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

Recent Comments

  • Comment on Canadiens now worth $1 billion, according to Forbes; Eric Tangradi called up from Hamilton (2014-11-26 07:40:13)
    Where is My 'raised arm' icon when I need it ??? :(
  • Comment on Canadiens now worth $1 billion, according to Forbes; Eric Tangradi called up from Hamilton (2014-11-26 02:13:57)
    Da Weeds ? ...a billion Da Habs ? ...priceless
  • Comment on Canadiens given two days off; Nathan Beaulieu sent to Hamilton (2014-11-24 18:31:30)
    @JohnnyBellyful Johnny, You must be on a cloud now the Tiger Cats are a contending team once more. I grew up an Als fan, of course, but I was also a closet Ticat fan whenever my Als were out of the picture. Bernie Faloney, John Barrow, Rocky DiPietro, Grover Covington, Tommy Joe Coffey, Tony Gabriel, Vince Mazza, Angelo Mosca, Ralph Sazio , Don Sutherin, Joe Zuger. Hal Patterson, and Garney Henley. Before he being traded from Montreal to the Ticats, I went to school with Patterson's and Virgil Wagoner's boys. We were buddies and the trade caused me to also follow Your 'Cats. Garney Henley, especially, also one of my very CFL favourites. Funny, I always thought of the Ticats as the football version of the Boston Beans, the players as hard-nosed and hard-scrabbled, yet I never developed a similar disdain I always have given the Bruins towards the 'Cats. The Ticats represented the persona of Hamilton well and I am glad they are back with some excellent talent.
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-11-24 01:50:31)
    You make no sense when you're 'brief' :) You will never be a Reader's Digest kinda Habs Fan.
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-11-23 04:20:18)
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-11-19 01:32:49)
    What kind of Team do We got Boys ? A 'good Team' ? ...A 'very good' Team ? ...an 'elite Team' ? 'Very good' seems like what We have to be satisfied with so far. Definitely NOT comparable to da Weeds ...but then, who are ?
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-11-19 01:28:51)
    We in Western Canada were blacked-out tonight. So, I won't complain.
  • Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens clip Wings 4-1, run win streak to six (2014-11-16 22:45:11)
    There are no superstars on Our Team. Not even PK or Carey Price are 'superstars' yet. They've won zip. We are just a consistently fast, determined skilled Team over-all without any real league leaders in any category, except maybe for sore ankles stopping a good percentage of blocked-shots. And, We are 'hungry' and well-coached.
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-11-16 03:32:42)
    Very strange Hema and Jeff Beard, below, wrote on what I wanted to speak-on tonight. You may also be surprised I would have said exactly what You are saying. The reason I have missed but a single game, so far, still early this season is that I was Myself not available to watch those games, including tonight's, and PVRed. I'm enjoying Strombo. I'm enjoying, with a few exceptions, the increased discussion relevant to the Habs between periods. Not thrilled they still start most broadcasts focussing on da Weeds minutia, but it usually makes-up for that sewage as they get into the broadcast. To illustrate how I'm still in My 1970s time-warp, I compare all play-by-play and colourmen with Danny and Dick. Which means even John Bartlett, Jason York and Gary Galley irritate My pleasure enjoying the game. But the worse is Paul Randorf and the other B-grade announcers they usually assign the Habs games. All that said, I am enjoying the access so far. The winning is the cherry on the cake. Hopefully, eventually, in the coming seasons, team-centric (Habs Channel, Canucks Channels, etc.) cable choice will be available to more easily find Your Team. If this is typical for the balance of the season there is little to complain about. I'm not sure how Our fellow-Habs' Fans in Saskatchewan and certain parts of Northern Canada are doing, as I hear there are cable providers not carrying certain Sportsnet channels. I don't want to speak to soon, because We could be victimized by more blacked-out games later during the season, but so far it has been much better than I expected. I remain strongly committed to arguing the NHL national black-out rules are counter-productive for hockey fans, cable providers, individual teams and the NHL itself. I will keep the Petition online to address that argument. And Hema is also saying what I believed for years, the CBC was forcing the Turdranna Mupple Weeds on the nation contrary to the numbers. Key will be if access to Our Habs will be consistent all season. Let's hope it will, because I'm liking what I see, so far :)
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-11-16 03:28:04)