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SAM POLLOCK (1964-1978)

Sam
Pollock

1964 -
Date of birth December 25th, 1925
Place of birth Montreal, QC, CAN
Deceased on August 15th, 2007
Seasons - MTL 14
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
TOTALS 1068 644 248 176 0 1464
1964-1965 70 36 23 11 0 83
1965-1966 70 41 21 8 0 90
1966-1967 70 32 25 13 0 77
1967-1968 74 42 22 10 0 94
1968-1969 76 46 19 11 0 103
1969-1970 76 38 22 16 - 92
1970-1971 78 42 23 13 0 97
1971-1972 78 46 16 16 0 108
1972-1973 78 52 10 16 0 120
1973-1974 78 45 24 9 0 99
1974-1975 80 47 14 19 0 113
1975-1976 80 58 11 11 0 127
1976-1977 80 60 8 12 0 132
1977-1978 80 59 10 11 0 129
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
RESULT Result
TOTALS 162 116 46  
1964-1965 13 8 5 Stanley Cup Champions
1965-1966 10 8 2 Stanley Cup Champions
1966-1967 10 6 4 Final
1967-1968 13 12 1 Stanley Cup Champions
1968-1969 14 12 2 Stanley Cup Champions
1970-1971 20 12 8 Stanley Cup Champions
1971-1972 6 2 4 Quarterfinals
1972-1973 17 12 5 Stanley Cup Champions
1973-1974 6 2 4 Quarterfinals
1974-1975 11 6 5 Semifinals
1975-1976 13 12 1 Stanley Cup Champions
1976-1977 14 12 2 Stanley Cup Champions
1977-1978 15 12 3 Stanley Cup Champions
From the moment he was named general manager of the Canadiens in 1964, Sam Pollock pursued excellence with a single-minded and unwavering focus. He built one of the greatest dynasties the game had ever seen; by the time he retired in 1978, he had established a legacy that would span all of professional sports.

In laying the foundation for nine Stanley Cups over his 14-year tenure as GM, Pollock secured his place as unquestionably the greatest architect in NHL history. Only Red Auerbach with the Boston Celtics can claim to have done as much or attained as great a level of success for a North American franchise as Pollock did with the Canadiens. Alongside Auerbach, Pollock stands as the greatest team builder an organization has ever had.

Thanks to his one-sided trades and incredible knack for discovering young talent, Pollock was forever a few steps ahead of the competition. He drafted the likes of Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Steve Shutt, and Bob Gainey. He traded for the likes of Frank Mahovlich and Ken Dryden. Then, in one of his countless masterstrokes, he hired Scotty Bowman prior to the start of the 1971-72 season. Under Pollock’s tutelage, Bowman would emerge as arguably the finest coach in league history while leading Montreal to five more Stanley Cups, four during the four-year run from 1976 to 1979. The 1976-77 Canadiens, in posting a mark of 60-8-12 and 132 points, set an NHL record that stands to this day and remain widely considered the greatest team of all time. His knowledge of the game and drive to succeed impacted all those in the Canadiens family.

Many future NHL coach and GM owe a debt of gratitude to Pollock for his inspiration and guidance. Pollock took his rightful place in the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders category in 1978, the same year he ended his brilliant run with the Canadiens by doing what he so often did - win the Stanley Cup.