I need to share this memory of my father, who passed away in November 2014, because this one is such a happy one that I will never forget.
I am so happy I took pictures that night since it would eventually be the last Habs game Dad and I would ever attend together. I can remember like it was yesterday, but it was April 4th, 2014. I got tickets through the radio station to go see Montreal take on the Sens at Canadian Tire Centre through work. My father has taken me to so many Habs games as a kid and adult that anytime I could treat him it was special to me.
They say things happen for a reason and the game that night was one for the books for sure. Montreal went down 3-0 just under six minutes into the game. We glanced at each other with this “it’s gonna be along night for us Habs fans” look. Then something amazing happened. Just a minute and a half later the comback started with a goal from Andrei Markov. Something to cheer about. Things got better after we managed to escape the first period tied at three.
Two more goals in the second period and the Habs were up 5-3 and dad and I were standing for each goal high fiving each other as if we were a couple of teenagers at their first NHL game.
It got better…just over a minute into the third period Max Pacioretty scored to complete the hat trick. We jumped up and celebrated again for the sixth time in a row and Habs fans littered the ice with hats despite being the visiting team.
The Habs would have us on our feet one more time with their 7th goal in a row before finishing with a 7-4 win.
After the game on our way home my dad thanked me for asking him since it was the most fun he’s had at a Canadiens game as far back as he could remember. We listening to the post game on the radio and were just two happy Habs fans soaking up the moment.
I smile with tears of joy as I write this. Our final road trip was a Habs game with a huge win and we owned the night like a couple of carefree teens having the time of their lives.
While there are many great memories, this one, is one of my favourites I love to tell anyone who will listen (or read now). Every time I attend an event at the CTC I remember that night and each time I go to a Habs game I know he is there with me rooting them on.