Dec 3, 2014

Merci Monsieur Jean Beliveau

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1931-2014

203 comments:

  1. juce11:58 PM
    Oh my God FHFers, I am in tears, our Great Jean Beliveau has passed away. R.I.P.

    juce11:59 PM
    Canadiens Montréal @CanadiensMTL · 29m 29 minutes ago
    It is with a great deal of sadness that the Canadiens organization learned tonight the passing of Jean Béliveau. He was 83 years old.

    Orangeman12:44 AM
    Came here to offer my condolences as well. I mean, where else can we go? Sad, but he led a full and productive life. Can probably bet on the Habs doing something when they get back home on the 10th, but wonder if they'll have a moment in Minnesota tomorrow.

    juce12:11 AM
    I can't stop crying....

    juce12:32 AM
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    Tim Bozon @timbozon94 · 44m 44 minutes ago
    RIP Monsieur Jean béliveau #legend #4
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    Brandon Prust @BrandonPrust8 · 51m 51 minutes ago
    A true legend has passed away. Honoured to say I wore the same colours as the man.. Condolences to the Beliveau family

    juce12:42 AM
    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/jean-b%C3%A9liveau-beloved-canadiens-hockey-legend-dead-at-83-1.2708477

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/beliveau-put-canadiens-ahead-of-personal-glory-1.829640

    juce12:42 AM
    I will forever remember him passing the torch.

    juce12:46 AM
    What a loss to the hockey world, never will there ever be such an athlete and a gentleman of sports,as we and the entire hockey world knows.

    My son may not realize how fortunate he was to meet him and have such a treasured memory from our greatest Canadien ever.

    Orangeman1:03 AM
    You know what's funny, I just read the other day that Beliveau was offered the Governor General position in 1994 but turned it down. I kind of forgot about it until I read about it again just now. I don't know why that's funny. I guess I meant interesting. I'm still really drugged up from my cold and now it's all emotional and stuff. I know my dad will take this hard, just like when the Rocket passed away.

    Not Geoff Molson1:12 AM
    Rest in peace Mr. Béliveau. A life of classiness that we can all strive to emulate.

    KmaXXX1:53 AM
    RIP Jean Beliveau - the world is a poorer place this morning without you in it. You were the first Habs captain I saw raise the Cup. Forever in our hearts and minds

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  2. Apologies FHFers as I cashed out hard after a very long day and am only now coming to this sad news. We knew it was coming, we knew it would (and will) hurt. We have lost the Greatest Hab of all time. Mrs sympathies a la famille Beliveau and I join all Canadiens fans in thanking Jean for his incredible life. Merci beaucoup.

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  3. Possibly the classiest person in all of sport, anywhere. RIP.

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  4. the Maritimer7:08 AM

    I have many autographed hockey cards of Canadiens legends. Mr. Beliveau's would be the most treasured. I sent the card to him after I read is autobiography and he graciously signed it and mailed it back to me. A true class act. R.I.P.

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    1. I spent an evening with Jean and some of my clients (at a Sens playoff game). To a person all were touCHed by his classy demeanour, his natural niceness and caring. One thing that came to mind this morning, as I looked at a picture taken at that game, was Mr. Beliveau cleanly written autograph, something I saw mentioned, in comparison to the scribblings of today's players. I'll never forget, sitting on a couch in the Sens loge, talking hockey, talking Rocket and Guy and Ken. I might post the pic later.

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  5. "Like millions of hockey fans who followed the life and the career of Jean Beliveau, the Canadiens today mourn the passing of a man whose contribution to the development of our sport and our society was unmeasurable," team owner Geoff Molson said in a statement posted on the Canadiens' website.
    "Jean Beliveau was a great leader, a gentleman and arguably the greatest ambassador our game has ever known," Molson added.

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  6. Anonymous7:22 AM

    I don't know what to say... I am so very sad. Mr. Beliveau is the finest example of a human being I have ever had the privilege to know, he so epitomized class, concern for his fellow man and a sense of duty/responsibility to the fabric of which he was a part of........ My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I need to shed more tears to shake this off, I feel terrible.

    Mr. natural.

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  7. I saw him play in his last year with the Habs. Such sad news, I actually mentioned him to Mr. M last week, I hadn't seen him at any of the games this year and was hoping he was doing okay.

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    1. Moey, I think that speaks to his classiness and desire to keep his private life to himself and his family. The outpouring of affection we are witnessing today goes to show how much he meant to so many. I have the TV on in the background on RDS and just listened to Serge Savard speak highly of the man and then broke down.

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  8. What an honour to have had suCH an experience, moeman.

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    1. Thanks juce. I got to live a moment with a person who so fits all the beautiful descriptions we read today. He lived a fantastic life and gave a lot to many. Its a big loss but he left so much that it is comforting to remember him.

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  9. Perhaps Canadiens Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden put it best when he compared the two Canadiens icons this way: “The two greatest figures of the Canadiens in the past 60 years are The Rocket and Jean Beliveau. One of them evokes love, the other evokes admiration.”

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  10. Jean Beliveau was not only a mythical figure as a hockey player, he was a man that epitimized what it is to be a great man. He was the greatest Canadian ever. Classy and graceful on and off the ice. Modest, inspriing and always grateful. Elegant in thought and speech in both of Canadians languages.A beloved figure from coast to coast.He was a magnificant soul, He touched my soul and made my life and all who knew him or knew about him so much richer. Canada will be gripped in a great sadness today and for many days to come. R.I.P. Jean Beliveau

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  11. We mourn his loss but we also celebrate his life. He epitomized everything that professional sports should be about. Values, morality, grace under pressure and the ability to accept a loss with as much class as he celebrated a victory. An outstanding ambassador for hockey and the complete representation of everything Le Club du Hockey Canadiens stands for. R.I.P.

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  12. Might be the best thing that will be done to remember Mr. Beliveau:

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/brunt-essay-beliveau-true-master-of-his-craft/

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    1. Thks Moeman that was great. I had to laugh one of the clips shows him playing pond hockey and you catch a glimpse of some poor kid with a leaf sweater.

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    2. Full credit to SN - that was tremendous!

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  13. He's hockey's ultimate pen pal

    There are hundreds of them, in frames, drawers, scrapbooks and shoeboxes across Canada and far beyond, cherished almost as family heirlooms.

    http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/sports/story.html?id=58d3782e-5cda-478f-9530-23a34c7a1547#__federated=1

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  14. “I knocked on the door,” Béliveau philosophically said two years ago, in conversation while recovering at home from his second stroke. “But it seems they weren’t ready for me.”

    http://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/montreal-canadiens/beliveau-obit

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  15. Every Sunday he could be found at a diner located inside Maché Village in Brossard. Why he had this routine I never found out. I wish I had said hi to him at least once, but I did not want to bother him.

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  16. and now for the rest of the story of how Jean became a Hab.

    From Wikipedia:

    “A star at an early age, he was spotted by Canadiens general manager Frank Selke at the age of 15. Selke tried to get him to sign a “C-form,” the usual form by which NHL teams bound young players to them. Under the form’s terms, Jean would have joined the Canadiens at a set date, and at an agreed-upon salary. However, Jean’s father balked, and eventually Selke had to content himself with having Jean sign a “B-form,” in which he agreed to play for Montreal should he ever decide to turn pro.

    Béliveau became a star in Quebec’s amateur leagues, and was called up twice for brief appearances by the Canadiens in 1950–51 and 1952–53. He led the Quebec Senior Hockey League in scoring in 1953. However, he did not appear to show much interest in playing professionally. Finally, Selke got an idea—if the QSHL were somehow turned into a professional league, Béliveau would be a professional as well, and under the terms of the B-form he would have to sign with the Habs. At Selke’s suggestion, the Canadiens bought the QSHL and converted it from an amateur league to a minor pro league. This forced Béliveau to join the Canadiens for the 1953–54 NHL season (though the Habs owned the NHL rights to all of the league’s players in any case).”

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    1. Chester1:06 PM

      So that was it.
      I had always heard about how the Habs had the rights to all Quebek players.
      That's how they did it.
      Go Habs

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    2. I tried to find the original article by Liam Maguire himself, a hockey historian, but the link I had no longer exists.

      "Debunking the Canadiens French Territorial Rights Myth "

      http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2008/12/2/678036/debunking-the-canadiens-fr

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    3. That was a great explanation. I still think Montreal should have some special claim to pure wool players. Maybe every team every five years has first pick from their hinterland. But they have to give up their first round pick year six. It would certianly stimulate the development process locally.

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  17. The man was a true legend, an idol to so many and the epitome of class.

    I've always heard nothing but WONDERFUL things about him.

    RIP Mr. Béliveau. So sad.

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  18. A sad day indeed. I've missed the shots of him sitting in his usual seat at the home games. Though before my time, everythying I've seen and read about the man makes him seem larger than life while remaining grounded and one of us.
    RIP monsieur.

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    1. I hope they keep his seat empty as a memorial.

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  19. Canadiens Montréal @CanadiensMTL · 1 min 1 minute ago
    "I’m not putting any franchise down, but it’s the Montreal Canadiens. He is among the few faces of the franchise and will be forever."-MB

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  20. Nice tribute from a fan at the Colisée Jean-Béliveau - put a Habs scarf on his statue and a bouquet of flowers at his feet.

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  21. "He was the bar for being a Montreal Canadien. He set the standard for everyone else to follow. He’ll always be remembered.”-Carey Price

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  22. Jean Beliveau scored his 500th goal vs the Minnesota North Stars, tonight they play Minnesota - is it a sign?

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    1. the Maritimer2:26 PM

      I watched that game. Assisted by Frank Mahovlich and Phil Roberto. I still have the old ESSO schedule for the whole NHL and wrote on the card that Mssr. Beliveau scored his 500th goal.

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    2. That must have been awesome!
      I think I heard MT on the radio say that he was at that game with his father and they looked it up on youtube.

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    3. Found it on the Habs site.
      “We spoke to the players this morning. I told them I was there when he scored his 500th goal, against the Minnesota North Stars,” said Therrien, who was seven years old when Béliveau potted his milestone marker on February 11, 1971 at the Montreal Forum. “I described the way he scored the goal and then we went on YouTube after to watch it. You reflect on memories like that. It reminds me of great moments I spent with my father. You think back to childhood memories like that one. The Canadiens’ family lost a true giant.”

      http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=742234

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  23. The Canadiens have set this up for those who want to share their memories or leave messages of condolences to the family.
    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=102574

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    1. Here is mine
      Thank you Monsieur Beliveau and my deepest condolences to his family. Today all of Canada is his friend in mourning. There are a handful of men who defined what it is to be Canadian and you where at the top of every list.

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  24. In order to provide the public with an opportunity to pay their respects to Mr. Béliveau, a bronze statue of the legendary team captain will be on display across from the Bell Centre’s main entrance, on avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal today until Saturday. Mr. Béliveau will lie in state at the Bell Centre on Sunday, December 7 and Monday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fans who wish to pay a final tribute to Mr. Béliveau can do so by entering the Bell Centre using the main entrance at 1909 avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal.

    Members of the general public who wish to express their condolences can do so by visiting the Montreal Canadiens' website. Fans who would like to honour the memory of Jean Béliveau through a financial contribution are invited to make a donation in the name of the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation, an organization that had a special place in Mr. Béliveau's heart, and one that he had greatly invested in.

    Mr. Béliveau's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, at the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, located on René Lévesque Blvd., near Mansfield St.

    During tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild, all Canadiens player will don the # 4 on their helmets to honour the legendary captain.

    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=742227

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  25. There will be a press conference @4:00pm.

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  26. Seeing as Jean Beliveau scored his 500th versus MIN, I will turn this post (untouched) into the Game Preview and Open Thread.

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  27. As per my normal routine, I wear a Habs tee, sweater or jersey on game day. Did so today and got 10x the thumbs up. Methinks most did so reflecting on Jean Beliveau.

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  28. The main page pic is great. You can make a donation in his honour.

    https://fondation.canadiens.com

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  29. http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2014/12/03/ken_dryden_jean_beliveaus_greatest_achievement_may_have_been_his_character.html

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    1. A great read and it is difficult to not see some of Jean Beliveau in Jonathan Toews.

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  30. Red Fisher:

    http://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/montreal-canadiens/red-fisher-jean-beliveau-was-a-special-man-on-and-off-the-ice

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  31. Jack Todd:

    "The Canadiens are what they are today because of Jean Béliveau. He set a tone within the organization that has persisted to the present day. According to the code established by his quiet example, it is not enough simply to play well on the ice. If you wear the CH, you must comport yourself in a certain way — and you don’t hang up your responsibilities when you take the jersey off after practice.
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    1. The one current Hab that represents, to me, the future and the sustained Beliveau CHaracter legacy is Carey Price. Bring home the Stanley Cup to our CHerished team.

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    2. Carey Price who never speaks to the media before a game, did today.

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    3. the Maritimer5:30 PM

      I agree wholeheartedly moe. Carey has matured immensely the last year or two, it's noticeable in his demeanor when he conducts interviews and I believe he is a leader in the dressing room and on the ice. I had lost faith in him a couple years ago but now he's probably our best hope to return the Cup to our beloved Canadiens and Canada. He, Subban and Galchenyuk will eventually lead the way.

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  32. I think it is appropriate that Saku will be honoured later this month, shortly after the Habs return home and honour the life of their other 10 year captain. Our Habs have been blessed with not just the greatest players in the history of the sport but also the greatest men.

    Not only did Le Gros Bill get his 500th against Minny, he had a hat trick that night. Another ghost to haunt the opposition.

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  33. My favourite web writer is the great Charles Pierce, a devoted Habs fan and great, fucking writer. I waited for it today and got his Jean Beliveau tribute. Just read it:

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Jean_Beliveaus_Death

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  34. Tributes from all around.
    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=102576&navid=DL|MTL|home

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    1. This one is FHFun:

      First game after Bernie Geoffrion joined the Rangers. Sunday night at MSG. Belliveau holds off Boom-Boom with one hand while pushing a goal past Ranger goalie. Leaned over and kissed Geoffrion, old team mate on his head. So cool calm and collected.

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  35. I am somewhat known for my distaste for biased media (doing a relatively good job today, how couldn't they?) and most things leaf (no gripes with Dave Keon) but for the life of me I cannot understand why some Habs haters (in comment threads) have gone out of their way to slag the Canadiens and Jean Beliveau, today. I find it just fucking weird. I may not like don cherry but when he kicks it I will simply say nothing.

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    1. It's the internet. Don't judge humanity by it. Every leaf (and other) fan I know has been very respectful on social media and the like.

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    2. I 'flagged' one who posted on tribute thread, what's even worse - the mods who publish them.

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  36. Give credit to TSN here. Great work on TH, and more great work on Sportscentre. Lead story, 9 minutes later it's still going. I know, I'm as shocked as you

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    1. Thx 29, I'll flip the channel at 19h00 to catch their update.

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    2. Now a separate, new, Michael Farber tribute. well done TSN

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    3. leaf don't play tonight.

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  37. Now a Farber interview. Now I will cry

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  38. Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!!!!!!!

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  39. Every player, every coach from today who was interviewed for this TSN story called him "Mr Beliveau". And "classy". Says it all

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    1. Just watched Saku on RDS, same thing. 10 year Habs Captain and it is 'Mr. Beliveau' and 'genuine' and 'human'.

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  40. Ryan Suter is out for Minny.

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  41. Haven't watched a game in like a week and a half. I hope im good luck

    GYFHG

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  42. Jeez a gros bill tribute in Minny. now im really gonna cry

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  43. Nice tribute by Minnesota.
    R.I.P. Murray Oliver

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  44. I remember Murray Oliver. RIP

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  45. I like this 7 PM EST starting time from the "west".

    GYFHG

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  46. i was having fun for 18 seconds

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  47. Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!!!!!!!

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  48. still plenty of time to come back. no really

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  49. I thought Parise wasn't playing tonight.

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  50. Better pull it together, boys.
    Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!!!!!!!

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  51. I go for a burger and WTF!?

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  52. Those outfits of the Wild make it look like we are playing against a bunch of Santa's Elves.

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  53. Cash Cash Ca$h It! Or lead with DDD your choice!

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  54. Have not seen Vanish yet, maybe he will be on the PP?

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  55. Damn, you hear the way the ref called 'interference' on Cakes?

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  56. Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!!!!!!!

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  57. we're better 4 on 4 it's ok

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  58. Seriously, we all saw the puck was outside of the net.

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  59. who was that number 17 on our 4th line? name starts with T. how long have i not watched a game?

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    1. Tangradi. I think we've nicked him ET.

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    2. Tangradi, I don't muCH like that he's wearing 17.

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  60. Shit hope PatCHes is ik.

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  61. My mistake, it's Suter who is out - getting tested for mumps.
    Protect yourselves, boys.

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  62. Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!!!!!!!
    Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!!!!!!!

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  63. Geez (Y) checked him right in the face.
    Kill it.

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  64. Under review if stick was too high.

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  65. Its a close one, in what universe, no goal!

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    1. oh sure, OMG what a farce

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  66. Deemed a good goal.

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  67. two hole in one goals back to back, fuck me

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  68. Kill it - again.

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  69. again where was the penalty, he stick checked the puck, being sucessful is no longer legal?

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  70. Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!!!!!!!

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  71. the Maritimer8:35 PM

    Pretty listless effort tonight. Heavy hearts I guess. I'm ready to watch something else soon.

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  72. Bogus, Allen never held his stick - RDS showed it on the replay.

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  73. Oh fuck delay of game??

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  74. nice double kill. cmon boys

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  75. How can you call that 2nd goal good? The stick is straight up in the air. Not to mention just before that the Wild were offside. I've rewatched it in slow mo 5 times with pauses. Way offside.

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    1. Probably the biggest mistakes made all season.

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  76. There are just some games you don't lose. This should be one of them. At least show up. Stop disrespecting Le Gros Bill's memory.

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  77. Great interview with Saku on RDS.

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    1. Love him. Watched the hour long show on RDS the other night, love him even more. I can't wait until the 18th, planning a wee cryfest.

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    2. if he switches to defence we will sign him

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  78. Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!!!!!!!
    Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!!!!!!!
    Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!!!!!!!

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  79. Come out flying, boys.

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  80. DDD shot the puck.

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  81. Funny how they don't call the Wild for anything.

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  82. Our boys are all over them.

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  83. Am I watching golf? I am not sure I have heard a more quiet rink. I think the Wild are winning but it seems like if anyone makes noise they will be beat with a bevy of rubber hoses.

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  84. How did patches miss that wide open top corner?

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  85. Frolik took his time going down on that one.
    Kill it.

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  86. oh please! OKay no contact, no slapshot for Montreal

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  87. Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!!!!!!!

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  88. Good time for a shortie.

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  89. ET ejected from the game.

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  90. 5 mins to kill.

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  91. That was some kill. no shots for the wild in the 3rd.

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  92. Great kill, now I am going to base my whole concept of Justice on wheter or not we win or at least loser tie this game!

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  93. Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!! Go Habs Go!!!!!!!

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  94. Shoot

    The

    Fucking

    Puck

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  95. we are really executing well that lob that is neither a pass or icing

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  96. 5th time they'll get shut out tonight. Tonight of all nights. No heart on the team, it seems.

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  97. I think that 5 min kill did them in because they were all over the the wild in the beginning of the period.

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  98. Will MT pull TFS?

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  99. pull the goalie for fucks sake

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  100. Drop the fucking puck ref.

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  101. Am I the only one that doesn't care if I see every game this year? Ther's some better stuff on TV these days.

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  102. That's 2 shots for DDD

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  103. I guess MT has a hunch about DDD

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  104. Oh thank god, DD is on the ice for the minute minute.

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  105. gCHuck preserves our honor.

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  106. You can do it boy!

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  107. I knew my shutout jinx would work!

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  108. KidG turned the puck over. FFS

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  109. Now they start playing

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  110. Any bets that ET gets sent back to the doghouse?

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    1. I hope not that was a bullshit call

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    2. Either that or the league suspends him.

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  111. They waited till the last minute. Literally. Fluke goal early, another that shouldn't have counted in an unbiased league. But they didn't deserve to win anyway.

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  112. Scoring is their main problem. You look at the team on paper and that just shouldn't be so. Maybe they'll get another 45 year old defenceman to fix the problem.

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  113. TSN wasted no time putting up the story.

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    1. Actually seeing the comments, must have been there throughout the game.

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  114. I'm deflated FHFers. Going to bag it.

    Thanks for all the great comments about Monsieur Beliveau. I think we will be living some emotional ups and downs between today and next Wednesday. We have (sadly but soberly) another Ghost to look down and over our team and our special #4 has made us even more devoted than ever. GYFHG!

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    1. Thanks for giving us this place to come to moeman.

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    2. it was great to come here and comusirate. Thanks Moeman

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  115. Just read where MB said the boys would play for Mr Beliveau tonight. This just makes it so much sadder.

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    1. that was a bad call my MT. You do not win one for the gipper in Minny during Dec. You got to save that shit for the playoffs/

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  116. The Minnesota Wild defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 Wednesday night, but Zach Parise wasn't happy with the fans at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

    The Wild went 0-for-5 on the power play in the game, including an unsuccessful five-minute advantage when Canadiens forward Eric Tangradi was given a major penalty and a game misconduct in the third period.

    Fans booed the Wild during the lackluster power play, despite the fact that Minnesota led 2-0 at the time.

    "We won the game," Parise said afterwards, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune. "You want us to score four power-play goals and lose? We beat arguably the best team in the East."

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  117. If you don't take at least 10 shots on goal a period you won't win too many games. I watched the first but was struggling to stay awake so left after that. Lots of cycling and passing but no shots = another loss. I am going to put this one down to the emotion of the day. But this scenario is hauntingly familiar...

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  118. Yep, after looking at the ET hit, it was a bogus call. You see ET turn away from it and he just catches Folin on the side, zebras send him to the box, see blood, likely from his visor and only then eject ET as an afterthought.

    I think buttface was at the game because when asked about an outdoor game during intermissions he said "It's going to happen," Bettman said. "Obviously, there may be no better place to play an outdoor game. The facilities are here. The last time I was here, last winter, we took a look at a couple of venues." so he must have been there - buttface call.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amRG02c0K7o&list=UUiliG5VxHNHJR4ooEW0R0dQ

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  119. JT;

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.ca/2014/12/on-jean-beliveau.html

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  120. the Maritimer7:54 AM

    It's uncanny how you can tell if they have their mojo going most nights. They didn't last night. I watched the first two periods and all I saw was passing into traffic, forcing plays that weren't there and individualism by many players. I will chalk it up to the emotion of the day. I watched an episode of Constantine, checked the game after, still 2-0 late in the third and packed it in. Hoping for a better effort in Chi-Town Friday night and seeing the second best red sweaters in the league.

    Go Habs Go!

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  121. the Maritimer8:35 AM

    I wish MB would end this geriatric D experiment. The Habs could use some young legs other than PFK back there. Please bring N8 and TinTin back up, I'd rather watch them make mistakes than constantly seeing guys like Allen and Gonchar get beat to the outside. The old guys won't dare to come out past their own blue line against the speedy BlackHawks.

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    1. Can we just not call a spade a spade and say this is a geratic Frananstien defence. What ever happened to spell check. MT has a theory very similar to mine that in todays NHL talent is a thin wedge lever of success. The differance between and Allen and Drew Doughty is like on any Sunday Allen might have a Doughtly like shift or even game. It like Universal Soldier, the NHL is now totally dependent on how chill the players are.

      The thing that fucked up Hari Seldon was the mule. So if we can all agree that MT is Hari, the mule is Buttman
      calling penalties from above. I am a polygot and free of predjuice unless you want to marry my daughter. Then I would prefer a white trapper from Moosene over an Computer Scienntest from Delhi. Try hiring a trapper on line, but a computer scientest are a dime a dozen.

      Back to the game after the rant above you may say I am racist, but WOULD put it to a Grand Jury. The fact, the fact, the fact is that scince hockey was invented in Kingston the refs have called against Montreal. The cheap cheap calls against us in Minny made a birdsong that rode on the 1700 mega hertz level that was the transmission mode for Buttman who was ironicly in attendance in minny in December. This is like 911. Why was buttman in minny for this game? I could go on an on but going on and on makes you a target of those who only go on.

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  122. Canadiens assigned Michaël Bournival to the @BulldogsAHL this morning, allowing him to play 3 games over the weekend.

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  123. Keith Olberman 'The Class of Beliveau"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWerie2Lv0c&list=UUdJtV6wXT6lnrvldU_urowQ

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  124. Happy to say I missed the game last night - was busy taking money from some associates at an impromtu poker game.

    Mr. Beliveau has been described as the greatest Canadiens' captain. I think we can agree he was THE greatest captain. Period. Like I've said, I was 2 when he retired so have only seen replays of his greatness, but when even the mediots have to agree on one point about the Habs, there's no question.

    So answer me this. I'm having trouble deciding if it would be a good idea. On December 18th, another great captain of the CH will be honoured when the Ducks are in town as Saku gets his official long overdue accolades. The night will be about Koivu, but I think it would be cool if during the ceremony, Saku presented Patches (or insert your choice here) with his #67 sweater with the 'C' stitched on the front. I think the Bell Centre would explode. Thoughts?

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    1. Interesting stuff St. Pad.

      Two things;

      1. I laugh at the existence of the marc messier leadership award/trophy

      2. Cool idea but I think time has to play it's course here. I also think PatCHes is in the lead for the 'C'. He should work on his FrenCH (which is not the same as French)

      3. What? I said 2, oh well, here goes. I was happy to read amongst the many, many details about Jean Beliveau's career, that he upped, considerably, his penalty minutes when opponents started to CHallenge him and I am saying this because as gentlemanly as he was off the ice, he wasn't a Lady Byng-type. The NHL should create a Classy Captain award and give the first one to Jonathan Toews, who, BTW, I would love to see in the CH jersey (yes I said the same about Sid in the past).

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    2. Who can take the seat left behind? I am going with PFK. Its the hole foxhole thing.

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  125. Happy 105th to our glorious Club du Hockey!

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    1. One of the neat things I garnered from all the Jean Beliveau stories this week (Ken Dryden's?) was that the glorious Habs were tied in Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and the leaf (they shamelessly tack on 2 more because of a 'name change') before Le Gros Bill stepped onto the ice as a Hab.

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    2. the Maritimer5:56 PM

      I read that today. The Montreal Canadiens sure left those two franchises in their dust. I vaguely remember the 1968 and '69 Cups against an aging expansion franchise the St. Louis Blues. I remember the names like Jean Beliveau, Gump Worsely, Yvan Cournoyer (my favourite), guys like Dick Duff, Claude Provost and J.C. Tremblay. My most favourite Cup win and I still have vivid memories it is the 1971 win over the BlackHawks who, like the Boston Bruins were a powerhouse team. Ken Dryden was the difference in both of those series. It was magical. I can still see in my mind Game 7 of the final, down 2-0 in the 3rd, the image of Jacques Lemaire's rising slapshot from outside the blue line going over Tony Esposito's shoulder. I can see the Pocket Rocket, Henri Richard holding off a Chicago defenceman with one arm then cutting in front of Esposito to score the Cup winning goal. Then, the Captain, Mssr. Beliveau skating around Chicago Stadium with the Cup and going out a winner. I'll never forget that as long as I live.

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    3. Beautifully written the M. I wa 10 at the time and this was my first true understanding and feeling as a Habs fan witnessing a Stanley Cup. My Uncle Yvon instilled in me my love for the CH. Saturday nights with him were, well, glorious. Remember that, although born in Quebec, I was raised in central Ontario, Galt to be exact and was dealt the(ir) Habs hate from cbc, early in my hockey fan life. Oh how those great Habs teams on the 'national' network framed what I was to become.

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    4. ... and after that 1971 Stanley Cup win, I became a goalie and styled my play on Ken Dryden (minus the size and octopussian (I just channelled Danny Gallivan)) saves. No word of a lie, my teammates, early on, nicked me 'the cat' for my great eyesight playing road hockey in the fucking dark and making tremendous glove saves (of course I pat myself on the back) under the street lights. Man, I had some shitty thin pads, a retrofitted baseball mitt, a beat up blocker and a Tony-O Canadian Tire plastic mask but stole many a win for the Patricia Road Runners (hat tip to Cournoyer, with whom I share a BDay). Speaking of the original Roadrunner, go to H i/o for a nice sentimental journey and try to not shed a tear.

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    5. the Maritimer9:21 PM

      Great stories moe. I spent many a Saturday night watCHing the Habs with my maternal grandfather who may or may not have introduced me to the game. My father was more of a baseball fan apparently. I read that piece by Mr. Stubbs on the Road Runner, great stuff.

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  126. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/12/jean-beliveau-obituary/383367/

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  127. Canadiens recalled forward Drayson Bowman from the Hamilton Bulldogs. He will join the team tonight in Chicago.

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    1. I guess Tangerine is sitting.

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  128. The father of Newfoundland-born NHL player Ryane Clowe is among those charged in the wake of a police investigation targeting "high-level" cocaine trafficking in the St. John's area.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/nhler-ryane-clowe-s-father-charged-in-wake-of-cocaine-probe-1.2860376?cmp=rss

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  129. the Maritimer9:23 PM

    Canucks spanking Sid's tuxedo birds. That's good I guess.

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    1. FLA tied with CBJ in the 3rd, they could pass the broons as they have games in hand.

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    2. I'm watching the leaf game in the background (schedenfreud, sp?) and oh my god shut up about Kessel. He sucks, so they've come to the conclusion that "something is wrong". Or, you know, he's not nearly as good as you think he is. When I watch other leaf games he just cherry picks in the neutral zone while the leaf is hemmed in their own zone. Occasionally, the puck bounces his way and he gets a break and goal. That's not a great player. He has skill, but you don't base your team around a guy like that. Even the all star team knew it.

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    3. For the entire 3rd period the announcers have been willing Kessel to get a shot. He finally does in the last minute (refs trying to help by giving the Devils some penalties at the end) and they act like he's back to being the best player in the world. Oh god, he just scored. The fat fuck fell after he scored and now he's blaming the Devils. Announcers saying he's so classy he wouldn't do that unless it was justified.

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  130. Re: moe's thoughts on a Beliveau Trophy. Here's what The Great One thinks (and this was 2.5 years ago):

    “I know Conn Smythe (the original owner of the Maple Leafs) is important to the history of our game, but I think if you’re going to make this change it should be a change to someone extraordinary,” said Gretzky. “There’s no question Jean Beliveau epitomizes everything about our sport: Getting your name on the Stanley Cup, playing well all season long and being a pressure, impact player in the playoffs.”

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2012/06/04/stanley_cup_wayne_gretzky_touts_renaming_conn_smythe_trophy_after_jean_beliveau.html

    Perhaps it's time now for the NHL to really start thinking about this. But that would mean one of their precious leaf being removed.

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