George Gillett, tears in his eyes, announced Thursday that the sale
of the Canadiens to the Molson family is all but finalized, saying his
eight years as owner of the historic team were the best of his family’s
life. He says his one regret was not to have won a Stanley Cup during his tenure with the Canadiens.
a happy but sad day for me to be here,” Gillett said, his voice choking
with emotion, at a news conference Thursday morning, prior to a charity
golf tournament at Laval sur le Lac.