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Off-Season Habs Collecting

May 14, 2022, 3:45 PM ET [518 Comments]
Karine Hains
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At the tail end of the warmest week of May I can remember, I headed to Laval this morning for the bi-annual Anti-Expo which is essentially an opportunity for collectors to get their geek on, whether they like cards, pucks, game used or autographed items. This time around, it was set in the Sport Xpo building at 2890, boulevard Dagenais Ouest. In an over 30-degree Celsius scorching heat, that building and its ineffective air conditioning system wasn’t the best choice. I expect holding the even there is less expensive than it was at Stade IGA, but that locale what much more suitable. On top of the heat, there’s only one food counter and they only take cask while the only ATM there was out of order…clearly not a recipe for success.

As expected, since it’s set in the Habs’ own backyard, there are a lot of Canadiens related item and this time, the autograph guests were all from the 1993 Stanley Cup winning edition of the Canadiens. Andre Racicot, Oleg Petrov, Patrice Brisebois and Vincent Damphousse were all on hand to meet, greet and sign. Having worked on my collection for some time, I already had autographs of both Petrov and Brisebois, but I was glad to add Damphousse on my Stanley Cup and to get a puck signed by Roy’s back-up.

As for what was available at the show, I was a bit disappointed to be honest, normally, all tables are taken but there were some empty spots this time around and therefore, there weren’t as much stock available. Still, I didn’t walk out empty handed, as I spotted a Cole Caufield autographed jersey with the Stanley Cup Final patch on the front, and I just couldn’t resist. I know, the Canadiens didn’t win that Cup Final, but it was still heck of a ride and a very good way to burst on the Montreal scene for the young sniper. I really needed to have one in my collection.

Meanwhile, the Rocket is playing the 4th game of its playoffs series against the Syracuse Crunch and they hope to put this one to bed in front of their fans. Leading 2-1 after their 4-1 victory on Thursday, Jean-François Houle’s men are in a very good position. Cayden Primeau is once again in net, for the 3rd consecutive game and there’s no doubt that a deep playoffs run would do him wonders. So far, the Crunch is leading 1-0 but the game is far from over.

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