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Those Darn Kids

Guy Lafleur was a punk kid here as a member of the Quebec Jr. Aces of the Quebec Junior A Hockey League. He was with the Aces for three years, from age 14 to 16. In his third year, he scored 50 goals, and the next two seasons with the Remparts he notched 103 and 130 goals. After that, it was the Habs.

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The little kid in the front row, holding the trophy, would one day….

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B. Orr

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young Orr

And this kid was a Habs fan.

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Good Quality Humour

Bruins at the Bell Centre tonight. So without further ado:

Brad Marchand and his buddy are vacationing on a tropical beach, and Brad complains to his friend that he’s striking out with the ladies.

The friend tells Brad that it’s his bathing suit that’s the problem. Too big, too old-fashioned, and just doesn’t look good, the guy says.

He tells Brad that he should wear a Speedo, stuff a big potato in it, and the girls will be all over him.

Brad listens to him, agrees, and heads back to the beach in his new bathing suit, but instead of attracting the ladies, all he hears are people laughing at him.

He goes back and tells his friend that it didn’t work.

“You have to put the potato in the front,” explains the friend.

 

Winnipeg Will Get The Thrashers

What’s more important than anything the Boston Bruins manage to do at this time? Almost everything in fact, but especially the upcoming official announcement that the Atlanta Thrashers will indeed be moving to Winnipeg.

Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail has the breaking news right here -  Thrashers Moving To Winnipeg.

It’s a feel-good story for everyone except the five or six Thrashers fans who wanted the team to stay put.

Bruins Fans Have Bobby Orr. They’re A Lucky Bunch

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The Boston Bruins may not have won as many Stanley Cups as Montreal over the years, but they have one thing they can call their own that the Canadiens can’t. One unbelievable thing to call their own: They have Bobby Orr.

There he was at Fenway looking good, healthy, happy, wearing his number four Bruins sweater, holding a hockey stick in his hands, out on the ice with the Bruins where he should be.

They’re a lucky bunch, those Boston fans. Bobby Orr would’ve looked great in a Montreal uniform. And when I see him now I also see the young guy from Parry Sound, a town an hour away from my hometown Orillia, and Bobby Orr was a legendary name in all the area as a sterling graduate of minor hockey and a player like no other.

I saw him play in Bracebridge when he was still an Oshawa General, and he played an exhibition game for the Orillia seniors against a Muskoka all-star team. The hockey was good, these were seasoned men playing, but young Orr, who was about 16 or so, dominated the game and I remember players from the Muskoka All-Stars shaking their heads and almost laughing at how good this young thoroughbred was.

As cool as the Winter Classic game at Fenway Park was on this first day of 2010, the best part was seeing Orr, and seeing him look good.

Like I say, he would’ve looked great in a Canadiens uniform.

Oh, and the Bruins beat the Flyers 2-1 in overtime. I’ll bet Bobby Orr was smiling.


Resorting To My Immature Picture

Below is a photo that pissed off a lot of Bruins fans last playoff. I had spent a lot of time cutting out heads and attaching when I should’ve been cutting the lawn or fixing the fence, and in the end, these fans were not amused. Of, course, they got the last laugh on the ice but I don’t want to get into that just now. I just ate.

I don’t know why we’re having such trouble with this team. After all, they’re just a bunch of girls. (no offense, ladies.)

Full-Tilt Boogie (Sort Of) At The Old Barn In Quebec

There’s a lot more pressure on Andrei Markov, Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta, Andrei Kostitsyn and Carey Price than you think.

Because I picked them in my hockey pool today. Five of my 16 players are Habs. And I also have Alex Ovechkin because I got to pick second. Malkin went first. That’s all I’m going to say about this because who cares who I have. But I’d like to mention that this is the first time in 20 years that I’ve been in one.

It’s not the end of the world if the Canadiens lose to the Bruins and are now 2 and 2 in pre-season play. The problem is, we’re going to have to listen to Bruins fans say they beat us in the playoffs, and now in pre-season. So stay away from Bruins’ forums as much as possible.

And what we’ve seen from the new guys in these four games is bright. Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri, Jaroslav Spacek, Hal Gill and Brian Gionta have all looked good.  In fact, Gionta looks like Mats Naslund out there and isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty, like Naslund. The jury’s still out on Travis Moen and Paul Mara.

Nice to see hockey in Quebec at the old Colisee, where smiling faces wearing Nordiques and Habs jerseys were spread generously throughout. (And of course one or two Bruins jerseys). The cheers and boos coming from a pure hockey rink, with as pure hockey fans as anywhere in the world, was a joy, especially for only a pre-season tilt. It must be a drag for these people not to have a team anymore, and I feel for them.  And there’s a lot of good Habs fans there, of course.

What a difference between the game in Quebec against the Bruins and the previous night snooze-fest in Ottawa. Of course, in Ottawa it was a bit one-sided I suppose, for anyone to get overly excited in the stands, but the 2-1 game in Quebec was exciting, fast-paced, with lots of chances, especially in the third, and the crowd was into it. 

Now though, it’s time to start the exodus out of Montreal and down to Hamilton for many of these guys. The Canadiens need to get some quality time together as a real team, and I think at any second the moving will start. What a thrill it must be for some of these young guys to actually play in an NHL game. Hopefully down the road there will be more to come for them.

If Ryan O’Byrne is still a project like The Gazette suggested a few days ago, then he’s much less of a project than before. I think this fourth game was the best I’ve ever seen him play. He handled the puck and brought it out of his own end with confidence. He slammed and banged, showed a good shot, and was an all round Mr. Poise. I’m really pulling for O’Byrne. He could prove so important to the Habs this year and years to come because of his youth and size.

Random Notes:

The anthem was sung and the words were changed, but because it was in french, I’ve no idea what was sung. She didn’t warble “Oh Canada”, it was changed. I’m curious what she sang.

Next up: Habs host the flightless birds Monday night.

If You Were Bruins’ Brass, Would You Have Let Bobby Orr Go?

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What would you have done if you were the GM of the Boston Bruins and had to make this major decision. All along you’ve had the world’s best player, Bobby Orr. He’d turned the fortunes around for the Bruins, was loved and cherished, and had done more for the team than the team had done for him.

But you let him get away when he became a free agent, and the next thing you know, the player Bruins’ fans thought would be a Bruin forever, was now a Chicago Black Hawk.

What would you have done?

Talks in Boston collapsed with bitterness stemming from Boston’s refusal to pay Orr what he and his agent Alan Eagleson thought he was worth. And what was he worth? Orr had had five operations on his left knee in nine years and had missed most of the previous season because of his knee. The Bruins had also been given private medical advice that Orr would probably not play again, or if he did, not well and not long. And Orr and Eagleson wanted $600,000 for five years while the Bruins’ best offer was $350,000.

And because of all that, he was gone. If you were part of the Bruins’ decision makers, would you have kept him after looking at these medical problems?  He still wanted to play, wanted a big raise, and there was no assurance he would even play.

What a dilemna. If it was me, I might have done the same as the Bruins. It wasn’t like they were turning their back on a player who had done so much for them. It probably was going to be money down the drain, and after all, hockey is a business. Don’t forget, Orr still planned on playing.

As it turned out, Orr played great in the 1976 Canada Cup and was voted top player in the tournament. But much of his magic was gone, and his acceleration and great skating, which were his biggest attributes, were only just a memory. His career was, for all intents and purposes, finished. He played just 26 games over three years in Chicago, and he never cashed a Hawks paycheck because, as he said, he was paid to play hockey.

It’s all very sad, but in my mind, the Bruins weren’t villains at all. They simply did what made sense.

I’m Pretty Sure Jacques Martin Would Say This

If I were to overhear an in-depth interview with new Canadiens’ coach Jacques Martin, this is what I might hear:

“I like walks in the park, chinese food, children, animals, flowers, sitting on the porch on rainy days, picnics with my family, and beating the ever-loving shit out of the Boston Bruins.”

“I love music, poetry, the smell of bacon on a Sunday morning, going for walks in the forest, quiet moments with my wife, and beating the ever-loving shit out of the Boston Bruins.” 

“I always wanted to coach the Canadiens. Even when I was in Ottawa, I was jealous of whoever was coaching there. I feel like Dick Irvin and Toe Blake are family. It’ll be the proudest moment of my life when I step behind the bench for the first time. And I can hardly wait to beat the ever-loving shit out of the Boston Bruins.”

“I really like Dennis Kane’s blog. I want my daughter to bear his children. I don’t care that he’s older than me. And did I mention beating the ever-loving shit out of the Boston Bruins?”

The Rocket’s Red Glare

A lot of things went in to the making of Rocket Richard. There was that good skater with a great shot. There was that desire to win at all costs, and the explosiveness from the blueline in. But best of all, there was that part when he got really pissed off and the eyes began to glare. Kind of like in this photo, where two Bruins players have him pinned to the ice. You know he’s not a happy camper. You can see it. Like he’s about to blow.

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