TORONTO -- Guy Carbonneau
has a special bond with three of this weekend's inductees. He won the Stanley Cup with Joe Nieuwendyk
and Ed Belfour
in Dallas in 1999, and he played in some legendary games in the Montreal-Toronto rivalry against Doug Gilmour
Carbonneau talked to NHL.com about both:
What's it like to be here this weekend to help honor two of your ex-teammates that you went through so much with?
"It's unbelievable. I always say you make a lot of friends just by playing hockey but probably your best friends will always be the players you won the Cup with. I remember '86, '93 and '99 was a great season for everybody. Having a chance to play against all four guys that are inducted, and especially with Joe and Eddie in '99, it's a thrill."
What was it like to go against Gilmour in those Montreal-Toronto rivalry games?
"He was a great competitor. He was a lot more offensive than I was, but we played the same style. Neither of us wanted to give an inch and those are great memories. Any time you play against a great competitor makes you raise your game a little bit and that's what I always enjoyed."
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