Montreal Canadiens: Three Habs Who Will Play In Next Best On Best Tournament

Jan 25, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Cole Caufield (22) celebrates after
Jan 25, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Cole Caufield (22) celebrates after / Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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The Montreal Canadiens have not been able to send their players to a best on best international hockey tournament for nearly a decade.

In fact, it was almost exactly a decade ago when Carey Price and P.K. Subban were members of Team Canada that won a gold medal at the Olympics. That was back in 2014 and though Subban played a depth role for the team, Price was its backbone.

Price won all five games he played in that tournament, posting a ridiculous 0.59 GAA and a .972 SV% and did not allow a goal to USA or Sweden in the semifinals and gold medal game. It was one of the best performances on one of the biggest stages ever.

The only other tournament held since then that included NHL players was the World Cup of Hockey in 2016. With a collection of players from Europe forming one team, this tournament had perhaps the best collection of hockey talent at one event in hockey history. There were no German or Swiss teams there getting pounded 8-1 in the round robin.

Again, it was Carey Price representing the Canadiens well by going undefeated in five games again while posting a GAA of 1.40 and a .957 SV%.

That tournament was nearly eight years ago and we have not seen a best on best hockey tournament since. As it turns out, we will not have to wait much longer before we start to see these tournaments again.

The NHL announced there will be a 4 Nations Face-Off Tournament involving NHL players from Canada, USA, Sweden and Finland next February. NHL players will also play at the next two Olympics in 2026 and 2030 and we finally get to watch all of the best players in the hockey world on the same stage once again.

Of course, we are most interested in how this affects Canadiens players, so let's take a look at the three Canadiens players that will suit up at next winter's 4 Nations Face-Off Tournament.