Montreal Canadiens Pay Tribute To Gary Carter With No. 8 Jerseys

MONTREAL (WFAN/AP) — In a town where the Mets ruled in the mid-’80s, Gary Carter was larger than life.

It’s easy to forget another city also lost an icon last week.

Carter, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame with a Montreal Expos cap on his plaque, died of brain cancer Thursday at age 57. The Canadiens honored the catcher — nicknamed “Kid” — with a five-minute video set to The Eagles’ “New Kid in Town” before a 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night.

Canadiens players also sported No. 8 Carter jerseys during warmups and had a sticker with his number on their helmets.

Youppi, the Expos mascot adopted by the Canadiens on Sept. 16, 2005, after the baseball team left for Washington, also paid tribute by wearing an old-school Expos jersey and cap for the national anthems.

Youppi later returned to his hockey jersey featuring a No. 8 patch, while still wearing the baseball cap.

It made for a special night for Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who rooted for Carter as a kid.

“Part of me growing up in Montreal is me watching him play baseball,” Brodeur said. “I got to meet him a few times through my dad because he was the Expos’ photographer. For us, he was a part of our family.

“He was really a gentleman, a nice guy. You could just look at his face and the way he conducted himself and tell he was a class act.”

Carter was an 11-time All-Star, playing most of his career with Montreal and the Mets.

A memorial service for Carter’s family and friends will be held Friday night in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

What was your favorite memory of Carter? Let us know in the comments below…

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One Comment

  1. Jennene (Perkins) Lehmann says:

    I went to school with his brother Gordon from 1st grade on to graduation from Sunny Hills, and my brother was in school with Gary. Our mothers were friends, and her death was a blow to all. Our high school baseball field is named after Gary. Whenever the Marlins were in town, (San Diego), Gary was nice enough to leave us tickets.
    He was a good person, a devout Christian and mentor to all. God bless Gary Carter. (Gordon, please email me. We would like to come up to one of yoru restaurants in OC and visit.)

  2. anthony mazza says:

    very moviing tribute

  3. Julianne Wiegand says:

    I had the opportunity to have lunch with him during the Baseball Chapel Hall of Faith Luncheon in New York City back in 1994. I had idolized him all my life and was elated to finally meet him. He was broadcasting for the Marlins back then. I went to the Mets/Marlins game the same evening and headed down to the visiting dugout where he was giving out autographs before the game. When I saw him he looked at me and said, “Hi Julie. Thanks for coming this afternoon.” I coud not believe he remembered my name! Such a great man. Such a huge loss. Rest in Peace my hero!

  4. Chris Rowell says:

    If you guys haven’t seen the tribute you can see it here. Both cities loved Gary. We can share our grief in losing him.

  5. NYMetsFan says:

    An absolutely classy thing for the Canadiens to do. I am moved.

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