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NHL on TSN Quiz: Montreal Canadiens Centennial edition

TSN.ca Staff

12/1/2009 9:25:55 PM

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Question #1: Who are the Montreal Canadiens biggest historic rivals – the Boston Bruins or the Toronto Maple Leafs?

Craig MacTavish:  It's Boston for me.  As a young student at the University of Lowell, just outside of Boston, there was some pretty spectacular hockey in Boston in the late '70s.

Bob McKenzie:  I'll go with the Toronto Maple Leafs.  The key word there is the "historic" rival.  We're talking about from the inception of the two hockey teams; we're talking about English Canada against French Canada.  Roch Carrier's 'The Hockey Sweater' wasn't about the Boston Bruins, it was about the Toronto Maple Leafs.  I realize that the rivalry with Boston is bigger now - that's why they are here Friday night for the Centennial celebration -  but historically it's Toronto.

Ray Ferraro:  I'm going to agree with Mac and say that it's the Boston Bruins, just for the hatred between the two clubs, in particular that mid-'70s run when I was a Bruins fan and they were losing every year.

Question #2:  Who was the Habs' all-time greatest leader – Frank J. Selke, Toe Blake, Sam Pollock, or Jean Beliveau?

Ferraro:  I'm going to take Sam Pollock because everything both good and bad starts at the top.  It's amazing that Pollock's nine Stanley Cups came in just 14 years when he was general manager of the team.  He engineered the Guy Lafleur trade right before the draft in 1970, although he tried to deny most of that.  Just a tremendous leader, especially when you look at how much success he had in a short period of time.

MacTavish:  I'm going to say Toe Blake.  Eight years as captain of the Canadiens and 13 years as coach.  A great coach and a mentor to Scotty Bowman.  As well he was the last guy to hear Bowman say 'That's a great idea, I never thought of that,' in the game of hockey.

McKenzie: I'm going to go with Jean Beliveau.  On-ice leadership, off-ice statesmanship, elegance, class, courage.  He had it all both on and off the ice.  Jean Beliveau, the greatest leader of all-time for the Montreal Canadiens.

Question #3:  Who is the greatest goalie to ever play for the Canadiens – Bill Durnan, George Vezina, Jacques Plante, Ken Dryden or Patrick Roy?

McKenzie: Jacques Plante, this is a default one for me.  We were asked on a Quiz earlier in the year 'Who is the best goalie of All-time?' and I chose Plante.  I'd be hard-pressed to say that he's not the best Montreal Canadiens' goalie of all-time as well and why not?  He changed the game with the mask and his puck handling and the Hart Trophy.  This guy was a pioneer.

Ferraro:  First of all, I can't believe Bob remembers anything from previous Quizzes, but I'm going to say Patrick Roy.  The reason being in both 1986 and 1993, Patrick Roy won Stanley Cups with Montreal teams that had no business winning.

MacTavish:  Jacques Plante, because if innovation is truly the measure of genius, then it's got to be Plante.  Not only did in the equipment that he wore but he was the first goalie to play the puck actively to feed the defence and he was also the first goalie to communicate with his defencemen.  A real innovator, Jacques Plante. 

Question #4:  Who is the best player in Habs history – Howie Morenz, 'Rocket' Richard, Jean Beliveau, Guy Lafleur, Doug Harvey, Jacques Plante or Patrick Roy?

MacTavish:  Maurice 'the Rocket' Richard for the way he played the game.  As a coach, you love passion and this guy emulated passion.  He incited it with the fans in Montreal. It has to be the Rocket.

McKenzie:  I'll agree with that one. 'Rocket' Richard.  18-years in the league, 14 times a first or second team All-Star and five times he led the NHL in goal scoring.

Ferraro:  I'm going to say Doug Harvey for the simple reason that you build your team first from your defence out.  Sam Pollock, when he was asked for his 50 greatest players to ever play, he picked Doug Harvey first, so if Sam Pollock thought so, I'm going to agree with him. 

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