Calder Memorial Trophy: History, Montreal Canadiens Past Winners

The Montreal Canadiens don't have as much of a history with the Calder Memorial Trophy as you may think.
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1959 - Ralph Backstrom

Ralph Backstrom
Ralph Backstrom On The Ice / Robert Riger/GettyImages

Backstrom may not be the most remembered player on the Canadiens in that era, but he was a big part of six Stanley Cups and went to six All-Star games.

Backstrom debuted in the NHL after winning the Memorial Cup in 1958, making an immediate impact as a 40-point getter. He ended his career with 639 points in 1,032 NHL games and 214 points in 234 WHA games.

Backstrom also excelled at coaching, leading the University of Denver to an NCAA National Championship during the 1985-86 season.