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1955–56 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Division 1st NHL
1955–56 record 45–15–10
Goals for 222
Goals against 131
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Toe Blake
Captain Emile Bouchard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team Leaders
Goals Jean Beliveau (47)
Assists Jean Beliveau (41)
Points Jean Beliveau (88)
Penalties in minutes Jean Beliveau (143)
Wins Jacques Plante (42)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (1.86)
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1954–55 1956–57

The 1955–56 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 47th season of play. The Canadiens finished 1st in the league and defeated the Detroit Red Wings in the 1956 Stanley Cup Finals 4 games to 1 for the eighth Stanley Cup in its history.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Bruins coach Milt Schmidt congratulates Claude Pronovost after shutting out his own team, January 14, 1956.

The Boston Bruins were without Terry Sawchuk for the January 14, 1956 in Montreal and planned to start John Henderson in the nets. However, Henderson had equipment problems leaving Boston without a goalie. Canadiens practice goalie Claude Pronovost (brother of Wings Marcel Pronovost) was loaned to the Bruins and he proceeded to shut his own team out, 2-0. Pronovost made 31 saves and also took a delay of game penalty.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Montreal Canadiens 70 45 15 10 100 222 131
Detroit Red Wings 70 30 24 16 76 183 148
New York Rangers 70 32 28 10 74 204 203
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 24 33 13 61 153 181
Boston Bruins 70 23 34 13 59 147 185
Chicago Black Hawks 70 19 39 12 50 155 216

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Teams that qualify for the playoffs are indicated in bold.

Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 6, 1955 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 1–0–0
2 W October 8, 1955 2–0 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 2–0–0
3 W October 9, 1955 5–2 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 3–0–0
4 W October 15, 1955 4–1 New York Rangers (1955–56) 4–0–0
5 T October 16, 1955 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 4–0–1
6 L October 20, 1955 2–3 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 4–1–1
7 W October 22, 1955 6–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 5–1–1
8 L October 26, 1955 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 5–2–1
9 L October 27, 1955 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 5–3–1
10 W October 29, 1955 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 6–3–1
11 T October 30, 1955 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 6–3–2
12 T November 3, 1955 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 6–3–3
13 W November 5, 1955 4–2 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 7–3–3
14 T November 6, 1955 3–3 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 7–3–4
15 T November 9, 1955 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 7–3–5
16 W November 12, 1955 3–0 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 8–3–5
17 W November 13, 1955 2–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 9–3–5
18 W November 16, 1955 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 10–3–5
19 W November 19, 1955 6–1 New York Rangers (1955–56) 11–3–5
20 T November 20, 1955 1–1 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 11–3–6
21 L November 24, 1955 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 11–4–6
22 W November 26, 1955 3–1 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 12–4–6
23 T November 27, 1955 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 12–4–7
24 W December 1, 1955 2–1 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 13–4–7
25 W December 3, 1955 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 14–4–7
26 W December 4, 1955 5–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 15–4–7
27 W December 8, 1955 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 16–4–7
28 W December 10, 1955 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 17–4–7
29 W December 11, 1955 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 18–4–7
30 W December 15, 1955 2–0 New York Rangers (1955–56) 19–4–7
31 W December 17, 1955 5–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 20–4–7
32 L December 18, 1955 0–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 20–5–7
33 W December 20, 1955 7–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 21–5–7
34 W December 24, 1955 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 22–5–7
35 L December 25, 1955 1–5 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 22–6–7
36 L December 28, 1955 0–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 22–7–7
37 W December 29, 1955 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 23–7–7
38 W December 31, 1955 7–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 24–7–7
39 L January 5, 1956 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 24–8–7
40 W January 7, 1956 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 25–8–7
41 L January 11, 1956 1–6 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 25–9–7
42 L January 14, 1956 0–2 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 25–10–7
43 L January 15, 1956 0–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 25–11–7
44 W January 18, 1956 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 26–11–7
45 W January 19, 1956 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 27–11–7
46 W January 21, 1956 3–1 New York Rangers (1955–56) 28–11–7
47 W January 22, 1956 6–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 29–11–7
48 L January 26, 1956 1–5 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 29–12–7
49 W January 28, 1956 6–1 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 30–12–7
50 T January 29, 1956 1–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 30–12–8
51 W February 2, 1956 2–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 31–12–8
52 W February 4, 1956 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 32–12–8
53 T February 5, 1956 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 32–12–9
54 T February 8, 1956 1–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 32–12–10
55 W February 10, 1956 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 33–12–10
56 W February 12, 1956 7–1 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 34–12–10
57 W February 16, 1956 8–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 35–12–10
58 W February 18, 1956 9–4 New York Rangers (1955–56) 36–12–10
59 W February 23, 1956 5–2 New York Rangers (1955–56) 37–12–10
60 W February 25, 1956 5–1 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 38–12–10
61 L February 29, 1956 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 38–13–10
62 W March 2, 1956 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 39–13–10
63 W March 3, 1956 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 40–13–10
64 W March 4, 1956 6–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 41–13–10
65 W March 8, 1956 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 42–13–10
66 L March 10, 1956 0–4 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 42–14–10
67 L March 11, 1956 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 42–15–10
68 W March 15, 1956 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 43–15–10
69 W March 17, 1956 7–2 New York Rangers (1955–56) 44–15–10
70 W March 18, 1956 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 45–15–10

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Montreal Canadiens 4, New York Rangers 1[edit | edit source]

Montreal Canadiens 4, Detroit Red Wings 1[edit | edit source]

For more details on this topic, see 1956 Stanley Cup Final.
This was the first Finals for Henri Richard and Toe Blake's first as coach.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 31 Detroit 4 Montreal 6
April 3 Detroit 1 Montreal 5
April 5 Montreal 1 Detroit 3
April 8 Montreal 3 Detroit 0
April 10 Detroit 1 Montreal 3

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

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Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 70 47 41 88 143
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 70 38 33 71 89
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 70 14 56 70 94
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 59 29 33 62 66
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 70 11 39 50 55
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 62 5 39 44 60
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 64 19 21 40 46
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 70 14 18 32 10
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 67 13 17 30 48
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 60 13 16 29 30
Leclair, JackieJackie Leclair C 54 6 8 14 30
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 66 1 13 14 80
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 46 4 9 13 58
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 64 3 10 13 75
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 66 4 1 5 10
Turner, BobBob Turner D 33 1 4 5 35
Gamble, DickDick Gamble LW 12 0 3 3 8
Deslauriers, JacquesJacques Deslauriers D 2 0 0 0 0
Broden, ConnieConnie Broden C 3 0 0 0 2
Clune, WallyWally Clune D 5 0 0 0 6
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 36 0 0 0 22
Perreault, BobBob Perreault G 6 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 64 0 0 0 10
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 3840 64 42 12 10 119 1.86 7
Perreault, BobBob Perreault 360 6 3 3 0 12 2.00 1
Team: 4200 70 45 15 10 131 1.87 8

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 10 12 7 19 22
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 10 5 9 14 6
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 10 5 9 14 24
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 10 4 10 14 8
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 10 3 6 9 12
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 10 4 4 8 21
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 10 2 5 7 10
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 10 3 3 6 12
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 10 1 5 6 12
Leclair, JackieJackie Leclair C 8 1 1 2 4
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 9 1 1 2 2
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 10 0 2 2 8
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 9 0 2 2 4
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 10 1 0 1 0
Turner, BobBob Turner D 10 0 1 1 10
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 1 0 0 0 0
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 4 0 0 0 2
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 10 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 600 10 8 2 18 1.80 2
Team: 600 10 8 2 18 1.80 2

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals

MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Montreal Canadiens 1956 Stanley Cup Champions[edit | edit source]

Roster

  Centers
  Defensemen
  Goaltenders


  Non-players
  • Donat Raymond (President/Owner), Frank Selke Sr. (Manager)
  • Dalton Coleman, William Northey (Vice Presidents/Owners)
  • Ken Reardon (Ass't Manager), Hector Toe Blake (Coach)
  • Hector Dubois (Trainer), Gaston Bettez (Ass't Trainer)
  • Camile DesRoches^, Frank Selke Jr.^ (Publicity Directors)
  • ^- on the team picture, but missing from the Stanley Cup.

Stanley Cup Engraving

  • Emile "Butch" Bouchard was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1944, 1946, 1953 as EMILE BOUCHARD. He was then engraved on the Stanley Cup as BUTCH BOUCHARD in 1956.
  • Mistake Bob Turner is listed as Trainer on Stanley Cup but he was a defenseman. Hector Dubois and Gaston Bettez were the trainers, but no position was listed.
  • Mistake Claude Provost name was misspelt C. PREVOST with an "E" instead an "O". Turner and Provost mistakes were not corrected on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.
  • Mistake Gaston Bettez was spelt wrong G BETTEX when cup was redone in 1957–58 with an "X" instead of "Z", and mistake was repeated on the Replica Cup. His name was spelt correctly on the original ring as G. BETTEZ.


Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Over nine minutes of highlights beginning with a minute of the Rangers-Canadiens Semi-finals then goals of all five games of the 1956 Stanley Cup Finals.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1955–56 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  2. 1955-56 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
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