Veteran "Toe" Blake led the team along with 1940's newcomer - Elmer Lach.
But the real surprise was a player who had every promise but was injured in two of his first three seasons. Maurice Richard earned a place as one of many other players went off to serve in the army.
The "PUNCH LINE" - of Blake, Lach and Richard was to become the mainstay of the upcoming Montreal dynasty.
Maurice Richard was dubbed "The Rocket" by teammates even though he broke his ankle and arm in consecutive seasons at the beginning of his career.
Montreal's goalkeeping woes were answered by a smart thinking, ambidextrous net minder (who wore two catching gloves) named Bill Durnan. He went on to win 6 Vezina trophies. He was ably assisted by two stalwart defensemen - Emile "Butch" Bouchard and ...