Monday, 8 February 2016

A Facebook page for the blog

I decided to enter the 21st Century and create a Facebook page for the blog.  The purpose of this page is twofold; new posts to the blog will be linked there, and any other Carbo content that I find around Facebook will also be linked there as well.  Feel free to check it out and give us a like if you're so inclined.  You can find the page here!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Some Carbo news that I missed, and another new interview

Going way back to October!  Former Habs captain Guy passed the iconic torch to current captain Max Pacioretty during the Canadiens' home opener.

(image credit: PC)

Guy said of Pacioretty:  "I wanted him to make the most of the experience (as captain) and to have the chance I had to lift the Stanley Cup."  (link)

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From an older Montreal Gazette article about the suicide of former Canadiens tough guy Todd Ewen, Guy on fighting in the NHL:

“Guys like that, it’s not the first one,” former Canadiens captain and coach Guy Carbonneau said about Ewen, who was his teammate on Montreal’s 1993 Stanley Cup team. “Now, four or five … even more than that … so it’s starting to be a big problem. Hopefully we can keep looking into it — and I know some people are looking into it — but I think we need to really look deeper and if those people don’t want to come out, we have to go and find them.”
Carbonneau said that fighting is already “weeding itself out” of the NHL and thinks it’s time to put in rules similar to in European hockey, where a player who gets in a fight is automatically thrown out of the game. A suspension would come after a certain numbers of fights — say five or 10.
“I think you’ll see less and less fighting in the NHL (in the future),” Carbonneau said. “I don’t think we’ll see the kind of athletes who were just sitting on the bench and were just there to fight. We don’t see that anymore. The game is too fast, teams can’t afford to have a guy like that on the bench, playing only two or three minutes of hockey.
“In 10 years, we’ll probably talk about: ‘It’s funny, I haven’t seen a fight in a year or two years.'” Carbonneau added. “I think it’s just going to go away by itself. But it’s always been a tough decision because the feelings are mixed among the organazizations (sic) and the people that make those decisions. So we just have to give it time a little bit.”
Carbonneau — like just about every hockey player — has great respect for the guys like Ewen, who stood up for their teammates.
“Guys like him, Chris Nilan and John Kordic, I think they understood the role they had and they knew it was a tough job, but they never backed down and they always had our back,” Carbonneau said. “They were well respected around the room, that’s for sure.”  (link)
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On December 31, Guy played as part of the Canadiens alumni roster at the 2016 Winter Classic Alumni Game in Foxboro, MA.  The Bruins alumni took the game 5-4 in a shootout (and it must have been something for the retired players to play in the relatively new shootout!), but Guy led his team onto the ice in his classic captain's sweater.

(image credit:  The Boston Globe)

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Back in October, Rogers Hometown Hockey brought their show to Gatineau, QC and Guy was part of the festivities, chatting with fans and signing autographs.  Here he is being interviewed by Ron MacLean.

(image credit:  Twitter/hometownhockey_)

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Switching back to current news, Guy has given an interview to the Montreal Gazette about the Canadiens' current slump.  Excerpted from the French, Guy says that he expected a slowdown in the absence of Carey Price, but never to this point, and that he has never witnessed such a collapse.  He believes that it will be very difficult for the Habs to clinch a playoff spot, and by the time the injured Carey Price returns to the roster, it will be too late.  The full article is here.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Carbo on the Habs' recent woes; and his Stanley Cup skates hit the auction block

The wheels have fallen off the Montreal Canadiens' season, and Guy has some things to say about it, having been fired in 2009 when the Habs' fortunes went downward.  From the Montreal Gazette, when asked if he has any advice for head coach Michel Therrien:

“It doesn’t matter what kind of advice somebody would give him. You’re in this by yourself. You’re surrounded by people that you trust. His assistant coaches and his GM and the owners, the players — and that’s pretty much the bubble that he lives in right now. He’s got people around him, a girlfriend and the kids that love him and always support him.”

And Guy's thoughts on coaching:

“It’s like raising a family,” Carbonneau said. “Before, coaches were paid to coach. Now, they’re paid to babysit, to be a father, a mother, a coach, a psychiatrist, a psychologist. They have to deal with the media, they have to deal with the fans … it’s not an easy thing.”
The full interview can be read here.

Finally, switching gears:  Classic Auctions' Winter 2016 auction is now online, with a fantastic pair of Guy's skates -- the ones he wore when he hoisted the Stanley Cup with Montreal on June 9, 1993.  These skates have tons of wear and have been photomatched.  The current bid is $220, and you can view them (and bid) here.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Carbonneau song returns to YouTube

Hi there, all!  Apologies for my extended absence from the blog (that thing called Real Life has been kicking me in the butt, but I have a post coming up soon with all the latest Carbo news).  I wanted to post about a gem of a song on YouTube.  It is by Kristopher Newby, and is an excellent tribute to Guy and all his accomplishments.  It was on YouTube years ago, disappeared, and has now returned with a backing track (which sounds great) and photos.

Here it is!  Enjoy!  You can also download the song here.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Guy on Montreal's playoff chances

The Montreal Canadiens are currently in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against Tampa Bay.  Guy was asked by Sportsnet about his former team's chances, and here's what he had to say:

I always say in the playoffs it’s goaltending and defence that wins. There’s nobody left in the playoffs as good as Carey [Price], but you never know. Every time you win a series, it just gets harder. I expect this to be a really good series. Tampa is a team that can score a lot of goals. Not as good defensively as the Canadiens, though. [Ben] Bishop just won his first series in the NHL on Wednesday.
It’s hard to say who Carey reminds me of. Every goalie has their own little things. Patrick [Roy] came in not as well announced as Carey. There was no question Carey was going to be a star, and he proved at the Olympics he was part of the elite. Now he’s just carried that on to this season. From Day 1, you saw he had something.
Montreal is not a team that scores a lot of goals—they’ve been that way all year. They rely on defence and goaltending, and that’s not going to change. No one guy is going to score eight or nine in a series. Especially against a quick team like Tampa with so many skilled players who like to carry the puck and make plays, they’ll have to rely on defence. Their concentration will have to be strong, and Carey will have to be really good.
I’m kinda torn. I want the Canadiens to win but my son-in-law, Brenden Morrow, plays for Tampa. I’m going to Montreal. The only game I’ll miss live is [Game 1]. I’ll be here in Toronto, but after that I’ll be watching live. Tampa has done well against the Canadiens all year, so they’re definitely approaching this series with a lot of confidence, but playoffs is a whole different season.


Hope all of you are enjoying the playoffs!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Belated roundup

Guy was present at the Hockey Day in Canada celebrations last week in Halifax.  Here are a few photos.

Hugging ecstatic fan Kim Richard of Dartmouth.  (source)

Signing a fan's jersey.  (source:  Twitter/VulgarViking)

At the Q&A for Hockey Day in Canada, Carbo also revealed that his first words learned in English, as a Nova Scotia Voyageur newly arrived in Halifax, were "I'll have what he's having."  Clearly a man with his priorities in order!

Here is an audio interview Guy did a few weeks ago with a radio station in Kingston, Ontario, prior to his appearance at Kingston's FebFest.  Additionally, here is Guy speaking with Sportsnet about the Montreal Canadiens' current fortunes.


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Memorabilia from Guy's own collection hits the auction block

The online auction house Classic Auctions is currently holding its Winter 2015 auction, and some of Guy's things are up for bids.  Some amazing stuff here.  I've linked the auctions below.

Additionally, a game-issued jersey with game-used stick are up for bids.  Bidding closes on February 24 at 10:00 PM EST.  

To end this post, here is a recent photo of Guy high-fiveing a children's choir from the recent "Habs vs. Hab-Nots" game in Owen Sound, Ontario.