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Where are they now? Gilbert Dionne
MONTREAL | April 23rd, 2012
Where are they now? Gilbert Dionne
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: Gilbert Dionne.

Where do you live now?
For the past seven years I’ve been living in Tavistock, Ontario. I wanted to settle down close to my wife’s family.     

What are you doing now?
I work in the agriculture field at Parrish and Heimbecker. I oversee the trades between Quebec and Ontario producers. I didn’t know much about the industry, but the opportunity came up and I decided to take the challenge.

How many times per year do you lace up the skates?
A lot! Over the years, I would take part in a dozen of alumni games annually. This year I’ll try and participate even more because I love touring the province with them. I’ll try the best I can to do so because I’m not getting any younger and it’s getting more and more demanding physically! (laughs)

Are you still in touch with any former teammates?
I get along with guys like Patrice Brisebois, Karl Dykhuis, Stéphane Richer, Vincent Damphousse and Claude Lemieux. We talk more often during winter when we’re looking to get some players over to play in Ontario.

How many Canadiens games do you watch per year?
It’s hard for me to catch Canadiens games on television as I live in Ontario, but I can follow them when they play against the Maple Leafs. I do watch a few NHL games at home with friends.

When was the last time you were in Montreal to watch a game?
I was last year during the playoffs. I do have season tickets so I’ll come and watch a few games in Montreal. I give out the rest of my tickets to organizations so people who couldn’t normally go to the Bell Centre have a chance to do so.

Who is your favorite player on the current roster?

I like the group of veterans on the team, but P.K. Subban and Carey Price have become indispensable players that give the team a chance to win every night. I identify with P.K. the most because, as it was the case with me when I started in the NHL, he’s known ups and downs but he always comes back on top.

What is your favorite piece of Canadiens memorabilia that you own?
I’ve kept sticks and jerseys, but the one that stands out the most is my Stanley cup ring. I’m not the type to keep it locked away somewhere. I’m very proud to show it off to the fans I meet at softball games or golf tournaments.