Saturday, September 26, 2015

José's First TVA Appearances of the 2015-16 Season

The regular season hasn't started yet, but José was in Montreal this past week and made a few appearances on Dave Morissette's show on TVA.

Thanks to Val for taking some photos for me.

First was from September 21st.

Then a clip from the show was posted on TVA's website (you have to be in Canada or have an IP masker to watch their videos.)j

From Sept. 22nd

And Val wasn't able to see the show from Sept. 23rd, but the next morning there was a clip on a morning show. The guy in plaid is Erik Guay, a Canadian skier. It looks like they're doing wall sits?

José's "Off-Season"

I wanted to post some photos from some highlights of José's public appearances this summer. I already posted photos from the premiere of Le Mirage.

Here was one I found a bit later that I didn't post at first.

On June 15th he played in a charity golf event at the Royal Montreal Golf Club to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation of Quebec.

Fan photo from early July.

At Simon Gagne's golf tournament on July 10th (Vinny Lecavalier is in the middle and Simon in the pink shirt.)

With fans a couple of days later, still in Quebec City.

At a tennis tournament in Montreal, the Woodland Open.

Ziplining in Montreal on July 19th.

At the QMJHL's Ambassador's Club golf event on August 7th.

On August 8th he played a song onstage with NOFX (if you recall he also did that when in Colorado.)

And then on August 11th he participated in Michel Therrien's Golf Tourney (although it rained them out, so I think they played poker.)

He was a busy guy!! :)

Friday, July 31, 2015

José and Stéphanie at the premier of Louis Morissette's new movie

Louis Morissette, José and Stéphanie's brother-in-law (married to Véronique Cloutier), co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in a new film called Le Mirage. The premier was in Montreal last night with a red carpet event.

And look who was there, looking beautiful as always.

From left: Louis, Vero, Carole (Vero and Steph's mom) and Jim (Carole's husband.)

Here are the sites where I found the photos:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Montreal Gazette Article About José

Former Habs goalie Theodore enjoying new life as a TVA hockey analyst

Published on: May 8, 2015

It’s with the eye of a goaltender still today, two years since his last game, that José Theodore watches Canadiens netminder Carey Price and his NHL brethren, sharing his outspoken analysis and unique insight with TVA viewers.

Theodore made no official retirement announcement at age 36 after 16 years and 648 games in the NHL. Florida was his last stop in 2011-13 after nine seasons in Montreal, two and a bit in Colorado, two in Washington and one in Minnesota.
Television, he says, has been a perfect bridge back to the game and, perhaps more importantly, his hometown.
“In a sense,” Theodore said, “it was time for me to come home.”
When TVA knocked on his door in January 2014, signing him to a two-year contract, Theodore realized there was much to see in life and in hockey not through the cage of a mask.
“I had some talks with some teams. I was still in good shape and I wanted to keep my options open,” he said before Game 4 of the Canadiens-Lightning semifinal series. “But once I decided to do TV, I focused 100 per cent on that. I never announced (retirement) but everybody knows where I’m at.
“After 16 years, I look back — when you’re in it you don’t really realize it — and there are a lot of things I’m proud of. I met some great people through hockey, I played with some of the best players, I had some opportunities to play for my country a couple times — the World Cup, world championships — and I won some awards.
“Looking back, I was fortunate I was in the game for so long and I’m really grateful for that. As you get older, you realize you can be proud of yourself.”
Theodore loves still being part of a team, not in a dressing room but now on a TV set with former coach Michel Bergeron and a handful of ex-NHL players and teammates.
“I enjoy that I have the chance to speak,” he said. “Some people like what I say, some don’t, but I’m just being honest, speaking from the heart. People in Montreal know their hockey. They might agree or disagree but they want somebody who’s honest. They want to see somebody call it the way he sees it and believes it.
“Every time I look at a game, my eyes are always on the goalies,” Theodore said. “When there’s a goal I look at where the goalie was, what he could have done, what I would have done. It’s just second nature for me. Now I have the chance to talk about it and it’s fun.”
Canadiens goalie José Theodore juggles three of his shutout pucks in te Habs dressing room in 2002. Pierre Obendrauf/Montreal Gazette.

He recalls hearing comments from all sources during his playing days, most of these people claiming an expertise without ever having skated into a goal crease.
“I’d think, ‘No, that’s not what happened,’ and I wanted to explain but nobody could hear me because I wasn’t in the public,” Theodore said.
“Now, I have the forum and the chance and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to switch sides, to be able to say things, to talk about my experience, how I felt, how I think the goalie feels in X or Y situation.
“I always see myself as a goalie, I just think my body didn’t allow me to keep going, which is normal at one time. But in the brain, you’re still the goalie.”
These days, Florida is home for himself, his wife, Stéphanie, and their 9-year-old daughter, Romi, though they’ve kept a place in Montreal and come here at Christmastime and in the summer.
It’s with his family that Theodore will discuss his future in TV, saying, “I’ve been away so many years, pretty much selfish because hockey and being traded don’t give you any choice. …
“I wanted to be sure I felt comfortable (with TVA). It’s a different game and anything I do I want to be the best I can be. I wanted to make sure this was something I like.
“We have a great team,” he said of the TVA crew. “I like working with Bergy and all the players. It brings me back to that same team mentality and spirit that, as a player, is something you really look for. We’ve been in groups, playing hockey all our lives, and this is similar.
“We try to give people a good show, be honest about what we see out there, and I think I can bring a lot to the table for having played for so many years. Right now I’m really enjoying myself and I’m just trying to get better. It’s still something new for me.”
Theodore’s 2002 Hart and Vézina and 2010 Masterton trophy miniatures are quietly displayed at home in Florida, a magnet for visitors who might first be attracted to his masks.
“When people come in, they’re drawn by the masks but they want to see the Hart and Vézina,” he said. “They hold them, look at them. Nobody can take that away from me.
“Sometimes when I see them, I start thinking about some of the games that brought me there. When I played, I didn’t really think about it but now that I’m done, I remember my days in Montreal, in Colorado, the Hart, Vézina and Masterton. It’s good to look back and have those memories, which is pretty much all we have left when we’re done playing.”

Friday, April 17, 2015

TVA Appearances This Week

José has been in Montreal this week for the beginning of the playoffs, mainly talking about the Montreal/Ottawa series.

Before both games they broadcast outside the Bell Centre, and my friend Val shared a few photos from Wednesday afternoon.

This one was tweeted by Rico Ciccone.

Then Thursday night he was on Dave Morissette's show.

(By the way, you probably can't watch TVA Sports videos if you're outside Canada, so I use to mask my IP and make it seem like I'm in Canada, you might try it if you can't view.)

And then this afternoon they were broadcasting outside before Game #2.