Habs pay tribute to Big Bird
Monday, November 19, 2007 | 12:20 PM ET
Tonight, before the Montreal-Ottawa game at the Bell Centre, the Habs will retire the No. 19 of defenceman Larry Robinson and since it's the Canadiens it will be a classy, tasteful ceremony.
Robinson will be our feature guest today on Hockey Night in Canada Radio (Sirius channel 122, 4 p.m. ET)
I was always a fan of Big Bird for all the obvious reasons and not only was Robinson a tower on the point he was also pretty darn rough. And as much as fighters like Dave Schultz and Stan Jonathan come immediately to mind when you think about tough guys of that era Robinson was just as feared.
Robinson was one of those players (much like Orland Kurtenback and Clark Gillies) who had the reputation within the industry as being a player you did not want to mess with. And while he didn't fight much, when he did it almost always sent a message.
Here's one fight that helped start the legend, a tilt against Ted Irvin of the New York Rangers.
Check out this exchange between Robinson and Schultz after the Flyer took out Jim Van Boxmeer.
And here's Robinson scrapping with Mike Milbury of the Boston Bruins.
And for a little balance let's take a trip down memory lane and revisit Game 5 of the 1978 playoffs against the Bruins.
Tonight will be a special and classy night for one of the greatest ever.
Also today on HNIC Radio, I'll be joined by co-host Kelly Hrudey of Behind the Mask. HNIC host Ron MacLean drops by in hour two as our Monday roundtable and we'll go over all the hockey headlines from the weekend and set up the week ahead.
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