Monday, November 30, 2009

Certainly worthy

I've heard the man's name for years, spoken in reverence in all things goaltending. Who is he? He's Francois Allaire, a goaltending consultant working with the Toronto Maple Leafs these days, guiding Jonas "The Monster" Gustavsson through his first NHL season.

For those unfamiliar with him, he earned his stripes with the Montreal Canadiens, serving as the Original Six club's first goaltending coach, in the 1980s. He's credited, too, with inventing the butterfly-style of goaltending.

Perhaps,you've heard of some of his students -- Patrick Roy and Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

That's why Colin added him to this puck. As a future goalie, or so Colin hopes, perhaps the two will cross paths one day. If not, this puck will suffice from their first meeting.

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