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Six Habs records that may never be eclipsed

North America's next total solar eclipse is slated to occur in 2024, but these half-dozen Habs records will likely live on well beyond then

by Steven Nechay @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

On Monday, a total solar eclipse entered the history books as the first to sweep over our neighbors to the south since 1918.

Indeed, Americans were privy to the best views this time around -- while donning protective eyewear, of course -- but Canada will hold the upper hand on April 8, 2024, when New Brunswick and Newfoundland will boast the best sightlines of the continent's next celestial dance.

So while interstellar bragging rights among U.S. and Canadian sky gazers are set to keep exchanging hands for the foreseeable future -- Alaska will be home to prime viewing on March 30, 2033 -- here's a look at six Montreal-based NHL records that will likely remain north of the border for good, never to be eclipsed.

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Renewing acquaintances

Recently acquired by Les Canadiennes, Emerance Maschmeyer will be greeted by at least one familiar face, Brendan Gallagher, when she arrives in Montreal

by Hugo Fontaine, translated by Dan Braverman @canadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - Emerance Maschmeyer will be able to count on an old friend on the Canadiens to help her set up shop in Montreal.

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Brandon Davidson: survivor

The blue-liner's battle with cancer in 2012 has only made him stronger

by Joanie Godin, translated by Dan Braverman @canadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - They say sometimes sports can save lives. In Brandon Davidson's case, the proof is in the pudding.

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Witnessing a legend

Paul Byron took part in a skateboarding demo with the legendary Tony Hawk on Saturday at Olympic Park

by Hugo Fontaine and Dan Braverman @canadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - Paul Byron is used to zipping by opponents when he's playing hockey. It's quite the opposite, however, when he's on a skateboard.

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Off the ice with… Pierre-Luc Gagnon

A chat with the legendary skateboarder

by Hugo Fontaine, translated by Dan Braverman @canadiensMTL / canadiens.com

A living legend in the skateboarding world, Pierre-Luc Gagnon has won pretty much everything there is to be won as a pro. Twenty-one-time medallist at the X Games - good for fifth-most in the event's history - the Boucherville native may be living in California these days, but isn't one to turn his back on his roots and takes full advantage whenever he comes back to Quebec. We caught up with the skateboard artist ahead of his appearance at the Jackalope festival in Montreal to talk about his career… and some hockey, too. 

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Coming into his own

Michael Pezzetta felt at ease in his second development camp with the Canadiens

by Dan Braverman @canadiensMTL / canadiens.com

BROSSARD - Michael Pezzetta admits he had goosebumps the first time he stepped on Canadiens ice for development camp in 2016. As a veteran among Habs prospects this July, the 19-year-old was able to focus on the task at hand the second time around.

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Back together again

Nikita Scherbak's parents, Sergey and Evgeniya, have been spending quality time with their son in Montreal since early August

by Matt Cudzinowski @canadiensmtl / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - Nikita Scherbak's two biggest fans are enjoying everything about their inaugural visit to Montreal.

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French immersion

Scott Walford is hoping to put nine years of French classes to use in Montreal someday

by Dan Braverman @canadiensMTL / canadiens.com

BROSSARD - When Scott Walford first started taking French immersion, he probably never imagined it would come in handy for his hockey career. And then, he was drafted by the Canadiens.

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Ask Gerv! No. 11

Canadiens equipment manager Pierre Gervais answers fan questions

by Pierre Gervais as told to Joanie Godin @canadiensmtl / canadiens.com

Every week, Canadiens equipment manager Pierre Gervais answers fan questions submitted through social media. Here's the latest edition of Ask Gerv!

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A pleasant surprise

Michael McCarron joined participants of the BLEU BLANC BOUGE in Action's summer program for some ball hockey action

by Dan Braverman @canadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - Kids participating in the BLEU BLANC BOUGE in Action program's summer edition got to celebrate the end of their season with some ball hockey games at the Bell Centre on Wednesday, and were treated to a surprise visit by someone who knows a thing or two about playing hockey at that very location: Michael McCarron.

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