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12-20-2004, 10:50 AM
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Ode to a great rivalry

Rummaging through my archives, looking for a Christmas present for all my friends at HF, I found an old newspaper column written by Nick Auf Der Maur. It was all yellowed and brittle, but its spirit shone through. Like a monk, I worked to transcribe it, in order to share it with you all.

From a column by Nick Auf Der Maur, Montréal Gazette, Monday January 21 1985

“One of the major topics of conversation in town last week was the Saturday night appearance of Aurèle Joliat, the star of the era of the Canadiens-Maroons rivalry. Everybody winced when the 83-year-old Joliat made his full-uniform appearance on the Forum ice, only to trip over the red carpet, then to trip once more as he went in on Jacques Plante in goal.” Quite the skater, that Aurèle…

Auf Der Maur also included the following poem about the great Canadiens – Maroons rivalry, way back in the 20’s. Both teams, les Canadiens from the working-class east and les Maroons from the upper-crust west of Montréal, apparently had quite heated dislike for each other… But all in good fun, as things should be, with only a few broken noses and extra stitches to claim among boys.

For full effect, read the poem aloud, in your best accent, and enjoy.

A Poem written in the style of William Henry Drummond
By Wilson MacDonald

Wen I am tire of travail-trop
I put on coat of coon
And go see Canadiens make meence-meat of Maroon

When Joliat skate out I yell
Unteel I have a pain
I trow my ‘at up in the hair
And shout “Urrah,” again.

“Shut up, Pea Soup”, an Henglishman
Sourcastic say to me;
So I turn round to heem and yell :
“Shut up, you Cup of Tea.”

Dat was a ver’ exciting game:
De score eet was a tie;
An’ den dat leetle Joliat
Get hanger een hees heye.

He was so queek he mak’ dem look
Jus’ lak’ a lot of clown
An, wen he shoot, de wind from ‘er
Eet knock de hompire down.

Dat was de winning goal, ‘urrah;
De game she come to hend.
I yell: “Bravo for Joliat;
You ‘ear: ‘e ees ma friend.”

De Henglishman he say: “Pardon,”
An’ he tak off hees hat:
“De Breetish Hempire steel ees safe
Wen men can shoot lak’ dat.”

An’ den he say, “Bravo,” as hard
As Henglishman can whoop:
“I tink tonight I’ll change from tea
To bally ole pea-soup.”

Happy Christmas to all Habs’ fans
To all fans of hockey
Especially to our best rivals
May we one day share again a rivalry as intense as this one !

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Hey Bill........just 'cause you remember the old habs/maroon rivalry doesn't mean the rest of us do.

Actaully I'm surprised everytime you remember ANYTHING!!!

Best wishes Bill.

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Hey Bill........just 'cause you remember the old habs/maroon rivalry doesn't mean the rest of us do.

Actaully I'm surprised everytime you remember ANYTHING!!!

Best wishes Bill.
What rivalry?

Best wishes to you and yours also, Darz

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Bill, I've actually got that on tape where Aurel takes his tumble. Nick Auf Der Mar, talk about your definitive Montealers, at least from the anglo community. Maroons/Habs must have been something else. My father in law always hated the Habs, an old Maroons fan. Personally I think he should get over it, but Scots, they hold grudges you know. Merry Christmas.

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Bill, I've actually got that on tape where Aurel takes his tumble. Nick Auf Der Mar, talk about your definitive Montealers, at least from the anglo community. Maroons/Habs must have been something else. My father in law always hated the Habs, an old Maroons fan. Personally I think he should get over it, but Scots, they hold grudges you know. Merry Christmas.
Yeah, Aurèle's two falls at the Forum were painful. But shortly before that evening(or after, I'm not sure), they had an interview with him at his home, near the Rideau Canal, I think. Aurèle was really proud of the fact that he was still active at that age and skated everyday in winter. Someone (probably Joliat himself) had the bright idea of doing the interview on skates, and, well, you guessed it. The poor man, over 80 yo at the time, took an bad fall backwards, hitting the back of his head on the ice. The look on his face was of pure, unadulterated pain. The interviewer must have felt awful about this, but Aurèle got back up and kept on skating. Tough as nails, he was.

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