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.