Montreal Canadiens to Wear Multiple Jerseys in Centennial Season
If being commemorated by the Royal Canadian Mint wasn't enough already, the Montreal Canadiens are going the full nine yards this season by wearing retro jerseys from the many seasons of the franchise.
The Royal Canadian Mint is releasing over 10 million one-dollar coins commemorating the Canadiens' 100th anniversary. Along with this honour, there are other small honours, such as an entire Monopoly game based on the Canadiens and a DVD covering the 100-year history of the team.
But in addition to these, the Canadiens will have new digs on their backs. Throwback jerseys from years past will commemorate the changing face of the Canadiens' organization since their inaugural season.
During the 2008-09 season, the Canadiens will wear 12 Centennial Jersey Nights, with players wearing past jerseys. Already, current Canadiens players have worn past jerseys during media conferences to give the fans and media a taste of what is to come.
"It's cool," commented Canadiens captain Saku Koivu. "I just hope we keep these after the games, because it would be a pretty cool souvenir for after my career."
"I can't imagine what it's going to look like with 23 players on the ice," added Alex Kovalev.
And now, the Montreal Canadiens centennial season is set—with the honouring of Patrick Roy's No. 33, the nostalgic Centennial Jersey Nights, the All-Star Game, the NHL Entry Draft, as well as a Canadiens Hall of Fame Exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Not only that, but the Canadiens have also installed a new Jumbotron at centre ice, now the largest in the NHL at 25 by 40 feet of video space.
"You already feel a lot of history when you walk into the locker room," commented Alex Kovalev.
"It's definitely going to be something to remember."
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