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Serge Aubrey Savard, (born January 22, 1946 in Landrienne, Quebec) is a former professional defenceman , most famously with the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL. .

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Playing career

Savard played junior hockey with the Montreal Junior Canadiens, then played minor pro with the Omaha Knights and the Houston Apollos. He started playing with the Montreal Canadiens in 1966. In 1968–69, his second full NHL season, he led the Canadiens to a second consecutive Stanley Cup win, becoming the first defencemen to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' most valuable player.

He broke his leg and missed the end of the 1969-70 NHL season , which was a major factor in the Canadiens missing the playoffs. The next season he broke his leg again but was able to make it back in the 1971-72 NHL season and after.

In seventeen seasons with the Canadiens, Savard played on eight Stanley Cup championship teams: 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979. In 1979, he won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance and dedication to the game. Savard played the last two seasons of his career with the Winnipeg Jets before retiring in 1983. Savard was the second last active player of the Original Six era after Wayne Cashman.

The "Savardian Spin-o-rama", which is a quick pivoting turn with the puck done in order to evade opponents, was coined by Danny Gallivan and named after Serge Savard, and not Denis Savard (who was adept at the same manoeuvre) as is often thought.

Post-playing career

After Savard retired as a player, he was named the general manager of the Canadiens, also serving as Manager of the minor league Sherbrooke Canadiens. Savard won the Calder Cup with Sherbrooke in 1985. In the 1986 and in the 1993 the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup under Savard.

In 1998, he was ranked number 81 on the List of 100 greatest hockey players by The Hockey News.

On November 18, 2006, the Montreal Canadiens retired his jersey number (18) in a special ceremony at Bell Centre.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1963–64 Montreal Junior Canadiens OHA 56 3 31 34 0
1964–65 Omaha Knights CPHL 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 4
1965–65 Montreal Junior Canadiens OHA 56 14 33 47 0
1965–66 Montreal Junior Canadiens OHA 46 9 12 21 72
1966–67 Houston Apollos CPHL 68 7 25 32 155 5 1 3 4 17
1966–67 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1966–67 Quebec Aces AHL 1 0 0 0 2
1967–68 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 2 13 15 34 6 2 0 2 0
1968–69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 8 23 31 73 14 4 6 10 24
1969–70 Montreal Canadiens NHL 64 12 19 31 38
1970–71 Montreal Canadiens NHL 37 5 10 15 30
1971–72 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 1 8 9 16 6 0 0 0 10
1972–73 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 7 32 39 58 17 3 8 11 22
1973–74 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 4 14 18 49 6 1 1 2 4
1974–75 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 20 40 60 64 11 1 7 8 2
1975–76 Montreal Canadiens NHL 71 8 39 47 38 13 3 6 9 6
1976–77 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 9 33 42 35 14 2 7 9 2
1977–78 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 8 34 42 24 15 1 7 8 8
1978–79 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 7 26 33 30 16 2 7 9 6
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 46 5 8 13 18 2 0 0 0 0
1980–81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 4 13 17 30 3 0 0 0 0
1981–82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 47 2 5 7 26 5 0 0 0 2
1982–83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 76 4 16 20 29 3 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 1040 106 333 439 592 130 19 49 68 88

Awards

Preceded by
Yvan Cournoyer
Montreal Canadiens captains
1979 - 81
Succeeded by
Bob Gainey
Preceded by
Glenn Hall
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
1969
Succeeded by
Bobby Orr
Preceded by
Irving Grundman
General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens
1983 – 1995
Succeeded by
Réjean Houle
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