habsguy92 - (Ben Koring)Member since November 19, 2007
Habs fan since: 1998
Favorite current player: Alex Galchenyuk
All-time favorite player: Saku Koivu
- Comment on AUDIO: Former Habs captain Saku Koivu announces his retirement (2014-09-10 12:55:44)
For about 10 years as a habs fan growing up in Washington DC, I made a point of going to the tunnel whenever the habs came to town. I would always wear my blue Finland Koivu jersey with a CH hat. Every time the players would come on and off the ice during warmups, I'd reach down hoping to give them a high five, especially Saku. It became a bit of a tradition, and when he was traded to Anaheim, needless to say I was distraught (was about 16 at the time). The first time the ducks came to DC the next season, my dad took me to the game. I wore my blue Koivu shirt and he wore his canadiens jersey. I didnt really see the point in going to the tunnel as it wasn't my team walking by, I just wanted to see Saku. So we watched the warmups from about mid way up the section. Thats when I started to notice something strange. The first thing was that as Saku rounded the net during a normal shooting drill, he looked up in my direction. Then it happened again. Was he looking at... at...me? No, I knew i was just imagining things. Then it happened again! He WAS looking at me. I remember the butterflies like it was yesterday. As he came off the ice towards the end of warmups, he looked at me one last time before disappearing down the tunnel and gave me a little salute with his stick. The next thing I know his trainer walks out of the tunnel with a stick. All the ducks fans around the tunnel wildly reach for it, but then he points at me, half way up the section, and waves me to come down. I hadnt really registered what had happened, but my legs began climbing over the seats down to the tunnel. All eyes were on me. When I got there, the trainer handed me the autographed Koivu stick and said "from Saku" With that, I would like to say thank you to a great player, captain, role model, and overall human being. Captain Koivu will always be my hero.
- Comment on Habs sign first-round draft pick Scherbak (2014-07-22 09:51:18)
Did emelin play on his natural side during his rookie year? He had way more heavy/open ice hits that year and Im wondering if it was him playing on his natural side, or that he just caught everyone by surprise. Hoping he can bring that element back to the game next season.
- Comment on Habs development camp underway in Brossard (VIDEO) (2014-07-09 10:12:59)
Koivu Lapointe and Markov
- Comment on Habs development camp underway in Brossard (VIDEO) (2014-07-09 09:33:56)
I think thats a fair analysis. Era's change and we must hold the current players to different standards, and measure their impact with different metrics. Perhaps Stanley Cups and personal trophies should not be a prerequisite to jersey retirement, as they are much harder to come by nowadays. Things like games played, career stats for the team, and social impact must be considered too. By this logic I think one could argue that Markov and Koivu are examples of modern players who may deserve the honour. I have only watched the habs for about 15 years (Im only 21) but I think the notion that we cannot honour this era's heroes simply because it is much harder to win cups and trophies is unfair.
- Comment on Habs development camp underway in Brossard (VIDEO) (2014-07-09 09:22:41)
good point about the odds. on the other hand, i think he may regret passing on Harvard
- Comment on Habs development camp underway in Brossard (VIDEO) (2014-07-09 09:15:49)
fun fact; IF he plays 3 full seasons, Marky will sit 5th on the habs all-time games played list, behind only Richard, Robinson, Gainey, and Beliveau Thats a big if..
- Comment on Former Hab Kovalev announces his retirement (2014-07-03 15:27:57)
As i think nostalgically (or is it infuriatingly.. or fondly??...) ..think ill just settle on frustratingly back to L'Artiste's MTL career, a few moments stand out. 1. The golden goal against the rangers to cap the comeback 2. The Darcy Tucker cheapshot... man was that awesome! 3. The countless snipes from the side circle (all blur into one really) 4. How every 3rd game he wouldnt show up Eh maybe best just repress that last one ;) Anyways, all the best AK27, thanks for a good run!
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-03 11:11:23)
aaaand DD gone then? not sure chucky can go from winger to top line center just like that.
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-03 11:09:49)
- Comment on Gionta, Gorges headed to Sabres; Habs sign Malhotra, Weaver and others (2014-07-03 10:47:31)
just for fun, what do you guys think of these combos for Oct 1. Pacioretty - Desharnais - Gallagher Galchenyuk - Plekanec - Parenteau Weise - Eller - Bourque (excellent line in the playoffs) Bournival - Malhotra - Prust Subban - Gilbert Markov - Emelin Beaulieu - Weaver Price Tokarski Scratches/next up - Sekac, Moen, Tinordi My main reservation is playing gallagher and DD together, perhaps too small of a first line. And its not like pacioretty plays his size. Hope Sekac can make the team, but where to put him?