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Postby ruogu1234 » November 18th, 2019, 2:00 am

MONTREAL -- Guy Lapointe was gardening in his front yard last week when Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson pulled up to his house for an unannounced visit. Lapointe didnt know what was in store for him. As it turned out, the former Canadiens defenceman was about to receive an unexpected honour. From Lapointes kitchen in Saint-Lazare, Que., Molson announced that the Hall-of-Famer will become the 18th player in Canadiens history to have his jersey retired by the team. The retirement ceremony will occur during the course of this coming National Hockey League season. "Its extraordinary," Lapointe said Thursday at the Canadiens Hall of Fame, located at the Bell Centre. "With the people Ill be next to -- Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Serge Savard -- I just cant stop thinking about it. I was happy with just looking up at those jerseys. I never thought, in all sincerity, that my number would be retired. It never crossed my mind." On Thursday, the Canadiens organization made official the decision to retire Lapointes No. 5, the first jersey to be honoured since 2009 when Elmer Lach and Emile (Butch) Bouchard received whats considered one of the most prestigious honours in sports. Lapointe, 66, will finally be reunited with his Big Three teammates -- Savard and Robinson -- in the Bell Centre rafters. Savards No. 18 was retired in 2006, and Robinsons No. 19 joined the following year. Known as much for their staunch defending and offensive prowess, the Big Three were instrumental in Montreals six Stanley Cup victories in the 1970s. And the three defencemen were on hand at the Bell Centre on Thursday to celebrate Lapointes big day. "Im happy to see you both here," the Montreal native Lapointe told his former teammates before pointing to the rafters. "But Ill be even happier to see you up there when my jersey is going to be retired." Between 1968 and 1984, Lapointe played 16 seasons in the NHL -- 12 of them with the Canadiens before brief stints with the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins. Always a threat on the power play, Lapointe was known for his explosive speed, his inspired bouts of offence, and his rocket of a slapshot. He recorded 622 points in 894 career games, and ranks second in goals by a Canadiens defenceman with 166. Nicknamed Pointu, Lapointe had three consecutive 20-goal seasons, and still holds the Canadiens record for most goals in a year by a defenceman with 28. In his first complete season with the Habs in 1970-71, Lapointes 15 goals set a franchise record for a rookie defenceman. The record still stands today. "A lot of minutes in a lot of situations -- thats the way he was," said Robinson of Lapointe, whom he compared to Montreals P.K. Subban. "Guy could hold his own against anybody. He could play in all situations, play a lot of minutes. Thats the reason hes in the Hall of Fame. "Its very fitting to have his sweater up there. Im glad I got mine up there first -- I finally beat him at something." Lapointe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993, two years before Robinson. He won six Stanley Cups -- all with the Canadiens -- including four consecutive championships between 1976 and 1979. "I grew up with this excellent organization," said Lapointe, who also pointed to the 1972 Summit Series in Moscow and 1976 Canada Cup -- both memorable victories for Canada -- as exceptional moments in his career. "The Canadiens helped me become a better hockey player and a better person. The team allowed me to reach goals I didnt even think were possible. "Winning was always our goal. That paid dividends throughout my career. I was a lucky person to make the team. I owe a lot to the Montreal Canadiens. Theyve been very good to me." Off the ice, Lapointe was known as a prankster, notorious for shaking hands with former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau with a palm covered in Vaseline. After Lach and Bouchard had their jerseys retired in 2009 -- the ninth and 10th such commemorative event in the five years leading up to the Canadiens centennial anniversary -- the teams organization put the process on hold. Fans clamoured for Lapointe to join the Canadiens legends in the rafters, including the defencemans daughter Stephanie, who started a petition last year to have her fathers jersey retired. "Dreams really do come true!" Stephanie Lapointe tweeted on Wednesday when the news was announced. "Never give up! I am beyond proud of my dad! Finally he is being awarded this honour!" Molson says the Canadiens organizations focus over the last five years has been rebuilding the team on the ice. On Thursday, he said the time was finally right to give Lapointe his long-awaited recompense. "Its a name that kept resurfacing when we bought the team in 2009," said Molson of the final Big Three defenceman. "We were in the process of retiring a lot of jerseys at that time. "I feel good about the organization (now). I feel good about the development of our players, the general manager, and our support staff. Were well on our way to having a winning organization year after year. The fans have had a break from the centennial celebrations. And its a nice surprise for Lapointe." Notes: Lapointe is currently the Minnesota Wilds amateur scouting co-ordinator. a Robinson flew up from San Jose, Calif., on two days notice for the event. a Howie Morenzs No. 7 was the first jersey retired by the Canadiens, in 1937. a Lapointes is the second No. 5 to be retired by the Canadiens. He joins Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion, whose jersey was raised to the rafters in 2006. 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What do you think of DeMar DeRozans face after he hits a big shot, he was asked moments earlier.SURREY, B.C. - B.C. Lions club president Dennis Skulsky ensured a "guaranteed win" against the Roughriders, one of the best teams in the CFL. If the Lions (5-3) lose to the Riders (5-2), B.C. fans will get a free ticket to a future game. The gesture, the first in the Lions 61-year history, is a throwback to a time when team owners guaranteed wins to help boost crowds. In this case, a loss could be an expensive setback, because the Lions anticipate their largest crowd of the season as they open the upper deck at B.C. Place Stadium, due in large part to rabid Rider fans. You can watch live coverage on TSN and TSN GO tonight at 7pm et/4pm pt. Andrew Harris has a guarantee of his own on a team full of them. "I feel great, I feel great — thats a guarantee," said the B.C. running back, who will return from a one-game injury absence when the Lions host the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday. But Harris, who sat out last weekends win in Toronto due to a sore ankle, his teammates and coaches welcomed Skulskys move as they held their last full practice Friday prior to Sundays contest — despite the added pressure that the guarantee might put on them. Regardless of whether Skulskys move was just a marketing ploy, Harris has gained added motivation from it. "For me, personally, I attack every week and I guarantee myself a win," said Harris, who leads the league in yards from scrimmage with 781. "Anything less than that is disappointing. So for the president to come out and say that, it definitely puts a little bit more fire into the blood — and (the Roughriders) are even more fired up as well." Harris also hopes Skulskys promise will lead to a better effort at home, where the usually dominant Lions are a modest 2-2. "For us, we havent been that great at home," said Harris. "We need to be better. So whatever kind of tactic it was on his part, its working, and were ready." Saskatchewan fans have also provided a guarantee of sorts by renting a billboard in a high-traffic area near B.C. Place that, bearing a female fan and Roughriders logo, claims "Green is the new orange" in to the clubs respective colours. "Its just kind of disrespectful," said Harris. "I didnt see the billboard personally, but I think having a B.C. Lion billboard in Riderville would be upsetting to them, too." Either way, he added, the billboard, along with Skulskkys guarantee, shows the importance that both teams and their fans are placing in the game.dddddddddddd With a win, both the Lions and the Riders, who had a bye last weekend, have a chance to gain a share of first place in the West Division. So was Skulskys ploy really necessary to help the Lions cause? Does it have the chance to harm more than help a Lions team who are looking to extend their win streak to four games? Coach Mike Benevides said he and general manager Wally Buono discussed the guarantee with Skulsky beforehand. But Benevides, who was impressed with Skulskys passion as he issued the guarantee during a radio interview, dismissed the idea that the club president has put more pressure on the coaches and players. "Pressure? When youre in pro sports, our job is to win the game," said Benevies. "So there is no extra pressure." Lions quarterback Kevin Glenn said Skulskys gesture was a sign of the confidence that he has in players. "The same way that Saskatchewan has confidence in their team and they posted their (billboard) in somebody elses town," said Glenn. "It goes both ways. Both teams have to come out. Saskatchewan is a very good team, and we know were in for a battle. I think both sides know its going to be a good game, and were going to make sure that its a good game." Glenn will attempt to live up to that promise as he starts amidst seemingly added pressure from the presence of Travis Lulay, who continues to progress from off-season shoulder surgery. Lulay, who will suit up for his third game of the season, is expected to slot in occasionally, as he did in Toronto, depending on how things go for Glenn as Benevides gradually increases the usual No. 1 quarterbacks playing time. Meanwhile, returner Tim Brown, chosen as the CFL special teams player of the week after racking up 249 return yards in Toronto, will draw back into the B.C. lineup after his status was uncertain earlier this week. "These (Roughriders) are a huge challenge on special teams," he said. "You have to have the best guys on the field, and (Brown) is gonna give us a chance (to win)." Benevides has juggled his roster after saying on Monday that Brown had only a "50-50" chance of playing because of the nuances of the leagues Canadian and import player ratio. The coach said that, contrary to his earlier comment, Browns place in the lineup is "100 per cent guaranteed." ' ' '
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