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Yvan Cournoyer

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Nicknamed the Roadrunner, Yvan Cournoyer (HHOF ’82) is one of the most prolific scorers ever to wear le bleu, blanc et rouge. His speed came from legs that were so big, he needed specially tailored pants at 18 years old. Debuting in 1963, he finally became a bench regular in 1968 – even though he earned three Stanley Cups in the meantime. After winning three more cups (1968, 1969, 1971), Cournoyer played for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series. Returning to the North America, his Canadiens went on to win the cup yet again and Cournoyer won the Conn Smythe trophy for playoff MVP. In 1975, he became team captain and led his team to three more consecutive championships before a bad back forced him to retire after 15 glorious seasons. He is sixth on Montreal’s all-time scoring list, including fourth for goals and third for playoff goals.