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04-01-2008, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Kriss E View Post
wikipedia it buddy
Lol, clever, clever...ok I will play along. I had a look, but there does not seem to be much concerning why the "Habitants" became the nickname.


One of sports' oldest and most recognizable logos, the classic 'C' and 'H' of the Montreal Canadiens was first used together in the 1917-18 season before evolving to its current form in 1952-53. The 'H' does not stand for 'Habs' or Habitants, as this is a misconception stemming from an error by an English language newspaper reporter in the 1950s. It actually stands for 'Hockey', as in 'Club de Hockey Canadien', the official name of the team.

The first logo was Simply a large C on a white stripe in 1909-10.

In 1910-11 the logo was changed to a large green maple leaf with a white 'C' in 'Old English' script as all of the NHA O'Brien franchises had similar logos. As the team ownership changed, the logo evolved into today's famous logo.

After being bought in 1911 by George Kennedy, the logo was changed to a white maple leaf with the letters CAC over it, standing for Club Athletique Canadien. This was later changed to a large C, with an A inside.

After being bought by original Canadien player Leo Dandurant, the team regained their original name, Club de Hockey Canadien, and the H replaced the A. Thus the CH, standing for Club de Hockey Canadien (or CHC) logo was born.
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Habitants by Cornelius Krieghoff (1852)
Habitants by Cornelius Krieghoff (1852)

Habitants is the name used to refer to both the French settlers and the inhabitants of French origin who farmed the land along the two shores of the St. Lawrence Gulf and River in what is the present-day Province of Quebec in Canada. The term was used by the inhabitants themselves and the other classes of French Canadian society from the 17th century up until the early 20th century when the usage of the word declined in favor of the more modern agriculteur (farmer) or producteur agricole (agricultural producer). The habitants live on the seigneur's property paying him with food as rent.
I wonder how this became the defacto nickname, though.

Fascinating, captain.

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