Former Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak, now a member of the St. Louis Blues, signs the shirt Saturday of a young Carey Price fan at his Fairview mall signing.
© Bob Fisher photo
Jaroslav Halak raised an estimated $22,000 for Ste. Justine Children’s Hospital Saturday, signing 1,100 autographs over a period of roughly three hours.
Halak’s circus-like appearance at La Capsule Sportive in Montreal-suburban Pointe-Claire attracted an estimated 5,000 fans. But even signing furiously at a rate of about six autographs per minute, his 3 1/2-hour appearance also including media interviews, Halak could sign for “only” 1,100 over three hours. He met thousands of fans on his way out of the mall when security asked him to pack it in 30 minutes after the mall closed, 90 minutes after the scheduled end of the signing session.
Halak will spend a couple of days in Montreal, wrapping up some personal affairs, before flying to St. Louis midweek. He’ll formally meet the St. Louis Blues ownership group on Wednesday and be introduced to that city’s media at a Thursday news conference.
We’re guessing that the attendance at that news conference, while strong by St. Louis standards, will be roughly what attends a Canadiens optional skate.
A final well-done to Jaro, a good soldier for the Canadiens who worked his tail off while wearing the CH and leaves the city as the same class act he arrived. And here’s an eye-opener: one Halak signature, on a St. Louis Blues contract, earned himself $15 million. Eleven hundred Halak autographs Saturday earned Ste. Justine’s $22,000.