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Where are they now? Donald Audette
MONTREAL | June 11th, 2012
Where are they now? Donald Audette
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: Donald Audette.

Where are you living these days?
I live in Blainville. I’m originally from the north shore and since I first got traded to Montreal, I’ve continued to live in the area.

What are you up to these days?
For the last two years, I’ve been the general manager of the Esther-Blondin College Phénix, in the Migdet AAA Hockey League. I’ve also gotten a few offers to become a head coach, but I’m still waiting to decide what I want to do in the future.

How many times per year do you still lace up the skates?
I play hockey at least once a week in a beer league and I also play a handful of games every year with the Canadiens alumni. I usually get in about 15 games a year with those guys.

Do you still stay in touch with any of your former teammates?
I actually end up seeing a lot of them when I’m playing in those alumni games! But I’ve stayed in contact with Gino Odjick over the years and I still speak with Patrice Brisebois from time to time.

Around how many Canadiens games do you end up watching each season?
I try to watch as many games as possible. This season I think I caught about 40.
When was the last time you made it out to the Bell Centre for a game?
I make sure to go at least once a year. My job right now doesn’t leave me too much time to go to the Bell Centre. On top of it, my son plays for the Phénix, so that keeps me doubly occupied!

Who is your favorite player on the Canadiens’ current roster?
As a Quebecer, it’s refreshing to see David Desharnais earning his place in the lineup. I’m really happy for the success he’s enjoyed.

Is there a game that you played in during your time with the Canadiens that sticks out in your mind?
My first game with the Canadiens at the Molson Centre. I think I probably played one of the best games of my life that night. I scored the game-winning goal in a 5-2 victory over Washington. On top of that, Mr. (Pierre) Boivin flew in my whole family from Dallas to watch my first game in Montreal without me even knowing.

What’s your favorite piece of Canadiens memorabilia that you currently own?
I’m not really a huge collector, but the plaque and the puck from my first goal with the Canadiens is pretty special.