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 Capitals vs. Canadiens preview (2015-01-31 01:23:13)
There is certainly truth to what Fraser is saying but I believe there are other players far more flagrant than P.K., but I’m glad this has been put in the open. It is a heads up going into the stretch and the playoffs. Something for P.K. to process and adapt to. It being out there as well puts an onus on the refs to be seen impartial.
- Comment on Capitals vs. Canadiens preview (2015-01-31 00:01:57)
Kerry Fraser, TSN, C'Mon Ref: P.K's 'embellishment' for not fighting; http://www.tsn.ca/c-mon-ref-p-k-s-embellishment-for-not-fighting-1.195784 "There are a couple things at play with regard to the assessment of penalties in the two incidents involving P.K. Subban and Chris Kreider. Embellishment can result in a penalty after an initial infraction has been signaled based on any attempt by the player fouled to sell the call. The referees were instructed at the beginning of the season to remain vigilant on diving and embellishment so the trend will continue. First, let me (once again) address the depth of the 'embellishment hole' that Subban has dug for himself with the vast majority of NHL referees. The 'unnatural falls' that Subban can demonstrate to various levels of contact from opponents has the Montreal superstar skating on very thin ice with the refs. The phrase, "perception is reality" can be applied in this case. The reality is that Subban's behavior is clearly on the refs' radar screen. As great a player and leader as P.K. is, he had better recognize and work hard at altering the reputation he has created for himself with the ref fraternity before his Habs get any closer to the playoffs. If Subban fails to find common ground with the referees on this issue, an undesirable penalty call could hurt his team at a most inopportune time in a game or playoff series. I strongly encourage P.K. to buy into what I am suggesting much sooner than later! Subban is far too good a player and much too valuable an asset for the Montreal Canadiens to be branded as a 'diver.' " Thoughts ?
- Comment on Capitals vs. Canadiens preview (2015-01-30 23:08:24)
Sorry Shawn, I have given it a chance and made every effort to adapt to the new formatting. The new formatting makes it more arduous and tests one's patience. It prevents immediacy scanning for your interests and requires more time and effort to get to where I want to go. The sites I noted are sites I previously made a habit of visiting. I still drop-in to see a current feature headline as these are credible sources for news,at least in the resources to accumulate information I am interested in. But My impatience and frustration caused by the new formatting has resulted in Me to leave quickly. I would be very interested to see data on the increase or decrease in the numbers/'hits' these sites depend to seduce advertising dollars. If I am the average visitor (which I am not sure I am) these numbers must be down significantly.
- Comment on Capitals vs. Canadiens preview (2015-01-30 21:54:49)
I see CNN have gone to the same page formatting/layout as The Gazette, TSN and other web-pages. Personally I find it much more difficult to follow or find what I want on the sites. It is much more graphic at the expense of being reading/user friendly. It obviously seems the techies see this as an improvement, but it has turned Me off on the experience of visiting their sites. Am I the only one ?
- Comment on Capitals vs. Canadiens preview (2015-01-30 19:51:28)
Well there is at least one thing that Phil Kessel has in common with most of Us: https://vine.co/v/OI0DwW2ad1J
- Comment on Capitals vs. Canadiens preview (2015-01-30 19:33:10)
Thank You B I know nothing about Him except what I hear from Yourself and others. Am I right or wrong You all are thinking of Him similar to a Claude Lemieux type ?
- Comment on Capitals vs. Canadiens preview (2015-01-30 18:51:39)
Is Gregoire eligible to join Hamilton next year B ? Do You know His present height and weight ?
- Comment on Capitals vs. Canadiens preview (2015-01-30 18:17:43)
- Comment on Capitals vs. Canadiens preview (2015-01-30 18:14:37)
I haven't seen him play for awhile, but if playing like I remember I agree with You.
- Comment on Capitals vs. Canadiens preview (2015-01-30 18:06:59)
Both would be tempting under normal circumstances. Yet with van Riemsdyk I would not contaminate Our Team with a former Weed in case the disease is communicable. Ryan O'Reilly is simply not worth what you will have to give up to get him, nor the money it will take to keep him. Having said that, I would be open to Lou Lamoriello tell Mr. Jagr to feel free to join Our Habs for the last few months of the season and the playoffs if the Devils expect no more than a 7th round draft choice in return.