When people talk about dynasties in sport, the Montreal Canadiens come immediately to mind. They are inarguably the greatest franchise in all of hockey and, some would say, the most successful sports team of all time. A few reasons why the Canadiens are truly "Les Glorieux": The first team to win 10 Stanley Cups (1957-58), the only team to win 20 ...
When people talk about dynasties in sport, the Montreal Canadiens come immediately to mind. They are inarguably the greatest franchise in all of hockey and, some would say, the most successful sports team of all time. A few reasons why the Canadiens are truly "Les Glorieux": The first team to win 10 Stanley Cups (1957-58), the only team to win 20 (1976-77), and currently at 24 Stanley Cup victories (1993). The only franchise to win at least five Cups in each of three consecutive decades (1950s, 1960s, and 1970s) The only club to win at least one Stanley Cup in each decade of the twentieth century in which it competed (1916, 1924, 1931, 1944, 1953, 1964, 1971, 1986, and 1993). In 2009, the Habs celebrate their 100th anniversary, and "Lions in Winter" is the definitive chronicle of that storied past. More than a history of this extraordinary franchise, it is a fascinating look at the heart of the club--an examination of the characters and the qualities that have made that heart pump so strongly for 100 years. Meet the builders, the early heroes, the coaches and general managers, and the superstars who have helped lead the Canadiens to countless first-pace finishes and championships throughout an entire century. Great hockey strategists including Frank Selke, Dick Irvin, Toe Blake, Scotty Bowman, and Sam Pollock are remembered or interviewed. And the "Flying Frenchmen" themselves are everywhere, reliving the glory of the Habs on every page: Howie Morenz, Maurice and Henri Richard, Jean Beliveau, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Ken Dryden, Bob Gainey, Patrick Roy, and many, many more. "Lions in Winter," on the 100th anniversary of the Habs, commemorates the legendary players, coaches, and the men in the front office who have made their team the greatest franchise in the history of professional hockey. "The complete inside story of a great hockey team." "Ronald Corey (former President of the Montreal Canadiens)" "A most sensitive and memorable account of the "Club de Hockey Canadien,"" Jean Beliveau CONTENTS Introduction Part 1 The Lion Rampant Chapter 1 Setting the Stage/ Assembling the Cast Chapter 2 The Darkness Descends Chapter 3 "Maurice Richard, The Lion Rampant" Chapter 4 Father Frank's Master Plan Part 2 The Lion Regal Chapter 5 The Fabulous Fifties Chapter 6 "Jean Beliveau, The Lion Regal" Chapter 7 Good Trader Sam and the Surprising Sixties Part 3 The Lion in Flight Chapter 8 The Seventies Chapter 9 "Guy Lafleur, The Lion in Flight" Chapter 10 La Guerre Part 4 The Lion at the Gate Chapter 11 The Interregnum/ New Order/Young Lions/The Lions Fly/The 7-Year Itch Chapter 12 "Patrick Roy, the Lion at the Gate" Chapter 13 An improbable Cup in the not-so-gay Nineties (NEW) Part 5 The Lion of the New Millennium Chapter 14 A Forum adieu (NEW) Chapter 15 "Bob Gainey, the Lion of the New Millennium" (NEW) Chapter 16 Leaguespeak and the New Hockey (NEW) Chapter 17 A bleu-blanc-rouge Centennial (NEW)
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