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100-goal scorers in Canadiens history

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Contrary to the numeral suggesting otherwise, this not yet another centennial number related post. Simply, I received a letter over the New Year’s weekend from a woman named Louise Charpentier that went like this:

Dear Robert, I'm a long time reader of your site and have been a Canadiens fan since 1973. My father, who is 74 has been following them since the days of the Rocket. We're having a debate over how many players have scored 100 goals in a Canadiens uniform. I can guess about 35, my father says at least 75. Who's right and who's closest?

Well Louise, your father is off by 19 and you are off by 21!

There have been 56 players in 100 seasons that have reached the 100 regular season goal total. Two of the players on your list, Michael Ryder (99) and Richard Zednik (98) fell just shy.

Here are the 56 players in order. The list is surprising in a sense, as I would have been certain that some players would have had more and ranked higher. It also knocks me out the Newsy is still tenth after all this time.

For the curious, the three highest ranked present day Habs are Tomas Plekanec (88), Andrei Markov (77), and Andrei Kostitsyn (64).

  1. Maurice Richard 544
  2. Guy Lafleur 518
  3. Jean Beliveau 507
  4. Yvan Cournoyer 428
  5. Steve Shutt 408
  6. Bernie Geoffrion 371
  7. Jacques Lemaire 366
  8. Henri Richard 358
  9. Aurele Joliat 270
  10. Newsy Lalonde 266
  11. Mario Tremblay 258
  12. Howie Morenz 257
  13. Dickie Moore 254
  14. Claude Provost 254
  15. Mats Naslund 243
  16. Bob Gainey 239
  17. Toe Blake 235
  18. Stephane Richer 225
  19. Peter Mahovlich 223
  20. Guy Carbonneau 221
  21. Didier Pitre 220
  22. Elmer Lach 215
  23. Ralph Backstrom 215
  24. Bobby Rousseau 200
  25. Larry Robinson 197
  26. Pierre Mondou 194
  27. Saku Koivu 191
  28. Vincent Damphousse 184
  29. Yvon Lambert 181
  30. Bobby Smith 172
  31. Shayne Corson 168
  32. Gilles Tremblay 168
  33. Guy Lapointe 166
  34. Mike McPhee 162
  35. Rejean Houle 161
  36. Brian Savage 155
  37. Mark Napier 145
  38. John Ferguson 145
  39. Pit Lepine 143
  40. Ryan Walter 141
  41. Martin Rucinsky 134
  42. Ken Mosdell 132
  43. Frank Mahovlich 129
  44. Mark Recchi 120
  45. Claude Larose 117
  46. Doug Risebrough 117
  47. Johnny Gagnon 115
  48. Don Marshall 114
  49. Pierre Larouche 110
  50. Floyd Curry 105
  51. Kirk Muller 104
  52. Stephane Lebeau 104
  53. Bert Olmstead 103
  54. Billy Reay 103
  55. Alex Kovalev 103
  56. Serge Savard 100