Posted on May 18th, 2010 by .

A few hours before Game 2 between the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers, we asked a few Montréal luminaries, artists, bloggers and all-around cool cats what the Habs mean to them.

Andy Nulman, andynulman.com

“After the 7th game victory over the Pens, a friend told me: “I was at the Bell Centre and saw it live on screen with 21,000 screaming fans!  Can you top that?”  And I said: “Yeah, as a 19-year-old sports journalist, I was at the Forum in 1979 when the Habs beat the Rangers and won the cup, and then I was in the dressing room and watched as Gilles Lupien poured champagne from the cup onto Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s head, much to the non-delight of his RCMP bodyguards.” All he could reply was “Go Habs Go!” My sentiment exactly!”

Andrew Rose, Secret City Records

“I’m a native Anglo Montrealer and I was 12 when the Habs last won the cup. I grew up a few blocks away from the Forum and saw a fair number of games in the 93 playoffs. I couldn’t care less about pro sports in general, but wager I can go toe-to-toe with anyone in this town when it comes to the ins and outs of hockey and the Habs. I don’t miss many games through the course of the season. All I can say is, the more you’ve been paying attention the past 15 years or so, the more gratifying the current story is. The team is winning for a lot of reasons, but I think the number one reason is that everyone playing believes in the team and believes they can win. A good attitude and hard work go a long way in the playoffs. Don’t get me wrong, Halak and our special teams are a big reason, too. But you need that extra little magic touch to really win, and this is the first Habs team I can remember since 93 that has that. Now if we can score a goal on the Flyers…”

Jeff Waye, Ninja Tune

“Ninja Tune hockey nerd levels got to the point where I was live blogging the game via text message to Poirier while he was on stage DJ’ing in France. I really hope the airhorn sounded with every GOAL! text….As great as The Habs looked in Game 7 against Pittsburgh, I wondered: “hey Malkin, how much money do you get to pass to a phantom 6th player on the ice?” And Moen’s 4th goal, man, the defense for The Claremont (Cafe) Cougars hockey team could have stopped that! (And ps- If PK Subban wants to do a guest verse on a track, I’ve got a record label.)”

Aaron David Fraser, Claremont Café

“I can’t help but feel torn. On one hand, I love the tear the Habs are on. On the other, I am in the restaurant business and a Habs playoff run is NOT good for business. Good for delivery food and sports bars, but the further the Habs get into the playoffs, the less people show up at the restaurants in Montreal. Go Habs Go- just finish them quick. This game seven nonsense is only good for Geoff Molson!”

Vicki Hogarth, Askmen.com

You have to show up about three hours before the game if you actually want to get a table at Verres Stérilisés (St-Hubert and Rachel) during the Playoffs. That’s not such a bad deal, when you consider that La Banquise — the best place in the city to get poutine — is about a block away, and the staff at Verres Stérilisés let customers bring their dinner to the bar. There’s really no better place in the Plateau to watch the game, thanks to the passionate nature of the locals who never miss a chance to support the Canadiens in their favourite neighbourhood haunt. In fact, you could keep score of the game without even being inside the bar, just by tallying up the cheering versus jeering sessions, which can be heard from about one-block radius. For me, when I’m rooting for the Canadiens, I’m not just cheering for my favourite team; I’m cheering for a city that I love and the unique people who live here, and being in a place like this- with its genuine spirit and oh-so reasonably priced beer- makes that moment so perfect.”

Daniel Seligman, Pop Montreal

“Game 7 vs. the Penguins: I was in Paris on a bizness trip/family vacashe, biting my nails all day in anticipation. Of course it was next to impossible to find anywhere to watch the game, especially with a 7-month-old daughter in tow, so the ever-reliable internet came in handy as we tuned into atdhe.net. The reception was choppy but Bob Cole’s voice was clear as day. Stayed up until 4am and celebrated quietly, knowing full well that a Footlocker near you was being wantonly ransacked. GO HABS GO!, bro.”

Martine St-Victor, Groupe Milagro

“For immigrants, hockey has always been one of the ways to integrate Canadian society. Born in Trois-Rivieres, I grew up oscillating between the Nordiques and the Canadiens, and then switched to a full allegiance to the Habs. My favourite images are those of kids of 2nd, 3rd or even 4th generation of immigrants sporting Habs jerseys. It gets me every time…I love how the Habs bring the City together. It doesn’t matter whether or not you follow sports: you must respect & recognize the Montreal Canadiens as a dynasty and pray to God, Allah or Buddha that we  bring home this year our 25th Stanley Cup.”

Lynn Habel, Tourisme Montréal

“The Montréal Canadiens are more than a sports team; since I was a kid, everyone I knew followed the Habs with more passion and fervor than a political campaign. The great names over the team’s history – Howie Morenz, Rocket Richard, Jean Beliveau, Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy – all seemed to reflect the history and identity of Montréal and Québec. You know, the little guy fighting to make it in the big American league- and succeeding. Chez nous, hockey is a something to be shared with family and friends, complete with munchies, beer (or wine) and lots of colour commentary from the couch. Hockey nights are great excuses to invite friends, or to be invited, for supper and a soirée watching and talking over the game. During the play-offs, though, it gets serious. Meals are timed around games and the phone only rings during intermission. (Really, who would have the nerve to call during the game? Pfft.) And when we win, we really do feel like “Les Glorieux”.”

Jeremy Morris, Midnight Poutine

“This year’s Habs embody one of the age-old philosophies for success: set expectations so low for so long that when something finally goes right, it’s a momentous occasion. I try to live by this maxim everyday, so it is inspiring to see it play out so well for les boys. Go Habs Go.”

Nathaniel Schachter, Sid Lee

“I started watching the games sitting on the floor at Olympico in Mile End, basically under the pool table. It made my friend and I feel like we were backpacking through Europe. I don’t know exactly when it happened– maybe game 6 against the Capitals– but I just became a believer. Suddenly I was, like, we’re winning the cup and nobody can stop us! It was like a holy revelation. Now I insist on watching all the games under that awful pool table, convinced that we’ll lose if I watch it elsewhere. Thanks superstition! (PS- I watched Game 1 at home last night and we got slammed 6-0 by the flyers.)”

Jean-Aymeri de Magistris, Montreal State Of Mind

“I’m really happy for the Habs, but I’m 10 times more happy for the fans, being faithful fans for so many years. They have been very patient. Now they gave something real to be proud of! Hope the dream will not end against the Flyers and we can bring back the Stanley cup where it belongs, here in Montreal!…Maybe everyone in Canada can be in a Montreal state of mind!?”

Ian Kennedy, Tiger Distribution

“I always grew up around one uncle who would pretty much do anything for the Maple Leafs and for some reason I just was never really down with hockey. About 10 years ago I moved to Montreal and it was ON! It just clicked here and I’m stoked to be a Habs Fan! The only problem is now that I can afford season tickets, or any tickets for that matter, I have to pay 3 times the price to catch a game! So… if any Habs/Bell Center employees likes Scandinavian fashion and want to barter for tickets find me via are website…GO HABS GO!”

Jason Bajada, Jason Bajada

“The Habs are finally looking like a team of friends and it’s nice to see every player fill out a specific role. Halak is looking like a nerdy version of Ken Dryden. Cammalleri is scoring like it’s 1977 and he wants to destroy every record. Lapierre is bringing the tough and trash talk (not to mention scoring when it counts). And 21-year-old P.K. “superstar” Subban is filling in for, quite possibly, one of the best defensemen in the league (Markov) and doing an outstanding job. I’ve been watching most games at Café Olympico and the atmosphere is pure insanity and the coffee is dizzy delicious…Dare I say, in frenglish, It smells the cup!”


  1. CindyLou

    / May 18th

    Olimpico is definitely the place to be!!! Go habs go!! 😀

  2. Bobby

    / May 7th

    Posts like this brhgtien up my day. Thanks for taking the time.

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