1955-56 Montreal Canadiens Team Picture Bottom Row (L-R) - Jean-Guy Tablot, Tom Johnson, Ken Readron (A. Manager), William Northey (President),Butch Bouchard (Captain), Toe Black (Coach), Frank Selke Sr. (Manager), Doug Harvey (A. Capt.), Dollard St Laurent, Row #2 Camile DesRoches,(Publicity Director), Henri Richard, Dickie Moore, Maurice Richard (A. Capt.), Jacques Plante, Jean Beliveau, Bert Olmstend, Bernie Geoffrion, Frank Selke Jr. (Publicity Director),Top Row (L-R) Gaston Bettez (A. Trainer), Claude Provost, Bob Turner, Jackie LeClair, Kenny Mosdell (A. Capt.), Floyd Curry,Don Marshall, Hector Dubois (Trainer). {Missing from team picture Charlie Hodges),


The 1956 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Montreal Canadiens and the defending champion Detroit Red Wings in the fifth Detroit-Montreal series in the 1950s. The Canadiens were making the sixth consecutive appearance in the Final series; Detroit was making their third consecutive appearance. The Canadiens would win the series 4–1.

Paths to the final

Montreal defeated the New York Rangers 4–1 to reach the final. Detroit defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–1 to reach the final.

The series

Maurice "Rocket" Richard, scored four times in game one, including three in the second period to tie Ted Lindsay's record. Jacques Plante held the Red Wings to just ten goals in the five games. This was the first finals for Henri Richard and Toe Blake's first finals 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

Canadiens celebrate Stanley Cup win.

Montreal Canadiens 1956 Stanley Cup champions



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

Game Ads


  • NHL (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Dan Diamond & Associates. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books, 12, 50. ISBN 1–55168–261–3.
Preceded by
Detroit Red Wings
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens

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