Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Claude Provost
When Toe Blake took charge behind the bench of the Montreal Canadiens in 1955-56, he introduced Claude Provost to the club's star-studded roster on the basis of his aggressive and hard-working approach to checking opponents. His peculiar, wide-stance style of skating concealed surprising speed. One observer humorously noted that when he hit the ice, he looked like a drunken sailor walking on a ship's deck during a hurricane. But however awkward he appeared, he used his hustle to good end, serving as Bobby Hull's shadow throughout the 1960s.

In addition to superb defensive play in the company of Andre Pronovost and Phil Goyette, Provost made steady improvements to his offensive game as the years progressed. In 1964-65, he was voted a First-Team All-Star on the strength of his team- leading 33 goals.

Having lasted with the Canadiens for 15 seasons meant that Provost was not left wanting for his name to be etched on the Stanley Cup. All told, he enjoyed nine league championships, including a record five in a row between 1956 and 1960. He also appeared in eleven All-Star games.

Toward the end of his career in 1968, he was awarded the first-ever Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

In 1971, Provost's rights were traded to the L.A. Kings, although by then he had already hung up the blades to coach the Rosemont Nationale of the QJHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1951-52 Montreal Nationale QJHL 49 24 29 53 46 9 5 2 7 4
1952-53 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 46 24 36 60 29 7 6 5 11 10
1953-54 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 48 45 39 84 83 8 3 8 11 16
1954-55 Shawinigan Cataracts QHL 61 25 23 48 44 13 6 3 9 6
1954-55 Shawinigan Cataractes Ed-Cup 7 2 2 4 4
1955-56 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 13 16 29 30 10 3 3 6 12
1955-56 Shawinigan Cataracts QHL 9 7 8 15 12
1956-57 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 16 14 30 24 10 0 1 1 8
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 19 32 51 71 10 1 3 4 8
1958-59 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 16 22 38 37 11 6 2 8 2
1959-60 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 17 29 46 42 8 1 1 2 0
1960-61 Montreal Canadiens NHL 49 11 4 15 32 6 1 3 4 4
1961-62 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 33 29 62 22 6 2 2 4 2
1962-63 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 20 30 50 26 5 0 1 1 2
1963-64 Montreal Canadiens NHL 68 15 17 32 37 7 2 2 4 22
1964-65 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 27 37 64 28 13 2 6 8 12
1965-66 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 19 36 55 38 10 2 3 5 2
1966-67 Montreal Canadiens NHL 64 11 13 24 16 7 1 1 2 0
1967-68 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 14 30 44 26 +17 13 2 8 10 10
1968-69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 13 15 28 18 +12 10 2 2 4 2
1969-70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 10 11 21 22 +6
1970-71 Rosemount National QMJHL
NHL Totals 1005 254 335 589 469 126 25 38 63 86


NHL First All-Star Team (1965)
Bill Masterton Trophy (1968) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967)
Traded to Los Angeles by Montreal for cash, June 8, 1971.