Three Candidates For The Next Retired Canadiens Number

UNIONDALE, NY - CIRCA 1978: Steve Shutt #22 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the New York Islanders during an NHL Hockey game circa 1978 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Shutt's playing career went from 1972-85. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - CIRCA 1978: Steve Shutt #22 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the New York Islanders during an NHL Hockey game circa 1978 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Shutt's playing career went from 1972-85. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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Should the Canadiens retire Steve Shutt's jersey? - Eyes On The Prize
Should the Canadiens retire Steve Shutt's jersey? - Eyes On The Prize /

Steve Shut #22

Drafted: 1972 Montreal 1st Round, 4th Overall

NHL Totals: 930 GP 424 Goals 393 Assists 817 Points

MTL Totals: 871 GP 408 Goals 368 Assists 776 Points

Hall Of Fame: 1993

Some Other Notable Players To Have Worn #22: John Ferguson, Benoit Brunet, Steve Begin, Dale Weise, Cole Caufield

Steve Shutt is the name that comes up the most often when talking about the next retired jersey. His resume is just phenomenal. 5 Stanley Cups, a 3 time All-Star, tied with Guy Lafleur for most goals in a season by a Montreal Canadiens with 60 (the first left winger in NHL history to do so) and member of Team Canada in 1976.

Shutt gets some flack for playing on the same line as Guy Lafleur and some people think his statistics were inflated as a result. Regardless, Shutt scored 30 or more goals in 9 consecutive seasons and was an integral part of the Canadiens’ dominance of the 1970’s. Also noteworthy was Shutt’s powerplay presence as he was used almost exclusively at the point in favor of another defenceman, a practice that wasn’t as commonly used in those days.

Despite his blazing slap shot and high hockey IQ, Shutt was especially known for digging in many “garbage goals” through his career. He had the tenacity that could be comparable to Brendan Gallagher as a modern example.

Shutt was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in November of 1984 for future compensations that never happened. He was then claimed off waivers by the Canadiens in the summer of 1985, but by then Shutt announced his retirement at age 32.