5 Dirtiest Montreal Canadiens Players In Franchise History

By Darrell Samuels

Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens

Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens
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5 Dirtiest Montreal Canadiens Players in Franchise History

Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens
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The Montreal Canadiens have won the most Stanley Cups in the history of the National Hockey League. They have won 24 Stanley Cups in over 100 years. There have been so many Canadien greats that have called the Montreal Forum and now the Bell Centre home in their career. However, over the years, they have had some players that have played dirty and these are just a few of them.

5. Defenseman PK Subban

Next to goaltender Carey Price, defenseman PK Subban has to be considered one of the best Montreal Canadiens players on their roster. He is a proven points producer on the blue line and one that you would love to have on your team. However, as this video shows, he has many questionable hits in his career and is one of the dirtiest players with the Canadiens right now.

4. Defenseman Chris Chelios

Chelios delivered one of his dirtiest hits on Philadelphia Flyers left winger Brian Propp, as a defenseman with the Montreal Canadiens. He took his similar shenanigans to the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and the Atlanta Thrashers (now known as the Winnipeg Jets) and was awarded a ticket to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013 as an inductee.

3. Centre Mike Ribeiro

Ribeiro was not making friends within the NHL or from fans of the Montreal Canadiens. As you can see from this clip, Boston Bruins Mike Knuble delivers a hit to Ribeiro and he falls rolling on the ice in pain. After the hit, Knuble is delivered a penalty and Ribeiro is sitting on the Canadiens bench showing the Bruins team that he was actually fine and not as seriously hurt as he was portraying on the ice.

2. Right Winger Claude Lemieux

Lemieux’s goon-like behavior began with the Montreal Canadiens as the team’s 26th overall pick in the 1983 NHL Draft Entry Draft. He played 9 games total until 1985 but came to the big club full time during the 1985-86 season with rookie goaltender, Patrick Roy, winning a Stanley Cup. He was a goal scorer but did have some questionable plays during his Montreal days. He continued his dirty plays with five other NHL teams before retiring in 2009.

1. Right Winger Chris Nilan

Nilan played from 1979 until 1988, before returning again in the 1991-92 season with the Montreal Canadiens. He was the team’s enforcer and clearly one of the most hated in the franchise history. He was nicked ‘Knuckles’ and for good reason as he had 1,000 PIMS more than any other player ever to play for the original six franchise.

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