Spacek set to play 800th NHL game

Canadiens defenceman Jaroslav Spacek, who endured a difficult start to the season but has been rounding into better form of late, will play his 800th NHL game on Wednesday night at home against the Edmonton Oilers.

Spacek broke into the league with the Florida Panthers in 1998-99 and has since played for Chicago, Columbus, Chicago again, Edmonton and Buffalo before joining the Canadiens as a free agent before the start of last season.

Here’s a little video of Spacek after today’s practice, discussing his 13-season NHL career.



  1. SLONCOLD says:

    -10. 🙂

    sorry but it really sucks that his wife’s car was broken into but in all honesty no worse than my care being broken into and having things stolen. sorry

  2. LA Loyalist says:

    I dragged my California-raised wife through the snow up St. Laurent to Schwartz’s. I wear my lucky Scwartz’s cap to my son’s games… have to do it again soon… 🙂



  3. habaholic68NJ says:

    Will do.

  4. punkster says:

    Rob, I see my comment and your response stirred up a hornets nest. This is turning into an emotional topic and I have no desire to see it deteriorate in the direction that some (edit:self-censored) here want to take it.

    Understand two things. One, I disagree with your Gomez stance and will continue to do so, and two, nothing related to sports drives me crazy. LOL man, it’s not real life.

  5. Everlasting1 says:

    Are you hiring? Because I know this guy who is seeking seasonal work and needs to relocate. His past experience speaks for itself, therefore he has nothing more to prove. He commands a $7mil+ base salary, and needs the job to supplement his income of selling Alaskan lemon-flavoured snowcones in the offseason. He’ll provide references upon request..they’ll concur on his sense of humor.



    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  6. VancouverHab says:

    “Because although he has a personality he doesn’t have an ego. He’s about the team. It’s not the Scott Gomez show.”

    Crikey that’s well put, HH.

    I myself don’t have that ability to encapsulated an insight aphoristically (that’s why I collect others’), so I admire it when I find it.

  7. HardHabits says:

    The mere fact that you bemoan Koivu’s departure is clear indication enough that you haven’t a clue what it means to not just be a Habs fan but to know what the team needed to move forward.

    As far as Gomez is concerned he was 2nd in points last season, he played top minutes, above 20 a game along with Gio, Cammy and Plex in the playoffs and in them they were all in the same range in scoring.

    You have no bad news to bear. Gomez is OK by me.


  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    Do it for yourself, you can’t enjoy it that much being so repetitive and besides, bashing Gomez is the trademarked property of SD anyway.

    Props on the Schwartz’s reference though, nice to see you remember the primers of Montreal culture.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  9. LA Loyalist says:

    Please post your impressions of Kovalchuk. I saw him live here in LA and thought he was astounding, though wasted in New Jersey. Love to hear what you think.



  10. HardHabits says:

    Talk to me when the season is 100% over. I’ll take Gomez’ experience in and to the playoffs over his statistically poor production early on in the regular season. Is he worth 7.87 million? Ask Glen Sather. Is he a valuable asset on the team? Ask Bob Gainey.

    Some fans wish Halak was on the team and not Price. Some fans wish Koivu was here as opposed to Gomez. Some want Gomez gone at any cost. Others want Kovalev back. That’s the nature of fandom I guess.

    I like Gomez. I like the fact that last game JM reduced his ice time to 16 minutes and pushed up Eller’s to 12. I have noticed little things in Gomez’ game like his back checking and his making nice passes that are creating scoring chances but aren’t getting buried. So I don’t know what the fuss is about. Oh, it must be because Koivu has more points or that without Gomez we could’ve signed Gaborik or Kovalchuck.

    The Habs play a system. Gomez is part and parcel of that system. There is no one today and next year to replace him out right, however players are in the pipeline ready to step into the role eventually. This is one aspect of Gomez’ value. His being there as a buffer for the kids to grow into the role and step up. Why? Because although he has a personality he doesn’t have an ego. He’s about the team. It’s not the Scott Gomez show.

    With that in mind I am going to change my avatar back to the old version.

  11. LA Loyalist says:

    I’d love to! I swear! I came on tonight with no intention of that, I wanted to read about the funeral. But then there’s a whole fat Gomez thread just sitting there, like a smoked meat on the counter at Schwartz’s… man, I’m sorry.

    Ok, it’s what, Nov 30th? I guess Dec 1. I will not comment on Scott Gomez for 2 weeks. December 15th, as a gesture of respect to yourself.

    Anyway, Timo can carry the canoe for a while just fine.

    Wow, this is going to be tough 🙂




  12. LA Loyalist says:

    Cognitive awareness? You go to CEGEP or what?

    Trade Gomez? What could we get for Gomez? A box of fish sticks? Sheesh.

    And Kovalchuk in New Jersey is irrelevant to the argument. I’ve seen him play live he is freaking unbelievably skilled and you can see he is trying, probably too much so. We would all be crying Champagne to have him on Habs.

    New Jersey has no idea what to do with him in their system and their coach is an idiot. He makes Martin look like Scotty Bowman. He was wrong not to sign in LA, he would have been good on LA, Habs or a strong skating team.

    Gomez may have been good once, but he’s done. And we can’t fill our holes with him still here. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ever thought about logging in and posting a comment that doesn’t involve Gomez?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  14. LA Loyalist says:

    Define a moment, please. The season is 25% over. When might it become reasonable for us to become concerned? 

    Markov, for eg, coming back from his original injury, could reasonably be expected to need until December or January to get up to top form.

    Gomez, over the summer, whether fishing in Alaska or playing golf in Moscow, or whatever, could reasonably be expected to GET OFF HIS ASS by, say, November 1st? Am I being unreasonable? 

    Oh Crap, November has gone, hasn’t it?

    You can like the guy, he is by all accounts a good team mate. You can buy his jersey. You and his mom will make two. But don’t pretend we’re getting our money’s worth.




  15. LA Loyalist says:

    Please explain how Gomez is contributing $7-8 million worth to the team. We’re listening. Present a reasoned argument. If all you can say is “intangibles” fine, because that’s all you can say.

    There is no factual argument you can present. He has 7 points which projects out to a 28 point season. He has 3 goals, one of which was a fluke from the icing line and one of which went in off his ass. The other I didn’t see. Maybe it reminded everyone of Kovalev on a good day, but I’m not holding my breath.

    I was all over Price last year, because he sucked. This year he’s great. I’m happy and cheering for him. If it was the rodeo, great, if it’s the moustache, less great, but who cares? Hockey is a great sport because the numerical results, while not everything, help separate the wheat from the chaff.

    If Gomez starts going to the net and setting people up and attracting 2 defenders that leaves somebody open – hey, he’ll get results. But his blue line to blue line rushes and passes to nowhere are not getting it done and haven’t been getting it done for a long time.

    So go down to Notre Dame and light a candle, or bring a reasoned, cogent argument with some remote relationship to fact, and we’ll all happily kick it around.

  16. LA Loyalist says:

    Thanks for defending those of us who think Gomez is done, toasted and crumby 🙂

  17. LA Loyalist says:

    You guys are all going to get one way tickets to Afghanistan.



  18. LA Loyalist says:

    Great. Now you’re going to wake up at 3,000 meters, in free fall, screaming, banging on a beeping parachute button (this will make no sense unless you’ve seen the remake of Predator (which makes no sense either, but is lots of fun)).

    You’ll be missed 🙂




  19. VancouverHab says:

    SD: I respect your opinion, & your right to make it: and you argue without abuse.

    I do know what the word scapegoat means, and you are in a strict sense correct: no-one is using Scott Gomez to expiate their sins by substitution. (He is not a whipping boy in the strict sense either: somneone who is punished in place of another.)

    So that means it’s worse for his abusers.

    You having caused me to think precisely (where I had previously seen him imprecisely as a whipping boy), I now believe that the Gomez abusers are using Mr. Gomez in the way that schoolyard bullies single out a particular boy as their victim. Bullies are ignoble, but they are phsychologically simple cases. By belittling their target they feel themselves to be enlarged.

    So, we defenders of Gomez say that the intensity and vituperation characterising the present attacks on him are out of all proportion to the minor detail that he is not producing offensively at this moment. Hence, we are compelled to make our persistent defense. 

  20. Number31 says:

    And on waivers is where he belongs…

  21. RJB says:

    Kelley got it right, Hasek was embarrassed and flipped. He never backed away from the truth, really interesting story he posted on his blog about the foot in crease Stanley cup final he covered as a Buffalo writer.

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  22. Bugs says:

    I was wondering how to say it. That’s PERFECT, Ash.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    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:

  23. SmartDog says:


    But it doesn’t matter who is or isn’t talking about Gomez’s suckitude.

    In his last five games, Gomez has had ONE ASSIST. 

    His numbers speak for themselves.


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  24. Propwash says:

    Ian, something tells me, they say that to anyone who has a gripe to the CBC.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  25. SmartDog says:

    Gomez is a scapegoat? 

    For what? His own poor performance?  The poor performance of his linemates (no matter who they put with him)?

    Pffffftttt…..   You don’t know what the word means.

    I’ve been more right about Gomez’s worth than all of you Gomer-lovers. And sadly, I WILL be more right until he’s gone from our roster.  I know that drives you crazy.


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  26. observer says:

    Wiki – One of the most notorious moments of Kelley’s career came in the 1996–97 NHL season, while he was covering the Buffalo Sabres’ first round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators. After Sabres goaltender Dominik Hašek claimed to be injured with a knee pop in game three of the series, Kelley wrote a column the next day that accused Hašek of having “poor mental toughness.”[2] After game five of the series, Kelley approached Hašek for an interview. When he saw Kelley, Hašek unexpectedly yelled at him, pushed him and subsequently ripped his shirt off. He later issued a formal apology to Kelley, and was suspended three games and fined $10,000 for his actions.

  27. SmartDog says:

    Good job Ian.



    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  28. SmartDog says:

    Woah!  I got the EXACT SAME LETTER.

    What are the odds?  Weird.


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  29. VancouverHab says:

    To apply an apposite aphorism, “If Scott Gomez walked on water, the Montreal media and many H-I/O posters would sneer that he couldn’t swim.” 

  30. HardHabits says:

    It could be a ratings bonanza, if marketed properly. Might even produce some great hockey.

    It just goads me to think that when you say Red Wings in the finals I don’t flinch. Talk about a great franchise. Unreal how they continue to be a great team year in and year out. That’s why I have a tough skin vis-a-vis the Habs. It is my humble opinion that the Habs are in a type of restructuring that will see them build a very strong team in the upcoming years, not unlike the Wings. As a Habs fan since ’73 it’s much better than clutching at straws hoping an 8th place finish will wield that anything can happen scenario that never happens, well, excluding last year. The thing about last year is that I see it as being a stepping stone in the right direction. Right now in the East I see Pittsburgh, Washington, Philadelphia and Montreal as being all candidates to go to the finals. I especially like the intra-conference grudge matches. It seems like too long ago when I actually had faith the Habs could go 4 rounds.

  31. observer says:

    Former Yankee many World Series winning infielder from Mickey Mantle days – Gil Mac Dougall also died the other day from cancer.

  32. Ian Cobb says:

    Someday Chris, you will come to understand one day, the difference between passive permissive and taking a stand. When one is right, one fights in every way possible.

  33. observer says:

    Do you not think CBC has got thousands of complaints about Cherry over the years? But allows him to stay on because his ratings are high and they’re afraid he’ll just move to TSN and they’ll lose those fans?

  34. habs365 says:

    maybe a so,so, defenseman..sure don’t help in the stats

  35. Ian Cobb says:

    TIMO–I got a call today from the CBC Ombudsman, and we talked for about half hour. He is going to carry my concerns about Cherry to the executives who will be interested in my complaints. I will be getting a reply from them.

  36. VancouverHab says:

    Amen! Testify, brother!

    (I too was going to comment on the …uhm, impolitic…. use of a judgement by TSN (!) as a point against, rather than as it seems to me for, Gomez, but refrained because SD had — not unreasonably — objected to people picking out single parts of his posts.)

  37. SeriousFan09 says:

    I watched the Blackhawks all last season and their entire SCF run when the Habs weren’t playing. I’ve seen him play plenty of times.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  38. Ian Cobb says:

    I cannot believe that there are scumbags out there that would rob a grieving wife at his funeral.

    hereby announce, that if anyone out there knows who the perpetrator is,
    and comes forward with the information that returns all the stolen
    property and convicts the person or persons responsible.

    I will pay $10,000.00 reward.

  39. mbplekfan says:

    If we wait till the end of the year we could just sign him. He isnt going to play in MTL this year but maybe Hamilton could use him. Defencemen take longer to develop, sometimes till 26-27 so he still has time to develop.

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    I want Red Wings-Canadiens for a SCF this year, people talk about Stanley Cup classics, let’s have a real one and get something that’ll have Red Fisher so sentimental he’ll forget he hates Carey Price.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  41. MTLForever says:

    is that a joke…

  42. HardHabits says:

    Bettman has nightmares about the Habs winning the Cup with team defense.

  43. HardHabits says:

    It boils down to this. Habs fans need one of two things and if they can’t have one they will have the other. The one thing they want is a league leading scorer. Now since they can’t have that they have the other thing they covet, and that is the scape-goat. Enter Gomez. In the minds of Habs fans, you hear me Lou Lamoriello, you can just insert a super-star, like say Ilya Kovalchuck, into any team and the goals will start flowing and the wins will pour in like strawberry wine just as fast as you can chemistry. As everybody knows, you can just throw money around, ahem Glen Sather, and build a championship team lickety-split.

    Of course. Waive Gomez. Free agents will come running to play for the Habs right away. Once Gomez is gone the Habs will have all this cash to sign the bestest most awesomest centre in the galaxy. Oh no I got it. Let’s trade Gomez instead. Yeah that’ll show Sather that he is not the most cunning man alive.

    Scott Gomez has gone to the dance 3 times, winning twice. He was a major part of last season’s playoff run. Gomez knows what it takes to go deep in the playoffs and that cognitive awareness is invaluable to a team. I’d say moreso than personal stats, especially when the team is winning.

  44. Say Ash says:

    Remember that warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark? That’s where your case is being “filed”.

  45. JD_ says:

    After seein’ the final score of the Chicago v St-Louis game, went to check the game stats out of curiosity.

    St-Louis: 5 goals on 26 shots (v Crawford).

    Chicago: 7 goals on 24 shots (v Conklin).

    An incredible 12 goals on a total of 50 shots.


  46. Seps says:

    Its pointless we have so many good D in the AHL that will be ready very soon.

  47. Timo says:

    He can’t. God did not bless him with opposable thumbs.

  48. Timo says:

    Yeah… there is a “case”, alright 🙂

  49. Kaptain K says:

    Hey guys, check out this video of a lip dub done here in our very own Cote-St-Luc by my fellow EMS volunteers!

  50. diehardhab says:

    By the sound of all this we will be lucky if this is resolved by 2020. talk about due process!

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  51. Timo says:

    Hahah… got a response from CRTC to my complain about Cherry’s attacks on Subban. Wow… I feel a little lame.


    Dear Mr. :

    Thank you for taking the time to contact the CRTC.

    It’s the broadcasters themselves – not the CRTC – who are responsible for the programming they provide.  This is spelled out in the Broadcasting Act.  Our job is to make sure broadcasters have acted responsibly – and to hold them accountable for their programming when it’s called for.

    In order to follow this matter, I am asking the CBC, by copy of this message, to respond directly to you within three weeks and to send us a copy of its reply for review by Commission staff.  I am also asking that it hold a tape of the broadcast in question until your case is resolved.  You will hear from us again if any regulatory action is required.

    Your complaint and all related correspondence will be placed on the licensee’s public file at the end of three weeks.  The Commission may review it at licence renewal time and interested parties may consult the file at any time.  In accordance with your rights under the Privacy Act, you may refuse to have your correspondence placed on such a file.  If that is the case, please contact us within three weeks of the date of this response by clicking on the link provided below, by mail, fax or telephone, quoting the reference number.  Please note that the Commission may not be able to pursue your complaint if all correspondence cannot be made public.”

  52. RJB says:

    Kelley, who was diagnosed with cancer around a year ago, wrote an article and sent it in to sportsnet today, and died this evening. Professional to the very end. Always loved his work, fantastic journalist. 

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  53. diehardhab says:

    Lol Leafs

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  54. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Wow Toronto totally blew that lead. 9 seconds left for God’s sake!

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