Here’s something for Habs fans to celebrate

Canadiens fans didn’t have much to feel good about following a 4-3 season-opening loss to Toronto Tuesday night at the Bell Centre that included enforcer George Parros being carried off the ice on a stretcher following a fight with the Maple Leafs’ Colton Orr.

Parros, who suffered a concussion, was released from hospital Wednesday morning and will be out of the Habs lineup indefinitely.

But here’s something Habs fans can celebrate: Thursday marks the 60th anniversary of Jean Béliveau signing his first contract with the Canadiens (photo above).

It was the beginning of an illustrious Hall of Fame career that would see Béliveau win 10 Stanley Cups as a player and then another seven as a Habs vice-president.

“It was always my dream to play for Canadiens, even for the two or three years I didn’t want to sign,” Béliveau told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs on Tuesday. “Now it’s been 60 years?”

And he laughed.

“Maybe I wasn’t looking that far ahead that day.”

The Canadiens had a day off Wednesday and will practise Thursday afternoon in Lac-Mégantic as they prepare for Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre.

(Photo: David Bier Studios, Gazette files)

Béliveau celebrates 60 years as a Hab, by Dave Stubbs

Time for a renewed debate about fighting, by Pat Hickey

Former NHL tough guys don’t see a problem with fighting, by Brenda Branswell

Parros released from hospital,

Parros injury a dumb accident by an intelligent goon,

There must be a better way to police the ice,

Some NHL GMs say it’s time to lose fighting,

One more fight is too many,

Habs’ Parros thanks fans on Twitter for their support, Stu on Sports blog


  1. Hobie Hansen says:

    Dave Stubbs ‏@Dave_Stubbs 3m

    That’s not a $10,000 fine for #Avs Patrick Roy. It’s an investment. All of his players now know he’s got their backs. Brilliant

    Couldn’t agree with you more Dave! Some of the pacifists around here might not though.

  2. Habitforming says:

    I wonder if Beliveau started on the wing until he was “ready” to play center?

  3. Say Ash says:

    So what’s wrong with Ben Eager that nobody picks him up?

    • Bill says:

      Lots of concussions, not “eager” to fight anymore, somewhat negates his usefulness. That’s the word I heard.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • HabFan in Edmonton says:

        That’s exactly what happened and that’s why the Oilers sent him to the minors last year. It’s a tough job but that’s the job he was there for and he stopped doing it. The concussions have taken a toll on Ben.

  4. Un Canadien errant says:

    I tried to re-post this, but no dice. Follow the link if you’re interested, it’s something I posted on here way back on September 25, and I guess it’s still topical.

    … you know, because there’s no way hundreds of overcompetitive stars with massive egos would ever cheat to gain an edge with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.–Bill Simmons

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