If you’ve been reading this blog, you now I’m a die-hard fan of the Montreal Canadiens– heck, it’s seemingly one of the only things I make time to blog about (though this summer I hope to blog much about my new cat named Boomer).
Earlier this year I received a copy of the latest Canadiens magazine in the mail, relaxing and reading it as I do when I receive each new issue. I received my first copy of the magazine when I was in grade school and my father brought it back from a trip to Montreal. The issue was entirely in French and while I could decipher some of it, I remember how big the magazine felt in my hands. Each big, bright image of the Canadiens felt larger than life and I flipped through that issue on many nights when I was supposed to be asleep. I wasn’t ever able to afford a subscription to the magazine till I moved to NYC and it’s one of the few things I always read from beginning to end.
Anyway, back to this issue. It was an enjoyable enough read when suddenly I turned the page and realized one of the photos seemed eerily similar to one I’d seen before. I just couldn’t figure out why.
Then five minutes later I realized I was looking at a photo of ME. I’d just been selected as the fan of the month by the official magazine of the Montreal Canadiens.
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Yes, that’s me with the stars of Marvel Studios Captain America: The First Avenger. I was lucky enough to meet both last year at Comic Con International in San Diego and both were very gracious, especially considering they’d just flown in from England and had to fly right back once their signing session ended.
When I submitted my entry, I mentioned that I wore my Habs gear to every comic convention I attended, attached photos of me at conventions around the US and even submitted the now infamous video of me leading an “Oh Canada” sing along at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto while decked out in Habs gear. For those not in the know, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens are mortal enemies. Imagine strolling into Yankees stadium and asking fans to follow along with a guy dressed in Red Sox apparel.
Here’s that video:
Even with the celebrity photo and fun video, I can’t say I ever expected to win. I still get a smile on my face when I realize that I was honored by the Montreal Canadiens, even if the the team had little to do with it and it’s a fairly meaningless “achievement” to most. But for me, someone who’s literally bled for my love of the Canadiens (tattoos can be messy), this is something I’ll always treasure. You can bet that Michelle and I will have this magazine framed on our wall some day.
And since this article ran, the monthly fan contest has changed to one of awarding a new camera to the fan who most looks like a current Hab. So unless you think I look like Scott Gomez, this may be the last time I could’ve ever been the Montreal Canadiens fan of the month. Life works in mysterious ways, eh?