Halloween wouldn't be complete without a horror movie viewing. The thrill, rush, and scares of the genre embody all the awesome of Halloween, so even if you don't like scary movies, you should be watching one today. Still not convinced? Well what if horror movies were fused with something all Montrealers love, like the Habs? The hypothetical is now reality, as a whole series of Habs horror films have just been "released."
Straight from the Canadiens.com are three Habs-centric horror movie reimainings, with some of the genre's most classic films being given the Habs treatment. The Shining becomes The Slashing, Alex Galchenyuk becomes serial kiling doll Chucky, and Carey Price becomes, well, just plain old Carey.
Check out the Habs horror films, with description, below, with all images courtesy of Canadiens.com.
"Jack, a former minor hockey coach who lost his job because of a battle with the bottle, finds a second life in hockey as a security guard at a local arena in Colorado and his wife, Wendy, and son, Alex, are not impressed to be moving into an apartment above the rink to avoid his violent past. In the cold, dark solitude of the arena, strange things start to happen, and Jack starts to suffer flashbacks. The only way for Wendy and Alex to escape to safety is for Alex to do something he swore he would never have to do again: slashing."
"Carey is your average, young hockey player, like any other. What he loves most in life are his friends, his dogs, and most of all, hockey. He's living the dream until one day, a builder arrives in his small town and threatens to tear down the local arena to build condos. Carey and his friends stage a sit-in at the rink to keep it from being destroyed, but the young hockey stars can't stop the bulldozers from wreaking havoc, with both the arena and the guys falling victim to the evil developer in the process. The Condo Czar quickly learns, however, that his actions would soon prove fatal...and he would be the next victim. Carey returns to haunt the man who killed both him, and his hockey dreams."
Speed of Chucky
"On a family trip to Russia, the Malhotra clan heads to visit the abandoned village of Promyshlennyi. While touring through the ruins, their youngest child, Manny, spots a doll he decides to take back with him as a souvenir. He names his new toy Chucky. Once they return home, strange things start to happen. Objects mysteriously moving during the night, utensils flying out of the drawers, cryptic writing on the walls. After first accusing Manny of being responsible for the eerie things going on around the house, his parents realize the perpetrator of the acts couldn't have been their son. But who could it be? Chucky, a thrilling tale guaranteed to leave you frozen in fear. Thanks to Stéphane Therrien for the poster."
Shortly after the Sunday afternoon sacking of Bergevin, the team published a statement from the former boss, who gave a heartfelt "thanks" to Habs fans after nine years on the job.
"Saying farewell to an organization like the Montreal Canadiens is not an easy thing to do," wrote Bergevin. "I want to leave the organization the same way I came in: with a lot of pride."
With only a few months left on Bergevin's contract and after a disastrous start to the Canadiens season, Molson made the decision to fire the GM, along with two members of his staff: Trevor Timmins, assistant general manager, and Paul Wilson, senior VP of public affairs and communications.
"Thanks to the fans for their support, passion, and loyalty to the Montreal Canadiens," the former GM wrote.
Bergevin had a rough start to the season even before the first puck was dropped. He was under fire for the decision to draft Logan Mailloux, a prospect who was charged and fined by Swedish authorities after taking a sexually compromising photo of a woman without her consent.
After the summer drama, Bergevin was faced with Carey Price's decision to take a leave of absence from the team to enter the NHL's player assistance program after struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues. From there, nothing seemed to go right for the Habs, posting one of their worst starts to the season in recent history.
Bergevin nonetheless declared himself proud of his legacy, declaring that the current roster "is much better than the results show" and saying he believes his "successors will be able to rise to the challenge."
Some of those successors are already in place. With the playoffs already far out of sight, and only hours after sacking Bergevin, the Canadiens announced the hiring of former New York Rangers GM Jeff Gorton as vice president of hockey operations.
And it's not just Bergevin that Molson is saying goodbye to. Trevor Timmins, assistant general manager, as well as Paul Wilson, senior VP of public affairs and communications, are also being fired.
"On behalf of myself and the organization, I wish to thank Marc Bergevin, Trevor Timmins, and Paul Wilson for their passion and engagement towards our Club over the last years," said the CEO.
"Their relentless work allowed our fans to experience many memorable moments, including last summer's playoff run that culminated with the Stanley Cup Final. We wish them all the success they deserve in the pursuit of their careers."
Molson went on to say, "I think, however, that the time has come for a leadership change within our hockey operations department that will bring a new vision and should allow our fans and partners to continue cheering for a championship team."
A new hiring process is underway to find the Canadiens' next general manager, which they are hoping to recruit "as soon as possible."
This new GM must bring "significant hockey expertise to the organization," but must also be able "to communicate with fans in both French and English."
To make sure things continue to run smoothly with the team, Molson "has retained the services of Jeff Gorton, who will serve as Executive Vice President, Hockey Operations."
The Habs CEO will discuss this matter further at a press conference on Monday, November 29 at 11 a.m. at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
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The post says Bergevin tested positive on the morning of November 19 and that he "is being monitored by the Canadiens medical staff and will follow the protocols set forth by the National Hockey League and the public health authorities."
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin was confirmed positive for COVID-19 this morning.\n\nHe is being monitored by the Canadiens medical staff and will follow the protocols set forth by the National Hockey League and the public health authorities.
The Canadiens, who have been on a four-game losing streak, will have to contend without their general manager as he recovers from the virus.
It's been a tough season all around for the Habs so far. Several key players have gone down with injuries, hindering progress as the season grinds along.
Bergevin is in the last season of his contract with the Canadiens and his future as the general manager still remains in doubt. There has been no word of renewing his contract with the team.
Bergevin has been GM of the Habs for the past nine seasons.
This isn't the first time the team has had a brush with COVID-19. During the playoffs, last season, Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme was away from the team for 14 days after testing positive for COVID-19. Habs forward Joel Armia was also sidelined under the NHL's COVID-19 protocol for a Stanley Cup Final game.
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Montreal Canadiens fans have Carey Price's back. After he released a statement saying he had entered a substance abuse treatment program and was focusing on his mental health, tons of praise and supportive messages poured in on social media.
Universally beloved by his teammates and Habs fans near and far, Price is poised to be welcomed back with open arms and even more open hearts.
Tyler Toffoli and Ben Chiarot show their support for Carey Price.\n\n#GoHabsGopic.twitter.com/fa1Cndv9mB
I don't know Carey Price personally but, as with all of you, I have been involved in his life from a professional and personal standpoint for 16 years. He has the hardest job in hockey. To see him be this open about his struggles, to inspire others to get help...I'm proud of him.
Several Habs fans took to Twitter to share similar sentiments about Price. Many posts exclaimed how Price's honesty and openness would "open the door" for athletes and inspire others to seek help for their issues.
Carey Price better get a 5 minute standing O his first game back at the Bell Centre
In his statement, Price said he was in "a very dark place" in the past few years and explained that he "didn't have the tools to cope."
His decision to enter a treatment facility for substance abuse was brought on by a need to "prioritize my health for both [himself] and for [his] family."
He also encouraged others to seek help if that's what they need to do.
Friendly reminder that Carey Price doesn\u2019t owe anybody anything. He doesn\u2019t need to tell the public what he\u2019s going/went through. All that matters is him and his family\u2019s well being. Nothing but positivity towards them!pic.twitter.com/uSVKWIwWSX