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Looking At The Canadian Teams

from TSN,

Over the past week, SportsCentre filed look-ahead reports for Canada’s six NHL teams, getting you primed for the start of training camp. Now follow it up with TSN.ca’s Canadian six-pack, an online synopsis with all the reports on where your favourite Canadian team is headed this season.

read on for reports on all the Canadian teams in the NHL…

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The Greatest Game

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

But every time a new great game comes along, that New Year’s Eve game has managed to remain “The Greatest Hockey Game Ever Played” point of reference.
And the New Year’s Eve game in the Montreal Forum in 1975 still has a phenomenal “I was there” value. So if I have to pick a game, as was the assignment for this series, why not claim this game?...
Outside the Forum, scalpers were asking $150 for a pair of tickets an hour before game time. That was an insane amount of money to pay to go to a game at the time. Those of the standing room-stuffed crowd of 18,975 who paid that kind of money had no complaints.
What made this game great was that, in the end, it turned out to be about the glory of the game. Hockey that night, in the building which was the cathedral of the sport, was, with apologies to the Brazilians and soccer, The Beautiful Game.
The Montreal Canadiens and the Soviet’s Central Red Army ended up in a 3-3 tie.

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Kovalev Scrapes Up Harley - He Is Fine

from the CBC (French), translation follows.  Alex Kovalev messed up a Harley he was riding on Saturday, he is fine, the bike may not be.
Read (English) for the translation.

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While Some Remember The Legend, Hockey’s Elite Praise Pollock The Man At Funeral

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette:

“I first became friends with him when I was a boy with the Canadiens,” [Montreal Canadiens physician Dr. David] Mulder recalls.
“I got to know him with Toe Blake and (one-time Canadiens scout) Ron Caron when I was looking after the junior Canadiens. When Sam fell ill, his disease was outside my realm, but I sort of directed him to people who treated him here at the Montreal General.
“One thing that always stood out with my relationship with Sam is I always thought his intensity was only matched by his loyalty. He was very loyal to people he knew. He came back to see us when he had serious medical problems, but he was more than that to me. He was a mentor in many other ways.
“We had many talks about being a general manager ... about meeting people,” Mulder said. “I learned an awful lot from Sam. On practical life lessons, you couldn’t have a better teacher than Sam Pollock.”

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Souray Thought He Would Be A Priority To The Canadiens

from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

I talked for an hour with Souray this weekend, and he spoke highly of his experiences in Montreal over seven seasons, and of growing as a player on the ice and an individual off it. But he also went into fine, candid detail about his contract talks with the Canadiens, discussing why he chose not to return to the Habs.
“There are no bitter feelings toward anyone. None. I don’t leave Montreal with one shred of remorse for having played there,” he says. “But I didn’t think it was going to play out like it did. It was disappointing how things finally went down.”
The feature will appear here and in The Gazette on Monday morning.

Well, the Vancouver Sun picked it up today, so read on... Great read!

update 8/20/07, Read the whole story now at Habs Inside/Out, which includes additional information and some great pictures too.

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Leafs Wanted Only An Adviser

from the Montreal Gazette,

Bowman is still considered to have been one of the brightest minds in hockey, working as a consultant with the Red Wings. The Toronto Maple Leafs recently asked him if he’d be interested in joining them as a senior adviser to help out general manager John Ferguson Jr. Bowman turned them down.
“They were looking for someone in an advisory role ... just to be an adviser,” he said. “I’ve been with the Red Wings for 14 years and I know all the people ... we know each other. It’s hard to mesh a newcomer coming in as a consultant. Why would I leave Detroit after 14 years just to be an adviser to a team where I don’t know anybody? I didn’t hire any of those people.”

more on Bowman’s relationship with Pollock and the Canadiens…

I get the feeling if Bowman was given complete control or the Leafs, he would have become a serious candidate, but the adviser role did not really entice him…

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Pollock Shaped The Habs & The Game

from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,

When Sam Pollock became general manager of the Montreal Canadiens in 1964, the Habs were in the middle of a four-year Stanley Cup drought. At that time, that was unheard of in the hockey-mad metropolis – especially after the club had won five straight titles from 1956-1960.
As a result, it was not the easiest time to be at the helm and certainly not the easiest city to be running hockey operations.
This, of course, was the same city where, as the legendary Tom Johnson, a member of those Montreal dynasty teams told NHL.com, “If you lost two games in a row, you had to walk the back streets.”

continued...  Read it, even if you are 15 or 85, we have lost a part of the game and he must be remembered.

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Sam Pollock Passes Away

from Habs Inside/Out,

Sam Pollock, Canadiens’ brilliant former GM, dies at 81.

They will have more details as they become available.

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Canadiens Owner Buys Into NASCAR

via Habs Inside/Out,

Recognizing that the rate of change off-track has exceeded the change on-track in the past few years, Evernham forged a relationship with Gillett, whose diverse holdings offer unique business-to-business opportunities, sponsorship activation and fulfillment that will revolutionize what sponsors can expect from a NASCAR team.
Gillett is the owner of the Montreal Canadiens National Hockey League (NHL) team and a co-owner of the Liverpool Football Club in the English Premier League. Gillett’s other business interests include the Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens and Gillett Entertainment Group (GEG), producers of some 700 sporting and entertainment events in numerous venues throughout Canada and the United States.

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Habs Fans On The Brisebois Signing

Fans react to the signing of Brisebois at Habs Inside/Out,

Can’t wait til the first time he bobbles a puck at the blue line and someone chugs by him with a clear path to goal… It used to happen all the time, remember?? REMEMBER??? Don’t worry, it’ll all come back to you.
Brutal decision, I don’t care about depth, how much we paid for him, how little he’s going to be used, or how enthusiastic he is about playing in Montreal. I thought we’d turned the page after he and other notables left; perhaps Pierre Dagenais is available as well??
Disgusting…

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