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Where are they now? Joe Juneau


MONTREAL | May 8th, 2009
Where are they now? Joe Juneau
The Canadiens didn’t pile up 100 years of history without the blood, sweatand 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 scatteredall 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? Today’s guest: Joé Juneau.

Where do you live now?

I’ve been living in Kuujjuaq for the past two years.

What are you doing now?
I’m coordinator of a youth program that focuses on ice hockey. The program was put in place to help reduce the school dropout and crime rates in Nunavik.

How many times per year do you lace up the skates?
Never. I don’t really have the time and overall, I think my time as a player has passed.

Have you kept in touch with any former teammates?
Sort of. Sometimes, I’ll run into old teammates or opponents but I don’t usually have the time to keep in touch.  But, when I do see them, it’s always a good time.

When was the last time you were in Montreal to watch a game?
Some time last year.

Who is your favorite player on the current roster?
I don’t really have one.  I’m not as much of a hockey fan as I was when I was younger. I watch hockey a lot differently now, more with a coach’s eye. I’m more aware of the game as a whole. There’s no particular player that will wow me the way they did when I was a kid. I’m more about the overall game.

Of all you’ve collected and still have from your years with the Canadiens, what’s your favorite?
I retired after my third season with Montreal in 2004 and I still have my equipment from my last game. My last hockey stick, my gloves and skates are all hanging up in my basement. Those things are the most important to me. I also kept my jerseys, but those aren’t out on display.

Is there a game in particular from your career with the Canadiens that stands out the most?

I’ll always remember my last game. It was in Montreal, with very little time left in the game and I realized that once the buzzer went, that was it for me in the NHL. Those are really tough moments and I’ll remember it forever, even if they aren’t the happiest of memories.  On the more positive side, those playoff series against Boston are right at the top of my list, especially since Boston traded me early in my career.

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