The Canadiens Children’s Foundation will build its fourth outdoor rink in LaSalle.

The announcement:

The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation is pleased to announce that Hayward Park in LaSalle Borough has been selected as the site of the fourth outdoor community BLEU, BLANC, BOUGE rink. Construction will begin in August 2011.

The Foundation determines the location of each multipurpose rink and infrastructure by working closely with Montreal’s major community and social organizations, such as Québec en Forme, Centraide of Greater Montreal, public health leaders, sports and recreation groups, as well as diverse municipal organizations. The implementation of each multifunctional rink is also the result of concerted efforts and strategic mobilization aimed at helping youth in their development. The committee conducts a thorough analysis by studying all site proposals and statistics that will best benefit children before a location is officially determined.

The Foundation has built outdoor rinks in Saint-Michel and Montréal-North. A rink in Verdun is almost finished and will be launched imminently.

Since its inception in 2000, the Canadiens Children’s Foundation has donated more than $10 million to 400 organizations working with children across Quebec.


  1. nightmare_49 says:



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  2. daveho29 says:

    Good for the Canadiens children foundation. We need more areas where kids can can out an enjoy themselves in thewinter instead of sitting in front of the tv

  3. daveho29 says:

    Double post

  4. Bugs says:

    Totally agree, top to bottom.

    Poolio hasn’t been bad; he just hasn’t scored. He’s right there. Besides, what’ll happen? Like Moen, he’ll play a period, a period’n’half, and in the meantime, Poolio will be creating the best chances on the 3rd and 4th, will be the best Hab on the ice, and hup!, back on the 2nd line where he’ll feel pressure to hand it over to his linemates, and we’re right back at sqaure 1. Just bloody LEAVE him there, I say, and let Gomie and Gio MENTOR the poor bastich so he IGNORES the dang pressure and just plays his bloody game.

    Cuz Pyatt, gosh bless’m, will work his tail off, screw the pressure, go into the corners, fight it out… and be thoroughly outplayed by the opposing 1st and 2nd lines. Unless he brings it to another level I haven’t seen, of course.

    And Eller, well, he’s got skills and all, but he ain’t gettin nuthin done. Some nice passes here and there, but no plays, no takeaways, no set-ups, and no shots. It’s too much for him; he ain’t there yet. Think he will be though.

    Neither of them are FORCING Jack Marty’s hand to take away Poolio’s spot. Out’ve the three, Poolio has been the most noticeable.

    So friggiin LEAVE’m there!

    Cuz it’s RIGHT there. It’s gonna go in, I know it.


    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central:

  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ken Dryden had a similar philosophy in “The Game”.

    Some goalies, it seems to fit. Some guys focus on making sure they keep their team from losing, other goalies find themselves focused on winning games for their team because they have to.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  6. 24 Cups says:

    M – I’m going to hit the sack but I just have to be a needler and state that Pyatt isn’t close to being a Holmstrom.  Come to think of it, Gomez isn’t Datsyuk and Gionta is a far cry from being Zetterberg.  Just sayin’:-)

  7. 24 Cups says:

    Point well taken, Eric and Robert. 

    I still say that the main issue is we are short one top 6 forward who can put the heat on the other two guys. 

  8. Mattyleg says:

    I think that someone like Pyatt is going to show prospective linemates what Martin wants: someone who will go to the net to facilitate Gionta’s shots, and someone who will tie up opposing players for Gomez’s passes.

    Another light-bodied dangler is not the best idea for this line.

    Think of Zetterburg, Datsyuk and Holmstrom.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think people are getting too bent out of shape over the lines on a practice day myself, way too much reading into what might happen. JM might change his mind on gameday and have it be Pouliot because he likes what he sees in Wednesday and Thursday practice.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  10. twocents says:

    I highly doubt Martin sees this as anything more than a very temporary way of trying to get a few guys going. It could last 2 or 3 games or maybe just a period. It may not even see a single game. Game day is two days away.

  11. JohnnyBEast says:

    .666 save percentage in the game, rough night for bobby lou against a team without much firepower

  12. joeybarrie says:

    That makes more sense…… Too bad. I really like it when Boudreau does dumb things……………. I was actually really started to wonder about Brucey.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  13. Harani says:

    I don’t think Eller needs the pressure of kick-starting to veterans like Gionta and Gomez after only having played around 15 games in the NHL. He’s still liable defensively and you don’t want him to lose his confidence by making mistakes while playing with Gio and Gomer. And I’m positive, JM is gonna come back with Pouliot on that line tomorrow and Pyatt and Darche were simply there for practice reasons (Martin always switches it up).

    So, I wouldn’t jump to conclusions until I see them on the ice. Pouliot will be on that line in no time, even if not a the beginning of the game, he’ll be there after the first few shifts and on the PP.

    “It must be love!”

  14. Laramy87 says:

    Nice little video on TSN entitled Unsung Gorges…. Its about Joshes development and the type of player he is…. Give it a watch

  15. avatar_58 says:

    Goalies have bad nights. Thems the facts. Luongo and Broduer struggling simply proves you can’t be perfect all the time. Funny because if either one of them played for the habs they’d be tarred and feathered by now

  16. king ddd says:

    i have a totally different point of view. i personally dont think he is overated but its just that the team that he plays for doesnt suit his style of play. well here is my theory. in the NHL there are 2 types of goalie. Type 1. Brodeur type. Type 2. Luongo type.

    Type 1 goalies play well in a very good team (such was the case for brodeur where most of his career he was blessed with a good defensive team and played with the best d men at that time. he didnt face 30 shots every night. IMO i dont think brodeur would bee where he is right now if a team other than NJ had drafted him

    Type2. goalies play well for a medicore team. such was the case for luongo when he was with the panhters. the dude was amazing when he face 40+ shots everynight. now hes with a vancouver team that is very good  and doenst allow many shots. we can put halak in this group.


    anyways its just my theory. im too lazy too look up at stats and what not to prove my case. and i am sure soemone will prove me wrong in matter of minutes. but hey its just my 2 cents





  17. Harani says:

    Boudreau didn’t pull Neuvirth. Neuvirth already had the flu and felt dizzy so he went to the dressing room and wasn’t even on the bench for a good part of the second.

    “It must be love!”

  18. avatar_58 says:

    Funny, innit?

  19. 24 Cups says:

    I just noticed there was a thread stating that Tom Pyatt will get to play on the 2nd line.  What a joke that is.

    I give Pyatt his due.  He’s a marginal player who has busted his ass to make the NHL.  Kudos to be sure.  In a perfect world, he will be a solid 3rd liner who skates miles, sticks to the game plan and kills penalties.  Once in a blue moon he might join another line to help shake things up and make the other guys take notice.  Fair enough.  However, the question remains why Pouliot has to be demoted after just five games?  Has he really been that bad?  Is this just another example of how Martin (mis)treats his young players?  Or is this proof that G&G didn’t get the job done during the summer and are basically one player short when it comes to the Habs’ top six forwards?

    Eller is a first year NHLer who needs time to develop and Pyatt is a secondary player who is limited to a specific role.  I understand that he has the speed and moxy to play with Gomez and Gionta but it’s a bit of a stretch to think that he can handle top 6 minutes.  Even an initial hot honeymoon won’t convince me that this is a viable move.

  20. Mattyleg says:

    Wow, is that 6 past Luongo??

    I wonder, the Canucks just picked up Rollie Melanson as their goalie coach.

    Any thoughts on that?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  21. Mattyleg says:

    Nope, wrong there, Dawgie.

    He’s the real deal, but having a hard time now, it seems.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  22. joeybarrie says:

    What I didnt like… OR REALLY LIKED CAUSE WE BEAT EM  Was him saying he would prefer to start his guy (theo) over anyone in the league… His guy had won the last 22 games… blah blah blah, then 3 minutes into the first game… BYE BYE THEO…  Got to say as a player on his team I wouldnt have any faith in what he says…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  23. Aerobiz says:

    Ummm… what happened to my post about having a female writer in response to Shangadoo? It was positive, supportive and not vulgar in any way. What’s up?

  24. samTHEman says:

    I hate coaches who do that. Boudreau….I hate his system, or lack thereof.

  25. 24 Cups says:

    I haven’t read any posts today but Coach Martin stated this afternoon that Markov will not play this week as he is a definite non-starter for Saturday’s game against Ottawa.

  26. HabFanSince72 says:

    Speaking of Lous, the Devils are in a bit of trouble aren’t they?


  27. ShangaDoo says:

    Re posted from the other thread…it’s pretty dead there.

    I think H I/O could use a little female perspective on hockey.
    Someone with smarts though and every once in a while, us girls can talk
    about hot hockey players because God knows there’s many :)

    Boone you know any from your vast catalouge of loose women? I mean,
    they don’t fall just for your good looks…surely they must appreciate

    Fellas, what do you think?

    Girls Corner: Yay or Nay?

  28. Aerobiz says:

    I used to play for the LaSalle Bomber and Warriors (LMFA). We only played the Colts one season and unfortunatly they folded halfway through.


    The smell of the brewery wafting of Hayward park brigs back fond memories… and makes me want to hit people.

  29. Harani says:

    Luongo is getting lit up like a christmas tree but the thing is he’s still in net after having let in 6 goals on 16 shots. That’s pretty horrendous. But I always got the feeling that Lou and Alain Vigneault aren’ t the best of friends. There’s always been this bitterness about the two and the way the coach talk about his “star” goaltender (I put that in quotations because I personally think Luongo is over-rated a bit)

    If that’s the case, then Vigneault will be shown the door in Vancouver cause Lou’s got 8 years on that new deal of his.

    “It must be love!”

  30. joeybarrie says:


    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  31. joeybarrie says:

    Luongo has almost as many GA and he does saves… Still wont pull him.

    Yet tonight on 2 so so goals against the Caps, Boudreau keeps up his short lease on goalies and pulls Neuvirth.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  32. joeybarrie says:

    Ca marche pas bien pour Alain Vignault ce soir…. Down 6-1 to the Wild, and Rypien shoved 2 fans in the stands… Big suspension coming there…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  33. samTHEman says:

    nice. bag skate paying off? 5-1 now

  34. Wayne says:


    These next words may or may not fizz anyone here but as an expat, they are fond memories and conjure images almost otherworldly.

    • Patate Dore, Central Pizzeria, Normand’s, Emma’s Pastry and “The Roach” (Movie theatre on the corner of 7th ave where they played monster movies for 30 cents apiece before it turned into a blue zone)
    • LaSalle Colts football (I played for the Beavers, Mustangs and Stamps) –  Intercity teams played LMFA at Hayward Park. One year the Allouttes flew, by chopper – Terry Evanshen, Sonny Wade and landed them right onto our gridiron at Leroux park. What a treat. Herb Trawick sponsored one of our teams too.
    • And of course, the outdoor rinks. The were at least 2 on 9th ave and 4 up on 1st ave. Some days we played from sunup to sundown… not a care in the world. Sorry, I’m getting verklempt here.

    Then again, I could be exaggerating here just like the grumpy old man character Dana Carvey plays.

    • Oh yeah, one more thing; can-openers off the high diving board and drenching the sweet lifeguard in the speedo. Believe me, it was worth getting kicked out of the pool.

    Kudos to the Habs for doing this!


  35. habs001 says:

    latts has 1g 1a as wild lead van 3-1 in second

  36. habs001 says:

    bruins beat caps 3-1…rematch thursday in boston..

  37. Ian Cobb says:

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  38. Ian Cobb says:

    NICE, and thanks for letting us know what great work is done by the Hab,s Foundation Mike.

  39. Muckbringer says:

    and ewok’s eat poo. you dont eat poo do you?  why we dont question the nhl….

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    Very cool, youth hockey in Quebec needs all the help it can get.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  41. ShangaDoo says:

    Would the Canadiens ever practice at this rink?

  42. fbkj says:

    okay come on no love for the shore…

    … oh wait we have that big one at the dix30 nvmnd

  43. nightmare_49 says:


       Changing Lines so early in the season bothers The Upper Canadien.

       Many Habs fans will point to the fact that Benoit Pouliot is 24 years old as proof that he has already developed. In other words, what you see is what you get. I’m not so sure that’s a fact. In a few quick sentences, I’ll state my case. 


  44. SeriousFan09 says:

    Upper Canadian hasn’t posted anything I haven’t seen from the usual pessimists at Habs I/O. Read a couple times than stopped when I noticed it’s more or less a best hits compilation of general complaints.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  45. Muckbringer says:

    it takes alot for the outdoor rinks we took for granted to get built these days.

    it raises a great question for me.  why have the canadian communities turned there back on outdoor hockey?  i know weather has been an issue, but i cant even volunteer in brampton to get them made.

  46. HabFab says:

    Craig Charron dies at 42, drafted by Canadiens in 1989.


  47. 123456 says:

    Sad news, Gionta went to a benefit game in August for “sharky” here in Rochester, NY.

  48. Wayne says:

    Only 42. Sad stuff indeed.

  49. nightmare_49 says:


      SF – I tend to agree with you on UC but i like his point.

  50. Muckbringer says:






  51. samTHEman says:

    i was just watching old koivu highlights…oh man…the memories and emotions.

    would be so cool to have him back. paid so much less than gomez and will put the same numbers if not more (with proper line mates) but lets not have that discussion lol. and gomez took his number!

  52. Muckbringer says:

    sigh….i remember what coming for kovalchuk………….


    Nathan Explosion and Alcohol, Metalocalypse

  53. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m a giant Koivu fan, but the team needed to move and Koivu has unfortunately fallen out of his prime, he’s 36 next month and has been battling injury for over a decade. He wasn’t as effective as he used to be and it was harder to summon up his all-out efforts that turned games. The stress of trying to lead a divided room and facing a hostile media for so long took a toll as well.

    Five years ago this wouldn’t have happened, but it isn’t 5 years ago.




    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  54. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bulldogs pick up their 2nd win of the season against the Rochester Americans in a 5-2 win.

    Alexander Avtsin records both his first point and first assist in the AHL, Andreas Engqvist gets his first two points as well, Yannick Weber scores a pair of goals from the point, Mathieu Carle gets his first goal of the season and Andrew Conboy gets one himself, David Desharnais had an assist. Robert Mayer picks up the win with 23 saves on 25 shots.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  55. samTHEman says:

    Happy for them. Too bad they dropped the home opener against the Marlies :( They got a couple of really lucky bounces go their way.


    0 goals for Max Pacioretty.  In 63 career games in the AHL with the bulldogs, Max Pacioretty has scored a total of 9 goals. Yes, NINE.

    This guy is supposed to be a goal scorer?

    If you don`t dominate in the juniors, you won`t dominate in pro. If you don`t dominate in the AHL, you won`t dominate in the NHL. That`s just the way it works.


    Looks like Desharnais and Maxwell will continue to dominate for a 3rd consecutive season. Good for them. And glad to see Avtsin added to the list.


    Anyone know where Palushaj is?


  56. HabFanSince72 says:

    The bizarre thing about MaxPac is where did the hype come from?

    Remember he started last year on the top line?

  57. HabFab says:

    Aaron Palushaj (ankle injury – day-to-day (Oct. 19), happened during a practice)

  58. SeriousFan09 says:

    Max Pacioretty in his first AHL season, 6G 23A in 37GP after only 1 season of NCAA hockey. That’s pretty damn solid actually and his development’s been messed with. He has a nice heavy shot that hasn’t been developed. Upon his return to the AHL last season he battled a shoulder injury that held him back. Pacioretty has the size, skating and body type to work in the NHL, he needs skills development and that’s what the AHL is for. PPG player in the USHL and the NCAA which is pretty good.

    Palushaj is DTD on injury.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  59. HabFab says:
    2006-07 Sioux City Musketeers USHL
    2007-08 University of Michigan NCAA
  60. SeriousFan09 says:

    He had great a pre-season game against DET in 08-09 and it created hype, he had 29 points in 37 AHL games before his first call-up and everyone was sold he was just waiting to break out when he wasn’t nearly physically developed for NHL hockey or had the proper skills development.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  61. samTHEman says:

    When I spoke with Cammi`s dad he was telling me how important it is for guys to spend 2-3 full seasons in college, dominate, and properly develop on to pro. He stressed the importance of it and gave me examples (his son, 3 years in michigan) and a bunch others…cogliano (rushed, his production is slowing down), can`t remember the others. I heard a bunch of people on the radio say the exact same thing this morning. You need to dominate in the level below before you make the jump. It`s just logical. And you`re absolutely right, Max Pac has battled with injuries, and his development has been tampered with. Management`s fault? Poor decision making? Imo we called him up too fast, and I won`t lie I was rooting for him to be called up because his big body, speed and shot made him look ready, but he wasnt ready mentally….anyways that bridge has sailed so lets see what happens with 67

  62. habs001 says:

    i understand what your saying…but look at his stats since age 16 …he has never scored at any  level …high school,usa junior…college he had a good points per game pace but did not play enough games …to score goals in the nhl you have to have experienced a lot of goal scoring prior..

  63. SeriousFan09 says:

    15G in a rookie NCAA campaign is what has some people so high on Danny Kristo’s work at North Dakota (well he had 16G but close enough).

    Pacioretty will never be 30+ type but with his size and willingness to physically engage, he could be a gate-crasher for Montreal with strength and some decent hands to handle the puck.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  64. habs001 says:

    macpac can become a grinder and pick up assists but he does not have goal scoring ability and never had… 

  65. samTHEman says:

    Serious is right he had a few good preseason games where he played on a line with Kovy and looked real good rushing towards the net.


    Where did the hype come from? It`s Montreal.

  66. SeriousFan09 says:

    He looked ready, the roster was full of holes so they were just looking for anybody who was having a solid AHL season and he had looked pretty good in pre-season. D’Ags and Pacioretty only stuck on the roster because of holes more than anything starting in 08-09.

    A season in the AHL will do him good. He and White tend to work very well together.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  67. samTHEman says:

    hopefully not the next higgins.

  68. TomNickle says:

    Did Pacioretty play junior hockey?

  69. 24 Cups says:

    MaxPac played in the USHL and at Michigan (one year).  In my eyes, he is a prime example of a young player being fast tracked before he was even close to being ready.  The Habs had some injury woes so they brought up Pacioretty before he could handle the NHL.  The fact that he got off to a quick start didn’t help matters.  It’s been a struggle ever since.


  70. ManApart says:

    Is it the curse of the Habs 1st round draft picks again? Not like Gainey and the gang haven’t done it before. Still too early to tell, but he’s definately not developing on track as the brass led us to believe or thought themselves a few years back. Surprise, surprise. Hopefully he can develop into a 3rd line guy that could pot a few, I mean lately, that’s pretty much the ceiling as far as Habs draft picks go

  71. ManApart says:

    That’s right, full of holes. It’s not like Gainey had like 5 years or something to avoid such a situation.

  72. ManApart says:

    THat’s right. In Montreal, a guy skates hard once and everyone thinks he’s the greatest player since The Rocket. Lars Eller being the latest example. People already calling for him to play with Gomez and Gio after 15 NHL games lol. He hasn’t even done anything yet.

  73. SeriousFan09 says:

    Holes due to injuries to Koivu, Tanguay and Pleks nightmare season. It wasn’t like this planned, the Top-6 was generating until the injuries occured and than one thing led to another. They just didn’t come out of nowhere, going into that season, Pleks, Koivu, Tanguay, AK, Kovy looked like a solid offensive core.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  74. SeriousFan09 says:

    When drafted and not going in the top 5 picks, you should expect to not see that player on your roster for at least 3 years, finishing out junior and playing at least one pro year in the AHL before making the roster, if earlier better but Max-Pac had a year and a half after he was drafted before making the club. He shouldn’t have seen the NHL really until this year’s roster. It’s especially important to develop a player in a pressure-filled market like Montreal that spits out a lot of players who can’t take it.

    Louis Leblanc is optimistically going to play for the Canadiens in any kind of role in the 2012-13 season, same for Danny Kristo.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  75. showey47 says:

    max pacs production in his first year of college were better then guys like erik cole and mike cammalleri in theirs and i would say they both had pretty good and productive careers (baring cole’s injury)..  Max should have played at least another full year of college hockey maybe even 2. This is another classic case of rushing a player.

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