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: Bill Lindsay.
Where do you live now?
I’ve been living in Fort Lauderdale for a couple of years now. I retired in 2007 after playing in Germany and I kept my house in Florida since I knew I’d be going back there when my playing career ended.
What are you doing these days?
I’m completing my third year as the Panthers TV analyst for Fox Sports. Before that, I was the radio analyst for the team for two years. When I retired, I went to broadcasting school through the NHLPA program Life After Hockey over the course of a couple summers. But if you would’ve told me that I’d be part of the media one day back then, I probably wouldn’t have believed you!
How many times per year do you lace up the skates?
Maybe once a year for an alumni game. I use my golf clubs way more often since I’m living in Florida!
Are you still in touch with any former teammates from your Montreal days?
I talk to Theo Craig Rivet occasionally. But I only played in Montreal for a short period of time, I do still see some of my former teammates from time to time, though.
How many Canadiens games do you watch per year?
With my job, it’s mostly when the Panthers play the Habs, so I’d say about four times a year.
When was the last time you were in Montreal to watch a game?
It was in March when we were in town with the team. But Montreal was one of my favorite stops. My wife really loved it here. We try to come back here at least once a year during the summer. Even when I’m here broadcasting, she tries to come at the same time and make a trip out of it.
Who is your favorite player on the current roster?
I’ve always liked Erik Cole. We got to see him a lot when he was with Carolina though the years, but I enjoy the way that he plays the game. He goes to the net as hard as anyone. And P.K. Subban, everything he does, for good or bad, it’s always interesting! His charisma reminds me a little bit of Tim Tebow; people want to talk about him all the time and he’s entertaining.
What is your favorite piece of Canadiens memorabilia that you own?
I kept all of my Habs jerseys, sticks and the team pictures, but Montreal was the one stop where I can say I played in the Mecca. To say that I played for one of the most storied franchise in sports in pretty special.
Is there a game in particular from your career with the Canadiens that stands out the most?
I’ll always remember that first round series against Boston in 2002 when we were the eighth seed, especially Game 5. We were outshot 44-13 but we still won the game 2-1. I scored the first goal in that game and Theo was unbelievable. That whole first round against the Bruins is something that really sticks out to me.
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