>>|> 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.?
>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.
>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
"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