Before last night’s Montreal Canadiens’ preseason game against the Boston Bruins, ex-Hab defenseman Patrice Brisebois announced his retirement from hockey. The veteran blueliner enjoyed two spells with Montreal and a short stint with the Colorado Avalanche.
Brisebois was awarded the Jean-Beliveau Trophy on the same night for his charitable work in the community. He was the only player still with Montreal who won a Stanley Cup with the Habs – doing so in 1993 against the Los Angeles Kings.
Brisebois played 14 seasons for the Habs, racking up 896 games, the third highest amount in the team’s history. The Montreal native was not always the most popular of players with the Canadiens’ fans and was criticized for making needless mistakes and not contributing in the scoring department. However, there is no doubting his passion for the team he loved. His 18-year NHL career saw him play his 1,000th game in March of this year. He had a successful time at Colorado after the lock-out in 2005, scoring a career best 38 points.
At the end of last season, Brisebois seemed to have put his hockey career behind him, as he started an ambitious NASCAR career after not re-signing with the Habs.