Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Canadiens As Canadians

Olympic Hockey History

When Steve Yzerman chose to take Patrice Bergeron over Mike Cammalleri, the Canadiens missed a chance to send a player to the Olympics for Canada for the third straight time. There's not even a single former Habs player on the team either, though I'd layoff Ribeiro and Robidas too.

It hasn't always been this way. Thought the Canadiens representation on Team Canada over the years hasn't been vast, there have still been 21 players associated withe the organization to don the Maple Leaf under the Olympic rings. I've found some of them for you:


2010, 2006, 2002

Current Habs: None
One-time Habs: None
Future Habs: None


1998

Current Habs: Mark Recchi, Shayne Corson
One-time Habs: Eric Desjardins, Patrick Roy
Future Habs: Trevor Linden


For Olympics 1994 and earlier, only amateur players were eligible, therefore current Habs were not eligible to compete.


1994

Habs Prospects: Brian Savage
Future Habs: None


1992

One-time Habs: (Patrick Lebeau*)
Habs Prospects: Patrick Lebeau*
Future Habs: Joe Juneau, (Jason Woolley – training camp only)

* Had played 2 games for the Canadiens in 1990-91, but was seen as a prospect.


1988

Habs Prospects: None
Future Habs: Zarley Zalapski, Andy Moog


1984

Habs Prospects: None
Future Habs: Russ Courtnall, Kirk Muller, JJ Daigneault


1980

Habs Prospects: None
Future Habs: None


1976, 1972

Canadian Boycott


1968

Habs Prospects: Fran Huck
Future Habs: None


1964

Habs Prospects: None
Future Habs: None


1960

Habs Prospects: Bobby Rousseau, (Harry Sinden – never signed pro)
Future Habs: Cliff Pennington


1956, 1952, 1948

Habs Prospects: None
Future Habs: None


1936

Future Habs: James (Jim) Haggarty


1932, 1928

Future Habs: None


1924

Future Habs: Duncan (Dunc) Munro, Bert McCaffrey



Canadiens Canada Hockey Medals

Gold: 2
Duncan (Dunc) Munro & Bert McCaffrey (1924)

Silver: 6
James (Jim) Haggarty (1936), Bobby Rousseau & Cliff Pennington (1960), Patrick Lebeau & Joe Juneau (1992); Brian Savage (1994)

Bronze: 1
Fran Huck (1968)


[Check out Eyes On The Prize for a good look at some artefacts from the Chamonix Winter Olympics – the inaugural winter games]

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