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A Different Feel In Montreal

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

In the coaching realm, when an organization hits the reset button, invariably it hires what it hasn’t had: a players’ coach is succeeded by a disciplinarian; a prison warden replaces a country club social director; Mr. Yin yields to Mr. Yang. But the storied Montreal Canadiens, who sashay down Ste. Catherine St. to a beat sometimes only they can hear, have extended one of sport’s governing principles to the front office.

Marc Bergevin is taking over from Pierre Gauthier as general manager of a franchise that has won a record 24 Stanley Cups. The most amazing thing is not that Bergevin will occupy the same seventh floor office that Gauthier—nicknamed The Ghost—once haunted, but that the two of them even occupy the same planet.

Gauthier is dour. Bergevin loves to laugh. Gauthier is secretive. Bergevin is gregarious. They are both committed hockey men, true, but then you could also say that Meryl Streep and Kim Kardashian are both actresses.

A Bergevin story: When he an NHL defenseman—he played 1,191 games for eight teams during 20 NHL seasons—he would register in hotels under the name “Denis Lemieux.” Lemieux was the Charlestown Chiefs goaltender in the classic comedy Slap Shot.

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Ah those canadians, i enjoy reading your blogs, why dont you come post one at our Montreal Site, im sure the community would love to read about what you have to say in our Montreal blogs section. The community would love it.

Posted by Montreal Attitude from Montreal on 05/15/12 at 01:08 PM ET

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