Montreal Canadiens Career Goal Scoring Leaders
Maurice "Rocket" Richard
The Montreal Canadiens are synonymous with the National Hockey League, as the team has been around since 1917 and has won 25 championships, including 23 Stanley Cups. And while the Canadiens have not won a title since 1993, this storied franchise has no doubt put some of the game’s all-time great players on the ice. Here is a short list of the Habs’ all-time leading goal scorers to date:
Maurice Richard (544)—Right wing Maurice “Rocket” Richard was one of the all-time great players and he played his entire career in Montreal, from 1942 to 1960. Richard scored 30 or more goals nine times in his eighteen seasons, and his best season was 1944-45. That year, Richard had a career high 50 goals (led the NHL) with 23 assists for 73 total points; and he also led the league in goals four other times.
Guy Lafleur (518)—Hall of Fame right wing Guy Lafleur played most of his career for the Canadiens, from 1971 to 1985 and he ranks second in franchise history with 518 goals scored. Lafleur, who scored 50 or more goals six times, also led the NHL in goals once, assists once and total points three times. His best season was arguably 1977-78, when Lafleur had a career best 60 goals with 72 assists for 132 total points.
Jean Beliveau (507)—Center Jean Beliveau played his entire career in Montreal, from 1950 to 1971, and he ranks third in team history with 507 goals. Beliveau led the league in goals scored twice and his best season was possibly 1955-56. That year, Beliveau had a career high 47 goals to go along with 41 assists and 88 total points.
Yvan Cournoyer (428)—Right wing Yvan Cournoyer also played his entire career for the Canadiens, from 1963 to 1979 and he ranks fourth in franchise history with 428 goals. Cournoyer scored 40 or more goals four times, and his best season was arguably 1971-72, with a career high 47 goals, with 36 assists and 83 total points.
Steve Shutt (408)—Left wing Steve Shutt played in Montreal most of his career, from 1972 to 1985, and he ranks fifth in team history with 408 goals. Shutt had 45 or more goals four times, and his best season was 1976-77. That year, Shutt had career highs in goals (60), assists (45) and total points (105).