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12-12-2008, 02:44 PM
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Roger Doucet

Hey all, I popped in on the Center Ice feed of the Habs/Bolts game last night to find the last portion of the anthems being done. I was surprised to hear Roger Doucet's recording being used.

The Washington Capitals brought him down to sing at Caps/Habs games when I was a kid and I was always impressed by the man.

Was this an unusual occasion when they use the recording or is it pretty common?
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I think they used it during Habs v Rangers last week. I don't recall seeing it any other time.


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They have been playing Roger Doucet's version quite often these days, as a part of the 100th Season Celebrations going on.

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They have been playing Roger Doucet's version quite often these days, as a part of the 100th Season Celebrations going on.
I remember when he created his own little personal protest against Bill 101, slipping in the phrase during the English portion of the song,

"We stand on guard for rights and liberty".

Roger, and wife Geraldine as well, was a proud Canadian, proud of both of our official languages.

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I remember when he created his own little personal protest against Bill 101, slipping in the phrase during the English portion of the song,

"We stand on guard for rights and liberty".

Roger, and wife Geraldine as well, was a proud Canadian, proud of both of our official languages.
This anthem started being used in the 70's in Quebec, before Bill 101.

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This anthem started being used in the 70's in Quebec, before Bill 101.
Nope.

It was the 1977-78 season, and only Roger Doucet started using this particular phrase ("rights and liberty").

At that time, the standard phrase was: "We stand on guard, we stand on guard for thee".

Early in the 1980s the Parliament passed an "official version", which eliminated some of the endlessly repetitive standing on guard, and changed this particular phrase to:

"Oh Canada, we stand on guard for thee"

In another place earlier in the song, they changed "we stand on guard" to "From far and wide".

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