Well, tonight was a heady experience. I got to watch the hallowed Montréal Canadiens shut down the reigning NHL Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. A really fast-paced game; reminded me of the glory years of my childhood as a young Habs fan.
Which of course got me thinking about how much the Canadiens are part of our national culture, transcending every kind of barrier. If hockey is, as we call it, The Game (and believe me, brothers and sisters, it is), then Montréal is The Team.
And what better example of that passion, that belief, than the famous Habs sweater. (That’s right, I said “sweater”. Not “jersey”.) In 2008 I painted this during the playoffs in tribute to the team I’ve always believed in:
And now here we are again. Soon the Habs will be facing Philadelphia or (please, please, please) the hated Bruins in the next round of the battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup. And they’ll be ready.
So as a symbol of my faith, I’m offering this painting to the Canadiens if they can bring the Cup back home this year. We believe in you, boys. Let’s go all the way in 2010.
P.S. And if you’re reading this, please spread the word far and wide.