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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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