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Provost, Claude
Montreal Canadiens

CLAUDE PROVOST entered the NHL and promptly won five Stanley Cups in five seasons. Through his 15-year NHL career, all with Montreal's Canadiens, PROVOST would win nine Stanley Cups in all. A strong defensively-minded right winger, CLAUDE spent his career matched against the opposing teams most explosive forwards; Bobby Hull of the Black Hawks for example. Yet, in spite of his effectiveness in his own end of the rink, PROVOST still scored 15 or better goals in nine of his 15 seasons. CLAUDE PROVOST was the initial recipient of the MASTERTON TROPHY, first awarded following the on-ice death of Minnesota North Stars forward Bill Masterton on January 15, 1968. Embodying the definition of perseverance and dedication to hockey, CLAUDE PROVOST won the MASTERTON TROPHY for the 1967-68 season. That campaign, he scored 14 goals and 30 assists while helping Montreal to the Stanley Cup championship. PROVOST played with the Canadiens until the end of the 1969-70 season when he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. But rather than report, PROVOST retired from playing and moved into the coaching realm. Sadly, CLAUDE PROVOST died in 1984 at 51 years of age.

Provost, Claude