Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice hockey team. The Montreal Canadiens are a member of the Eastern Conference’s Northeast Division of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club on the record is known as le Club de hockey Canadien.
Recognized in the year 1909, the Canadiens are the largest continuously operating professional ice hockey team and the only existing National Hockey League club to predate the founding of the NHL, also one of the oldest North American sports franchises. The franchise is one of "Original Six" teams, an explanation used for teams that were part of the NHL from year 1942 till the 1967 expansion. Along with the departure of the Quebec Nordiques in the year 1995, the Canadiens are the one and only NHL team in Quebec. The team's championship season in 1992–93 marks the previously a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup.
The Canadiens have won 24 Stanley Cups which includes their first in year 1916, before the NHL existed, more than any other team. On percentage basis, of 2008, the franchise has won 26 percent of all Stanley Cup championships contested after the Challenge Cup era, making it among the most successful professional sports teams of the customary four major sports of Canada and the United States.