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Where are they now? Shayne Corson
MONTREAL | July 16th, 2012
Where are they now? Shayne Corson
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: Shayne Corson.

Where do you live now?
I live in Toronto now. I’ve been living here since I retired in 2004.

What are you doing now?
I’ve opened a restaurant with my best friend, who’s from Montreal, in the Distillery District in Toronto called Tappo. My family has been in the restaurant business for many years but it’s something I never thought I’d be doing. I also like to dabble in the real estate business. I bought a piece of land in Barrie and we have a project going on there.

How many times per year do you lace up the skates?
I go on the ice once in a while. We have a charity event that we organize every August to raise money for a hospital in Barrie. And next year I should start playing more often with the Habs alumni. It should be really fun.

Are you still in touch with any former teammates?
Yeah, I still talk to Chris Chelios once in a while. I’ve talked to Mike Keane a couple of times and I’ve also ran into Claude Lemieux since he’s here in Toronto too.

How many Canadiens games do you watch per year?
A lot. I still watch the Habs even tough I live in Maple Leafs territory. The Habs will always be my favorite team; they’re the one who gave me the chance to start my career in the NHL. I still bleed red, white, and blue.

When was the last time you were in Montreal to watch a game?
I haven’t been to a game in Montreal in a couple years. Same goes with Toronto and I live there! But for sure I’d like to come more often to the Bell Centre and see all the guys again.

Who is your favorite player on the current roster?
I don’t have a favorite player; I’d just like to see them get better and winning championships again. That’s the most important thing. But with Carey Price in nets, that’s a good start in nets.

What is your favorite piece of Canadiens memorabilia that you own?
I’m not the type of guy to keep a lot of things; but the one thing I cherish is a picture of me, Chris Chelios, Stephane Richer, Patrick Roy and Pat Burns at the 1990 NHL All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. Those guys were a big part of my career. I have it up at my restaurant and I also have another one at my house. But you know what; I’d say the best ones are the many good memories of my time in Montreal. From playing in the Forum which I think was the greatest place to play in the sports world.

Is there a game in particular from your career with the Canadiens that stands out the most?
Unfortunately yes, it was when we lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Flames at the Forum in 1989. Watching the Calgary players with the Cup was really hard. Even though I want to forget I can’t since they keep showing the footage of it in many TV commercials!