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Sports #ICYMI: Bergevin's unwavering conviction, cicada sundaes, G7 promises

06:45  13 june  2021
06:45  13 june  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

Stu Cowan: A bumpy road back to second round of playoffs for Canadiens

  Stu Cowan: A bumpy road back to second round of playoffs for Canadiens For the first time in six years, the Canadiens are back in the second round of the NHL playoffs. In 2015, the Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators in six games in the first round before losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games in the second round. The Canadiens haven’t advanced past the second round since 2014 when they lost to the New York Rangers in six games in the Eastern Conference final. Since 2015, a lot has changed with the Canadiens. Only three players remain from the team that lost to the Lightning: Carey Price, Brendan Gallagher and Jeff Petry.

a large sign on the side of a building: The sign on top of the main terminal at Trudeau Airport shows support for the Montreal Canadiens playoff efforts on June 12, 2021. © John Mahoney The sign on top of the main terminal at Trudeau Airport shows support for the Montreal Canadiens playoff efforts on June 12, 2021.

I believed in this team from the start’: Habs GM Marc Bergevin happy to see his moves pay off

As the Canadiens departed for Las Vegas and a date with the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup semifinal, general manager Marc Bergevin paused to say: “I told you so.” The Canadiens were the last team to qualify for the playoffs, but Bergevin said he never lost confidence in the team he assembled. “I believed in this team from the start,” he said Saturday after the team held a final practice in Brossard before boarding a charter flight to Sin City. “Even in January when I said I was building a playoff team, that’s what I thought.” Bergevin doesn’t like the term rebuild, but there’s no other word to describe what he has accomplished. Ten of the players who have dressed for these playoffs weren’t with the team last season. Read more.

Watch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: 'It Got Me' (Video)

  Watch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: 'It Got Me' (Video) President Joe Biden on Wednesday became the latest public figure to do battle with a cicada. Every 17 years, these big, noisy, red-eyed bugs emerge from the ground in a massive swarm, and 2021 has been a big moment for them. CNN's Manu Raju was seen on camera last month dislodging one from his collar. The White House press corps plane was grounded Tuesday night when a gang of the critters got into its engine, preventing them from jetting ahead of Biden to his first overseas trip as president. Biden was then captured on camera swatting one away from his neck.

Facilitator position created to help organize residential school research in Quebec

A one-stop shop will be set up to offer support to Indigenous communities wishing to research residential schools in Quebec. A facilitator has been appointed and will take office on Monday. The role has been given to Michel Martin, ex-chief of police in Nunavik, who will serve as the sole point of contact with Indigenous communities. The Minister responsible for Native Affairs in Quebec, Ian Lafrenière, made the announcement Saturday during a press conference with federal ministers Marc Miller and Carolyn Bennett. Read more.

Bergevin reaping rewards for acquiring Stanley Cup veterans, but GM not satisfied yet

  Bergevin reaping rewards for acquiring Stanley Cup veterans, but GM not satisfied yet MONTREAL — Marc Bergevin has every reason to smile these days. The Montreal Canadiens general manager assembled a team that is making a deep playoff run and is now preparing to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup semifinals. But while Bergevin is happy with the team's success so far, he says he's not yet satisfied. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm in the city right now, but we can’t forget that we’re only halfway to our goal,” Bergevin said on a video call Saturday before the team departed for Las Vegas. “There’s still a lot of work to do.” The Habs GM had said at the start of the season that his group was not to be taken lightly.

Like berries on a vine, Brood X cicadas are nature’s bounty for enterprising chefs

Chef Joseph Yoon spent 13 days over the past month collecting Brood X cicadas. Early on, he dug in the dirt pursuing the nymphs, yet to emerge after 17 years underground. Then, as they started to surface, he began searching for them at night, when they were most likely to appear. Now, at the tail end of Brood X season in Princeton, N.J., he forages during the day, enjoying the warmth as he plucks mature cicadas off trees as one might pick ripe berries from a vine. “As chefs, we really want to be as close to our ingredients as possible,” says Yoon, an edible-insect advocate and executive director of Brooklyn Bugs. Read more.

Stu Cowan: Former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty is happy in Vegas

  Stu Cowan: Former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty is happy in Vegas Life has been very good for Max Pacioretty since the Canadiens traded him to the Vegas Golden Knights three years ago. After the trade, Pacioretty signed a four-year, US$28-million contract extension with the Golden Knights that runs through the 2022-23 season. During his first season in Vegas, Pacioretty was limited to 66 games because of injuries but still managed to score 22 goals and then added five more goals (along with six assists) in seven playoff games as the Golden Knights were eliminated by the San Jose Sharks in the first round. Last season, Pacioretty scored 32 goals in 71 games, hitting the 30-goal mark for the sixth time in his NHL career.

Pedophile who sexually abused boys across Canada denied parole

A notorious pedophile who sexually abused more than two dozen young boys while living in various parts of Canada, including Montreal, has been denied parole as he continues to serve an indefinite sentence. In 2011, John Murray Melanson, 58, was declared a dangerous offender by a judge in the Northwest Territories. With the designation, it is up to the Parole Board of Canada to determine when he can be released. The sentence put an end to a long series of sex-related crimes that began in the 1980s. Despite having completed sex offender programs in recent years, Melanson is still considered to have a high risk of reoffending. Read more.

Bergevin, Lamoriello, Zito Named Finalists for GM of the Year

  Bergevin, Lamoriello, Zito Named Finalists for GM of the Year Montreal's Marc Bergevin, New York's Lou Lamoriello, and Florida's Bill Zito have been nominated for the 2021 Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award. View the original article to see embedded media.The final class of NHL Awards finalists has officially been released.

G7 leaders commit to increasing climate finance contributions

G7 leaders will commit on Sunday to increase their climate finance contributions to meet an overdue spending pledge of $100 billion a year to help poorer countries cut carbon emissions and cope with global warming. As part of plans billed as helping speed the finance of infrastructure projects in developing countries and a shift to renewable and sustainable technology, the world’s seven most advanced economies will again pledge to meet the target. Some green groups were unimpressed, with Greenpeace UK saying the G7 host, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, had “simply reheated old promises” and that it would take “nothing for granted” until nations came up with the money. Read more.

What the Puck: Canadiens' Marc Bergevin doesn't deserve to win GM award

  What the Puck: Canadiens' Marc Bergevin doesn't deserve to win GM award Let us now praise Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin. But let’s also not give him the GM of the year award. The most important thing to realize with the National Hockey League’s Jim Gregory Award for general manager of the year is that fellow GMs and a panel of league executives and media types voted for the three nominees after the conclusion of the second round of the playoffs. The three finalists are Bergevin, New York Islanders’ Lou Lamoriello and the Florida Panthers’ Bill Zito.

Four-year-old boy dies after being struck by a car in St-Amable

A four-year-old boy died Friday night after being struck by a car in a small town in the Montérégie region, in what police are describing as a tragic accident. The boy was struck after 9 p.m. outside his family’s home in St-Amable, a small town 45 kilometres east of Montreal on the south side of the St. Lawrence River. Captain Sylvain Lachapelle, of the Régie intermunicipale de police Richelieu Saint-Laurent, said the car involved was driven by a family friend. “It was after the sun had gone down and the area wasn’t well lit,” he said. “There was nothing criminal involved.” Read more.

Montreal Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme tests positive for COVID-19

  Montreal Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme tests positive for COVID-19 MONTREAL — Canadiens interim head coach Dominique Ducharme missed Game 3 of Montreal's third-round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights after testing positive for COVID-19. The NHL announced the positive test Friday afternoon, hours before puck drop at the Bell Centre. The league said in a statement it learned Friday that Ducharme had a presumptive positive result from a test done in Las Vegas on Thursday, one day after the Canadiens'The NHL announced the positive test Friday afternoon, hours before puck drop at the Bell Centre.

How Jagmeet Singh channelled outrage for speech on Islamophobia, London attack

Jagmeet Singh was pacing. The New Democrat leader, who typically starts his day with music or meditation followed by a virtual meeting with his team, was poised to address the House of Commons about terror and tragedy in less than an hour. Striding the floors of his minimalist Ottawa apartment Tuesday morning, he wondered which words could possibly do justice to the brutal attack that killed four members of a Muslim family in London, Ont., that weekend. Later that morning, his remarks would swell to a crescendo of grief-stricken anger and urgency. Read more.

Stu Cowan: GM Bergevin's retooled Canadiens proving doubters wrong

  Stu Cowan: GM Bergevin's retooled Canadiens proving doubters wrong “I believe in you guys, OK? We’re gonna win and we’re gonna move on. Adversity? We went through all year. And if you look at the poster child for adversity it’s you guys. And you overcame every one of them. And tonight, another step to show these people wrong. We believe in each other, we’re gonna play the right way and you’re gonna play for the guy next to you. That’s who you do it for. Let’s go!” That was Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin’s speech — with a few F-bombs edited out — before Game 3 of their Stanley Cup semifinal series against the Vegas Golden Knights at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens won that game 3-2 in overtime before losing Game 4 at the Bell Centre 2-1 in OT.

Maxime Bernier arrested, charged after attending anti-COVID restriction rally in Manitoba

Maxime Bernier, the People’s Party of Canada leader, was charged with exceeding public gathering limits and violating Manitoba’s requirement to self-isolate upon entering the province, according to the RCMP. The arrest south of Winnipeg occurred before Bernier was to arrive at a protest in Winnipeg. RCMP said Bernier will be brought before a magistrate. Martin Masse, a party spokesman, said in a release that Bernier was wrongfully arrested on charges that violate his constitutional rights as a Canadian citizen. “This isn’t about COVID anymore. It’s political repression,” Masse said. Read more.

Idaho dog ejected during crash found two days later, herding sheep

A border collie mix was found two days after being ejected from a vehicle during an accident herding sheep, something the breed is known for. Tilly, a two-year-old border collie and red heeler mix, was accompanying Linda Oswald and her family driving on Idaho State Highway 41 Sunday when the vehicle crashed into another car, the Spokesman-Review reported. The crash ejected the dog through the rear window of the car. Tilly was not harmed in the crash but ran away. Following the unsuccessful search, Oswald said the family wrote a Facebook post that included a picture of Tilly. Read more.

Stu Cowan: GM Bergevin's retooled Canadiens proving doubters wrong .
“I believe in you guys, OK? We’re gonna win and we’re gonna move on. Adversity? We went through all year. And if you look at the poster child for adversity it’s you guys. And you overcame every one of them. And tonight, another step to show these people wrong. We believe in each other, we’re gonna play the right way and you’re gonna play for the guy next to you. That’s who you do it for. Let’s go!” That was Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin’s speech — with a few F-bombs edited out — before Game 3 of their Stanley Cup semifinal series against the Vegas Golden Knights at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens won that game 3-2 in overtime before losing Game 4 at the Bell Centre 2-1 in OT.

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