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Where are they now? Jean-Guy Talbot
MONTREAL | July 11th, 2012
Where are they now? Jean-Guy Talbot
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: Jean-Guy Talbot.

Where are you living these days?
I’m living in the Trois-Rivières area. I bought my first house here in 1956, back when I was starting out with the Canadiens. My wife and I were living in the United States for a while, but we moved back to Quebec several years ago.

Do you still stay in touch with any of your former teammates?
Absolutely! We’re all pretty much like brothers after having spent that much time together. I still speak with Dollard St-Laurent from time to time. I also keep in contact with Phil Goyette, Henri Richard and Jean Beliveau, who are all very close friends of mine.

Around how many Canadiens games do you end up watching each season?
I usually go to the Bell Centre about 10 times over the course of a season, and I catch a few games on TV as well.

When was the last time you made it out to the Bell Centre for a game?
Last year, just before the holidays. Living in Trois-Rivières, I’m not that far from Montreal, but we usually go to the United States for a couple of months each winter, so we try our best to make it work.

Who is your favorite player on the Canadiens’ current roster?
Having been a defenseman, I watch P.K. Subban a little bit closer than the others. The line of Erik Cole, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty also really impressed me.

What’s your favorite piece of Canadiens memorabilia that you currently own?
In 2007, the NHL gave everyone who won the five consecutive Stanley Cups at the end of the 1950s a small replica of the Cup. On each one of them, they engraved our name and the seasons that we won.

Is there a game that you played in during your time with the Canadiens that sticks out in your mind?
I was never a very offensively-minded defenseman, but I’ll always remember a game against the Blackhawks where I scored two goals on Glenn Hall. It was the only time in my career that I managed to do that. The funniest part was a few years later, when we became teammates in Saint-Louis, he refused to admit it had happened!

Where do you keep your Stanley Cup rings?
I kept one for myself, but I gave all the others to my kids. I think they appreciate them a lot more than I do!