Richard Sévigny was one of the seven goalkeepers of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1977 amateur draft but was in the hockey league.
He was the first to play NHL in the 1979 playoffs as a backup to Ken Dryden when Michel Laroque was injured. He has not played a single game but has his name on the Stanley Cup.
The following year Dryden's retirement led Laroque and Dennis Herron to score a goal, but Sévigny made his NHL debut when recalled on behalf of the injured Laroque in AHL's Nova Scotia Voyageurs.
On November 13, 1979, in a game against the St. Louis Blues, Herron suffered a clavicle fracture eight minutes after the game, and Sevini stepped into the ice for the first time. He immediately imposed himself. I often wrinkled to play the puck behind the net to pass to the defender. Unprecedented play style at that time for Montreal. He blocked 25 shots and allowed the Canadiens 5-2, allowing only one goal.
Almost 40 years later, Sebini still wore Montreal Canadiens Jersey as a representative of the Canadiens Alumni Association and used early familiar faces such as Chris Nilan and Keith Acton, Share.
Have you ever thought that after 40 years you would share ice with these players?
"Not at all," Sévigny said in an exclusive interview. Items on the snow. "When I was with Voyageurs, Junior's only goal was to do semi-pro for a year. I did not think I was talented enough for the NHL.
"I think it's a great luck to have played in the NHL in the '80s, when you are part of the Canadiens hockey team and still see Chris and Keith, it's really special."
But in addition to running with his fellow teammates in the '80s, Sevilla is also playing with other generations of players who once proudly wear Canadian jerseys.
"For fans, [a Canadiens Alumni game] It is a unique opportunity to meet players of different ages, but it is also very unique to the players. The team has been separated for decades. I played in the early '80s and have played in the same team as Patrice Brisebois, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Guillaume Latendresse. When we wear Canadiens jersey, we do not actually have time in our team. It's like we just played with them last season.
"I've been working as an alumni team member for 25 years and I've seen a lot of players appear and it's interesting to the fans of the generation, [Mathieu] Dandenault, Latendresse and so on [my generation] It's a grandparent who actually came to see us, 50+.
"We have a great privilege, and it is an honor for us to wear the uniforms of the Montreal Canadiens, but it is okay to play in front of a crowd to see us, which brings us back and makes us younger.
How was the alumni team structured?
"We usually play about 10 players, because if they register, they want to play." In the past four years, we've played about 45 games on average a year. The player actually likes it because if you have played 1-2 times a year you think it will be harder for the player to play games and enjoy the game.
"I think we are the only NHL team to play many alumni (NHL) games, I think Boston Bruins has two alumni teams each with about 20 games, but Canadians are very popular across Canada There is.
"We have about 30 player groups to choose from in the office, and at first we are going to look for young blood to change the look of the team, we do not want to be the same team 10 years ago, Especially in Montreal there are a lot of players who work in the media, especially on the television, and because of the contract in Montreal, it is more difficult for these players to go to the west.
"People like Bergeron, Latendresse and Brisebois are the first to ask: Nilan is an older player, his identity as a warrior is at the forefront and people can see him again.
"There will be more Francophone players in Quebec, and there will be more Anglo-Phone players in Ontario. Canadiens is a Canadian snapshot and people appreciate the fact that they are a mix of the two as a team."
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The majority of alumni associations are fundraising events for local hockey associations or charities. The team's next big event is scheduled for February 2, and Montreal Canadian alumni compete with the Toronto Maple Leaf alumni at Belleville in CAA Stadium to raise funds for the Red Cross.
"I think all Canadiens and former Maple Leafs are the great ambassadors of the current team, but for security reasons or due to time constraints, it's not always a chance for them to meet their favorite players. It's much easier to get to when we play. We came to the game and got a great response from fans.
"We are very pleased to welcome John LeClair to the lineup, it will be the first time I will meet him, I have never met him, he will debut with us in the game, Guy Carbonneau is traveling despite all his TV deals, and Mike Weaver is one of his graduates. He had a weekend for us and he was really happy with the experience.
"The important thing is that new players play with the team, knowing how much fun we have to play, and then we can call back and make it easier to use."
Difficult to get new players
"When I retire from my hockey, many of my graduates retire one or two years back in the hockey, others are businessmen, have media or hockey jobs, and they also spend more time with them because they have young families Somewhere, we played with us for two to three years, but we had a new baby, and his wife asked him to stay home, so unfortunately he had to leave the team.
"The other players are not interested, they have met the challenge of professional hockey and have a career, so when you leave the weekend and drive 2,000 kilometers on the bus, you simply do not care.
"We are very happy that when a new player joins the team, we are very happy, because there is no new player joining the team in the previous year, so it is not practical anymore. There is a good organization that adds confidence to the people. "
However, it does not help to set goals that are beneficial to the alumni, and frustration is heard a bit from Sévigny.
"Why do you think I'm still playing at the age of 61? No one wants to play in. I played more than 1,000 games with the Canadiens alumni team and I lost 4 games in the process, and Eric Fichaud played some games. Jocelyn Thibault played another role, but these people are not really available on a regular basis, and frankly I can not be sure that the team will be able to continue on the day I decide to leave, and I am very serious when I speak. We had to play through because the other goalkeepers are not willing to play. "
However, age does not seem to slow the Seven Years. He performs a classic double-pad stack and a professionally timed pocket check to keep showing his style of play in his time and hardly tells how many years the goalkeeper has changed. "I play a style I know, I will not learn a butterfly style."
Sévigny has adapted over time to better padding and more modern helmets. His original helmet was rarely offered in practicality and safety.
"The old helmet was limited in every way imaginable, first of all from a viewpoint of visibility.If you bring two fingers and draw a small circle of that width there is a real limit to seeing the puck, especially when you are in a strange place All the goals lived through it and then there was a problem of protection.Well, there was only a small padding on the forehead, so if we hit the puck it would be like punching a hole in the face.We had a concussion in the 80's I was lucky because I did not have too many goalkeepers.
"The equipment has been clever, lighter and lighter, but since then the game has really changed, but today's goalkeeper is a great athlete who makes better progress." We did practice because we did not have a goalkeeper coach So we learned a lot, we made because of what we know.
"That's why the most changes in today's game are the goal, which is the cause of the 2000s hockey revolution."
Alumni games remain competitive.
"It's always in our DNA. When we play a local team, we will adapt to the level of the opponent, because the match against Maple Leaf is special for both teams to win. There is always a problem of honor and competition, but nevertheless a clean and healthy rival, but a rival.It is something special.All games we play against NHL go back to our career.We still prove themselves I want to do it.
"It's also a matter of respect.If people come to see us, we have an obligation to keep it to the utmost.If we did not start to drag on the ice and make an effort, the reputation of the team dived.We had a good show for them I want to give. "
As part of the historic Super Bowl Weekend celebration between Habs and Leafs, we will give up the jersey signed by the alumni association.
(Since the jersey was signed at the previous alumni meeting, not all players in the upcoming game can sign. Likewise, some players not listed may be in jersey)
To participate in the contest, please leave a comment on Canadian Dionnet Minder that explains how you achieve your goals. The winner of the jersey is randomly selected from this post and all qualified comments from previous articles on John LeClair and will be publicly available on the January 28 Habs headline on Monday.