Jonathan, the return | The Journal of Montreal

Will we see the real Jonathan Drouin reborn when the Canadiens resume their activities in September? I believe it and I wish it for the organization and for Jo himself, now well cured of his problems with both wrists.

He is already in daily training and he is working hard. And it should be added that his life has changed since 6 months. He became the father of Jacob, a very small man whom he very affectionately describes as an easy and fascinating baby.

It’s beautiful to hear and see in his eyes. He seems relaxed, calm and determined.

Jonathan Drouin hasn’t had it easy since moving from Tampa Bay to Montreal. He knows very well that the organization gave a lot (Mikhail Sergachev) to obtain it and, at 27, it is time for his talent to emerge.

Many are those who already see him evolving elsewhere, but it costs nothing to wait a little longer and give him one last chance.


This talent, these skills are there. The vision of the game, the hands, the speed are undeniable and it only remains to put it all together under the sign of the will, the boldness so that a guy from here shines at the Canadian.

Despite all the past pitfalls, Jonathan wants to play for Montreal. He gets involved and wishes nothing but good. Each year, he donates $50,000 to the Fondation du CHUM, in addition to sponsoring a magnificent golf tournament for the same cause. A kind and pleasant man with the supporters.

Come on, Jonathan, open the valves. Jacob will be happy.


  • I’m not surprised that such a qualified hockey teacher quickly found a new job. Sylvain Lefebvre will be Paul Maurice’s assistant with the Florida Panthers. Good luck, Sly!


Photo d’archives, Martin Chevalier

  • Under construction, a book on the life of Pierre Gervais, ex-manager of equipment at the Canadiens who is now retired. We expect a mine of secrets.
  • Quite possibly the best baseball player in the country, Daphne Gelinas26, is still celebrating the silver medal won last week against Ontario with a little fishing trip to the Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc with his father, Luc, from RDS.
  • The Serge Savard omnium will take place at the Mirage on Tuesday. Ken Dryden, Robert Charlebois, Patrice Brisebois are just some of the personalities invited.
  • In Sweden, the former Leafs defender, Borje Salming, 71, has just learned that he has Lou Gehrig’s disease. People affected by this condition experience progressive muscle weakness.


Photo by Jean-Francois Chaumont

  • Bravo to Roberto Pietrovito, who organized the golf tournament for Moisson Montreal at the Laval-sur-le-Lac club. We raised $170,000. Guy Carbonneau reported a card of 74 and he said he played badly. A chance.
  • The best joke of the evening goes to Michel Bergeron, seated with Serge Savard, Yvan Cournoyer, Mario Tremblay and Benoit Brunet: “Around the table, we are 26 Stanley Cups…”
  • The QMJHL now has 18 teams, eight more than when the commissioner Gilles Courteau arrived in office in 1986. Yes, I like to recall it, 36 years ago, and Courteau was only to be there on an interim basis. Quite an interim!
  • Guy Lapointe, the SQ policeman and son of Guy Lapointe, the former defender of the Canadiens member of the Hall of Fame, will celebrate the Series of the Century in their own way this fall. Junior was born while dad was in Sweden playing the unforgettable series. We will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
  • Nearly 4 months after Guy’s death, Lise Lafleur keep good morale. However, she will have to undergo knee surgery following a bad fall while training in fast walking.
  • If you play a round at the magnificent Fontainebleau golf course, on the 14th you will pass near a splendid garden behind a residence. You will then be almost at home Evelyne et Yvan Cournoyer… artists with green thumbs.
  • Benoit Brunet no longer touch cigarettes. Well done, and he promises to quit vaping this fall.
  • Chance encounter. Danielle Caron, wife of Yvon Lambert, was celebrating her birthday at the Cage de Vaudreuil when she came face to face with Jean Richard, whose father was a certain… Maurice Richard. Hockey is a small world.
  • Today is the birthday of the Canadian Football League. She is 64 years old and the Alouettes were with the starters…

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