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 send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-22 22:43:17)
    The Rogers NHL Habs Petition Update: 3,324 I just returned from Japan (Kyoto) with My Kids. Mid-flight I planned on making-up lost time reading EVERYTHING Habs, and seeing where Our Rogers NHL Habs Petition was at. I was also curious to measure how Habs Fans were dealing with the new 'Sportsnet Reality' all hockey fans in Canada will have to deal with for the next 12 years. But then arriving home I am hit by the Real World reality of the events in Ottawa, and I belatedly learned of the earlier tragedy in St. Jean Quebec. A comment I felt compelled to offer on the Ottawa/St. Jean events, HIO, in their 'wisdom', decided to mod from the ether. So, I guess I am muzzled only in HIO to comment and provide the most recent Update on The Petition. Many of the comments and quality of the English language is a tad obscene and not the quality of King's English, but I believe it continues to bespeak the common man's frustration of the restricted over-priced convoluted dog's breakfast known today as the game-changing Rogers NHL exclusivity agreement. It specifically bespeaks what I feared at it's announcement that many hockey fans (not only Hab's Fans) will be economically restricted from watching a culturally iconic part of being a Canadian, 'their hockey team', in Our case the Montreal Canadiens wherever We are in Canada. It realistically can not be for 'free', yet it must be 'democratically affordable' to all income groups. Some demeaned Me personally telling Me to 'get a job at Walmart' if I can not afford' to pay for Centre Ice or Game Centre, etc.. They may not know I can well afford to do so without being an employee of WalMart. The Petition is 'a voice' to those offended and victimized by the Rogers NHL agreement and it's trickle-down effect to many hockey fans across Canada whom I know will not afford to overcome the financial cost. Steve Faguy, an editor employed by The Gazette on his media blog demeaned The Rogers NHL Habs Petition as 'unrealistic' on his blog. Rather indicative of the moral support I have NOT received from any Montreal media because, understandably, their bread is buttered by not ruffling feathers with the NHL nor the Montreal Canadiens themselves. Now the 'target' of The Petition is in no-way the Montreal Canadiens, Geoff Molson or anyone else with the Habs, because I am certain, if they could, the Habs would be available on television across Canada. But just to defend The Petition from this Faguy cat, Steve if you are reading this, since the Rogers NHL Habs Petition began it's quixotic journey shortly following the Rogers NHL agreement these amendments to Rogers original broadcasting plans were realized: ---first, the original plan for 36 'nationally available' Habs games were increased to 40. ---second, to mollify Habs Fans, both Rogers and the NHL, in Montreal announced 'a special option' will be available on both Game Centre and Centre Ice of a 60 game French-language package for Ottawa and Montreal games for $59.99 were to be made available to cable providers across Canada. They are indeed available now but for one reason or another individual providers are hesitant to make them available to their cable customers. I know Telus, My provider in Vancouver will not provide the French-language option for Centre Ice. I must purchase the full package at $199.99 or nothing. The Rogers NHL Habs Petition has been heard by Geoff Molson, Gary Bettman, Keith Pelley (Rogers), Scott Moore (Rogers), the CRTC, Francophone organizations across Canada (Incl. the FCFA), television, radio and the media across Canada. It has been 'a voice', specifically to unhappy Habs Fans, and I am proud that We stood tall to voice Our unhappiness and frustration. To the cynics ? Stick it up Your rear ends ! Most recent signatures and supporters of The Rogers NHL Habs Petition: Darcir just now Comments: - John Bryan just now Comments: Sick of this Shit... Bill Mulcahy 4 hours ago Comments: I've been watching the Habs for years by paying for RDS through Cogeco. This blackout is unacceptable! Pierre St-Onge 5 hours ago Comments: I moved to Toronto because of my work in 2005. I have been watching my Habs games by paying extra to have RDS on my Bell French Package. Who will refund my lost? My cost hasn't gone down and I can't watch what I sign up for! This is ridiculous and NHL just merit we should stop watching hockey completely. When you get too greedy, you may lose everything Scott Hutley 6 hours ago Comments: I am a Habs living in Ontario.I haven't missed a Habs game on television for over 5 years,till now.I pay extra for RDS now i'm blacked out.This new formula sucks Daniel parsons 6 hours ago Comments: - Darren Stewart , Canada 9 hours ago Comments: this is bullshit blacking out TV channels we pay for. Nichole Shields, Canada 11 hours ago Comments: - bob crisell 20 hours ago Comments: - Nancy shields 20 hours ago _______________________________________________________ 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 HI/O Show: Chris Nilan, Jack Todd and Christopher Curtis talk Habs and Bruins (2014-10-20 01:47:24)
    I can not view the show whether Ad-block disabled or not. Others with similar problem ? I am using Chrome on PC. Vista.
  • Comment on A day off Sunday in Tampa for unbeaten Habs (2014-10-13 01:59:07)
    Sincere Thanksgiving wishes for You and Your families.
  • Comment on A day off Sunday in Tampa for unbeaten Habs (2014-10-13 01:52:04)
    Watching this linked video may require a reinforcement of Your 70 Proof libation of choice and a fistfull of barbituates, --but here it is for Your 'entertainment'. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/10/11/will-arnett-toronto-maple-leafs_n_5970174.html?1ds&sc_ref=direct 'Canada's Team' ! ________________________________________________________ Please read and sign the Rogers NHL Habs Petition at; http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-10-12 06:20:28)
    ..."Charles Manson protégé Ron Hextall" Hilarious :)
  • Comment on Habs bring 2-0 record to Philadelphia to face Flyers on Saturday night (2014-10-10 21:29:49)
    Strange, because it is Bell that supplies Telus. Theoretically, anything that Bell provides, Telus would supply.
  • Comment on Habs bring 2-0 record to Philadelphia to face Flyers on Saturday night (2014-10-10 21:20:20)
    To the HIO techies: the front HIO page is a bit confusing, and not as reader friendly as the past. For Me, similar to the new TSN format. Too busy and complicated to understand quickly the current thread. Re: iPhones/iPods posting glitch I am not able to comment via My iPhone any longer. I was able before, but now receive, continually, 'Error Posting Comment; parsing error: NSObject is required'
  • Comment on Habs bring 2-0 record to Philadelphia to face Flyers on Saturday night (2014-10-10 21:09:33)
    HIO ? :)
  • Comment on Habs bring 2-0 record to Philadelphia to face Flyers on Saturday night (2014-10-10 21:08:40)
    EVERY Habs' game should be a national game :)
  • Comment on About last night … (2014-10-10 02:57:06)
    You may be right Ron, but DD and Patch are going to be difficult to separate without some blow-back I feel.