Here’s an update from when I last wrote this blog back in November 2015. Allot has happened for the Canadiens and because of injuries, trades, etc many new faces have made their Canadiens debut in what is an extremely disappointing 2015-16 season.
After a torrid start, best in franchise history, the Canadiens collapsed as they are destined to miss the playoffs for the fist time since 2012.
Below are the new faces since November.
#43 Daniel Carr
Daniel Carr becomes only the 5th Habs player to ever wear this number. Benoit Brunet first wore it in 1988-89. Followed by Andrew Cassels, Patrice Brisebois, and Mike Weaver wore it the last two seasons.
#45 Mark Barberio
Mark Barberio was a free-agent acquisition during the off-season coming from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Barberio becomes the 7th player to wear #45 for the Habs. Jocelyn Lemieux first wore it back in 1988.
#54 Charles Hudon
Charles Hudon was a mid-season call up for the Canadiens. Although he only played two games, Hudon was sporting the #54, becoming only the third player in franchise history to wear it. Others were Patrick Traverse (2000-2003) and Mikhail Grabovski (2007-08).
#34 Michael McCarron
Michael McCarron is a highly touted prospect in the Canadiens organization and here’s hoping he will now stick with the club in his second call up from the AHL. McCarron’s #34 was previously worn by 12 former Habs. First seen in the 1981-82 season by Bill Kitchen. other notables to don it were: Shayne Corson, Donald Dufresne, and Peter Popovich.
#52 George Holloway
During the Christmas period, when the Canadiens were decimated by injuries, the Canadiens called up 27 year old-rookie George Holloway for a 1 game stint with the Habs. Holloway was in unique company as only two other Canadiens have worn #52. Craig Rivet for twelve seasons (1994-2007) and Mathieu Darche (2009-12).
#53 Lucas Lessio
Back in December 2015, Lucas Lessio was acquired by the Canadiens from Arizona in exchange for Christian Thomas. Lessio previously wore #38 with Arizona, but with Montreal he was given #53. A number first worn by Andre Racicot back in 1989-90. In total 5 former Habs have worn this number with Ryan White being the last (2009-2014).
#20 Victor Bartley
Acquired in a three team trade with Nashville, Bartley joined the Canadiens in a deal that sent Jarred Tinordi to Arizona. Bartley previously wore #64 with Nashville. With Montreal Bartley wears #20. A long list of players have worn #20 dating back to the 1935-36 season. Over the years the list includes Jean Beliveau when he was first called up in 1950, Phil Goyette, Pete Mahovolich, Mark Hunter, Richard Zednick, Robert Lang, Thomas Vanek, and Manny Malhotra the last Canadien prior to wear it.
#40 Ben Scrivens
With Carey Price out since third week of November, the Canadiens were hard pressed to find a backup goalie. Scrivens was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers organization. This marks Scrivens’ fourth organization and first time he wears #40. First seen back in the 1985-86 season by Dominic Campedelli, Scrivens is the 9th player and fourth goalie to wear it. Nathan Beaulieu last wore in 2012-14 season before he switched to #28.
#13 MIke Brown
A trade deadline acquisition on the waiver wire, this marks the 7th organization Mike Brown’s NHL career. #13 number is familiar for Brown who also wore it when he played for the Anaheim Ducks, and Edmonton Oilers. Only the 7th player to wear it, #13 went unused for 86 seasons until Alex Tanguay wore in 2008-09 and Mike Cammalleri in 2009-13.
#24 Phillip Danault
Phillip Danault was acquired from Chicago days leading up to the trade deadline. In exchange habs sent for Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann to Chicago. Danault is a former 1st round draft pick previously wore #24 with Chicago. #24 was first worn by Wilf Cude back in 1938. Over the years Serge Savard wore it when he was first called up in 1966. Other distinguished Habs to wear it include Chris Chelios, Lyle Odelein, Mathieu Schneider, and just recently Jarred Tinordi for the past two seasons.
#21 Stefan Matteau
Stefan Matteau was acquired on trade deadline day . #21 was just recently used by Devante Smith-Pelly . A long history of layers have worn #21 including Toe Blake, Glen Sather, Doug Jarvis, Guy Carbonneau (the former captain having worn it for 12 seasons) and Brian Gionta during his 5 year reign with the club.
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