It's hard to believe that it has been nearly a quarter century since the Montreal Canadiens last won a Stanley Cup. The team is still talked about today for the simple fact that no other Canadian team has gotten their hands on Lord Stanley's mug since. Most of the Canadian teams in the NHL today are loaded with young and promising players, so it's only a matter of time before another Canadian team lifts the Stanley Cup over their head. However, until that time comes, the 1993 Montreal Canadiens will remain in the minds of Canadian hockey fans everywhere.
The 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens won't go down as the greatest Habs team ever put together, that honor probably goes to teams of the 1970s, but that doesn't mean they didn't have some fantastic players. The team was led offensively by two players who were in their first season in Montreal in Brian Bellows and Vincent Damphousse. They lacked a true superstar on defense, but each player played their role perfectly. When it comes to their goaltending, the team would of have never beat the Wayne Gretzky powered Los Angeles Kings if it wasn't for Patrick Roy.
Although Patrick Roy was key in Montreal winning their 24th Stanley Cup in franchise history, it truly was a team effort. Every player seemed to step up their game during the playoffs, with some unexpecting players scoring absolutely huge goals for the team.
Here are 15 players who were absolutely crucial in the Montreal Canadiens 1993 Stanley Cup victory, what they did in their careers after, and what they are keeping themselves busy with today.
15 Gilbert Dionne
Gilbert Dionne had the distinction of being the younger brother of the legendary Marcel Dionne. While Gilbert may have scored 670 goals less than his older brother, Gilbert managed to carve out himself a solid hockey career as a two-way player. Gilbert had an impressive start to his NHL career, scoring 21 goals in just 39 games during his rookie season in 1991-92. Dionne stepped up his game even more during the 1992-93 season, scoring a career-high 48 points. Dionne continued his solid two-way game in the playoffs, proving to a steady defensive force while adding twelve points.
The Canadiens were hoping Dionne would continue to prove his offensive totals, but that never ended up happening. He put up a decent 45 points during the 1993-94 campaign, but that would turn out to be the last full NHL season of his career. He would have brief stints with the Flyers and Panthers before finishing up his career in the minors in 2006. Today Dionne works in the agricultural field where he oversees the trades between Quebec and Ontario producers.
14 Guy Carbonneau
Prior to the 1992-93 season, Guy Carbonneau had already been a favorite in Montreal having played there for the past decade. He established himself as one of the NHL's premier two-way forwards. Carbonneau was rewarded for his hard work on and off the ice by being named the Canadien's captain in 1989, a role he would hold until 1994. While the 1992-93 season was one of the worst offensive years of his career as he only registered 17 points, his work on the defensive side proved invaluable, especially in the playoffs. After Wayne Gretzky recorded three points, helping the Kings win Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals, Carbonneau requested that he be allowed to shadow "The Great One" for the rest of series. His request was granted by head coach Jacques Demers, and Montreal would go on to win four straight games.
Carbonneau would continue to be a defensive specialist and great leader, winning another Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999, before retiring in 2000. Since hanging up his skates he has remained highly active in the hockey world. He had stints as both an associate and head coach with Canadiens, he also had a brief stint as an assistant general manager with the Dallas Stars. He is currently a television analyst for Candiens games.
13 Patrice Brisebois
The 1992-93 season was the first full season of Patrice Brisebois' (Pictured Right) NHL career. He had spent the majority of the previous year playing for Montreal's AHL farm team in Fredericton, where the defenseman put up an excellent 39 points in just 53 games. The Canadiens were hoping that the twenty-one year old could produce close to that pace at the NHL level, and for the most part he delivered. Brisebois finished third among Canadien defenseman with 31 points. However, Brisebois' inexperience showed during the playoffs as he managed to record just four assists in twenty games.
Brisebois would go on to play 15 more NHL seasons, all but two were with the Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge. Brisebois was as consistent a defenseman as you can be up until he announced his retirement in 2009. Brisebois was a player development coach for the Canadiens from 2012 to 2014. He is also a huge fan of car racing, as he owns and races his own cars in the Nascar Canada series.
12 Benoit Brunet
Benoit Brunet was originally drafted by the Canadiens in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, but he didn't make the full-time transition to the NHL until the 1992-93 season. Brunet spent years in the minors developing himself into a solid two-way forward. He would play 47 games for Montreal in 1992-93, registering a more than respectable 25 points. Brunet would play all 20 of the Canadiens playoff games and put up another 10 points.
Brunet would go on to play another nine seasons with the Canadiens. His play on the ice was consistently solid, but a bad back prevented him from ever playing a full season. Brunet would play a handful of games for Dallas and Ottawa before calling it a career in 2002. Since leaving the ice, Brunet has been a color commentator and analyst for Canadiens games.
11 Paul DiPietro
Paul DiPietro only played a grand total of 192 NHL games during his career, but he saved his best for the 1992-93 season. He spent the beginning of the season with Montreal's AHL affiliate in Fredericton, recording 24 points in 26 games. That was good enough for DiPietro to earn a call-up with Canadiens. He would go on to play 29 games with Montreal, recording a decent 17 points. DiPietro stepped up his game for 1993 playoffs, His eight playoff goals ranked third on the team.
DiPietro wasn’t able to duplicate his playoff success and was out of Montreal by 1995 when he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He would only play a small chunk of games with the Leafs, before signing with Los Angeles. He would just play a handful of games with the Kings before heading off to Europe to finish his career. DiPietro famously scored both goals in Switzerland's upset win over Canada at the 2006 Olympics. He finally retired from professional hockey after the 2013-14 season at the age of 42.
10 Lyle Odelein
Lyle Odelein wasn’t the most opposing player at just 5’11” and 210 lbs, but that didn’t stop him from being one of the toughest defenders to ever play the game. While Odelein’s offensive game didn’t quite translate from junior to the NHL, his defensive game more than made up for it. By the 1992-93 season, Odelein had established himself as the Canadiens best defensive defenseman. Odelein managed put up a respectable 16 points, and led the team with 205 penalty minutes. He continued that role during the playoffs suiting up for all 20 of the Canadiens playoff games, and once again leading the team in penalty minutes.
The following season in 1993-94 would be a career year for Odelein as he recorded 40 points with the Canadiens. After another couple of mediocre seasons with Montreal, he was traded to New Jersey in 1996. Odelein would become a well-travelled player after that, playing for six other teams before calling a career after the 2005-06 season. He currently lives in Pittsburgh where he owns 44 different Supercut stores.
9 Denis Savard
Many Habs fans wished the Canadiens had originally drafted Denis Savard instead Doug Wickenheiser with the first overall pick in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Savard instead went to the Blackhawks where he became one the NHL's top scorers for a decade. Montréal fans finally got their wish when the team acquired Savard in a 1990 trade for Chris Chelios. The problem was that Savard's production was starting to slow down. Savard did manage to record 50 points during the 1992-93 regular season, but only managed to play in 14 games during the playoffs.
The 1992-93 season would be the last for Savard in a Canadiens uniform. He would go on to play a couple of mediocre seasons with both the Lightning and Blackhawks before retiring in 1997. Once Savard hung up his skates he immediately joined the Blackhawks in a coaching position. Savard coached the Blackhawks for parts of thirteen seasons, with the last three as a head coach. He still works in the Chicago organization as an ambassador.
8 Mathieu Schneider
Mathieu Schneider was an offensively gifted defenseman during his time in junior. During his last season of junior playing for the Cornwall Royals of the OHL, he finished fourth on the team with 73 points. It took a few seasons for Schneider to find his stride in the NHL, but he had a breakout year in 1992-93. He finished second on the team in points among defenseman with a career-high 44 points. However, Schneider didn't exactly come to play for the playoffs, as he only put up a paltry three points in eleven games.
Schneider would go on to play for ten different NHL teams during his lengthy twenty season NHL career. He finished his career with 743 points, which placed him in the top 20 among all-time NHL defenseman in points at the time he retired in 2010. Since retiring Schneider has had a significant role with the NHLPA. His main job is helping players find new career paths once their playing careers are finished.
7 Mike Keane
Although Mike Keane had a lengthy and solid NHL career, the 1992-93 season was by far the best season of his career. Keane scored a career-high sixty points, which was good enough to rank fourth on the team in scoring. He continued his great play into the 1993 playoffs, adding another 15 points in 19 games.
Keane would continue to play for Montreal for a few more seasons, even being named team captain in 1995. He captaincy did not last long as he was soon shipped off to Colorado, where he added another Stanley Cup to his resume in 1996. Keane would win another Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999, before ending his NHL career with Vancouver in 2004. Although the door had shut on his NHL career, Keane would play for the Canucks AHL affiliate in Manitoba for another five seasons. Keane is currently an assistant for player development with his hometown Winnipeg Jets.
6 Stephan Lebeau
There was no doubting that Stephan Lebeau was a gifted offensive player, scoring an incredible 94 goals during his final junior season. Lebeau’s problem was that his defensive game was so bad that coaches had a hard time justifying putting him in a prominent role. The Canadiens head coach Jacques Demers thought the positives outweighed the negatives and thus gave Lebeau a ton of playing time during the 1992-93 season. Demer’s instincts paid off as Lebeau had a tremendous season, ranking fourth on the team with 80 points. He added another six points in 13 playoff games.
Lebeau turned out to just be a one season wonder, as he only recorded 16 points in 34 games the following season before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks. He would play just parts of two seasons with Anaheim before finishing his career in Switzerland. Since retiring in 2001, Lebeau has taken up coaching, having last been an assistant coach with AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs in 2014-15.
5 John LeClair
The 1992-93 season was the first season where John LeClair became a full-time NHL player. While LeClair was nowhere near the level of player he would be later ve in his career with the Philadelphia Flyers, he was still a key player for the Canadiens. His 44 points during the regular season ranked eighth on the team, but it was in the playoffs where Leclair really shined. He may have only scored four goals during the playoffs, but two of them were definitely memorable goals. Leclair became the first player in NHL history to score back to back overtime goals in the Stanley Cup Finals. Those two game-winning goals gave the Canadiens a commanding 3-1 series lead against the Kings.
Leclair would go on to just play one more full season with Montreal before being traded to the Flyers. LeClair would play for the Flyers for over decade, establishing himself as one of the greatest goal scorers in franchise history. He announced his retirement following the 2006-07 season as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. LeClair was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. He currently runs his own foundation that awards grants to nonprofit organizations in Vermont that sponsor programs for children.
4 Brian Bellows
Prior to joining the Canadiens ahead of the 1992-93 season, Brian Bellows had spent the past decade as not only the top scorer with the Minnesota North Stars, but he was also one of the top scorers in the entire league. The 1989-90 season was particularly great, as Bellows set career highs with 55 goals and 99 points. While Bellows didn't top his career highs in his first season with the Canadiens, his 88 points were good enough to be the second-highest total of his career. Bellows continued his scoring ways in playoffs by adding another six goals and 15 points.
Bellows remained with Montreal for another couple of seasons. By the time his tenure ended with Montreal he was nowhere near the same player he was during his prime. However, Bellows continued to play until 1999 with stints in Tampa Bay, Anaheim, and Washington. The Bellows name will continue to live on in the game of hockey as Brian's son Kieffer was a 2016 first round pick of the New York Islanders. Bellows currently works at a bank as an investment broker.
3 Eric Desjardins
Eric Desjardins was by far the Montreal Canadiens best offensive defenseman. The 1991-92 season was a coming out party for Desjardins as he recorded a career-high 38 points, and represented Montreal at the 1992 NHL All-Star game. His offensive production got even better during the 1992-93 season when he improved his point total to 45. Desjardins took his game to another level during the playoffs. He led all defenseman in playoff points with 14. He saved his best for the series-deciding game five of the Stanley Cup Finals when he scored all three of Montreal's goals.
Desjardins was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1995, where he would remain until he retired in 2006. Life after the NHL has kept Eric Desjardins quite busy. He has investments in real estate and restaurants and is a shareholder of a spa. He also is very active with minor hockey in his community.
2 Vincent Damphousse
In 1992 Vincent Damphousse (Pictured Right) was just twenty-four years old, but the budding superstar had already been traded twice. Damphousse started his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, breaking out in 1989-90 with an incredible 94 point campaign. Just a couple years later in 1991 he was involved in a blockbuster trade which sent him to the Oilers. After just one great season with Edmonton, he was shipped off to his hometown Montreal Canadiens. The trade paid immediate dividends for the Canadiens, as Damphousse had the best offensive season of his career. He led the entire team with a career-high 97 points. His 23 playoff points also led the team and were good enough to rank fourth in the league among playoff scorers.
Damphousse continued to be an offensive leader for the Canadiens for six more seasons, with him serving as captain for his last three seasons. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks in 1999 and would remain there until he retired in 2005. Damphousse has a had a busy life off the ice. Immediately after retiring he joined the NHLPA, but he resigned in 2007 to focus on his business venture, Le Scandinave Spa, of which he's co-founder and co-owner. In 2011, his name was brought back into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons as he and his now ex-wife were involved a very public legal battle. Both of them were accused of assaulting each other, but luckily all of the charges were eventually dropped.
1 Patrick Roy
By 1992 Patrick Roy had only played seven seasons for the Canadiens, but he had already established himself as one of the greatest Montreal goaltenders of all-time. He turned mediocre Canadiens teams into Stanley Cup contenders. Montreal was hoping Roy would continue to carry the team during the 1992-93 season. Roy would actually have one of the worst statistical seasons of his career, posting a 3.20 GAA and below average .894 save percentage. Luckily for the Canadiens, Roy saved his best stuff for the playoffs. He posted a record of 16-4, with a stellar 2.13 GAA and sparkling .929 save percentage. Roy was an easy choice to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff's most valuable player.
Patrick famously had a tumultuous exit with Montreal in 1995. Roy basically quit on the team, so the Canadiens were practically forced to trade Roy to the Colorado Avalanche. He would go on to add two more Stanley Cups to his resume, establishing his legacy as one of the greatest goalies to ever play the game. After retiring in 2003, Roy became the coach of Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.
After eight seasons coaching Quebec, Roy rejoined the Avalanche as head coach prior to the 2013-14 season. He would win the NHL Coach of the Year in his very first season. Roy would continue to coach the Avalanche for two more seasons before he abruptly quit the team in the summer of 2016. Roy proved he was even more of a hot-head as a coach then he was as a player. It's highly likely that Roy will get another shot as a head coach in the NHL, but it's going to have to be the right fit for the egotistical Roy.
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