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Canadiens cap 91-year-old superfan's bucket list

Brendan Gallagher among players who posed for pictures @NHLdotcom

Irene Durdon received the gift of a lifetime Friday, courtesy of the Montreal Canadiens.

The 91-year-old Canadiens superfan got to cross off her only remaining bucket-list item when she had her picture taken with her favorite team after their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bell Centre.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Irene a demand��; @BGALLY17 , @CP0031, @shawz15er shawz15er et le capitaine ont r��pondu. / Irene asked; Brendan and the boys delivered.

Durdon was the subject of a news report in Montreal Thursday because of her avid Canadiens fandom. When a Montreal-based news reporter tipped off Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher, Durdon's favorite player, that her only remaining bucket-list item was to have a picture taken with the team, Gallagher made it happen.

Tweet from @BGALLY17: This has to make everyone smile. I'd love to meet her!!

According to Global News Montreal, Durdon received three pucks, including one from Gallagher. She also managed to steal a smooch from another one of her favorite Canadiens.

"I kissed Carey Price," Durdon told Global News Montreal.

Durdon typically watches every Canadiens game in her Canadiens pajamas in a room her granddaughter Lana calls her "Nan Cave." The Nan Cave houses a shrine to the team and includes figurines of Gallagher, Price and several other current Canadiens.

"I just like my Canadiens. I just love them," Durdon said. "They give me happiness just watching them."

Since she completed her meet-and-greet with the Canadiens, Durdon only had one more wish: To see the Stanley Cup return to Montreal.

"I really don't know what I'm going to do," Durdon said. "I'm going to go crazy, I guess. Just crazy."

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