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Where are they now? Steve Shutt
MONTREAL | October 11th, 2012
Where are they now? Steve Shutt
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: Steve Shutt.

Where are you currently living?
For the past six years I’ve been living in Mobile, Alabama.

What are you up to these days?
I’ve been working for CIMCO Refrigeration for 16 years. We do all the installation and refrigeration of hockey rinks. We worked on 16 of the last 18 NHL buildings, including the Bell Centre and the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. We also took care of the systems at the venues for every Olympic event in Vancouver. I was looking for a different challenge after being assistant coach in Montreal in the 90s. It was an interesting opportunity for me because it let me still be involved with hockey but in a totally different capacity.

How many times per year do you still lace up the skates?
I still take part in a couple of alumni games every year. I just came back from an old-timers’ challenge in St. Petersburg and Moscow. I’ll also be in Montreal later this year to play a game with the Canadiens alumnus.

Do you still stay in touch with any of your former teammates?
Over the course of the year I usually see a lot of them. I see Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Rick Green, Yvon Lambert and Rejean Houle a lot. I see most of the guys at least once a year, at different events.

Do you still follow the Canadiens?
I do. I have the NHL package at home and I watch every game.

Who’s your favorite player on the current roster?
They have a team that wants to go out there and work hard every night. There’s not too many times where they’re not in the game. They might not win them all but they’re in it, and that’s a good sign. Carey Price, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban are the start of a great nucleus. Everybody talks about Subban’s his cockiness, but you know what, if you want to be a winner in Montreal, you’d better have a little bit of cockiness to you.

When was the last time you were in Montreal to watch a game?
I think it was two years ago for the Centennial game. Being there was really special.

What’s your favorite piece of Canadiens memorabilia that you currently own?
Memories! I’ve always said that my best memories from playing with the Montreal Canadiens are thanks to the players that I played with. We literally were a team. Everybody had their roles, but nobody was more important than anybody else.

Where do you keep your Stanley Cup ring?
I kept all my rings and all the Stanley Cup replicas. They’re all in my vault right now.

Is there a particular game from your career with the Canadiens that stands out the most?
Obviously there are a lot of them. The New Year’s Eve game against the Red Army in 1975 was special as well as the Game 7 against the Bruins with the infamous too-many men-call.