The Montreal Canadiens have been awarded the All-Star Game for the 2008-09 season, which coincides with the club's 100th anniversary. The announcement was made by the NHL today in Dallas, home to this year's All-Star Game. Montreal last hosted the All-Star game in 1993 and it'll be the 12th time the city has hosted the event. This news, combined with the NHL introducing new jerseys that'll be in use next season has a lot of people talking about it's effect on the classic look of the Montreal Canadiens.
The Habs have always been very protective of their jersey design so it'll be interesting to see what, if any changes the Canadiens incorporate into the new Reebok jerseys entering the league next season with the club's 100th anniversary so close at hand. The logo itself hasn't changed at all since the 1952-53 season and has only seen minor cosmetic changes since the center "A" was replaced with the current "H" back in 1917. Safe to say, the Montreal Canadiens won't be making any changes to their classic look with the new Reebok jerseys and would probably only consider re-introducing something with historic connections like the neck-strings that have used on 3 previous jerseys.
One thing is certain, the Montreal Canadiens will do it in style and do right by Hab fans everywhere.