showering never had its locker room

showering never had its locker room

It is simple. You’re going to turn around pretty abruptly. I’m talking about fans and supporters of the Canadiens. Other readers are just going to freak out. Even those who are picky will stay glued to the book. inside the locker room by Pierre Gervais.

Even simpler. This reminds The game by Ken Dryden for the look and the stories told in Gervais’s book… written by Mathias Brunet in a very simple style reminiscent of the tone of a conversation.

You will understand everything. How we could reach the Stanley Cup Finals in July 2021 and be the disgrace of the National League six months later.

You will understand what we guessed. That Marc Bergevin had a good gift for hockey, but otherwise he had too many adolescent reactions. A hundred leagues away from having the presence and credibility of a true National Hockey League general manager.


The team boss in his last team photo.

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The team boss in his last team photo.

You will learn what happened with Dominique Ducharme and his players, and everything else. I tell you, I devoured the book in three hours and started all over again the next day.

And I’m going to resume my reading this morning to make sure I don’t miss anything.

And we start with Dominique Ducharme, who is getting skinned and has already made the clicks on hockey sites on money. I make you read some passages and Pierre Gervais explains:

“Dominique couldn’t earn the respect of the players. He showed in his way of addressing the group. The boys also practiced too often that winter in the Canadian Division. »

– “Speaking of disorganization, too often players learned that they weren’t playing the wrong way. Cédric Paquette knew he wouldn’t be facing the Blackhawks when he arrived at the Chicago locker room because one of his friends in Montreal had told him so via text message. He had left, I don’t know where. He entered the locker room and saw that his friend was not making anything up, his uniform was not there… “

– “When I hear people say that they lost their room in the end, they didn’t lose it because they never really had it. Luke had the room. The boys were working for him…”

It is obvious that he howls in the city. Even Dominique Ducharme sent a text message to Pierre Gervais on Friday to defend himself and say that what was written in his book was not true. He added that he had three games left to win the Stanley Cup and that he would return to the National League to win them.

“I replied that I had written what I had seen and heard and that if he came back, I wished him good luck,” says Gervais.


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“Fifteen years ago, Mathias Brunet told me that if one day I decided to write a book, he wanted to be the one to collaborate. I never thought at the time that he would have this ambition. But there were so many people pushing me to write a book that I started to think about it. In the spring, Richard Beaudry, the publisher, encouraged me and I decided to dive in. At first, I felt a bit like an imposter. But I learned to relate to myself. And I made the very firm decision to say things as I had seen and heard them.

“It was the second time I did the exercise. When Chantal Machabée was named vice president, we were in Las Vegas, and I think Kent Hughes had been hired the day before. I told Chantal that I wanted to eat with her and that I felt a duty to let her know her real situation. I told him that everything was wrong. Three or four times, she almost fell off her chair, she was so shocked. She had no idea what had really happened, ”says Gervais…


We pay tribute to Gervais during his 2,500th match on October 18, 2014.

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We pay tribute to Gervais during his 2,500th match on October 18, 2014.

– “Marc could be a very nice trader, but he was in a variable mood. He might arrive in the morning and you wondered if he had just lived through a family disaster. I saw him yelling at the players, like when he was playing. We could hear him yell all the way to the other end. He could slam the door so hard he almost ripped the hinges off. Then the next day he came in with a big smile. That was it, Mark.

He did great things, but he also did great damage. It would have served him well to be understudy to a good CEO. We can’t take away his flair and his knowledge of hockey, but he would have needed a mentor to learn how to manage staff, budgets, talk to people and manage his notoriety as well…”

– “I perceived a certain lack of interest on their part between the elimination in the final and the start of the 2021-2022 season. He had given Dominique Ducharme carte blanche to hire staff, such as the goalkeeping coach and a fitness specialist, for example, when in the past he had his nose everywhere. As CEO, he must keep himself informed… »

Gervais’s book contains 1000 pearls. And the tone is generally positive. He counts the pros and cons of hundreds of characters who have gone through his career of more than thirty years.

It is often tasty, sometimes delicious, and sometimes the look hurts the one being looked at. As is the case of Marc Bergevin. The brief excerpts that enrich this interview tell explosive points of view. But the set has more nuances, everything must be said.

Thus, he tells how Marc Bergevin was a breath of fresh air after the crazy passage of Pierre Gauthier and his vegetable cheese pizzas. But it also highlights how much Bergevin has changed over the years, and how his demeanor and retarded appearance have undermined his credibility: “And then, it has to be said, too often it was emotions that drove Mark’s decisions. Also, he felt bullied in public and became unbearable if fans or fans came to talk to him. He treated them like lousy people. I had invited him to go fishing with my group in Abitibi. He had been fun at the cabin and with friends. But at the airport it had been a disaster with the people”, Gervais points out in an interview: “But all that is told in the book”. He is right.


The players could always count on him, like here Tomas Plekanec fixing his skate blade.

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The players could always count on him, like here Tomas Plekanec fixing his skate blade.

when i say thatinside the locker room It’s exciting, I’m not exaggerating. You will have confirmation that the journalist Michel Villeneuve was right and that Michel Therrien could no longer take Captain Max Pacioretty. Furthermore, the title of the chapter dedicated to Pacioretty is eloquent: “A bad captain”.

Just as they tell us the details of many players’ chronic distaste for PK Subban. The interview with Gervais is interesting, but what he writes in his book is even better:

– “PK Subban was just a different guy. He always had to see it, he could change the music in the room without asking while the boys listened to country, calm. He dressed eccentrically. The problem wasn’t the way he dressed or his taste in music, but the fact that he always needed all the attention. He wore the guys out in the long run.

He always said as a joke: if you want to punish PK, take him to the forest, without a camera or a mirror, and after a day he’s going to freak out, that’s for sure…”

– “Pacioretty had a lot of problems with PK. The two often argued with each other. With the other players he was fine, but everyone knew what kind of individual he was. No one was more important than him. He didn’t get much respect from the guys. I’m looking for friends for him in the dressing room and it’s hard for me to find any…”

When he talks about Carey Price, when he writes about him, Pierre Gervais has a completely different tone.

“I love and deeply love Carey Price. She is an extraordinarily generous heart. She has both feet firmly on the ground. In fact, she has one foot planted on the ground. She would arrive early in the morning, around 7:30, and we would chat while she stretched. He is a simple man who loves nature and the outdoors. I fell over the edge when I found out he was going to rehab. When I found out that he was alcohol, I did not understand anything. Never, never did he give a sign. I’ve seen guys come home drunk to the hotel or shoot themselves the next day in the locker room, Carey Price, never,” admits Gervais.

As for the other aspects of Price’s life, that was discussed in a private conversation and we came to the same conclusions. It will be in my book. Can be.


Legendary Bob Gainey and former CH captain Shea Weber presented a plaque to Pierre Gervais for his final game in the NHL on April 29.

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Legendary Bob Gainey and former CH captain Shea Weber presented a plaque to Pierre Gervais for his final game in the NHL on April 29.

The book is full of beautiful pages about the true leaders of recent years. Shea Weber, this quiet man who commanded absolute respect in the locker room and among opponents, has the right to have paragraphs cut out and pasted on a fridge door.

Corey Perry is even stronger: “I still can’t understand how Marc Bergevin didn’t offer Corey Perry at least a two-year deal. Young players this year excited by his leadership would be even better and develop even better,” he says.

As for Martin St-Louis, he is entitled to the most beautiful prose of the Gervais-Brunet duo. And these compliments are disinterested since Gervais is retired.

– “Martin spoke. He was very curious at the time. And it quickly became extremely interesting. I have seen coaches go by in the last decades. Martin spoke to the guys in such an eloquent way…perfection doesn’t exist, but it was as close as we could have gotten. He was direct, he looked the players in the eye, he spoke well. There was no nervousness, he even allowed himself a few jokes, but he was sending a message.

– Wow! launched Josh Anderson. »

You will find everything in the book. Pat Burns, Serge Savard whom he admires and respects, Bob Gainey, Guy Carbonneau, the trip to Moscow, the trip to London, Jean Perron, Jacques Demers, Réjean Houle, Michel Therrien, Alain Vigneault, José Théodore…

Incredible wealth.

And this is how Pierre Gervais ends his book. That says everything.

– “Defender David Savard’s skates were the last ones I sharpened. I had wondered if it could be the last. I promised I sharpened them at the end of the day before the game and I didn’t have to sharpen them any more during the game. If that had been the case, I would have redone his pair to make sure I kept my word. »


CH Group Finance Vice President Anna Martini leaves the organization. A great loss…

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