All Habs Headlines: Saturday October 21, 2017

On this day in hockey history

1972— New York Rangers played the New York Islanders for the first time ever, and won 2-1 at Nassau Coliseum.

1979 — Phil Esposito became just the second player in NHL history to score 1,500 career points. Gordie Howe was the first.

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photo courtesy of -Chad Hipolito/Canadian Press

On the verge

Trickle down

  • Player Agent Alan Walsh gives another sad story of the aftermath of repeated head trauma.
  • He provides a story of a former client who calls him in a panic because he cannot remember how to get to his home from his local grocery store.

Blow at high dough

  • Sebastian Ricard of Loco Locass was convicted of drunk driving.  The Canadiens, who have released ads that discourage drinking and driving have cut ties with the group by dropping their tune as the official goal song.

So hard done by

  • The Canadiens’ fan base seems to be getting more impatient as the losses mount 8 games into the season.  Is it unreasonable? It doesn’t matter to most fans if it is or not, they want to see their team succeed.

► The Luxury

  • In an interview with TVA, Canadiens owner Geoff Molson explains that after the centennial celebrations the Habs are taking time off to reassess before contemplating any more number retirements.

Escape is at hand for the travelling man

  • The Canadiens’ resident hermit David Schlemko will be out 3 to 4 weeks after having surgery on his hand to remove bone fragments.
  • If this continues he will become the second most difficult piece to find in a Habs scavenger hunt, right behind any goal scored by a Canadien.

 A Beautiful Thing 

  • 60 years ago this week, Maurice Richard became the first player to score 500 goals in the NHL.

 

When the weight comes down

  • Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty discusses his game, the issues the Habs face and how they hope to get out of their early slump.

Heaven is a better place today

  • On October 18th Canada became a little poorer for having lost Gord Downie, a true poet and artist.
  • As other Canadians I was a major fan of the Tragically Hip and Gord in particular.  His lyrics were the touchstones of my life. All through high school, during hockey trips, and while deployed overseas, the music he created gave me a feeling that I never left home.
  • I had the good fortune to meet him once after a show in a small club in France where we talked hockey as he playfully mocked the Canadiens and I his beloved Bruins. He was an anachronism of Canada, bigger than life yet down to earth, the kind of wise soul that simply draws you in.  Goodbye Gord.