Awful awful day. Really felt Molson sold us out doing it the way they did, abandoning the forum like that. I still get a knot in my stomach whenever i enter the movie theatre they turned it into. You got the rocket sitting there overlooking center ice and he almost looks like he's asking "what the hell did you to do!!!"
The one solid good memory I have of the night was the ovation for the rocket. He was going to die soon after.... it was without question the single greatest ovation ever given to a sports figure that i've ever seen. I'm just glad the Rocket lived just long enough to experiance how much he was loved by the fans.
i remember watching the cbc nightly news at 6pm before the match started and throughout the broadcast they had all of their reporters shown wearing habs jerseys live like wearing them under a jacket or what not....
At the time i was only 11 so I didnt know who all of those legends were. When the rocket came out i was so amazed by the ovation, but didnt know who he was. I dragged my mother to the tv set to ask her who this guy was (she came from pakistan in the early 70's and oddly enough learned english from watching hockey night in canada and the price is right) and she responded by saying "usneh to club banadiya" which translates to "hes the one who built the team"..
Seeing turgeon and co skating around with the torch after was really something special, and to this day walking down the corner of ste cats and atwater brings many emotions up..
heres to the grandest old building that was...the montreal forum
Was not there for the final game but went to the 3rd or 4th to last game and still have a Habs hat celabrating the forum that I bought. Went to the first game at the Molson centre and still have my ticket stub, the magazine and puck that I was given at that game.