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