Habitant in Surrey - (Christopher van Dyke)Member since November 14, 2008
Surrey, British Columbia
Habs fan since: 1947
Favorite current player: SubbyDoo & Jesus
All-time favorite player: Jacques Plante & Henri Richard
Like a medieval knight (call Me Sir Shootsalot :) ) I have been crusading for Our Montreal Canadiens to retire Toe Blake’s number 6 …and add His banner in the rafters next to Our other former Greats. Some of You may believe Toe was only a Great Coach, and as a Player, did not quite rate such an honour …and/or, do not want yet another low-number retired and unavailable to contemporary Players. …maybe unaware Toe Blake also was a great hockey Player, won a NHL scoring championship, the Hart Trophy and the Lady Byng, ...and led Our Habs in scoring for 6 seasons of His Hall Of Fame playing career. Hector ‘Toe’ Blake was a key component with The Rocket and Elmer Lach on ‘The Punch Line’, which was the most feared scoring line of it’s day. Most younger Fans understandably remember Toe Blake mainly as the genius Coach of the Montreal Canadiens at the cusp of Our Golden Era …the Golden Era that most of Us, whether We know it or not, were inspired to follow Our Habs as if it was ‘a religion’ unto It’s own. Toe Blake’s name is on 11 rings of the Stanley Cup; …8 as Our Coach, …2 as a Player for the Montreal Canadiens …and one as a Montreal Maroon. Toe Blake was the ‘heart and soul’ motivator Whom inspired and ‘showed the way’ to Our great Players of the time, both as a Player and Our Captain (3 Stanley Cups), …and as Our Coach (8 Stanley Cups). His Legacy is greatly taken for granted by the Montreal Canadiens and it's great Fans, I strongly believe, by the fact that Toe Blake’s number 6 is not represented yet in the rafters of the Bell Centre. The TOTALITY of Toe Blake’s legacy and contributions to the Montreal Canadiens, as a Player and Our Coach, to it's History and exceptional success, becoming the most famous brand in the hockey world, is way embarrassingly past the overdue stage. I request all Montreal Canadiens Fans to join with Ian Cobb and I to right an outstanding wrong and oversight. We would like to encourage all Montreal Canadiens Fans whom agree with the objective to make Their opinions known to Mr. Geoff Molson and the Montreal Canadiens' executive board, ...that a special game night to honour Toe Blake’s number 6 with a banner in the Bell Centre is long-overdue and should be held at the soonest opportunity. If this is something You would like to make right, as I and Ian do, I provide the following mail contacts to send Your requests to ‘Campaign To Retire Hector 'Toe' Blake's Number 6 !!!’ Geoff Molson: President and Owner Kevin Gilmore: Vice President of Operations Send your testimonial to: c/o The Montreal Canadiens 1909, avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal Montreal, QC, CANADA H3C 5L2 …merci beaucoup :) _________________________________________________________ Michel F.Therrien ???: HIS' new Official Habs' Fan Theme Song; Morrissey/The Smiths ‘Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfkvPnjb9hs HIS' alternative HIO Official Theme Song: 'MTL Stand-up !': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK0l0XEW3Dw HIS' Get It Up ! pre-game musical intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=R5mMRiiCwak&NR=1 _________________________________________________________ HIO's BC Odd Couple: UCe, the supercilious stickler; and HIS, the stubbornly relentless 'schismatist' :) _________________________________________________________ What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, ...NO MORE rubber duckies !!! _________________________________________________________ Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049 Campaign to Retire Toe Blake's Number 6 !!! Bring Back Boone, and send Hickey to Hamilton !!! ...and, last, but not least: Mike Boone MARCH 25, 2014 AT 7:54 AM Finding every way to stir up sh.. is pretty much my job description. Mike Boone Hockey Inside/Out blogger For all HIO members: this is Scott Moore’s Twitter account link; https://twitter.com/MooreScottmoore Scott Moore is President of Sportsnet and NHL Hockey for Rogers. Any of You with a Twitter account, give him Your opinion of the Roger’s television access for Our Montreal Canadiens While You’re at it, provide him the link to Our petition page so he can sign it :) ____________________________________________________ Listen to my CBC Radio ‘AirPlay’ interview, hosted by Dave White: https://soundcloud.com/yukonradiodave/habs-fans-shut-out-by-rogers?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=facebook Follow Me on Twitter: @HabInSurrey The Rogers NHL Habs Petition; This petition is to protest the effects of the allocation by the NHL to Rogers (Sportsnet) of the overall exclusive national broadcasting rights in Canada, ...as well the Montreal Canadiens splitting of it's allocated local and regional broadcast rights between RDS/TSN and TVA Sports. ...All of which, starting October 2014 will cause most of the Montreal Canadiens' 82 game schedule to be unavailable, in French or in English, west of central Ontario. Habs Fans, let's tell the NHL, Rogers and Our Habs, 'We are MAD AS HELL !!! Please read and sign the Rogers NHL Habs Petition at; http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds
- Comment on Liveblog: Ducks edge Canadiens on Saku Night (2014-12-18 20:44:04)
Campaign To Retire Hector 'Toe' Blake's Number 6 !!! Starts tonight !
- Comment on Liveblog: Ducks edge Canadiens on Saku Night (2014-12-18 20:39:04)
I opened the NHL.com/CI broadcast on my PC, just as this number 17 looking like a beer league call-up flounders in Our defensive zone. Playing Tangradi rather than Andrighetto ? This is perfect time for a 'Timo commentary'. Boone quite can't nail-it like Timo would.
- Comment on Liveblog: Ducks edge Canadiens on Saku Night (2014-12-18 20:07:44)
Must be quite a few with tears in their eyes tonight.
- Comment on Liveblog: Ducks edge Canadiens on Saku Night (2014-12-18 20:05:33)
After posting, I remembered CI's free preview unto December 31st. I will open my PC if available. But, I guess I missed the Koivu ceremony. What a dog's breakfast it is for western based Habs Fans finding the right channel, if it is broadcasted at all.
- Comment on Liveblog: Ducks edge Canadiens on Saku Night (2014-12-18 19:51:42)
You all know I am pissed with the NHL black-out rule ...You can be sure I will NEVER forgive Sportsnet for not making this a nationally accessible game. Blacked out in BC. Scott Moore a Habs fan ? Give Me a break :(
- Comment on A rare Saturday night with no hockey for Habs (2014-12-13 20:32:19)
No purer love than a dog's.
- Comment on ‘Our Dinner With Jean Béliveau’ (2014-12-13 20:27:31)
A link on the previous thread led to The Montreal Gazette’s Brendan Kelly’s column ‘Habs on TV: It’s a strange new world, but we keep watching’. http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/habs-on-tv-its-a-strange-new-world-but-we-keep-watching It was of primary interest to Me because of obvious reason as I started a Habs’ fans petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds on this very subject. Mr. Kelly kept his story (understandably) from His Montreal resident perspective, and very little from the tens of thousands of Habs Fans perspectives spread across Canada, especially west of Quebec. At least it was the first that I have so far read from the Montreal media that addressed the subject in any coherent way. It’s ‘a beginning’ I guess (and hope). Next, You Montreal media mavens should write a deeper insight from the perspective of the diaspora of ex-Montrealers spread around the World, fairly represented partially I believe within the premise of the Rogers NHL Habs Petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds Is there ‘too much hockey’ as Mr. Kelly speculates ? Is there not enough of the specific teams that fans want to follow ?, restricted by the NHL regional/national black-out rules ? Is there a case that the NHL should be class-actioned legally to rescind its national black-out rules as contrary to the interests of the consumer ? Should all teams have their own dedicated cable channels ? So many issues on this subject to explore.
- Comment on ‘Our Dinner With Jean Béliveau’ (2014-12-13 18:55:18)
You know, if a writer wrote a story or a novel about what Jean Beliveau, an athlete, was like as a person, and You never heard of 'a Jean Beliveau' before, You would be convinced the author was writing fiction and had a very fertile and pollyanna imagination. Jean Beliveau, because We have been fortunate to 'know Him', He may have physically passed-away from this Earth, but there is no way in this World that He be allowed to be forgotten. I think Jean Beliveau's legend, generation to generation, must be kept alive. Is there one of the very few men in Life that deserves to become bigger after 'death' than Our Jean Beliveau ?
- Comment on ‘Our Dinner With Jean Béliveau’ (2014-12-13 18:29:55)
Thanks (?) to Frank's (HabFabs's) moral-blackmailing on the previous thread, it got My azz off the duff to sign the Pledge For Children Fund on-line drive for signatures. I was number 67400 to sign the http://www.isignforthechildren.org/#/ (Pledge for Children Fund). What will Your number be ? Hurry up ! Before Frank gives Y'all a slap upside Your heads :) P.S.: Seriously, We too frequently overlook that there are many children's families within Canada dependent on food banks and social aid. It is not only in Africa, Asia and the Middle East that there are hungry children, but right here, on Your doorstep, in Canada.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens beat Cup-holders (2014-12-12 22:44:28)
Posted earlier by Dulljerk: DECEMBER 12, 2014 AT 7:24 PM Prediction: L.A. 6 MTL 2 'Kings are too good to blow this, and they will play the body hard. Montreal too soft for this type of game.' FAIL !!!