Breezer, BGL unretire! Sort of…

• Kevin van Steendelaar, in search of all things figure skating, has found word that Patrice Brisebois and Georges Laraque are among the handful of former Canadiens who you’ll see back on ice beginning Sept. 24 as participants in CBC’s hit reality show Battle of the Blades. Breezer is joined by other former Habs Russ Courtnall, Georges Laraque, Valeri Bure and P.J. Stock. Kelly Chase and Todd Warriner round out the ex-NHLers who will be paired with female skaters of fine pedigree: Violetta Afanasieva, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Isabelle Brasseur, Jamie Salé, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Christine Hough-Sweeney, Kyoko Ina and Annabelle Langlois.

• Also on the comeback trail: former Expos favourite Bill Lee (not hockey, but so what?).

• Below, Kerry MacLaine sends along this fun P.K. Subban video, the Canadiens defenceman having been miked by Kerry’s brother, Jeremy, at the recent 30th anniversary celebration of the Belleville Bulls.

• If you’ve not seen it, check out this hilarious Subban/Scott (Don’t Call Me Gomer) Gomez/Michael Cammalleri interview of a few weeks ago, by

• Do NOT miss Robert Lefebvre’s Eyes on the Prize series, just underway, on the Canadiens’ dynasty of the 1950s. It’s quickly brilliant – link is to Part 1 – with Day 2 posted today and more great stuff to come.

Jacques Lemaire is 65 today. Gino Odjick is 40. Paul Mara is 31. Born on this day in 1908: Montreal Maroons great Lorne (Lawrence) McFarlane “Baldy” Northcott. And we hope you’re planning your festivities for tomorrow’s 65th birthday of Rogie Vachon.




  1. Chuck says:

    Another great piece by Robert. Love the old video. And who knew that Dryden owed Frenchy Lacroix such a debt of gratitude?  :)

  2. D Alcorn says:

    So, Battle of the Blades fits with the BGL code, uhhh, that’s nice …  

    Hopefully, Stock will ‘ represent ‘ the Bruins if asked about his ‘ fabled ‘ NHL career.  This way, if he makes a lame attempt to ‘ reach out ‘ to ‘ his ‘ francophone TV fans by again taking an axe to the french language (it’s painful to watch this guy on RDS : … ah oui Réjean, uhhh, c’est facile, uhhh, je patiner et, après ça, je tomber …), there will be an excuse, sort of …

    AWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    Laraque, PJ Stock and Valeri Bure, I’ll take guys who never really lived up to expectations of any kind with the Habs for 500$, they couldn’t pry Marcel Hossa from the KHL?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  4. says:

    I know it’s news to some, but personally I’d be happy if the biggest backstabber the Canadiens ever knew was never mentioned here.

    They Call Me Shane

  5. ths says:

    Bill Lee – The heart and soul of Montreal had another wheeze when he got run out of town.

    Imagine the Expos still downtown, Spacemans jersey retired and a week long P1$$ up at Hurley’s with Spaceman.

    The guy knows how to live and is a tribute to athletes everywhere.

    Surprised he looks a little paunchy now {He said finishing another glass staring at his own Gumper}.

    My last memory of him is of him jogging around the Big Owe before a game


    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  6. derfab says:

    Bill Lee is one of the all-time greats. He has always shown himself to be one of the smartest, most creative, most generous, enthusiastic and dedicated players to pick up a ball, bat and glove. It is not surprising that, despite a 63 year old body and a long ago used up arm, he can still pitch like a pro. Given his stubborn resolve and passion for the game, it is more surprising that he hasn’t yet taught himself how to throw from the right side. He is the greatest player-manager that never was and, if given a chance, would have brought the Expos or another club to a World Series title. They were short-sighted and silly to let him go in ’82.

  7. HFX-HabFan says:

    The Belleville Bulls video is great.  Great to see a lot of NHL guys there with P.K., remembering the small town that played a role in getting them to where they are now.  Stuff like this reminds me why Canadian junior hockey is so awesome.

  8. adam76 says:

    I agree – went to a movie last night, (the american – sucked).  Anyway, the Halifax Mooseheads were in attendance,  They made the rookies stand up in front of the crowd and do “I’m a little tea pot”.   

    These young men are great with younger kids, especially at the IWK children’s hospital.  For 14 bucks, the CHL is a great product.  


  9. Mothstoflame says:  cammi scoring on the goalie who wasnt looking lol

  10. fuhgawz says:

    Chaser putting on the figure skates man he won’t live that down to easily.  I predict some air time for the home town boy on TSN from Dutchy.

  11. Ali says:

    What, we’re not claiming Valeri Bure as a former Hab anymore?

    Oh Captain my Captain…

  12. Dintrox says:

    noticed that too. He played for the habs longer than BGL and PJ Stock put together.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  13. otter649 says:

    I always remember Bure-Petrov-Koivu as a line facing off against The Flyers Legion of Doom Line of Lindros-LeClair & Renberg – What a size difference………

  14. Propwash says:

    BGl on Battle of the Blades? Be prepared for the slowest figureskating routine ever.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

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