Gervais gives Habs the gears, and much more

Canadiens equipment manager Pierre Gervais, photographed yesterday in the team’s Bell Centre dressing room with his assistants (from left) Richard Généreux, Pierre (Steamer) Ouellette and Pat Langlois.
John Mahoney, Gazette

It’s unlikely that 15-year-old Pierre Gervais looked down at the end of his snow shovel in blustery Trois Rivières and saw himself riding in a Stanley Cup parade on Ste. Catherine St. But that’s the direction his life took, from an unsolicited good deed to a remarkable career in hockey.

Thirty-plus years since he cleared the driveway of a long-ago neighbour named Michel Bergeron, Gervais is a vital cog in the Canadiens machine. Two weeks ago, he celebrated working his 2,000th regular-season professional game, a total that’s closer to 2,500 when you count his time in junior hockey as well as exhibitions, playoffs and a few history-making gigs with Team Canada.

A profile of Gervais, in today’s Gazette. And see below for a couple of vintage shots of the man at work.

Top: Gervais sharpens a Daoust 501 – he’s pretty sure it’s Kirk Muller’s skate – in the Montreal Forum in the early 1990s. Courtesy Montreal Canadiens

Below: The Canadiens presented Gervais with this card, featuring before-and-after shots, to mark his 2,000th game on Jan. 8. Courtesy Pierre Gervais

 

6 Comments

  1. Ice Man says:

    My Hat is tiped to that Man.

    He has the toughest job on that team with out a shadow of a doubt.

    I hope he gets paid well.

  2. Shobud says:

    I second that comment. I think he does a hell of a good job I have sharpened skates and its a lot of work to keep guys happy. I can just guess what it would be like at this level

  3. Wayne says:

    I really enjoyed this article on Pierre, Dave! Good job, thanks – and CONGRATS to Pierre,.. here’s to another 2000 games.

  4. RetroMikey says:

    Always nice to have stories posted up here about the other important people in our organization, not just the players.

    Congrats to Pierre! What I’d like to know is what happened to the athletic therapist Sylvain Lefebvere? Or what happended to the equipment manger from the 80’s to early 90’s in Sylvain Toupin? Where are they now?

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  5. downeast hab says:

    Congrats Pierre. If and when he ever retires and should ever write a book, I sure hope I get the opportunity to buy it. With his experience over the years, what he has seem and heard would certainly keep one interested. Again, Well Done.


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