1969 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1969 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1968–69 season, and the culmination of the 1969 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the defending champion Montreal Canadiens and the St. Louis Blues, a rematch of the previous year's finals. As they did in the previous matchup, the Canadiens won the series in four games.
|1969 Stanley Cup Finals|
|Location(s)||Montreal: Montreal Forum (1, 2)|
St. Louis: St. Louis Arena (3, 4)
|Coaches||St. Louis: Scotty Bowman|
Montreal: Claude Ruel
|Captains||St. Louis: Al Arbour|
Montreal: Jean Beliveau
|Dates||April 27 – May 4|
|MVP||Serge Savard (Canadiens)|
|Series-winning goal||John Ferguson (3:02, third, G4)|
Paths to the FinalsEdit
This was the second playoff series between these two teams. Their only previous meeting came in the previous year's Stanley Cup final. In this year's six-game regular season series, there were five wins for Montreal and one tie.
Claude Ruel became the eleventh rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup. Montreal goaltender Rogie Vachon limited St. Louis to three goals in four games. In the process, he earned his first career playoff shutout.
|April 27||St. Louis Blues||1–3||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum||Recap|
|Frank St. Marseille (3) - 18:24||First period||3:39 - pp - Dick Duff (3)|
4:17 - sh - Bobby Rousseau (3)
|No scoring||Second period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Third period||19:46 - John Ferguson (3)|
|Jacques Plante||Goalie stats||Rogie Vachon|
|April 29||St. Louis Blues||1–3||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||17:26 - Ralph Backstrom (3)|
|No scoring||Second period||9:07 - pp - Dick Duff (4)|
14:11 - Yvan Cournoyer (4)
|Larry Keenan (4) - pp - 9:20||Third period||No scoring|
|Glenn Hall||Goalie stats||Rogie Vachon|
|May 1||Montreal Canadiens||4–0||St. Louis Blues||St. Louis Arena||Recap|
|Serge Savard (4) - 12:34||First period||No scoring|
|Jacques Lemaire (4) - 9:16
Dick Duff (5) - 13:38
|Second period||No scoring|
|Dick Duff (6) - pp - 18:35||Third period||No scoring|
|Rogie Vachon||Goalie stats||Jacques Plante|
|May 4||Montreal Canadiens||2–1||St. Louis Blues||St. Louis Arena||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Second period||10:50 - Terry Gray (3)|
|Ted Harris (1) - 00:42
John Ferguson (4) - 3:02
|Third period||No scoring|
|Rogie Vachon||Goalie stats||Glenn Hall|
|Montreal won series 4–0|
Montreal Canadiens 1969 Stanley Cup championsEdit
Coaching and administrative staff
Stanley Cup engraving
- Anthony "Tony" Esposito's name was misspelled on the Replica Stanley Cup created in 1992–93 as P. FSPOSITO instead of A. ESPOSITO.
- Claude Ruel was the 10th NHL rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup.
- &-Gilles Tremblay missed the playoffs with a career ending injury. His name was still included on the Stanley Cup.
- &-Lucien Grenier played 2 Semi-Finals games, but name was left off the Stanley Cup even though he qualified to be engraved on it
- ^-name was left off the Stanley Cup, but qualified to be included.
Won 4 Stanley Cups in 5 Years with Montreal 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969Edit
Ralph Backstrom, Jean Beliveau, Yvan Cournoyer, Dick Duff, John Ferguson, Terry Harper, Ted Harris, Jacques Laperriere, Claude Provost, Henri Richard, Bobby Rousseau, Gilles Tremblay, Jean-Claude Tremblay, Gump Worsley (14 players), David Molson, Sam Pollock, Larry Aubut (3 non-players).