It's time for the Habs to honour #29

With the recent string of jersey’s being retired by the Montreal Canadiens it’s time for the management and ownership to consider retiring Ken Dryden’s jersey.


In his time in Montreal, Dryden won a handful of Stanley Cups, the Calder trophy, the Conn Smythe trophy, five Vezina trophys (though he shared two with Bunny Laroque), and retired early in his career as well as taking a year off to practice law.

It can be debated that if Dryden’s career had stretched longer he may have been the winningest goalie in NHL history..and Dryden definately deserves to have his jersey hanging from the rafters of the Bell Centre before #33 will.


30 Responses to It's time for the Habs to honour #29

  1. robinson19 says:

    They’ve announced they will retire three more, one a year until the centennial in 2009.

    Robinson has to be next, it’s a joke it hasn’t happened yet for probably the second-best Dman of all time after Orr.

    After that, it’s a toss up between a lot of names. If Gainey wasn’t GM he’d probably be next, but fans will be all over 33, as well.

    Personaly, after Robinson, I’d love to see them honour Dryden and Savard, or maybe Shutt, who did after all have two 60 goal seasons and four Stanleys.

  2. Habfanforever says:

    It’s time to stop retiring numbers. Jersey’s? fine. A nice banner in the rafters with Dryden’s name should be more than enough. As I’ve heard before; Can you imagine a kid coming into the league wanting number 29, and all that he’s told is “Sorry kid, some guy who played 50 years ago that you don’t even know wore that number so you can’t use it”.

    We’re running out of numbers over here!

  3. ydnarhabs says:

    I strongly agree that Robinson should be the next Canadien honoured. However, it’s time to stop retiring the numbers and instead just honour these guys buy raising their names to the rafters. I’d like to see #’s 5,10 and all the others with perhaps the exception being the Rocket’s #9 on the ice again. Imagine the incentive for a new Hab to earn the right to wear # 4 again. It might be the incentive needed to lure a Richards or Lecavalier to Habsland.

  4. Cards85 says:

    Numbers left: 3, 76 and 53. Take your pick new guys.

    Okay that was a bad joke, oh well.

  5. Bacon077 says:

    Did anyone read Dryden’s book “The Game”?

    I wish I had enough skill to just take a year off from professional hockey to study law…

    But back then, they didn’t get paid as much and as a Cornell (?) graduate, he figured out quickly he couldn’t play hockey forever.

  6. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    He won’t get his number retired, he was born outside Quebec, Shutt, Gainey, Robinson, Dryden, notice a trend?

  7. thatleafsguy says:

    Screw that honour Patrick Roy, you bunch of ungrateful fans, he won you 3 cups FFS.

  8. papichulo71 says:

    ’86, ’93….???

  9. papichulo71 says:

    The next two to be retired will be Robinson and Dryden. It’s not a very well kept secret.

  10. Gretzkin says:

    Roy walked!

    Why would the Habs want to honour someone who walked and won the Cup where he went?

    He’s a disgrace to the Canadiens, don’t look forward to seeing his number retired in Montreal.

  11. skandelousHABSfan says:

    The Canadiens said their plan was to do the new retirements in chronilogical order. So that would mean that it will likely be Dryden and Robinson next, then either Gainey or Roy.

    The Centenial Year is gonna be amazing. The organization is trying to get the draft, all-star game and the wold juniors all in the same year. That would be awsome. 2009 baby, can’t wait!

  12. Rico420 says:

    I tend to think that the Leafs have the best idea in hockey with “honouring” a person’s jersey instead of retiring the number.

    But it’s long overdue for Ken Dryden in Montreal, even though he took his turn as President of the Leafs.

  13. mush124 says:

    Pls gimme a break, this comming from an organization that gave a 15min hall of fame type ceremony for Tie DOmi, ROFL!!!

  14. Gretzkin says:

    Dryden is far too young to have his number retired.

    Don’t the Habs wait until players are Total Geezers on their deathbed, or, in the case of Boom-Boom (R.I.P.), fresh kill?

    The Leafs “You Must Die Tragically On The Team” seems to work well. I agree.

    Look at Boston, you have to multiply everything by 11 to get a number there (except 7 of course)…

  15. mtl_prince says:

    and we will win the cup that year!!!!!!!!

  16. my_sphincter says:

    He walked for alot of reasons… The fans were on him constantly, he was overplayed and underappreciated. The coach shouldn’t have thrown him to the wolves against Detroit that night either. You can only be booed and scored on so many times before you have to say ENOUGH!

    Roy is one of the best goalies in NHL history and he was the main reason for their last 2 cup wins. He should be honoured.

  17. robinson19 says:

    Can you please know something about hockey before spewing? Like for instance Roy won two cups in Montreal?

  18. Gretzkin says:

    There’s actually an inside story on that night that involves Roy fist fighting before the game and during the intermissions due to a piece of Revenge that Mrs. Roy exacted on a teammate [Sex] (who I can’t remember the name, but perhaps some HTR people may have that answer) because the guy ratted out dear Patrick for something he did, on a pool table, with a Stripper, in plain view of the guys, at a Stanley Cup celebration party held at a strip club…

    …he was left in that night as a punishment, and his anger due to the above incident threw him off his game, and his temper took him discracefully out of Montreal.

    Though what he did in that city deserves many accolades, it’s how you carry yourself the whole way through that gets your # retired.

  19. rojoke says:

    For a guy with a classy person’s moniker in his handle, that’s a pretty cheap shot there, buttmunch. The man passed away the day his number was to be retired, and they announced that they were retiring his number at the beginning of the season, so you should probably do a little more research before swallowing your own fungus-infected foot up to the ankle.

  20. habs_punk says:

    1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16

    Considering the calibre of players that have played for the Habs over the years, that isn’t a whole lot of numbers. That whole “Sorry kid, some guy who played 50 years ago that you don’t even know wore that number so you can’t use it” comment is very ignorant, and quite disrespectful. Montreal Canadiens are all about tradition. They have quite possibly the richest tradition in all of sports. To just stop retiring numbers for the sake of some kid that you and I have never heard of who may play for Montreal sometime in the future is a rather dumb idea. It’s all about respect and tradition.

  21. habs_punk says:

    Great idea, let’s bring down Boom Boom’s number from the rafters right after retiring it. And Beliveau’s number 4? If it was made available and Richards or Lecavalier came to Montreal, I doubt they would use it anyways. It’s along the same lines as no one using the number 19 on Team Canada to honor Stevie Y.

    I’m only 21 years old, and even I find these suggestions of unretiring numbers, or stopping retiring numbers of players that deserve it, borderline sacriligious.

  22. habs_punk says:

    It’s not like the players that did get their numbers retired don’t deserve it as much or more than the one’s you listed.

    Plante, Harvey, Beliveau, Geoffrion, Morenz, Richard, LaFleur, Moore, Cournoyer, and Henri Richard.

  23. habs_punk says:

    Well, I’ve been a huge Montreal fan my entire life, I’ve been a huge Patrick Roy fan my entire life, and this is the first I’ve heard of that story. I’m not saying it isn’t true, but you should have something to back it up, otherwise it will look like some bullshit story you made up on the spot – which it does.

  24. habs_punk says:

    You deserve to be shot for that statement, jackass.

  25. Gretzkin says:

    I honestly meant no disrespect, really. The Inventor of the Slapshot is gold to me.

    I knew what was going down, so it doesn’t come down to research. I’ve got nothing against Boom-Boom.

    It’s true that the Habs wait for them to be VERY old though…

  26. Gretzkin says:

    It’s true though.

    I don’t know about being shot, there’s a bit too much gunplay going on for the wrong reasons.

    How about one of your “giflez un gant dans les duels d’épée de visage ?”

  27. Gretzkin says:

    It’s a widely known story in the depths of the hockey world.

    Not something that they’d want to be public.

    I can’t remember who the player was, but this story was relayed to me through a friend of mine who works with the Oilers, and gets the inside skinny on stuff. Just like it was Bill Guerin who trashed the infamous hotel room after the US Olympic loss. Something they didn’t want public. But now that you know, it’s kind of obvious, no? Guerin is a hot-head.

    And another story (that has been verified) had Gary Leeman sleeping with Al IaFrate’s wife, both were traded due to this.

    Doug Gilmour sleeping with his underaged baby sitter was what had him traded from St. Louis to Calgary. Another true story.

    I’ve been trying to remember the other guy in the Pat Roy story for months, but I can’t… I believe this story.

    Though Patrick Roy is one of, if not the best Goaltender in History, it’s widely known that he is a wife beating pig, so it’s not hard to disbelieve… I’ll work on the facts. But I’m quite sure it happened.

  28. Rustolium says:

    Not a chance. I don’t care how many cups he won in Montreal (in fact, that’s when I started cheering for them, 70s). Anything he did in Montreal was thrown out the door the second he accepted the job as the Maple Leaf’s president. He obviously wasn’t a true Hab at heart.

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