Patrick Roy: Blessing or Curse

It all began on May 3, 1986. A 9-year-old boy looked intently at the third in the Eastern Conference final of the National Hockey League. The fight is fierce between the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers.

Madison Square Garden was the arena of this fight. This young man had his first baptism of the New York crowd.

Madison Square Garden

This same crowd shouted with all their strength towards a young Quebecor goalkeeper praying that his concentration and play would be affected.  The crowd shouted in ridicule with: ROOOOAHHHHH  Alas, this young goalkeeper named Patrick Roy gave the best performance of his career. He made 13 goals saves in 2 minutes.

Patrick Roy by Mimke Oulton

This match put Patrick Roy on the map. I allow myself to write that he flew (in a good way) in overtime this legendary match. We saw how special he was. The eyes of this young boy from Montreal North had changed forever. Not only that the New York crowd has left a legacy in his memory, but he has never seen in real time despite being a child of the year 1976, a performance of this kind. The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup. Montreal was on fire. He also saw his first riot as if it was England that had won the Soccer World Cup and the Hooligans were demolishing the streets of London.  Well, I’m exaggerating, but there is a hint of truth. The boy understood the notion of riots at that time.

Émeute 1986

Patrick Roy became at that moment a myth, a legend and a messiah. He became Patrick Roy. It was the beginning of the Montreal empire. I can already hear the screams, read the emails of insults saying to me: You are crazy or what. We won a second Stanley Cup in 1993. You do not know what you’re talking about.

Habs 1986Coupe Habs 1993

This match put Patrick Roy on the map. I allow myself to write that he flew (in a good way) in overtime this legendary match. We saw how special he was. The eyes of this young boy from Montreal North had changed forever.  The boy is my big brother and he always asked this question. Would the Canadiens have beaten the Edmonton Oilers during this series? Very hard to answer especially since the Oilers had a team of shock with Gretzky, Coffey, Messier, Anderson, Fuhr, Murphy, Huddy, Kurri and the rest of the Dream Team in hockey. I think you guessed my answer.

In this series, Oilers’ Steve Smith scored a goal in his own goal by accident and the Calgary Flames, who were also a great team, eliminated the Oilers. Tears poured out for the Oilers fans. It was an incredible shock. My brother said at that time, maybe Canadians would have a chance to win the cup.  His only Big Brother’s desire was for Canadians to beat the Nordics if they met. Speaking of the Nordics during this series, the name that could still give nightmares to Michel Bergeron, the goalkeeper Mark Liut made a Patrick Roy of himself against the Nordiques and we had to say bye bye to the Nordiques of Quebec during the 1986 eliminations.

Mike Liut

The Canadians make this elimination of the Nordiques did not have to face them. Also, they dodged the mighty Philadelphia Flyers, as the Rangers surprised the Flyers by eliminating them in 5 games. The sad note during this clash was that the Flyers had lost goalkeeper Pete Linberg in a serious car accident. Despite this sad loss, it was a very dangerous team during the playoffs.

Patrick Roy 1986

The league’s third-best league at the time, the Washington Capitals, was also surprised by the Rangers and was eliminated in Game 6. Maybe you can see where I’m going in my next remarks.  The media and the whole world gave all the Montreal Canadiens victory credits in the 1986 playoffs and Patrick Roy’s rise to the Stanley Cup but do not you think that maybe circumstances have major roles without underestimating the undeniable talent of number 33 but luck was a very big factor.

Roy Roy Roy

I would say yes.  The facts prove this statement and it is correct. There is no shame in that. It was not the first time, but the mentality following this victory in 1986 changed the culture of the Montreal team forever and not necessarily for the better.

In 1971, an ingenuous youngster to play only a few games in the CH uniform (6 games to be more precise). Ken Dryden confronts with his teammates such as Jean Béliveau the Boston Browns.

Dryden, Beliveau and Mahovlich

The Bruns were the best team in the league with, in my opinion, the greatest hockey player of all time, Bobby Orr.

Bobby Orr

Ken Dryden inverted the series against Boston in the first round. I should say that Patrick Roy made a Ken Dryden of it in 1986. Mr. Dryden was the original.

Lapointe, Savard, DrydenKen Dryden one of the greatest of all timeKen Dryden

The difference is in a name that is Sam Pollock. The former director general does not know said at the time: Well, we found our guardian so our game system must turn around him. On the contrary, after this playoff series, he said he will build the biggest team in the league.

He was searched for the white demon Guy Lafleur during the draft. Later, Larry Robinson, Bob Guiney, Serge Savard and Guy Lapointe trained the new generation of the Canadiens 70’s style team.

The mentality of the team was not to focus on the goalkeeper, but to become a great team. Sam Pollock was taking chances and with the team that had, the sky had no limit for the Habs.

Sam Pollock

You see what I mean.

This is the team I want to see again.

The worst thing that happened to the Montreal Canadiens was that they won the Stanley Cup in 1986 and 1993. Given the miracles of number 33, the organization instead wanted to find a second Patrick Roy instead of building a dynasty surrounded by kings. In 1987, the Canadiens had a better team in 1986 and when they faced the Flyers in a row they lost.

Nowadays, big teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings have star strikers, incredible defencemen and very good goalies. For Chicago for example, the key to their team is their defensive unit because they must defend and fuel the attack.

For Canadians, the team’s structure is far too dependent on the goalie’s performance. Carey Price is not in his best form and Canadians are not playing as badly as they say, but the structure is killing the team. We want to live too much in the past instead of moving forward. During the exchange of Patrick Roy, instead of looking for key players, Réjean Houle was sought Jocelyn Thibault. A goalkeeper he hoped to be a second Patrick Roy.

When we had José Théodore, once again, we imposed too much responsibility on him as a goalkeeper. P.K Subban’s exchange for Webber is a blatant example of the curse that is plaguing Canadians. The real reason for this exchange is because Subban didn’t fit with the culture of the organization ” protecting the goalkeeper” and not an exchange we were made to believe for the well-being of the team.

P.K. Collection at

We know what happened during the 2017 playoffs, Nashville, which had the goal to have the best team to win the cup and this same team was in the final of the Stanley Cup.

Instead of wanting to win the Stanley Cup with an army filled with talented soldiers, the Montreal Canadiens want to win it by stealing the cup with a goalkeeper in the net.

We must get out of this fate, because for 30 years, we have been bewitched by this mentality that prevents this team with such a rich history of evolving.

It’s time to evolve!


Signed Sab in collaboration with the 9-year-old boy in 1986 aka The Educated Fool ‘’my big brother.’’  We are ready for attacks.



Patrick Roy : Bénédiction ou Malédiction

Tout commença le 3 mai 1986. Un jeune garçon de 9 ans regarda avec intensité le troisième de la finale de la conférence de l’est de la Ligue nationale de hockey. Le combat est féroce entre les Canadiens de Montréal et les Rangers de New York.

Le Madison Square Garden était l’arène de ce combat. Ce jeune homme a eu son premier baptême de la foule new-yorkaise.

Madison Square Garden

Cette même foule criait de toute leur force envers un jeune gardien de but québécois en priant que sa concentration et son jeu serait affecté. La foule cria en le ridiculisant avec : ROOOOAHHHHH

Hélas, ce jeune gardien de but qui se nomme Patrick Roy a donné la meilleure performance de sa carrière. Il a fait 13 arrêts de but en 2 minutes.

Patrick Roy à l’oeuvre 1986 vidéo

Ce match a mis Patrick Roy sur la carte. Je me permets d’écrire qu’il a volé (dans une bonne façon) en prolongation ce match légendaire. On a vu à quel point il était spécial. Les yeux de ce jeune garçon de Montréal-Nord avaient changé à tout jamais. Non seulement que la foule new-yorkaise l’a laissé un emprunte dans sa mémoire, mais il n’a jamais vu en temps réel malgré que ce ne fût qu’un enfant de l’année 1976, une performance de ce genre.

Les Canadiens de Montréal ont gagné la Coupe Stanley. Montréal était en feu et il a vu également sa première émeute comme si c’était l’Angleterre qui avait gagné la Coupe du Monde de Soccer et que les Hooligans démolissaient les rues de Londres. Bon, j’exagère, mais il y a un soupçon de vérité. Le jeune garçon a compris la notion des émeutes à ce moment-là.

Émeute 1986

Patrick Roy est devenu à ce moment un mythe, une légende et un messie. Il est devenu le Patrick Roy.

Patrick Roy by Mimke Oulton

Hélas, c’était le début de l’empire montréalais. Je peux déjà entendre les cris, lire les courriels d’injures me disant : Tu es folle ou quoi. On a gagné une deuxième Coupe Stanley en 1993. Tu ne sais pas du tout de quoi tu parles.

Coupe Habs 1993

Vous savez quoi, le jeune garçon de 9 ans de l’histoire et moi-même savons de quoi nous parlons.

Le jeune garçon est mon grand frère et il s’est toujours posé cette question. Est-ce que les Canadiens auraient battu les Oilers d’Edmonton durant cette série?

Très dur à répondre surtout que les Oilers avaient une équipe de choc avec Gretzky, Coffey, Messier, Anderson, Fuhr, Murphy, Huddy, Kurri et le reste de la Dream Team au hockey. Je crois que vous avez deviné ma réponse.

Oilers Edmonton 1986

Durant cette série, Steve Smith des Oilers marque un but dans son propre but par accident et les Flames de Calgary qui était également une superbe équipe ont éliminé les Oilers. Des larmes se sont versées pour les partisans des Oilers. Ce fut un choc incroyable. Mon frère s’est dit à ce moment, peut-être que les Canadiens auraient une chance de gagner la coupe.

Flames 1986

Son seul désir au grand frère était que les Canadiens battent les Nordiques s’ils se rencontraient.

Parlant des Nordiques durant cette série, le nom qui pourrait encore donner des cauchemars à Michel Bergeron, le gardien de but Mark Liut a fait un Patrick Roy de lui-même face aux Nordiques et on a dû dire bye bye aux Nordiques de Québec durant les éliminatoires de 1986.

Liut and the Habs

Les Canadiens fassent à cette élimination des Nordiques n’ont pas eu à les affronter. Également, ils ont esquivé les puissants Flyers de Philadelphie, car les Rangers ont surpris les Flyers en les éliminant en 5 matchs. La triste note durant cet affrontement est que les Flyers avaient perdu leur gardien de but Pete Linberg dans un grave accident de voiture. Malgré cette triste perte, c’était une équipe très dangereuse durant les séries.

La troisième meilleure équipe de la ligue à l’époque qui était les Capitals de Washington s’est fait surprendre également par les Rangers et ils se sont fait éliminer au 6e match.

Peut-être que vous voyez où je vais me diriger dans mes prochains propos. Les médias et le monde entier ont donné tous les crédits de la victoire des Canadiens de Montréal lors des séries éliminatoires de 1986 et l’ascension à la Coupe Stanley à Patrick Roy mais  ne pensez-vous pas que peut-être les circonstances ont joué un rôle majeur sans sous-estimer le talent indéniable du numéro 33 mais la chance a été un très grand facteur.

Je vous dirais que oui. Les faits prouvent cette affirmation et c’est correct. Il n’y a pas de honte à cela. Ce n’était pas la première fois, mais la mentalité suite à cette victoire en 1986 a changé la culture de l’équipe montréalaise à tout jamais et pas nécessairement pour le mieux.

En 1971, un jeune ingénu à jouer que quelques matchs dans l’uniforme du CH (6 matchs pour être plus précis). Ken Dryden affronte avec ses coéquipiers tel que Jean Béliveau les Bruns de Boston.

Dryden, Beliveau and Mahovlich

Les Bruns étaient la meilleure équipe de la ligue avec à mon avis, le plus grand joueur de hockey de tous les temps, Bobby Orr.

Ken Dryden a entre guillemets volé la série contre Boston au 1er tour. Je devrais dire que Patrick Roy a fait un Ken Dryden de lui en 1986. Monsieur Dryden était l’original.

La différence est dans un nom qui est Sam Pollock. L’ancien directeur général ne sait pas dit à l’époque : Bon, on a trouvé notre gardien alors notre système de jeu doit tourner à l’entour de lui. Au contraire, après cette série éliminatoire, il s’est dit qu’il va bâtir la plus grande équipe de la ligue. Il a été cherché le démon blanc Guy Lafleur durant le repêchage. Par la suite, Larry Robinson, Bob Guiney, Serge Savard et Guy Lapointe ont formé la nouvelle génération de l’équipe des Canadiens version 70’s style.

La mentalité de l’équipe n’était pas de mettre l’accent sur le gardien, mais de devenir une grande équipe. Sam Pollock prenait des risques et avec l’équipe qui avait, le ciel n’avait aucune limite pour les Habs.

Sam Pollock

Vous voyez qu’est-ce que je veux dire. C’est cette équipe que je veux revoir.

La pire chose qui s’est passée aux Canadiens de Montréal fut qu’ils ont gagné la Coupe Stanley en 1986 et en 1993. Vu les miracles du numéro 33, l’organisation a plutôt voulu trouver un 2e Patrick Roy au lieu de bâtir une dynastie entourée de rois. En 1987, les Canadiens avaient  une meilleure équipe quand 1986 et lorsqu’ils ont affronté les Flyers en série, ils ont perdu.

De nos jours, les grandes équipes comme les Pengouins de Pittsburgh, les Blackhawks de Chicago et les Kings de Los Angeles ont des attaquants étoiles, des défenseurs incroyables et de très bons gardiens. Pour Chicago par exemple, la clé de leur équipe est leur unité défensive car, ceux-ci doivent défendre et alimenter l’attaque. Pour les Canadiens, la structure de l’équipe dépend beaucoup trop de la performance du gardien de but. Carey Price n’est pas dans sa plus grande forme et les Canadiens ne jouent pas aussi mal qu’on le dise, mais la structure tue l’équipe. On veut trop vivre dans le passé au lieu d’avancer. Lors de l’échange de Patrick Roy, au lieu d’aller chercher des joueurs clés, Réjean Houle a été cherché Jocelyn Thibault. Un gardien de but qu’il espérait être un deuxième Patrick Roy. Quand on avait José Théodore, encore une fois, on lui imposait beaucoup trop de responsabilités en tant que gardien de but.

L’échange de P.K Subban pour Webber est un exemple flagrant de la malédiction qui quête les Canadiens.

P.K. Collection at

Ce fut un échange à cause de la culture de l’organisation et non un échange qu’on nous faisait croire pour le bien-être de l’équipe. On se souvent qu’est-ce qui s’est passé durant les séries éliminatoires de 2017, Nashville qui avait pour but suite à cet échange d’avoir la meilleure équipe pour gagner la coupe et cette même équipe a été à la finale de la Coupe Stanley.

Au lieu de vouloir gagner la Coupe Stanley avec une armée remplie de soldats talentueux, on veut plutôt la gagner en volant cette coupe avec un gardien dans le filet.

Il faut qu’on sorte de ce sort, car depuis 30 ans, nous sommes ensorcelés par cette mentalité qui empêche cette équipe avec une histoire si riche d’évoluer.

C’est le temps d’évoluer!

Signé Sabine en collaboration avec le garçon de 9 ans en 1986 aka Don Démosthènes. Nous sommes prêts aux attaques.











Big Ben… Why?


The game last Sunday was a complete disaster! It’s hard to swallow the way they lost this game. It seems like ‘déjà vu’.

Tomlin and R

I will focus on the fact that Ben Roethlisberger seemed to be lost. He is definitely not the same kind of player he used to be.  Not like when he started in 2003, with the Steel Curtain. He was amazed by his physical abilities, to run, and to be this big QB. Those where the days!

But something changed…

He was not the messiah that we were waiting for. The Steelers may have won their first Super Bowl in 2006, but Ben played like a really clumsy QB. And, that was the start of my brother love-hate relationship and I quickly follow.

But Ben can be The Greatest!

He wanted to have the respect that the Tom Bradys and the Payton Mannings of this world have, but he is not part of this very elite VIP club. Those guys have this special gift to be legends on the field. They are breathing Football with a capital F!

I never sensed that Ben had the same discipline as them . They make the play with such precision.  They are the showstoppers! Ben is a great addition to a showstopper unit, but he is not like the director directing a movie or a playwright directing his play. He is the Difference Breaker and he is a great QB.


Mike Tomlin gave him the opportunity to actually be a Manning or a Brady but as Sunday’s game showed us, it just doesn’t work. It could be he had to much responsibilities on him.  Let Ben be the Ben. If they want to go far this season, this would be the remedy for this bad situation.

Could this be his last season?

Or, could it be the rebirth of the Big Ben?

Ben R.

Thursday interview with Gregg Farineau from The Sharpshooter Funding!

I’m happy to share an interview with one of the members of the Sharpshooter Funding (SSF) family with you. He is truly one of sweetest people I talk to, and we both love the language of Molière! It’s fun to share this interest in the beautiful French language with someone.

His name is Gregg Farineau and he is the Director of Sales at Sharpshooter Funding.

It’s showtime!

SSF transparent log

What do you like most about Montreal?

Well, I have been to Montreal only once, about 10 years ago. I am from France and old Montreal reminded me of back home quite a bit. I also thought the night life was unreal! We went out to Club Opera as well as the W Hotel, and a few other spots I really enjoyed. The city definitely has a lot to offer.

Montreal at night

 Now you have joined the dream team, I’m talking about The Sharpshooter Funding team. How did it happen?

Well, I have known Dallas for over 20 years and I knew about Sharpshooter right away when it started so I asked him if there was ever an opportunity for me to jump on board to let me know. The opportunity came around January of 2017 when Paul asked Dallas if he knew anyone who speaks French, as there was a lot of potential business coming out of Quebec so I joined the team without hesitation.

Do you have plans to expand your services to small companies in Quebec?

We are offering our services to all businesses in Quebec, we just require that you have been in business for at least six (6) months, so that we can show you what we can offer you in terms of working capital options.

Curtesy of Evo Montreal

Since I love talking about sports and music, can you tell us which NFL team you are rooting for to win the Super Bowl (The Steelers, I hope)?

I would have to say the Baltimore Ravens, I was always a Ray Lewis fan and since we have a few players (past and present) from the team helping represent us they are my pick for the Super Bowl.

The Ravens have beaten The Steelers this weekend, I’m a little sad… Oh well, I wonder if they may face each other during the Playoffs. It’s really cool to see that some players (past and present) from the Ravens are supporting the Dream Team. My next question is about music. Let’s see what he says….


You seem to be a big music fan, what is the best memory you have from a concert?

There have been so many great moments at music festivals and concerts that I have been fortunate enough to attend; it would be hard to narrow it down to one. I would have to say Empire of the Sun at Ultra Music Festival in Miami (2014) or the M83 in concert in Calgary last year were the two that come to mind right away.

My last question is what makes the SSF team The Dream Team?

Well, I think we work well together as we have all the pieces to make this a successful company. We have Bret as our spokesman as the majority of Canadians know who he is, myself and Dallas are motivated, hard workers and Paul is the whole brains of this operation who has an unrelenting work ethic. All these things combined make this a success and hopefully we can keep growing and keep helping as many businesses across Canada for years to come.

Thank you Gregg for this nice and cool interview!


Last night, Dallas Hart and Gregg were at a fundraiser for The Sait Chinook Lodge Foundation. This foundation  is promoting education for the Indigenous community.

You can actually exclusively some pictures of this special event. I would like to thank the SSF ”Sharpshooter Funding” team to share with us those pictures.

I’m very proud that the Sharpshooter team is getting involve with some amazing Canadian charities.

It’s a pleasure interviewing the members of The Dream Team. More interviews will come on The Chronicle about their ventures and we will add in it some Pop Culture references, sharing some music knowledge and others interesting subjects to talk about.

Let’s the beat goes on!

Sharpshooter Funding Dallas Hart and Gregg Farineau

By the way, pink is a really cool colour.



Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m a woman.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are gathered here to witness….

…another act of misogyny in the universe of professional sports.

Cam Newton was so damn stupid with his response to Jourdan Rodrigue’s question. For one day, he beat out Donald Trump for stupidest comment.

Her question was really smart. It was about route running, which is the path a receiver takes before he catches the ball, and the fact that he had made some good adjustments with it. His reaction was just plain stupid. My blood pressure suddenly rose and I started swearing like my Haitian grandmother (RIP Grandma Sue!). Like, what the f….

Cam Newton Jourdan Rodrigue

If it were a man asking, he would have acknowledged him, but since in his language, it was a woman that he referred to as “female” (another thing that made me so mad), he was misogynist and disrespectful.

Cam Newton press conference

For some that didn’t saw the segment, here it is:

I love talking about sports and I love to learn more about them. In order to learn, you must do research and educate yourself. I think this is a good thing for everyone. Jourdan Rodrigue did her research, and you can see that she loves to learn to. If you just listen to some of the questions that journalists ask during a press conference with NFL coaches or players, you feel like it could be as dumb as when a presenter ask to an actress on the red carpet, who are you wearing.

Bill Belichick actually wanted to be asked really smart questions. I’m not a Pats fan at all, but if someone is willing to listen and notice the thought put into the questions we ask, I’m all for it!

Bill Belichick

I’m really surprised at Cam Newton. Especially after only a week earlier, he took a stand for Colin Kaerpernick. Now, he does a 180, and just puts his foot in his mouth.

I applaud Jourdan Rodrigue having done her homework. She is obviously a smart and passionate journalist.

I was never a big fan of Newton because I always felt that he was lacking certain sportsmanship qualities, but now, I just don’t respect him. Superman, yeah right…

Cam Newton

There are many journalists, lawyers, doctors, scientists, mechanics, you name it, that are women and they are facing these situations on a daily basis. Hopefully someday the conversation will change.

We are strong women

It’s 2017 damn it!

Sharpshooter is in the house… Chronicle Style!

Lionel Ritchie’s song “Dancing on the Ceiling” was on my mind all weekend long. You must be wondering why…..

Chronicle black and white

Sharpshooter Funding and The Chronicle are teaming up!!

You see, The Chronicle has been posting some interesting articles about Canadian businesses lately and with the help of the Sharpshooter team, I think we can continue to rock it. I think it is important to encourage each other in our ventures. Through talking about those amazing businesses, the sky could be the limit for them.

The Sharpshooter dream team is like putting Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Dr. Jay, Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Serena Williams in the same place,working together. You have Paul Pitcher, Dallas Hart, Gregg Farineau, Jade Hart and the best there is, Bret the Hitman Hart. This is the best team! Oops, I forgot to add myself in. I am part of the team too! This collaboration will be epic.

Recently, Dallas and Gregg have had success with hundreds of Canadian merchants.I can’t wait to talk to you about them. They are so passionate about what they are doing and they are genuinely good business men. I couldn’t more honoured to have them as my sponsor. I’m very proud of what Dallas and Jade are turning out to be:two driven, passionate leaders. With a Dad clearly known as the best there is, it’s obvious that this quality was passed to the next generation.

The Dream Team, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. We will take this world by storm!



King of hearts

We will rock this world by storm and I would like to thank for the bottle of my heart The Dream Team.


Proud of you

I’m a huge football fan!

I will make this Chronicle really short and real.

I couldn’t  be prouder of the team that didn’t let them bullied by the 45th President of The United States of America.

I’m so proud for Colin Kaepernick  that stood up for his beliefs. I’m a very pacific person. I don’t believe in violence and injustice.


Football has always been a part of my life, like wrestling and hockey did. During a conversation this summer with my brother, that is the ultimate encyclopedia and football ”connaisseur”, he made me realized that a football player is not on the field playing football because he stood for something he strongly believe. Black Lives Matters is still a big issues but human rights for me, is a bigger issue. If someone doesn’t want to stand for the national anthem, why he is treated like a criminal?


In my opinion, Don couldn’t have said it better.

I shouldn’t be surprise about the outcome of  what is going on right now but I am.

And today, I regain faith in the players and some owners for standing for what seem to be right. Why letting a stupid, arrogant, piece of shit President dictate what people should believe.

I’m not the person to get to political but enough is enough.

I know that one day, we will all be united. But gush, can Kaepernick just play some football. And if he doesn’t feel like singing the national anthem, it is his rights like everyone else.

He was all alone when he started but today, he got an army behind him.