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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

With The Hat To Match...

Vintage Habs DeLong jacket with the Sports Specialties script hat to match!! I used to frequent Montreal back in the day, not for hockey though, strictly for the beer and strip clubs but thats a story for another day. I do know this though, the combo above is tougher than leather!

Question: Why are the Montreal Canadiens called the Habs?
Answer: Habs is an abbreviation of "les habitants," the informal name given to the original settlers of New France, dating back to the 17th Century. So it's a natural fit for the The Montreal Canadiens, established in 1909 and marketed as a French-Canadian hockey team.
Having said that, the nickname might have been the result of an error. According to, the first man to refer to the team as "the Habs" was Tex Rickard, owner of Madison Square Garden, in 1924. Rickard apparently told a reporter that the "H" on the Canadiens' sweaters was for "Habitants." Not true. The distinctive C-wrapped-around-H logo stands for "Club de Hockey Canadien."

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