The BIG Story Of 2012

There goes 2012. Maybe it’s a good thing.

The Habs were disturbingly mediocre in 2012, finishing 15/15 in the Eastern Division, one point behind 14th place Islanders and two behind the Leafs. I still feel nauseous.

Along the way, Hal Gill and Andrei Kostitysn were shipped to Nashville and I miss Hal. The other guy – not so much. Mike Cammalleri was given a one-way ticket to Calgary after saying publicly that his team was quite pitiful, and that was all well and good except for the fact that the Canadiens got Rene Bourque in return. We’re still not sure if Bourque is dead or alive or just really stoned on valium.

Habs’ brass Pierre Gauthier and Bob Gainey were dismissed after doing quite a lousy job for way too long, and interim coach Randy Cunneyworth and assistant Randy Ladouceur were let go when the season ended, with Michel Therrien announced later on as Cunneyworth’s replacement. It wouldn’t have mattered if Cunneyworth learned to speak French without a trace of an accent. He was on his way out and he and everyone else knew it. Finishing in the basement didn’t help matters either.

Alex Galchenyuk was chosen third overall by the Habs in the 2012 entry draft, thus allowing us to dream that the young fellow will blossom into a Guy Lafleur-type superstar. If we’re going to dream, we might as well dream big, don’t you think?

The Summer Olympics took place in London and I’m still regretting not training to be a gymnast for these games. Judging by the more than 150,000 condoms that organizers gave out to athletes, it seems like I missed an excellent party. And September of 2012 marked the 45th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, a series which catapulted Paul Henderson from normal, everyday NHL player to monumental icon, and a series which allows me tell everyone how I was a bartender in Sudbury at the time.

And of course 2012 saw the L.A. Kings win the Stanley Cup, once again the Vancouver Canucks collapsed when it counted, a lockout began, and the world didn’t end like it was supposed to.

But none of this can match the BIG story of the year. The story destined to become a movie, a story to tell grandkids and at parties and around the supper table for years to come.

February 9, 2012. The night, while playing against the New York Islanders, when Scott Gomez scored a goal.

It was a mighty feat, his first in more than a year, and it was the winner to boot in the Habs’ 4-2 decision over the Isles. The puck came out to him and although it seems impossible, he shot it right into the net. He did. It’s in the video below if you don’t believe me.

Yes, the biggest story of 2012. Can it get any better than that?

Oh, and Happy New Year. May great things happen to you over the next 12 months.

4 thoughts on “The BIG Story Of 2012”

  1. There’s a mix of good and bad news to end the year.
    Besides beating the Russians in the World Junior Championships, Canadians won the Spengler Cup after starting the competition losing to a German club. On the bad side, the Bruin’s Patrice Bergeron led us offensively; on the good side, our Rafael Diaz had one of the goals for HC Davos.
    More bad news, lovely Russian tennis star Maria Kirilenko is off the market, she’s become engaged to Alex Ovechkin. He’s not even working, I have a job and will be happy to live off her tennis winnings, I don’t need $10M salary. Of course her getting married isn’t so bad for you Dennis. As Canadiens owner and head of Bell Centre’s keeping the wives comfortable department she’ll still be your responsibility when the Capitals visit.

    Since you brought up Paul Henderson, I unfortunately have the need to lament, Dennis, that you’ll earn your rightful place in the bartending hall of fame before Henderson is honoured into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

  2. Two good things happened this year:

    1. The planet didn’t go boom.

    2. We drafted Galchenyuk.

    The rest of it? Meh.

    I wonder if they framed that goal for him? I bet he’s so cheap that he did it himself and sent the club the bill.

    Happy New Year to you Dennis and everyone here. Let’s hope we have actual NHL games sometime next year.

  3. Dennis, 2012 was the Habs’ annus horribilis. Let’s hope for better things someday whenever that might be…


    Is this a big enough target for Scotty to hit? Gomez will need to sharpen his skills, but he just might be able to do it if he tries:


    Happy New Year Dennis and Luci and all your loved ones. And thanks for providing us with good stories and laughs through thick and thin.

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