It was all quiet around the Habs and people were looking for things to talk about. When out of the blue, Geoff Molson, Owner, President and CEO of Groupe CH, announced through a news release, the appointment of Chantal Machabée as Vice President, Communications of the Montreal Canadiens.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Chantal to our organization,” said Molson. “She has unparalleled experience in the world of sports media in Quebec. Her thoroughness and determination have made her a standout in the field of sports journalism, and her vast knowledge of the media sector will be an asset in meeting the challenges of this strategic position. Maintaining good communication with our fans and members of the media is of paramount importance to us, and Chantal’s appointment will certainly contribute to this.”
For the past 32 years, Machabée has been working for le Réseau des Sports (RDS) where she has built a reputation of integrity and quality journalism. For those reasons, she was often hand-picked for exclusive interviews, the most recent being the one of Jonathan Drouin when he told his story of mental illness.
As soon as the news came out, the Twittersphere blew up with messages of congratulations towards the well respected journalist newly promoted as VP of the Montreal Canadiens. The outpour from fans and other members of the media was overwhelming, but none stood out more than the tweet of her predescessor, Paul Wilson, who took the time to pass his best wishes.
“Good success to Chantal Machabée in your new functions”, wrote Wilson. “You will be up to the challenges, no doubt about it! I’m very happy for you! Go Habs Go!”
Machabée is a true pioneer as in 1989, she became the first woman to anchor a daily sports newscast in Quebec when she hosted the inaugural episode of Sports 30 on RDS.
“Watching Guy Lafleur play inspired me to become a sports journalist. His talent and charisma fostered my immense passion for hockey. I had the privilege of spending more than 38 years in the business, including more than 32 years at RDS, and I am extremely grateful for the experience. A new chapter is beginning for me, and it is with great enthusiasm that I accept this new challenge. Thank you to France Margaret Bélanger and Geoff Molson for their confidence. Thank you for welcoming me into the Montreal Canadiens family,” said Chantal.