• 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 thefourthperiod.com.
• 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.