Ready for an historic season.
This weekend, the Montreal Canadiens will begin the 100th season of their rich history. A hundred years that will be celebrated all year long. The club has prepared a couple of celebrations and fans will have the chance to join in all year long.
The club is without any contest NHL's most recognized hockey club on the planet. The 24 Stanley Cups won in it's history and the many legendary players that worn the uniform will be celebrated in this 100th season.
A first occasion to remember the glorious past of the organization will take place on November 22nd when the Canadiens will retire Patrick Roy's number 33. The legendary goaltender will see his number retired and raised to the roof of the Bell centre before a match with the Boston Bruins.
Montreal will also host the All-Star game and the 2009 NHL entry draft. All the focus will be on the city of Montreal during this 2008-2009 season. There is also another event brewing up as the club is trying to organize a special game that could be played at the Olympic Stadium.
As for the club itself, the Canadiens did a good job this summer to improove their lineup. First, the Canadiens did not renew Michael Ryder's contract. The right-handed winger was not in the team's plans anymore. Ryder signed a contract a few weeks later with the Boston Bruins.
The Canadiens signed Alex Tanguay and Robert Lang during the off-season to add a little more punch to their already explosive attack. The Canadiens will have three very good offensive lines this season and they are already considered by many experts among the serious contenders in this 2008-2009 season.
Will the Canadiens grasp a 25th championship in history during their centennial? Stay tuned all season long to find out.