"Habitant" or "Hockey" on Canadien's jersey?

"Habitant" or "Hockey" on Canadien's jersey?

Post by Richard John Raus » Sat, 10 Apr 1993 04:45:50


    My friend and I are having this ongoing argument about the "H" on the
Canadiens' jersey. I think it stands for "Habitant", but he insists that
it actually stands for "Hockey", as in "Le Club du Hockey Canadien", the
team's official name.

    Who's right???

    Also...does anybody know if that *** Eisner *** managed to get
the NHL to agree to a fluroescent (sic) puck?? What's the story on that?

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"Habitant" or "Hockey" on Canadien's jersey?

Post by Brian Petros » Sat, 10 Apr 1993 08:28:23


Quote:
Rauser) writes:

>     My friend and I are having this ongoing argument about the "H" on  
the
> Canadiens' jersey. I think it stands for "Habitant", but he insists that
> it actually stands for "Hockey", as in "Le Club du Hockey Canadien", the
> team's official name.

>     Who's right???

____________________________________________________

I think your friend is correct.  The "H" is for "Hockey".

 
 
 

"Habitant" or "Hockey" on Canadien's jersey?

Post by Michael Jaroslaw Feszczysz » Sat, 10 Apr 1993 08:31:06


|>
|>
|>     My friend and I are having this ongoing argument about the "H" on the
|> Canadiens' jersey. I think it stands for "Habitant", but he insists that
|> it actually stands for "Hockey", as in "Le Club du Hockey Canadien", the
|> team's official name.
|>
|>     Who's right???

I have always heard the Canadiens referred to as the "Hab's" so I think you're correct.?

 
 
 

"Habitant" or "Hockey" on Canadien's jersey?

Post by Y. Trembl » Sun, 11 Apr 1993 03:11:12

Quote:


>|>
>|>
>|>     My friend and I are having this ongoing argument about the "H" on the
>|> Canadiens' jersey. I think it stands for "Habitant", but he insists that
>|> it actually stands for "Hockey", as in "Le Club du Hockey Canadien", the
>|> team's official name.
>|>
>|>     Who's right???

>I have always heard the Canadiens referred to as the "Hab's" so I think you're correct.?

No !
It is actually CHC that is written on the Canadiens' jersey.  It stand for
"Club de Hockey Canadien".  The original jersey (that lasted only a few
years when the club was formed) had CAC on it, standing for "Club Athletique
Canadien".  Hab's is just a nickname that doesn't have an official
recognition.  It is very rarely used by the french-speaking population or
media.  However, if you go to the forum, peoples do sing "Go Habs Go"...

The origins of the nickname "Habs" come from the time of the Montreal Maroons.
The later fans where more "townies" and english while Canadiens' fans where
from the outside of the town (i.e. "Habitants") and french. Obviously, it
lost its signification many years ago...

Hope it helps.

Yannick

 
 
 

"Habitant" or "Hockey" on Canadien's jersey?

Post by Yaska Sank » Sun, 11 Apr 1993 12:01:33

Quote:



>>|>
>>|>
>>|>     My friend and I are having this ongoing argument about the "H" on the
>>|> Canadiens' jersey. I think it stands for "Habitant", but he insists that
>>|> it actually stands for "Hockey", as in "Le Club du Hockey Canadien", the
>>|> team's official name.
>>|>
>>|>     Who's right???

>>I have always heard the Canadiens referred to as the "Hab's" so I think you're correct.?

>No !
>It is actually CHC that is written on the Canadiens' jersey.  It stand for
>"Club de Hockey Canadien".  The original jersey (that lasted only a few
>years when the club was formed) had CAC on it, standing for "Club Athletique
>Canadien".  Hab's is just a nickname that doesn't have an official
>recognition.  It is very rarely used by the french-speaking population or
>media.  However, if you go to the forum, peoples do sing "Go Habs Go"...

This is correct, but the French media tend to use "Habitants" as frequently
as say, "Nos Glorieux", "Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge", or "Le Tricolore", just to
avoid repeating "Les Canadiens" over and over.

Quote:
>The origins of the nickname "Habs" come from the time of the Montreal Maroons.
>The later fans where more "townies" and english while Canadiens' fans where
>from the outside of the town (i.e. "Habitants") and french.

While this may have been the case, according to the magazine "Les Canadiens"
(Number 2 of the 92-93 season), the following is the origin of the nickname
"Habitants/Habs": (Mitch McGowan, Mr. r.s.h. FAQ caretaker, take note :-) )

"Partial credit for this nickname actually goes to an American. Reporter
Tex Rickard had picked up on a rumour (a false one, of course) someone had
told him about the 'H' on the Canadiens' uniform. It seems that someone
mentioned that it stood for "habitant", a French word that in those days
was used to denote the farmers of Quebec."

" 'This guy told Tex that the French-speaking players on the team came from
the country, and since they were "farmers", they were therefore
"habitants!" ' recalls Camille Desroches. 'Habs' is simply a short form of
the word."

"That was back in the mid-twenties. The Canadiens had just won the 1923-24
Stanley Cup, and two teams from New York were just joining the NHL (the
Americans in 25 and the Rangers in 26). To understand Rickard's thinking,
it helps to remember that this was also a period of intense development in
a number of more remote regions of Quebec..."

Hope that settles it ...


Sankar !                        ! University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

 
 
 

"Habitant" or "Hockey" on Canadien's jersey?

Post by Ali Lem » Tue, 13 Apr 1993 10:56:43


Quote:

>While this may have been the case, according to the magazine "Les Canadiens"
>(Number 2 of the 92-93 season), the following is the origin of the nickname
>"Habitants/Habs": (Mitch McGowan, Mr. r.s.h. FAQ caretaker, take note :-) )

>"Partial credit for this nickname actually goes to an American. Reporter
>Tex Rickard had picked up on a rumour (a false one, of course) someone had

One thing: Tex Rickard was a promoter, the man who brought hockey to New York
City. I don't believe he was ever a reporter. The name "Rangers" comes from
the media's joking about the new team being "Tex's Rangers"...

-- Ali.

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Columbia University (NYC)   || dress, that's cruel." ||    -- Tom Servo,

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"Habitant" or "Hockey" on Canadien's jersey?

Post by Brad Cou » Thu, 15 Apr 1993 11:25:46

Quote:
> Brian Petroski writes:


> Posted: Thu, 8 Apr 1993 23:28:23

> Org.  : Allegheny College


> Rauser) writes:

> >     My friend and I are having this ongoing argument about the "H" on
> the
> > Canadiens' jersey. I think it stands for "Habitant", but he insists that
> > it actually stands for "Hockey", as in "Le Club du Hockey Canadien", the
> > team's official name.

> >     Who's right???
> ____________________________________________________

> I think your friend is correct.  The "H" is for "Hockey".

I'm pretty sure it stands for "Habitants" (the team's name was originally les
Canadiens des Habitants" if I recall).  Of course, the only way to find out
for sure is to write the Canadiens office and ask them, and then of course,
tell us. :)

  - Brad