MONTREAL-- In a season that saw the Canadiens unveil their revolutionary new jerseys, the most talked about fashion accessory at the Bell Centre in 2007-08 was neatly wrapped in a knot around Guy Carbonneau’s neck.
Unless you’ve been under a rock since the All-Star break, you’ve heard about Carbonneau’s lucky tie. The now famous, loudly-colored Hermès tie has certainly come a long way since being an innocuous birthday gift to the Habs head coach from his wife, Line.
First worn on a game night by Carbo on March 24 against the Senators, the silk tie paid immediate dividends, with the Habs notching a 7-5 win over Ottawa to clinch a playoff spot.
As word began to spread of the mystical piece of fabric, the tie took on a life of its own. Suddenly, it was a good luck charm for both the Canadiens and their fans. Carbo jumped on the bandwagon himself and turned to his trusty tie in Game 1 and Game 7 against the Bruins in the opening round of the 2008 Playoffs. True to form, the Habs emerged victorious in both games. The tie’s bid to go undefeated was dashed in Game 5 against the Flyers, with the Canadiens ultimately being eliminated by Philadelphia that night.
Thanks to its impressive 3-1 record, the tie’s popularity had a snowball effect with Habs supporters everywhere. Carbonneau was blown away by how he received upwards of 400 ties from fans making a case for why their tie should be his new lucky charm.
True to his word at his year-end press conference, Carbonneau has retired his Hermès tie. It will be auctioned off for charity to the highest bidder at his annual golf tournament at Le Mirage on August 26. Slated to serve as special guest auctioneer is former Habs forward Yvon Lambert, who will follow in his father’s auctioneering footsteps at the special event benefiting the Canadiens Children’s Foundation.