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
- Comment on Habs’ rookie camp wraps up as Scherbak gets in scrimmage (2014-09-17 00:53:38)
A smart team only needs a menacing 'presence' to keep intimidators honest, and only go when They have no option, rather than a lunk You keep around to play but 2 minutes a game. Tinordi like Robinson would be that presence. Up front, a Chris Nilan/Jack Nevin-type to compliment a Prust is all We need.
- Comment on Habs’ rookie camp wraps up as Scherbak gets in scrimmage (2014-09-17 00:48:03)
Manny's putative value is defensive-zone face-offs. Malhotra is near the end of the road in His career. I see no one We can cut to keep Malhotra, as They all are younger with long-term upside or have contracts impossible to move.
- Comment on Habs’ rookie camp wraps up as Scherbak gets in scrimmage (2014-09-17 00:42:50)
Seems like a proposed 6 year deal. The longest term for teachers in many years in BC.
- Comment on Habs’ rookie camp wraps up as Scherbak gets in scrimmage (2014-09-17 00:10:32)
Ouch !!! :)
- Comment on Habs’ rookie camp wraps up as Scherbak gets in scrimmage (2014-09-17 00:03:28)
If Jarred Tinordi sticks around then no-need for adding a hammer-head like a McGratton or Parros in My opinion.
- Comment on Habs’ rookie camp wraps up as Scherbak gets in scrimmage (2014-09-16 23:58:26)
I'm a Plekanec fan Sly, it would have to be a Johansen or similar to make Me buy into trading Pleks.
- Comment on Habs’ rookie camp wraps up as Scherbak gets in scrimmage (2014-09-16 23:48:20)
HIO is the place I go to say EXACTLY the same thing in a million different ways ! It's truly a phantasmagorial fantasy-world, where illegal stimulants are optional.
- Comment on Habs’ rookie camp wraps up as Scherbak gets in scrimmage (2014-09-16 23:34:46)
If Galchenyuk sticks at centre, Malhotra's shelf-life as a Hab will be very fleeting, no ? Plekanec-Desharnais-Galchenyuk, and I can't see Eller being returned to a wing, can You ?
- Comment on Habs’ rookie camp wraps up as Scherbak gets in scrimmage (2014-09-16 23:30:00)
My 16 year old grade 11 daughter has not been able to attend school because of the British Columbia teachers' strike. It was announced today that the strike was settled pending a teachers' vote tomorrow. School likely 'opening for business' on Monday morning. THANK GAWD !!! Now I am 'free' to waste-away in HIO's Margueritaville once more :)
- Comment on Habs’ rookie camp wraps up as Scherbak gets in scrimmage (2014-09-16 23:10:49)
I have not had much time to follow HIO's threads lately, but did read 2 of Christopher Curtis' first 2 columns. I like His style. A very good read. Good work @StuCowan for a very good choice to replace Ms. Branswell. Christopher makes His stories feel very immersive compared to some sports writers' bland writing formulas.