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Happy Labour Day: One week to rookie camp, fantasy hockey thoughts, and a wee bit o’ fundraising

With one week to go until rookie camp, hockey really is in the air. Cool and crisp here today. I am starting to get fairly excited. Have to pick up McKeen’s this week.

On that note, a few fantasy hockey thoughts that pertain to the Habs:

PK Subban - Anchoring a power play that has a big, proven body up front, I suspect Subby Doo will top 50 points. Call me crazy, but I think he’s going to break out in a big way.

Max Pacioretty - People forget that he led the Canadiens in scoring after the all-star game before his injury. 20 goals and 50 points aren’t out of the question.

David Desharnais - This kid may be small, but he is very, very skilled, and after contemplating his talent level over the summer, watching the odd replay and reading the odd article, I firmly believe Desharnais is going to be a second line centre in the NHL. He has hockey intelligence that is off the charts, and I think he’ll learn to work with his smaller frame in the big leagues. I say 50+ points for DD.

Andrei Markov - I think Markov is coming back strong, and I suspect he’ll have a healthy year. If he plays 75 games, he’ll get 60+ points. He’s that good. Something people have forgotten, based on some of the pre-season articles I’ve read.

Runnin’ for the Cure

A little non-hockey for a second: something I’ve participated in previously, and am doing again this year, is the Run for the Cure, which takes place the first weekend of October. And no, this has nothing to do with the band, it’s the annual run for breast cancer research.

Last year, I raised almost $2,000. I’m really hoping to beat that total this year. If you have a dollar, or ten, or fifty, to spare, please consider making a donation. Any amount is appreciated.

We’ve made great strides over the past decades, and because of that people like my mom, my aunt, and countless others are still alive.

Run for the Cure

Thank you for reading this and thank you for your support, whether monetary, blog commentary, or otherwise.

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And congratulations to you with your fundraiser for “Run for the Cure”.  My mother in law is also a survivor and yes, it’s events like this that many of our mothers, sisters, and aunts are with us today.

I’m very touched smile and would love to make a donation to your fundraiser. Can I do this by Paypal?  Or shall I mail a cheque, please let me know what will be easiest and how I can go about sending my donation to you.

Keep up the great fundraising - have a successful one! 


Elizabeth Urlacher

Posted by Elizabeth Urlacher from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada on 09/06/11 at 10:03 PM ET


Hi Ekizabeth,

Many thanks for the encouragement!  It is a great cause. If you click the link about ( Run for the Cure underlined), it will take you to the foundation website and you can donate via all credit cards there. The site is operated by CIBC, so it is secure for entering your information. Thanks again, very much. Your words mean a lot!

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 09/06/11 at 10:10 PM ET


You are very welcome!

It’s my pleasure!  And ahhaaaa moment, I see the link now.  I missed that somehow earlier.  Okay now I know where to cruise over too! 

Do Great!  I hope you top last years $2000 fundraising tally like it’s standing still grin

Have a peaceful evening!


Posted by Elizabeth Urlacher from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada on 09/06/11 at 10:14 PM ET


Elizabeth: thank you SO much. You have made my night! With the help of people like you, I will crack that $2000 total. Thanks again!

And my apologies for misspelling your name above, my laptop is in the shop so I am typing quickly (and poorly) on an iPad.

Thanks again, it really means a lot!

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 09/06/11 at 10:28 PM ET


Inch by inch everything’s a cinch!

I’m going to go over and re-tweet this for you, maybe we can catch the attention of a few more hockey folks who want to also help out with fundraiser! 

Good luck with your IPad, it looks to me like you are doing pretty well with it grin

Send my kindest regards to your Mom & Auntie! 


Posted by Elizabeth Urlacher from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada on 09/06/11 at 11:04 PM ET

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

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