We all wanted to say goodbye (well, until he ends up on RDS as a commentator), so each of us have prepared a little something. From me, I just want to highlight some of my fave Breezer posts over the years. I feel everything's already been said which needs to be:
This started it all: Feel The Breeze (-by) or A Breeze Is Blowing or Take A Breezer (man these headlines are too easy)
The E-mail Chain - Patrice Brisebois and my ulcer
Breezer wants you to know he's not a pussy
An Ode to Breezer on the occasion of his 1000th game
Thanks for the
March 8, 2008, just after the Grabovski AWOL bitch incident. Habs beat the Kings, Breezer scores a goal and gets interviewed after the game. I think HF29 was away, because I wrote the Game Day Preview for March 9 versus Anaheim and listed Breezer as a hot Hab to watch:
"Breezer! Scored a goal, played decent, sounded totally happy to play a role as veteran dressing room/frequent press box visitor type. As much as we run the man down, he has been nothing but classy in his return to les Canadiens. Grabs should take a seat beside him every trip and take notes."
We all hated Breezer's fuck-ups, but he always played hard and never did anything stupid or illegal off-ice to embarrass the franchise. For that he deserves credit. I'll still miss booing his inept ass, though.
I would like to remember a baby-faced Breezer, full of promise as a smooth skating pp quarterback on the '90 and '91 WJC - followed by a Cup in 1993. I really would. Then I think that since then, zero cups. And I remember one good season and a fat contract from dumbass Rejean Houle - and the reasons I fantasized about wanting to lock him in my trunk suddenly come flooding back.
If Brisebois' teary goodbye is a reminder of Brett Favre's sobbing adieu in Green Bay, I guess we'll be seeing the Breezer back on the ice by the end of the week, retired again in November and making a triumphant return to the NHL by February.