There hasn’t been a Stanley Cup party for the Canadiens in Montreal since 1993, but there will be one this year in Châteauguay for Corey Crawford.
The Chicago Blackhawks goaltender, who grew up in the city on the South Shore of Montreal, will bring the Cup home on Monday, Sept. 2, and have it on display in the parking lot at the Châteauguay Multisports Centre (255 Brisebois Blvd.) from noon until 4 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the goaltender and have their photograph taken with the Cup.
“This is an honour for us to welcome Mr. Crawford to his hometown of Châteauguay,” Châteauguay Mayor Nathalie Simon said in a press release. “We are rejoicing in his success. He is a wonderful example, not only for the youth, but for everyone.”
Crawford was on the ice at the Canadiens’ practice facility in Brossard on Tuesday as part of a CCM/Reebok Goalie Summit, trying out new pads and shooting promotional material for the company.
“It means a lot,” Crawford told NHL.com about the chance to bring the Cup home. “I grew up there and it’s a big hockey town, everyone’s excited about it. With all the support I got from my friends, family and everyone from Châteauguay and the surrounding towns it’ll be very special to go back and be able to bring the Cup and let all the kids and everyone from minor hockey take a look and take pictures and just enjoy the day.”
Crawford also commented on losing longtime Blackhawks goaltending coach Stephane Waite, who left Chicago to join the Canadiens and work with Carey Price.
“It’s definitely tough losing Steph; we worked together for a long time,” Crawford said. “It’s tough to see him go, but that’s hockey. It happens quite a bit in this business.”
“It’s my first time wearing this jersey,” Bernier, who was acquired by Toronto from the Los Angeles Kings this summer, told NHL.com before heading off for a photo shoot with his new Maple Leafs jersey. “It looks pretty good.”
In other NHL news, the Boston Bruins have promoted Brent Gretzky – the younger brother of the Great One – to amateur scouting director. Brent joined the Bruins organization in 2011 as an amateur scout.