Before anyone thinks I am writing about Ken Dryden the politician, I’m not. The famed Montreal Canadiens Goalie had his jersey number 29 retired to the rafters of the Bell Center here in Montreal last night.
Dryden praised the city of Montreal for all the wonderful years of memories, including the 1976 Stanley Cup he got the opportunity to participate in.
He spoke with so much heart, joy and love for the city that he called his home away from home for 35 years. Dryden spoke about the resturants he loved, included the world famous smoked meat joint down town Montreal, Schwartz’s.
He spoke both in French and in English, which showed his respect for the city – as he was born and raised in Etobicoke Ontario, the east side of Toronto.
He said Montreal had given him a gift – a beautiful sentiment in English, that at least to my humour and amusment, didn’t translate the same into French.
He said in French that Montreal had given him une gateau (instead of using the word ‘cadeau’)
Gateau = CAKE
Cadeau = GIFT
I applaud Ken for his kind words to the town that loved him so, and I applaud him even more for making a funny 🙂
MONTREAL (Reuters) – In the 1970s, Canadian children netminding in hockey games at rinks, on frozen ponds or even on the street, took to standing upright and leaning casually on the butt end of their sticks during lulls in the action.
On Monday night, the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens retired jersey number 29, raising it to the rafters in homage to its former wearer, Ken Dryden, the lanky goalie whose iconic on-ice pose was copied by those youngsters decades earlier.
The ceremony, before a packed crowd of 21,000 fans, acknowledged a scintillating career in which Dryden was part of six Stanley Cup championship teams in just eight seasons.
Dryden, now a 59-year-old lawyer, author and politician, thanked the fans for their support all those years ago and in helping him and his wife Lynda make Montreal their home during his NHL years.
“You have given us a gift, a gift that has lasted 35 years, a gift that will last a lifetime,” Dryden said.
Surrounded by family and friends, Dryden stood on a red carpet before the goal he used to defend as his jersey number was hoisted high to deafening cheers of “Dryden, Dryden!”
. . . .contined in article Source