Slightly blurry, but a million dollar Lyla smile.
Don’t forget that the Canadiens begin their trouncing of the Tampa Bay Lightning at 6:00 pm ET today instead of the usual 7:00.
I’d hate for you to be out buying your beer and 4 Aces sherry and peyote buttons and miss the first period when the Canadiens storm the net and grab an early lead.
From legendary Canadian political cartoonist Duncan Macpherson, who also created the 1960s overhead image of the old Montreal Forum that proved very popular when I posted it a couple of times over the years, is his painting of jubilant Habs celebrating the Stanley Cup.
I know it’s Habs because the caption that comes with the picture says so, even though the sweaters are slightly different.
This is what we need to see this coming June.
And here’s what folks liked so much. So much so that I’ve had many inquiries about how to get a print of this and which, sadly, I have no idea.
Kicking off the 2015 Habs postseason with this wonderful video montage created by Toronto-based filmmaker Tim Thompson (although you’ve probably already seen it by now).
Thompson creates brilliant pieces for CBC/Hockey Night in Canada, and this Habs example goes directly to the top of the class.
It’s only an hour to game time. Feel the vibes.
Got this great email from our friend Mike McKim in Louisiana the other day.
Over the years you have posted about what a class organization the Habs are. Little ol me, a fan in my 50s, have a tale of exactly how classy Canadien de Montreal actually works.
OK, brief background: Last September my wife allowed me to spend $30 to join the Canadiens fan club, Club 1909, in exchange for buying her the ugly Canadiens Christmas sweater.
During the season, special codes were announced thru various means to member of Club1909. Think Orphan Annie secret decoder ring from the movie A Christmas Story. I acquired a few points, and successfully bid on the opportunity to have my name embedded in Carey Price’s crease during the playoff games in Montreal. I was thrilled.
A few days later, we take in Habs game in Nashville. My wife is wearing the Christmas sweater to the game and as we were about to enter, three gentlemen tap us and give us an autographed Tokarski tee-shirt. They’re from the Canadiens office and they run the twitter feeds.
At that time I mentioned I had an account and follow them. They asked my user name and, without so much as looking down, they proceed to tell me who I am and how much they like the posts I make. Imagine my surprise!
It gets better! After the game I decide to enter another contest for a pair of tickets to see the Habs at the ACC. I win. I’m to pick up my tickets, along with the other 18 winners, before the game. The Habs are also tossing in tee-shirts, face paint, and other stuff!
This afternoon I receive an e-mail stating the names in the crease will be a distraction, as per the NHL. The Habs are refunding the bid points, but… my name will now somehow be placed in the net behind Carey (something the Senators will not be able to say) for the playoffs AND it will be embedded in the ice for the ENTIRE 2015-16 season!
This is the Montreal Canadiens I am talking about. The greatest hockey franchise of all-time and only behind the Yankees in Championships. Do you actually think the Yankees would do something like this for their fans?
Some may consider this little kids folly, but this is something the Habs did not have to ever do. They’d have their fans regardless. In Louisiana, lagniappe, creates blood bonds and blind loyalty. This is how championship organization treats everyone, from the smallest of small to biggest of big!
The Montreal Canadiens are champions!
I’m not able to write a decent recap of the Habs-Panthers affair on this Saturday night.
It just seems that I’m never able to go to the neighborhood community club without having biker friends and Mafia greasers and misunderstood gangland slayers insist on buying me drinks and paying for lap dancers because these folks relate to me and appreciate all those things I taught them, and which, for me anyway, makes it difficult to slip out and watch the game without them being insulted.
Although I can tell you that the Canadiens, on a goal by Max Pacioretty in overtime, won 3-2, and the boys managed two power play goals and came within one second of another.
Max’s goal was his 36th, while Alex Galchenyuk notched his 20th and Lars Eller his 12.
Canadiens outshot Florida 25-23.
Next up – Monday, when the other Florida team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, pays a visit to beautiful downtown Montreal.
These complete sets of 1961-62 and 62-63 hockey coins weren’t rounded up through eBay or the likes. They were lovingly collected by me, back in the day, by buying lots of Shirriff potato chips and wheeling and dealing in the schoolyard.
That and my mom chipping in by stocking up the cupboards with serious amounts of Jello.
The 1961-62 NHL coins are plastic and the shields could be ordered at the time, while the 1962-63 metal coins never had shields.
But hockey coins weren’t all I went after. Around this time, car coins also made an appearance, and although I don’t have the complete set, I have many of them. These coins display cars from the beginning, the late 1800s, and make their way up to the early and flashy 1960s, and were great fun to collect.
The car coins, below, came out in 1961, and were collected after eating dozens and dozens of bags of Hostess (not Sherriff) potato chips, and again, piles of Jello and wheeling and dealing in the schoolyard. They also had a neat poker chip-type holder one could order.
Plenty of other coins were to be had back then too – baseball and football players, airplanes, flags of the world and more, plus the first NHL set from 1960-61. I used to have bunches of these, but alas, not any more.
Here it is, the latest look at the Scientific Habs Information Tracking System, showing nice amounts of yellow spread out over what amounts to more than half the season completed (45 games played, eighth best overall).
As you can see, the only real slump was back in the latter part of November and into early December when the boys lost six of seven games. And January shows a bit of a dip but nothing serious.
All in all, a fine season so far, with a big test coming up in early March when they hit the big three in California and shortly after tackle the Lightning, Sens, Islanders, and then Lightning again.
Isn’t this more fun than watching the All-Star Game?