Sunday, 3 December 2017

Guy's Reunion Night; and an amazing video hits YouTube

As part of the team's 25th anniversary celebrations, the Dallas Stars have been honoring alumni players before games.  Last night was Guy's turn to be honored and he took part in the ceremonial puck drop.  Here are a few photos:



(Image source:  Twitter/@lclsportsluvver)

You may also watch video of Guy dropping the puck here.

Edited to add 12/7/17:  Scott Burnside did a great Q&A with Carbo on DallasStars.com ahead of Guy being honored by the Stars.  You can read it here.

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It has also recently come to my attention that Episode 1, "Mere Players" of the Ken Dryden television series Home Game (which aired on CBC Television in 1990) has been posted to YouTube.  I have this show on VHS and it has some of the most amazing Carbo/Montreal Canadiens footage I've ever seen.  I'll just borrow what my friend Diane Lau said about this video years ago:  "This awesome video covers the pregame activities as well as a match between the Canadiens and the Oilers at the Forum in 1988. Carbonneau and his teammates prepare for battle, Ken analyzes the pregame Ritual, and there is a fantastic dissection of Guy scoring on Grant Fuhr. You will watch it over and over."

And here it is!





'Til next time!

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Carbo at Jere Lehtinen's jersey retirement

Dallas Stars great Jere Lehtinen had his #26 jersey retired by the team yesterday.  Guy was present at the ceremony, as were other former teammates.  Here are a few photos.



Signing autographs on the green carpet.  (Image source:  Twitter/jenn9772)


Guy and Bob Gainey brought out the Frank J. Selke Trophy (for top defensive forward) at the ceremony, of which Lehtinen is a three-time winner.  (Guy also won the trophy three times, and Gainey won the trophy four times.)

(Image source:  Twitter/jeffk_stars)

Enjoy!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

A work of art

If you've been following this blog for any amount of time, you will know that I have long bemoaned the fact that McFarlane Toys never chose Guy as the subject of one of their hockey figurines.  However, there are customizers out there who take existing figurines and make them into whatever players they choose.

Hockeycustoms is one such customizer.  I discovered on Twitter recently that they made a figurine of Carbo!  With permission, I'm featuring the figurine here.  As stated on the Facebook page, "For this custom of former Canadiens captain Guy Carbonneau I used a McFarlane series 4 [Brendan] Shanahan figure as the base and did a straight repaint, only adding a visor." 







(image source:  Facebook/Hockeycustoms, used with permission)

What I can't get over with this figure is the detail.  Even Guy's signature CCM Tacks skates are perfect, as is the Victoriaville stick that he used during this era.  

Do check this customizer out, their Facebook page features many other amazing figurines and they do awesome work!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

A gem for my collection

It's been a LONG time since I've posted anything collecting-related, but this warrants it.  I've more or less gotten to the point in Carbo collecting where there isn't much I haven't seen before, and all the stuff that's been coming up in sports memorabilia auctions of late has been too rich for my blood, alas.  Thus, it takes something really special to pique my interest.  

I have two of Guy's sticks from early in his career, during his time with the Canadiens, and I've always wanted a stick from later on in his career.  For some reason I was surfing eBay recently and I found a gem of a stick -- used in his second-to-last NHL game, which would have been Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals series against the New Jersey Devils on June 8, 2000.  The seller obtained the stick directly from Guy after the game in New Jersey.  After pondering it for a bit, I sent a "best offer" in to the seller, who accepted!

Here are some photos of my new acquisition:







(Source for images:  eBay/kruze69, used with permission)

Upon closer view of the stick in the photo of Guy, you can see that the very tip of the blade has a chip in the paint:




Overall, I am extremely happy!  I want to thank Jerry, the seller, for being so easy to work with.  The stick has a good home and I cherish it.

I hope all of you are having a fantastic summer!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

More of Guy's things hit the auction block: recap

First of all, I owe a HUGE apology to you, my readers.  This auction flew completely under my radar and I didn't know about it until bidding was closed.  Had I known about it, of course I would have posted about it here.  However, I would be remiss if I didn't make a post about it even if it is a recap.

Guy recently sold some memorabilia at gamewornauctions.net, the most notable item being his Dallas Stars 1999 Stanley Cup Finals jersey, the one worn in Buffalo when Dallas captured the Cup.  


(image source:  gamewornauctions.net)

Here are the Carbonneau items in the auction:









Congratulations to the winning bidders!  (I sure am jealous of whoever got those skates.)

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Guy tries his hand at reffing

Well, sort of.

To celebrate the new Canadiens season, Guy teamed up with legendary Habs organist Diane Bibeau and Toronto punk band F*cked Up for a music video for Red Bull Music Academy.  As a referee.  Go figure!  


Enjoy!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Rubbing elbows with world leaders

This week Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang for trade talks, which included a visit to the Bell Centre on Friday to check out Trudeau's favorite hockey team.

The two leaders met with Guy as well as fellow Habs alumni Yvan Cournoyer, Francis Bouillon, Mathieu Dandenault, Patrice Brisebois, and Gaston Gingras.  Also, they took a tour of the team's dressing room.  Following the tour, Trudeau and Li watched Montreal-area children of Chinese descent play a game on the Bell Centre ice.  (link)


(image source:  Twitter/CanadiensMTL)


(image source:  Twitter/JustinTrudeau)