Watch: Former Habs laud Guy Carbonneau's election to Hockey Hall of Fame

"Each team that he played on, the team got better," said former Montreal Canadiens player, coach and GM Bob Gainey.

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Former Habs attending Serge Savard’s hockey tournament on Monday hailed Guy Carbonneau’s election to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The former Canadiens star and GM’s inclusion in the class of 2019 was announced in June.

“Each team that he played on, the team got better,” said former Habs player, coach and GM Bob Gainey. “I’m happy for him that he’s being recognized and he deserves to be recognized.”

Former Habs defenceman Patrice Brisebois echoed that sentiment.

“Carbo was my first roommate when I made the team, and I only have great memories about Carbo,” he said. “When he was jumping on the ice, he was always, always doing the best”

During his 19 seasons in the NHL, 12 of which were spent in Montreal, Carbonneau played 1,318 games, scoring 260 goals and adding 403 assists for 663 points. He was a three-time winner of the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward.

Carbonneau, who won two of three Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens, remains the last Habs captain to lift the Stanley Cup.

He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in November.

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With files from Stu Cowan

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