You remind me of those people who were railing against celebrating New Year's Eve 2000 and stayed home while people had the party of a lifetime. What's worse is that those people were at least technically right; your only valid point is that it will be the 99th season played by the team, but since the team, the NHL, and 99.9% of fans will be celebrating the 100th year of the team's existence, you're a pretty lone voice trying to convince everyone over to your point of view.
To paraphrase, sorry to burst your bubble, but nobody cares about your argument.
The team won't postpone for an entire year all its events related to the centennial just because we had a lockout a few seasons ago. These things must be planned in advance; for example, we are getting the All-Star game AND the draft this season, not next year. You just can't change that at the last minute. They won't scrap it all just because a few anal-retentive purists don't like it.
The habs will have been found for 100years. Whether they played 4seasons since or 99, they'll have been around for 100years.
Yes, the Canadiens themselves, along all hockey specialist got it all wrong and were just so anxious to celebrate the coming centennial year that they forgot to double-check. Even the NHL didn't verify that fact and it's a pure coincidence MTL will be hosting the All-Star game in 08-09.
They're wrong and a teenage internet forum poster living at his parent's place got it right.
I just cannot believe that so many paid journalists are making this ridiculous mistake! A mistake done by most major media, even by the Montreal Canadiens themselves!
The 2008-2009 season will NOT be the Montreal Canadiensí 100th season!
The Club de Hockey Canadien was founded on December 4th 1909. Therefore, on December 4th 2009, the Montreal Canadiens will celebrate their 100th anniversary. On that fact, everyone agrees, no mistakes are made.
December 4th 2009 will occur during the 2009-2010 season, not during the 2008-2009 season. Therefore 2009-2010 will be the 100th anniversary season, not 2008-2009.
Why are we rushing it? Why so many Facebooks group are created? Why so much focus on 2008-2009 when it should be next season?
Are we eager to say: ďHey, Montreal, Happy 100th and letís be done with it!Ē?
Yes, 2009 is the centennial year, the year where the 100th anniversary will occur, but it has NOTHING to do with the 2008-2009 season.
On October 10th 2008, Montreal will start their 99th season, not their 100th.
Did we forget that we lost a season in 2004-2005? Therefore, Montreal will start their 100th season next year, in October 2009.
In a way, itís better like this, because 2009-2010 will be the 100th season celebrating Montrealís 100th anniversary.
So, letís get the facts straight.
2008-2009 is the Montreal Canadiensí 99th season.
2009 is the centennial year, because Montreal will celebrate their anniversary on December 4th 2009.
2009-2010 will be Montrealís 100th season.
Sorry to burst so many bubbles.
The logo 25 for 100 will have to be changed to 25 for 99 or postponed until next year.
This also implies that there shouldn't any fuss made about the fact that Montreal is not getting an outdoor game this season; it should occur next season, and I hope it does!
We only lost 1 season.... The 2004-05 lockout year is the only season that has ever been cancelled in the NHL... and is the only season the Montreal Canadiens did not play.
Hockey went on through the World Wars and the other lockout only cost 1/2 season.
One Stanley Cup Final was cancelled because of the flu enfluenza and Montreal and Seattle were tied at 2-2-1 (they had ties in those days)... but the season was still played. Since this was 1919 and the NHL didn't get full control of the Stanley Cup until 1926, the Montreal Canadiens should still be considered the NHL Champions for that season, but not Stanley Cup Champs. Seattle would be WHL Champs (the old WHL, the pro league which was not restricted to junior age players).
And that folks is your history lesson of the day.
Thanks, that is what I was looking for...
Originally Posted by Whitesnake
I know one thing though, that's why we shouldn't make a big thing out of not getting the outdoor game this year. Since the official birthday is December 2009, how about we close this ceremonial with an outdoor game in December of the season 2009-2010?
Great idea!, it would be an awesome way to finish the centennial!
Since the Canadiens were founded in December 1909, their 100th year will be from December 2008 to December 2009, and the Club will be exactly 100 years old in December 2009. The celebrations with the draft and the All-Star game and whatnot will take place during the 100th year of existence of the Club.
I do agree there should be an outdoor game in December 2009 around the date of the 100th anniversary. Great idea, hopefully Boivin and Gillette are thinking about that as well.