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Where are they now? Stephane Richer
MONTREAL | June 4th, 2012
Where are they now? Stephane Richer
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: Stéphane Richer.

Where do you live now?
I live in Blainville now.

What are you doing now?
I’ve owned the Club de golf Montpellier in Outaouais for over 18 years.

How many times per year do you lace up the skates?
Quite a few actually. I take part in a couple of alumni games, and we’ve got about 60 next winter! I also go and visit hockey schools and minor teams.

Are you still in touch with any former teammates?
I see Sergio Momesso often and I still talk with Guy Carbonneau and Gaston Gingras from time to time. I also see a lot of guys from my day when we play alumni games.

How many Canadiens games do you watch per year?
I watch a few, but not only Habs game. I love to keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the NHL.

When was the last time you were in Montreal to watch a game?
I go to the Bell Centre pretty often during the season. The last time I was there was during the last playoffs.

Who is your favorite player on the current roster?
I know Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez well as I played with both of them when they started out in New Jersey. I love them both. They’re two really good guys who work hard every night.

You’ve played for a few NHL teams – how is the Montreal Canadiens alumni organization different from the others?
It’s really different in Montreal because of lot of the past players still live close to the city. It’s special here because of the rich history that backs the team. We’re treated like kings here, and it’s an honor to meet some of the great legends in the alumni lounge.

Where do you keep your Stanley Cup rings?
(Laughs) That’s a secret. I like bringing them along with me when I get to meet kids. They’re always impressed.