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. Read and sign at; http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds

Recent Comments

  • Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-30 02:39:41)
    In a World so full of depressing news, Alex is a smile in Our hearts.
  • Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-29 18:39:17)
    Telus and Shaw are the main cable providers here in the lower-mainland BC, John. I have never used Rogers. In Quebec, I believe, it was Bell and Videotron whom I subscribed to. I hear such horror-stories about Rogers, but I can't speak from personal experience. I hear Telus is making big in-roads back east, though it is BC/Alberta-based. I have used Telus for 16 years here in the west, for internet, home phone, cell phone and cable. I package it all except for the $ 10/month cell flip-phone. Whenever I saw My bills creeping-up I phone their customer support and they always find away to lop-off $ 30 to $ 40 for My 'loyalty'. Tech service is nonpareil, they are friendly, efficient and affordable. I can't speak about Telus' cost and service in Ontario and Quebec, but going by My experience here in B.C., I would dump Rogers faster than a speeding bullet.
  • Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-29 17:12:24)
    Uke, anyway we can exchange e-mails ?
  • Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-29 16:32:29)
    The ellipses can, of course, be re-invoked at any time, based on popular demand :)
  • Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-29 16:16:52)
    I have re-posted because I posted last night rather late, and also above I took a shot at 'the main-stream media'. I just want to clarify that shot at the main-stream media does not apply to The Montreal Gazette nor the great writers that follow Our Habs. Of course, HIO (The Montreal Gazette) has been providing to all of Us a wonderful format to express Ourselves on the everyday nitty-gritty and issues of Our Team for many years. Pat Hickey wrote a column on the frustration of Habs Fans on this issue, and the others have made clear They too understand and feel the frustration. I am sure They will be covering the story in Their own timetable when They feel it is right for Them. LaPresse also have written on the story in a business story. My criticism was directed at pretty well all the main-stream media I have approached except The Montreal Gazette and LaPresse.
  • Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-29 16:04:53)
    Repost Rogers NHL Habs Petition Update: The original objective for The Petition was 2000 signatures. We hit that mark last week, and The Petitions' target was up-ticked to a hoped for 5000 by the end of October 2014. We have, as of today exceeded 2300, nearing the half way point of the 5000 goal. Most of these fine Habs' Fans' supports were generated through HIO and My usage of Twitter, exclusively. In the past week, a couple Habs' fans blogs have generously requested I provide information on the Rogers NHL Habs Petition, so I thank them. Considering that I believe less than 25% of Montreal Canadiens' Fans read or are members of HIO, or have a Twitter account, 2300 is a pretty impressive number. It shows there is a potential to double the number of signatures on the Petition if We can reach tens of thousands of Habs' Fans who have not heard of it yet by other means. Some of the lessons I have learned along the way: 1) I started-out naming the petition the Rogers Petition, putting 'the load' on Rogers (Sportsnet), and the other cable providers, including TVA Sports, and Bell (RDS/TSN). I still hold unfathomable disdain for Rogers' Sportsnet, TVA Sports and Bell for the Mickey Mouse, dog's-breakfast of cable packages We, especially Montreal Canadiens' Fans, will have to endure this coming season. But I learned the main-factor preventing access and creation of the value-added cable choice hockey fans want and demand across Canada is the NHL's own corporate national black-out rule. 2) I have been receiving lots of interest from sports and fan blogs in Canada, Europe and the United States to write on the NHL black-out rules and the effects it has had on preventing competition, limitations to fans' choice, and prevention creating value-added cable channel choice, at a cost affordable to all hockey fans. Where I have received almost zero-support, or response, is from 'sports journalists' in the main-stream media. Main stream (television, radio, press) journalists indicate to Me a real hesitation, even fear, to challenge the NHL, either because of having their media access denied or limited by the NHL and it's teams collectively. That's sad and discouraging to learn that objective investigative main-stream journalism is selective depending upon where it's butter is spread. 3) I have learned that the NHL's national black-out rule effectively takes Rogers/Sportsnet and the other cable providers technically off-the-hook, because, though they are complicit, and still are out-front because of their 12 year exclusive national broadcast rights with the NHL, they can juke-and-jive sharing-off blame between them, and ultimately arguing it is the NHL's black-out rule that is preventing them doing what they really want to do as far as national broadcasting access is concerned. So, as far as The Petition is concerned, We must continue to pressure Rogers by forcefully declaring that hockey fans, specifically Habs' Fans (in Our case) are unsatisfied with our limited access to the French-language 82-game schedule, as well the quality of the cable product. I emphasize the French-language broadcasts because that is the most realistic short-term goal for Habs' Fans, is to find a solution to TVA Sports and RDS being able to cooperatively partner an 82 game access nationally, west of Quebec. This too will depend on lobbying the NHL to reinstate an 'exception' to it's national black-out rules specific to French language broadcasts. Currently the CRTC is publicly declaring it will not intercede on the NHL's black-out rules, that it is a 'business' decision between the NHL, it's teams, and the broadcasters, and it has no intent to interfere. The Rogers NHL Habs Petition is arguing, notwithstanding the CRTC's current policy, that with enough public protest, and political pressure, the CRTC may have to change it's current non-interfere policy. Currently in the United States, in New York State, commencing February 2015, the NHL will begin to fight a class-action legal challenge to it's present national black-out rule as being contrary to American non-competitive regulations and which causes consumer limitations of access, unfair, exorbitant cost by forcing consumers to purchase their premium Centre Ice product, even though Centre Ice, itself, is subject to the NHL's black-out rules preventing fans to follow, legally, their favourite teams outside their local/regional zones. In Canada, I have asked several high profile lawyers with prominent law firms to measure their interest in initiating a similar class-action in Canada challenging the NHL black-out rule. I have received serious interest from a prominent law firm, and I am awaiting confirmation. Any law firm, especially these days, first have to evaluate how to monetize such a class-action. In other words, how to sue the NHL for financial damages. Until that is determined and evaluated, we will have to wait to see if that duck can fly. Another susceptibility for the NHL in Canada is Canada's constitutionalised bilingualism and cultural mandates that apply also to national broadcasting policy. Which The Petition believes, in the end, the CRTC can not politically ignore. Unlike the United States where English is the lone official language, a legal argument can be made to the NHL that an exception to the NHL's national black-out rule is obliged to be made to French language broadcasting of the Montreal Canadiens for Francophones spread across Canada. We have requested Canadian Francophone organizations across Canada to make such presentations at the scheduled CRTC hearings starting in September, in Ottawa, on the future of broadcasting in Canada. So, a lot of things going on besides The Petition itself. I am doing My best. I can not provide any guarantees. All I can do is My best. The following are the latest 10 great Habs' Fans to sign the Rogers NHL Habs Petition. Thanks to all who have signed. Al McCartney just now Don Ratch just now Angelo Santia just now jeff levesque 28 minutes ago robert macdougall 2 hours ago Andre Gallant 3 hours ago Justin Foster 3 hours ago John Dreliozis 4 hours ago Henry Paetkau 4 hours ago JAN STACHERA 5 hours ago ____________________________________________________ Follow Me on Twitter: @HabInSurrey Read The Rogers NHL Habs Petition, and if You agree , please sign at; http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds
  • Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-29 02:34:50)
    Yesterday I went into a new specialized electronic store that just opened at our local shopping centre, and told them I was looking at streaming alternatives for Habs games here on the west coast, he suggested the Minix Neo x8. So, another You can consider Michael. Anybody out there familiar with the Minix brand ? Would appreciate Your thoughts.
  • Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-29 02:24:52)
    When Francophones wake-up and start making this a political issue, the CRTC will be going to their dentists.
  • Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-29 02:22:49)
    Wait, when Francophones wake-up and start making this a political issue, the CRTC will be going to their dentists.
  • Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-29 00:51:49)
    I was wondering when You were finally going to speak-up. Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities of Canada Attn: Marie-France Kenny, President and, Serge Quinty, Director, Communications Head office 450 Rideau Street, Suite 300 Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 5Z4 Canada Phone. : 613.241.7600 Fax. : 613.241.6046 Email: info@fcfa.ca Federation of Francophones in British Columbia (FFCB) ffcb@ffcb.ca www.lacolombiebritannique.ca Chair: Réal Roy Executive Director: Friolet Yseult (Acting) 1575 7 th Avenue West Vancouver (BC) V6J 1S1 Tel. : (604) 732-1420 Fax. : (604) 732-3236