Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Habs and NHL Tidbits for the Day

Just a few little pieces of news and info to pass along for today.

Habs Fans: Make your voices heard to Jimmy Fallon!: A blog on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon website wants to know which pro sports franchise has the most dedicated superfans. You can put your vote in for the Habs by linking to the blog.

Obviously the Late Night crew are not up on current Habs events if you note the picture they are using.

Great video tribute to the Rocket: A nice little video put together by Jerome Charlebois, son of noted Quebecois singer/songwriter Robert Charlebois, put together this nice little lip-synched tribute to Maurice Richard. The original song used in the video was recorded and written in 1970 by Pierre Latourneau.

Didn’t realize Carbo was a green thumb.

Rookie Coach gets AHL Honours: Congratulations to Hamilton Bulldogs coach Guy Boucher on being winning the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL’s most outstanding coach in 2009-10. Boucher has coached the ‘Dogs to the second-best record in the league (currently 51-17-3-7 for 112 points) and a North Division championship in this season.

The full AHL release can be found here.

"I've always believed that coach of the year is an award that belongs to everyone, the assistant coaches, the players, the management, the scouts and the staff, so I am proud to accept this award on behalf of the entire organization," said Boucher.

Hamilton winds up it’s regular season with games in Syracuse and Toronto before starting the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs on Saturday.

Halak up for NHL Award: Jaroslav Halak is the Canadiens nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL player judged to best exemplify the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.

Tkachuk Retires: Veteran forward Keith Tkachuk announced we will retire following the St. Louis Blues game Friday vs. Anaheim. Tkachuk was a healthy scratch on Wednesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Perhaps FoxSports MidWest could have given him proper airtime during an intermission to make his announcement, rather than during the game. Three times Tkachuk was interrupted by the fog horn as the Blackhawks scored.

The 19-year veteran has 538 goals, 1063 points and 2219 penalty minutes in 1200 games with the Blues, Thrashers, Coyotes and Jets.

O’Ree receives Order of Canada: Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL, received the Order of Canada Wednesday morning. O’Ree received his award for his years of service to youth development and the growth of hockey across communities in Canada and the U.S.

O’Ree began his NHL career with the Boston Bruins, making his debut on January 18, 1958 against the Montreal Canadiens. He was traded to the Canadiens in the summer of 1961, but never suited up for them.


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