Team Canada has just announced its roster for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and 58 Quebecers are heading to the Games to make the country proud, according to a press release from the Canadian Olympic Committee.
From experienced medal winners to first-time Olympians, the Quebec athletes on Team Canada have every chance to bring home some gold.
Assistant coaches Luke Richardson, Alex Burrows and Sean Burke ran the bench during Ducharme's absence throughout the Habs' semi-final series against the Vegas Golden Knights.
"Coach Ducharme has been partially vaccinated with his second shot administered less than 2 weeks ago, on June 9. Per NHL COVID Protocols, Coach Ducharme was immediately isolated from the team," said the NHL's official statement on June 18.
The Campbell Bowl is a sterling-silver trophy named after him. It is presented annually "to the Western Conference team that advances to the Stanley Cup Final."
While the Canadiens typically play out of the Eastern conference, the pandemic caused the NHL to rejig its conferences and realign its teams into four new divisions.
As a result, the NHL decided that the winner of the Montreal Canadiens versus Vegas Golden Knights series would get the Campbell Bowl while the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning versus New York Islanders series would get the Prince of Wales trophy, which typically goes to the Eastern Conference playoff winner.
Why is this victory so historic?
Not only is the fact that the Canadiens were contenders for the Campbell Bowl historic, but it's also a monumental victory for another reason.
Clarence Campbell himself once contributed to a Montreal riot that caused the Habs to forfeit a game.
On March 13, 1955, Montreal hockey legend Maurice "Rocket" Richard was high-sticked in the head by the Boston Bruins' Hal Laycoe. When the Bruins' Cliff Thompson intervened in the ensuing fight, Richard punched him in the face, causing him to bleed from his eye and rendering him unconscious.
Campbell made the decision to suspend Richard for the last three games in the regular season, as well as the playoffs — and his decision came to a head the following game against the Detroit Red Wings.
When Campbell arrived at the Montreal Forum on March 15, 1955, a tear gas bomb went off, forcing an angry Montreal crowd to spill out onto Rue Sainte-Catherine.
The Habs had to forfeit the game to Detroit after one period.
Fires were lit, glass was shattered and people were injured, causing Richard to broadcast a message to Montrealers the next day, saying that he would accept the punishment in an effort to stop the riots.
From the "Richard Riots" to the Campbell Bowl, this feels like a full-circle moment.
Why wouldn't the Habs touch the trophy?
The Montreal Canadiens did not touch the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl.
Did they touch it? (Since 1999)
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