Monday, May 28, 2018

The Montreal Forum’s Last Game (1996)

Montréal Memories

The Montreal Forum, at 2313 Saint-Catherine Street West (corner of Atwater Avenue), sees its last hockey game on March 11, 1996, between Les Canadiens and the Dallas Stars; the Habs won, 4-1. After the game, there was a ceremony to mark the 70+-year history of this building (1924–1996), which included honouring many of the then-living greats of Les Canadiens. Maurice “Rocket” Richard received the longest standing ovation, lasting almost 10 minutes. There is history and legend behind this long ovation, one that any long time Montrealer knows. If you know about the importance of hockey in the City, and what Richard represented to working-class French-Canadians and to working-class English-Canadians, and to persons who were neither, but felt proud to be a Montrealer and a Quebecer (such as this writer), this all makes perfect sense. The Forum was considered a hockey shrine to many in Québec, and its closure marked the end of an era that started almost a century ago. Montreal is a special city; there is no city like it in Canada; there is no city like it in North America. Every person who likes his city says the same thing, and this is the way it ought to be. For more, go [here] and [here] and [here] and [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].
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