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lagatta
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posted 11 March 2006 04:48 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Obviously I don't mean our babble Boom Boom but Montréal Canadiens hockey Geoffrion, but I'm posting this for our own BB...

I knew Bernard Geoffrion was dying, but I'm sorry he couldn't live to see this moment.


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Boom Boom
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posted 11 March 2006 05:16 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks for the kind words, Lagatta. Alisea posted it over here. Lots of memories coming to the surface today once I got over the shock. CBC (and others) will likely have a special on the real Boom Boom tonight on the news.
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posted 11 March 2006 05:19 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm touched to see a thread devoted to Boom Boom. Again, thanks, lagatta. I grew up watching the guy when I could, along with a whole lot of hockey legends - the Pocket Rocket, Gordie Howe, Frank Mahovlich, etc....., some of whom I met face to face.
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posted 11 March 2006 05:25 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm just a few years younger than you, so those heroes were more people my father, uncles and older cousins watched, but they were certainly spoke of in hushed tones.

Several years back, when I was an adult, but the Canadiens were still a major hockey force, I remember cycling through back alleys (I love exploring Montréal) and a fellow was lovingly painting Stanley Cups around his rather battered old van. It was a year the Canadiens had won the Cup...

One of our cats was mad for hockey and tried to catch the little men on the old b +w tv going after the puck.


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posted 11 March 2006 05:33 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was living in Ottawa when BB was playing, but our family went back and forth to Montreal and Toronto quite a bit to watch the games. I went with them when I could, although school was quite a demand. The Original Six games on a b/w TV were a ritual for us on Saturday nights for a very long time. I stopped watching after the various expansions to more teams. I've heard some of the legends speak, including Guy Charbonneau.
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posted 11 March 2006 05:43 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Boom Boom, although the NFL has expanded to all kinds of silly places where kids have never heard of a puck, the rise of the Ottawa Senators has made for an interesting new rivalry (sorry, Leafs fans) - as dedicated fans can actually drive or bus back and forth between the two cities, and a lot of them do.
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posted 11 March 2006 05:51 PM      Profile for Crippled_Newsie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Boom Boom was a player of my father's generation, too. But I do remember his from his short stint as a Habs coach.

I watched when he did step onto the ice in Montreal earlier this season: ceremonial puck drop, or something, I honestly don't remember exactly why. Anyway, I'm glad he got to hear the Montreal crowd one last time.


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posted 11 March 2006 07:20 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by lagatta:
Boom Boom, although the NHL has expanded to all kinds of silly places where kids have never heard of a puck, the rise of the Ottawa Senators has made for an interesting new rivalry (sorry, Leafs fans) - as dedicated fans can actually drive or bus back and forth between the two cities, and a lot of them do.

The Senators are almost enough to entice me back to Ottawa.

edited to change NFL to NHL. Not a big deal.

[ 11 March 2006: Message edited by: Boom Boom ]


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posted 11 March 2006 07:53 PM      Profile for alisea     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes, I was thinking of you, B-B, when I posted over in fierce tears, meant to say something, but was distracted by a dog wanting Out! Now!

It is such a shame. But at least he knew the ceremony was about to happen.


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Catchfire
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posted 11 March 2006 07:57 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Very sad to see you go, Boum. Hopefully we can channel your spirit and bring the Cup back to Montreal. Rest in Peace.
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deBeauxOs
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posted 11 March 2006 08:00 PM      Profile for deBeauxOs     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
posted by alisea: ... It is such a shame. But at least he knew the ceremony was about to happen.
Quite so. In fact, according to an interview with his daughter that was broadcast on Radio-Canada this morning, when he was admitted to the palliative care hospice, he insisted that all his family attend the ceremony in his honour. Wise and thoughtful man.

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posted 12 March 2006 12:14 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's more on the ceremony, including who Boom Boom's father-in-law was.
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