It was a night Habs fan Caroline Tardif will never forget.
Tardif was the winner of the five-day eBay auction through Hockey Inside/Out for a dinner at Montreal’s Moishes steakhouse with Canadiens players Colby Armstrong, Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges, Travis Moen, Carey Price and Brandon Prust. Tardif, who was joined by her partner Éric Legault, won the auction with a bid of $3,300.
Every penny of Tardif’s bid goes to The Gazette Christmas Fund, which helps put food on the tables and gifts under the holiday trees of less fortunate Montrealers.
“It sounds like an odd thing to say, but I was happy to see how really ‘normal’ all the guys were,” Tardif said about her dinner with the players. “They’re so down-to-earth and easy to talk to. They totally made us feel included and welcome, like we were part of their group, not two outsiders just looking in.
“The strangest thing was to sit with a group of guys you feel you know from their stats and having read about them, watched interviews and followed on Twitter, and they didn’t know Éric and me at all. They’re a wonderful group of guys and we’re absolutely thrilled to have gotten a chance to meet them.
“I’m also happy to think I may have contributed in helping less fortunate Montrealers enjoy a more pleasant holiday season. As for me, my Christmas sure came early this year and I’ve loved every second of it.”
As sports editor, I’d like to thank Dave Stubbs for his efforts in putting this event together, which started with an Oct. 11 challenge Dave threw out to Armstrong on Twitter — that he photograph himself and tweet the photo from an exhibition game that night in Quebec City — and grew into a special night for Tardif in aid of a great cause.
Thanks also to Gazette marketing director Nadia Orobello and marketing coordinator Amanda Di Rienzo for helping put the auction and the dinner together, to Moishes, and to Tardif for her generous bid which will help some needy Montrealers this holiday season. And a special thanks to the Habs players for taking part in the event and providing an unforgettable evening for a Habs fan while supporting a great cause.
You can read Dave’s column on the dinner by clicking here.
Learn more about The Gazette Christmas fund by clicking here.
(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)