Friday, 13 April 2018

Carbo's stick out for Humboldt

If you've been following the news in the hockey world over the last week, no doubt you've heard about the tragic bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos, a Saskatchewan junior hockey team.  The crash claimed the lives of 16 people, many of them teenage hockey players.  The response from people all over the world to this tragedy has been massive.  One of the tributes that has gone viral is #PutYourStickOut, in which folks have put hockey sticks outside their doors for the team.

I thought I'd pay tribute in my own way, so here is Guy's Artis outside my door.

In memory of those who were lost, and in support of those left behind.  I'll also link to the Broncos' GoFundMe page, which you can find here.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

On signatures

You can't tell me that Guy doesn't have one of the most beautiful signatures in hockey.  I have many pieces of autographed Carbo memorabilia and I have long joked that if the Pawn Stars ever needed an expert to authenticate a Carbonneau signature, I'm their girl.  I can tell a real one from a fake a mile away.  Guy has signed his name thousands of times over the course of his career and it's interesting to see how his autograph has evolved over the years, so I thought I'd write a post on this interesting subject.  

From my collection, this is a photo of a very young Guy with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs (AHL), Montreal's farm team which Guy played for from 1980-82.  At this time Guy was still signing his full name but you can see the pattern of his signature starting to develop.  The exaggerated "C" in Carbonneau for example.  There is no "21" next to his name like you will see in later signatures, but this is to be expected as Guy wore the number 10 with Nova Scotia.

(photo source:  eBay)

These autographs were signed in 1984 and 1985 respectively.  Guy still signs with his first initial but here are the beginnings of what I think is the most unique part of his autograph:  the "CH" formed in the center, for Montreal Canadiens.  Even after being traded, Guy included this as part of his signature and continues to sign like this to this day, and I think it shows his pride at being a member of such a storied franchise.

And Guy's signature at current.  I used this particular example as the template for my tattoo:

There you have it!  And for what it's worth, if I had the chance to ask Guy any question I wanted I'd ask him what the strangest/most bizarre thing is that he's ever been asked to sign.  

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Guy visits his former bench boss

Something that grabbed my attention while perusing Twitter recently:  over the holidays, Guy visited  his former coach Jacques Demers in the hospital.

(Image source:  Le Journal de Montreal)

Demers, who suffered a stroke in April 2016, is paralyzed on the right side of his body and can only manage to speak a few words.  He is currently in a rehabilitation facility offering long-term care.  He was delighted by Guy's visit, especially when Guy told him that there will be a meeting of the members of the 1993 Stanley Cup team this coming April to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cup win.

(excerpted from the French article here.)    

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 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)


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!