Thursday, September 30, 2010

And the "C" goes to...................

After waiting for 14 months and countless debates, Brian Gionta has been named captain of our fabled Montreal Canadiens.  While there were many who showed us what they are made of over the course of last season, the one who stood above everyone (many even claim he did this on a 5 foot box) the rest.  Standing 5'7'' tall, he does play like he is 6'3'', going to the net and never backs away from the corner.

The Habs also named Andrei Markov and Hal Gill as alternates.  Really you could have thrown the C and the A at anyone on the team and it would have made sense.. There are many leaders on the team and although Leaf fans are busy planning their parade down Young Street, chanting "Habs Suck", I am not the only one who feels that this squad is like none other...

I have a great feeling about this year.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

And now for something completely different.

With all the crap flying around these days  regarding Carey Price, the idiots in the Molson Ex section of the Bell Centre and the Montreal Mainstream Media we here at the Aussie Hablog have decided to honor Carey's wishes and CHILLAX!  So we are.. sort of... Hope you enjoy!

             One of the conditions of Chris Chelios's retirement this year was to allow the media to finally see the emails that Ted Saskin was accused to have illegally obtained which led to his firing.   We here at the Aussie Hablog  would like to share some of the photos that were included with the emails.

1.  Now this first one was labeled Lou's first Leaf practice.

Whatever happens at practice stays at practice.

.2 We cannot tell you how we got this one but it is the most recent email attachment that we were able to obtain.
Price deciding on his future.

3.  From a few years back when Jose was accused for actions unbecoming a Hab.
And Clinton was not the only one who did not inhale!

4.  Gionta and Subban just found out what the first responsibility is upon acceptance of the Captaincy.
Hey, he wanted it!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

He has Speed, Style, Pizazz and a great smile. He is Peeekaaay!!

Name: Pernell Karl (PK) Subban
DOB: May 13, 1989 Toronto, On Canada
Position: Defence
Height: 6'0'' (1.83m)
Weight: 214 LBS (97 kg)
Shoots: Right

While living in the Quinte area 5 years ago, I remember hearing some news reports of this young Toronto area kid making waves in junior for the OHL Belleville Bulls.  He only tallied 12 points in his rookie season as a Bull however the kid had promise.  My how things change in a span of half a decade.  

Usually what happens to a player in their second year of play in a new league they encounter the "sophomore jinx" or a season that is less than stellar.  PK is not your usual player.  Instead of struggling during the 2006-2007 campaign he did the opposite scoring 56 points in 68 games.  This was also the same here PK Subban was drafted 43rd overall (2nd round) by the Montreal Canadiens.  2008 would see him lead the Belleville Bulls to the OHL finals losing to the Kitchener Rangers in 7 games where he added 23 points including 8 goals.  Before leaving the OHL for bigger and better things with Montreal, PK won not 1 but 2 gold medals for Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships which saw him selected to the All-Star Team and tournament MVP in 2009.

After a great career as a junior, he was signed by the Habs to a 3 year contract and assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL where he would participate in the 2010 AHL All-Star Game held in Portland, Maine.  Not too long after he was called up to the Canadiens starting in 2 games registering his first NHL point, an assist.  As the Habs were preparing for the memorable game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals vs the Washington Capitals, PK got the emergency call up due to Andrei Markov's injured knee.  He did not disappoint helping Les Habitants knock off both the Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins in 7 games respectively.  In game 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals, P.K. became the third rookie defenseman in Canadiens' history to score three assists in one game. Subban was awarded the AHL President's Award in recognition of his accomplishments in the 2009-2010 season.

While most are hesitant to say it but PK is turning into the defenceman we have been looking for since the days of the Big 3: Guy Lapointe (Pointu), Larry Robinson (Big Bird) and Serge Savard (The Senator).  I am not implying he is the re-incarnation of all 3, he definitely shows us parts of the big 3.  I know this may be a little early to say it but there is no way this kid is going back to ridding the bus in Hamilton.

Welcome to the bigs PK, make us proud! 

Friday, September 24, 2010

A very exciting day.... from Australia

99.999999% of all Australians will be cooking up a storm tomorrow for what they call "Grand Final Footy Food".  Consisting of pies, sausage rolls, hot dogs, basically any food you would throw on the BBQ (except for shrimp for there is no shrimp down under, it's called Prawn) beer, beer, and more beer most could equate this as the biggest tailgate party not being held in the USA.  For today is Grand Final day, the Superbowl of the AFL or as non-aussies know as Aussie Rules Football.  Of course I will be watching the game as the Collingwood Magpies take on the St. Kilda Saints in an epic battle for Footy supremacy however my day will be starting very very early.

As I am 14 hours ahead of Montreal time (EDT) the game that most interests me will be the Canadiens Vs Senators game that I will be listening to over the internet.  I have been very excited for the season to start since the final horn of Gm 5 of the Conference Finals last May of which I do not have to remind you what happened.  

What does boggle my mind is what happened the events of the last 48 hours.  You know I could sit here and rant on and on about how Carey Price was booed off the ice about an hour and a half after he was greeted with jubilation once he hit the ice.  No, I have another beef.  The Press.

There have been some bloggers and even some in the MSM, the mainstream media who have pointed out that the majority of the press had their own agendas and distorted the real story and actual events of what actually transpired on Wednesday night.  Conspiracy theories aside, it was an exhibition game pure and simple.  Yet those who have been dying to jump on the "HALAK FAIL" bandwagon chose this event to point out statistics that do not tell the whole story.

What needs to be addressed is the agendas.  When I was studying Broadcast Journalism at Loyalist College in the mid 90's the one thing that was constantly beat into my head was that I was to report the facts and leave my opinion out of the story.  As journalists we are not to be the story, we are to report the facts only unless it was in the form of a column or opinion driven show.  Almost 20 years after graduation it seems as if the facts of any story is not really useful to the story anymore.  Instead you, the reader is forced to sift through someone's opinion to find what the real story is about.

So shortly after the game was over, we start reading headlines about Price letting in 4 goals on 8 shots actually it was 9 only some could not even get the stats right.  The real story of the game should have been about Louis Leblanc's return to the Bell Centre in a Habs uniform after his draft day in 2009 held at the same venue.  How about the stellar play of other rookies like Aaron Palushaj and Jarred Tinordi?  Nope not a chance.  

You see you got to read about over and over was how bad Carey had let down the Canadiens and their faithful.  Not a word about how those goals were scored like 2 giveaways, a deflection and Price left hung out to dry like a moose pelt by defencemen who didn't have much experience in the NHL.

This is exactly what you get when the Press is allowed to have their agenda and push their opinions in articles or sound bites.  You think I am wrong?  How many times have you watched an interview lately (no matter what setting) and you find yourself shaking your head or yelling at the tv/radio/paper reporter asking a lame or stupid question?  The Press will come back and say this is what YOU the reader/listener/viewer want to ask.. I call B.S on that!

So my question for you is this.  If bloggers are to jump through hoops or pay through the nose to get the same access to the story, should their be a "DUMBASS TAX" for stupid questions?

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Ole Ole Ole!!!

Now I know you are sitting there in your Canadiens jersey clicking away with your mouse across your Habs-clad mouse pad wondering who is this guy exactly?  Actually, it's not really that important.  I am just a Canadian and Habs fan who has been transplanted on the other side of the globe.  Gone are the days of 6 foot snow banks, being late for work due to forgetting to plug the car in when it has been -45c the night before and the white Christmas.  Hello beautiful beaches, hot weather, deadly snakes and some of the biggest and deadliest spiders on this planet.  Hey.. even paradise has it's hiccups.

I grew up as a fan of Les Habitant.  I can remember as a 4 year old putting on my hockey gear to watch the Canadiens beat the crap out of virtually everyone in the league.  The 70's were a proud time for everyone growing up in that era.  With players like Lafleur, Shutt, Dryden and Lemaire, the Habs owned the NHL by winning the Stanley Cup 5 times in within that decade.   The Roy era brought us 2 more in '86 and again in '93  which are my most memorable and fondest wins.  We were not supposed to win either of them.

Its going on 18 years since we last won. There is another Cup on the horizon for the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge.  It will happen and I can guarantee it will before the Blue and White get their grubby paws on what has been ours 24 times in our 101 year history.

As I close off this first of MANY posts this season it is very true what has been said back in Canada.  The jersey of 'Le Club Hockey Canadien' is the most recognized sports jersey in the world.  I wear mine with pride here in Melbourne, Australia and it is definitely recognized over here.  What you are going to get in this blog is a very thoughtful and well laid out take on the Montreal Canadiens as they progress through the season and to the playoff run.  It may not be liked.  It may not be nice.  It will be truthful and to the point.

Go Habs Go and Bonne Saison !