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    What does Habs stand for?

    montreal canadians,, so whats hab? i dont get it

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpp433
    montreal canadians,, so whats hab? i dont get it
    Short for Habitants, one of the team's numerous nicknames.

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    Habitants stands for "Ceux qui habitent la terre." "Those who inhabit the land." Here "terre" is meant as "the land", not "the hearth".

    This was also the way farmers were called. "L'habitant cultivait sa terre." "The farmer was cultivating his land."

    Since most inhabitants of the old Canada were farmers "habitants", the "H" was put thee to honor them, the peoples building the country.

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    According to Wikipedia

    "One of sports' oldest and most recognizable logos, the classic 'C' and 'H' of the Montreal Canadiens was first used together in the 1917-18 season before evolving to its current form in 1952-53. The 'H' does not stand for 'Habs' or Habitants, as this is a misconception stemming from an error by an English language newspaper reporter in the 1950s. It actually stands for 'Hockey', as in 'Club d'e Hockey Canadien', the official name of the team.

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    This makes sense and explains why the "Habs" expression is used by english speaking fans only. French fans never ever talk about "Habs" or Habitants. I am no hockey fan but this non sense "Habs" expression should be banned. To see french québecois (a lot of Parti Québécois and Bloc voters, for sure) call there favorite team : ''Le Canadien'' should be a good enough sign to inspire english speaking fans to calling the same team: ''Canadian''.
    Tout cela me semble très logique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coco-des-îles
    This makes sense and explains why the "Habs" expression is used by english speaking fans only. French fans never ever talk about "Habs" or Habitants.
    Hmmm... I seem to notice quite a few francophone fans loudly chanting "Go Habs Go" at most games... They must be only doing this when you're not looking.

    Quote Originally Posted by coco-des-îles
    I am no hockey fan but this non sense "Habs" expression should be banned.
    What's better, "Les Boys"?

    You did an excellent job here of pre-disqualifying your opinion as one that is not valid. I am no hunter, but I think orange hunting vests should be banned as they have nothing to do with the true history of hunting.


    Thanks for coming out Coco!

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    Wikipedia isn't always right. In this case, they are wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee
    According to Wikipedia

    "One of sports' oldest and most recognizable logos, the classic 'C' and 'H' of the Montreal Canadiens was first used together in the 1917-18 season before evolving to its current form in 1952-53. The 'H' does not stand for 'Habs' or Habitants, as this is a misconception stemming from an error by an English language newspaper reporter in the 1950s. It actually stands for 'Hockey', as in 'Club d'e Hockey Canadien', the official name of the team.

    I thought this was the correct story.... Except that this misconception was started by a US hockey team owner in the 20's not a newspaper report in the 50's... whatever.

    BD

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    Ok, I surrender!

    http://www.nhl.com/nhlhq/trivia.html

    The Canadiens / The "Habs"
    In 1924, Madison Square Garden owner Tex Rickard was falsely told by someone that the "H" stood for "habitant", a French word that in those days was used to denote the farmers of Quebec.

    Rickard was told that the French players on the team came from the farms and that they were therefore "habitants" or "habs". At the time, the Canadiens were recognized as the French team of Montreal as opposed to the Montreal Maroons, the English team.

    On a side note, the Montreal logo of the C wrapped around the H stands for Club de Hockey Canadien. In 1917, at the founding of the NHL, the Canadiens changed their name to that from the previous Club Athletique Canadien.

    "Original Six"
    The survivors of a league that had grown at times to as many as 10 franchises, and had seen teams change names and cities with regularity in the 1920's and 30's, would settle in an era of stability, known as the age of the "Original Six." The Red Wings, the Blackhawks, the Rangers, the Canadiens, the Bruins, and the Leafs; these few teams would symbolize hockey for fans across North America.


    I guess my old history teacher was wrong!

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