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The Montreal Canadiens say Hockey Hall of Famer Tom Johnson has died. He was 79.
Johnson spent 15 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Canadiens before finishing his career with the Boston Bruins.
The native of Baldur, Man., won six Stanley Cups as a player with the Canadiens.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
MARVELVILLE—The road from this hamlet south of Ottawa to Montreal goes east and north to Hwy. 417. For Larry Robinson, it was paved with the work ethic of a farmer’s son.
Broke after his first year in pro hockey, and with a young wife and son, Robinson worked on the paving crew—7 a.m.-7 p.m.—on the 417 between Russell and Maxville in the summer of 1972.
Robinson made just $7,500 the previous winter playing for the Canadiens’ AHL farm team in Halifax. With wife Jeannette and son Jeffrey, money was stretched thin, especially when the team went on a long playoff run and won the Calder Cup.
Update 5:25pm ET: (alanah) From The Hockey News,
If the Montreal Canadiens keep retiring the numbers of everyone who deserves it, they’ll look more like a football team than a hockey team in a few years.
The Canadiens, who do these ceremonies far better than anyone else in the NHL (are you watching, Maple Leafs?) are set to retire their 12th number Monday night when Larry Robinson’s No. 19 is raised to the rafters of the Bell Centre. That will be followed by Bob Gainey’s No. 23 in February with it all but certain the Canadiens will retire Patrick Roy’s No. 33 next season when they celebrate their 100th anniversary.
Update 8:22pm ET: (alanah) via TSN:
Montreal Canadiens fans had waited a long time to give Larry Robinson the ovation he received Monday night, and they weren’t going to sit down until they were good and ready.
Robinson joined 12 other Canadiens legends when his No. 19 was retired and raised to the Bell Centre rafters before Montreal’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
Robinson received an ovation of several minutes when he was first introduced to the crowd, and he tried sitting down to get the fans to stop. But they refused, continuing for several more minutes despite Robinson’s repeated attempts to get them to sit down.
More photos here.
*original time of post 8:28 a.m. ET. Last update 5:22pm ET
Kostopoulos recieved an automatic one-game suspension from the NHL for going after Bruins’ Mark Stuart late in the 7-4 Canadiens’ victory. He was given an instigator penalty and a game misconduct on the play.
The Kostopoulos incident was only one of a number of altercations between the two clubs in the third period.
The NHL will not fine Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau.
added 12:35pm, TSN has updated the link and now saying Cabeonneau has been fined.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Chara said the Canadiens started all the nonsense on the ice, but were unwilling to finish it, and that what goes around, comes around, etc.
(The two teams meet next on Dec. 6 in Boston.)
Carbonneau was buying none of that, with these illustrations:
Ten minutes into the third period, Bruins’ Jeremy Reich, who’d played not enough this game to work up a sweat, ran Canadiens goalie Carey Price;
Less than a minute later, Bruins defenceman Mark Stuart pummelled a why-me? Andrei Kostitsyn.
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Game recaps are avoided at KK, but every so often, games like this need to be mentioned…
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
You want shots? Pencil in 52 by the Canadiens and 36 by the Bruins, even though Boston held a 20-15 margin in shots in the first period.
You want tempers boiling over as they did in “old-time hockey”? At one point in the third period, there were eight players (four by the Canadiens) in the penalty box.
You want fights?
They were there in bunches ... particularly when the Habs put the game out of reach in the third period….
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
Remember Don Awrey, who played 128 of his 979 NHL games with the Canadiens?...
I mention Awrey now because he was on the telephone several days ago inquiring how to go about what he termed to “right a wrong.” What was wrong was that even though he appeared in most of the regular-season games during the Canadiens’ first of four consecutive Stanley Cups in 1975-76, he wasn’t dressed in the playoffs because of a knee injury. Result: the next time you read the names on the Cup for that year, you won’t find Awrey’s name on it because league rules at the time called for a player to appear in at least one playoff game in order to have his name on it.
from Rand Simon of the Hockey News,
Hockey fans everywhere had to be nervous about what the future holds for the game after Montreal Canadiens’ owner George Gillett was recently quoted as saying: “But it is still a very difficult business when you have your player payroll at 54 or 55 percent of your total revenue.”
If Gillett’s comments are an accurate reflection of what other owners think, then it is hard to be optimistic that a work stoppage can be avoided when the current CBA expires on Sept. 15, 2011 (the players have the right to extend the agreement by one year or terminate it two years early).
from the Montreal Gazette,
The Latendresse brothers, Guillaume and Olivier, remain an inseparable pair, even though they live 3,500 kilometres apart on opposite ends of the professional hockey spectrum….
Guillaume is living out a dream playing for his beloved Canadiens, a media darling who has been portrayed as a saviour to a public starving for a French-Canadian star to carry the Tricolore. Olivier, meanwhile, is toiling in the Central Hockey League with the Arizona Sundogs, unable to make any headway in the Phoenix Coyotes organization after signing a three-year contract in 2004 as an undrafted free agent.
The Montreal Gazette has a Q & A with Tom Kostopoulos…
What is the craziest prank you have seen?
“In Los Angeles, I used to switch the gel and the shampoo, and one day Marc Crawford went to gel his hair and used the shampoo. And the way he likes his hair perfect, it was pretty funny when he came out and it was all flat and he was pretty fired up about it. Marc Bergevin, when I was in Pittsburgh, he was crazy. He used to dress up like the other team’s mascot before the games, wear wigs or dress up like a 1970s dancer and dance for everyone. He was probably the funniest prankster and craziest guy I have met.”
more with Tom…
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
But if the past is similar, the future looks entirely different for the two men and their teams, the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.
“They both have mediocre current situations,” said one NHL executive, who wished to remain anonymous.
“But Ferguson put the Leafs in a situation where they have a terrible future and Gainey put the Canadiens in a situation where they have a great future.”
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