Montreal Canadiens mega followers pour their hearts into exaggerated tributes
The Montreal Canadiens fans have never shied away from hiding their passion for their team. And her Stanley Cup run only added to her dedication.
We’ve rounded up some of the most unusual expressions found in extreme habs fandom. From bagels to murals to shrines, fans give everything out of the ice while the team puts everything on the line for the trophy.
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Rubik’s cube mosaics
Benjamin Russo hopes his next mosaic alongside the Stanley Cup will be a picture of the Habs. (Submitted by Melanie Brethour)
Now that school is over, Benjamin Russo, 10, builds Rubik’s cube mosaics to highlight the unexpected rise of his favorite team. His artwork on his Instagram account @benjaminrussocubeart went viral when he started posting celebrity portraits made with cubes.
The Brossard Boy’s latest piece, a 5 by 6 foot logo of the Montreal Canadiens juxtaposed with the Tampa Bay Lightning, lasted four hours. Russo was eight when he started solving Rubik’s Cube, and was diagnosed with severe dyslexia that same year.
As a Habs fan and special educator, his mother Melanie Brethour says she is happy that he has found an artistic field of activity that strengthens his self-confidence.
Saint-Maurice by HoMa
Residents of the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood in Montreal bring offerings to a statue of Saint Maurice in hope of a Stanley Cup victory. (Dave St-Amant / CBC)
Residents of the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood in Montreal have turned to prayer in hopes of securing the championship.
At the corner of Ontario Street and Valois Street there is a wooden structure by “Saint-Maurice”, which was probably named after the Maurice Richard rocket.
A message on the base reads: “O Saint-Maurice, accept our offerings. Protect our belongings and bring back the chalice.”
St-Viateur’s CH bagels
St-Viateur Bagel made a batch of CH bagels to honor the team. (Louis-Marie Philidor / CBC)
Before the first game, Saul Restrepo, manager of St-Viateur’s flagship bagel shop, said his team had made a dozen bagels in the shape of the CH before the last series.
But the custom-made products are not for sale. Restrepo says it takes a long time to make.
“We’d have to dedicate an entire oven to making CH bagels,” he said. “I feel bad saying ‘no’ to customers, but we just wanted to show our support for the Habs.”
Home is where the Habs are
Nick Peardon, 27, turned a guest room in his Prince Edward Island home into a real sanctuary for Le Tricolore, where he watches all of their games.
“I always make it a point to wear a jersey,” he said. “I’m also a little superstitious … I don’t get up before the whistle or a commercial break.”
Through online fundraisers over the past 15 years, the brothers have amassed everything from Habs bells and whistles to true collectibles, including an original Montreal Forum seat signed by former Habs goalkeeper Patrick Roy, Peardon’s all-time favorite.
Landmarks come into play
Some of Montreal’s most iconic landmarks mix in with the action as well, lighting up in red, white, and blue to support the Habs.
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