I was wondering. Which players have you met? Were they nice or were they rude? I want to know! My girl friend met Ribeiro and said he was the biggest dick and wouldn't sign an autograph for anyone. Also said he was rude etc. (It's funny cause I met Jose Theodore and Shane Corson at a fund raiser for intellectually handicapped children and they were scoffing away on all the free food ignoring the kids for the first hour they were there until George Springate told them to stop being jerks.)
Met Glen Healy, Kirk Muller, Glenn Murray, Theo Fleury, Wendell Young, Cam Russell (his mother was my Primary teacher), Paul Henderson, Don Cherry, Yvon Cournyer, Red Story .....
Glenn Murray was the least friendly. A charity golf tournament in your home province, and you make it as though you are put out by having to sign a few autographs. I was 15 at the time, and may have misread him, but I wasn't the only one to think it.
Patrice Brisebois (St Leonard midget hockey tournament)
Stephane Quintal (St Leonard midget hockey tournament)
Martin Brodeur (childhood friends with my old baseball coaches...he pitched our batting practice)
Roberto Luongo (good friends with his 2 brothers)
Alex Burrows (coach a ball hockey team that plays against him)
Richard Zednik (walking downtown)
Saku Koivu (my old coach wife is good friends with him)
Mark Recchi (same as Koivu)
Michael Ryder (club Med)
Mark Streit (club Med)
Pascal Dupuis (Rosemere arena)
Vincent Damphousse (St Leonard midget tournament)
Gaston Gingras (I coach against his son this season in Midget Espoir)
Donald Audette (he coaches his son in atome BB blainville..saw him this summer for AAA summer hockey)
Donald Brashear (l'Action le club)
Georges Laraque (when he played in the ball hockey nationals a couple of years ago)
Guillaume Latendresse (when he played for College Charles Lemoyne, he was teammates with my friends cousin)
Game 7 2003 Finals Devils against Ducks he was walking around the arena and I talked to him for maybe 2 minutes. Seems like a pretty fun guy to be around and watch a game, but this was before his permanent hard-don for Dion and I don't remember him whining about one-piece sticks as much back then.
I haven't met many players...Higgins comes to mind, apart from that I met a bunch of Bruins players one time in Boston. I had tickets behind their bench in 2003 or 2004 I forget...but I think it was 04. Near the end of the season when they had loaded up and gotten Nylander, Gonchar, etc. Most of them were cool, I got the chance to talk to most of them during warm-up, pre-skate, but the nicest one was Jiri Slegr, and the biggest *******(the only guy who didn't want to talk to me or even shake my hand) was Martin Lapointe.
I met John Vanbiesbrook and Ron Francis's brother is Sault-Ste-Marie... sold Francis's brother a cross country ski package at a ski swap
I saw a few Buffalo Sabres players at Caveau Scechwan in the ByWard Market, Ottawa... they were about 10. Derek Roy was there for sure, maybe Briere but I don't remember. I remember them whistling at my girlfriend though
I work with the guy who founded the Ottawa Senators/Corel Centre but haven't met any Sens players. I saw Chris Phillips at the Ottawa Airport though last year. I had my vintage Habs toque on and he smiled when he saw me looking at him... so I give him the finger (joke)
Never met any Habs players though
edit: actually, I did meet Martin Havlat and Marian Hossa at a Suite 34 in Ottawa. It was the night after the last time they got beat by the leafs in the playoffs... I shook their hands and said "tough loss, be strong" haha, true story
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Jean Guy Talbot( skated with him at St Partric Park)
Claude Provost ( skated with him at St Partric Park)
Yvan Cournoyer ( When he had a tavern)
Henri RIchard ( at the MTL Forum)
Dickie Moore ( at a party in Lachute and later at his son's funeral)
Jean Beliveau ( at a fund raiser)
Guy Lafleur ( I sold him a stereo setup )
ALSO just in passing, Had dinner with Prince Andrew in Barbados while I was staying with friends ( Kifen Simpson's estate), back in 1995. We were 8 at the table. He was there to oversea the building of his Barbados Estate right next to the Simpson estate.
Although not a Hab, still a person of interest
Not counting those I've played with and against....
- Jose Theodore came to my school when I was a kid and he played for the Riverains in Midget AAA. I have his autographed card to this day. Kinda cool to have the autograph of an NHL'er from back when he was just a freckled faced kid.
- I've had the fortune to meet and chat with Mark Streit on a night I was at Bell Centre and he wasn't playing. It was awesome. I really, really believe the man had no idea he'd ever be in the NHL in 2005-06 and later.
- Met Pierre Mondou when I went to the LNAH's Mission Sorel-Tracy's pre-camp. He told me I was good enough to make the team, I told him there was too much fighting and too many glorified beer leaguers still in the league and that I would rather stay home than be in there. He laughed HEARTILLY and told me he heard that all the time.
Now I regret saying it. For whatever reason. I'm still on Mission's regional protection roster, or whatever's that called. Whatever it's worth because I think they could lay claim to every breathing human within a certain distance of their arena and it would work. I'll be at camp again next year. Watch me. I'm actually training for it.
- Met Stephane Richer at Mission games. He's a regular.
If you wanna talk non-hockey people, I can say I had relations that were at least as shoddy as Jose Theodore's when I was in high-school. I had dinner every day at this restaurant that was in this mall located nearby ESBG high school in Tracy where my mom worked, and a couple of times a week I ate with Mom Boucher's nephew, brother, and SON.
His nephew was a bit older than me but he and his dad were long time regulars so me and the guy got along just fine. He was kinda nerdy but he was a physical dead-ringer for his uncle. His dad was a look-alike of Revolver Ocelot from the original MSG game. They weren't THAT shaddy. But Mom's Son was quite the...hmmm...businessman. Francis was his name and he lived in Contrecoeur, in something I can only call a mansion, next door to my first high school sweetheart. I visited.
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Theo: Red Hot Chili Peppers show in 2002
Koivu: Second Cup at Ile des Soeurs
Zednik: Downtown Montreal near Paramount
Marc-Andre Fleury: Buying hot dogs at the Bell Centre during the World Cup 2004.
Abby: Palais des Congrès (last week)
Only a few, and they were brief encounter except for Chad Kilger.
Bobby Orr (at a skating rink fundraiser when I was about 10, got photo with him)
Guy Lafleur, Rejan Houle, Steve Shutt (also when I was a kid, at a Molson sponsored bbq one evening of the Valleyfield regattas)
Richard Zednik (shopping downtown one afternoon during last pre-season)
Chad Kilger (lived down the street from me, used to play street hockey with him and his brothers, haven't talked to him in 10-15 years though)
Alot and actually got to play against a few from the TO area as well.
Amongst current Habs, Koivu, Komisarek and Bouillon. Bouillon was a bit quiet, but Komisarek and Koivu appeared to be really good guys.
As for the person who said Ribs is a dick, that's the impression I got as well. But I met Theodore as well, and he seemed like an alright chap. Theodore was nice enough, through a common friend, to get my nephew a signed cap (by Theo only) and a jersey signed by all the Habs.
Joe Sakic (picture and autograph)
Dany Heatley (on the ice, autograph and picture)
Marc-Andre Fleury (picture)
Martin Lapointe (on the ice, autograph)
Denis Hamel (on the ice)
Francis Bouillon (on the ice) (a note on Francis...he put a dent in the goalies helmet with a slapshot lol. Also, you would not believe the size of the guys shoulders until you meet him)
Non players: Bob Hartley, Michelle Terrien (the summer right after he got fired from the Habs)