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Posted: Friday January 23, 2009 1:14PM; Updated: Tuesday January 27, 2009 5:18PM
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INSIDE THE NHL

Canadiens All-Era Team: 1960s

All-Era Team

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Bernie Geoffrion
Right wing, 1950-64
The 11-time All-Star popularized the slap shot, earning him the famous nickname Boom Boom. In 1960-61 he joined Maurice Richard as a 50-goal scorer the second time he led the league in goals winning his second Art Ross Trophy and only Hart Trophy.

Henri Richard
Center, 1955-75
Although he was overshadowed by his brother and sometime linemate Maurice, nobody won more Stanley Cups as a player than the Pocket Rocket, who raised the silver trophy 11 times. In North American professional sports history, only Boston Celtics great Bill Russell has as many championships on his résumé as a player.

Gilles Tremblay
Left wing, 1960-69
In his nine seasons Tremblay scored 168 goals and totaled 330 points for four championship Canadiens teams. He scored more than 20 goals in a season five times, including in 1961-62, when he had a career-high 32 while playing on a line with Geoffrion and Jean Béliveau. Forced to retire early due to asthma, Tremblay became the team's French-language color commentator.

Jacques Laperriere
Defenseman, 1962-74
A rock on defense, the 6' 2" Laperrière used his unusually long reach to disrupt countless offensive rushes. In 1963-64, at the age of 22, he became just the second defenseman (and fifth Canadien overall) to capture the Calder Trophy. He added the Norris Trophy in 1966 after winning the second of his six Stanley Cups with Montreal.

J.C. Tremblay
Defenseman, 1959-72
A converted left wing, Tremblay became one of the most esteemed two-way defensemen in history, being named to the All-Star team seven times while also finishing among the league's top 10 in assists twice. Although he won no major trophies, he was runner-up for the Conn Smythe in 1966 to Roger Crozier and for the Norris in '68 to Bobby Orr.

Jacques Plante
Goaltender, 1952-63
Plante led the league in wins and goals-against average in the championship season of 1959-60 and again in '61-62. From '59-60 through '62-63 Plante led the league in total wins (127) and winning percentage (.652).

 
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