MONTREAL -- No. 19 and No. 23 will soon hang in the rafters
of the Bell Centre.
Larry Robinson and Bob Gainey will have their numbers retired
this season by the Montreal Canadiens, the team announced
"Most of the things that happened in my career as a player
happened as a dream," said Gainey, now the Canadiens general
manager. "Most of those things I had dreamed of -- but not this
Robinson's ceremony will be Nov. 19 against the Ottawa Senators
while Gainey will have his night on Feb. 23 against the Columbus
Robinson mentioned many of his teammates from the great
Canadiens teams of 1970s including fellow members of the Big Three
of Serge Savard and Guy Lapointe.
"I was very honored to play on some tremendous hockey teams,
and I wouldn't be the player I was if I hadn't played with them,''
Robinson said at a news conference.
Last season, the Canadiens retired the numbers of Ken Dryden,
No. 29, and Serge Savard, No. 18, joining No. 1 Jacques Plante, No.
2 Doug Harvey, No. 4 Jean Beliveau, No. 5 Bernard (Boom Boom)
Geoffrion, No. 7 Howie Morenz, No. 9 Maurice (Rocket) Richard, No.
10 Guy Lafleur, No. 12 for Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer and No.
16 Henri Richard.
The Canadiens, who hadn't retired a number since Plante's in
1995, started the trend in the 2005-06 season with Geoffrion, Moore
and Cournoyer in a round of annual jersey retirements leading up to
the club's 100th anniversary in 2009.