Montreal Canadiens To Honour No. 33?

Miah D.Senior Writer IAugust 29, 2008

Four days ago, we opened the debate on BR: should the Habs retire Patrick Roy's number?

French newspaper La Presse recently heard that the Montreal Canadiens Organization is preparing to retire Roy's No. 33. Still just a rumour, the event could take place as early as in November.

The team did not want to confirm anything. Their spokesman just answered that the events schedule for this special year would be published on September 24.

La Presse actually reached Canadiens owner George Gillett to obtain more information, but found their search to be in vain. "Jersey retirements are not things we talk publicly about," said Gillett.

The newspaper also had Patrick Roy on the phone—but still learned nothing. "I don't know anything about that. Nobody confirmed me anything. People talk to me about that, I hear that here and there."

The possibility of retiring his jersey by the Montreal Canadiens, along with the Centenary celebration, was qualified by Roy as "certainly a big honour."

As the newspaper and Roy were already on the subject, Roy stated that everything was okay between him and the organization.

"I don't know why people think there is a problem. I made the choice to coach a Junior team in Quebec—that is why I don't have time to go to the Bell Center. I wanted to go there for a few events, like the jersey retirements of Serge Savard and Bob Gainey. I wanted to go watch Alexander Radulov play against Montreal, but every time, it wasn't possible."

If Roy has been there last February 23, he would have had his place among the 1986 Stanley Cup champions, who were honoured in front of the crowd that night.

So I guess we follow the normal evolution of the event—from the debate to the rumour. Following that path, by the end of September there should be articles entitled "Patrick Roy's Jersey Retirement Set to Be on November something" or "Patrick Roy Finally Not to Be Honoured by Montreal this Year." in the Canadiens community.

I'll keep you posted.