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Fantastic friendship

On National Best Friends Day, we celebrate the bond between Victor Mete and Jesperi Kotkaniemi

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - It was only fitting that Victor Mete and Jesperi Kotkaniemi were reunited just in time for National Best Friends Day on Saturday.

The pair is back in Montreal to enjoy the Canadian Grand Prix festivities this weekend across the city and celebrate Mete's birthday in style. He turned 21 on Friday.

Over the course of the 2018-19 campaign, Victor and Jesperi formed a remarkable bond. Being roommates on the road certainly helped in that department.

With that in mind, let's take a look back at some of the best moments we captured showcasing this uniquely "mint" friendship.

During the Canadiens' annual Western Canada road trip last November, Victor and Jesperi were kind enough to give us a tour of their hotel room in Vancouver. 

Their incredible chemistry was on full display while the HabsTV cameras were rolling in the Lower Mainland. Trust us.

Video: Kotkaniemi and Mete share a tour of their hotel room

Victor and Jesperi were primed to explore Las Vegas together in December ahead of their matchup against the Golden Kinghts at T-Mobile Arena.

It was a good opportunity to spend some quality time together before the holidays.

The kids take on vegas #beefwellington

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When Claude Julien's troops made their way to Florida after the Christmas break, Victor and Jesperi took a moment to enjoy the sun before battling the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena.

The caption featured on Instagram was spot on, of course.

This is pretty mint. #GoHabsGo

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In January, Jesperi took a bit of a jab at his good buddy when Finland eliminated Canada in the quarterfinals at the World Junior Hockey Championship en route to winning a gold medal.

Chirps like that just come with the territory, though, and it didn't break these two up.

Tweet from @vmete98: Dont do me like that😢

This was an excellent chirp by Jesperi, too. We had to throw it in.

In March, we showed you Victor and Jesperi's pre-game routine before hitting the ice at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum against the New York Islanders.

It involves several steps, as you'll see below.

Ces deux-là... 🍬 These two...

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Do you remember when HabsTV cameras hit the streets with Victor and Jesperi for a ride that included an unforgettable trip to a local Tim Hortons?

There are plenty of funny parts, but Victor placing a food order through a rear window is nothing short of classic.

Video: Carpooling with Victor Mete and Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Is this not one of the cutest things you've ever seen? Young Andy Shaw has a photo opportunity with two of her biggest fans during the club's annual team photo day.

Andy is clearly a happy camper hanging out at the Bell Centre.

Boys with little Andy👨

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The bottom line is that Victor and Jesperi are just good guys who enjoy having fun.

And if they can help make someone else's day, it's even better.

Video: Habs crash an outdoor hockey game at community rink

There's just so much love and mutual respect between the two of them, we can't wait for the friendship to blossom even more next season.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Victor Mete et Jesperi Kotkaniemi sont trop purs pour ce monde. :')Victor Mete and Jesperi Kotkaniemi are too pure for this world.#GoHabsGo

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Trouvez-vous quelqu'un qui parle de vous de la m��me fa��on que Victor Mete parle de Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Find someone who talks about you the way Victor Mete talks about Jesperi Kotkaniemi. ���

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: KK, is @vmete98 coming with you to Finland this summer?

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