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At the beginning of the season, the team’s frustration over missing the playoffs the [...]More
Traded to Phoenix by Montreal with Murray Baron for Dave Manson, March 18, 1997.More
On November 29, 1924, the Canadiens hosted The Toronto St. Pats in their first game at the [...]More
The last captain to be handed the torch when the Forum closed its doors, Pierre Turgeon [...]More
Not even the smallest detail is neglected for the on-ice celebration. Before the puck drops, the club even plays a video of the great Roger Doucet singing the national anthems as an homage to the ghosts of the past.
Just as they had done in their first game in the iconic arena 72 years earlier, the Habs emerge victorious, sending their visitors packing with a 4-1 drubbing in front of the home crowd.
Andrei Kovalenko has the honor of scoring the last goal on Forum ice, beating Dallas goalie Andy Moog at 13:56 in the second period. Team captain, Pierre Turgeon, also picks up a goal and an assist on the night.
The game is followed by a moving ceremony that welcomes back all of the team’s legends to give the building a proper farewell. In a symbolic moment, each former captain passes the torch along to the next in line; from Emile Bouchard to Maurice Richard, to Jean Beliveau all the way to Bob Gainey, Guy Carbonneau and finally Turgeon. The emotional fans reserve their loudest cheers for Maurice Richard, giving the “Rocket” a resounding ovation that lasts almost 10 minutes.
With the Forum as their home address, the Canadiens would record over 1,500 wins, score over 10,000 goals and hoist the Stanley Cup 22 times.