CJ - (C.J. Casselman)

Member since December 30, 2013

Ottawa

Habs fan since: 1979
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  • Comment on Habs happy to be home with 2-0 series lead (with video) (2014-04-20 09:10:45)
    You won't need to teach these guys much. They both get it. Like or dislike Bergevin, he isn't kidding when he talks about drafting and signing players with character. Just wait until you see Jeremy Gregorie play. He is Galley, except bigger. His motor is stuck in fifth gear. Like Chucky, Hudon is the better player, but like Galley, Gregorie is a tireless worker. Lots to be excited about going forward.
  • Comment on Habs happy to be home with 2-0 series lead (with video) (2014-04-20 09:05:08)
    Good morning and thank you Mike. Let's just say I had a great friend whisper in my ear. I'm very fortunate. Family is family, and values are values, but when you grow up in a small farming village of 400 residents, a sense of community resides with you. Maybe that's a biased opinion, but it's forged on first hand experience. Best wishes, CJ
  • Comment on Habs happy to be home with 2-0 series lead (with video) (2014-04-20 08:50:55)
    I agree completely. I saw it the same way. Bodes well going forward.
  • Comment on Habs happy to be home with 2-0 series lead (with video) (2014-04-20 08:36:40)
    Your last sentence is the most impactful. I agree 100%.
  • Comment on Habs happy to be home with 2-0 series lead (with video) (2014-04-20 08:01:56)
    A quick Easter story...... As a little boy my mother used to teach Sunday school. She would dress my brother and I each Sunday, against our will and drag us to church. Neither of us much enjoyed it, so she was always trying to identify activities to improve the experience. It was in this spirit that she decided to try a pen pall exchange, aligning a member of the congregation with a Sunday school student. We started at Thanksgiving and decided we would do our reveal on Eastern Sunday. So, first thing to do was choose a secret name. As a little boy, likely 7 years of age, and having read the Hockey Sweater each night before bed, naturally I wanted to be Maurice Richard. My pen pall chose the name Delia. I had no idea who Delia was, but for the next six months I couldn't wait to tell her all about my week. I shared stories about school, hockey, whatever a little boy might find important. Each Sunday I would drop my letter and collect mine. Truth be told, I can't remember the correspondence, but I recall wanting to go to church each Sunday in anticipation of receiving my letter. Fast forward to Easter Sunday. My mother allowed me to wear my Montreal hockey sweater. I had the pleasure that morning of meeting my pen pall, Mrs. Vera Barkley, who was in her early 80's. She told my grandmother that as soon as she saw my sweater, she knew who her Maurice was. To this day I remember Mrs. Barkley, my Delia. In the following years my grandmother lost her vision, and lived in the senior residence (on her own, amazing woman), just down the hall from Mrs. Barkley. When I would visit, which was all the time, my grandmother would often say that Mrs. Barkley would ask how her Maurice was doing. Fast forward to 1993 and the Canadiens hoisting the Cup. I was ecstatic. And, one of the first things to cross my mind was Delia and how I couldn't wait to tell her all about the game. Now, here we are 21 years later, and I still think about her. I think about how wonderful it would be to win a Stanley Cup. Mrs. Barkley has passed, but I won't forget her. Someday, we will win and I will cry. I'll cry because I'm happy, and I'll cry because I will think of my Delia and wonderful the innocence of a seven year old boy can truly be. I hope each of have a wonderful Easter! Best wishes, Maurice (CJ)
  • Comment on Habs happy to be home with 2-0 series lead (with video) (2014-04-20 07:44:10)
    Paul Statsny is playing himself into a huge payday. Combination of a great postseason, a thin UFA class and a decent sized centre should drive his value over $7 million annually.
  • Comment on Habs happy to be home with 2-0 series lead (with video) (2014-04-20 07:42:47)
    Cool! Thanks for sharing Jim
  • Comment on Habs happy to be home with 2-0 series lead (with video) (2014-04-20 07:41:32)
    IMO, what will help improve (I won't say flat out change) are the moves that David Branch and the OHL board has made. You need to change the culture, and that starts well before a player hits the NHL. Further you need to eliminate the mass culture led by Cherry, Millbury and other talking heads, who preach hits that eliminate the player as opposed to the real intent, which is to separate him from the puck. The problem, IMO, is the game has grown, but has struggled to keep pace with today's athlete. You simply can not have such finely conditioned athletes, adorned in the equivalent of armour running at each other. It's great to watch, but it will destroy careers and potentially life beyond hockey. Again, I love solid checks, but there is more than a handful of collisions in the blues hawks series that have been assaults more than body checks. Just my two cents.... CJ
  • Comment on Habs happy to be home with 2-0 series lead (with video) (2014-04-20 07:33:00)
    Enjoy!
  • Comment on Habs happy to be home with 2-0 series lead (with video) (2014-04-20 07:18:00)
    Good morning Jim. I don't totally disagree with Brooks. IMO, there is nothing more frustrating than subsidizing teams in non traditional markets, watching as they advertise $6 tickets and annually collect top five talent. The only thing more frustrating is having to subsidize teams who reside in what ought to be a hockey market - Ottawa. It makes my blood boil. The league has already bailed the Senators out once (2003), following their bankruptcy. Anyway, enough about that. Happy Easter! CJ