Winnipeg - October 14, 2013
You would think that on a nine-day, four-game road trip, we would have had our fill of hockey by now. You would be wrong. Arriving in Winnipeg on Thanksgiving Sunday, the canadiens.com team decided to forego finding a turkey dinner and instead went to the best place to really feel at home on the road: an NHL rink. We headed to a jam-packed MTS Centre immediately after arriving in the city to watch the Jets shutout the visiting Devils 3-0. A little advance scouting of the team’s next opponent, some popcorn and pretzels and a night off to enjoy the game when you don’t care who wins and don’t need to leave early to beat the traffic…that’s definitely something to be thankful for!
Helping the Habs capture the team’s 24th Stanley Cup in 1993, we’ll always have a soft spot for former Canadiens captain, Mike Keane. Popular with each of the six teams he played for during his 16-year NHL career (winning Cups with three of those teams along the way), Keaner really feels the love back home in Winnipeg. After a six-year stint with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose to close out his playing career – spending the final five years of his tenure as captain – Keane’s jersey was retired on Feb. 12, 2011, becoming the first and only player to see his number sent to the rafters in Moose history. Now that he’s a member of his hometown Jets’ front office in his role as assistant of player development, we’ll unfortunately have to take a night off rooting for the longtime Hab on Tuesday, but we’re still happy to see Mike getting his due!