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Where are they now? Brian Bellows
MONTREAL | January 19th, 2012
Where are they now? Brian Bellows
The Canadiens didn’t pile up 100 years of history without the blood, sweat and tears of the over 750 players to have ever worn the uniform. From the likes of Donald Audette to Zarley Zalapski, there are former Habs scattered all over the world. Although many hardcore Canadiens fans can rattle off the career accomplishments of hundreds of their old heroes, the question remains: what are these guys up to today? On the hot seat today: Brian Bellows

Where do you live now?

I currently live in Edina, Minnesota. It’s where I started my NHL career and we kept the house when I was traded to Montreal. We used to come back here during the summer break.

What are you doing now?

I’m a broker at Piper Jaffray – an investment bank in Minneapolis. I took summer classes when I was a player to get my diploma in finance.

How many times per year do you lace up the skates?

Occasionally. I head a Bantam team in my city and it keeps me pretty busy. I also play a dozen games a year with the North Stars alumni.

Are you still in touch with any former teammates?

I keep in pretty close touch with Kirk Muller and Mike Keane.

How many Canadiens games do you watch per year?

Between my hockey team and working at the bank I’m pretty busy, but I try and catch as many NHL games as possible.

When was the last time you were in Montreal to watch a game?

I come by the Bell Centre at least once a year. I usually rent a suite and invite a couple of clients to a game.

Is there a game in particular from your career with the Canadiens that stands out the most?

Probably my first two pre-season games with the Habs when we played the Blackhawks in London, back in September 1992. I had just joined the organization and what stood out the most for me was how disciplined the team was. I really liked that style of play and the fact that we were in the UK just made it all the better.

What is your favorite piece of Canadiens memorabilia that you own?

I’ve kept a few items, but what I cherish the most from my time in Montreal is a picture that I have in my office. I had just gotten married and my teammates had given us money to buy a gift. We were walking around the Old Port in Montreal and we had an artist paint us a picture of all our favorite moments in Quebec. Every time I look at it I get flooded by memories.

Where do you keep your Stanley Cup ring?

I still have my ring but I don’t wear it often. I’ll wear it when I catch a game at the Bell Centre or when I need to attend a special event.