An obvious break | The Journal of Quebec

Guy Lafleur’s state funeral last Tuesday not only paid tribute to the image of the man he was, but also demonstrated the solidarity that still unites ex-Canadians today. I hope current edition players took notes.

Yvan Cournoyer, Patrick Roy, Guy Carbonneau and Larry Robinson marched one after the other, each providing a poignant account of their memories of No. 10. There was nothing wrong. We have seen the sincerity in the eyes of these greats in CH history.

Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, Alexander Romanov and Co. sat in the audience and watched Larry Robinson deliver a moving speech, and he did it in French.

I honestly couldn’t help but see the huge gulf between today’s generation and Guy’s.

They were all there, the old ones, upright and proud to talk about their former teammate. Even though they’ve been retired for years, it felt like they were still part of the same team.

In the meantime I looked at the current players. Immediately after the ceremony, everyone rushed to leave the Marie-Reine-du-Monde cathedral in their limousine. Your suitcases were probably already packed. Goodbye Montreal, see you at training camp.


On the one hand all the greats who forged the great history of the Habs and on the other hand this formation that just finished 32nd and last in the entire NHL, behind an expansion team.

Again, I hope you took notes. I hope deep down they were a little embarrassed wearing the same sweater as these big boys who together have I don’t know how many cups.

Now everyone has left Montreal. We’ll see members of the organization again in the NHL draft in Montreal on July 7th and 8th. Then it will be a party! Everyone will smile, we will come and present the team’s first choice.

However, this is not normal. The Canadian can’t be a team like the others who end up at the bottom of the rankings every now and then. He means too much to people to have such low standards.

The Montreal Canadiens aren’t just banners hoisted from the Bell Center ceiling or photos of the greatest in the team’s locker room. The tradition must be continued.


For that, Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton have to make big decisions. Let’s stop prioritizing certain veterans and bring back the team spirit.

Otherwise, the players should concentrate on their summer training.

Anyway, don’t worry folks, alumni will be there to represent you at the various charity events. To prepare
Keep one thing in mind: you were the worst team in the entire National Hockey League this season. Don’t come up with nice excuses, but with concrete gestures so that there will never be another season like the one that just ended.

Don’t forget that every one of the players your team has drafted over the past few years, with their many choices, has one goal in mind: steal your job.

Most of all, I hope you took notes on Tuesday. You’ve seen in a few hours what the Canadian represents for the entire province of Quebec.

Now it’s up to you to carry the torch.

Interview by Kevin Dube

Echoes of Bergie

great ladies
Over the past two weeks, honors have multiplied for Guy Lafleur and Mike Bossy. Since the deaths of the two men were announced, I have had to think personally of their wives Lucie Bossy and Lise Lafleur. These gorgeous ladies have accompanied their husbands through the ups and downs of their careers. In the shadows, they saw that their husbands were idols for many Quebecers. Luckily I know that Mike and Guy were good family people. Despite fame and success, they returned to their family with tremendous simplicity. They were good husbands and good fathers.

Disappointing decision
Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki will not represent their respective countries at the Ice Hockey World Championship. To be honest, I’m very disappointed in the two young Habs players. In the case of Suzuki, we are told he would be injured. It’s funny, but until the end he was playing 22-23 minutes per game. Both strikers have an incredible opportunity to gain international experience. After finishing 32nd in the NHL, I don’t think getting some experience would have been wrong. Perhaps Suzuki and Caufield should take cues from Alex Ovechkin, who year after year rushes on the first plane to join his national team when the Washington Capitals are eliminated.

A concept to think about
The NHL playoffs have been a great show so far. However, I have to say that I didn’t like the first game between the Penguins and that
Rangers ends in third overtime. It’s inhuman. In my opinion, the NHL should implement three-on-three playoff overtime until there’s a winner. It would greatly reduce playing time and it would be safer for players. After all, all the people who told me they loved it couldn’t even watch to the end! The NHL gains nothing by hosting this type of game. In the end the show suffers, the players are present for 20 seconds and withdraw without common sense as nobody wants to be blamed for the mistake that caused your team to lose.

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