It seems just like yesterday that Montreal Canadiens fans have lined up outside the Forum to see greats such as Maurice Richard , Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur took to they Ice. One hundred years have already passed and the Canadiens are celebrating their Centennial season this year.
The city is alive with spirit as we prepare to host the NHL Entry Draft and the 2009 All-Star game.
Many other festivities are approaching such as The shooting of Pour Toujours , Les Canadiens a family drama focusing on the team and its Diehard fans. In addition, Fans were needed as extras to appear in the movie as part of the celebrations.
The Canadiens foundation launched a $500,000 outdoor rink in the St.Michel Borough as a gift to the community. There is as well a Montreal Canadiens edition of Monopoly on route.
Included in the celebrations is the centennial plaza accompanied by plaques and statues of the Canadiens immortals plus a total of 20,000 bricks bought by fans.On top of all these events will include eight centennial jersey nights were players will wear vintage uniforms in praise of their past glory.
The Canadiens have also installed the largest scoreboard in the National Hockey League to allow fans to watch replays right upuntil December 4th 2009, the 100th anniversary of the Canadiens first game.
Fans are anxious for the season to begin , “I can’t wait for everything to start , we’vegot a better team than last year’s and I’m hoping for them to bring home the cup” says Eric Todd, a student at Dawson College and Canadiens fan for more than 18 years.
With the acquisition of forwards Alex Tanguay and Georges Laraque and the late addition of Robert Lang , the Canadiens are looking as top cup contenders this year and our paving a new path, “It’s Going to be tuff for the guys to get a spot on the roster, this is our centennial season an Expectations are high.” Says John Mcgowan current student at DawosnCollege .
The Team ,the city and most of all the fans are all looking forward to this year , with all the Events going on what a better way to top it off but by bringing the cup back home.