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)