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OK Habs fans, I'm hoping you'll come through for me!

I'm doing a school project (a flash video) about what it means to be a Canadiens fans. I'd like to include some quotes from you guys! If you'd like to help me out, check out some of the questions below. Feel free to answer 1 of them or all of them. And if there's something else you'd like to add, have at it! Also, I'd love to get some pictures for my project. If you guys have anything that you wouldn't mind being on my flash video, please send them to smolieolie11@aol.com

Thanks guys!

1. How did you become a Habs fan?

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

If this works out, I'll post the video on this thread when it's done. Anyone who helps out will surely get recognized!

Thanks again!

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OK Habs fans, I'm hoping you'll come through for me!

I'm doing a school project (a flash video) about what it means to be a Canadiens fans. I'd like to include some quotes from you guys! If you'd like to help me out, check out some of the questions below. Feel free to answer 1 of them or all of them. And if there's something else you'd like to add, have at it! Also, I'd love to get some pictures for my project. If you guys have anything that you wouldn't mind being on my flash video, please send them to smolieolie11@aol.com

Thanks guys!

1. How did you become a Habs fan?

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

If this works out, I'll post the video on this thread when it's done. Anyone who helps out will surely get recognized!

Thanks again!

Since I'm a big fan of education, I'll be more than happy to give you my input.

I became a Hab's fan the first time I saw a game on my little black and white tv in the early seventies. I remember vividly seeing Yvan Cournoyer skating full speed up the ice and scoring. I immediately fell in love with the game.

My best memory of all time is probably the same as a lot of fans of my generation. The Canadiens were trailing the Bruins 4-3 in the dying minutes of Game 7 of the 1979 Stanley Cup semifinals. But after a costly Boston penalty for too many men on the ice Don Cherry and the Boston Bruins fell victim as so many others before with a miraculous goal by Guy Lafleur to tie the game and send it into overtime. Mario Tremblay raced down right wing with a young defenceman named Al Sims skating with him, but only for a little while. On the left side of the ice, Yvon Lambert sprinted for the net, arrived there to take Tremblay's pass ... and goal! The time: 9:33 into the first overtime. The rest is all history.

I was 14 at time, my whole family was gathered around the tv praying that the canadiens would mount a comeback after a 3-1 Boston lead in the third. We all thought the game was lost and I remember praying for the habs to come back and win. We all celebrated that night as if we'd won the lottery.

That was the best game I've ever seen, the one that will always stick in the back of my mind, the game that if I close my eyes I can see the Flower ripping that shot past the Bruin's goalie.

I had also started a thread named "Are Habs fans negative by nature", you can find it here http://forum.canadiens.com/index.php?showt...t=0&start=0 with alot of interesting comments from a lot of the members here.

Being a Habs fan has its ups and downs. We haven't won a cup since 1993. We had gotten spoiled by winning all those cups in the 70's and 80's and those of us that experienced them, that experienced the parades, the riots and all the hoopla associated with winning that "Holy Grail" are getting impatient with the current and past state of the Habs. We have been spoiled and we want more.

We are celebrating our 100th season and the expectations of hoisting a 25th Stanley cup are voiced throughout this board and throughout the media. Expectations are high and the pressure is tremendous this year on our current team. On paper we probably have the best team in the last 15 years and all of us fans are excited, nervous and impatient of what lies ahead.

People have said that being a Hab's fan is a religion. There was a thread started about an article in the national post which can be found here http://forum.canadiens.com/index.php?showtopic=21487

My belief is that being a Habs fan is a way of life. Gathering around the television with the whole family and watching every game. Going through an emotional roller coaster when experiencing the highs and lows of the game and screaming and cheering at the television as if the players can hear you.

Being a Hab's fan is recognizing tradition, recognizing the glory with all the victories and defeats and recognizing the heroes that emerge while wearing the famous CH jersey. There is no other team in the history of sports that even comes close to this organization, with it's gloried past and it's bright future, all the faithful gather on this board to discuss the team we've come to love and admire that play the greatest game that has ever been invented.

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Well, I don't have any spectacular answers, but I suppose I'll be the 1st 2nd to go!

1. How did you become a Habs fan?

Can't actually recall a moment where I said, "Hey, I'm gonna be a Habs fan". As long as I can remember, I always have been. I grew up in and around Toronto, and I've never been one to "go with the flow", so maybe that had some bearing on it? Also, my Mom was also a Habs fan, so that had to help. Hmm.. for some reason the 1989 season sticks out a bit for me. I would have been 9 at the time and I remember cheering for us when we played the flames in the finals. Not sure if thats relevant though. :D

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

In 1993, when we won the cup I was 13, so that has to be it. I was around for the '86 cup, but only vaguely remember it. The '93 cup I remember vividly and being a big Roy fan, a moment that stands out is that famous wink to Sandstrom. Also, the gutsy illegal stick call in game two stands out. Rather than ramble on about the series, here's a link that should help:

http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2008/...ampionship.html

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

Last year I FINALLY made the trek out to Montreal to see a home game vs the leafs. This year I'm going to the same game and one more yet to be determined, but later in the season. So I suppose the furthest I've travelled for a game to see the Habs is Montreal, but I can't think of a better place to see them. When I saw them in Toronto it was fun, but not the same.

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

I CONSTANTLY show up to work late because I'm watching games (I work mostly nights). There was one night where I was out of town. Iwas supposed to work but instead I stayed the extra few hours to watch the game. I almost left halfway through since we were down 5-0, but decided to stick it out. Glad I did, since that was the night we came back vs the Rangers. Despite my boss being peeved with me, I'm glad I did it.

The "craziest" thing would have to be again back in 1993. This will sound totally weird but I drew habs symbols on crackers with a permanant marker. I ate one and made my little sister eat one, saying that if we did, they'd win the cup... and they did!

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

The winning tradition and history that surrounds the team and the sense of unity felt when surrounded by a group of Habs fans.

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

I'm not sure how else to explain this, but I've gone through some personal hardships and tragedy in the past while and it seems one of the few things that cheers me up is seeing our boys put on a good show. Seeing the guys in our organization handle their problems with dignity and class and keep pushing for their goals is a real inspiration.

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1. How did you become a Habs fan?

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

1. I became a habs fan because my grandfather and father were both habs fans, I remember watching games with them in my grandfathers basement, unfortunately it's only the mid-90's and forward i remember so it was tough to stay a habs fan but one thing my papa always told me was that the fans of Les Canadiens, never waiver, never falter and never lose faith in Le Bleu, Blanc et Rouge.

2. Well, my favourite memory that sticks out as a habs fan, or the moment I had my Habs fan Epiphany, was at my grandfathers wake (R.I.P) and I had a Patrick Roy hologram all-star card, I wanted him to remember me when he went to heaven, so I placed it in his casket. For me this was the day that I vowed that I would always be a fan of Les Boys, because for my father, my grandfather and myself, it's something that we'll always share, well, that and our names, but the Habs are a part of my DNA now, I bleed bleu, blanc, et rouge!

3. Being only 16, I've only ever been to one habs game :( but I went to see them in Ottawa a few years ago and it was one of the best games I have ever seen in my life, watching the team fly around out there, the CH proudly displayed on their chests, Saku just recently returned from his battle with cancer, it was surreal, and it gives me goosebumps thinking about the overpowering hymn of OLE in a sold out Corel Center, as we took the sens for two points that night, in OT.

4. The craziest thing I have ever done for the habs is probably grow a playoff beard to support les boys, and watch them beat boston in seven and lose to philly last year. I think this year I'll have something more up my sleeve though.

5. My favourite part of being a habs fan is the family atmosphere and immense passion of the loyal disciples of CH nation. We are by far the loudest, proudest and most prominent fan base in the NHL and can overpower any road crowd we choose. The singing of our victory ballad, and our chants make us one of the most amazing groups of people on earth. We can really ream out the players who have rejected the City of montreal and the players who come here and perform their best will have our praises for months, maybe even years. The rich history and immense talent level that this franchise has consistantly displayed over the last 100 years makes being a fan all the more fun, because we know that no matter what we are always going to be one of the most respected teams in the NHL because of our history and ability to win games we have no business winning(thanks ghosts!). Overall I think being a habs fan is something that everyone should get to experience once in their life because the atmosphere and tight bond with other fans is unreal. Habs nation is a thing of beauty, and I've got my eye on it.

6. To me, being a habs fan means being part of a giant family, and being a fan of the greatest and most decorated franchise in all of sports. Fans of other teams like to stay inside when the weather turns foul, but Les Canadiens could sell out a building if the players kids suited up for us. We know how important a sports team is and we wil never take it for granted. The habs are one of the most decorated franchises ever, and we are proud when we stand up in whatever building we are in and we begin to chant: " GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO!"

I hope this is something that can help with your research :)

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Happy to help.

I first became a Canadiens fan because of two reasons - they were so great at the time, and the NHL team in Michigan-the Detroit Red Wings, were so bad at the time, the early and mid-1970s. My mother actually got me interested in hockey as a boy, and watching the NBC NHL Game of the Week (yes, I remember those Peter Puck cartoons at the intermissions and color analyst Ted Lindsay's appearances on the kids TV magazine "GO"), I saw that one team played more exciting hockey than the others, and had a long reputation of it - the Montreal Canadiens. It was not just the fact of winning that turned me onto them, but the act of winning. They did not play kitty-bar-the-door hockey - going into a defensive shell and waiting for a scoring opportunity like they often do now, but by carrying the play to the other team all the time whether they were winning or losing. It was a joy to watch, and oftentimes, led to brilliant comebacks and blowout victories. Soon, I was about to discover the reason why the Canadiens stood head and shoulders above the rest of the league - the players they put into those uniforms. And one player stood out for me above all others, Maurice "Rocket" Richard. He was the heart and soul of the whole thing, and he clearly stood out as the best player in team history to me. Sure, they had great players before and since he played, but he stood out to me because he exemplified the entire essence of Canadiens hockey all wrapped up in one person - the fire, determination, passion, talent, and ability to either win games in runaway fashion or in dramatic come from behind fashion. And the goal he scored in 1952 in Game 7 of that year's semifinals against Boston, when he was knocked unconscious and was completely out of it, needing stitches and coming back not entirely sure of what was going on, and beating all six Boston players singlehandedly, was perhaps the most symbolic moment in club history. It forever cemented Richard, and the Habs, in sports lore and was clear representation of what they were all about. Richard's passion carried over into the great dynasty of the late 1950s when they won 5 consecutive Stanley Cups, and even further into the future, where his passion and desire are still being felt today. The Canadiens are doing an excellent job of restoring that passion and commitment to excellence that made them a legend in the first place, and had never really died through the mediocre, even poor seasons they had recently. Again, it was a case of who they put into those uniforms, and now the pride in the CH is being restored. And hockey is better for having a strong Canadiens franchise as a continued standard of excellence in an often troubled sport.

As for your other questions here goes:

My favorite memory - meeting and talking to Maurice Richard twice, and meeting Henri Richard and Jean Beliveau along the way. Those memories will forever be etched in my mind, for the Rocket was my hero growing up.

The farthest I have traveled was from my home in the Flint area to see the Canadiens and Red Wings play in Detroit.

I really don't have a craziest thing that I have done/skipped/or missed for the Habs. Just being very passionate about the Habs has been good enough for me.

Favorite part of being a Habs fan - being on this forum and talking with all of you

What does it mean to me to be a Habs fan - see my opening statement at the top of this post. And I also believe that if I have a third of Richard's passion (and I like to think I have all of it) in the area of graphic art and web design - as well as the other sports I play, that my life will be one very fulfilled.

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1. How did you become a Habs fan?

I live in the United States, in the state of North Carolina after living a good part of my life in Montreal, and I missed the culture, the people, the way of life up there that was so different from the US, and the best thing that came to me was to attach myself to something that all Montrealers, and Canadians, were madly in love with... the game of hockey.

I watched the Hurricanes play for about half a season, I cheered for the team, although it didn't feel right, and I learned the game of hockey. One day, the Canadiens came to town. I got the opportunity to see Montreal's team in action for the first time of my life. I fell in love with them. It was like the part of me that I was missing for so long, all of Montreal and Quebec wrapped up together. I said goodbye to my Hurricanes sweater and from then on it was the Montreal Canadiens that had my heart.

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

My favourite memory is the trip that I took, which is below. I stayed in the same hotel as the Canadiens in Tampa, and it was just amazing to walk around the Embassy Suites and all of a sudden Saku Koivu walks past me. It's thrilling. Or I'm in the lobby and Bob Gainey walks by me and of course, I have to say something, and my mother (who watched the Canadiens play in '70s) was ecstatic. I ended up getting a jersey covered in every signature of the Canadiens, and I remember meeting each and every one of them...

Another, would be during the Tampa Bay game, walking into the arena and seeing more red sweaters than I saw anything else. They were even selling Canadiens sweaters at the game! And I sit down in my seat, the entire row in front of me is Canadiens fans! I look behind me, the entire row behind me is Canadiens fans too! The entire row I was sitting in was Canadiens fans! Of course, through out the game we quieted whatever few Tampa Bay fans were there with our "GO HABS GO!" cheers, our "ON EST TROP FORT!" and we even sang "Na na na, na na na, hey hey hey, GOODBYE!" to them in their own building! On top of it all, we won the game.

And of course, walking out of the building after that game, walking down the stairs and we echoed our "Go Habs Go!" cheers off the walls till our ears hurt, and we kept it going outside all the way to the parking lot where you could hear cars honking and see flags waving and every Habs fan had a smile on their face.

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

I have traveled to Florida. It was actually a really long road trip. The Canadiens were playing in Atlanta, then flying to Dallas, then to Tampa and last to Sunrise to play the Florida Panthers. My family and I put together a trip to, as we called it "stalk the Canadiens." We went to Atlanta to see them play, and then stayed in Tampa for five days until they would get there, watch them play and the next night went to Sunrise to see them play again. It was a heck of a trip, and I'll never forget it.

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

I do a lot for the Canadiens. I was on vacation in Los Angeles, California, and I knew a Habs fan there, and I stayed at his house every other day to watch the Canadiens game, I skipped out on a few events just to stay there and watch my games. (Forget sight seeing in Beverly Hills, I have a have a Habs game to watch!)

I drive all my friends up the wall because I stay home every Saturday night to watch Hockey Night in Canada of course, followed by the Habs! And I believe there are two Saturdays this entire season that the Habs don't play, and my friends have marked that on their calenders because they are determined to go out that night.

I've skipped a lot of days of school to go sit outside by the RBC Center so I can wave to the guys as they finish practicing and get on their bus, sometimes it even comes with a few autographs.

I've not had a normal birthday present in years, I just tell my parents at the beginning of the season that I just want stellar seats to the Habs game, and its what I've gotten every year.

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

Everything. The passion. The way it makes you feel when you see the Canadiens jump out onto the ice. Or the excitement when someone mentions them, the smile I get on my face. Wearing a Habs sweater and showing off how proud I am of this team. When people I don't even know know me as "the Canadiens fan". When the boys I'm so proud of play an amazing game and get that W. Watching Kovalev skate down the ice like he does and put the puck in the net. Seeing that same passion that the fans have on our players faces.

It's all my favourite.

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

Being part of the most amazing team to ever play hockey. To be a part of this, of what's happening, with every other person that feels the same way about the Canadiens. It's that we're all in this together through the monumental wins, and the tragic losses. Not just the fans, but the team too.

Well, that was emotional. Hope your project goes well, and this is a wonderful thread in the first place to just to see how everyone truly feels:) sweet. Good luck!

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1. How did you become a Habs fan?

Being born in and raised in Montreal, you kind of just grow up with it. The club is such a big part of the city that it would seem wrong NOT to be a fan...

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

When I was about 5 or 6, we were all over at my aunt's house for Passover. All the guys had the game on upstairs. We had to do our seder quickly, threw in a prayer for the Habs to get the Stanley Cup, and then took our plates to the TV and ate while watching the game.

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

I haven't been able to go on a roadtrip for game yet. Might do so this year. I did wake up early enough on a Saturday and dragged my brother with me by bicycle to watch them practice in Pierrefonds though.

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

I tend to uh sneak out of work a little early so I can get home in time to catch a game... Luckily, I have flextime.

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

It almost feels like it's second nature. Though I was never able to afford it, now with my job, I finally got a taste of it live. Frankly I think I have to go see them live every year now. It's just so magical in the Bell Center, the way the crowd gets to their feet every time Kovy dangles 3 guys to work his way into the zone... The "CAREY! CAREY! CAREY!" chants... The noise when there's a fight... The boos when everyone is upset or trying to knock the other guys off their game... Twenty-one thousand people joining in unison to sign along to Oh Canada... Warms my heart.

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

It's such a big part of our city and our life and history that it's like one giant family. We may never know these guys personally, but it always feels like we're a big part of it. Like Rejean Houle said, when the team wins everyone in the city is happy in the morning, when they lose everyone is sad and grumpy. We don't need to take it so close to heart, but because it's such a giant part of our daily life, everything that happens to the team, we feel it. It's been said that Montreal is a big city with a little village mentality. The civic pride Montrealers express when the Habs are concerned is one such example of that notion.

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OK Habs fans, I'm hoping you'll come through for me!

I'm doing a school project (a flash video) about what it means to be a Canadiens fans. I'd like to include some quotes from you guys! If you'd like to help me out, check out some of the questions below. Feel free to answer 1 of them or all of them. And if there's something else you'd like to add, have at it! Also, I'd love to get some pictures for my project. If you guys have anything that you wouldn't mind being on my flash video, please send them to smolieolie11@aol.com

Thanks guys!

1. How did you become a Habs fan? When I was about 4 and I was addicted to nhl on my super nintendo and was a big fan of pierre turgeon and patrick roy, the habs were my team on that game and they stuck.

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan? favorite memory would have to be when Koivu came back from cancer and got that long standing ovation. Also, the series against boston, game 4 I believe, down two heading into the third, we come back because of goals by audette, gilmour and then koivu with the winner! I was freaking out in my basement and jumping all over the place.

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game? I'm about 4 hours from montreal, and thats the farthest

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?A day of school...haha, thats about it. I've done that a lot though

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans? being a fan of the best franchise ever! Also, just everything about the franchise, the fans, the arena, the atmosphere in the arena, the jersey, the team, the history...oh my, there is so much that I have fallen in love with.

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan? That i'm a supporter for life of the best sports franchise ever!

If this works out, I'll post the video on this thread when it's done. Anyone who helps out will surely get recognized!

Thanks again!

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1. How did you become a Habs fan?

when i was 5 years old watching guy carbonneau lift that cup in 93

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

my first memory is much the same as the first answer but my favorite memory is when saku came back from cancer and the building just going insane and showing their support for number 11

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

i have YET to travel for a game but i would go anywhere in the world to see the CH

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

ive missed countless family functions and gatherings, countless days of work. always grow the playoff beard, chanting ole in the school hallway when i was in high school

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

hard to say because their are sooo many special things

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan

it means pride, passion an unwilling devotion to the CH. being apart of somthing special and feeling like a Montrealer where ever you are from

good luck man, no teacher would give anything but an A to a Habs project

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1. How did you become a Habs fan?

I don't remember ever becoming a Habs fan, I can only remember being one, and this something I'm bragging about rather than something that is family related. My father is the oldest of a rather large Italian family, 5 brothers and 3 sisters. I won't say that this was common everywhere, but growing up in Southern Ontario as an immigrant child was rather difficult for my dad. There existed a certain level of animosity from English-kids (I use this term loosely) and immigrant children, but no matter how hard the teasing got my dad could always count on one thing: The Montreal Canadiens beating the English-kids' treasured Toronto Maple Leafs on the ice. Les Canadien slowly embodied a symbol of strength to certain immigrant children, much like the symbol of strength it represented to Quebecois children culturally illustrated in "The Hockey Sweater". Being the oldest out of 8 kids, my dad's love for the Habs trickled down to all his brothers and sisters. Today there's about 20 grandchildren and I'd have to say there's really only 2 or 3 who aren't Hab fans. It makes watching games overly exciting with a house full of 30 or so Hab fans at family gatherings.

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

Game 2 of the '93 cup season. LA scored to make it 2-0 and I always took losing hard. We were watching the game at my uncles and my dad had taken enough of my whining and said we were going home. When we got home I went straight to my bed. Our neighbour used to watch hockey games from his garage and he called out to my dad...

"Sam you getting ready to watch Overtime?"

"Overtime? Yeah very funny they lost"

"No they tied it up, Desjardin, OT is about to start"

"Really?"

My father didn't even wake me up, he just came running into my room after Desjardin scored the winner yelling "We won, We won".

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1. How did you become a Habs fan?

When I was 10 or so I became interested in hockey. I watched HNIC every Saturday. I guess listening to Dick Irvin and Danny Gallivan I began to follow the Habs.

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan? Winning the cup in 1986.. I was in high school and my team with all these young guys on it won. The 93 cup run with all those nail biting overtime games is a close second.

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans? meeting other Habs fans :) I've met so many over the years. Everywhere I've been I've ran into fellow Habs fans.

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?It means sticking with the team through thick and thin.

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I became a Habs fan by default, as a kid growing up through the 70's I spent many nights hearing my dad scream "come on ti-guy!" while I was trying to fall asleep in my bedroom.But what sealed the Habs in my heart for life was the day they won the cup in '93 and I was fortunate enough to be there with my stepdad and a friend(12$ standup tickets).

After the game and on-ice ceremonies I witness the biggest,loudest best party I had ever seen in my life in the streets of Montreal(and I have seen a few).The roof across the street from the forum,keeping rain off the people waiting for the buses was filled with people on it and looked like the Berlin wall, a guy was sitting IN the M of the McDonalds sign about 20 feet off the ground as the sign wobbled about.People were cheering everywhere and NO I did not see a single incident even though I was right there for a long time after the game.

Driving home,we played We will rock you/We are the champions over and over again as loud as the car system could handle, people at every street corner on the way home came to us and cheered like wild fans,folks blowing their car horns,flashing their lights.I liked those 2 songs long before that summer but their meaning has changed forever since.I have never lived anything even NEAR that night before or since.

My first/favorite memory is a tad odd after telling you of the cup night of '93 but it remains my most emotional Habs fan moment and most likely always will.It was when I took step-daughter out of school to go see the "Rocket" exposed at the Molson Center in 2000.I am lucky enough to have met Maurice 4 diff times in my life and for reasons I still cannot explain he IS my hero,the only person I can call that even though I wasn't born when he retired.Needless to say it was very tastefully done at the Molson Centre as most of us here went no doubt.As I walked past the "Rocket" on the right side of the casket I noticed all his family was sitting in a few rows of chairs set up for just that purpose.I was doing great until the moment my eyes met Henri's eyes(Rocket's bro).I cannot describe his "look" but it hit me like a tons of bricks.THAT "look" and the feeling I had there and then is my strongest Habs souvenir.

The longest trip I took to see the Habs was to Boston at the Fleet Center's inaugural season('96 I think).It was late in the season and I had been to see Boston IN Montreal the night before(we lost).In Boston we tied thanks to Koivu's late goal in the 3rd period.I loved the trip and experience at the Fleet Center(they have wayyyyyyyyy better hotdogs than us here btw,am ashamed to say).I am planning to go see the Habs in April '09 in Toronto :o)

The craziest thing I've done to see the Habs I am doing right NOW,I am buying tons of tickets and making myself go a bit hungry and even delaying paying some bills so I can share my passion and the Habs 100th season frenzy with the people I love and a few strangers.I currently have 38 tickets to 12 games this season(most are Sat games and most are in 2009) included in those are 12 VIP Club Desjardins A tickets.I could sell them to make a fortune but then I wouldn't have this as a "crazy" story would I.I am giving them ALL away but one(sold to a guy at work.no profit made) and of course am keeping 1 ticket to every game for myself :o) This is WAY beyond my budget but it's the best damn reason why I ever been broke in my life :o) Maybe the craziest in this is that I gave 3 tickets to a New Jersey Sat game to 3 complete strangers I just met online and in exchange they will buy me the new Habs 10 DVD boxset coming out Tuesday.Good deal for them as I paid 400$ for those 3 tickets(530$ for 4).

The last 2 questions I don't know how to answer except to say I feel priviledged to have such a rich colourful old team to love and share with the rest of the Habs fans of the world.Hockey is the ONE thing that binds us Canadians and the Habs is the biggest reason why that is.

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1. Good influence from my Dad.

2. I'm only 13, so I haven't really experienced very much yet, but I think my best memory was when Carey was drafted.

3. About an hour on the Sky Train to Vancouver to see the Habs play

4. I have to go to school every day just to be able to watch the Habs.. and I hate school so this is pretty intense for me. :lol:

5. The Habs mean everything to me.

The "craziest" thing would have to be again back in 1993. This will sound totally weird but I drew habs symbols on crackers with a permanant marker. I ate one and made my little sister eat one, saying that if we did, they'd win the cup... and they did!

:lol: that's weird, but cute.

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1. How did you become a Habs fan?

I don't remember the time or place, I just know somthing about the team turned me onto them back when I was a kid, and i've been hooked ever since!

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

My first memories were just watching games and such, however my best memories are probubly at HSBC Arena in buffalo - where I have seen most of my habs games. (I live in Hamilton) Meeting up and enjoying the game with tones of other habs fans is so much fun, especially chanting on the way out of the arena after a victory.

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

Living in Hamilton, the furthest i've gone would either be buffalo or toronto. (depends on traffic, they are about the same time travel)

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

School on a few occasions: to leave early for a game, to try to buy tickets, etc.

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

Becides the team and its rich history, i would say the other habs fans are the best part. No other team has fans like habs fans - they are truly the best in the world and make cheering for the habs so much more fun. The habs deffinantly wouldn't be the team they are without their fans.

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

It means everything. I can't think of somthing specific but being a habs fans is great.

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1. How did you become a Habs fan?

I just became one plain and simple. When I was young I played a lot of sports but I barely if ever watched it. At around 13 or 14 something just clicked and I went from watching 1-3 games a year to 82 games. A huge reason was the culture I lived in which was surrounded by Habs talks and whatnot. I can say its a huge reason why I'm a huge sports addict today, due to the culture in Montreal.

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

My first: When I was a real youngster going to a game at the Bell Centre vs the Whalers, and seeing how dissapointed my dad was when the Habs lost because he wanted me to see a win.

Favorite: While going to Theo's return was the coolest atmosphere in a game I've ever seen or been a part of, going to Game 7 last year vs Boston was incredible, seeing how after the game how united the city was and the celebration was just incredible.

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

I used to snowbird to Florida during the winter, I live in Florida now so I guess when I go back to Montreal.

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

Nothing really crazy, but I guess I never miss a game would be considered something.

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

Being part of a pretty knowledgable fanbase.

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

It means representing greatness with class.

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I became a Habs fan by default, as a kid growing up through the 70's I spent many nights hearing my dad scream "come on ti-guy!" while I was trying to fall asleep in my bedroom.But what sealed the Habs in my heart for life was the day they won the cup in '93 and I was fortunate enough to be there with my stepdad and a friend(12$ standup tickets).

After the game and on-ice ceremonies I witness the biggest,loudest best party I had ever seen in my life in the streets of Montreal(and I have seen a few).The roof across the street from the forum,keeping rain off the people waiting for the buses was filled with people on it and looked like the Berlin wall, a guy was sitting IN the M of the McDonalds sign about 20 feet off the ground as the sign wobbled about.People were cheering everywhere and NO I did not see a single incident even though I was right there for a long time after the game.

Driving home,we played We will rock you/We are the champions over and over again as loud as the car system could handle, people at every street corner on the way home came to us and cheered like wild fans,folks blowing their car horns,flashing their lights.I liked those 2 songs long before that summer but their meaning has changed forever since.I have never lived anything even NEAR that night before or since.

My first/favorite memory is a tad odd after telling you of the cup night of '93 but it remains my most emotional Habs fan moment and most likely always will.It was when I took step-daughter out of school to go see the "Rocket" exposed at the Molson Center in 2000.I am lucky enough to have met Maurice 4 diff times in my life and for reasons I still cannot explain he IS my hero,the only person I can call that even though I wasn't born when he retired.Needless to say it was very tastefully done at the Molson Centre as most of us here went no doubt.As I walked past the "Rocket" on the right side of the casket I noticed all his family was sitting in a few rows of chairs set up for just that purpose.I was doing great until the moment my eyes met Henri's eyes(Rocket's bro).I cannot describe his "look" but it hit me like a tons of bricks.THAT "look" and the feeling I had there and then is my strongest Habs souvenir.

The longest trip I took to see the Habs was to Boston at the Fleet Center's inaugural season('96 I think).It was late in the season and I had been to see Boston IN Montreal the night before(we lost).In Boston we tied thanks to Koivu's late goal in the 3rd period.I loved the trip and experience at the Fleet Center(they have wayyyyyyyyy better hotdogs than us here btw,am ashamed to say).I am planning to go see the Habs in April '09 in Toronto :o)

The craziest thing I've done to see the Habs I am doing right NOW,I am buying tons of tickets and making myself go a bit hungry and even delaying paying some bills so I can share my passion and the Habs 100th season frenzy with the people I love and a few strangers.I currently have 38 tickets to 12 games this season(most are Sat games and most are in 2009) included in those are 12 VIP Club Desjardins A tickets.I could sell them to make a fortune but then I wouldn't have this as a "crazy" story would I.I am giving them ALL away but one(sold to a guy at work.no profit made) and of course am keeping 1 ticket to every game for myself :o) This is WAY beyond my budget but it's the best damn reason why I ever been broke in my life :o) Maybe the craziest in this is that I gave 3 tickets to a New Jersey Sat game to 3 complete strangers I just met online and in exchange they will buy me the new Habs 10 DVD boxset coming out Tuesday.Good deal for them as I paid 400$ for those 3 tickets(530$ for 4).

The last 2 questions I don't know how to answer except to say I feel priviledged to have such a rich colourful old team to love and share with the rest of the Habs fans of the world.Hockey is the ONE thing that binds us Canadians and the Habs is the biggest reason why that is.

4 times meeting Richard? Wow were you ever lucky! I will never forget where I was when word of Richard's illness came down over the radio. I was driving by the Mott Park Golf Course in Flint one day on my way home from where I don't know. However, when I heard it, a huge weight fell straight down to the pit of my stomach. I was absolutely stunned. I wish I could have been at that funeral, too. But I think at this point in my life, it is best for me to remember what was so great about Richard. That's how I want to remember him - for the great man he was.

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Thanks for the help guys... this is why I love Habs fans!

How about pictures? Anyone have any of yourself at a game? Or is there a thread on this forum with pictures?

this is the thread you're looking for: Game Day Photos And Videos 2008-09

(on page two of the general habs discussion board if the link doesn't work)

what a great thread. reading through it all gave me chills.

i don't have answers for all your questions but one thing i would say that's special about being a habs fan (and i don't know if this is true of all sports or not) is that in a society that could be and often is divided by language/politics, nationality and/or economics the habs are the one entity that i've come across that transcends all social boundaries. it doesn't matter who you are, where you are from or what language you speak, the love of the team is something we all share and can celebrate together. this site is proof of that. :)

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this is the thread you're looking for: Game Day Photos And Videos 2008-09

(on page two of the general habs discussion board if the link doesn't work)

what a great thread. reading through it all gave me chills.

i don't have answers for all your questions but one thing i would say that's special about being a habs fan (and i don't know if this is true of all sports or not) is that in a society that could be and often is divided by language/politics, nationality and/or economics the habs are the one entity that i've come across that transcends all social boundaries. it doesn't matter who you are, where you are from or what language you speak, the love of the team is something we all share and can celebrate together. this site is proof of that. :)

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1. How did you become a Habs fan?

My mom is a habs fan,dad is a leafs fan, i grew up closer to my mom so i guess thats probably why. I dont like my sister either and shes a leaf fan so theres another reason.

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

Its the thing that stands out in my mind the most, but its definitely not my favorite. The 2004 playoffs the game where Kovalev tryed to sell a hooking call and banged into Souray(i think) and ended up to a bruins breakaway which put us down 3 games to 1. So much trash talk for that its not even funny, no one gave us a chance of winning, but we did :)

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

Never been to a habs game.

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

Not studying for exams and just watching the habs and staying up to watch the game instead of doing assignments which are due the next day.

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

The glorious feeling after a win and bashing all the leaf fans after a leaf loss :D

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

I dont know what to say.

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1. How did you become a Habs fan?

For me, becoming a Habs fan was a direct result of the influence of older paternal figures in my life. My father and all of his brothers were Habs fans, thus... I became one as well.

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

My earliest/most favorite Habs memory is the 1992-1993 Cup win. Unfortunately, my next most memorable Habs event was Patrick Roy leaving the team, which was a nightmare, but it is still a very vivid Habs memory for me.

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

I moved from Newfoundland to Montreal and am loving every opportunity I have to see a game at the Bell Center.

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

Nothing much. Perhaps band practice so that I could watch the game at a bar.

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

How much energy the city of Montreal permeates when hockey is being played. I am convinced there is no better place to be a hockey fan!

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

It means cheering for the bleu, blanc, et rouge. It means representing the CH. It means not being able to cheer for another team in the post-season, even when Montreal has been eliminated. It means hating the Leafs. It means loving the team more than any individual player. It means being apart of the best organization in hockey! :)

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1. How did you become a Habs fan?

WoW - I've always been into sports from an early age. Once I started watching our Habs - on a black and white TV - in the late 60's early 70's - HOW COULD you not be a HABS FAN!!!!

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

I was very young - 5-6 years old, my DAD took a picture of me on Mount Royal wearing a RANGERS sweater which my dad bought for me (my Dad God love him, didn't know better). When the pictures where developed - I re-did the picture - with crayons, scissors and glue - and turned the Rangers sweater into a HABS one!

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

Never really travelled to watch the Habs - Toronto was the furthest - at the old Maple Leafs Garden.

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

Will not answer this question at the risk of incriminating myself !! LOL (PS: Sorry Linda, Louise, Cathy, Carol etc)

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

Tradition

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

Never waivering - band wagon jumping - going through thick and thin for the last 45 years or so. Being a TRUE habs fan!!

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1. How did you become a Habs fan?

WoW - I've always been into sports from an early age. Once I started watching our Habs - on a black and white TV - in the late 60's early 70's - HOW COULD you not be a HABS FAN!!!!

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

I was very young - 5-6 years old, my DAD took a picture of me on Mount Royal wearing a RANGERS sweater which my dad bought for me (my Dad God love him, didn't know better). When the pictures where developed - I re-did the picture - with crayons, scissors and glue - and turned the Rangers sweater into a HABS one!

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

Never really travelled to watch the Habs - Toronto was the furthest - at the old Maple Leafs Garden.

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

Will not answer this question at the risk of incriminating myself !! LOL (PS: Sorry Linda, Louise, Cathy, Carol etc)

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

Tradition

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

Never waivering - band wagon jumping - going through thick and thin for the last 45 years or so. Being a TRUE habs fan!!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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1. How did you become a Habs fan?

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

Great idea for a project, it's great to see everyone stories. Here's mine:

1. How did you become a Habs fan?

A: It was 1985.

I was 8 years old and my love of hockey was in it’s early stages of development. My collection of hockey memories were fresh, and I was impressionable. “The Great One” had just won his 2nd Cup, Mike Bossy had is 8th consecutive 50 goal season, and Mario Lemieux was the Rookie of the Year. I loved all 3 players, but I couldn’t decide who played on my favourite team. I was on the fence, and undecided voter so to speak, waiting for a team to call out to me an rally me towards their cause.

Then my Uncle from Saskatchewan came to town for a visit and he introduced me to the history and tradition of the Montreal Canadiens. The Oilers, Islanders and Flyers were all successful, but they all lacked the mystique of bygone days that the Canadiens carried. He told stories of Richard, Plante, Harvey, Beliveau, Cournoyer, and Ken Dryden. It all seemed so hard to believe. 5 Cups in a row during the 50’s, 4 in a row during the 70’s, the trophy for “best goalie” named after one of their own goalies. I was hooked after he told the story of Richards 50 goals in 50 games.

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

One of my first memories was watching Steve Penny, and I have a vague recollection of fans throwing pennies on the ice, but I can't seem to find a record of this on the Internet so I'm probably off. I also remember Guy Lafleur, and skating on the pond pretending to be him, skating as fast as I could and calling myself "The Flower". The Habs at that time were a good team, but they were in transition. Guy Lafleur retired during the season, but the Habs still had veterans from the great teams of the ’70’s. I remember Chris Chelios having a break out season as a rookie and him being runner up to Lemieux for the Calder Trophy.

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

I guess the furthest that I've traveled to a game is when I saw a game in Montreal. As a long time Habs fan to be in the same building as 21,272 of my closest friends was so special. I’d seen the Canadiens play in Vancouver and Edmonton but always as a visitor. It’s hard to really give it your all when you’re a fan in someone else's barn, so it was nice to finally feel at home.

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

Nothing too crazy, but I did grow a handlebar moustache in 2004 when the team was in the playoffs. My girlfriend (now wife) was living in Calgary at the time and said that I'd better shave it off before she got home so I obliged. Then we got swept by Tampa in the 2nd round. I still blame her for the loss.

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

I think that it's the history and the tradition behind the team. We've had so many amazing teams and players, and I love to read the stories of the old players like Howie Morenz, Didier Pitre, Georges Vezina, and how the team has evolved with the game over the last century.

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

It means everything to me. It's about respecting your history, and remembering those who built the game into what it is today. The Canadiens have contributed to hockey in countless ways, and every franchise respects and admires the dignity of Les Canadiens. It's mean that you are loyal, without question, and you stay true to your team through thick and thin. I think that the words on the dressing room wall sum it up best.

"To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high"

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OK Habs fans, I'm hoping you'll come through for me!

I'm doing a school project (a flash video) about what it means to be a Canadiens fans. I'd like to include some quotes from you guys! If you'd like to help me out, check out some of the questions below. Feel free to answer 1 of them or all of them. And if there's something else you'd like to add, have at it! Also, I'd love to get some pictures for my project. If you guys have anything that you wouldn't mind being on my flash video, please send them to smolieolie11@aol.com

Thanks guys!

1. How did you become a Habs fan?

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

If this works out, I'll post the video on this thread when it's done. Anyone who helps out will surely get recognized!

Thanks again! 1)My father annointed me during the fifties...we lived in TO and I was the only Habs sweater on the rink

2) My wife and I went to the last Saturday Night game at the Forum

3) Oakland Cal. to see the Seals get beaten by LaFleur and Company

4) Supported them through the tough times in Southwestern Ont. where there are literally 99% leaf fans....at the best of times it's still difficult

5) knowing that tradition is on our side...that the Cups speak for themselves

6) that it's right through our entire family and we always have something to relate to and be proud of

OK Habs fans, I'm hoping you'll come through for me!

I'm doing a school project (a flash video) about what it means to be a Canadiens fans. I'd like to include some quotes from you guys! If you'd like to help me out, check out some of the questions below. Feel free to answer 1 of them or all of them. And if there's something else you'd like to add, have at it! Also, I'd love to get some pictures for my project. If you guys have anything that you wouldn't mind being on my flash video, please send them to smolieolie11@aol.com

Thanks guys!

1. How did you become a Habs fan?

2. What is your first/favorite memory of being a Habs fan?

3. What is the farthest you have traveled for a game?

4. What is the craziest thing you have missed/skipped/done for the Habs?

5. What is your favorite part of being a Habs fans?

6. What does it mean to you to be a Habs fan?

If this works out, I'll post the video on this thread when it's done. Anyone who helps out will surely get recognized!

Thanks again! 1)My father annointed me during the fifties...we lived in TO and I was the only Habs sweater on the rink

2) My wife and I went to the last Saturday Night game at the Forum

3) Oakland Cal. to see the Seals get beaten by LaFleur and Company

4) Supported them through the tough times in Southwestern Ont. where there are literally 99% leaf fans....at the best of times it's still difficult

5) knowing that tradition is on our side...that the Cups speak for themselves

6) that it's right through our entire family and we always have something to relate to and be proud of

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