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Here’s To You, Historic Habs


I saw the Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1966, and Janis and Zappa in Atlantic City in ’69.

I saw Led Zeppelin in Vancouver in ’73, and Evel Knievel sail over 13 Mack trucks on his motorcycle at the CNE in ’74.

NOn my TV in Orillia I saw the Kennedy assassination in ’63, and Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in ’69.

And from my couch in Powell River in 2016, I saw the Montreal Canadiens have their lousiest season in 75 years.

The historic Habs.

Something to tell my grandchildren.

And their fifth loss in a row (forget the overall loss tally) was against the Boston Bruins, with good old Brad Marchand scoring one of four Bruins goals as his team rolled over the hometown Habs 4-1.

It’s the Twilight Zone, baby.

It was last year when Marc Bergevin gave Michel Therrien a four year contract extension that kicked in this season, at $2 million per, and which takes him to 2019.

This was the report at the time;

Montreal re-signed Michel Therrien to a four-year contract extension Saturday, two weeks after the Canadiens were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“It really shows the stability that [general manager] Marc Bergevin and [owner] Geoff Molson want to establish with the Canadiens,” said Therrien on a conference call. “We’ve progressed a lot over the past two years and we want to continue to progress. It’s a sign of confidence.”

Continue to progress. Yes indeed.

Oh, you like Michel Therrien and argue that it’s not his fault this team is on the fast track into the depths of hell? Do you think getting Jonathan Drouin is the answer instead?

I don’t want my historic times tampered with. So lose boys. And then charge fans for your autograph on your days off.

Random Notes:

Canadiens outshot the Bruins 39-24, with their lone goal coming from d-man Mark Barberio. The sharpshooters are still on their extended lunch break.

Next up – Habs in Toronto on Saturday. Imagine.

Two More Young Bucks

The Canadiens, choosing 34th in the second round, picked 6’2″ Swedish left winger Jacob De La Rose, and then went again at #34 and grabbed the top-ranked goalie in the draft, Rosemere native Zachary Fucale.

Rosemere is just north of Montreal, and Fucale, who’s been minding nets for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league, is a Carey Price fan and of course a Habs fan.

How great is that!

With Fucale between the pipes and first overall pick Nathan MacKinnon and third overall Jonathan Drouin roaming the ice up front, it’s no wonder the Mooseheads captured this year’s Memorial Cup.

De La Rose’s number’s can be found here and Fucale’s here.

Halifax Wins The Big One

Congratulations to owner and president Bobby Smith and his Halifax Mooseheads for defeating the Portland Winterhawks 6-4 today to win the Mastercard Memorial Cup in Saskatoon.

Halifax’ Jonathan Drouin and 17-year old Nathan MacKinnon were outstanding for the winners, and should have no trouble whatsoever paying the bills for the next 20 years. MacKinnon scored three times and added two assists, while Drouin contributed five assists.

The Colorado Avalanche, who won the draft lottery a month ago, have the luxury of choosing between MacKinnon, Drouin, and Portland’s great young defenceman Seth Jones, which is a nice dilemma to have.

I’d choose MacKinnon, as many would. He’s just too explosive and smart to let slip to number two, but to be honest, I haven’t seen enough of all three to be absolutely sure. Maybe Jones is still the odds-on favourite. Those big, mobile d-men are a nice commodity.

Halifax had dominated the first period, jumping into a 3-0 lead, but in the second, Portland seemed to find their game, and chipped away until it became a 3-2 nail-biter.

But in the third, Halifax tallied three more times and the Hawks just twice to make it close for awhile, and the Nova Scotians were full marks overall for the well-earned title of best in the CHL.

Owner Bobby Smith was a beauty of a hockey player. Tremendously intelligent, big, and crafty in a Jean Beliveau sort of way, with hands as soft as can be. As a junior with the Ottawa 67s, he set a record of 192 points in one season, a record that still stands to this day. He would spend seven years with the Montreal Canadiens in the 1980s, crammed between stints with the Minnesota North Stars, and Smith would hoist Lord Stanley’s mug with the Canadiens in 1986.

Smith’s Montreal numbers included 505 games played, with 172 goals and 310 assists for 482 points.