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.

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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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

José will become a contributor to the Journal de Montreal "Between the Pipes"

It's been announced that José will be joining the staff of the Journal de Montreal as a contributor to their weekly section "Between the Pipes" (which will come out every Tuesday.)

Here is the article:

Here is the Google translation version of the article for those who don't speak French. It doesn't seem great, but it will do, at least we can get the gist of it.

I am pleased to announce that Jose Theodore joins our team of experts in hockey. You can read his opinions on Tuesdays in your favorite sports section. 

His column will be part of a two-page section titled Between the pipes, which will work another specialist in this position, the journalist Gilles Moffet, who led the magazine Goalies' World of 1996-2011. 

Gilles analyze in detail the work of the guards with a similar to that used in his weekly magazine rankings. 

The passion 

José, who played 16 seasons in five markets - Montreal, Colorado, Washington, Minnesota and Florida - has made ​​his living in hockey. Very even. Enough to enjoy a good quiet retreat for many years. Why go back to TVA Sports analyst and now the Journal? 

"When, like me, you've played hockey since the age of four years, the most difficult, when you withdraw is not to be part of a team, not to end up with you boys, says "Theo." For me it was the best platform to stay in the middle of hockey without the need to always travel as a coach, for example. 

"And above all, I still have the passion of the sport there." 

Shared by a lot of people in Quebec sentiment! 

"The Colorado and Washington are good markets Hockey"

he said. Except that it also has the NFL football, baseball and basketball, then hockey always falls in fourth. Not here. It may be a cliché but it's true to say that hockey is a religion in Montreal. People are passionate about. "

Demystifying the work herding (?)

When he played, José was some analysis on the work of the guards sometimes lacked nuance. Or were downright wrong. 

"People sometimes assessed a game like a bad goal, but in my mind it was not that, 'he says. And other times, I was told that a player had a beautiful goal against me, so I felt it was wrong. "

José will use its extensive experience in the art of guardian to demystify this position which is in a class by itself. 

"To dare to face the throws 100 miles an hour, you have to be a little different from other players, he said. And you have no flexibility, you can not hide or change your style of play if you feel less a night. In fact, you can never cheat. That is why I am talking about the mental approach to move to that position, which is not like the others. 

"Twenty thousand people watching you and if your team makes a mistake, it is you who have to fix it. There is an additional stress. I want to evaluate the strength of character of the guards, their ability to bounce back. "


Ups and downs, "Theo" lived in a nasty package. 

He made his niche in the Canadian dislodging Jeff Hackett experienced the miseries of a club in distress and happiness of a miraculous year: two trophies, the Hart and Vezina with the emotional return of Saku Koivu in series . José saw the Canadiens quietly out of the shallows, while he was going through difficult seasons, punctuated with controversy, before being traded to Colorado. 

In short, to paraphrase "the Moose," "Theo the mileage in your NHL!" 

He can dissect a variety of situations, such as the eternal battle between the numbers 1 and 2 numbers. 

"Fans love stories, they like being told their personal stories and they want to know exactly how it happens in a hockey locker room, either with Alex Ovechkin in Washington, Joe Sakic Colorado or Saku Koivu in Montreal , "said Theodore, who promises to tell more in his column. 

"In Montreal, goalkeepers have always been an important factor. I want to share what I experienced, to share my experiences with the readers. "

It is therefore an appointment. Every Tuesday.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

José appeared on Le Banquier

There is a show on TVA called Le Banquier (it's like Deal or No Deal.) And the episode they showed tonight was a special NHL version. PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens was co-host, and the "beauties" were current and former NHL'ers.

José was one of them!

This photo was tweeted...he said he wanted to triple low five PK (like Carey Price and PK used to do.)

And Val took these photos from the TV. She also took some video, but I need to upload them to YouTube before I can post them here. I'll try to do that tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Premier Trio is back, and José was on the first episode

Premier Trio started up again last night. That makes me feel like the NHL season is so close! Anyway, José was on the show last night, and here's a small portion of the show.

Video here. (I don't have a translation, but it seems to be the portion of the show where they were talking about P.K. Subban of the Canadiens.)

Short video of him discussing his Hart Trophy

I saw this on TVA Sports' Facebook page last week. He's discussing when he won the Hart Trophy. I'm not sure what prompted this video to be made, but I appreciate it nonetheless:

Video found here.

Loose translation:

When I was a Canadien, wearing red white and blue, it wasn’t "mission accomplished". I was the backup goalie, I was like an angry dog (probably like hungry for the number 1 spot, not sure) I wanted his job, that’s the only thing I had in my mind. Didn’t matter how I was going to do it, I was going to do it. Then I matured.
(Then they showed the clip from the Awards ceremony.)
Wayne Gretzky gave me the trophy, I looked around and saw Patrick Roy, Steve Yzerman, and it felt like "mission accomplished". My parents were crying, my brothers were crying, my wif—my girlfriend, Stephanie, I wasn’t married yet. I didn’t want to get off the stage, I wasn’t ready for the speech. But I accomplished my mission that I worked on for 5 years."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

His appearance on Dave Morissette's new show

On Monday, Sept. 8th, José appeared on Dave Morissette's new show on TVA Sports. He appeared when Montreal Canadiens' coach, Michel Therrien, was on. He reminisced with Michel about their time together with the Canadiens and when José played for Hull in the QMJHL and Michel coached Laval.

Here is the link to the video. José's appearance begins at about the 6:25 mark. (Translation below images.)

Dave: We have a surprise. Look who we have, your old goalie.

Michel: Theo, how are you, my buddy?

Dave: Jose, this brings up a lot of good memories?

Jose: I look at Michel, and I look around me, and there are a number of trophies that come from my time with Michel. I even have a little picture of when I scored my goal, and it was with Michel I scored my goal. There are so many memories. I can rewind to my junior days. We beat him with the Hull Olympiques. We came in to play and it was 90 degrees and it was because he would raise the (French word that you can translate to god damn)  heat. The players were dehydrated, it was hot, he tried everything. With Michel I look at him and I have only good memories. I have a soft spot for him because we had such a good relationship. We had fun together. 

Dave: Especially because you had your best seasons there. I heard you guys would take bets.

Jose: Yes we took bets, but we didn't actually pay up (or something like it wasn't actually for money). What was fun is that Michel wants the best from his players, and I would go into Michel's office and say, Tonight, Mike, we are gonna win, I'm gonna get the first star, I have to play, and then he would say, Ok Theo, go. And if I gave up more than 3 goals I'd have to give him 25$ or if I had a shutout he owed me money. We had fun. But at the end of the day we had the same goal to have success. Each year I see Michel at least once and all I have are good memories.

Michel: I rememwbr very well. First time I met Jose is in juniors at Gibbys (Montreal steakhouse.) There was this little kid next to me. I was coaching junior in Laval and Jose played for Hull, and I had never met him because he always had his mask on. When we talk about a guy like Jose, getting the maximum out of a player, the player has to get into the mind set too. In my career as coach I've been happy to coach players like Sidney Crosby, Jose - he's won the Hart and Vezina, to help a young guy to accomplish this in his career, I'm always proud of that. 

Jose: Your cutting me off, that's it? I had so many more things to say about Michel. I'm happy to have been here. It's really fun for me. 

Dave: Did Jose really come into your office and say he wanted to play?

Michel: Oh yes. And I liked it, because you want to challenge your players, and Jose likes challenges. Sometimes I would put him in those positions that were challenging. The wagers we made always motivated him. He was happy the next day to tell me I owed him 25$.

Jose: You have to understand, maybe yes I was making 5 million but that 25$ meant more to me. 

Michel: He was so happy when he got shutouts, because then it was double (50$.) 

Jose: That's right, we would double it! It was fun to have a coach that you knew wanted you to succeed. When I had a bad game, Michel would look at me less, but he wanted to help me get back to a position to get myself back into my game. We were a team. I knew I had an important role with the team, in Fredericton as with the Canadiens. My experience with Michel it pushed me to another level. 
(Thanks to Val for the translation.)