Saturday, June 20, 2009
Michael Farber calls the Canadiens the most self-reverential franchise in pro sports. Part of the franchise's allure is it's own sense of history; the Habs can and do feel like family. Sometimes, that family atmosphere actually manifests itself on ice or in the head office. The Cleghorn brothers preceded the Richards and the Mahovlich's all the way to Big and Little Tits. But there's also a rich history of fathers and sons: Emile and Pierre Bouchard. Dick Irvin Senior and Junior. Boom-Boom and Danny Geoffrion. Boom-Boom and his father-in-law Howie Morenz.
With the news that the sons of Molson are in the pole position to return Molson Canadiens Hockey to the world, the FHF salute to Father's Day takes on an extra special tone. The Molson family has a long and storied link to this franchise, and the family can lay claim to some part of 11 of 24 Cups in team history. The Molsons purchased the Habs in 1957; my father was 20 years old and already loved the team thanks to his Dad. The Molsons became a part of his obsession and were still there when he sat Baby HF10 down to see what this Montreal Canadiens thing was all about. I suspect Dr. HF29, HF4 Senior and PangerPere have a similar history and life-long connection with this special franchise that they passed on in much the same way. Fathers (and Moms ... but this is a Dad's day thing) fall in love with a team, fall in love with their sons, and those two come together to create the lunatic passion that results in sites like this.
Canadiens icons can make exceptional, brave dads who carry a grieving family on their back like Bob Gainey; they can be misguided albeit loving dads like Guy Lafleur; they can be flawed role models like Patrick Roy. Our dads aren't perfect, but they do their best. One of their best moves was passing on a love for this great team, it's city, and it's family of fans. It's a love I plan on passing on to MiniHF10 and MiniHF10 Deux too. Dads pass love on. On Father's Day, make sure you pass some back.
Happy Father's Day, Dads. Whether you agree with the content or not, the passion that this site engenders in its writers, readers and commenters is down to you. Thanks.