Ex-Habs have fun at the Glacier

Kenn Oliver
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Canadiens' alumni enjoyed the pace a bit more than they did Monday night in Harbour Grace

Stephane Richer (44) and Claude Lemieux were two of the more notable players on the Montreal Canadiens' alumni side that took on the Mount Pearl Blades senior hockey team at the Glacier Wednesday night.

When the Montreal Canadiens alumni teams appear at venues across the country, the games they play  aren’t meant to be competitive affairs — there is no body checking — but rather fun and entertaining shows for those in attendance, often with a charity as the beneficiary.

A fun game is just what the Canadiens alumni got at Torbay’s  Jack Byrne Arena Tuesday against a squad of local rec-leaguers and again Wednesday night at the Glacier, when they took on the Avalon East senior league’s Mount Pearl H.J. Bartlett Electric Senior Blades.

However, a couple of former Canadiens say it appears the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars didn’t get the memo.

The CeeBees and Habs legends met Monday night at S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace, and according to former Montreal stars Stephane Richer and Claude Lemieux, the CeeBees took the game a little too seriously.

“They are a good young team, and they are proud,” Lemieux says of the defending Avalon East champs.

“We were 12 guys to their 24 ... rather short-benched, but they were flying and gave it to us pretty good.”

In one instance, Richer says 52-year-old Chris Nilan of the alumni was hooked from behind on a breakaway.

“They wanted to beat us so bad,” Richer added. “That wasn’t fun.”

Whatever chagrin the Habs displayed during Monday’s game must have been noted, however. In the third period, the score clock at the Harbour Grace rink was turned off.

The former Habs liked the pace of the entirety of Wednesday’s game much better.

 “They (the Blades) understand it’s a show and they respect that. People want to see us score goals and make a few plays,” Richer said, adding that he thought the Blades could have easily beaten the alumni by 10 goals or more if they wanted.

In the end, it was the Canadiens who came out on top 12-9.

“We were 12 guys to their 24 ... rather short-benched, but they were flying and gave it to us pretty good.” Claude Lemieux

Lemieux keyed the Habs’ offense with three goals and three helpers, with Gilbert Dionne and Jocelyn Lemieux also scoring hat tricks. Former Canadiens first-round draft pick Terry Ryan — who played eight NHL games with Montreal in the 1990s — was joined by Blades Steve Pearson and Trevor Thorne on the Habs roster for the contest. Ryan scored twice, while former NHL tough guy Chris Nilan netted a single tally for the oldtimers.

Grant Kenny and Mark Chaplin led the Blades with two goals and an assist each, while single markers came from Cory Blackmore, Colin Power and Kenny Pennell.

The other two Mount Pearl goals were scored by Faith Ann Warford and Mitchell McDonald of the Mount Pearl Atom Blades, who replaced the senior squad with five minutes to play in the second period.

Jason Hedges, playing his first game in a Blades jersey, didn’t get on the board but recorded a pair of assists. A lifelong Habs fan who says he cried the day Richer was traded to the New Jersey Devils in 1991, Hedges was surprised by the aging Habs’ ability.

“Give them respect, they’re 40 and 50 years old, I hope one say when I’m that age I can still skate at that level, he said.

Alumni goalie Richard Sevigny stopped 19 of the 28 shots faced.

The Blades, meanwhile, used three netminders Wednesday, starting with Roger Kennedy, who stopped 15 of 16 shots.

“I think they were just getting over their hangovers in the first period,” Kennedy joked.

Mark Abbott started the second period and gave up six goals on 12 shots before atom keeper Noah Lawley came in to finish up the second. In the third, the Blades turned to Devin O’Brien, who made 11 saves on 16 shots.

 

koliver@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Habs, NHL

Geographic location: Montreal, Mount Pearl, Avalon East New Jersey

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  • Phil
    October 15, 2010 - 06:37

    Oh well I have to say it sounds like most of the comments on here are from townies . Or Ceebees haters I have been watching Senior Hockey all my life and to say the Ceebees played to serios is by far out to lunch I thought I was going to fall asleep , it was that bad the Ceebees was just flicking the puck in and had a shot( if you want to call it that) every now and then... I have one thing to say to the XHabs If you called that a rough game how in the name of god did you guys last in the NHL..... Come on boys I guess that is why you guys are X NHLers now ... I hope you never come back here again I think you guys are the Childish ones and as for Claude Lemieux, you chould take up another hobby besides Hockey ,something like plastic Canvas but becareful you dont stab your finger with the needle you might cry over that also............................ Pathetic.

  • Ivan G. Tucker
    October 14, 2010 - 19:23

    To Cy:I have no idea how old you are,but sometime in the fifties,George Faulkner,was to be called up to the Canadiens,but unfortunatly,he broke his leg about the same time.George,is a true gentleman,& was the best in my humble opinion,of all the players before,up to today,as the complete hockey player.He was the Bobby Orr,of his day.I had the pleasure of playing against him,Alex,& Jack,& the rest of a great senior team,in 1963,as a Sixteen year old,backup Goalie.We lost 9-6,but it was my NHL game.I also had the pleasure of facing George again,in my mid forties,at oldtimers tournaments.He may have lost a step by then,but he still had tremedous skills.All people from,Harbour Grace should be proud of the George Faulkner's,era,as should all of us from NL.Being a Habs fan,i just wanted to set the record straight,as i remember it.If i memory lapse,i am sorry,---------Ivan

  • Whaddaya At ?
    October 14, 2010 - 18:22

    Hey, Mary Shute from Hr. Grace, it's evident that you are one of the ' smart, educated people there in the bay when you say you were ' trilled '. To be ' trilled ', you would have to have been warbled. That's okay, whatever turns your crank. Most people would settle with simply being ' thrilled '.

  • Randy
    October 14, 2010 - 15:42

    RE: The behavior of the CB's: Typical classless, back-woods, hick bayman, disgracing our province like they do every time they engage anybody from anywhere! Typically pathetic. Nuff said.

  • Wayne Gretzky
    October 14, 2010 - 14:49

    It's clear to see what Ken Oliver is trying to do here. No statical details whatsoever about the game in Hr. Grace, just all the negative he could find. The Blades game on the other hand was laid out in fine detail with appropriate credit to each player who chipped in to score a goal against the Habs Alumni. One game the team (Cee Bees) get bashed for scoring, the other game the team (Blades) gets praise for scoring. Come on Ken this is garbage and you can do better. So the Cee Bees took it a little too serious, big deal. No one got hurt and the Cee Bees and the Alumni had a great time together after the game.

    • MM
      October 14, 2010 - 16:25

      AGAIN -- Wayne Gretzky: this was an interview with Richer and Lemieux. Read the story CAREFULLY. It was THEIR words. It was an interview. Yes it also gave details on The Blades game, but the comments related to Harbour Grace was simply an INTERVIEW where the person being INTERVIEWED gave these comments. What was he supposed to do....ignore the people he was interviewing? Is it just because it shines poorly that you're angry? Get real. If your precious team behaved badly then maybe you should look to them to shoot your mouth off. And what the hell is a "statical detail"? Right. STATISTICAL detail. Check you spelling, dude.

  • Cy
    October 14, 2010 - 14:36

    Mary's comments once again do not address the issue that the behaviour of the CeeBees players against the Montreal Alunmi was pathetic. It was just another selfish display by a bunch of wannabes who had to prove how "good" they are. Unfortunately, they proved the opposite. As far as being educated and smart "here in the bay", your grammar leaves a lot to be desired. You certainly are not modest - self praise is as good as none. Regarding the passion for hockey, it is a positive thing. Unfortunately, blind adherence to something is not passion. It is being a misguided follower. Bashing the event and the charity, trying to imply that it cost too much and that they did not disclose enough information is again attempts to discredit the Alumni who do this out of the goodness of their hearts. But, oh no, don't criticize our CeeBees. They can do no wrong. You are so blind to the facts of the Ryder situation that you changed the NHL team you cheer for due to how you feel he should be treated. Look around the league. How is Boston treating him (getting ready to send him to the minors). Those events take place daily on every team. Just because they done it to someone from Newfoundland is the only reason it upsets you. He is a marginal player. Maybe you should have give up on Montreal years ago when they never gave poor George Faulkner a chance in the NHL. How could they do that to him!!??! Go CeeBees. We love you! Oh My!! Sad existence out there.

    • Danny Heatley
      October 14, 2010 - 18:04

      The comments on here are as much of a joke as Ken Oliver's story. You people should get your facts straight ... Firstly - there was no charity. The Montreal Canadiens were paid and paid well to come here and play. Maybe the charity benefitted from the $300 and $400 Habs Jerseys that were sold. Who knows? I was at both games, I would say the pride was a little bruised as unlike the Blades fans, the Ceebees fans cheered as loud for their own team as they did for the habs. Unlike the Blades who booed they own and cheered for the visitors. As for beating them, it could have been a lot worse. Educated - yes they are, a team of teachers, engineers and businessmen and university students and then some, so yes they could have read the memo if they got one. The fans in Harbour Grace got what they came to see. But please don't make it sound like they (the Habs) came here as a favour, they came with a signed contract and a guarenteed take home. As for the habs, here's a tip, doubt your cigarettes and stoggies before you get off the bus and greet the kids ... now that was disgraceful.

  • bill
    October 14, 2010 - 14:25

    to Mary Shute. You don't agree with what they did with Ryder. Well then tell him to pick up his game. i guess ot's Boston's fault to if they send him to the minors. More rto the NHL than scoring goals

  • CJ
    October 14, 2010 - 12:51

    I cannot beleieve that this happen in Hr Grace, what a bunch of Idoits we have playing hockey. They came for fun and now the talk of Newfoundland is how we beat up on oldtimers playing charitry games. The Mayor of Hr.Grace should be taken to task for such a thing to happen. Dick Power would be ashamed of what happen and most of the Old Cee Bees that played a long time ago. Your are ignorant fools to say that you represent the Cee Bees, Please do not lace up your skates again for Charity Hockey. Just think if the Kraft Hockey did come to your town, that would have been a big mistake, oh yes I am glad that i do not live in Hr.Grace, but not far and I played hockey there to.

  • Whaddaya At ?
    October 14, 2010 - 12:51

    Hey, Political Watcher, so , no matter what your age or category, if you play in the CBN area, you ' play with fire ' ? A bunch of glorified beer league hockey goons play a charity game against a dozen retired former NHLers and the Cee Bees take the game so seriously that the score clock was turned off in the third period. A Cee Bee hooked Chris Nilan from behind on a breakaway ? Wow, that's amazing, something to brag about to the grandkids and to da bys when yer all half in the bag. The fact that Chris Nilan is 52 years old and this was a fun game for charity makes all the Cee Bees look like a bunch of fools. The NHLers weren't ' playing with fire ', Political Watcher, they were playing against a bunch of guys who missed a great opportunity to show some class, like the Mount Pearl Senior Blades did in their game against the Canadiens. It's unfortunate that the Cee Bees really blew it, big time.

  • Mary Shute from Hr. Grace
    October 14, 2010 - 12:33

    First of all, Lemieux and Richer must have been at a different game on Monday than I "WAS" a Habs Fan at a very early age , and was until they treated Ryder the way they did, but i was trilled when they announced that Game, to see again Lemieux and the others play in Hr. Grace against our Proud Ceebee Stars. The game was quite fast paced and the so called legends put on a great display of speed and sportmanship, and so did the Ceebees..nothing more or nothing less. Maybe , Kenn , you should have come and saw for yourself, or did you need to try to do this story to compete with Robin Short....bring on the dirt......And as for the comments on this site, especially to CY and Collins, we are smart , educated people, here in the bay, and are proud of it. Sure we have a passion for Hockey...is that so wrong???? Maybe someone should disclose the Charity the money went to or how much it cost to get the Legends....We paid the price to see a display of Hockey Skills and Showmanship and that what we got.....Maybe the Legends should rethink their purpose for coming here......And to you townies.....Judge not and you shall not be judged......Go CeebeesGo!

    • MM
      October 14, 2010 - 13:54

      Mary Shute: As I commented below to user JT, read the story more CAREFULLY. This was an interview done with Richer and Lemieux, not a review of the game in Harbour Grace itself. These were THEIR words. Not the words of the author of the story. Please FOLKS -- read the stories carefully before you comment!!

  • Cy
    October 14, 2010 - 10:58

    Banjaxed, you are so wrong on the AHL thing. You guys are only passionate about local boys that you think are legend, but in the grand scheme of athletics, are nothing. After Sunday dinner in a place where there is shag all else to do, the wwwwhole community shows up. Granny gets out of the house for a couple of hours to pretend that the hockey she is watching is like the NHL. If you had to pay AHL ticket prices and concession prices, you would all stay home and knit in your rocking chairs all day and complain about the price. Besides, it was the idiot players that played like it was a real game. Political watcher needs to get a life. Oh, you play with fire in the big bad CBN Arena. Give me a break. So, you can't have a charity game against you so called competitve players. Knuckles Nilan would have pummelled that coward of a ceebee into the ground in his prime. Play with fire! Ha, what a joke you small minded hick town people are. Pathetic.

  • ML in NL
    October 14, 2010 - 10:53

    I am sure the alumni will think twice about coming again to a province that can't get their act together, yet another dissapointment for Newfoundland, the laughing stalk again. There are some cute babies with candy at the mall today, lets send in the boys to ruff them up then tke it.

  • Steve
    October 14, 2010 - 10:27

    Wow, if the CeeBees can beat up on the oldtimers like that, just imagine what the two time defending Herder Champion Clarenville Caribous would have done to them.....after all they've soundly defeated the Ceebees two straight years.

  • joel Collins
    October 14, 2010 - 10:05

    Of course, leave it to the crowd from around the bay to once again tarnish Newfoundlands name. What a bunch of ignorant fools. I guess they didnt get the memo, then again, if they did it wouldnt matter, most of them wouldnt be able to read it anyway. Good on the Mt Pearl players, and I hope you guys lay a whipping on the CeeBees

  • Brad
    October 14, 2010 - 10:05

    It is too bad that people can't swallow their pride and go out and have fun. This is what is wrong with hockey today, too serious. It isn't a very good example set for kids watching, and gives a bad impression of Newfoundlanders as a whole. Grow up ya bunch of goons, and have some fun, its not all about winning, this was about charity.

  • Neil
    October 14, 2010 - 09:43

    Watch out, Don Coombs will be in the news going off his head next....how dare they talk about the Stars....hahahaha.

  • Ned Anderson
    October 14, 2010 - 09:08

    My little man and I enjoyed it thoroughly !!! What a thrill for the little Atom players to be ON THE ICE with guys who played in the NHL !!!! Even IF it had to be explained to them who they were and how long ago it was since it was they played in the NHL , and what other teams they played for !! It was a very good show and nice to see the respect on the ice. Players of even the local calibre are used to playing to win , but it was refreshing to see them play for FUN !!!!

  • Banjaxed
    October 14, 2010 - 09:04

    I have to play the fence on this one , should the Cee Bees have taken the game too seriously , more than likey by the sounds of it , but my mother is from Harbour Grace and I attended many games in the late 60s and early 70s and let's just say if St Johns fans had the same passion for hockey as Cee Bee fans , we'd still have an AHL franchise

  • amazed
    October 14, 2010 - 08:26

    How stupid of the CeeBees! It is a charity game, you go to see former pro players you admired score some goals and have some fun, give the crowd a laugh. The CeeBees acting this way was the height of selfishness on their part. Thankfully other venues the Legends played at had a grain of sense.

  • Whaddaya At ?
    October 14, 2010 - 08:15

    Too bad the CeeBees saw the game as a chance to give the gears to a small group of retired former pro NHLers. Hooking 52 year old Chris Nilan from behind, on a breakaway ? That's pathetic. Stephane Richer said that, basically, the CeeBees wanted to beat them so badly that it took the fun out of the game. Way to go CeeBees, you lost a great opportunity to show the same class that was shown by the Mount Pearl Senior Blades in their game against the Canadiens. The score clock at the Harbour Grace rink was turned off in the third period and that says it all. The CeeBees took the fun out of a game that was supposed to be fun. Way to go, CeeBees.

  • JT
    October 14, 2010 - 08:10

    My question would be to Mr. Kenn Oliver........Did you come beyond the overpass and attend the game in Harbour Grace on Monday night????

    • MM
      October 14, 2010 - 12:06

      JT: what is the purpose of your question to Mr. Oliver? Seems like a pointless potshot if you ask me. As you can clearly tell from the story, this is taken from an interview with Richer and Lemieux, and it is THEIR words. Read the story again more closely and choose your comments wisely, my friend. Pointless potshots are useless and a waste of time.

  • Political Watcher
    October 14, 2010 - 07:27

    No matter what age or category; you play in the CBN area and you play with fire. They ned to grow up and get a life.

  • Kelly
    October 14, 2010 - 07:08

    They did a wonderful show, I thought it was so nice to have the little kids on the ice with them; funny watching them trying to rough it up. Awesome show, nice to see opposing teams relax and have fun once in awhile. Good job Habs.

  • jeff
    October 14, 2010 - 07:01

    Maybe the Cee Bees need to get a life. They are nothing more than a few dozen marginally fit guys getting together and batting around a puck on the weekend....shinny hockey champs. Congratulations. Show some respect for the real athletes who took the time to come here and raise $ for charity. Luckily, the pros had a bit of class. Otherwise, Nilan and Lemieux would have showed the locals what a real hockey player is made of.