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Where are they now? Eric Desjardins


MONTREAL | September 30th, 2014
Where are they now? Eric Desjardins
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: Eric Desjardins

Where do you live now?
I’m actually living in Blainville now.

What are you up to these days?
I don’t have what you would consider a fill time job, but I’m pretty busy. I keep up with what’s happening in real estate and the restaurant industries. I’m also a shareholder of Scandinave Spa which is doing really well. I’m very involved in minor hockey in Blainville, too, organizing clinics and training camps for the players here.

How often do you lace up the skates per year?
In addition to being on the ice with minor hockey players, I play two or three times a week in a garage league. Our games are in the morning so it lets me do my thing during the day and then spend time with my family at night.

Are you still in touch with your former teammates?
Not really, no. I’ve been able to see Patrice Brisebois and Vincent Damphousse a few times recently. I played in a couple of alumni games last year and I got to see a lot of familiar faces during the team’s Centennial celebrations.

How many Canadiens games do you watch each season?
I probably watch about 40 games a year. Last year, I had a half-season pass so I went to 10 games at the Bell Centre, too.

What was the last game you watched at the Bell Centre?
I remember the last game I saw really well. It was during the playoffs, Game 6 against the Washington Capitals. Jaroslav Halak was spectacular and I was sitting right behind the Habs’ net for two periods.

Who is your favorite player on the current roster?
It’s tough to pick just one. I like Brian Gionta, Michael Cammalleri, Josh Gorges and Andrei Markov. They are amazing players who play with intensity and determination game in and game out. They play hockey the way it’s supposed to be played.

What’s your most valued souvenir or piece of memorabilia that you’ve held on to since your playing days?
The mini Stanley Cup replica we got for the 1993 win. It’s in my office at home and every time I look at it, those great memories come flooding back.

Where do you keep your Stanley Cup ring?
I can’t tell you that – it might get stolen! (laughs)  

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