Dick Irvin the special guest on this week’s HI/O Show


Legendary broadcaster Dick Irvin is the special guest on this week’s HI/O Show, joining columnist Dave Stubbs and sports editor/host Stu Cowan to share some of his favourite stories about the Canadiens from a distinguished career that included 33 years at Hockey Night in Canada.

Irvin, 81, recently received the Order of Canada for “his contributions to hockey as a beloved broadcaster and author, as well as for his charitable activities.” Irvin called Canadiens games on the radio for 29 years and also wrote six books. The last one, My 26 Stanley Cups: Memories of a Hockey Life, was published in 2001. Irvin was also the chairman of the sports celebrity dinner for the Montreal Children’s Hospital for 24 years and has appeared at charity fundraisers in every province in Canada.

On the HI/O Show, Irvin talks about what it was like growing up as the son of Canadiens coach Dick Irvin Sr., who won three Stanley Cups in Montreal, and recalls his earliest memories of the club and the time Habs fans threatened to burn down the Forum if the team didn’t fire his father. A recipient of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his contributions to broadcasting, Irvin also talks about his days playing hockey at McGill University, his favourite Canadiens players to watch over the years and his most memorable moments behind the microphone.

And Irvin gives his take on some of the broadcasters he worked with during his career, including Danny Gallivan, Howie Meeker, Don Cherry and Bob Cole.

Next week’s scheduled guests for the HI/O Show are former Canadien Chris “Knuckles” Nilan and columnist Jack Todd and they’ll be answering questions from the HI/O community. If you have a question you want asked on the show, email sports editor Stu Cowan at scowan@montrealgazette.com or put your question down as a comment on this post.

(Photo Sterling Agres/HI/O Show producer)


  1. Rejean says:

    Wonderful show guys!

  2. BJ says:

    Come on over new liveblog.

  3. Dunboyne Mike says:

    New thread.


    You COULD be first!!….

  4. Habfan10912 says:

    Anybody know what number jersey Orr, er ah I mean Diaz wears for the Canucks?

  5. jrshabs1 says:

    I suggested MaxPac and Galchenyuk could be the Habs version of Hull/Oates yesterday. I also added that guy like Weise who’s a big fast winger would be a good fit to play with them. Unclench!..(does anybody remember who played with Hull/Oates)? I took a hammer to the head by one or more of our HIO player experts. I’m still going with it.

    MOAR BIGGAR!!!!!

  6. Luke says:


    This retirement thing is really going to Boone’s Scotch addled head.

    He better be working on a great Czarnik piece. I want Corsi. I expect Fenwick. And whatever else he’s got. Because you know the guys at another Website are going to tell us that, looking at the numbers, he’s a poor replacement for Diaz.

  7. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Sorry, Retro.
    Dick signed for me outside the Forum when I was a kid.
    Maybe there was a lot of garlic in what you had for dinner that night? Or Limburger cheese?

  8. HabinBurlington says:

    Enjoy the game tonight folks, I will be unable to watch as I will be enjoying Elton sing Saturday Nights all right for Fighting, fully expecting to see Cherry there in full garb!

    • Luke says:

      Enjoy the show Burly.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Enjoy, Burly. Please get a snap of Grapes in the big square glasses and platforms.

      And you can both boo during “Philadephia Freedom”.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Enjoy bud and don’t let the sun fall down on you.

    • Bripro says:

      Have a great time Gerry!
      Lisa and I have seen him 3 times.
      The first was the best.
      Montreal hosted it’s first Coors concert at the old Jarry stadium.
      I’ll say somewhere around 1989-90.
      They had a “surprise artist performing tonight” was the promo.
      So we bought tickets at 7pm at the gate. General admission.
      The show started at 8. We start walking in, on the grounds, and there were …. 2,000-2,500 dispersed around the stadium. So we’re walking and walking until we walk right up and lean on the stage. No safety fence in the front, no security guards pushing us away.
      Now it’s 7:45. I turn around and the place is PACKED. I mean 15,000 easy! And no one knows yet who the artist is going to be……
      “Lady and gentlemen, thank you for coming….. blah blah blah….
      …pleased to present, Elton John!!!!”

      It’s the second best concert I’ve been to, after Floyd at the Autostad in ’74.

      And this in the city where outdoor summer concerts are the norm.

  9. Psycho29 says:


    I heard that he has better hair than Qualier…

    Go Habs Go!

  10. Scotty90 says:

    Quailer – Czarnik trade… this is apparently inconsequential but I get the feeling in my gut that the table is being set for something bigger between the two teams! that or my TUMS are past their ‘best before date’!

  11. TheDagger says:

    Assuming HIO will go in one of two ways:
    A. That’s it for Quailer?!!! He was our future!!
    2. Czarnik should play on the 1st line; Pax – Chucky – CZ

  12. JUST ME says:

    Really can`t find anything spectacular about that Quailer – Czarnik trade and i worked hard on it. Oh wait ! We have made a noticeable jump of 22 rank in the draft of…2008….

    Getting late to have some serious trade before olympic deadline. and they won`t have much time when they come back to negociate unless of course it`s already under way wich i am sure we would have been informed by some reliable HIO sources…

    Let`s get those 2 points tonight cause this is the only thing that counts. No momentum to carry forward because of the break. Only one risk though is that the guys already think that they are on vacation. Remember at work the last days before vacations ?

  13. Max says:

    A minor leaguer who’ll never play in the NHL for another minor leaguer who’ll never play in the NHL. Next please.

  14. Ali says:

    Somebody on twitter (can’t find it now) speculated they acquired this Czarnik fellow as his brother is a college UFA that some teams are pursuing, so it might help in that case. Those overly concerned with size will be disappointed to learn his brother is under 6′ tall.

  15. Bripro says:

    OK so I’ve scrolled down as far as my brain will let me, and I haven’t found a single reference (must have been posted before lunch),
    but here’s Marty St Louis’ press conference on his Sochi selection.


  16. Harditya says:

    Edit: Oops, I see it’s been posted below!

  17. RiverviewCanadien says:

    LA Kings acquire Steve Quailer from Montreal for Robert Czarnik…

    Folks, it’s Bushmills time, and that’ll keep ya warm!

    • shiram says:

      Here’s LA’s release

      for the stuff that really matters, we lost 4 inches and about 12 pounds.

      • RiverviewCanadien says:

        Thanks for posting that…I guess I could have done that.


        Folks, it’s Bushmills time, and that’ll keep ya warm!

        • shiram says:

          I was about to post it when I saw yours, so I thought I’d enrich it instead of making a new one.

          • RiverviewCanadien says:

            Thanks Shiram!

            Let’s see how the rest of the HIO posters “enrich” this even more 😉

            Folks, it’s Bushmills time, and that’ll keep ya warm!

    • Luke says:

      Eklund nails another one.

      He’s been predicting a big move between the Habs and Kings for while now.

    • Mattyleg says:

      This has HUGE implications.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • krob1000 says:

      Should read Hamilton Bulldogs trade Steve Quailer to Manchester Monarchs for Robert Czarnik no?

      • RiverviewCanadien says:

        I would agree, but if you read the Kings posting of it…

        Only posted since everyone wants MB to do something…well he did something.

        Folks, it’s Bushmills time, and that’ll keep ya warm!

    • CJ says:

      Something for nothing. Or maybe nothing for nothing. Qualier just couldn’t stay healthy. Once upon a time I thought he and Dustin Walsh had upside. Unfortunately both careers have been impacted by injuries. Best of luck to Qualier.

    • Ron says:

      Dropped from a 6’4 player down to 6′ and lost 22 lbs. Hope MB knows what he is doing. Anybody here know much about Czarnik ?

    • RetroMikey says:

      So we are swallowing Czarnik’s $550,000 US contract compared to the bigger Qualier’s entry level contract of $65,000 US?
      Bergy is starting to be like Bobby of the past?
      I wonder is Bobby is still working with the organization as a special advisor?
      Seem like it since Bergy is the splitting image of Bobby, does absolutely nothng come trade deadline.

      “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

      • RiverviewCanadien says:

        Ummm…so doesn’t that free up more money since Quailer’s contract was bigger? I think you left out a 0 (zero) from Steve’s contract, right after the 5…

        Sometimes RM, you have to make changes to your farm team, it just happens. Don’t lose sleep over this one.

        Folks, it’s Bushmills time, and that’ll keep ya warm!

      • Forum Dog says:

        I’m not following. Aren’t they both on entry level contracts that pay pretty much the same ($50-60K AHL / $500-600K NHL)?

      • Luke says:

        Wow. You are really diggin’ for complaints if all you’ve got today is “Dick wouldn’t sign my stick” and “Czarnik makes 550,000”

        And, not to cast sunshine on your rainy day here, but Czarnik’s 2-way contract sees him paid $55,000 in the AHL.

        So… I suppose by your logic, MB made a brilliant move.

    • Bripro says:

      The last time any transaction this big involving the Kings…
      I would guess, the Gretzky acquisition.

  18. Phil C says:

    What’s with the fans having to sing O Canada at the Bell Centre? They can’t afford to give a gig to some young singer looking to make a name for themselves? When I was a kid, my Dad and I used to look forward to listening to Roger Doucet sing.

  19. HabinBurlington says:

    Nashville Predators players frustrated with contract talks?

    GM David Poile was on the ice during game day skate and took a puck in the face. Ryan White had his slew foot move upgraded bigtime it sounds like.


    Edit: Read a report now that Trotz says Poile was standing in tunnel by ice and a Rocket hit him in face. (Weber asking for a trade?)

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