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Waiting And Pondering

As you can see below on my scientific tracking chart, the Habs have won just 6 of their last 23 games, which is a fantastic achievement of course. So I just can’t wait for the Tampa game Wednesday night, when we go for an even better 6 wins in 24 games!


I ponder this in Stanley Park. Should I play? Can I use a wooden stick? Is there a jock strap big enough?


Guest Blogger With A Great Name Tells His Story

A fellow in Vermont contacted me after finding this site, and sent in this story.  He and I have one major thing in common. We have the same name. 

The Hockey Story of another Dennis Kane
I recently came across your site and was drawn, I admit, less because I am a die-hard fan of the Canadiens, than because I think you are the first other Dennis Kane I have come across.  I am, I’m sure you will be relieved to know, a hockey fan, both my daughters and my son played through high school.  The oldest two played club hockey in college and the youngest is aiming to play in college next year.  She is now playing for the Taft School in Connecticut.  So I have been to countless youth games.
I was raised in New Jersey and was never a hockey fan growing up.  Upon moving to Vermont to go to graduate school I discovered the college game where a ticket to get into some University of Vermont games was as tough as getting in to see the Yankees when they were winning.  What really got me hooked was following UVM when Martin St Louis, Tim Thomas and Eric Perrin played together and the team went to the Frozen Four.  St. Louis and Perrin were amazing to behold and once I saw St. Louis come within 1 second of scoring a hat-trick of short-handed goals.
My friend and I started a tradition of taking my son and his friend to college conference tournaments every spring for eight years and they still talk about those trips to rinks all over the northeast US.  We also began to follow the UVM players in the NHL including John LeClair, Patrick Sharp and now, Torrey Mitchel of the Sharks and so have seen a bunch of games of the Lightning, Bruins and Blackhawks.
My one hockey experience at the Fourm was watching the USA play Canada in the World Cup and seeing Gretzky, LeClair, Hull  and a host of majors stars play an amazing game (from our perspective, anyway).  It was quite an experience cheering for the USA at that game.  Not much of a hockey history compared to a life-long Canadiens fan I’m sure.
I still live in Vermont.  I’m 60 years old and play in a fantasy hockey league with my son and his friends. (I won last year).  My branch of Kanes was for many years in northern NJ and has been traced to Ireland.
I put your site on my favorite list and will be checking in on my hockey rounds.  The Canadiens look good this year and seem to be strong in every position.  It would be a great thing for them to win it all this year.
Nice to come across you.  You might be interested to know that I have always remembered when I was in high school in some literature class the teacher used my/our name as an example of a particularly smooth sounding phrase, a “euphonious” phrase that she compared to Mark Twain’s favoite of “cellar door”……..go figure……my 15 seconds of fame.
Nice to come across you

Dennis Kane
VT Higher Education Collaborative

I Almost Lost My Wife And I Want You To Learn From It

I’d taken the goddam course more than once. The course I hated. I was bored and could hardly wait for it to end. The course that showed you what to do if someone is choking on a piece of food.


I was at a pub last night with my wife, my wife who is kind and loving and warm and caring, my wife who I love so much, and she choked on a piece of meat. I was up from the table in a flash, and I got behind her, wrapped my arms around her, and pulled.


But my arms were too high up, and I was failing my job. But she, in her terror and panic, grabbed my arms and pulled them to her stomach, where I again applied pressure. The meat dislodged and it was over, and we sat back down and just kind of sat there.


But that goddam course taught me to wrap my arms around her stomach, and I didn’t do that. I was up around her top chest, and that was wrong. We got the job done, but I failed her because I hadn’t cared or shown interest about that course.


I ask everyone to please do something for me. If someone is choking on food, stand behind them, wrap your arms around the STOMACH, and with clenched fists, apply back and forth pressure.


You don’t need to take the course. Just do this little thing. I almost lost my wife, and I can’t imagine life without her.


There’s a second part to this story: Only a few weeks back, my wife, while at her job, choked again on a piece of meet. But this time, no one was around. She stumbled around in panic, and somehow remembered that she had a bottle of water in her locker. She drank and drank, and like a miracle, the meat came free.


So that’s twice now in less than a month. She’s promised me to make her pieces of meat smaller and to chew more. But am I ever worried.



There’s Still A Chance I Can Become A Montreal Canadien

I’ve had enough of this. The world is passing me by. I’m missing my chance. So I’m doing what needs to be done.

This is the letter I mailed off this morning. (seriously)


Club de Hockey Canadien

Centre Bell

1260 De La Gauchetiere Ouest

Montreal, Quebec

H3B 5E8


Dear Sir or Madam,

This letter is regarding the two young kids at the beginning of the game who are dressed in Habs uniforms, carry flags, and skate around the Bell Centre ice.

I would like to apply for this position.

I’m only assuming that there is no age limit for this task, but they look quite young and I am 57 years old. But I assure you I would carry out these pre-game activities to the best of my ability, in a serious and professional manner.

I realize that you probably have all your young kids already scheduled for this season, but this is fine for me. Next year works well also.

Even though I live in a semi-isolated place on Canada’s west coast, I can be in Montreal on short notice. I’m even available for a couple of games if one of the kids phones in sick.

The Montreal Canadiens have always treated their fans in a first-class manner, even though I wrote, as I’m doing now, but was denied the chance to be stick boy for one game in the early 1960’s. (Although Sam Pollock did send me a nice note saying why).

Thank you very much for your consideration. They say dreams do come true. Now’s your chance to make it happen for me before I join the Rocket and Boom Boom in heaven in another twenty-five years or so.


Dennis Kane.



Been a loyal, unwavering Habs fan for more than 50 years.

Am a good skater and was a smallish yet shifty right-winger for Orillia’s Byer’s Bulldozers Bantam team.

Will buy my own uniform if you don’t want to do that.

My wife would be proud. And you have no idea how proud I’d be.