Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sorry I'm not as active here lately, but you can follow me on the Facebook page

This is Carol, the one who runs this blog. I'm sorry I haven't updated lately, but my father was ill for a few months and recently passed away, and I wasn't able to keep all my blogs/pages going.

I do still try to update the Facebook page here and there though, if you'd like to follow there.

I will try to add some more recent content here this summer, but for now feel free to check out Facebook.

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

José to be Inducted into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Hall of Fame

‘To be inducted into the the QMJHL Hall of Fame, is one of the great accomplishments of my career. One doesn’t just remember what you did during a particular season, but what you were able to accomplish throughout your professional career. It’s a feeling of indescribable pride. To answer your question; yes, this honour is as important as winning the Vézina or the Hart Trophy.’
José Théodore is visibly excited at the approach of the night when he will enter in the the Quebec Major Junior Hall of Fame.
Théodore has won the Gold medal in the World Junior Championship, the Roger-Crozier, Hart, and Vézina trophies, the Molson Cup, repeatedly, in addition to participating in the NHL All-Star Game. Despite all of his accomplishments, the former star of the Montréal Canadiens never thought that this particular honour would come so quickly.
‘A cup or a trophy, you can see them coming because there is a road that you take to get there. In this case, they decided to pay tribute to my career overall, and you can’t know when you are going to get that phone call. For me now, it’s doubly flattering because Daniel Brière and I are going to be the first from our generation to enter the Hall. To see my name there beside Martin Brodeur, Vincent Damphousee, or Martin Lapointe… it’s something special,’ he said, smiling.
The Best Preparation
Théodore is at no loss for praise for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In his day, the season consisted of 72 games, which is 5 more than today. He was drafted by the Saint-Jean Lynx before being traded to the Hull Olympiques.
’72 games is a lot. It’s a long calendar, like the NHL’s. For me, my time in junior were 4 of the best of all my years in hockey. You develop your character there, and when you succeed at winning there, that follows you for the rest of your life,’ he remembers, with justification.
The winner of the Guy Lafleur Trophy in 1995 (given to the outstanding player in the playoffs), he went on to win the President Cup in 1996. His brilliant performance won him spots on the QMJHL and CHL All-Star teams.
The following season he divided his time between the American Hockey league and the prestigious Montréal Canadiens.
‘The Olympiques were exceptional training for what was to come. In my day, the Hull market was one of the biggest in the league. There was an important pressure. It wasn’t stifling, but the team had a winning tradition and the fans’ expectations were high.’
The team was led at that time by Robert Mongrain with Claude Julien at his side. The same Claude Julien who would later coach José Théodore with the Canadiens.
Surrounded by family
The family will by on hand to witness this emotional evening. His wife and daughter will make the trip fro Florida where the Théodores have chosen to make their home. In total, 15 family members will be there to experience the moment with him.
Théo has hung up his blocker, but he continues to visit NHL arenas as one of the hockey analysts for TVA Sports, the official francophone broadcaster of the NHL.
‘Its really pleasant…we are exactly what you see on TV; a group of buddies that talk about hockey! I really have a lot of fun doing it,’ he smiled.
Daniel Brière, Réal Cloutier, Mario Marois, and Ron Lapointe will also be honoured.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Winter Classic Alumni Game

On New Year's Eve former Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins played in an Alumni Game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. The game was played the day before the actual Winter Classic between the current Canadiens and Bruins on New Year's Day.

José played goal for the Habs (the first 2 periods of the game.) Richard Sevigny was the other Habs goalie, and he played the 3rd period. José faced 20 shots, stopped all in the 1st period, one goal got past him in the 2nd, so after the 2nd period when he left the game the Habs were up 2-1. But they then ended up losing 5-4 after the game went to a shootout.

He looked like he really enjoyed himself. He had said he was very happy to have the opportunity to "retire" with the Canadiens. Even if he's not officially announced his retirement, he's made it clear he is the same as retired. He hadn't played in the NHL in 3 years, and had only been on the ice once since that time, over 2 years ago, for a charity game in Florida.

He had a new pair of pads ordered from Vaughn to use in the Alumni game, but they didn't get them to him in time to have them broken in, so he used an old Minnesota pair. He did use the new blocker he ordered from Vaughn. I bet his new pads were going to look like the ones he wore in 2002 when he also had that blocker, too bad Vaughn didn't get them out to him. He ordered them in August. That should've been plenty of time. :/

Anyway, he looked really great. He was still sharp and still had great reflexes. I'm so proud of how he played, and it's a perfect ending to an amazing career.

And yes, he wore a tuque on top of his mask, like he did in the 2003 Heritage Classic.

Friday, December 11, 2015

November appearances on Dave's show

He also appeared on a couple of Dave Morissette's shows in November.

This was Nov.4th and their guest is a magician and former junior teammate of José's, Martin Rozon.

And on Nov. 6th Karl Dykhus (former teammate in Montreal) was on discussing wine.

November TVA appearances

I thought I'd share some shots of José's recent appearances on TVA Sports.

He still goes up to Montreal one week out of the month (usually the first week of the month.) He's there from Wednesday to Saturday and is usually on a show each night (but not always every night.) He might be on Dave Morissette's show or on TVA's broadcast of an NHL game (not always a Habs game.) If it's during a game broadcast, he's in the studio pre-game and during intermissions.

There were from November 6th.

November 7th