The Uniforms of the Montreal Canadiens!

 

 

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Titled “Le Bleu Blanc Rouge” and licensed by the National Hockey League, we present the uniforms history of the Montreal Canadiens.

 

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Here then is the history of the Canadiens’ Uniforms …

 

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#1A.

1910  The Montreal Canadiens are considered to be one of the richest teams when it comes to their history. They began in 1909 when the team was created by J. Ambrose O’Brien and joined the National Hockey Association. The team was named the “Canadiens” in reference to hard working people in Montreal. The term “les Habitants” is a French term that in its time was used to describe rugged farm settlers in Quebec. The Habs first game was on January 5, 1910 at the Jubilee Arena where they beat the Cobalt Silver Kings 7-6 in overtime. This season would see them wear a jersey that looks nothing like the Canadiens red, blue and white uniforms we know of. They wore a blue jersey with a white “C” on the front. There was also a white stripe that went across the chest, through the “C” and around the shoulders. The collar was actually a turtleneck style, which was also white.
#1B.

1910-11        The team switched to red as the predominant jersey colour, but now as we see, they have dropped the blue and have replaced it with green. An old English “C” has been added to the chest, over top of a green maple leaf. White and green trim ran around the cuffs, bottom and collar, which is once again a turtleneck style.

This season would see the team change ownership to George Kendall-Kennedy’s Club Athlétique Canadien, where they took on the initials “CAC”.
#1C.

1911-12        The uniform goes through yet another change as the all red look is changed to a striped red, blue and white jersey, (it looks more like a rugby jersey). The maple leaf is still on the chest, but the letters in it have been changed to “CAC” to match the team’s official name, Club Athlétique Canadien. This is the first time we see a player’s number on the sleeve of the jersey. We will not see this again on the poster until 1957.
#2.

1915-16        This jersey is what we know the Canadiens uniform to be like today, with red as its main colour and the blue and white stripe across the chest. The “C” on the chest is now red, like today, but there is now an “A” in the “C” for Club Athlétique. Notice the position of the “C” is inside both the white and blue border for this season. In years to come the positioning of the “C” moves around. The collar is blue and is still a turtleneck style.

The Canadiens won the NHA Championship for the first time this season and faced the Pacific Coast Hockey Associations champions the Portland Rosebuds for the Stanley Cup. Player/coach Newsy Lalonde led the team to victory and the franchises first of many Stanley Cups.

 

In 1917 the National Hockey League was born with four teams, Toronto, Ottawa and two in Montreal, the Canadiens and the Wanderers. The Canadiens would now take on the name “Club de Hockey Canadien” and would start wearing the popular “CH” logo.
#3.

1923-24        The “C” is now white instead of red, as we know it today. Also, this is the first time on the poster that we see the popular “CH” logo for “Club de Hockey Canadien”. The blue and white stripe in the middle of the chest and sleeves is now smaller than the last one we saw and the “C” is over top of it, extending past the lines. Also white and blue trim has been added to the bottom of the sweater. Red, white and blue go around the collars mock turtleneck.

This would be the first season for future Hall of Famer Howie Morenz. He was playing in the Ontario Hockey Association’s Stratford Indians. The Canadiens won their second Stanley Cup this season over both Western challengers the Vancouver Maroons and Calgary Tigers.

#4.

1924-25        The “CH” on the front of the jersey has been replaced with a globe promoting the fact that the team is the best in the world after winning the Stanley Cup a season earlier. The “CH” has moved to both sleeves instead of on the chest.

The NHL expands with the addition of the Boston Bruins and a second Montreal team, the Maroons. The Maroons came to Montreal with a brand new arena as well, the Forum. Construction began in the summer of 1924 and the first game was played in it on November 29, 1924, but not by the Maroons. The Canadiens current home, the Mont-Royal Arena had ice problems, so they played the first game in the new building, beating the Toronto St. Pats 7-1. They would become permanent residence, with the Maroons in 1926.

#5.

1932-33        The “CH” on the chest is how we know them to be today, with the “C” being red and the “H” being white. The “CH” is also just going over the blue and white stripes across the chest; this will change in years to come. There is a smaller “CH” on the left sleeve that is totally inside the blue and white stripes. The mock turtleneck is almost gone and is only white now.

The league now consisted of two divisions; a Canadian Division which consisted of the Montreal Canadiens and Maroons, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and New York Americans, while the American Division had the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings (who were the Falcons the season before) and New York Rangers. The Canadiens had last won the cup in both 1929-30 and 1930-31, but would have to wait a while to get there hands it again.

#6.

1945-46        The team has gone from their familiar red uniforms, to a white jersey with red trim. The “CH” on the sleeve is now gone and the collar is now in between a round collar and a v-neck. Also, red cuffs have been added to the sleeves.

A player of great importance to the history of hockey began this decade and was a Montreal Canadien, perhaps the Canadien. Maurice “The Rocket” Richard played his first full season in 1943-44, and the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup. By his second season he did the unthinkable. He scored 50 goals in 50 games, (the season was only 50 games) becoming the first player to score 50, (it wouldn’t be until 1961 before Bernie Geoffrion, also of the Canadiens, would score 50 goals, and it wasn’t until 1981 when the Islanders Mike Bossy would score 50 goals in 50 games. The next season would have Wayne Gretzky top them both with 50 goals in 39 games). This season would mark Richard’s second Stanley Cup in only his third season.

#7.

1957-58        Several changes have been made to the jersey. The stripes on the chest and sleeves are gone, while red has been added to the shoulders. This is also the first time we have seen laces on the collar, while we mark the return of numbers on the sleeves.

 

After winning the cup for a 7th time in 1952-53, the Canadiens decided that they would hang on to the cup for a while from 1955-56 to 1959-60, winning it five straight times. Players like The Rocket, his younger brother Henri, Bernie Geoffrion, Jean Beliveau, Dickie Moore, Bert Olmstead, Jacques Plante, and Doug Harvey filled the Montreal line-up filling opposing defenseman’s hearts with fear. In the 50’s the Canadiens would win the Cup 6 out of 10 seasons.
#8.

1965-66        The latest version of the red jersey now has the laces at the collar and numbers on the sleeves.

 

After taking a breather from winning the cup 5 times in a row, the Habs were back at it again, winning two straight in 1964-65 & 1965-66 and 1967-68 & 1968-69. Jean Beliveau and Henri Richard now led the scoring, but it seemed whoever took over the reigns of the Canadiens, they would still win the Cup.
#9.

1978-79        After years of having the “CH” either in between the stripes, or going just over the stripes, this is an exception with the top half going above the stripes and the lower half above the bottom stripes. This seems to be an odd placement from the traditional ways. Also the numbers on the sleeves have been moved above the stripes on the sleeve too. This is the first time we see the v-neck style to the collar, which also has blue trim on it, (the first we have seen since the 1924-25 jersey collar).

 

Reminiscent of the 50’s, the Habs took the 70’s by storm, winning 6 Cups, including four straight from 1975-76 to 1978-79. The team was now filled with all stars like Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt, Bob Gainey, Larry Robinson and Ken Dryden.

#10.

1988-89        The Montreal Canadiens jersey is a classic and wasn’t really tampered with over these years. From the red on the shoulders to the red cuffs on their home uniforms it was an honour to wear the Canadiens uniform and play for the “bleu blanc rouge.”

 

After Montreal’s domination in the 70’s, they pulled together a new cast of great players to win the Cup again in 1985-86. The leader of the team was goalie Patrick Roy, who led the team to the Cup in his rookie season, winning the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP.
#11.

1991-92        Once again the Habs home jersey has not changed and shouldn’t be changed. The only addition to the uniform is the patch on the upper right shoulder which every team wore this year in celebration of the NHL’s 75th Anniversary.


In 1992-93 the Canadiens make another run for the Cup against Wayne Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings. The Habs beat the Kings 4 games to 1, with three of the games going to overtime. Patrick Roy would once again lead the way, winning his second Conn Smythe trophy.


The Canadiens hold an unbelievable status of having won the Stanley Cup at least once in every decade since the franchise began playing in 1910.

The Habs would move out of their historic home, the Forum in 1996 and move into the brand new state of the art Molson Centre. The closing of the Forum was a huge event in Montreal with alumni filling the Forum for one last time, with the biggest ovation for Maurice Richard, the greatest Canadien to play the game.

 

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