Desperate, Hockey Fans Root for Virtual Team

The life and times of a real-life beat reporter covering an imaginary hockey season
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Pat Hickey, who covered his first Montreal Canadiens game in 1968 for the now-defunct Montreal Star, and who has chronicled the team’s exploits over the past 22 years for the Montreal Gazette, is pleasantly surprised by the team’s start this season. Last season the Habs (the local nickname for the team) finished at the bottom of the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference. But as of Monday, Hickey notes, the Canadiens were tied for first. “I thought they were better than a last place team last year,” he says. “They have injured players back that have made a difference, but still I’m surprised that they’re up there.”

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