Larry Robinson, one of the greatest defensive players to ever wear the Montreal Canadiens jersey, was honored tonight, as his famous number 19 was raised to the ceiling of the Bell Centre.
Looking at his accomplishments as a member of the Canadiens, it is clear this ceremony was well deserved. Robinson played 1,384 games during his glorious career and registered a total of 958 points. He also won the Stanley Cup six times, the Conn Smythe trophy once, and the Norris Trophy twice. Beyond numbers, Robinson had a strong presence whenever he was on the ice. His tall stature was often needed to defend his teammates and check his opponents into the boards.
At the ceremony, Robinson delivered a classy speech thanking his former teammates, as well as the fans for their support. As his number was raised to the ceiling, he barely contained his tears.
Robinson has been one of my favorite players since I was a kid. I can still clearly remember the 1986 Stanley Cup championship, the last of his career as a player. Since that very moment, my love for this hockey club has never faded.
Tonight, Montreal fans reserved a warm cheer for one of their favorite players. Larry Robinson will never forget this—the night he became a legend himself.
Thank you and congratulations Big Bird.