Bettman’s Bizarre Bounces

By JD Lagrange – In the heart of hockey mania, where maple syrup flowed like water, the Montreal Canadiens are facing a peculiar challenge. The Canadiens, with their rich history and passionate fanbase, find themselves navigating the ups and downs of the NHL, all while dealing with the enigma that is Gary Bettman, the Commissioner who seemed to favour American-based teams.

It all started in 1993 when the Canadiens, with their iconic red jerseys and the scent of poutine in the air, were gearing up for a crucial game against arch rivals, the Boston Bruins. The stakes were high, and the Habs were ready to make their mark on the ice. However, rumours circulated that newly appointed Commissioner Bettman had a soft spot for American teams, and the Habs weren’t exactly his favourites.

During games, the referees calls and video reviews seemed to all be going against the Canadiens and every time a Montreal player tried to score, the puck seemed to take an inexplicable detour away from the net. The Canadiens’ shots are mysteriously redirected, as if guided by an invisible hand with a preference for the opposing team. For about 30 years now, the Montreal players scratch their heads, and the fans present at the Bell Centre are puzzled.

In a recent post-game press conference, the coach of the Canadiens, Martin St-Louis, was asked about the unusual occurrences on the ice. With a twinkle in his eye, Coach St-Louis exclaimed, “Well, it seems like the puck had its own GPS tonight, and it was programmed to avoid the net. Maybe it’s trying to sightsee in the Boston end of the rink!”

The press erupted in laughter, and even the most die-hard Canadiens fans couldn’t help but chuckle. The Montreal media coined the term “Bettman’s Bizarre Bounces,” turning a potentially frustrating situation into a running joke.

Despite the challenges, the Canadiens embraced the humour and unpredictability of the game. They started incorporating new strategies, like asking Mme Bibeau to play a lively tune on the organ to distract the puck’s GPS. The fans, decked out in their Canadiens gear, brought signs saying, “Even GPS can’t navigate our passion!”

In the end, the Montreal Canadiens proved that, even with the quirks of the game and the mysterious ways of Commissioner Bettman, they could skate through adversity with a smile.

Still today, the Habs continue to play their hearts out, winning over fans not just with their skills on the ice but also with their ability to find humour in the face of challenges. And so, the legend of the Montreal Canadiens and their laughter-filled encounters with Bettman’s Bizarre Bounces became a cherished part of hockey history.

Under The Tree – Habs’ Edition

By JD Lagrange – Santa has come once again and he has left presents under the Christmas tree once more! Filled with excitement and anticipation, the little Habs’ players rush to the Bell Centre to see what the Jolly Old Man has left them. An oh how thoughtful Santa was this year, providing each player with something that they really needed!

One by one, the little Habs’ players open their presents, as the rest of the team watch with curiosity.

🎁 Jonathan Drouin: A knight’s body armour to not only protect himself against injuries, but also to be better sheltered against non-sensical fans’ abuse.

πŸŽ„ Juraj Slafkovsky: A much longer stick to keep his head up, and a bullet-proof helmet to help better protect himself from crushing hits during games.

🎁 Nick Suzuki: A case of energy bars as he is relied on a lot by the coaching staff. Cole Caufield has pinched in for that one!

πŸŽ„ Cole Caufield: A Flyers’ jersey just so he can rub it in.

🎁 Kirby Dach: An automated faceoffs-winning stick so there would be no more questions if he’s a center or not.

πŸŽ„ Jake Evans: A 4-leaf clover, a horse-shoe, a rabbit paw and a lucky penny, to turn his luck around.

🎁 Brendan Gallagher: A one-year membership to a spa for massages, hot tub, sauna for his sore body.

πŸŽ„ Mike Hoffman: A neon sign so other teams notice him and want to trade for him.

🎁 Sean Monahan: A HIP-hop CD and a walker for when he retires.

πŸŽ„ Michael Pezzetta: A year’s supply of Pezz candy with a sponsorship from the company.

🎁 Anthony Richard: A new nickname like the “Bullet Rocket”.

πŸŽ„ Joel Armia: A soccer net… so he can finally score a goal.

🎁 Christian Dvorak: Tickets to his favourite stand-up comic, so we could see him crack a smile.

πŸŽ„ Josh Anderson: High quality headphones so he can’t hear the numerous rumours about him.

🎁 Evgenii Dadonov: Much like the Tin Woodman in The Wizard of Oz, a… heart.

πŸŽ„ Joel Edmundson: A massage and electroshock back brace

🎁 Kaiden Guhle: A smaller helmet so he stops shaking his head all the time.

πŸŽ„ Jordan Harris: High heels skates to make him look more imposing on the ice.

🎁 Johnathan Kovacevic: A weight belt to add a few pounds to his body.

πŸŽ„ Arber Xhekaj: A heavyweight boxing belt.

🎁 Mike Matheson: A roll of bubble-wrap to protect him against injuries.

πŸŽ„ David Savard: A set of goalie equipment as it sometimes feels like he stops more pucks than the goalies.

🎁 Chris Wideman: A spiked collar to go with his fiesty attitude, making him look more threatening.

πŸŽ„ Jake Allen and Samuel Montembeault: Fireproof gear as they’re overheating from the number of shots against most games.

🎁 Alex Burrow, Martin St-Louis and Trevor Letowski: A magic lamp containing a Genie to use one of their three wishes for a solution for the power play.

πŸŽ„ Kent Hughes: Two lucky NHL Draft lottery tickets, one from the Canadiens, one from the Panthers.

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