The 1992-93 Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens didn't know it at the time, but they're the withstanding model of relevance and heroics in The Great White North.
That's because no Canadian NHL team has won a Stanley Cup since the Habs took it home in 1993, thanks to the heroics of goalie Patrick Roy and other future Hall of Famers. In fact, only the 2004 Calgary Flames, 2006 Edmonton Oilers, 2007 Ottawa Senators and 2011 Vancouver Canucks have represented Canada in the Stanley Cup Final since the Canadiens won it all 24 years ago.
You talk to any Canadian NHL fan, and many will tell you they're just hoping one team from the beautiful country will bring a championship back home. Until that happens, the 1992-93 Canadiens will be all fans from Canada can celebrate over the past 26 years.
The Habs championship did have some stars, but not quite as many legends and Hall of Famers as other Stanley Cup winners. With that, we rank the entire 1992-93 Canadiens Stanley Cup roster.
*NOTE: Only players who played in the Stanley Cup Final were included on this list. There were 21 skaters plus goalie Patrick Roy, per HockeyReference.com. Stats also courtesy of HockeyReference.com*
22 Donald Dufresne
Donald Dufresne brought good size at 6-foot-1 and 206 pounds, but he was merely used as a bottom-pairing defenceman during not only the 1992-93 season, but throughout his entire career.
He never scored more than 15 points in a season (1990-91), and appeared in just 32 games for the Habs in regular season -- scoring one goal and two assists. Dufresne also didn't appear in any playoff games during the 1993 postseason until the Stanley Cup Final. He played in two games but racked up zero points and didn't get a single shot on goal.
Dufresne was never asked to do all that much (seeing that he didn't get much ice time). He obviously did just enough to help the Habs win the Cup, but he wasn't one of the major impact players during the run.
21 Sean Hill
Like Dufresne, Sean Hill was merely used as a bottom-pairing/depth defenceman. The 204-pound blueliner was in his rookie season and did just fine with two goals and six assists in 31 games played. But he often struggled in his own end of the ice, finishing with a mere minus-five rating.
Hill appeared in just three playoff games and didn't register a single point. He did suit up for a single game in the Stanley Cup Final -- but didn't register a shot on goal. But as is the case for any Stanley Cup champion, Hill just had to play around 10-15 minutes a game to give the top blue liners a rest. He didn't contribute a whole lot to it, but Hill captured a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens. That's all that truly matters.
20 J.J. Daigneault
J.J. Daigneault's name is infamous to many because he played for an astonishing 10 NHL teams during his career. He wasn't that much of an impact player, scoring just 53 goals and 250 points in 899 career NHL games. But Daigneault, a Montreal native, did get to do something every kid who plays hockey dreams of: Lead his hometown team to the Stanley Cup.
He didn't add all that much offence in the regular season, scoring just eight goals and 18 points during the regular season. But Daigneault did have a solid defensive game, as evidenced by his amazing plus-25 rating.
When it came to the postseason, Daigneault wasn't able to add much to the score sheet. He had just one goal and three assists in 20 playoff games. He didn't score during the Stanley Cup Final, either.
19 Gary Leeman
Gary Leeman enjoyed some success with the Habs' arch rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs. He scored 51 goals for them in the 1989-90 season, becoming just the second player in Leafs' history to score 50-plus goals in a season. But when it came to Montreal, Leeman didn't come close to those scoring numbers again.
Leeman spent the beginning of the 1992-93 season with the Calgary Flames before moving onto the Montreal Canadiens. He scored just six goals and 18 points in the regular season, though finishing with a solid plus-nine rating.
He struggled in the postseason as well, scoring just one goal and two assists in 11 playoff games. Leeman was limited to one assist in the Stanley Cup Final. But hey, all that matters is that he won the championship with them.
18 Ed Ronan
Ed Ronan never had high expectations coming into the NHL, as the Habs drafted the 6-foot-1, 197 pound right winger 227th-overall in 1987. Ronan wasn't asked to do anything but provide depth in the bottom-six, and he did just that. He scored just five goals and 12 points in 53 regular season games.
In the playoffs, Ronan suited up for 14 games and managed two goals and three assists. He did bring good size and plenty of energy, but the scoring ability just wasn't there. Ronan did win the Stanley Cup with Montreal and wound up playing for the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres before eventually retiring from the NHL after the 1997-98 season. Ronan finished with 13 goals and 36 points in 182 NHL games.
Ronan did his job as a fourth-liner, but didn't contribute a whole lot to the Habs' championship team.
17 Lyle Odelein
Lyle Odelein sure didn't score much as a defenceman -- finishing with just 50 goals and 252 points in 1,056 career games. But he didn't get that much time to score since he spent 2,316 minutes in the penalty box during his career. Odelein sits 29th all-time in career penalty minutes, for what it's worth.
1992-93 was no different for Odelein. He was far-and-away the most penalized Canadien during the season, spending 205 minutes in the sin bin. He scored just two goals and 16 points in the regular season, too.
When it came to the playoffs, Odelein still couldn't stay out of trouble. He led Montreal with 30 penalty minutes and scored one goal and five assists in 20 playoff games. But two of those assists came against the Kings in the Final, so his apples came at the right time.
16 Guy Carbonneau
Many best remember Guy Carbonneau as the man who coached the Montreal Canadiens from 2006-07 to 2008-09, guiding them to a surprising top seed in the Eastern Conference in 2008. But the Canadiens fired him just before the 2009 playoffs as the team limped towards the finish line.
But Carbonneau, a Sept-Îles, Quebec native, sure found more success when he played for the Habs. He won a Stanley Cup with them in 1986 (scoring 20 goals and 56 points), while winning it all in 1993 (obviously).
Carbonneau was the Habs captain during the 1992-93 season, but struggled offensively. He had just four goals and 13 points in 61 regular season games. In the postseason, Carbonneau had three goals and three assists. He was limited to one apple in the Stanley Cup Final; but at least his leadership as captain was enough to help the Habs win it all.
15 Benoit Brunet
The Canadiens drafted Benoit Brunet 27th-overall after winning the Stanley Cup in 1986, but he never quite lived up to expectations. Brunet finished with just 101 goals and 262 assists in 539 NHL games. But the speedy left winger (and a Quebec native at that), brought enough secondary scoring to help the Habs get by.
In the 1992-93 regular season, Brunet scored 10 goals and 25 points while finishing with a very good plus-15 rating. He was somewhat quiet in the postseason, though. Brunet scored just two goals and 10 points in 20 playoff games. He had just one assist in the entire Stanley Cup Final, too.
But like many others on this list, Brunet wasn't expected to be a star nor do all that much. His speed fit in nicely with the Habs' skilled lineup. He did his job in helping them win the Cup.
14 Paul DiPietro
Paul DiPietro has both Canadian and Swiss citizenship. Depending on where in Canada you ask, he's either a hero or a villain. That's because he played for Switzerland at the 2006 Winter Olympics, and scored both goals against his native Canada. The Swiss pulled off a shocking 2-0 upset in the round robin.
But anywho, DiPietro will probably never have to buy a beer in Montreal, thanks to his heroics for them in the 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs. He had just four goals and 17 points in the regular season, but was money in the postseason.
DiPietro scored eight goals and 13 points in 17 playoff games -- including one game-winning goal. He added two goals in the Stanley Cup Final, adding much needed secondary scoring to the Canadiens.
13 Kevin Haller
Kevin Haller brought good size on a Montreal team that lacked all-around toughness -- something that was necessary back in the '90s. He was listed at 6-foot-2, 199 pounds, but also brought solid offence to his game from the backend. Haller scored 11 goals and 25 points in the regular season, along with a plus-seven rating. He also spent a whopping 117 minutes in the penalty box.
When it came to the postseason, Haller was able to take his game to the next level. He had one goal and six assists, though he only had one apple in three appearances during the Stanley Cup Final.
Haller finished his NHL career with 41 goals and 138 points in 642 games. Those obviously aren't impressive numbers, but he did more than enough as a number four/five defenceman on the stacked Habs lineup.
12 Patrice Brisebois
Patrice Brisebois is another one of the more forgotten pieces of this Canadiens' championship team. The Montreal native got the dream of playing for his hometown team. Not only that, but he was vital in this team winning its 24th Stanley Cup.
Brisebois was more of a second-pairing defenceman throughout his career -- but was capable of putting up decent offensive numbers. He broke out in 1992-93 with 10 goals and 31 points on the season -- finishing third among Montreal blueliners. He didn't score as much in the playoffs, though Brisebois played more of a sound defensive game.
He had four assists in 20 playoff games and posted a plus-five rating. Brisebois was never a superstar by all means, but he was a good top-four defenceman and fulfilled his role in helping Montreal defeat the Kings.
11 John LeClair
John LeClair is one of the greatest American-born players in NHL history, and one of the first true superstars to come from the United States. The world would learn this in his third NHL season (1992-93), with the Canadiens.
The big power forward, listed at 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, brought an element of toughness to a fairly undersized yet speedy Canadiens team. LeClair was able to crash the net and was a big-time performer in the postseason. He scored 19 goals and 44 points in the regular season along with a plus-11 rating.
In the postseason, LeClair scored four goals and six assists in 20 games. His four points in the Stanley Cup Final tied Kirk Muller, Vincent Damphousse and Eric Desjardins for the team lead. LeClair finished with 406 goals and 819 points in 967 NHL games.
10 Gilbert Dionne
Gilbert Dionne is the brother of Marcel -- widely recognized as the greatest player who never won the Stanley Cup. Gilbert didn't quite live up to his brother's shadow, scoring just 61 goals and 140 points in 223 career NHL games.
But Dionne was a key factor in helping the Canadiens go all the way in 1992-93. He scored 20 goals in the regular season and added 28 assists with a plus-five rating. Dionne was a solid second/third line forward who brought nice size and a big shot off the left wing. He was even better in the 1993 playoffs, however.
Dionne scored six goals and 12 points in 20 postseason games which included one game winner. He had a goal and assist in the five games against the Kings, winning what would be his only Stanley Cup title.
9 Mathieu Schneider
One of the more underrated defencemen of his era, Mathieu Schneider may also be the most overlooked part of the 1992-93 Canadiens Championship team. Schneider broke out that season with 13 goals and 44 points after previously not posting more than 32 points in a season. He solidified the Habs' blue line with responsible play in his own zone while moving the puck smoothly through the neutral zone.
Schneider didn't score that much in the postseason, registering just a goal and two assists. But he took on a more defensive role and finished with a plus-10 rating in the playoffs. He was able to slow down the offence of Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille. Schneider finished with one goal and an assist in the Stanley Cup Final, winning what would be his only Stanley Cup.
8 Denis Savard
The Canadiens sent shockwaves through the NHL when they dealt star franchise defenceman Chris Chelios to the Chicago Blackhawks in return for Denis Savard. But it wound up working out for both teams.
Savard was far past his 100-point seasons, but the Hall of Famer provided just enough offence and plenty of leadership to help the Canadiens in 1992-93. He scored 16 goals and 50 points during the regular season while adding two game-winning goals.
But Savard was limited to just one games during the Stanley Cup Final -- and was held pointless in the series. He suited up for 14 playoff games and had just five assists. But the Canadiens did need a seasoned veteran to carry a pretty young core throughout the season. Savard played mentor and was a big reason Montreal was able to knock off the Kings.
7 Mike Keane
Mike Keane was a fairly average player for most of his NHL career -- finishing with 168 goals and 470 points in 1,161 games. But he had his best season at the best possible time: With the Montreal Canadiens in 1992-93, of course. Keane (who hadn't scored more than 41 points in a season), had a career campaign in 1992-93 -- finishing with 15 goals and 60 points.
He didn't stop there, though. Keane was also a huge part of the Habs run in the 1993 playoffs -- scoring two goals and 15 points with a plus-10 rating in 19 games. Keane chipped in with three timely assists in the five-game series against Los Angeles, too.
Keane brought great speed and the ability to come through when his team needed it most. He wasn't quite a star, but he was a key role player in the Habs championship season.
6 Eric Desjardins
Eric Desjardins was one of the most underrated blueliners in the '90s, but such is life when Ray Bourque, Nicklas Lidstrom, Paul Coffey, Scott Niedermayer, Larry Murphy and Chris Pronger were in their prime years. That didn't stop Desjardins from asserting himself as one of the premier blueliners during the Habs run to the 1993 Stanley Cup, however. He set a career high (at the time), with 13 goals and 45 points to go along with an excellent plus-20 rating.
Desjardins was saving his best for the playoffs, however. He scored four goals and 14 points in the postseason as the Habs' blueline also kept Gretzky and Luc Robitaille in check. But Game 2 was when Desjardins truly won the series for Montreal, though.
Trailing the series 1-0, the Habs desperately needed a win to avoid being two games down going back to Los Angeles. Desjardins scored all three goals in Game 2 -- including the game-tying goal in the final minutes -- and the overtime winner. Without Desjardins, Montreal probably doesn't win the Cup.
5 Stephan Lebeau
Stephan Lebeau wasn't big, listed at 5-foot-10 and 173 pounds, but he really could fly and was a wonder to watch with the puck. The St. Jerome, Quebec native defied expectations as an undrafted free agent and become a star on the Canadiens powerhouse in 1992-93.
Going into this season, Lebeau hadn't scored more than 50 points in a season, but 1992-93 was his here. Lebeau scores 31 goals and 80 points (including seven game winners), in the regular season, finishing fourth in team scoring.
Lebeau was limited to 13 games in the playoffs, but finished with three goals and six assists. But Lebeau struggled after the Stanley Cup run and was out of the NHL after the 1994-95 season. At least he had that one great year that ended with a championship ring.
4 Brian Bellows
Timing is everything, and the Habs chose the perfect time to acquire Brian Bellows from the Minnesota North Stars in exchange for fan favourite Russ Courtnall prior to the 1992-93 season. Bellows was a star for, well, the North Stars, and expressed disappointment in being traded. But he relished the new home in Montreal by scoring 40 goals and 88 points -- finishing third in team scoring throughout the regular season.
When it came to the playoffs, Bellows took it to another level. He scored six goals and 15 points with a plus-six rating. Bellows added two points in the Stanley Cup Final.
The 88 points turned out to be the second-highest of Bellows' career, and the 1993 Stanley Cup ring was the lone championship he took home. Bellows was a monumental part of the Habs' 24th Stanley Cup team, plain and simple.
3 Kirk Muller
Kirk Muller was one of the league's top left wingers in the '90s, and turned out to be a huge pickup for the Canadiens. He scored 37 goals and 94 points in 1992-93, tying his career year set with the New Jersey Devils back in 1987-88. Muller had blazing speed and a slick shot that complemented the playmaking abilities of Vincent Damphousse and Brian Bellows well. Muller's 94 points placed him second in team scoring.
As if his regular season campaign wasn't enough to impress you, Muller was something else in the postseason. He scored 10 goals and 17 points in 20 postseason games -- while adding three game-winning goals.
Muller was the most clutch Habs' skater during their run to the playoffs. He scored at the most opportune times and was vital in the Canadiens run at championship no. 24.
2 Vincent Damphousse
Vincent Damphousse proved to be a huge pickup for the Habs -- coming over in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers that sent Shayne Corson the other way. Damphousse led the Habs in scoring throughout the regular season with 39 goals and 97 points -- which turned out to be the most productive campaign of his career.
The Habs' leading scorer didn't stop in the playoffs, either. Damphousse had 11 goals and 23 points throughout the postseason -- including three game-winning goals. He had one tally and three assists in five games against the Kings, too.
Without the clutch scoring and leadership of Damphousse, the Canadiens wouldn't have won the Stanley Cup. But the Montreal native capped off a Hollywood story by guiding his hometown team to its 24th championship.
1 Patrick Roy
This was an easy and obvious choice.
Patrick Roy had another solid regular season, posting a 31-25-5 record -- though his .894 save percentage and 3.20 goals against average weren't exactly spectacular. But when it came to the postseason, Roy was money. Roy went 16-4 in the playoffs with a .929 save percentage and 2.13 goals against average. Montreal also won an NHL-record 10-straight games during the postseason, thanks in large part to Roy's heroics.
He completely shut down Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings' prolific offence -- yielding just 11 goals on 55 shots. He unsurprisingly took home the Conn Smythe Trophy and cemented his legacy as the best player on the 1993 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup championship team.