Now, From The “What Took You So Long” Department…

Who says things move slower in Canadia? In a long-anticipated and much-ballyhooed move (at least to the Habs faithful), the Montreal Canadiens have finally decided to retire Patrick Roy’s number on November 22nd before a game against the Boston Bruins.

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Habs: These Things Are True

The season is now underway, yet the offseason and training camp have offered a delicious medley of strange facts and interesting narratives about the greatest team in the history of the NHL, the Kansas City Scouts Montreal Canadiens. All these things are true.

  • When Roman Hamrlik was asked what number wanted to wear as a Hab, he said he wanted to keep #4. The Habs’ equipment manager informed him that he would have to climb the Bell Centre rafters and pull down Jean Beliveau’s jersey in order to keep #4. As a result, Hamrlik now wears #44.
  • Jean Beliveau personally answers every single piece of fan mail he has ever received.
  • The last time the Habs’ AHL team won the Calder cup, the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup the very next season. This was thanks in large part to the 20 year-old goaltender who led the AHL team to victory the year before. His name was Patrick Roy and he doesn’t give a fuck what you think about him.
  • Carey Price is 20 years-old. He led Hamilton to a Calder Cup victory last year.
  • Chris Higgins and Mike Komisarek train at the same facility in Long Island in the offseason and this year they also worked with a mental conditioning coach, Gary Parks. He gave them a three-point strategy for dealing with pressure. It includes:
  1. Focus on the one thing you can control with the most confidence.
  2. Focus on the smallest time period.
  3. If you’ve come off a bad shift or period, do the three Fs: Find it, Fix it and Forget it.

* Okay, not true.