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100 years, decade by decade - 2000-2009

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
The Canadiens 100th Anniversary on December 4th, 2009 is now right around the corner. Starting today, let us take you back daily to a different decade in the team’s lifetime. Over the next few days, relive the greatest moments of the hockey’s most celebrated franchise. Next up, 2000 to 2009.

The Return of Saku
After missing the first 79 games on the 2001-02 schedule battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Saku Koivu laced up his skates for the first time to face the Ottawa Senators on April 9, 2002. More.

Double the Hardware
On June 20, 2002, Jose Theodore was the story of the night when the individual awards were dolled out at the NHL Awards show. More.

The Heritage Classic
On November 22, 2003, the Canadiens faced the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL’s first-ever outdoor game. More.

A Comeback for the Ages
On April 19, 2004, the Eastern Conference’s seventh-place Canadiens stood poised on the brink of the first-ever comeback from a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven playoff series since the team’s founding in 1909. More.

No. 12 Retired Forever
On November 12, 2005, the Canadiens kick off their Centennial celebrations in grand fashion when they retire the No. 12 in honor of Hall-of-Famers Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer. More.

No. 5 Retired Forever
On March 11, 2006, 75-year-old Bernard “Boom Boom” Geoffrion passes away just a few hours before the Canadiens are due to retire his No. 5. More.

No. 18 Retired Forever
On November 18, 2006, Serge Savard takes his place among Habs legends when his No. 18 is retired by the Canadiens. More.

No. 29 Retired Forever
On January 29, 2007, Ken Dryden’s legacy is immortalized in a ceremony retiring his trademark No. 29. More.

No. 19 Retired Forever
On November 19, 2007, Larry Robinson and his No. 19 take their rightful place among Canadiens greats. More.

Greatest Comeback Ever
On February 19, 2008, the Canadiens treated the Bell Centre’s capacity crowd to the biggesat comeback in their team’s nearly 100-year history. More.

No. 23 Retired Forever
On February 23, 2008, Bob Gainey becomes the 14th player in Canadiens history to have his jersey retired when his No. 23 is raised to the Bell Centre rafters. More.

No. 33 Retired Forever
On November 22, 2008, it may have been 13 years since Patrick Roy last brought Canadiens fans to their feet, but once St. Patrick  made his grand entrance at the Bell Centre, it felt like only yesterday. More.

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