They gave him a watch when he retired, but they knew they shoulda done more. They knew you don't treat this man the way you would a retiring insurance salesman.
The Montreal Canadiens are going to correct a long-standing injustice and embarrassment to the sport of hockey and the city of Montreal by proceeding with an important retirement ceremony on November 22.
Serge Boisvert, who wore the famous number 12, will gather with his family at center ice and watch his number rise to the rafters alongside the banners belonging to Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer.
Canadiens' president Pierre Boivin summed up the team's choice in offering this explanation: "We retired Dickie and the Roadrunner, we shouldn't have done that without honouring Serge. I mean Dickie and Yvon wore the number 12, but Serge WAS the number 12. It was a huge oversight on behalf of our team and we just couldn't let this go on. Serge has a family, they were all very hurt, devastated really by what I consider to be the darkest stain on this organization's past. We do things right around here, and not retiring Serge Boisvert's number just makes us look like a cracker jack organization."
The Legends of Hockey website has this to say about this great #12:
"Right-winger Serge Boisvert was a creative offensive player who played 46 NHL games in the 1980s."
How about that.
46 games in which he gave it his all, the most incredible 46-game effort in team history. Congratulations, Serge. Thank the Lord, I thought they were going to retire someone else.