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 Petition To Protest Roger’s Blacking Out Of Habs’ Games On RDS West Of Quebec Read and sign at; http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds
- Comment on Habs’ Subban meets media in Brossard as contract talks continue (2014-07-31 18:43:59)
- Comment on Habs’ Subban meets media in Brossard as contract talks continue (2014-07-31 18:42:56)
I have the opinion, as a fan, let the GM do His job. If He screws up, crucify Him then :) But one positive thing I note whenever P.K. says anything about it, is He wants what's best for Him AND the Montreal Canadiens. Si, if that's not part of the smoke and mirrors of the process, that reassures Me. Sit back. Relax. And go bonkers when there is a reason to go bonkers :)
- Comment on Habs’ Subban meets media in Brossard as contract talks continue (2014-07-31 18:15:21)
Agree with You on what organizers and management of sport facilities have to do. Have to agree with You, from a now 'adult perspective' about baseball ...it simply is not a spectator sport for Me. I wouldn't go pay today to sit on My butt and watch a baseball game. Though, if they were the Expos, I may. But, talking as a single Dad raising a young Boy on My own the past 14 years, I treasured the pee wee level baseball experience for My Son. It taught Him team-play, provided identity through His baseball skills and bonding and friendships that were so critical at those tender years. Sitting and watching My Son play with excitement and pride is something I can not replicate for the Blur Jays, for instance, whether in the stands or watching a TV. That just is not Me. Myself, growing up, baseball was also summer memories I retain to this day, from hitting home runs to breaking My thumb as a short-stop. As a kid I also was a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, and watched them mostly, in black and white. I can't do the same today. Things change. :)
- Comment on Habs’ Subban meets media in Brossard as contract talks continue (2014-07-31 17:33:55)
I think that is an optimistic myth Chris, at least in certain Immigrant communities. The ones around My neck of the woods, this predominates. I am sure there are other ethnic communities that what You say is accurate. I have been very close to our little league baseball and pee wee hockey recruitment efforts among immigrants.
- Comment on Habs’ Subban meets media in Brossard as contract talks continue (2014-07-31 17:30:22)
"Obviously, these dealers know what they’re doing in going with the Canadiens’ logo. Who would want to take Edmonton Oilers MDMA, and be perpetually waiting for it to kick in? Or Ottawa Senators meth, which costs half of what it did three years ago and is about one-fourth as effective? Or Toronto Maple Leafs mushrooms, a fungus growing in Ontario since 1967? "
- Comment on Habs’ Subban meets media in Brossard as contract talks continue (2014-07-31 17:13:59)
Many new immigrant children's parents actively discourage their children participating in 'Canadian sports', and channel them towards cricket instead of baseball, soccer instead of hockey. It's not purely 'the cost' of hockey that deters them, it is the cultural biases. But, I love Your story about Guinea, and reminded Me of similar experiences in Australia, Thailand and Korea. Here in Canada it is cost that is the greatest barrier to fully participate among black and white youth, especially in the bigger cities. P.K.'s and Hyundai's initiatives is something, surprisingly, that large Canadian/American corporations, like Ford and GM have yet to initiate. We need more companies like Hyundai, Canadian Tire, and Tim Horton's to do so.
- Comment on Habs’ Subban meets media in Brossard as contract talks continue (2014-07-31 16:38:05)
Your shortcomings We'll keep to just You and I Trin :)
- Comment on Habs’ Subban meets media in Brossard as contract talks continue (2014-07-31 16:29:56)
Read above Jake P.K. has always been special for Me, but it's the Toronto-centric part of the hype I'm getting roiled-about. P.K. is using it as I guess He has little choice, but I don't like it.
- Comment on Habs’ Subban meets media in Brossard as contract talks continue (2014-07-31 16:27:31)
The most sickening is the over-the-top Turdranna-hype emanating out of The Big Smoke. And, P.K. is eating it up,or using it in this poker game. Stomach churning for Me was TSN's Craig Button and Steve Simmond's ...a failed-GM and prostitute journalist sicking the dogs on Bergevin for doing what a credible GM must do ...get P.K. signed, but at a number that makes sense for the Team, as well as P.K.
- Comment on Habs’ Subban meets media in Brossard as contract talks continue (2014-07-31 16:18:38)
I take back EVERYTHING I said before ! :)