The Canadiens’ 31st annual blood-donor clinic will be held Thursday despite the NHL lockout.
The clinic, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., will return to the covered ice surface of the Bell Centre for the first time in nearly a decade, in recent years having been held in Windsor Station.
While the locked-out Canadiens players won’t be there, the club is hoping the participation of members of the alumni and some from the hockey operations department and the appearance of showbiz guests will help the event collect its annual goal of 650 units of blood.
The Canadiens drive began with the Red Cross in 1981, launched by team legend Jean Béliveau and its late director of public relations, Claude Mouton. This is the 15th year the Habs have collaborated with Héma-Québec, which requires 1,000 units daily to meet its hospital needs throughout the province.
Donors on Thursday will find an open door to the Canadiens dressing room and will be visited cot-side by former Habs, members of the management and coaching staff, and mascot Youppi! as well as a number of entertainers.
You can read Dave Stubbs’s column on the clinic by clicking here. Stubbs also has a story on former Hab Jaroslav Spacek quietly announcing his retirement this week. You can read that by clicking here.
Pat Hickey reports that Kraft’s Hockeyville program has become the latest victim of the NHL lockout. Read more by clicking here.
The lockout did allow a couple of NHL players to attend this week’s American Music Awards with their significant others. Read more by clicking here.
(John Mahoney/Gazette file photo)