I find it hard to believe what happened yesterday.
But I think I need to start from the beginning.
A long time ago, when I was about 13, I saw a man coming out of church wearing a black sports jacket with a blue, white, and red crest on the breast that said “CHC” which stood for Club de Hockey Canadien, or Canadiens Hockey Club. I knew what it was right away because I had a picture of Maurice Richard wearing one.
I asked this man, whose name was Roy Faubert, why he had this jacket, and told me he did some scouting for the Canadiens. I thought that was excellent, that a Habs scout was in my midst, and not long after he took my buddy Ron Clarke and I to a game in Huntsville where he was looking at a few players.
I wrote about this a few years ago, how I had a picture of Maurice Richard wearing his jacket, how I’d written the Canadiens asking if I could have a crest like that, and that Frank Selke Jr. had written back saying no. And how Roy Faubert came to church wearing the same jacket as the Rocket.
Now here’s the part that’s left me speechless. I work at Classic Auctions, and yesterday I had a good look at a jacket that came in, a black sports jacket from the early-1960s, with a crest that reads “CHC”. It was like the one Rocket had, and like Roy Faubert’s from fifty years ago at church.
As I was checking the jacket out, I looked in the inside pocket, and the name and date were there. It read “Roy Faubert 1963″.
Fifty years later, Roy Faubert’s jacket has come back into my life.
Here it is below. And below it is the letter from Frank Selke saying I couldn’t have the crest. Under that is Rocket wearing his.