Thursday, January 22, 2015

2002 Magazine Articles with José and Stéphanie

Thanks so much to Marielle, a fellow fan from Montreal, who has shared photos with me before. This time she shared a wealth of information...3 magazine articles from 2002. They are in French, but if you use Google Translate you can struggle through (if you're like me and don't speak French.)

Eventually if I get good enough translations I'll post some of the highlights of the articles. I realized this is the first time I've ever seen quotes from Stéphanie. Since I've only been following hockey (and therefore his career) since 2010, I missed all these things from the early years, and I'm still catching up! ;)

This is from the February 2002 issue of Clin d'oeil.





This was a 2002 issue of Le Lundi.




This was from a May 2002 issue of 7 Jours, and it's strictly an interview with Stéphanie, which was nice since I've not heard much from her before. It's very sweet to hear her talk about him, very similarly to how he's talked about her in the past. They have a very strong love that's weathered a lot of storms, and I have the utmost respect for them as a couple.





Saturday, January 17, 2015

José's interview with Luongo

Back in November we saw that José interviewed Roberto Luongo at his home in Florida. It had been so long since the interview happened, I'd begun to doubt it was even going to air.

But it finally aired tonight on TVA Sports.

Here is the link to the interview.

Of course it's in French, and I don't have a translation at this time. But here are some screen captures, and if anyone wants to give me any sort of translation, that would be great. :)

Mainly if José talked about when he was in Florida and how Luongo publicly wanted his job...but I highly doubt that came up. ;)

























Monday, January 5, 2015

José in February 2015 issue of Clin d'oeil

There is an interview with José in the February 2015 issue of Clin d'oeil, which is already on sale. It's a Quebec magazine, so might only be available there, but I ordered a digital copy online here:

http://www.zinio.com/magazine/Clin-doeil/pr-500247747/cat-cat1960187/prnt-cat1960032






I used Google translate to translate the article. It's not great, but it at least helps.

Feel free to leave me a comment if you see any glaring errors.

New Goals for Theo
José Theodore is warm, patient, listening (?) and generous. He loves clothes we present him and makes everyone laugh. In short, he lets fully take the game of our photo shoot. (?) The former star goalkeeper of the Canadiens is a real pro; the models have nothing to envy (? that doesn’t sound right) It is the same for the interview - we feel like we are chatting with our best friend.
The barrage of flashes and questions from reporters, Jose Theodore knows. The little guy from Laval played for the Montreal Canadiens for 10 seasons, played 19 years in the National Hockey League, made short passages in Colorado, Washington, Minnesota to finish with the Florida Panthers in 2013. A long and successful career.
At 38, this young retiree from professional sports is in top form, and his smile says a lot about his new activities. In January 2014, he returned to Quebec supporters as a commentator and analyst for TVA Sports. The chain had just acquired the broadcast rights for Canadiens games, becoming the official broadcaster of the NHL in Canada, a monopoly previously held by RDS. Since last October, he also writes a column devoted to goalkeepers in Le Journal de Montreal and is preparing to discuss an issue with Michel Bergeron, every month in the magazine La Semaine. Retraining that fits like a glove. 
"I wanted to reconnect with the Quebec public. I felt it was time to return; I was waiting for the right time," he says. It is true that the hockey player had cut ties with supporters and media in Quebec for several years, the latter having abused him before he left the Habs.
Life after
When he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in June 1994, José Theodore was not yet 18 years old. A few years later, he won two of the most prestigious awards in hockey: the Vezina Trophy (best NHL goalie) and the Hart Trophy (player most valuable to his team) in 2001-02. Training camps, travel, seasons which are connected, pressures of all kinds, high level sport had made this lifestyle a little crazy.
And retirement has arrived. ”For years, I used to be with 20 guys in the middle of guy to guy jokes and hockey. We travel together, we go out together, we play together. I grew up in this gang. Then, overnight, the brotherhood is no longer there. When people ask me what I miss the most, I answer that it is the team spirit.”
From the beginning, we have advised him to think of his after career. (?) His original idea was to enjoy life in Florida with his wife, Stéphanie Cloutier - the youngest of our national Vero (younger sister of) - and their daughter, Romi, now eight years old. “I was not in a hurry to “replace me”. I wanted to take a year or two, spend quality time with my wife and my daughter, playing tennis, traveling. I had not even had time to say the word “retirement” when I found myself commenting on games!”
The puck in the blood
Sports analyst, yes, but not at any price. José Theodore is coming to Montreal a few days a month and comments on most games on TVA Sports from a ministudio installed in his home in Florida. He also participates in the Dave Morissette en direct broadcast as a specialist on goalkeepers. Former NHL player Morissette shared a hotel room with Theodore when they played in the American League. So are old chums.
"I found the love of the sport," says José. "After several years, the danger is that it becomes a job. I found the passion I had when I was a little guy: talk about the game, the players; so and so is good, another less. But what is more important is that I found a brotherhood and the same mentality as that prevailing in a team."
In Montreal and throughout Quebec, people know and love hockey, which is not the case in the United States. ”Here we have hockey in the blood,” he adds. “I want the public to see me as passionate, someone who is not afraid to get wet. I have not been engaged (hired?) to initiate flowers to Canadiens. I want to stay natural and emotional, and say what I think, even if it displeases.”
Fashion, a family affair
Theo the hockey player was already noted by his daring dress. In 2004, he made the cover of the Journal de Montreal with a diamond loop (they weren’t loops) in each ear and both arms covered in tattoos. “I got my first tattoo at age 15. Previously there were preconceptions; now it is considered fashion. But I, trend or not, I’ve always liked tattoos, and I even added to the wire years.” (?)
José has always dared, contrary to the rather traditional image of the NHL. At first, he was asked to shave, wear simple outfits, etc. ”It starts to change. Young players are more conscious of their image and allow more things. In Washington, I was going to the luxury shops with Ovechkin, Backstrom and Green; they loved it.”
The shops, it’s also common in Florida, with the two women in his life, Stéphanie and Romi. The couple, fashion fans (and jewelry), effectively passed on their passion to their little. (daughter?) “I’ve always been quite forward thinking. I like to keep an eye on trends, wear nice clothes, surprise Stéphanie. She knows my tastes, I know hers, and she has the eye. Romi also. Since the age of three, she accompanies me in the changing rooms to give me her opinion: “That’s fine, Dad! That, no, it’s not your style.” She has her own ideas and she is often right. But I have to be careful, because I am very sugar daddy and loves it, choose for herself! (I marked out what didn’t translate right, so Val helped but said one word doesn’t really translate but it seems like “she likes to choose her own clothes, and he would like to but stops himself because she likes to do it herself.”)
What is the look of Theo today? “There is a little of everything in my wardrobe. I am a frustrated musician; So, my favorite style is a little rebellious, a kit too perfect (clothes too perfect?) But I also like to attend the gala with beautiful full well that fall. Playing on my image by varying looks like very much.”
Know that we, we like, José!


Saturday, December 27, 2014

José made an appearance before WJC game tonight

José was involved with a fan event this evening in Montreal at the Bell Centre before Canada's WJC game.

Here are some photos that showed up online. If any of these are yours and you don't want them posted, just let me know and I'll remove them.

Tweeted by @Tinalracleous

Tweeted by @bigshuffle25 

Tweeted by @bigshuffle25 

Tweeted by @ChrisDoucette04 

Tweeted by @skossits 

Tweeted by @HockeyCanada_fr 

By @misscrazybanana 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Yet more proof of how amazing José is

Sorry I haven't updated much here lately. José is still making appearances on TVA Sports (usually either Premier Trio or the Dave Morrissette show, or during Habs broadcasts.) He's also contributed to 3 articles in Journal de Montreal now (one each week.)

But I wanted to share my personal story showing how kind José is.

A few weeks ago a friend of José's tweeted a photo of him with a pair of pads he wore his last season in Florida, and said he was going to auction them off. But that tweet didn't really reach the kind of audience that would be in the market for a pair of goalie pads costing hundreds of dollars, even if they were worn by the most awesome goalie ever. So the starting bid was $400.

I was fortunate to see the tweet, and I was blessed because my wonderful friends weren't going to bid against me.  So because no one else in the market for these really saw the tweet, I was the only bidder. 

But after José found out I was the one who bid on them, he told his friend to tell me that he was GIVING THEM TO ME AS A GIFT! And he wanted his friend to tell me thanks for all of my support!!  So I was overjoyed, but I didn't feel I could accept such a nice gift, so I told them I would donate the money I would have paid for the pads to the hospital in D.C. where José and Stéphanie's son was cared for during his short life. I know the NICU at Children's National means a lot to them, so it was only fitting they be the beneficiaries of his kindness to me. 

So that's the story! He is one of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet, he's stayed so humble and down-to-earth even after all his success, and it's no wonder he is and always will be my favorite.

First is the photo that was tweeted when his friend first mentioned the auction. And then a photo showing the pads being used in an actual game. Then the rest are taken by my husband when I was opening the pads last night.