That Didn’t Take Long… 33 to Hang in Montreal (from the rafters, not the noose)

Last March I wrote that Patrick Roy’s number 33 would eventually hang above the Bell Center in Montreal in recognition of his performance in Montreal.  It took the Canadiens 28 years to so honor Ken Dryden so I hypothesized that fans’ memories of Roy’s bitter departure from the team in 1995 would eventually fade and his importance in bringing two Stanley Cups to Montreal would result in a jersey ceremony in the next 20 years.  I was off by only 19.5 years.

The Canadiens announced this week that Roy’s jersey number will be retired this November prior to a game against the Bruins.  Expect to see “33” painted behind each net and the Habs players to be wearing Roy jerseys during the introduction.  Apparently we can also expect to see a public kiss-and-make-up between Roy and former Canadiens’ president Ron Corey.  This reconciliation has obviously taken place in private otherwise the ceremony would never be happening but it would be fitting to have Corey congratulate Roy from his favored seat immediately behind the Habs’ bench.

Roy’s jersey will be the 15th to be retired in Montreal and the third goalie; Jacque Plante’s # 1 and Ken Dryden’s # 29 are the others.

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