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Zeitgeist: Canadiens announce pre-game ceremony honoring October through November version of the team

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One of the most remarkable teams in recent memory finally gets their due.

Do I have to stay for the whole thing?
Do I have to stay for the whole thing?
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The Montreal Canadiens have announced plans for a gala ceremony honoring the legendary October through November version of the team.

The ceremony will take place before Montreal's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, February 9th and is expected to last about two and a half hours. Events include special guests, video highlights of the team's franchise record season-opening winning streak and a banner being raised to the Bell Centre rafters commemorating the October through November team's amazing run.

"October through November was a golden era for Montreal Canadiens hockey and our players are looking forward to honoring themselves from the recent past." - Marc Bergevin

"The October through November Montreal Canadiens exhibited the very best of what his franchise, this sport and this city are all about," said owner Geoff Molson. "It is time we recognize the incredible accomplishments of that team and the hope that they gave us all."

Guests scheduled to appear at the ceremony include former Canadiens Alexander Semin, Zack Kassian and Jarred Tinordi, as well as injured star goaltender Carey Price, who is expected to announce that he is close to returning to the ice but still has no timetable. Also expected to speak are general manager Marc Bergevin and head coach Michel Therrien, who plans to read aloud from sections of his contract extension that began this season.

"This is a day many have been waiting for," Bergevin said. "October through November was a golden era for Montreal Canadiens hockey and our players are looking forward to honoring themselves from the recent past."

From October 2015 through November 2015, the Canadiens racked up an incredible 18-4-3 record and had Canada's first Stanley Cup in over 20 years all but wrapped up. Montreal captain Max Pacioretty says that historic teams such as the October through November Habs can teach valuable lessons to today's players.

"Just look at all the iconic moments we had: the nine straight wins to start the season, the back-to-back wins against the Islandersthat one time Semin scored. They're all a reminder of what a special team we were two months ago," Pacioretty said. "It's really awe-inspiring."

The December 1st through February 4th Habs are 5-20-1. The other six Canadian NHL franchises plan on honoring that version of the team with a special screening of Montreal's back-to-back losses to 30th-place Columbus when their seasons end in April.

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This is fake. There is no ceremony. We're not even sure the Montreal Canadiens still exist as a franchise anymore.