HairyHabist - (Bryan Atkinson)

Member since May 15, 2014

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  • Comment on Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau dies at age 83 (2014-12-03 08:02:08)
    Rest in Peace somehow seems insufficient for a man whose life exemplified peace and grace. But at the same time played the game with such a high degree of physical prowess. While we may be mourning, somewhere they're cheering.
  • Comment on Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau dies at age 83 (2014-12-03 06:39:45)
    From Wikipedia: "A star at an early age, he was spotted by Canadiens general manager Frank Selke at the age of 15. Selke tried to get him to sign a "C-form," the usual form by which NHL teams bound young players to them. Under the form's terms, Jean would have joined the Canadiens at a set date, and at an agreed-upon salary. However, Jean's father balked, and eventually Selke had to content himself with having Jean sign a "B-form," in which he agreed to play for Montreal should he ever decide to turn pro. Béliveau became a star in Quebec's amateur leagues, and was called up twice for brief appearances by the Canadiens in 1950–51 and 1952–53. He led the Quebec Senior Hockey League in scoring in 1953. However, he did not appear to show much interest in playing professionally. Finally, Selke got an idea—if the QSHL were somehow turned into a professional league, Béliveau would be a professional as well, and under the terms of the B-form he would have to sign with the Habs. At Selke's suggestion, the Canadiens bought the QSHL and converted it from an amateur league to a minor pro league. This forced Béliveau to join the Canadiens for the 1953–54 NHL season (though the Habs owned the NHL rights to all of the league's players in any case)." Jean Béliveau's name is on the Stanley Cup 17 times, 10 times as a player, 7 times as an executive. We will never see his like again.
  • Comment on Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau dies at age 83 (2014-12-03 02:25:12)
    Years ago I attended a couple of functions in which Béliveau was there representing the Canadiens. He had the type of presence where, when he walked in the room you knew he was there. I started following the Habs when he was a player. It was the same thing in hockey. When he was on the ice you knew he was there. He made his presence felt on every shift. In Béliveau's day there was no draft. Hockey was not a career at that time. Many players held regular jobs in the off season. He was reluctant to join the Canadiens at first because he felt such a strong tie to the team he was playing for in Quebec City. So to make sure Béliveau joined Montreal, the Canadiens bought the Quebec Aces team he was playing for. Jean Béliveau was one of the best hockey players ever to lace up skates. And he was as good a human being as he was a hockey player.
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-11-23 09:25:20)
    There's nothing the Mamas would like better for their boys.
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-11-23 09:01:05)
    The Als are a team of destiny. They're going to win the Grey Cup. Why else would Jesus Alouette be their QB?
  • Comment on Liveblog: The W streak ends, not with a bang but a whimper (2014-11-18 21:12:36)
    I wouldn't have minded if the hockey gods made me eat my words. But 4 zip is too much to ask.
  • Comment on Liveblog: The W streak ends, not with a bang but a whimper (2014-11-18 20:49:41)
    No doubt the crybabies will be out in full force for the post game wrap up. But just like we have a history of taking care of Boston, PIT is our nemesis. It doesn't mean the Habs are a bad team.
  • Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens clip Wings 4-1, run win streak to six (2014-11-16 19:51:58)
    Last night's win against Philly was the 1st of 6 games in 9 nights. After tonight in DET they're home Tues & Thurs against PIT & STL. Then next Sat & Sun road games in BOS & NYR. Tough week.
  • Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens clip Wings 4-1, run win streak to six (2014-11-16 19:29:49)
    I couldn't take it. Switched to RDS.
  • Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens clip Wings 4-1, run win streak to six (2014-11-16 19:24:19)
    Is there a more boring play by play pair anywhere in sport than Dave Randorf and his what's his face cohort?