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Where are they now? Russ Courtnall
MONTREAL | July 24th, 2012
Where are they now? Russ Courtnall
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: Russ Courtnall.

Where do you live now?
I live in Westlake Village, CA. I’ve been living in California with my wife and three kids since I retired in 1999.

What are you doing now?
Mainly what I’ve been doing is helping my wife raise our kids. I also coach my son’s minor hockey team.

How many times per year do you lace up the skates?
Other than my coaching duties, I play a dozen charity games per year. For the past nine years I’ve been taking part in Wayne Gretzky’s Fantasy Camp. I also occasionally take part in some alumni games with Montreal or Toronto.

Are you still in touch with any former teammates?
Guy Carbonneau and I own a piece of property at the same lake club and golf club in Idaho. I’ve also stayed in touch with Mike McPhee, Brian Skrudland, Brent Gilchrist, and Craig Ludwig.

How many Canadiens games do you watch per year?
I couldn’t give you an exact number, but I try to follow as many Montreal and Toronto games as possible.

When was the last time you were in Montreal to watch a game?
I haven’t been back in Montreal to watch a game since I retired. That’s something I would like to rectify in the near future!

What is your favorite piece of Canadiens memorabilia that you own?
I kept so many jerseys and pucks from my Montreal days; it’s tough to single out only one. The Molson Cup Player of the Year award that I won in 1991 is pretty nice though.

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

The game in the 1992 Playoffs where I scored the overtime-winner against Hartford was pretty special. The thing about that goal is I could barely skate because they froze my hip before the game so I could play. For whatever reason I got a big surge of energy in overtime and Guy (Carbonneau) hit me with a perfect pass and I went in and scored.

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