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Here's a little fun game we can play. Something to get our minds off the pre-season moves and other rumors encompassing the forum.

Lets start with #1 and go through to the highest number a Hab as ever dawned on his jersey. Try to think of the best player to ever wear that respective sequential number. Provide evidence where justification is needed. Throughout our 100 years, there are few numbers that have not been worn, so this should generate some buzz and possibly a few debates.

I'll go first, starting with #1.

Best Player to wear Montreal Canadiens Jersey #1:

Jacques Plante

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#3:

Tie - Emile "Butch" Bouchard, JC Tremblay and "Bad" Joe Hall.

Hall had a nice career even before joining the Habs, and his career, and life, were cut short due to the influenza epidemic of 1919, when the Stanley Cup Finals that season was declared a no-winner because the entire Habs team got sick and could not get replacements.

Bouchard was the best of the pre-Doug Harvey defensemen, and Tremblay was one of the best defensemen the Habs had in the 60s and early 70s.

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Only one obvious choice for Number 9:

Maurice "Rocket" Richard. 'Nuff said.

#4 for anybody not named "Jean Béliveau": Newsy Lalonde. The first true superstar the Canadiens ever had, he would consistently lead the team, and sometimes the entire league, in scoring. He was also a fiery competitior and was not above slashing someone in the throat to win.

How about Beliveau's immediate predecessor, Claude Robert. He did not do much with the Habs, but he did wear the number 4!

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#4 for anybody not named "Jean Béliveau": Newsy Lalonde. The first true superstar the Canadiens ever had, he would consistently lead the team, and sometimes the entire league, in scoring. He was also a fiery competitior and was not above slashing someone in the throat to win.

Aurele Joliat and Terry Reardon (Ken's brother) also wore it.

Canadiens.com Aurele Joliat bio:

http://ourhistory.canadiens.com/player/Aurele-Joliat

Canadiens.com Terry Reardon bio:

http://ourhistory.canadiens.com/player/Terry-Reardon

Terry spent most of his career in Boston.

There was a wealth of talent who wore the number 6:

Toe Blake, Ralph Backstrom, Pierre Mondou, Jack Laviolette, Odie Cleghorn, Floyd Curry, Russ Courtnall, Georges Mantha.

http://ourhistory.canadiens.com/index/play...hboard/players/

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And for those who wore the number 9 besides Maurice Richard:

http://ourhistory.canadiens.com/index/play...hboard/players/

Click on the number when searching for the players who wore that number. Also applies to anybody else when searching by number or name.

Tops on the #9 list other than Richard include Alfred "Pit" Lepine, Herb Cain, and Charlie Sands

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#11 Saku Koivu nuff said

nah, in my mind #11 is captain kirk muller!!!

Both of you guys are wrong, greatest number #11 was Yvon Lambert.

A grinder's grinder that still almost got 500 pts in the NHL in 600 something games, and some big time goals during the playoffs.

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To sum up thus far:

1 - Jacques Plante

2 - Doug Harvey

3 - Emile Bouchard, JC Tremblay, Joe Hall

4 - Jean Beliveau

5 - Boom Boom Geofferion

6 - Hector Blake

7 - Howie Morenz

8 - Mike Komisarek, Dickie Duff

9 - Rocket Richard

10 - Guy Lafluer

11 - Saku Koivu, Kirk Muller, Yvon Lambert

12 - Yvan Cournoyer

13 - Alex Tanguay

14 - Claude Provost

Keep em coming boys!

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