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Video: Canadiens honor Gary Carter before game

Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:38 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The Montreal Expos might be gone, but there are still plenty of memories for the baseball team that became the Washington Nationals. None of their players were more recognizable as an Expo than Gary Carter, the first Expo inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame with the old M on his hat.

The Canadiens, always Montreal's biggest and most popular team, have taken to honoring the Expos since they left town last decade. They raised a banner to the crowded rafters for the Expos and even adopted their mascot Youppi! as the franchise's first.

So when the news came out this week of Carter's death to cancer, the Canadiens and Montreal decided to honor Carter at Sunday's game against the New Jersey Devils. The team took to the ice in warmups each wearing a No. 8 with the name Carter displayed on the back.

They also honored the legendary Expo with a moving video tribute on the screen before the game.

There aren't a lot of players who are identified so strongly with the Expos and Montreal baseball, so it was natural for the Habs to honor a memorable athlete from the city's otherwise hockey-filled past.

Carter played 19 seasons, mostly with the Expos and New York Mets and had 324 home runs in his career with a .262 career batting average, pretty dog gone good numbers for a catcher.

For more on Carter's death, see the Eye on Baseball blog with some great tributes to the Hall of Famer.

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnHockey and @BrianStubitsNHL on Twitter.

Comments

Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:47 am
 

Video: Canadiens honor Gary Carter before game

As a former diehard Expos fan, this touched my heart. Shout out to the Habs organization for putting this together. Gary would be proud. He was a class act and a heck of a guy all around. He will be missed. Go Les Expos




Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:05 pm
 

Video: Canadiens honor Gary Carter before game

Classy move by Les Canadiens de Montréal



Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Video: Canadiens honor Gary Carter before game

A Yankee Fan here, Great job Canadiens



Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Video: Canadiens honor Gary Carter before game

Montreal continues to be the flagship organization in professional sports. How many other teams from an NHL city would honor a player from another sport and especially from a team that is no longer there? Carter was almost as popular as Lafleur back when the Habs won 4 cups in a row. That speaks volumes on his popularity but for the Habs to pay tribute to him, that speaks volumes on just how classy this organization is. To go even one better, they are going to auction off all the jerseys they wore and donate the proceeds to the Gary Carter Foundation.

Tha Canadiens are by far the biggest show in town and by honoring "The Kid", it makes them even bigger. Thanks Habs, proud to be a life long fan and RIP Kid, I'll never forget you.   


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Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:45 am
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Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:41 pm
 

Video: Canadiens honor Gary Carter before game

Class act, love it! Expos forever!



Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:40 pm
 

Video: Canadiens honor Gary Carter before game

Very nice tribute.  The Canadiens are a class organization.


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