadiens de Montréal) are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec. They are members of the Atlantic

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Montreal Canadiens
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1910–1917 (NHA)
1917–present (NHL)Home arenaBell CentreCityMontreal, QuebecColoursRed, white, blue[1][2][3]
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French
Owner(s)Molson family (majority owner)
(Geoff Molson, chairman[4])General managerMarc BergevinHead coachClaude JulienCaptainShea WeberMinor league affiliatesLaval Rocket (AHL)Stanley Cups24 (1915–16, 1923–24, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1943–44, 1945–46, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86, 1992–93)[note 1]Conference championships8 (1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1992–93)Presidents' Trophy0[note 2]Division championships24 (1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1936–37, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1991–92, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2016–17)Official websitenhl.com/canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens[note 3] (French: Les Canadiens de Montréal) are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The club's official name is le Club de hockey Canadien.[5] The team is frequently referred to in English and French as the Habs. French nicknames for the team include Les Canadiens (or Le Canadien), Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge, La Sainte-Flanelle, Le Tricolore, Les Glorieux (or Nos Glorieux), Le CH, Le Grand Club and Les Habitants (from which "Habs" is derived).

Founded in 1909, the Canadiens are the longest continuously operating professional ice hockey team worldwide, and the only existing NHL club to predate the founding of the NHL. One of the oldest North American professional sports franchises, the Canadiens' history predates that of every other Canadian franchise outside football as well as every American franchise outside baseball and the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals. The franchise is one of the "Original Six" teams, a description used for the teams that made up the NHL from 1942 until the 1967 expansion. The team's championship season in 1992–93 was the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup.[6]

The Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup more times than any other franchise. They have won 24 Stanley Cups, 23 of them since the founding of the NHL and 22 of them since 1927, when NHL teams became the only ones to compete for the Stanley Cup.[7] On a percentage basis, as of 2014, the franchise has won 25.3% of all Stanley Cup championships contested after the Challenge Cup era, making it the second most successful professional sports team of the traditional four major sports of Canada and the United States, behind only the Boston Celtics.[note 4][8][9] The Canadiens also had the most championships by a team of any of the four major North American sports until the New York Yankees won their 25th World Series title in 1999.

Since 1996, the Canadiens have played their home games at Bell Centre, originally known as Molson Centre.[10] The team previously played at the Montreal Forum which housed the team for seven decades and all but their first two Stanley Cup championships.[note 5]

Contents History Main article: History of the Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens were founded by J. Ambrose O'Brien on December 4, 1909, as a charter member of the National Hockey Association,[11][12] the forerunner to the National Hockey League. It was to be the team of the francophone community in Montreal, composed of francophone players, and under francophone ownership as soon as possible.[13] The team's first season was not a success, as they placed last. After the first year, ownership was transferred to George Kennedy of Montreal and the team's fortunes improved over the next seasons.[14] The team won its first Stanley Cup championship in the 1915–16 season.[15] In 1917, with four other NHA teams, the Canadiens formed the NHL,[16] and they won their first NHL Stanley Cup during the 1923–24 season, led by Howie Morenz.[17] The team moved from the Mount Royal Arena to the Montreal Forum for the 1926–27 season.[18]

The club began the 1930s decade successfully, with Stanley Cup wins in 1930 and 1931. The Canadiens and its then-Montreal rival, the Montreal Maroons, declined both on the ice and economically during the Great Depression. Losses grew to the point where the team owners considering selling the team to interests in Cleveland, Ohio, though local investors were ultimately found to finance the Canadiens.[19] The Maroons still suspended operations, and several of their players moved to the Canadiens.[20]

Game between the Canadiens and the New York Rangers in 1962.

Led by the "Punch Line" of Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Toe Blake and Elmer Lach in the 1940s, the Canadiens enjoyed success again atop the NHL. From 1953 to 1960, the franchise won six Stanley Cups, including a record five straight from 1956 to 1960, with a new set of stars coming to prominence: Jean Beliveau, Dickie Moore, Doug Harvey, Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, Jacques Plante and Richard's younger brother, Henri.[21]

The Canadiens added ten more championships in 15 seasons from 1965 to 1979, with another dynastic run of four-straight Cups from 1976 to 1979.[22] In the 1976–77 season, the Canadiens set two still-standing team records – for most points, with 132, and fewest losses, by only losing eight games in an 80-game season.[23] The next season, 1977–78, the team had a 28-game unbeaten streak, the second-longest in NHL history.[24] The next generation of stars included Guy Lafleur, Yvan Cournoyer, Ken Dryden, Pete Mahovlich, Jacques Lemaire, Pierre Larouche, Steve Shutt, Bob Gainey, Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe and Larry Robinson. Scotty Bowman, who would later set a record for most NHL victories by a coach, was the team's head coach for its last five Stanley Cup victories in the 1970s.[25]

Bell Centre has been the Canadiens' home venue since 1996. The arena is here seen in 2008, with banners celebrating the Montreal Canadiens centennial.

The Canadiens won Stanley Cups in 1986, led by rookie star goaltender Patrick Roy,[26] and in 1993, continuing their streak of winning at least one championship in every decade from the 1910s to the 1990s (this streak came to an end in the 2000s).[27] In 1996, the Habs moved from the Montreal Forum, their home during 70 seasons and 22 Stanley Cups, to Molson Centre (now called Bell Centre).[28]

Following Roy's departure in 1995, the Canadiens fell into an extended stretch of mediocrity,[29] missing the playoffs in four of their next ten seasons and failing to advance past the second round of the playoffs until 2010.[30] By the late 1990s, with both an ailing team and monetary losses exacerbated by a record-low value of the Canadian dollar, Montreal fans feared their team would end up relocated to the United States. Team owner Molson Brewery sold control of the franchise and the Molson Centre to American businessman George N. Gillett Jr. in 2001, with the right of first refusal for any future sale by Gillett and a condition that the NHL Board of Governors must unanimously approve any attempt to move to a new city.[31] Led by president Pierre Boivin, the Canadiens returned to being a lucrative enterprise, earning additional revenues from broadcasting and arena events. In 2009, Gillett sold the franchise to a consortium led by the Molson family which included The Woodbridge Company, BCE/Bell, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Michael Andlauer, Luc Bertrand and the National Bank Financial Group for $575 million, more than double the $275 million he spent on the purchase eight years prior.[32][33]

During the 2008–09 season, the Canadiens celebrated their 100th anniversary with various events,[34] including hosting both the 2009 NHL All-Star Game,[35] and the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[36] The Canadiens became the first team in NHL history to reach 3,000 victories with their 5–2 victory over the Florida Panthers on December 29, 2008.[37]

Team identity Further information: History of the Montreal Canadiens The current Montreal Canadiens wordmark logo.

The Canadiens organization operates in both English and French. For many years, public address announcements and press releases have been given in both languages, and the team Web site and social media outlets are in both languages as well. At home games, the first stanza of O Canada is sung in French, and the chorus is sung in English.

Crest and sweater design Original design of the "CHC" logo. (1917–19, 1921–22)

One of sport's oldest and most recognizable logos, the classic 'C' and 'H' of the Montreal Canadiens was first used together in the 1917–18 season, when the club changed its name to "Club de hockey Canadien" from "Club athlétique Canadien",[38] before evolving to its current form in 1952–53. The "H" stands for "hockey", not "Habitants," a popular misconception.[39] According to NHL.com, the first man to refer to the team as "the Habs" was American Tex Rickard, owner of the Madison Square Garden, in 1924. Rickard apparently told a reporter that the "H" on the Canadiens' sweaters was for "Habitants".[40]

The team's colours since 1911 are blue, red, and white. The home sweater is predominantly red in colour. There are four blue and white stripes, one across each arm, one across the chest and the other across the waistline. The main road sweater is mainly white with a red and blue stripe across the waist, red at the end of both arm sleeves red shoulder yokes. The basic design has been in use since 1914 and took its current form in 1925, generally evolving as materials changed.[41] Because of the team's lengthy history and significance in Quebec, the sweater has been referred to as 'La Sainte-Flanelle' (the holy flannel sweater).

The Canadiens used multiple designs prior to adopting the aforementioned design in 1914. The original shirt of the 1909–10 season was blue with a white C. The second season had a red shirt featuring a green maple leaf with the C logo, and green pants. Lastly, the season before adopting the current look the Canadiens wore a "barber pole" design jersey with red, white and blue stripes, and the logo being a white maple leaf reading "CAC", "Club athlétique Canadien".[41] All three designs were worn during the 2009–10 season as part of the Canadiens centenary.[42]

The Canadiens' colours are a readily identifiable aspect of French Canadian culture. In the short story "The Hockey Sweater", Roch Carrier described the influence of the Canadiens and their jersey within rural Quebec communities during the 1940s.[43] The story was later made into an animated short, The Sweater, narrated by Carrier.[44] A passage from the short story appears on the 2002 issue of the Canadian five-dollar bill.[45][46]

Motto

Nos bras meurtris vous tendent le flambeau, à vous toujours de le porter bien haut.

To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.

The motto is from the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, which was written in 1915, the year before the Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup championship. The motto appears on the wall of the Canadiens' dressing room as well as on the inside collar of the new Adidas 2017–18 jerseys.[47]

Mascot

Beginning in the 2004–05 NHL season, the Canadiens adopted Youppi! as their official mascot, the first costumed mascot in their long history. Youppi was the longtime mascot for the Montreal Expos baseball team, but was dropped from the franchise when they moved to Washington, D.C. in 2004 and became the Washington Nationals. With the switch, Youppi became the first mascot in professional sports to switch leagues.[48]

Rivalries Main articles: Bruins–Canadiens rivalry and Canadiens–Maple Leafs rivalry

The Canadiens have developed strong rivalries with two fellow Original Six franchises, with whom they frequently shared divisions and competed in post-season play. The oldest is with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who first faced the Canadiens as the Toronto Arenas in 1917. The teams met 15 times in the playoffs, including five Stanley Cup finals. Featuring the two largest cities in Canada and two of the largest fanbases in the league, the rivalry is sometimes dramatized as being emblematic of Canada's English and French linguistic divide.[49][50] From 1938 to 1970, they were the only two Canadian teams in the league.

The team's other Original Six rival are the Boston Bruins, who since their NHL debut in 1924 have played the Canadiens more than any other team in both regular season play and the playoffs combined. The teams have played 34 playoff series, seven of which were in the finals.[51][52]

The Canadiens also had an intraprovincial rivalry with the Quebec Nordiques during its existence from 1979 to 1995, nicknamed the "Battle of Quebec."

Broadcasting

Montreal Canadiens games are broadcast locally in both the French and English languages. CHMP 98.5 is the Canadiens' French-language radio flagship.[53] As of the 2017–18 season, the team's regional television in both languages, and its English-language radio rights, are held by Bell Media.[54] CKGM, TSN Radio 690, is the English-language radio flagship; it acquired the rights under a seven-year deal which began in the 2011–12 season.[55] In June 2017, Bell Media reached a five-year extension.[54]

Regional television rights in French are held by Réseau des sports (RDS) under a 12-year deal that began in the 2014–15 NHL season.[56] A sister to the English-language network TSN, RDS was the only French-language sports channel in Canada until the 2011 launch of TVA Sports,[57] and was also the previous national French rightsholder of the NHL; as a result, the Canadiens forewent a separate regional contract, and allowed all of its games to be televised nationally in French as part of RDS's overall NHL rights.[58]

With TVA Sports becoming the national French rightsholder in the 2014–15 season through a sub-licensing agreement with Sportsnet,[58] RDS subsequently announced a 12-year deal to maintain regional rights to Canadiens games not shown on TVA Sports. As a result, games on RDS are blacked out outside the Canadiens' home market of Quebec, Atlantic Canada and parts of Eastern Ontario shared with the Ottawa Senators.[56] At least 22 Canadiens games per season (primarily through its Saturday night La super soirée LNH), including all playoff games, are televised nationally by TVA Sports.[59][60]

TSN2 assumed the English-language regional television rights in the 2017–18 season, with John Bartlett on play-by-play, and Dave Poulin, Mike Johnson and Craig Button on colour commentary.[61][54] All other games, including all playoff games, are televised nationally by Sportsnet or CBC.[62] Bartlett returned to Sportsnet over the 2018 off-season, and was succeeded by Bryan Mudryk.[63][64]

English-language regional rights were previously held by Sportsnet East (with CJNT City Montreal as an overflow channel), under a 3-year deal that expired after the 2016–17 season; the games were called by Bartlett and Jason York. Prior to this deal, TSN held the rights from 2010 through 2014; the games were broadcast on a part-time channel with Dave Randorf on play-by-play.[65][53][66]

Season-by-season record

This is a list of the last five seasons completed by the Canadiens. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Montreal Canadiens seasons.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs 2013–14 82 46 28 8 100 215 205 3rd, Atlantic Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Rangers) 2014–15 82 50 22 10 110 221 189 1st, Atlantic Lost in Second Round, 2–4 (Lightning) 2015–16 82 38 38 6 82 221 236 6th, Atlantic Did not qualify 2016–17 82 47 26 9 103 226 199 1st, Atlantic Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Rangers) 2017–18 82 29 40 13 71 209 264 6th, Atlantic Did not qualify Players and personnel Current roster

Updated February 19, 2019[67][68]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace 7001400000000000000♠40 Joel Armia RW R 25 2018 Pori, Finland 7000800000000000000♠8 Jordie Benn D L 31 2017 Victoria, British Columbia 7001410000000000000♠41 Paul Byron (A) LW L 29 2015 Ottawa, Ontario 7001240000000000000♠24 Phillip Danault C L 25 2016 Victoriaville, Quebec 7001200000000000000♠20 Nicolas Deslauriers LW L 27 2017 LaSalle, Quebec 7001130000000000000♠13 Max Domi C L 23 2018 Winnipeg, Manitoba 7001920000000000000♠92 Jonathan Drouin LW L 23 2017 Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec 7001320000000000000♠32 Christian Folin D R 28 2019 Gothenburg, Sweden 7001110000000000000♠11 Brendan Gallagher (A) RW R 26 2010 Edmonton, Alberta 7001540000000000000♠54 Charles Hudon LW L 24 2012 Alma, Quebec 7001150000000000000♠15 Jesperi Kotkaniemi C L 18 2018 Pori, Finland 7001170000000000000♠17 Brett Kulak D L 25 2018 Edmonton, Alberta 7001620000000000000♠62 Artturi Lehkonen LW L 23 2013 Piikkio, Finland 7001530000000000000♠53 Victor Mete D L 20 2016 Woodbridge, Ontario 7001370000000000000♠37 Antti Niemi G L 35 2017 Vantaa, Finland 7001630000000000000♠63 Matthew Peca C L 25 2018 Petawawa, Ontario 7001260000000000000♠26 Jeff Petry D R 31 2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan 7001310000000000000♠31 Carey Price G L 31 2005 Anahim Lake, British Columbia 7001280000000000000♠28 Mike Reilly D L 25 2018 Chicago, Illinois 7001650000000000000♠65 Andrew Shaw RW R 27 2016 Belleville, Ontario 7001900000000000000♠90 Tomas Tatar LW L 28 2018 Ilava, Czechoslovakia 7001210000000000000♠21 Nate Thompson C L 34 2019 Anchorage, Alaska 7000600000000000000♠6 Shea Weber (C) D R 33 2016 Sicamous, British Columbia


Honoured members Further information: List of Montreal Canadiens award winners Some of the retired numbers at Bell Centre. Retired numbers

The Canadiens have retired 15 numbers in honour of 18 players,[69] the most of any team in the NHL. All of the honourees were born in Canada. Howie Morenz was the first honouree, on November 2, 1937.[70] The NHL retired Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 for all its member teams at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game.[71]

Montreal Canadiens retired numbers No. Player Position Tenure Date of honour 1 Jacques Plante G 1952–1963 October 7, 1995 2 Doug Harvey D 1947–1961 October 26, 1985 3 Emile Bouchard D 1941–1956 December 4, 2009 4 Jean Beliveau C 1950–1971 October 9, 1971 5 Bernie Geoffrion RW 1950–1964 March 11, 2006 Guy Lapointe D 1968–1982 November 8, 2014 7 Howie Morenz C 1923–1937 November 2, 1937 9 Maurice Richard RW 1942–1960 October 6, 1960 10 Guy Lafleur RW 1971–1985 February 16, 1985 12 Dickie Moore LW 1951–1963 November 12, 2005 Yvan Cournoyer RW 1963–1979 November 12, 2005 16 Henri Richard C 1955–1975 December 10, 1975 Elmer Lach C 1940–1954 December 4, 2009 18 Serge Savard D 1966–1981 November 18, 2006 19 Larry Robinson D 1972–1989 November 19, 2007 23 Bob Gainey LW 1973–1989 February 23, 2008 29 Ken Dryden G 1970–1979 January 29, 2007 33 Patrick Roy G 1984–1995 November 22, 2008 Hockey Hall of Fame

The Montreal Canadiens have an affiliation with a number of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Sixty-four inductees from the players category are affiliated with the Canadiens. Thirty-six of these players are from three separate notable dynasties: 12 from 1955 to 1960, 11 from 1964 to 1969, and 13 from 1975 to 1979. Howie Morenz and Georges Vezina were the first Canadiens given the honour in 1945, while Mark Recchi was the most recently inducted, in 2017. Along with players, a number of inductees from the builders category are affiliated with the club. The first inductee was Vice-President William Northey in 1945. The most recent inductee was head coach Pat Burns in 2014.[72]

In addition to players and builders, five broadcasters for the Montreal Canadiens were also awarded the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame. The first two recipients of the award were Danny Gallivan and Rene Lecavalier in 1984. The other three award recipients include Doug Smith (1985), Dick Irvin Jr. (1988), and Gilles Tremblay (2002).[73]

Montreal Canadiens Hall of Famers Hall of Fame players Marty Barry
Sprague Cleghorn
Tony Esposito
Joe Hall
Newsy Lalonde
Frank Mahovlich
Buddy O'Connor
Henri Richard
Steve Shutt
Roy Worters Jean Beliveau
Yvan Cournoyer
Bob Gainey
Doug Harvey
Rod Langway
Joe Malone
Bert Olmstead
Maurice Richard
Babe Siebert
Toe Blake
Gord Drillon
Herb Gardiner
Tom Johnson
Jacques Laperriere
Sylvio Mantha
Didier Pitre
Larry Robinson
Tommy Smith Emile Bouchard
Ken Dryden
Bernard Geoffrion
Aurele Joliat
Guy Lapointe
Dickie Moore
Jacques Plante
Patrick Roy
Rogatien Vachon
Harry Cameron
Dick Duff
Doug Gilmour
Elmer Lach
Jack Laviolette
Howie Morenz
Ken Reardon
Denis Savard
Georges Vezina
Chris Chelios
Bill Durnan
George Hainsworth
Guy Lafleur
Jacques Lemaire
Reg Noble
Mark Recchi
Serge Savard
Gump Worsley
Hall of Fame builders Scotty Bowman
Hartland Molson
Pat Burns
William Northey
Joe Cattarinich
Ambrose O'Brien
Leo Dandurand
Sam Pollock
Tommy Gorman
Donat Raymond
Dick Irvin
Frank Selke
Team captains Head coaches Main article: List of Montreal Canadiens head coaches

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Franchise individual records Further information: List of Montreal Canadiens records Franchise scoring leaders

These are the top-ten-point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

Points Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G Guy Lafleur RW 961 518 728 1,246 1.30 Jean Beliveau C 1,125 507 712 1,219 1.08 Henri Richard C 1,256 358 688 1,046 0.83 Maurice Richard RW 978 544 421 965 0.99 Larry Robinson D 1,202 197 686 883 0.73 Yvan Cournoyer RW 968 428 435 863 0.89 Jacques Lemaire C 853 366 469 835 0.98 Steve Shutt LW 871 408 368 776 0.89 Bernie Geoffrion RW 766 371 388 759 0.99 Saku Koivu C 792 191 450 641 0.81

Goals Player Pos G Maurice Richard RW 544 Guy Lafleur RW 518 Jean Beliveau C 507 Yvan Cournoyer RW 428 Steve Shutt LW 408 Bernie Geoffrion RW 371 Jacques Lemaire C 366 Henri Richard C 358 Aurele Joliat LW 270 Newsy Lalonde C 266

Assists Player Pos A Guy Lafleur RW 728 Jean Beliveau C 712 Henri Richard C 688 Larry Robinson D 686 Jacques Lemaire C 469 Andrei Markov D 453 Saku Koivu C 450 Yvan Cournoyer RW 435 Maurice Richard RW 421 Elmer Lach C 408

Sources: "Statistics | Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved June 27, 2009., "Hockey-Reference.com". June 17, 2010.

Maurice 'The Rocket' Richard is the Canadiens' all-time leader in goals. The trophy awarded annually to the NHL's leading goal scorer is named in honour of Richard.[75] Records – skaters
Career
Season

* Indicates a league record.

Source: "Season records – Individual records – Skaters | Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved December 12, 2008.

Records – goaltenders
Career
Season

* Indicates a league record.

Source: "Season records – Individual records – goaltenders | Historical Website of the Montreal Canadiens". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved December 12, 2008.

See also Notes
  1. ^ While the Montreal Canadiens have won 24 Stanley Cups, they have actually won 27 league championships, as the Stanley Cup predates the NHA/NHL and was an inter-league championship prior to 1926. The Canadiens won two titles with the National Hockey Association, winning a Stanley Cup in 1916 and losing in 1917. The Canadiens have won 25 league titles in the National Hockey League, winning 23 Stanley Cups. As NHL champion, Montreal failed to win the Stanley Cup in 1919, when the Spanish flu cancelled the Stanley Cup finals against the Seattle Metropolitans of Pacific Coast Hockey Association, and in 1925, when they lost in the Stanley Cup to the Western Canada Hockey League's Victoria Cougars.
  2. ^ The Presidents' Trophy was not introduced until 1985. Had the trophy existed since league inception, the Canadiens franchise would have won 21 Presidents' Trophies.
  3. ^ Even in English, the French spelling Canadiens is always used instead of Canadians. The French spelling of Montréal is also sometimes used in the English media.
  4. ^ As of May 2014, the Boston Celtics have the highest percentage of National Basketball Association championships with 25.4%, and in Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees have the highest percentage with 24.8%.
  5. ^ Earlier venues for the Canadiens include Jubilee Rink, Montreal Westmount Arena, and Mount Royal Arena
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