Saturday, December 5, 2009

Historic Birthday Bash For Canadiens

Two more for the rafters: Montreal Canadiens legends Elmer Lach (second from left) and Émile Bouchard (in wheelchair) have their jerseys retired by the Habs on Dec. 4, 2009.
Photograph by: Allen McInnis, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

MONTREAL – Together, 384 days earlier, Elmer Lach and Émile (Butch) Bouchard had stood at centre ice for the ceremonial home-opening faceoff of the Canadiens' 100th season. The opponent was the Boston Bruins.

Last night at the Bell Centre, Lach, 92 next month, and Bouchard, 90, met once more at centre ice of the Bell Centre, a few members of the visiting Bruins craning for a look from the tunnel outside their dressing room.

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More News on Last Night's 100 Year Celebration

Canadiens greats honoured in Montreal -- Globe And Mail
Bouchard, Lach have numbers retired by Canadiens -- AP
Former Habs greats suit up for storied club's 100th birthday bash -- Canadian Press
Canadiens legends hit ice at 100th party -- CBC
Canadiens add Lach and Bouchard to retired jerseys --
Habs unite Montrealers for 100 years -- CTV

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