love hockey

love hockey

If they win I’m happy. If they lose, I don’t care. When they fish in a cauldron, I despise them. When they pay beautiful tributes, I recognize their great class. If they neglect Quebecers, I’ll come with a nice gun.

But I’m not a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. Currently my favorite player in the NHL is in Boston and his name is Patrice Bergeron. But most of all, I’ve loved ice hockey since I was born and even earlier.

When I watch a game, I appreciate and watch both teams. I like to follow meetings that Montreal isn’t a part of.

Furthermore, when the Martin St-Louis guys play well, I’m fully aware that it cheers up a large part of Quebec. It looks like things are going better in our village. And I’m happy when I see that Suzuki, Caufield and Guhle are successful and that young people identify with them. My heart warmed at the end of Tuesday night when Jonathan Drouin came off the field with three assists, a first star and a beautiful outpouring of love from the crowd.


i love hockey At 66, I’m still playing even though I’m not progressing on the ice, I’ve covered Canadian activities on TV for almost 25 years, I’m still teaching hockey, I’ve coached young people for seven years. For me it is the most beautiful team sport, the fastest and most spectacular.

And hockey teaches life. We learn achievement, but also solidarity, complicity, adversity. We experience victory and we are taught to accept defeat. We keep lasting memories on all levels and we will have developed special and unforgettable bonds.

So when events, facts and disgust are told in initiations like the ones revealed this week, my heart melts. I know and I knew very well that it happened. No, I’ve never witnessed it, but I’ve been told it often and for a very long time. These barbaric practices have existed for more than 50 years, 60 years or even longer. These were locker room secrets that also existed in other sports and disciplines but are still unacceptable. The denunciation that has taken place in the last few days is salutary in the hope that it will put an end once and for all to these backward and stupid practices.


It’s sad that it comes out during the week of the wonderful Pee-Wee tournament in Quebec, the week when the young people of Ukraine are visiting us in a hypersensitive way.

But never let fools, feeble-minded or stubborn people spoil your sport. That era is over and now destroyed. Otherwise denounce.

From the enclave

  • Snowmobilers, give it a thought today Armand Bombardier who died on February 18, 49 years ago at the age of just 56. Before that he had invented toys, vehicles for locomotion on snow, including the famous Ski-Doo. Know that one of his children had died of peritonitis because he didn’t make it to the hospital in time in a snowstorm. He avenged himself by invention.
  • To cheer mario cecchini, the enthusiast who returns, albeit temporarily, to the top of the Alouettes. What a great and good decision by the Canadian League to bring back this man of exemplary openness and honesty! This is the best guarantee for the success of what follows.
Mario Cecchini

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Mario Cecchini

  • The Montreal-Toronto rivalry continues tonight, exactly 105 years after the first-ever shutout in the NHL was achieved Georges Vezina the Canadiens against the Leafs, then called Arenas. Montreal 9, Toronto 0.
  • Always present in the organization of Canadians, Jean Francois Houle (missile instructor), Stephane Robidas (participate in Martin Saint Louis) And Franz Bouillon (head of player development) all played with the Frederiction Canadiens in 98-99. your instructor? Michael Therrien. Little world.
  • The last goal in Forum history, scored against Dallas in March ’96, was scored by Andrei Kovalenko. His son Nicolai is 23 years old and was drafted by Colorado in 2018 but still plays in the KHL (Novgorod). He plays along Igor Larionovthe son who also undersigned the colors of the Quebec Remparts Philip Boucher, 6 years ago. Small world, also the other side.
  • At the end of this weekend’s Tournoi Pee-Wee de Québec, the most memorable aspect will have been the warm welcome from more than a hundred Québec families. And the invitation of the Ukrainian team was much more than a blink of an eye. Bravo Quebec for the 63rd time.
  • 100 years ago the brothers Frank And Lawrence Zamboni the first recordings of an icemaker came out. The Zamboni was invented in California. To say huh? However, it was in 1955 at the Montreal Forum that the first Zamboni was used for NHL hockey. It was March 10, a week before the uprising. Against who ? Yes Toronto
  • Before the Zamboni arrived, it took 3 men to resurface the ice and it took an hour. We did it once before the game.
  • 1942 was the first contract of Maurice Richard was $6,000 for the year, while the median salary in Canada was $1,400. Maurice Richard would never have made more than $40,000 in a season in his entire career.

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