Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Happy birthday, Guy; also, Guy in Dallas for Modano's jersey retirement

Happiest of birthdays to Guy, who turns 54 today.  May you have a blessed day!

(photo credit:  Dallas Stars)

Carbo was in Dallas recently to take part in Mike Modano's jersey retirement ceremony.  Blog reader James was there and sends in this report.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to fly my family out to Dallas for the big Mike Modano jersey number retirement ceremony.  It was an unbelievable experience for us all with a few extra surprises along the way.  The big deal for me was getting to see Guy and his wife get out of a limo and walk the green carpet into the American Airlines Center for the event.  It took a lot of effort but in the end we got close enough that I got Carbo’s attention and asked if he would sign my jersey.  Now, Guy had been signing hats and programs all along the route but when he saw I was wearing a 99 cup worthy #21 sweater he was very pleased.  He smiled and said “all right” when I turned around to show him the back.  I usually don’t let anyone sign my stuff but since this was Guy and the jersey is not a gamer I decided to make an exception.
I just want to say that the whole evening was spectacular and something the Stars organization should be praised for.  It was first class all the way.  They brought in so many important people who in some way, large or small, made a contribution to the life and career of Mike Modano.  That list included most of the 1999 SC championship team and it was awesome to see them together again for the occasion.  Oh, and Lord Stanley’s Cup was there as well… pretty cool.  Guy didn’t have a speaking role in the ceremony but his presence was certainly noticed.  There were plenty of fans yelling out his name after he was announced.  On that note,  It was slightly embarrassing when my wife yelled out, “Guy, my husband loves you” in front of a few thousand people who all knew she was referring to me.  It’s cool though… and true I guess in a totally hockey bro sort of way. 

James also sent in a few pictures:

Thanks for sharing your story, James!  So glad you got to meet Guy and your jersey looks fantastic signed.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Carbo on TSN's Off The Record

On Friday, Carbo joined TSN host Michael Landsberg on Off The Record to talk about Movember, P.K. Subban, Olympic goalies, and whether he really dented the Stanley Cup in 1999.  It's a terrific interview.

Watch it here.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

The firing, over four years ago, still stings

Guy has done a special interview with the Quebec newspaper La Presse, concerning his firing from the Canadiens in March 2009 and his relationship with Bob Gainey.

The Google translation to English is wonky; I've tried to clean it up to the best of my ability.

I can understand the pain felt by coach Peter Laviolette, who was fired by the Flyers earlier this week.
The memories of my own dismissal are still fresh in my memory, even four and a half years later ...
Coming back from Dallas on March 9, 2009, I was happy on the plane, because we had won the match against the Stars, and things seemed to get back into place after a slump in January.
We would play 11 of our last 16 games at home, where we had a good record. I foresaw the end of the season with optimism, especially as our injured players began to return to the game.
When we landed in Montreal around noon, I received a call from Bob Gainey, who did not accompany the team to Dallas.
I took the call, expecting to receive congratulations from him for our game against the Stars. He asked me to meet him as soon as possible at the Bell Centre. I told him that I would spend some time at home before we met.
When he told me he would meet me at home, I asked why. I experienced great emotions with this man. I was with him when his wife died. I was one of the first people he called after the tragedy of his daughter. I thought he had serious things to discuss.
But I was not expecting bad news about my job.  We had, after all, 104 points last year, and despite our slump during the winter, our record was 35-24-7. I coached in the All-Star Game as assistant to Claude Julien.  Nothing allowed me to believe that my job was in danger.
When I opened the door, I felt something strange. He sat at the table, my wife was with me. Bob told me that he wanted to make changes and I was relieved of my duties.
I was in shock. I said "what?"  I was fired for the first time in my life.  I tried to find out why, but when I saw that it was useless, I thanked him and I said goodbye, saying that he had made a mistake.
I went on a very long walk.  That was in March and it was cold, but I did not freeze ...
What makes it worse today is that I still don't know the reason why Bob fired me.  I wish I had a reason.  Because of our long friendship as coaches, as former teammates, I believe I deserved a reason.
I would have preferred him to say: we tried you, but you're not a good coach.  Nothing like that. He fired me without telling me why.
We have spoken twice since.  It was cordial, and I agreed to meet him in the hope that I would finally learn why he fired me.  This has not happened.  I do not know if it will happen one day, probably not, but for me, it would allow me to finally close this chapter of my career. 

Interview by Mathias Brunet

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Guy at NHL FaceOff

Guy was present at yesterday's NHL FaceOff festivities in Montreal.  Here is a photo of him signing the jersey of a lucky fan, published on NHL's official Instagram account:

(photo source:  Instagram / NHL)

Monday, 30 September 2013

Rest in peace, Denis Brodeur

Denis Brodeur, longtime official Montreal Canadiens photographer and father of legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur, passed away last week at age 82.  The elder Brodeur was also a goaltender, between the pipes when Team Canada won the bronze medal at the 1956 Olympic Games in Italy.  

Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette tweeted this wonderful Denis Brodeur photo of Guy with Brodeur's young son Martin, at the old Montreal Forum.

(photo source:  Twitter / @Dave_Stubbs)

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

A new -- and really neat -- Guy hockey card

(photo source:  eBay)

In terms of Carbonneau collecting, I've never been a big hockey card person, though I have quite a few of cards featuring Guy.  With the boom in cards featuring NHL alumni, every once in a while something comes along that really catches my eye.  Like this card, for example.  It's a limited issue of only 500 cards from the Elite Rookie Anthology series.  The photo is of Guy in the Heritage Classic MegaStars alumni game, which was played on November 22, 2003 in Edmonton.  It's quite a nice card and I may very well pick one up to add to my own collection.