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by Paul on 12/30/11 at 08:48 PM ET
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Here, then, are a few personally memorable events from the past 12 months, culled in no particular order from the reporting trail:
Marcel Marceau Award: Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier. Sadly, his acceptance speech is inaudible.
Delay-of-Game Award: Habs’ Price and Bruins’ Thomas “fight” in the Feb. 9 gong show in Boston. We’ve seen better scraps by kittens at a bowl of cream.
Royalty at the Bell Centre: Home games are incomplete if I look down from my press-gallery seat above centre ice and don’t see the snow-capped Jean and Élise Béliveau in their regular spot, three rows behind the Canadiens bench.
Most misunderstood coach: For 90 enlightening minutes in mid-November, I sit with Canadiens coach Jacques Martin in his Brossard office for a feature profile and observe not the individual many call an emotionless robot, but an engaging, insightful man to whom hockey is in every drop of his blood. A month later on Twitter, I break the story that he’s been fired.
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