Robinson's No. 19, Gainey's No. 23 to be retired by Habs

Updated: September 6, 2007, 8:50 AM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- No. 19 and No. 23 will soon hang in the rafters of the Bell Centre.

Larry Robinson and Bob Gainey will have their numbers retired this season by the Montreal Canadiens, the team announced Wednesday.

"Most of the things that happened in my career as a player happened as a dream," said Gainey, now the Canadiens general manager. "Most of those things I had dreamed of -- but not this one.''

Robinson's ceremony will be Nov. 19 against the Ottawa Senators while Gainey will have his night on Feb. 23 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Robinson mentioned many of his teammates from the great Canadiens teams of 1970s including fellow members of the Big Three of Serge Savard and Guy Lapointe.

"I was very honored to play on some tremendous hockey teams, and I wouldn't be the player I was if I hadn't played with them,'' Robinson said at a news conference.

Last season, the Canadiens retired the numbers of Ken Dryden, No. 29, and Serge Savard, No. 18, joining No. 1 Jacques Plante, No. 2 Doug Harvey, No. 4 Jean Beliveau, No. 5 Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion, No. 7 Howie Morenz, No. 9 Maurice (Rocket) Richard, No. 10 Guy Lafleur, No. 12 for Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer and No. 16 Henri Richard.

The Canadiens, who hadn't retired a number since Plante's in 1995, started the trend in the 2005-06 season with Geoffrion, Moore and Cournoyer in a round of annual jersey retirements leading up to the club's 100th anniversary in 2009.

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