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Habby Birthday Andrei!

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - Exactly 26 years ago today, the Kostitsyn clan was swaddling their new bundle of joy, Andrei in blankets at the hospital in Novopolotsk, Belarus not knowing that their little guy was taking his first breaths on his way to NHL stardom. As the Habs’ birthday boy gets set to blow out the candles today, why not take a minute to see what else has gone down on this date in history.

The Year of the Rat
Missing the cutoff for the Year of the Ox by one day, Kostitsyn may have lucked out in being born a Rat according to the Chinese zodiac. The Rat is respected and considered a courageous, enterprising person. It is deemed an honor to be born in the Year of the Rat and it is considered a privilege to be associated with a Rat. Rats know exactly where to find solutions and can take care of themselves and others without problems. They use their instinctive sense of observation to help others in times of need and are among the most fit of all the Animal signs to survive most any situation.

With the news breaking recently that Zodiac signs may or may not have changed, we couldn’t decide what traits Kostitsyn really possesses based on the stars. Is he still the same old Aquarius he’s always been, or is it time for Andrei to embrace his alleged-Capricornious-ness at age 26?

Traditional Aquarius Traits
Friendly and humanitarian
Honest and loyal
Original and inventive
Independent and intellectual

Traditional Capricorn Traits
Practical and prudent
Ambitious and disciplined
Patient and careful
Humorous and reserved

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