Updated Sunday 11:08 a.m.
Bob Gainey watches his banner rise to the rafters of the Bell Centre during Saturday’s number-retirement ceremony.
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With his son, Stephen, and daughters Anna and Colleen at his side, along with members of his family, dear friends and many former teammates, Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey watched a banner bearing his name and his No. 23 pulled to the rafters of the Bell Centre at 6:53 p.m. Saturday night, an emotional and fitting tribute for the giant-hearted Hall of Famer, writes The Gazette’s Red Fisher.
Gainey, who skated onto the ice in uniform just before 6:30 p.m. to a rousing standing ovation that lasted nearly six minutes, is the 14th Canadien to be honoured with a number retirement.
Look for a photo gallery of the game at montrealgazette.com, where you’ll also find an audio slideshow of the pre-game tribute.
Gainey chose to speak on Friday about this ceremony. If you haven’t heard his comments, they’re here in audio form.
Link to a detailed biographical and statistical Legends of Hockey package by clicking here.
Here’s a fine piece at nhl.com on Gainey’s first experience as an NHL coach with the 1990-91 Minnesota North Stars, which showed his promise in hockey off the ice.
Robert Lefebvre’s typically excellent post at his own blog features 23 links to Gainey stories.
Below is the cover of the program given to fans attending Saturday’s game.
And don’t forget to visit – and make a contribution to, if you can – the Gainey Foundation.
The cover of tonight’s souvenir Gainey number-retirement program.
Courtesy Manny Almela, canadiens.com