A very cool Bruins giveaway

OK, I fully expect this to be trashed by Bruins-loathing Habs fans. But it is the holiday season, and this is one seriously cool promotional giveaway the Bruins will do on Monday: the first 10,000 fans arriving for the Bruins-Anaheim game will receive a singing holiday ornament featuring legendary Bruins anthem singer Rene Rancourt. Bruins media staff Matt Chmura and Eric Tosi graciously gave me one when Boston was in town this week. Here’s my singing Rene in action, warbling his four little bits while standing beside my McFarlane action figure of Bruins Hall of Fame goalie Gerry Cheevers, to provide scale.



  1. dhenry1234 says:

    thanks a lot for the response.

  2. Dave Stubbs says:

    Remember the uproar when Roots began outfitting the U.S. Olympic team?

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  3. rocketsglare says:

    Wow, and he has the gall to call out Lapierre and P.K. Talk about arrogance.

    Go Habs Go!

  4. rocketsglare says:

    Mad Mike? More like rabid.

    Go Habs Go!


  5. rocketsglare says:

    Thank you Larry Robinson. That video made my entire day!!

    Go Habs Go!

  6. Danno says:

    That’s some good sh#t Chuck!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  7. Chuck says:

    He might have had a long career, but I’d hardly call it ‘distinguished’. Jean Beliveau had a distinguished career, not Brad May.

    Centre Hice: Sainte Flanelle, illustrated history: 1935-36

  8. JF says:

    It’s going to be on some Bell systems later this month and on regular TV after New Year.  

  9. newbrunswick troy says:

    Great idea…looks good and is great P.R….but the St.John Sea Dogs ( in the Q)  have been doing it for years now,   And this year they have suddenly stopped the event because of the “spread of bedbugs”!!!!so now its i guess not politicaly correct to throw teddy bears on the ice!!!!!go figure

  10. ManApart says:

    Brad May played parts of 22 NHL seasons and over 1000 games as a tough guy who could play the game. I remember him coming out to face Laraque and taking one for the team, when he was a Leaf (and 38 years old) a few years back. The man was a real hockey player. He backed up what he said, and stood up to anyone in the league. Remember he wasn’t a very big guy. What kind of hockey career have you had? I don’t necessarily agree that Subban or Lapierre should have fought in the last game. But you can’t start having a pussy rep around the league as a team that yaps and doesn’t back it up. if they ever want to beat a tough team like the Flyers in the playoffs they’re going to have to man up and show they can’t be intimidated.

  11. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Yes, and here is a photographic rendering of those 24 lost.

  12. Chuck says:

    Oh, the poor bear that got caught in the netting behind the goal.  :)

    Seriously though, great idea. And the Kitchener Aud is one of THE great places to catch a game in all of Canada. Fantastic old building.

    Centre Hice: Sainte Flanelle, illustrated history: 1935-36

  13. D Alcorn says:

    Oilers intro the drillers (or whatever their cheerleaders are called) while the Habs host an annual ‘teddies night’ sponsored by (who else) Chez Parée, located on (where else) Stanley Street.  You’re definitely on to something !

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex :-)

  14. kempie says:

    Woah dude!!!!!

  15. D Alcorn says:

    I am intrigued by the largesse of major Canadian Chartered Banks in sponsoring US hockey.  Not exactly sure how to rank your refs to RBC largesse with US Hockey in relation to the TD Bank Center in Boston, not that it matters …  Scotiabank recently promoted “The Big Save” within CDN minor hockey and, from what I can see, BMO is MIA these days.  

    Oh and, while I’m at it, Boston Globe “journalist” Stephen Harris (HIO blog entitled “Audio : Off-ice day precedes road trip” refers) writes like a knob :-)

    ALWAYS Habs -D Mex

  16. Nahlsy says:

    Mr Stubbs;

    I was thinking (dangerous as that can be), junior hockey teams have been having an annual Teddy Bear Toss game for years now, the Kitchener Rangers started it all 13 yrs ago and a slew of junior teams around the country have taken to doing it as well. Basically a game is determined as the Teddy Bear Toss game ahead of time and that night the fans bring teddy bears to the game with them and when the home team scores it’s first goal, everybody throws their teddy bears onto the ice. teams of local Timbit or squirt hockey league teams come out with garbage bags to pick up the bears and toss them into pickup trucks and it takes about 15 minutes or so before the game restarts. Then the next day charities, childrens hospitals, firemen and so forth come to the arena and pick up the donated bears to make sure less fortunate kids can have a teddy bear for Christmas.

    For a my video of this year’s goal and subsequent storm of flying Teddy Bears feel free to check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlI39RB8yrA

    Anyhow, this year the Rangers had about 6700 people in the building (capacity) and managed to collect 7000 Teddy Bears that then went to the various charities, children’s hospitals and so forth. Over the past decade or so, they’ve collected over 75,000 bears to give to kids and this is just from a local junior hockey team. This is such a great idea, a great cause and great fun for everybody in the building that I truly believe the Habs should look into holding a similar event in their barn sometime next December. Imagine what 20,000 + people could manage to donate in an event like this? I’m not sure who would be the person or people that would need to be contacted about suggesting to the Habs that they consider it though so I figure someone like yourself or one of your colleagues would have better connections to mention it to and let them look into the possibilities. I’m sure they’d hear nothing but praise of the events from those who have organized them or attended them in various jr hockey cities.

    Could you imagine the PR of the Habs being the team that broke the NHL and pro sports barrier and lead the way with these events? I definitely think they should seriously consider it as it’s a win win for everybody involved.

  17. steadyjake says:

    Didn’t watch the cute little video. Don’t care.

    Stick with your insticts, Stubbs. I hate anything to do with the Bruins.

  18. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I read that Lee Harvey Oswald’s coffin was auctioned-off the other day, …and as another indication that This World We Live-in Dun’t Make No Sense Anymore …is, per Pat Hickey, “USA Hockey announced yesterday that RBC -that’s the Royal Bank of CANADA !!! -is the official sponsor of the U.S. national-team programs. RBC will also be a premier sponsor of the 2011 world junior championship, the 2012 world women’s championship and the Labatt Blue USA national pond hockey championships. RBC also holds the naming rights for the Carolina Hurricanes arena while TD Bank has its name on the arena in Boston…”
    …what’s next ?

  19. dhenry1234 says:

    Hey Hab fans. A while back I heard that there was some sort of reality show this season featuring the habs. Does anyone have any more information on this? or possible links to episodes?


  20. Danno says:

    There’s no business like shoe business.

    To this day, Milbury refuses to admit what he did was a gutless, no-class and cowardly act.

    He laughs and acts as if it’s something to be proud of.

    Milbury is quick to call others a cockroach. Well, it takes one to know one…


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  21. andrewberkshire says:

    It’s utterly ridiculous the knuckle draggers employed by CBC.

  22. andrewberkshire says:

    Pretty sure the Bruins have lost 24 of the last 30 regular season meetings against Montreal. And 3 of their 6 wins we still got a point.

  23. Robert L says:

    I agree….never knew May was so stupid. A player fights when there is a point to it, not just personal pride or balls or whatever, and not when there is a one goal differential in a game.

    May himself, as a fighter, was usually smarter than that, but now that he’s a CBC commentator, he’s paid to be stupid.

  24. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …just Dave pullin’ a Milbury

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  25. mrhabby says:

    so were dirty..one can only hope that we get some meaner players that will make us down right horrible to play against what a joke…please add some mean tougher players Gauthier..christ.

  26. Psycho29 says:

    Was Milbury dancing the ragdoll or the turtle????

  27. Bugs says:

    I liked it when May said “The Habs know the Bruins have their number.” That put everything into its proper perspective. The Bruins have our number. Yes.

    Uhhh…hunh? Wha,,,? Am I holding this chart upside down or something? When we beat them all the time, that means THEY win? Is that how he sees it? I’m confused.

    2009, Nov.5: Mtl win. Dec 4: Mtl win.

    2010, Feb 10: Mtl win. Feb 7: woops! Bos win. Mar 2: Mtl win. Mar 13: Mtl win. Nov 11: Mtl win. Dec 16: Mtl win.

    Bruins have our number. Yes.

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  28. Bugs says:

    Woops. Wrong spot. Sorry.

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  29. diehardhab says:

    Or you can have the habs counter with larry robinson POUNDING millbury!

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  30. otter649 says:

    May still holding a grudge against Montreal since BLG layed a one sided beating on him………

  31. derfab says:

    What’s with Boone? the Habs are a chippy team, but so what? If we had someone like Pronger or Chara around we’d be downright vicious! If only Gill would pummel someone….anyone…

  32. derfab says:

    I’d like to see PK line some of these up on the ice during practice and blast ’em.

  33. CHsam says:

    THAT”S CLASSIC !!!!! Thanks for sharing that.. LMFAO.

    Straight up Don Cherry – Milbury – Stock vintage Bruins…. Why fight the opposing team ? go fight the fans !

  34. JD_ says:

    Coolest Boston Broonz giveaway of the year.

    Speakin’ of the year’s best, my choice for Best Hockey Quote of 2010: “Iggy!”

  35. CHsam says:

    Amazing. Tunnel-vision stupidity. yuck

  36. andrewberkshire says:

    Yeah…. Subban totally should a fought a talentless plugger like Campbell after a legal hit and took himself out of the game for 5 minutes.

  37. Danno says:

    They’re right next to Dr. Martin’s attitude-adjustment pills. Just take one a day and three days off work and voilà!

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  38. Robert L says:

    Even better than a Rancourt would be a Mike Milbury, beating a fan over the head with a shoe, action figure. A classic!

  39. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I think this picture accurately depicts how the bruins play when they face the Montreal Canadiens.

  40. Robert L says:

    I thought that was fricking Gino Vanellli!

  41. Framlingem says:

    For sure, but it might be a tad more difficult to get him to record holiday greetings for it.

  42. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Cool & Bruins are not and should not be used in the same sentence. The Bruins suck, their players suck, their former players, i.e. Mike Millbury suck & swallow, their fans suck & the city sucks.

    Never ever should we say anything positive about anything associated with this friggin team.

  43. HabFanSince72 says:

    More idiocy from the CBC. Brad May who did not have a distinguished hockey career thinks Habs should drop the gloves against the Bruins.


    This network is a national disgrace.


  44. Ian Cobb says:

    Coaches corner! what a joke!   Cherry couldn’t even coach a back yard swing!!

  45. HabFanSince72 says:

    You don’t need fighters to win cups.

    You obviously need mental and physical toughness, but our guys have that. If it was a choice between a d-man who can hit and fight and Andrei Markov havng a miraculous recovery, I’d take Markov.

  46. Ian Cobb says:

    So this is just given to 3 year olds and Boston fans?? Now that is Boston’s best quality for sure!

  47. bigjames says:

    hope he wasn’t buying altitude sickness pills!

  48. bigjames says:

    yeah if i like this years one i may finally change my avatar!

  49. havok says:

    WOW…my…friend..would…DIE…for ..one…of THESE!

    My best pal is a huge Bruins fan! I wish I could get a hold of one, anyway we can contact the Bruins in case they have extras?

  50. Mattyleg says:

    Holy Effing Xhrist!!

    That is incredible! Best thing ever.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  51. rdhabsfan says:

    It may be a night off for the Habs, but i have a feeling the Suit That Roars will have something negative to say about somebody in Montreal during Coaches Corner.

  52. Say Ash says:

    yeah, or will it blend?

  53. craz11 says:

    where’s the part in the video where you set them on fire Stubbs?

  54. Danno says:

    I wonder. Can the Charles Prevost Linton action figurel be far behind?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  55. RetroMikey says:

    please upload the habs official xmas card in high resolution pdf or jpeg format as in previous years .

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  56. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I’ve got a nice little collection to. Not sure how many but over a dozen for sure.

  57. ooder says:

    saw Pouliot yesterday at Pharmaprix…

    man he is one taaaall dude


    88 is the new 23

  58. smiler2729 says:

    Hey Dave, I have that Cheevers McFarlane… that and about 60 others.

  59. sidhu says:

    haha nice one!

  60. sprague cleghorn says:

    There used to be lots of very cool Bruins’ giveaways whenever they played the Habs in the 70’s.  They usually ended up in the back of the net.

  61. Chris F says:

    With all this bias piling up following the CBC’s allowance of trying to spoil Subban, calling him out for chirping, not playing the game the right way?! – Obvious, blatant jealousy that Subban plays with the hated Habs instead of the “history of losing” leafs. And now the comments from the Euro Krejci about dirty play. There is a solution. We need to trade for a bruising d-man, someone who can hit like PK at the blueline and turn to face any challenge from the opposition. I realise this is not easy. But PG needs to formulate a wish list now, based on teams that will miss the playoffs, possible UFA’s who won’t resign. This would completely change our team for the better. Souray used to fill this void, Komisarek filled the “hitting” void at the blueline except he couldn’t fight. Now with these guys gone, PK is the only D we have that will step up and flatten someone coming fast into our zone. PK is great, but he should not be our face of toughness on the back end. On top of a bruiser, maybe we can get greedy and go after a replacement for Markov to run the power play. How about Pitkanen in Carolina? Just a thought, and I realise the price would be high.

    Vancouver may decide to let someone go when Salo returns. I’m not sure, but we need toughness yet again, someone to keep the other team honest. In the playoffs this will be crucial to beating teams like the Flyers and Bruins, although I believe we can beat the Bruins anyway, their D are too slow. Richards, Carter, Giroux, and that puke Briere however  need someone to push them around, make them feel very uncomfortable, maybe even give these guys a few bad cracks that will change their mindset. Nothing wrong with having some intimidation on our side. We have the skill, but toughness wins cups. Just ask Pronger how he felt about Big Buff game after game.

  62. Say Ash says:

    Roger Doucet.

  63. Psycho29 says:

    Actually…I think in that action figure, Lafleur has just deked Milbury out of his toupee and the the puck is on the way back out of the net.  

  64. Framlingem says:

    That is seriously cool. I’d love if Montreal did one with Charles Prevost-Linton.

  65. HabsFanNorway says:

    Rene Rancourt is by far the worst anthem singer in the NHL. I had the displeasure to see him live in february. He sucks almost as much as the Bruins does!

  66. Exit716 says:

    There is some old guy in Edmonton that is truly horrific as well. My wife and I were watching the start of the Oilers came a couple of weeks ago and we were both laughing our heads off at how rotten the guy is.


  67. kempie says:

    Hardest working vibrato in the business.

  68. punkster says:

    I’m speechless.


  69. Josh says:

    lol That’s pretty cool.

  70. TommyB says:

    Glad you got that out of your system now, Dave?

  71. Say Ash says:

    I’d rather a lump of coal. Also, Cheevers ain’t making that save.


  72. Dave Stubbs says:

    The puck isn’t permanently fixed. I had it in Cheevers’s glove, but you couldn’t see it. I’ve got a Price figure but he keeps dropping the stick for some reason. The Red Wings’ Sawchuk is my fave by a mile.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  73. DearyLeary says:

    We need 10,000 Canadiens fans, stat.  We’ll burn all of them in effigy in the parking lot.

  74. Malreg says:

    For any one who doesnt get HBO, the first full episode of 24/7 Penguins and Capitals is now on youtube.


  75. Dave Stubbs says:

    For those who do get HBO, Episode 1 is on again Sunday morning at 9:15 am ET.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  76. DearyLeary says:

    Whoa whoa whoa, did anyone else notice Ovie sports a tramp stamp?

  77. Elephant Man says:

    Hey Dave, is there any way I can get one of these? Money is no object, I simply must have it to mount on the bottom of my toilet. Please get back to me, till then I’ll be thinking of the sense of satisfaction I’ll gain several times a day.

    I am not an animal, I just reproduce that way.

  78. Dave Stubbs says:

    Check eBay next Tuesday, Joe.

    I’m curious: in two-plus years as an HIO member, you’ve not been able to find a more disgusting avatar? Love having you here, but that avatar…

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  79. howtathor says:

    I have Theodore from the last Winter Classic with the tuke on stopping Jason Smith!

  80. SmartDog says:

    I’ve got a Price figure but he keeps dropping the stick for some reason.

    Funny. I’ve got a Halak figure and the hand shakes.  Especially when I put it next to my pouting Ovechkin figure.


  81. Robert L says:

    I want a Clint Malarchuk action figure that…..oh nevermind!

  82. kempie says:

    Ouch! Offside!

  83. Robert L says:

    Oh My Lord! And to think I was kidding!

  84. Elephant Man says:

    Sadly no, at least not one that can be displayed in a public forum. Kidding aside Dave, this alias is one I came up with in an effort  to make a point when combatting trolls. Thanks for the ebay tip though, now I just have to determine how much it’s worth to me to be able to defecate on Rene Rancourts head daily.

    I am not an animal, I just reproduce that way.

  85. Exit716 says:

    Cool. I’m going to set my PVR now.


  86. BJT says:

    I think that by far, the worst is the poor excuse for an anthem singer they have in vancouver. I swear, from the side, looking from the guys knees to neck he is literally a circle. Probably have to get him out on the ice via the zamboni doors..


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  87. Malreg says:

    No, but I noticed that the Captain didn’t say a single word in the room or to his teammates during their losing streak though.

  88. Ian Cobb says:

    OK, Sat. night, and what do we have for a game to watch tonight. Sure hope there is something else but the Leafs. Or is this a movie night.?

    By the way, Andree and i are headed to Mtl. for a week or so. We have tickets for the Pittsburgh game on Jan. 12, but is anyone interested in watching the Ranger game Sat. night at Hurley’s pub with us on the 15th.?

    Be nice to get together with some of you.?

  89. Danno says:

    Ian, Boston vs Washington at 7:00 on RDS might be worth a peek…



    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  90. Everlasting1 says:

    Seems most would rather watch the LEAFS go at it for reasons that escape me, but catching the beleaguered Blues game is an option :-)



     “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  91. sag says:

    Not sure I will be able to make a road trip to MTL that week Ian, but I cant tell you how many times I’ve thought of giving you a shout while back home seeing mom and dad in bellevegas.  One of these days!

  92. Chuck says:

    I’ll probably watch Vancouver dismantle Toronto at 7pm.

    Centre Hice: Sainte Flanelle, illustrated history: 1935-36

  93. CHsam says:

    Yo! nice blog buddy!

  94. Chuck says:

    Thanksfor the kind words! I wish that I had the time to write more often, but I’ll post as I’m able.

    Centre Hice: Sainte Flanelle, illustrated history: 1935-36

  95. rocketsglare says:

    Agree. I will be cheering on OV and the Caps tonight. Hate those whinny sob’s.

    Go Habs Go!


  96. Chuck says:

    To me, it sounds like Rene Rancourt is always flat. The need to buy the guy some pitch pipes for Christmas.

    Centre Hice: Sainte Flanelle, illustrated history: 1935-36

  97. deuce6 says:

    Rene always sounds as he is singing under water..AnNnD ThE HoOoOoOoOoMmMmMeEe OoF ThEeEe BrAaAvEeEe..

  98. Bugs says:

    You know that whiskey, or bourbon, or whatever commercial where these old venerable aristocrats lightly applaud and solemnly nod their heads at some shmoe for doing something cool outta principle?

    That was my reaction to Zherdev’s 2nd goal today.

    Clap. Clap. Well done, old boy. Yes. Rather.

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  99. Danno says:

    Welcome to the Wiserhood Bugs.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  100. SmartDog says:

    Just saw the intro to HNIC.  They’ve already got a shot of Cammalleri pounding Kerjci in it.

    Awesome. I also like Lapierre’s spin-around goal in there.  Some producer on the HNIC staff obviously has his head on straight. Look for him to be fired soon!

    And now…. is some lousy band playing some song… WTF?  I get it, the brass at HNIC is thinking “how do we get younger? I know – music!!”.  Stupid HNIC.  Stupid Toronto.


  101. newbrunswick troy says:

    I too noticed the little shot of pro habs intro highlights…..i think i,d better discribe it as some producer being told to do a little damage control?????   

  102. rocketsglare says:

    If Cherry, Milbury, and Stock have their way.

    Go Habs Go!

  103. StevieRay says:

    SD…they also showed the Subban hit on Marchand

  104. Exit716 says:

    Let me know if the Wings put out a Karen Newman edition.


  105. sidhu says:

    I am an American, but I must admit how great it is when the crowds sing the Canadian anthem.  Gives me chills.

    No excuse for a slow start from the players after that.

  106. SeriousFan09 says:

    The two largest faces in coaching, Claude Julien and Bruce Boudreau face off tonight.

    What? They do have the largest faces.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  107. twilighthours says:

    Don’t let Mike Milbury and Stephen Harris ruin the Bruins for you, guys. The Bs are a worthy rival and a team to be respected.  Rene Rancourt is just another French(ish) Canadian(ish) guy in Boston that Habs fan should love and respect, along with Patrice Bergeron, Ray Bourque, and Eddie LeBec. 

  108. SensFanSpezza says:

    Eddie LeBec.  Awesome!

  109. SeriousFan09 says:

    Rancourt is one of the worst anthem singers I’ve had the displeasure to hear in my time watching hockey and that includes singers in the sunbelt region.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  110. scrowe21 says:

    did Cherry even bother to talk about anything Montreal? 

  111. CHsam says:

    LOL!! Glen takes a nice little jab at Mike !!!! Love it

  112. Graves says:

    Have to laugh at Vancouver’s green men tonight…they brought waffles.

  113. TorontoHabsFan says:

    So that’s the 3rd or 4th time in recent weeks that Gustavsson has smashed his stick against the crossbar after letting in a goal.

    I’m certain we’ll see plenty of articles claiming that is proof that he’s not mature enough to handle playing in Toronto spotlight, right?

    Or does that kind of analysis only apply to Carey Price?

  114. NoTinFoilCups says:

    Does anyone recall the brawl when Robinson accepted a drink from offered by a fan? It is so cool/funny. It was like he was taking a break before resuming the action. It was posted here last year sometime but I have not been able to find it since.

    This would never happen in today’s game. Back then the glass was lower.

  115. Keith says:

    Ha,ha, I just saw Canuck fans leaving the Arena yelling “Leafs Suck!” and flipping the bird at the camera, hilarious!

  116. Propwash says:

    Price has silenced his critics though. To me, he can have a couple of bad games and be off the hook, won’t happen though. He definitely has a much better team in front of him though.

  117. punkster says:

    Are you folks Subbangin’ tonight?



  118. Danno says:

    With tonight’s loss against Boston, Washington’s losing streak extends to eight games.

    That’s ugly.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  119. SeriousFan09 says:

    I get the feeling the Winter Classic is going to suck if the Caps keep this slide going.

    Good news, they’ll likely get a real coach after it.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  120. rocketsglare says:

    How long before Boudreau is fired?

    Go Habs Go!

  121. rocketsglare says:

    Should be a great Sunday of sports watching with the Boys in the morning and the Habs in the late afternoon.

    Life is good.

    Go Habs Go!

  122. newbrunswick troy says:

    this is a shout out to whoever gave the head honcho,s email at cbc

    here is what i wrote him:     Good day Mr.Masse, i,m writing you to voice both my displeasure and concern for CBC,S hockey night in Canada.  Yes i,m sure you now already know that i am a devoted Habs fan….and you may think i want to rant on and on about the open contempt for the Montreal Canadians  by your very highly paid profesional sports analysts, who are paid by all tax payers of Canada …not just the Toronto market place…But in fact the main point of my email to you is a simple story….My son who is 13yrs old watched the rediculous telecast on Thurs. Dec 18 in wich the likes of Stock, Milbury threw a barage of just plain hate toward the Habs (on their own telecast)….Now all this being nothing new to us as we watch Cherry berate the Habs every chance, every week as well as Healy Etc,Etc But after seeing this all year long, on Thursday night my son (frusturated) just turned the channel as he i guess just had enough? but what concerned me most was the fact that he didn,t care to check TSN to see the final outcome….I asked him, and he simply said in defeat that its never going to change ( the way they telecast bias)!!!!!I,m afraid i may be losing not only a hockey fan here…more importantly i may be losing a special bond i have with my little hab fan (as i was, growing up along my late fathers side ) So in closing..i humbly beg of you to adress this while we can!!!
    I told my 13yr old son that in this fair country we live in our voice can be heard, so i write this letter to you with him by my side.
    My son Jake, wise enough has an ideal…if the cbc is to put a hockey analyst on that is bias…why won,t they make sure another is on to counter his views…(wow i responded…that kind of sounds like “good journalism” and i do believe in whole the CBC i devoted to just that!

  123. rocketsglare says:

    Atlanta 7 N.J. 1. How the mighty have fallen. I smell a fire sale.

    Go Habs Go!

  124. SensFanSpezza says:

    Yah, but who do the Habs want?  I’m thinking defence.  Maybe Volchenkov?


  125. rocketsglare says:

    How does the NHL justify a Winter Classic without a Canadian team playing?

    Go Habs Go!

  126. SeriousFan09 says:

    Well we do have the Heritage Classic of MTL-CGY and the MTL-EDM original Heritage inspired the whole thing but with 24 American teams and 6 Canadian teams, that’s how it goes.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  127. Da Hema says:

    I’m all for free expression and that crap, but do you think you could find a somewhat less despicable avatar? For informational purposes, this is a Montreal Canadiens site.

    Just humbly asking….


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  128. twilighthours says:

    It’s a great sentiment.  Would have gone over better, however, if you had spelled Canadiens correctly.

  129. HabFab says:

    Dude claims to be Spezza’s brother. A Hab fan lifer who also has to support his brother. Take it for what that is worth.

  130. J Haul says:


    It’s at about the 5 minute mark.

    Found it in this thread (don’t want to steal credit for the original find):


  131. shootdapuck says:

    You are welcome!

    I just hope his inbox is stuffed!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  132. habstrinifan says:

    Hard to comprehend an 8 game losing streak with such players. Something’s definitely rotten between team and coach.

  133. habstrinifan says:

    Cool memory .. tahnks for bringing it up. I think the best thing about the Big Bird was the image of gentleness and calm he gave even in the fiercest of moments.

    Larry Robinson! Man oh Man! My eyes water thinking about his greatness on and off the ice. And to think he wore the CH… how lucky were we.


  134. habstrinifan says:

    Pierre MacGuire!!!!

    This is old news and best forgotten but it is still bugging the HELL out of me after i re-watched the last Flyers-Canadiens game.

    Is it just me or has Pierre developed a real HATE-ON for the habs. It was hard to stomach his analysis during the Flyers/Habs game. Ever Flyer was a star and a must have for any other team. Laviolette was a coacing genius etc etc. Even the hit to the boards on Subban was glossed over.

    I know Pierre does not like Gauthier.  Not sure of his dealings with JM. I think Pierre really wanted the GM’s job in Montreal after Gainey and is really bitter he wasnt even approached. I was shocked to hear him say on team 990 some weeks back that he had sent in reviews of  a cartain player to Mtl higher ups (meaning above PG and JM).

    His commetary now seems definitely anti-hab.


  135. HabsFanInTampa says:

    I appreciate the fact you took the time to write a letter to the CBC honchos. But, could you have at least sent a polished letter and not the 1st draft with a slew of grammatical errors. Aside from that, good job (I think).

  136. HabsFanInTampa says:

    My all-time favorite Hab. The hit on Gary Dornhofer into the boards in a 70’s game, and the open ice hit on a Stastny in a playoff game from the early 80’s were classic. I cannot find the latter anywhere on video. The Dorkhofer hit is on Youtube.

  137. punkster says:

    Not everyone is a Rhodes Scholar. Many do not even attend university, finish high school or make it out of primary school. We all make do with what we have as best we can. Troy expresses himself very well in that letter and while it may not be as polished or correct as something you would create it is, nonetheless, his letter. Criticize the content if you must but not the form, structure, spelling or grammer.


  138. showey47 says:

    He wanted the habs job before gainey back in 2003. Considering he loved everything brian burke did in toronto to this point only shows what would have happened to us if maguire had been hired instead of gainey. There’s a reason why maguire gets turned down for every g.m. job he applies for.

  139. RetroMikey says:

    Can you send me links to confirm what you said about him being turned down for evey GM position he applied for and I don;t believe  you when you you say he wanted the Habs job before Gainey?

    Are these facts or I you just voicing your opinion?

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  140. newbrunswick troy says:

    no i couldn,t ,  because i would of needed 1-  more time

                                                                2- someone who could actualy point out the grammatical errors

                                                                     to me…..ha ha

  141. LA Loyalist says:

    Yo, Retro! No demanding facts on HIO!

    Facts are poison on this site because they interfere with everyones’ OPINIONS!

    The only facts anyone likes are Serious09’s research (published anonymously under a pseudo-name) and they are popular as they are about prospects who aren’t actually here yet. Like wine growers who always wax poetic about the grapes on the vine, but once in bottle it’s a different story.

    G*d forbid you present facts about actual players currently on the roster, you will be tarred, feathered and barred from Le Gage au Sport, and called names, too.

    As for management stuff, regretably, there are fewer real facts than Gomez has goals (you knew i would slide that in). It’s like when scouts show up at a game… management is rumour, inyourendo, smoke and mirrors and especially and most importantly (to the practictioers thereof) defering judgement.

    As Camus said (yeah, he’s a regular poster) reprieve is not acquittal, but it is always worth taking.

    GM’s have to choose constantly between hoarding for the future with youth and draft picks – which tends to add longevity to their jobs – or rolling the bones with vets to try and win now. 

    It’s the hubris that gets them, in the end, if Burke hadn’t been so arrogant he could have held the Kessel picks and bought himself a few extra years of faux hope. (no knock on kessel, he’s pretty darn good they just have few players to get him the puck).

    As for Bob Gainey, he is (to me, anyway) as Churchill described Russia: a foggy mystery wrapped in an enchilada.  The jury is still out on BG, drinking heavily, and my personal hope is that Bob one day writes a book to explain.

    As for McGuire, my personal OPINION is that he doesn’t REALLY want a GM job, he’d load a diaper if he actually got one, he just likes floating his name as a way of giving his OPINIONs some sort of gravit-ass-osity. It’s easier to be a pundit than a psychic.

    As Francesco Rosi said in “Cadavre Excellenti” — the truth is not always revolutionary.


    “too small, too soft, too intangible”




  142. LA Loyalist says:

    g*d I would cry to get Volchenkov.

  143. LA Loyalist says:

    suggested compromise: photoshop(tm) sunglasses onto him. Works here in LA.

    Nobody recognizes steve mcqueen when he goes to Johnny Rocket’s for a shake in his RayBans(tm)

  144. otter649 says:

    There must be a reason why Maguire has never gotten a NHL job since Gauthier fired PM as a scout from Ottawa also Maguire was upset he did not get a chance to interview for the GM job which Andre Savard got and it appears he has held a grudge against The Habs since…………

  145. deuce6 says:

    Give the guy a break..He is just giving it a Don Cherry finish to it..They like that kind of stuff, no?

  146. HNS says:

    On the lighter side, last nite on NESN, the blowholes are still crying over our boys kicking their ass last nite. I would have liked to have seen the Booins lose just to see those 2 butt munchers hang themselves on their own microphone cables. Most of their useless comments being directed at Subban of course.

  147. showey47 says:

    Nope,facts. I wouldn’t say it otherwise. He said it himself on nhlxm204 which he appears on every friday morning. He admitted to applying for the habs position when gainey was hired. He also applied for the jobs in minnesota,florida,tampa and i believe pittsburg(there is probably more). If you want to see some links,there is this thing called the internet which i hear is now available on computers.Not a bad rant though. Oh no,retro doesn’t believe me,how will i ever sleep at zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  148. twilighthours says:

    So young to be so angry and jaded.  Rene rocks!

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