Season’s greetings from the Canadiens

Updated with high-resolution card 

All they want for Christmas is a win at home, a win at home, a win at home…

And after tonight’s 4-1 defeat of the Flyers in Philadelphia, it’s back home to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

From Canadiens collector extraordinaire Erle Schneidman, here are five team Christmas cards spanning five decades. Click here to download this year’s card in high-resolution format for use as computer desktop wallpaper.

From top: this year’s 2007-08 card, then 1997-98, 1987-88, 1977-78, 1967-68.



  1. P St. Pierre says:

    So that’s his problem…

  2. Dru says:


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  3. Dave Stubbs says:

    We’re looking into this photo issue. Hope to have an answer soon.

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette


  4. craz11 says:

    I love how Dandaneault’s stick says LE DANDY

  5. craz11 says:

    It’s actually part of the stock graphics CCM uses on their sticks. Gives chumps like you and me the option of colouring in the 88 to make it into whatever number we wear. I guess the Habs trainers can’t be bothered to do it, or they left their markers at home! 😉

  6. idle says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the numbers on their sticks stood for how many goals they currently have.

  7. Chuck says:

    Is there any partuicular reason that Koivu has #88 on his stick?


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  8. P St. Pierre says:

    I don’t think Pleks had a chance to alter his stick before this picture was taken, because that stick is as long as Komisarek’s and there is no tape on the end. Komisarek is 6’4″ and Pleks is only 5’10”. I realize that defensemen generally like longer sticks but I’d be very surprised if Plekanec’s stick is that long considering how good he is with the puck.

    Dave, thanks for the post. I don’t know why, but cheering for the Canadiens is almost a lifestyle. I’m so wrapped up in them that I’m analyzing their Christmas card.

  9. DYCSoccer17 says:

    The size of the knob on Hamrlik’s (aka Hamlik) is massive. It looks like a goalie’s stick. I wonder if that is a typo or a nickname?

    Grabovski’s stick is the only nameless one.

    Surprised at how long Saku and Plekanec’s sticks are. Perhaps it’s an advantage in the faceoff circle?

    It never ceases to amaze me how much tape these guys put on their sticks. They get these ultra flimsy lightweight sticks that break every time they try to make a pass, but then they load the tape onto it, which makes it as heavy as a stronger wooden stick. Look at Lats’ stick, for crying out loud!

  10. Chuck says:

    Le Dandy jumped right out at me, too. Hilarious!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  11. Naila Jinnah says:

    Upon closer examination…

    “Smoke”, I get… But “Le Dandy”?

    And “Hamlik” isn’t that much shorter than “Hamrlik”… It just sounds dirtier :O

  12. habitual says:

    TSN’s Bob McKenzie dismissed it as not making much sense.

  13. Chimpanjesus says:

    Does anyone have a take on the latest Habs-Sharks rumours- Marleau/Bernier for Koivu/Ryder + Prospect? It sounds interesting. As much as I love Koivu, I think there is definetley a rift between him and Carbo which is dragging him down.

  14. Barts says:

    Esposito gets sent home from the WJ camp for the third consecutive year. I’m glad we didn’t pick him.

  15. the_larry says:

    Id like to get myself on that christmas card list. Im barely on my families list so it’d be nice to get one from the Habs

  16. joe-hab-nuno says:

    usually stick handlers prefer shorter sticks. But i wasn’t expecting it to be that much shorter then Koivu’s since Koivi is a pretty good stick handler.

  17. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    interesting, the best puck handler on the team has the shortest stick for a forward.

    until the problem in my picture is solved…we will not be Champions.

  18. joe-hab-nuno says:

    Look at much shorter Kovelevs stick is to Koivu’s

  19. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Not sure if this was on anyone’s Christmas list…but just read on TSN that PK made the World Juniors as the team’s seventh defenseman….good job PK!

  20. Sports1131 says:

    Haha, LE DANDY #25

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Season’s greetings from the Canadiens

All they want for Christmas is a win at home, a win at home, a win at home…

Canadiens collector extraordinaire Erle Schneidman at shares five Canadiens Christmas cards spanning five decades:

From top: this year’s 2007-08 card, then 1998-98, 1987-88, 1977-78 and 1967-68:


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