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100 Years o f Habs greats! courtesy of NY DailyNews

Talk about a celebration.

The Montreal Canadiens centennial game celebrations were a spectacle every sporting fan, let alone hockey or Habs fan, just had to respect.

Watching the past greats in Habs jerseys were a nostalgic touch which would be hard to replicate by any sporting franchise short of the other titans of sports such as the New York Yankees, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, AC Milan, Barcelona, Manchester United, Pittsburgh Steelers…you get the picture.

On a personal note, seeing the king, Patrick Roy, in full goalie gear in a Habs uniform was extra special.

The last time we had seen that, he had stormed off the ice in that dark moment in Montreal history, after getting bombed by the Detroit Red Wings, then gave the 1000-yard stare to then coach Mario Tremblay and uttered to Ronald Corey that was the last game he’d played as a Canadien. For me, that was my first and last game at the fabled Montreal Forum and the only time I ever saw my last hockey hero, Roy, play.

The 100th anniversary celebrations since last season to last night were all class.

Thank you to this wonderful franchise for all the history and memories.

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Canada’s national newspaper has run an excellent story about the Montreal Canadiens as they enter their 100th year of existence.

Imagine, 100 years in existence and they never managed to suck for a prolonged periods of time like the Leafs, Black Hawks, Rangers, Red Wings ...did i mention the Leafs?

Imagine, 100 years in existence and they never managed to suck for pockets or prolonged periods of time like the Leafs, Black Hawks, Rangers, Red Wings ...did i mention the Leafs?

The story was well written with an interesting take on where the franchise has been post the 1970s dynasty.  The Habs have been a unifying force in Quebec and across Canada and their dominance during a 27 years span from the 1950s to late 1970s is unlike anything in North American sport.

My favourite quote from the piece is the following which made me howl but I do differ with:

The fans are different too, complains Robert Fisher, a lifelong Habs follower and former sportswriter and newspaper publisher in Lachine, Que.

We’ve become Toronto Maple Leaf fans,” he said this week. “We’re lost in the futility of the team and live in the hope that it will regain the past.”

This is Red Fisher, he has forgotten more stuff about the Habs than most of us could ever see or learn. I usually agree with Red, but not this time, Habs fans will NEVER BE LIKE LEAF FANS...EVER!

This is Red Fisher, he has forgotten more stuff about the Habs than most of us could ever see or learn. I usually agree with Red, but not this time, Habs fans will NEVER BE LIKE LEAF FANS...EVER!

The Canadiens have never really been futile, the rest of the NHL caught up and the great dynasties of the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers earned and deserved their time. Strong franchises like the Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins developed into monsters as well. However, our Habs have at least won two cups since 1986 and have never been cellar dwellers when we did not, unlike the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lastly, our fans are not afraid to call out the Habs when they have stunk up the joint and have stayed away when things deteriorated or became questionble- such as the horrible Rejean Houle and Mario Tremblay mini-era.

“Les Canadiens sont là!”

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