On a night when the Montreal Canadiens honoured the franchise's last Stanley Cup winning team, there were a lot of emotions up in the air at the Bell Centre. Before the start of the contest, where the Habs hardly played like champions, the 1993 team was honoured and one very special guest was present to inspire players and fans across the National Hockey League.
Almost all of the 1993 title-winning players were in the building on Thursday night, and while so much class and success surrounded them, it did not seem to affect one stupid Canadiens fan in the process.
It was simply great and quite sad at the same time to see former Canadiens head coach Jacques Demers present last night for the occasion. Demers, the last coach to win a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens, was honoured along with other members of that 1993 championship team and came out on a wheelchair since he suffered many strokes in the past years. The 74-year-old man overcame so much in his life, and to see him present last night was truly a gift for all Habs fans and hockey fans in America.
However, one fan did not get the memo that when Jacques Demers comes out to salute the crowd, you do not step in front of him! Sebastien Goulet, TVA Sports hockey announcer, was at the Bell Centre last night for the home opener ceremony and posted on his personal Facebook account the picture of a man standing up in front of Demers as he came out on his wheelchair to greet the home crowd. Goulet added that "no, you simply don't do that!"
Of course the man deserves an ovation, however the fan was simply excited to see his face on the jumbotron and wanted to waive out to the crowd to get a little bit of attention. We have an advice for him: dude, timing is everything.
Unfortunatel, the presence of champions and of the great man Jacques Demers did not inspire the Canadiens to come out on top during their first home game of the season. Montreal was blanked 3-0 by the Los Angeles Kings in its home opener Thursday night.
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