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: Rick Green.
Where are you currently living?
I’m still living in Montreal. When I came back to be an assistant coach with the Canadiens in 2000, I got to the point where my family was happy in the city and we decided it was good for everyone to settle here.
What are you up to these days?
I’ve been busy with a lot of things nowadays. I’m acting as a contractor for a home renovation business the majority of the time. It’s something I’ve always liked and enjoyed. I also spend time helping the coaching staff with the Concordia Stingers hockey team. I was spending more time with them a couple of years ago, but as my kids got older and they both were playing hockey, I couldn’t give up being around for their games. I’ve also started helping out the coaching staff with the Sainte-Anne College hockey team where my son play. But I still enjoy going to Concordia and being around the university campus.
How many times per year do you still lace up the skates?
I hooked up with an Old timers league in the area. We play quite a few games. I used to spend a lot of time commuting between Nuns Island and the West Island for work. But now that we’re settled in the West Island, I’ll have a little bit more time to go back on the ice for fun.
Do you still stay in touch with any of your former teammates?
I still talk to Larry Robinson occasionally. He’s probably the only one I really do keep in contact with.
Do you still follow the Canadiens?
I do, but to tell you the truth, I very seldom make it to the Bell Centre to watch games. I’ll usually watch them on TV when they’re playing.
When was the last time you were at the Bell Centre to watch a game?
That’s a good question. I think it must’ve been in the fall of last year.
What’s your favourite piece of Canadiens memorabilia that you own?
I remember couple years ago attending a special event in honor of Jean Beliveau. I received a signed jersey from him that I still have today.
Where do you keep your Stanley Cup ring?
I still have it but I don’t really wear it. I’m not one to flaunt – not that it’s flaunting because I’m so proud of what we did. I just don’t like drawing too much attention with it.
Is there a particular game from your career with the Canadiens that stands out the most?
Anybody who’s won the Stanley Cup has to look at the deciding game. I’ll always remember the night when we won it in 1986. I remember scoring my only goal of our playoff run that game: it was a risky move at the blue line that could’ve changed the momentum. I remember closing my eyes just before shooting the puck!
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